Results 61–80 of 442 for speaker:Bill Grant

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Pensions (23 May 2019)

Bill Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the (a) new NHS pension scheme in 2015, (b) reduction of the annual allowance for pension growth, (c) subsequent tapering of that allowance and (d) other cumulative changes in recent years to the NHS pension scheme on the (i) level of hours worked by practitioners and...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Common Travel Area: Northern Ireland (22 May 2019)

Bill Grant: What recent steps she has taken to ensure the maintenance of the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I thank the hon. Members for Strangford (Jim Shannon), for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders), for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson) and for North Tyneside (Mary Glindon), and my hon. Friends the Members for Moray (Douglas Ross) and for Stirling (Stephen Kerr), for their valuable contributions to the debate. Clearly, hon. Members understand the challenges we face and the need...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I beg to move, That this House has considered arthritis and employment. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I am delighted that my application for a Westminster Hall debate has been successful, as it provides an opportunity to highlight arthritis, a condition with which we are all familiar. It is estimated that, in its various forms, it will affect approximately one...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: Those three elements are indeed linked. Flexibility is the key. Employers and managers have to understand that those suffering from arthritis have good days and, as I will come on to later, bad days. We need to adapt the workplace and be flexible. The symptoms may be identified in very young children or occur at any time in a person’s life. More than half of the 17.8 million people in the...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I wholeheartedly agree with her. The modest expenses of somebody who makes a special effort to go and volunteer should not affect any other income that individual may have. In my constituency of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, the second most common reason for awards of personal independence payments was musculoskeletal disease, including...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Access to Work is important, but as I will come to later in my speech, it is not widely known about. The Government and Departments have more to do to promote that scheme and make people aware of it, so that workplaces can be made that bit more acceptable to individuals with particular disabilities. Versus Arthritis’s “Room to Manoeuvre”...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, and to a degree, I accept his criticism. Consecutive Governments have made pension adjustments in 1995 and 2011 to reflect the equalisation of the pension age and people living longer, although I think we have plateaued in that regard. However, those who have disabilities and conditions such as arthritis will be impacted that bit more. For...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Arthritis and Employment (21 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I am not a medical expert—arthritis may or may not be related to the workplace—but where issues can be identified, such as repetitive work that might affect the musculoskeletal system of an individual, we can change it. We can automate it without losing the job, but we need to be conscious of what staff are subject to through 10, 20 or maybe 30 years of work. I agree with the hon....

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Billy McNeill MBE (20 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I might be in political and footballing opposition to the hon. Gentleman, but does he agree that Billy McNeill was an icon and a great ambassador on and off the park, not just for Celtic but for Scottish football, around the world but especially in Europe after Celtic took the European cup? Scotland should be proud of Billy McNeill and remember him as the iconic player he was.

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 May 2019)

Bill Grant: Q In relation to termination awards, the Chartered Institute of Taxation has made some negative comments about collection methodology and timing of collection. It suggests that there is an administrative burden and that it is quite complex—colleagues have touched on some of that. Is the institute justified in its concerns? Can they be overcome by information or guidance from you to employers?

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 May 2019)

Bill Grant: Q One supplementary question: will that guidance be timeously delivered to the employers or those responsible, rather than as an afterthought?

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 May 2019)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. Testimonials are common among sports groups, and they are not necessarily confined to football—they occur in cricket, rugby and so on. One would assume that there was consultation or engagement with clubs or representative bodies. What feedback did you get from them about the changes you propose?Q

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I thank the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill), along with the Petitions Committee, for securing this important debate. Many of us will have sung the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful”. Some will have sung it rather well, and some, like me, less well, but we will all remember the line “each little bird that...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I totally agree. We cannot meet our housing need, which I think we all agree we have to secure for our fellow citizens, at the expense of evicting wildlife or birds. We have to embrace them. Innovative ways have been suggested for how we can host them and make them part of our lives and part of our communities, because they are part of the planet and we need to share it. On that kindly note,...

Acquired Brain Injury (9 May 2019)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris). I note and welcome the valuable work of the all-party parliamentary group on acquired brain injury, including its most recent report. I agree that Governments together need to lend their support and implement, where reasonably practicable and borne out by evidence, the measures that will bring about improved...

Acquired Brain Injury (9 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I thank my right hon. Friend for that welcome intervention. It is easy to identify someone with a physical injury—the leg in plaster or the arm in a sling—but an injury to the brain is not visible, and we need to be aware of that. Scotland has seen the development of a brain injury e-learning resource, created under the umbrella of the Scottish Acquired Brain Injury Network, with funding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution Settlement (8 May 2019)

Bill Grant: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, contrary to the manufactured myth of a power grab, on our leaving Europe the Scottish Government will receive significantly more powers?

British Steel: EU Emissions Trading Compliance (1 May 2019)

Bill Grant: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement and his support for British Steel. The steel industry, by its very nature, has very high energy costs. What action is my right hon. Friend or his Department taking to reduce those costs and, in parallel, to reduce pollution from the steel industry, which is very important for the future of the United Kingdom?


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