Results 1–20 of 75 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 Sweeney

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

Paul Sweeney: One note of encouragement is that the suicide rate in Glasgow has certainly gone down in the last 20 years: 64 men took their lives last year in Glasgow, but that is down from 122 men in 2000. Might that indicate a generational difference, where the generation of younger men feel more open to talking about their issues? Perhaps that represents a challenge for older generations, who still...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Paul Sweeney: On becoming a new Member of Parliament I had a stark introduction when I held a street surgery in Dennistoun the day after my election. Some of the massive problems highlighted by the hon. Gentleman came to light for me when a woman approached me in tears in the street and said that she had to support her son who had a high-grade brain tumour—a terminal brain tumour—and yet was...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Paul Sweeney: It has now been two years since the Glasgow city deal was announced, yet in recent days we have heard that the Scottish Government agency Transport Scotland is backsliding on its commitment to deliver the flagship Glasgow airport rail link, having sabotaged the project a decade ago. The people of Glasgow are tired of waiting for this project, so will the Leader of the House consider having a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Revenue Budget (6 Dec 2017)

Paul Sweeney: I associate myself with the Secretary of State’s kind remarks about the late Jimmy Hood, who was a fine champion of Labour values and of his community. The whole House offers condolences to his family and all those who knew him. The Government claim that Scotland has received an additional £2 billion in the Budget, yet the Fraser of Allander Institute says that the revenue budget...

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

Paul Sweeney: The hon. Gentleman referred earlier to the Scottish Parliament being the most powerful Parliament in the world, and I am aware that he opposed its initial creation but now recognises its benefits. The creation of the Scottish Parliament has resulted in regulatory divergence between parts of the United Kingdom. Does that fact not undermine the whole logical position of the Tories’...

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

Paul Sweeney: On the definition of what constitutes a single market and a unitary market, my interpretation is that any marketplace’s singularity is simply defined by the friction in the trade and the commerce carried out within it. By definition, it is not really something that we can simply sign up to or leave. It is about the extent to which there is a commonality of regulatory and trading...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Sweeney: I thank my hon. Friend for her generosity in giving way. She makes an excellent point about productivity. It is correct that the UK has the lowest productivity of the G7 nations. That is not just to do with the private sector; a large part of it is to do with the public sector and the fact that we overwork, underpay and under-resource our public service workers. That has to stop if we are...

Point of Order: Leaving the EU: Student Exchanges (30 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: I appreciate the Minister giving way on this important subject. Is he aware of the ScotGrad programme in Scotland, which is run by Scottish Enterprise? It sponsors up to 40% of the gross salary of an undergraduate for a year so they may undertake a placement in industry on the subject of business development. Let me cite a good example. When I worked with Scottish Enterprise, I sponsored a...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: Thank you for your excellent chairing of the debate, Mr Robertson. It has been a great privilege to move the motion today and to call on the excellent support of my Labour colleagues, who offered their expertise, insight and personal experience of having served in the legal profession and dealt with these issues at first hand. Most notably, my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: I beg to move, That this House has considered the provision of legal aid. Thank you, Mr Robertson, for calling me to move the motion in this critical debate on legal aid provision in the United Kingdom. As ever, it is an honour to serve under your chairmanship. When people lack the money or knowledge to enforce their rights, those rights are worth nothing more than the paper they are written...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: Absolutely. I will refer to that statistic later. It is a shocking indictment of the cuts and the attrition of the access available to the weakest in our society, who rely on that point of contact and are otherwise shut out of the legal system altogether. Where in our country someone lives should never affect their ability to access justice, but it does, because of the wide variation in...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: I think we both recognise that the situation in England and Wales is much more acute than it is in Scotland, but none the less, there are challenges facing the legal system in Scotland. I welcome that review and I hope it will take into consideration the financial constraints that legal aid provision in Scotland has faced in recent years, and take heed of what the Law Society of Scotland has...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: I agree. The fundamental, critical point of judgment on this is equality of access, not necessarily cost. Cost is a secondary consideration. Access is the fundamental right that all should be entitled to. That is the challenge we face, whereby some of the smallest legal aid firms are carrying out legal aid work at a loss and are at serious risk of not being able to offer legal aid work at...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: Absolutely. Wherever vulnerable people in our society turn, they are increasingly finding impediments and blockages placed in their way. That is increasing all sorts of problems and harms that people in society face, including mental and physical health problems. Although many people have decided to give up pursuing a legal case because of the cost, even where legal aid remains in scope, many...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: What recent discussions has the Department had with United Nations Women on the UK Government’s contribution to its core funding?

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

Paul Sweeney: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate on the Chancellor’s autumn Budget, which has truly exposed the appalling reality of the Tory party’s failed austerity experiment. The UK economy is now forecast to be £72 billion smaller than under the spring 2016 forecast, and average earnings are not expected to recover to pre-crisis levels until 2025....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (27 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: The Secretary of State might be aware that in 2009 the terms of business agreement signed between the MOD and BAE Systems secured the future of complex naval shipbuilding in this country by ensuring a commitment to invest to create a shipbuilding infrastructure in the top quarter of all shipbuilding capabilities world wide. In the recently published national shipbuilding strategy, that...

Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: The Secretary of State might be interested to know that Citizens Advice Scotland recently carried out a survey in my constituency and determined that 32% of my constituents do not have any access to the internet and a further 32% would have difficulty accessing the online full service universal credit system. In the context of half the jobcentres in Glasgow being closed, will he consider...


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