Results 1–20 of 95 for speaker:Bill Grant

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Feb 2018)

Bill Grant: Like many, I am delighted to note the good progress in lifting the ban on beef exports to China. What is my right hon. Friend doing to ensure that we are able to export Scotch beef and other Scottish products such as whisky to other parts and all parts of the world?

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

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Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Bill Grant: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

NHS Winter Crisis: Grenfell Tower (5 Feb 2018)

Bill Grant: As one who served for 31 years in the fire service, I realise the urgency following the events at Grenfell. I should like to compliment South Ayrshire Council, which retrofitted all its high-rise flats some 10 or 12 years ago. I take comfort from that. We are aware of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report. It is a good report; it is frank and open. Does the Minister intend to drive...

NHS Winter Crisis (5 Feb 2018)

Bill Grant: Could I reflect on the rather rosy picture that my colleague from the Scottish National party, the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden), painted of the NHS in Scotland? We have poor waiting times at A&Es, we are closing a paediatric ward in Paisley, and the chemotherapy unit at Station 15 in Ayr is under threat. Does the Minister think that having the highest tax base in the...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Bill Grant: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the Government are committed to leaving the single market and that that will allow the United Kingdom to have more control over EU immigration in future?

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: A75 Euro Route: Upgrade — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: My hon. Friend mentioned the ports in Loch Ryan, of which there are two. They are extremely busy and getting busier year on year, but does he agree that there has been little or no investment in the road infrastructure leaving those ports? The road infrastructure in general is badly neglected, but the A75, an extremely busy route for the ferry ports, needs investment and has been neglected...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: Does my hon. Friend recognise that, taking the journey time for the end-to-end process, the waiting time has been reduced by 40 weeks to 13 weeks in the past four years? That has to be an improvement. There is a long way to go, but I am sure my hon. Friend would agree.

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: Thank you, Mr Walker; it is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship. I apologise to my colleague the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick), whom I know well, and I thank the hon. Member for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) for introducing the debate. I have a background of some 31 years in the Strathclyde fire and rescue service. Way back in 1974—44 years ago...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: The hon. Gentleman is partly correct. We should have a good look at this issue and get the statistics. I do not know whether there is an association with cuts, because when we were in the land of plenty I do not think the laws were well understood or policed. I do not link cuts to the tragedies that occur. In my view, such categorisations and controls alone are not sufficient. It is important...

Heathrow Airport: Public Consultation (24 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I thank the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) for securing this debate. I am minded to speak positively about Heathrow expansion, but I must initially mention the issues affecting the four councils, so eloquently described by the right hon. Gentleman, which include air quality and ground-based infrastructure....

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution of Powers (24 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: Does my right hon. Friend agree that Brexit presents an enormous opportunity for the Scottish Parliament to gain even further powers?

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: For clarity, is the hon. Gentleman saying that, after the introduction of DCRs in Sydney, there were no drug deaths whatever as a result of the introduction, or were there no drug deaths among the users of the rooms?

Space Industry Bill [Lords] (15 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: It is my privilege to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham). My early connection with space was before his, and it came from the Eagle comic’s characters such as Flash Gordon and Dan Dare, who are probably known only to a few here in the Chamber today. It is my pleasure to speak in support of the Bill this evening. It will pave the way for the...

Space Industry Bill [Lords] (15 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: Absolutely. We are well connected by rail and road, but any improvements would be most welcome. We are not an isolated part of the United Kingdom; we are very much connected. I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. We also have favourable weather 52 weeks a year, and there are no congestion issues. When we take off to the west, we are across the Firth of Clyde and into the open space of...

Cancer Treatment: Patient Travel Times — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way during his important and passionate contribution to this debate. I know that he is focused on England, but may I share with him that in Scotland the issue is the same, if not worse, because of the rurality of Scotland and the distances travelled? I find some of his points very interesting when we have the Ayrshire and Arran health board not closing,...

Disability Confident Scheme — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate my colleague, the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham), on securing this important debate. [Interruption.] It is an Ayrshire pronunciation. Since the inception of the Disability Confident scheme in 2013, as has been said, some 600,000 more disabled people have secured employment. While that is...

Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: I was delighted last week to hear the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirm the Government’s commitment to supporting farmers after we leave the European Union. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that the unique needs of Scottish farmers and, indeed, crofters will be taken into account in the design of any new system?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: I am delighted to speak in favour of the Bill as it provides the next pillar to support the UK’s exit from the European Union. Free and fair trade is fundamental to the growth and prosperity of the United Kingdom and the world economy. Trade with our neighbours near and far is intrinsically linked with jobs, wage growth, productivity and innovation. Trade ensures that more people can...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Bill Grant: I share my hon. Friend’s view about the pessimism of some Opposition Members, albeit not all. The last thing that we need is to talk down the United Kingdom and our business communities. At this time, they need our support. We do not need a cliff edge for business in the UK, as well as those in the EU with which we trade. The next few months will be crucial, and I am sure that the...


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