Results 1–20 of 60 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bill Grant

Pension Equality for Women: Hormone Pregnancy Tests (14 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) for securing this extremely important debate. Many constituents in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, and throughout the UK, will have been disappointed by the recently published outcome of the review by the Commission on Human Medicines expert working group, but I have one constituent in particular who is devastated by...

Pension Equality for Women: Hormone Pregnancy Tests (14 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention, which corroborates my constituent’s concerns. This may be a common thread throughout the United Kingdom. As I understand it, general practitioners’ records are normally required to be retained for the duration of a patient’s life. In the case that the hon. Lady describes, if it had been possible to recover the GP records, it might...

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to focus on deprived areas, but does he agree that there are areas in which people successful in business or agriculture—third or fourth generation—might have a business that slips away from them? They are not necessarily on a journey of deprivation, but they are losing something that the family had built up over the years. They may see the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I remind my hon. Friend that Scotland is the highest-taxed part of the United Kingdom. Scottish National party Members will keep me right, but they are minded to alter the tax band and take more money from the pockets of those who are working hard. Does she agree that that is not the best way forward for the economy of Scotland?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I think it only right for me to support a comparatively brief Finance Bill in a comparatively brief speech. The Bill translates into action the autumn Budget’s excellent provisions for promoting innovation. As a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology, I was looking for ways in which the Government would seek to promote technological innovation in the Budget, and I was...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: I note what the hon. Gentleman says, but how that local authority spends its money on funding the fire service is a matter for the authority itself. There are innovations in respect of smoke detectors and sprinkler assessments. The Scottish fire service is going through a similar process. It is undergoing a review, with the possibility of the closure of fire stations. We are moving on with a...

Oman, Uae and Iran (11 Dec 2017)

Bill Grant: In the light of my right hon. Friend’s recent visits abroad, will he confirm to the House that the welfare and wellbeing of Britons abroad remains of paramount importance to his Department?

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...


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