Results 1–20 of 353 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hannah Bardell

International Trade: Trade White Paper (12 Oct 2017)

Hannah Bardell: White Papers are all good and well, but yesterday the Scottish Government published a report showing what is at stake for business as the UK edges closer to the Brexit cliff edge. We know that the Secretary of State has consulted the business community to find out how it will be affected, but will he commit today to publishing the findings, as called for by a range of MPs across the House,...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: Will my hon. Friend join me in welcoming the fact that youth unemployment is at its lowest level in Scotland for nearly 20 years? At 8%—7% in my constituency—it is one of the lowest rates across the EU and is significantly lower than across the UK.

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that gender stereotyping is, in many respects, reinforced in children’s early years by toys and books? My mum, who was a single parent, could find only one book with a single parent in it.

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I congratulate the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mims Davies) on securing the debate today. She gave a fantastic speech. It is great to be in a debate where there is so much consensus around women’s role in this place and in society. In the words of Emmeline Pankhurst, “We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: The hon. Lady is making a great speech and I congratulate her on bringing this issue to the House. Does she agree that, in some respects, it was great to see no fewer than three babies in the Lobby last night? However, whether it is men or women who have had babies in recent weeks, they should not have to come into this place with their children and be breastfeeding or going through the...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: Does the hon. Lady agree that all-female shortlists should be a temporary measure, until we strike the right gender balance? Of course, nobody wants to be on an all-female shortlist, but has anybody in this House who has been elected from one ever had that thrown back at them? To be fair to the media, I do not believe that they have.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: The House and the Prime Minister will remember the case of my constituent, Lola Ilesamni, whose daughter is under threat of female genital mutilation from Lola’s abusive ex-partner. I want to thank “Channel 4 News” and Cathy Newman for breaking the story, and the Prime Minister for intervening and granting an 18-month reprieve. Lola now has a temporary right to work, but no...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: On tariffs, does the Minister share my concerns and those of others, including business, about the comments made by the EU negotiators that no progress has been made because issues such as the border in Ireland and the position of EU nationals have not been sorted out, and trade agreements cannot be struck until that point? Similarly, his boss has said that the UK Government do not have the...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: The hon. Gentleman is making a detailed and informed speech. To counter the point made by the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), Mitsubishi, which is a major employer in my constituency, has significant concerns about its ability to continue to invest and grow in Livingston and across the country, due to issues such as market access and the continued employment of EU nationals. Does...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I welcome the debate secured by the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson) and the opportunity to discuss foreign direct investment from a Scottish perspective. It has been a record-breaking year, as it has for the UK. I hear much positivity about post-Brexit, but we must remember that nothing has actually...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: I thank the hon. Gentleman very much for that intervention. He knows that the scrapping of tuition fees in Scotland has meant access not only to university but to employment and to college. That has been welcomed across the board. A university place is not always the full picture. Youth employment in Scotland is lower than anywhere else in the UK because of the SNP Government’s...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: If the hon. Gentleman does not mind, I want to make some progress. Scotland has performed well in terms of FDI, so I will indulge in talk about some of Scotland’s unique opportunities. The combination of natural resources, a highly skilled labour force and a long-standing reputation for innovation make Scotland a prime destination for foreign direct investment. The SNP Scottish...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: I think we have to acknowledge that the Government are taking Scotland out of Europe against its will, which will be a wrecking ball not only to Scotland’s economy, but to the rest of the UK’s economy. When we have these debates and discussions in one or two years’ time, I will be interested to see where we are. It is important that Governments work together on things such...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, but he will not be surprised that I completely disagree. The Scottish independence referendum in 2014 was one of the most open and engaging democratic processes that Scotland has ever gone through, in complete contrast, unfortunately—I know we digress, Mr Gray— to the Brexit referendum process, which was squashed into a short time...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: Picking up on the point about a second referendum, the hon. Member for Dumfries and Galloway (Mr Jack) will be aware of the comments made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with regard to that, but he might also be aware that many businesses, including the London Insurance Group, to which I spoke recently, were looking favourably upon Scotland and the opportunity it offered because of Brexit...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: I welcome those figures, which are great news for youth employment across the UK. Does the hon. Gentleman know and welcome the fact that Scotland’s youth unemployment figures are also at a record low? In my constituency, there is only 8% youth unemployment. Is that not something to celebrate?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: Mr Deputy Speaker: “the Scottish Parliament, which adjourned on 25 March 1707, is hereby reconvened.”—[Scottish Parliament Official Report, 12 May 1999.] Those were the words of Winifred Margaret Ewing, elected to the House of Commons 50 years ago this year, and more fondly known as Winnie and, to her EU friends, Madame Ecosse. To this day, Winnie is the only...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: I share my hon. Friend’s concerns, and I am sure she shares those of the insurance sector, which cites aviation as a relevant example because national airlines based in any EU country require a range of specialist insurance cover. Most of that is a mandatory requirement for operation. The UK insurance market is the only location with the specialist aviation insurance knowledge and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Hannah Bardell: I will not at the moment. I am going to make some progress. To put it simply, planes will not be able to take off, as my hon. Friend the Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) identified. There is concern that the UK Government might use clause 8 to trigger article 127 of the European economic area agreement, immediately ripping away the UK’s access to the free movement of goods,...


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