Results 1–20 of 62 for speaker:Bill Grant

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I note the comments about the negativity of the Conservative party. Here is a reciprocal quiz question: I wonder if the hon. Lady can explain why the party that seems to be quite restrictive on women is the party that has produced two wonderful female Prime Ministers, and yet no other party is following it?

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship again, Mr Sharma. I also give apologies: I have a train to catch heading north, so I need to be away by 3 o’clock.

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I have the dinner to make when I get home as well. First, I must advise of my CV. My mother was a woman and I married a woman as far back as 1970—that reminds me: it was on 19 December. I also have two daughters and one of my grandchildren is a lovely young lady. I am indeed a very fortunate individual. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Eddie Hughes), I went to an...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: The hon. Lady will be glad that I am not on her quiz team, because I do not know the answer. If she wishes to tell us—[Interruption.] I am sure she will. I think she would agree that that is significant progress over 50 years, but it is probably not fast enough. The Conservatives have a great track record, having secured not one but two excellent female Prime Ministers. I am sure...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: Speaking as one who voted to remain, I was disappointed on that Friday morning, but I accept the will of the people. Is the right hon. Gentleman suggesting that we ignore that decision made by the people of the United Kingdom?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: The right hon. Gentleman mentions impact assessments. I wonder whether our 27 friends in the EU might do a retrospective impact assessment of the time when David Cameron went to Europe to ask for some concessions on our arrangements as a member of the EU. He went for a basket of bread and came back with a basket of crumbs. The impact assessment should be directed at them. We would not be...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mrs Moon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan) on securing the debate. Youth employment in the United Kingdom is indeed a good news story. The overall picture for employment is good, with 32.06 million people in work, reflecting an employment rate of 75%, which is the highest for four decades....

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: Yes—as a late starter at school, I think we need to celebrate the success of those in apprenticeships. I left school with zero qualifications, but I find myself speaking in Westminster. The journey can be a bit tougher, but I would welcome that sort of initiative. What I am setting out are not promises or pledges on a political platform or pamphlet, but the facts, and the policy...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Although it is a modest increase, I recall that the Budget raised the living wage by around 4% or 5%, which is helpful although it may not meet what we aspire to. My hon. Friend the Member for Chichester said that she was young once; my memory goes all the way back to my first salary. Our wage was £5—not per hour, but for five days...

Dark Sky Status (Cornwall) (29 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: I apologise, Mr Sharma; I am relatively new and still learning. I will be brief. Thank you for your understanding. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) for initiating this debate. There was a mention of somewhere being “darker still” Not only do we have whisky stills in Scotland, but we are darker still, too, so we have some things in common....

Dark Sky Status (Cornwall) (29 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: rose—

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: Although this is a very serious subject, I will raise a smile and share an event with Members. It is to do with the taboo and the lack of awareness, particularly among males. As a father, I was encouraging my oldest daughter to go to her swimming club one night. We had a great exchange of views, but how embarrassed was I when I found out the reason why she was not going? I felt so small, and...

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

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I thank the hon. Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) for securing the debate. May I also compliment the Labour party on introducing legal aid 68 years ago? It has been of great benefit to many over that 68 years and continues to be so. Here in the United Kingdom, we are rightly proud that everyone is equal under the law....

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

Bill Grant: The hon. Gentleman may well be right. The fact is that we spend more per head than Germany, but I accept that that there are other considerations to take into account.

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

Bill Grant: I note the hon. Gentleman’s comments on the decisions on cuts. They adjusted the system. It is a suitable system, which still remains, and I am sure many people will continue to benefit from legal aid. As has been said, legal aid is devolved in Scotland and decisions on its provision are quite rightly the Scottish Government’s to make. Funding for legal aid was £138 million...

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

Bill Grant: It will be entirely up to the Scottish Government to decide what course they take.

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: I cite these figures off the cuff, but I believe that in Scotland we have lost 150,000 further education places, which has reduced accessibility to further education for many. Despite the very good efforts of the Scottish Government, we are still not attracting enough people from lower-income backgrounds to university. Those appear to be the facts; the hon. Lady may wish to agree or disagree...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: There must be two Scotlands—I am sure there are—because the Scotland that I see in my mind’s eye has an education system that was at one time the envy of the world but that is now struggling, which I very much regret. I understand that in the programme for international student assessment scales, or PISA scales, which are a measure of education, Scotland has slipped back to...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: There is general agreement that for good-quality university education to be sustainable, it must be paid for. There are many aspects to that, including the public purse and the individual. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that maybe we should consider looking to employers, who are also beneficiaries of graduates and postgraduates in their businesses? Could they be greater players in funding the...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Bill Grant: I share the desire that people be able to purchase their own home. I have a niece who lived in a council flat until two years ago. She chose to purchase that flat before the Scottish Government banned the sale of council houses, which would have denied her home ownership. In purchasing her flat, she saved herself £150 a month.


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