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Results 1–20 of 34 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Girvan

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Paul Girvan: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Paul Girvan: This a two-way traffic issue and there needs to be flexibility from Europe as well. The UK Government have made some movement in relation to what happened at Chequers and in showing willingness to accommodate, but that needs to be reciprocated by Europe. They can allow us to have that access to the open market in Europe.

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Paul Girvan: The common funding package used for education has shown up glaring inequalities. There are primary schools in my area that are allocated £2,400 per pupil, yet there will be another sector of education that receives up to £15,000 per pupil. This inequality should not exist. I would have no issue with such policy decisions if we had an Assembly in place, but without an Assembly in...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Paul Girvan: On the back of the court judgment that was reinforced last week, which has made it virtually impossible for NI civil servants and permanent secretaries to move forward and even to spend the money that they will have, we fear that the confidence and supply money will not be allocated or used correctly if we cannot get decisions pushed through. The only people who can do it are this Government...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Paul Girvan: During one of our recent visits to Israel we saw how a university there had made links with cyber aspects. Is there not a great opportunity for UK universities to become joint partners on the world-leading technologies that are being brought forward?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Paul Girvan: We know that the greatest roadblock to economic growth in Northern Ireland is the lack of an Assembly being in place. That economic difficulty is being created because no decisions can be made. What measures are the Department and the Secretary of State taking to allow that to happen, so that we can go forward?

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Paul Girvan: The last time this was debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly, there was evidence that many people have multiple abortions and are using it as a form of contraception.

Fuel Laundering (22 May 2018)

Paul Girvan: I wish to raise an area of major concern, which is the position of road hauliers, particularly those in Northern Ireland, who are missing out because they are having to compete against those who are dealing in smuggled fuel and are, thus, unable to compete on a level playing field. Most of the moneys being derived from this are going into the pockets of paramilitaries.

Fortified Flour (16 May 2018)

Paul Girvan: On adding folic acid to flour, we have potentially been putting fluoride into water, and that has virtually no health benefits. That has only dental benefits, which are about lifestyle choice, and that is different from those suffering because they are not getting folic acid through their diet. It is great that this issue has been brought forward, and we should look to put folic acid into...

Cancer Targets — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (1 May 2018)

Paul Girvan: Having been through treatment in the past, I appreciate that early diagnosis can, if dealt with correctly, save an absolute fortune. Everyone has heard the saying, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Unfortunately, leaving it too late, rather than intervening early, and having to treat the symptoms as they progress costs the health system a lot more money.

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland Closure: Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Shooting (21 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: The sport of shooting in my area is great. We have a rifle club not half a mile from where I live, and the young people who go along learn not only discipline but a great sense of camaraderie that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. It would be a retrograde step if they had not something to aim at—excuse the pun. Let us be honest: they get involved to improve and expand...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: I welcome the Bill. In the statement that was made last week, it was indicated that there would be consultation with the parties. I welcome that as well, but when will the consultation start?

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly). Members sometimes say that every time they rise to speak in the final part of a debate, everything they want to say has already been said. I have only been here for a short time, but it does not seem to me to make any difference. Plenty of people believe that repetition is definitely a way to get...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: I welcome that point, and I understand that to be the case, but some people want to talk a crisis into absolutely everything. No matter what happens at the moment, they will make a crisis out of it. They want to say that there is nothing good going on, and they see nothing positive. Our media peddle a story that tells us nothing positive about what is going on in Northern Ireland. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Youth Commonwealth Games (21 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: Northern Ireland is heavily dependent on tourism, including event-driven tourism. Our work is linked with that of Tourism Ireland but, unfortunately, we do not believe that we are getting a fair crack of the whip in terms of delivery for our contribution to that body.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly). The word “anticipation” is in the Bill’s title, and a lot of anticipation has been associated with this legislation. I do not want to regurgitate things that have been said already, but I was one of those Members of the previous Assembly who was told that they could talk not about...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: I agree 100% with my right hon. Friend. I do not necessarily hold to speaking Irish, but I am not going to be against those who want to learn it and speak it. But there should be fairness and equality in the funding of these cultural issues, and political direction is needed in this area for the following year’s budget. I appreciate that there were Departments that did not make their...

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: Big pharma has a strong lobby and there are those within the industry who would lose out if a drug such as this were to be licensed and used in the UK. They would fight tooth and nail to ensure that it did not get across the line. I ask the Minister: whenever a new drug is assessed, is consideration given to the fact that there are those who will not want it to see the light of day?

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: So much emphasis is put on the cost of treatment, yet if we add together the costs of the cocktail of drugs that many sufferers are currently on, there probably would not be a big difference from the cost of the new drug.

Northern Ireland Finances (12 Mar 2018)

Paul Girvan: I thank the Secretary of State for the statement and wish her many happy returns. It is interesting to note that the message that we are receiving from civil servants and permanent secretaries is that they cannot move on and make decisions as to where money should be spent. In the absence of an Assembly, and given that there is unlikely to be one for the foreseeable future, it is vital that...


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