Results 1–20 of 251 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

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: As the result of a freedom of information request, I know that my constituents who are now on personal independence payments but previously qualified for disability living allowance are losing £2 million a year. What will the Secretary of State do to address that obvious failure?

Business of the House (21 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My two young constituents Somer and Areeb Bakhsh are 15 and 13 years old respectively, and I was delighted to present them with academic excellence awards at Springburn Academy just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, they face deportation to Pakistan because their family’s asylum application was rejected on the basis that they are a Christian family and would not face persecution in...

Defence Fire and Rescue Project: Capita (21 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing multiple times but expecting different results. I think that this may be the case given the absolute failure in Army recruitment, whereby Capita has not met the already woeful threshold of 82,000? What is the Minister doing to grip that issue before rewarding failure again with this fire service contract?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: Two fires in the last three months have destroyed three listed buildings in Glasgow, and over 100 listed buildings in Glasgow are at risk, so will the Minister engage with the Treasury and ensure they restore VAT relief on the renovations of listed buildings in this country?

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: The hon. Gentleman makes some interesting propositions on collaborative working at a number of different levels, but the current primary mechanism is the Joint Ministerial Committee. Does he agree that it is currently pointless, as it has no authority? It needs to be put on a statutory footing to give it proper teeth. I am perturbed, because the hon. Gentleman voted down a proposed amendment...

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his generosity. He mentioned local government, which is an important aspect of the equation. This is not merely about devolved powers residing in Holyrood; it is a question of the over-centralisation of government in Scotland itself. Scotland is actually the most centralised country in Europe in terms of governance. We have to radically address that distribution...

Glasgow School of Art (19 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) for securing this urgent question. I fully support her efforts, and I am sure all Glasgow Members will stand in total solidarity to ensure we get the best outcome possible for our city. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art, that magnificent edifice that dominates the skyline of Garnethill, is the...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: What happened last week was completely unacceptable, with deplorable antics from the Tories when it came to the time allowed for debate on one hand, and the counterproductive antics from the SNP, including walking out of this place in an orchestrated media stunt that further curtailed debate, on the other. As the party that delivered devolution, Labour has been driving a sensible and...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Points of Order (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. It will have come to your attention, and to the attention of many Members, that a massive cultural disaster occurred in Glasgow over the weekend when a conflagration consumed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art. This was clearly a disaster of not just national but international significance, and, as shadow Under-Secretary of State for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. On Tuesday, we had a situation where the Secretary of State for Scotland allowed his Government to ride roughshod over the wishes of the Scottish Parliament within the space of around 20 minutes. From where I stand, the Secretary of State has done nothing about the programme motion that we opposed, meaning that he was entirely...

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My constituent Duc Nguyen was on the brink of deportation to Vietnam yesterday. It took the quick action of my office and others to prevent that from happening. It is unacceptable that a deportation attempt was made without sufficient solicitor and MP involvement, especially given evidence that Duc was a victim of human trafficking and would face a threat to his life if he were deported. May...

Rolls-Royce Redundancies (14 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: Rolls-Royce is an iconic industrial asset for Britain, and its relationship with Glasgow goes back as far as the second world war. Even to this day it drives huge innovation in the city, from the Advanced Forming Research Centre to supply-chain companies such as Castle Precision and East Kilbride Engineering Services, all of which benefit from the huge industrial presence of Rolls-Royce. One...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: The UK’s space industry is world class and world leading, and a good example of that is Clyde Space in Glasgow, which is a world-leading manufacturer of cube satellites. The CEO of Airbus, Tom Enders, has called on Britain and the European Commission urgently to find a solution to this issue for the safety of the entire region. What reassurance can the Minister give to industry...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: What progress is being made on the roll-out of universal credit in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: In Scotland, the transfer from disability living allowance to personal independence payment has resulted in a total of more than £56 million being lost in annual payments. In my constituency, the total loss to people with disabilities is over £2 million a year, so what assessment has the Secretary of State made of a similar impact on disabled people in Wales?

Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Thank you for your patience in hearing this point of order. I seek your clarification on the programme motion. It was entirely in the gift of the Government to set the time according to their requirements. Indeed, it was negotiated with the Opposition as well and Labour voted against the programme motion, but, crucially, we faced a binary Division whereby we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (12 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I want to raise a real concern among Labour Members. We voted against the programme motion—we presented an alternative—and we will not be able to debate our amendment on the devolution settlement in the House because we will not have sufficient time. We therefore—[Interruption.]

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (12 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: Insufficient parliamentary time has been allocated for debate. We presented an alternative programme motion that would have afforded sufficient time. I therefore seek your advice, Mr Speaker, in relation to how the Labour party will stand up for the people of Scotland and the devolution settlement, and how we can deliver that amendment. It is not acceptable that we are unable to debate it in...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Feed-in Tariff Scheme (12 Jun 2018)

Paul Sweeney: What his policy is on supporting small and medium-sized renewable power generators after the closure of the feed-in tariff scheme.


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