Results 1–20 of 28 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gerard Killen

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: I know that my constituent Anne Potter and all the Glasgow and Lanarkshire WASPI women are watching this debate at home. In addition to what my hon. Friend says about the WASPI women who are in work, does he agree that many of them had to fight for equal pay in work and have worked in highly physically demanding jobs? It is therefore offensive for the Government to suggest that they could...

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: Like many on both sides of the House, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of Government policies on the mental health of my constituents—especially those who are moving on to universal credit over Christmas. Can we have a debate in Government time on the impact of Government policy on mental health?

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: I beg to move, That this House has considered the matter of male suicide. This is my first Westminster Hall debate and it is a pleasure to serve under you as Chair, Ms Ryan. I hope that this is the first of many opportunities to do so. We are gathered in this Chamber to debate the single biggest killer of men aged 40 to 49, a bigger killer than cancer, heart disease or road accidents: I am...

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. A lot of good work is going on around the country to encourage men to talk more. Initiatives by the Samaritans and Time to Change encourage us all to think differently about mental health and suicide and to be alert when the behaviour of our friends, families and colleagues changes. Personal interventions can save lives and it is incumbent on us as...

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, though early intervention with mental health is an entirely separate debate, which I suggest would want its own time. I certainly agree with his point. As I was saying, if a friend is experiencing a suicidal train of thought, a simple chat might be just the thing to break that cycle of thought. It might refer the person to the help they need. Suicide among...

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: My hon. Friend makes an important point. In those deprived areas people are on average two or three times more likely to experience suicidal behaviour. Socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals are more at risk and less likely to seek help for mental health problems than the more affluent. It bears repeating that, although each person’s suicide is complex and individual, this is a...

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: As I said, there are a lot of complex issues that might affect suicidal behaviour. I am identifying specific areas that research shows are more likely to increase the risk of suicide. Living in a deprived area is one of those. Sadly, many Members have said in the Chamber that they hear from increasing numbers of people showing signs of suicidal behaviour, as do I in my own office. I could not...

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: I hope that is the case and I think that, certainly, younger men are more likely to talk about their feelings than the older generation. Although there has been a strong downward trend in suicide rates in Scotland, in 2016 there was an 8% increase. Hopefully, that will go back down, but the issue still needs to be addressed, which is why it is important to have debates such as this.

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and I hope that the Minister will touch on that. I note that suicide is treated as a health matter.

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: I absolutely agree. I keep making the point that there are many different factors that influence suicidal behaviour, but certainly, if we can take the opportunity as early as possible in school, or even before, to look at mental health in general, we will go a long way in tackling the issue across the board. Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland pursue their own suicide prevention...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Superfast Broadband (6 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: I echo the Secretary of State’s comments about Jimmy Hood, who will be sadly missed by all on this side of the House. Superfast broadband is very important for those who want to access banking. There are now more cash machines in this House than there are on Cambuslang Main Street in my constituency. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with the Royal Bank of Scotland about...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the danger of clause 11 is that it seeks to replace Scotland’s relationship with the EU with Scotland’s relationship with the UK? It is important for the Government to set the tone on how they intend to proceed on an equal basis with the devolved Governments.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Gerard Killen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: This is a “nothing has changed” Budget from an out-of-touch Government enabled by Members opposite who have no idea of the reality of people’s lives. In the midst of it all has been a battle between the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives to claim credit for the Chancellor’s climbdown on the VAT charges imposed on Scotland’s emergency services. As ever, the...

Women and Equalities: BAME Women (23 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: What assessment she has made of the effect of the Autumn Budget 2017 on BAME women.

Women and Equalities: BAME Women (23 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: Does the Minister accept the figures contained in the “Intersecting Inequalities” report by the Women’s Budget Group and the Runnymede Trust, showing the disproportionate impact of tax and benefit changes on women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and will the Government issue an official response?

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: I thank my hon. Friend for being generous in taking interventions. I speak to many of my constituents about that unfairness in the state pension age increases. Does my hon. Friend agree that what compounds the unfairness is that many of those women, when they were in work, did highly physically demanding, low-paid work and they had to fight just to be paid equally for that work?

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that if we were to accept demands for a second independence referendum from the Scottish National party and it was successful in that referendum, it would set a precedent to revisit that decision in a third referendum for Scotland to go back into the United Kingdom? What precedent would that set for the future constitution of the UK?

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Gerard Killen: Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me that, with the combination of Brexit and the devolution of increased powers over tax and income bands to Scotland, it is exactly the wrong time for HMRC to consider scaling back its operations?


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