Results 161–180 of 442 for speaker:Bill Grant

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams). I commend her on her passionate speech. In recent months, much has been said of the ongoing changes to the social security system. Indeed, some Opposition Members continually focus on negative experiences, to the exclusion of the positive aspects of change. I cannot agree with that often gloomy...

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: It is difficult to say something positive about those cases, but I can relate that to my own experience—

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I can only relate that to my own experience. We have outreach workers who go and assist these individuals, and that assistance must be given when requested. I am saddened if that is the case in the hon. Lady’s area, but I am proud of the staff in Ayr and other local jobcentres. Like many Members, I have had concerns that the implementation of such a comprehensive system may lead to errors,...

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I wholly agree with the hon. Lady. Yes, we should be trailblazers and setting the example by giving employment to those who are seeking employment and want to contribute to society, and broadening that as best we can. We should also be encouraging local employers, as I am sure the hon. Lady does, to take that on board, and to build a bridge between the person who really is employable and...

Yemen (19 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: All those in the Chamber will welcome the peace talks recently held in Stockholm and the progress that was indeed made there. Is my right hon. Friend confident that this will prove to be a stepping stone to a desperately needed permanent ceasefire in Yemen?

Firefighters: Mental Health Support — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I thank the hon. Lady for her good work in cardiac services. That was in a controlled, measured environment, but the challenge for firefighters and ambulance personnel is that they operate in a quite unnatural environment, whether they are attending an accident at a farm or factory, or a car accident. They are exposed to the weather and elements, and there are other road users, and so on....

Firefighters: Mental Health Support — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir Roger. I thank the hon. Member for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad) for raising this very important issue. I do not have a confession, but from the outset I have to declare an interest—that would be the best phrase—as I served for 31 years with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service, and it was a proud journey through my...

Firefighters: Mental Health Support — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Yes, a lot is already being done to encourage people and to raise awareness. The fire service in Scotland used to have an annual event at the old Strathclyde regional station, with the slogan, “Reckless driving wrecks lives”, where we brought along fifth and sixth-year schoolchildren. All the emergency services took part. We also make home...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Seafood: Scotland (18 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has had made of the effect on the Scottish seafood industry in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Commencement (17 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I certainly share some of the sentiments expressed by my colleagues. In particular, speaking to skippers on the west coast of Scotland, one of the major issues is getting people to crew the vessels. While it is admirable that there are discussions on developing a strategy, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the immigration policy has an immense part to play in securing staff for the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insolvency (14 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to protect consumers who are owed goods or services from a company which has ceased trading without any apparent residual assets, particularly in cases where the registered owner has a record of previous companies dissolving in similar circumstances.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Sea fishing licences: further provision (13 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I have two concerns about a blanket ban. I sense that there is a degree of evidence, but we need to be absolutely certain about that evidence and the damage that the method is alleged to be doing before we comprehensively ban it. My other concern is whether there is a risk it might dilute the authority rightly placed with the devolved Governments. The Scottish Government are trialling...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Sea fishing licences: further provision (13 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: There is merit in this amendment on the safety of those who go to sea, but one wonders whether the Bill is the wrong place for it. I sense that there is need for greater training to embed a health and safety culture in those who go to sea. We have some way to go in that regard.

HMY Iolaire — [Mr Graham Stringer in the Chair] (12 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I compliment the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. I pay tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Iolaire disaster, and to the islanders themselves, who secured a memorial at Holm in 1958, 39 years after the tragedy. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would explain to those gathered here how those islands recovered from the loss of a generation of young men, who gave so much...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: All Members of this House are here as the result of a democratic vote. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is at best mystifying that many such Members refuse to honour or respect the democratic outcome of the referendum—and, in some cases, two referendums?

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Examination of Witnesses (6 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: Q This question is for Elaine. You will notice from my accent that I am a west coaster. I am of an age where I have seen the demise of the fleets running from Stranraer way up through to Oban, and I would love to see that return. Do you think this Bill and other changes to the CFP, or the absence of the CFP, will give us an opportunity? Should we have better training to make that industry...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Examination of Witnesses (6 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: Q We should make the conditions and the financial rewards better and we could grow the industry in due course.

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Examination of Witness (6 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: Q Moving slightly off the Bill—I am sure the Chair will forgive me as it is connected to the environment—we see birds gathering to migrate across the globe, but we do not see the same movement of fish under the water. What sort of distance do the fish travel as they migrate from place to place? Environmentally, we have believe that the temperature of the water is going to increase, so...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Examination of witness (6 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: On the same theme, I have come across the theory of using days at sea. What are your thoughts on days at sea in relation to quotas? It is admirable that you suggest giving that time period of 14 years to reduce the larger quotas, to give a better share for the smaller vessels and under-10s. While the capacity for the last vessels is there, how do you see us increasing the capacity of the...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Examination of Witnesses (6 Dec 2018)

Bill Grant: I ask this to everyone, with the exception of Whitby Seafoods, who I think source UK and sell UK catch for the other three panel members. I am sure the movement of fish products—catch—will be dictated by the consumers’ palate rather than by any Bill. I understand that there is a lot caught in UK waters and shipped abroad. There is Q almost a reversal; we like what somebody else catches...


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