Results 1–20 of 201 for speaker:Martin Whitfield

Home Affairs: Accessibility Challenges: Invisible Disabilities (18 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: It is an honour to stand in Parliament tonight to raise the important matter of the accessibility challenges faced by those in society who have invisible disabilities. The World Health Organisation estimates that 1 billion people across the world carry a disability in some form, which is a telling statistic. We should consider the suggestion in an American survey that nearly 74% of people...

Home Affairs: Accessibility Challenges: Invisible Disabilities (18 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. It is true that the fact that something is not visible does not mean it is not there. Indeed, it was the absence of anything visible that seemed to upset the people who saw Grace standing outside the accessible toilets. Grace went on to develop “Grace’s sign”—a powerful visual aid to articulate her inclusive...

Home Affairs: Accessibility Challenges: Invisible Disabilities (18 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I thank my hon. Friend. I was listening to the previous debate, which mentioned the stigma of an acquired brain injury and the fact that it is hidden and not obvious—someone behaves in a way that others immediately think of as irrational or drunk. That is so wrong. People should take the time to pause and think that there may be an explanation. The tutterings, mutterings and open...

Home Affairs: Accessibility Challenges: Invisible Disabilities (18 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. The stigma of a hidden disability, and the very word disability itself, does no justice to the individuals who suffer day in, day out. They suffer because of the ignorance of society around them. What I take from knowing Grace is that here was a young woman who, rather than wanting to shout at people, wanted to educate them. She...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: My predecessor, J. P. Mackintosh, shared with his great friend, Donald Dewar, a passion—a passionate commitment for the cause of Scottish devolution, even before it had been articulated by many people. As Donald Dewar said, articulating Mackintosh’s view, devolution is, at its core, about democratic control. It is about empowering people. It is not for the nationalistic...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: The past few days have seen the theatrical best of this Parliament, so perhaps the opportunity should now be taken to see the political best. Would the Secretary of State therefore like to stand up and make an open invitation to talks, and then see what the answer is?

Rolls-Royce Redundancies (14 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Today’s devastating news will affect a lot of families, and the promise of jam tomorrow may not satisfy them. There are also reports that Rolls-Royce is intending to move some operations into Europe. Will the Minister confirm what discussions he has had with Rolls-Royce to prevent these moves as a result of our departure from Europe?

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Does the Minister fear that the decision is a precedent, or is it a mere blip with regard to future negotiations about the myriad agreements, particularly in science and defence, that are coming that will need to be discussed?

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Violence (14 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.

Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your guidance in relation to the amendments. When the Bill left this House and went down the corridor, we had clause 11, to which the Government tabled an amendment. That has returned today and has been voted on. If that amendment had fallen today, is it correct that we would have gone back to the previous drafting of the Bill, which we all agreed was...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Continuation of North-South co-operation and the prevention of new border arrangements (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Does not the Minister agree that there might be more confidence in the Government’s approach if he had managed to table his amendments in this House before the Bill went to the other place?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: British Transport Police Scottish Division (6 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Does the Minister agree with the Scottish Government that the BTP merger will deliver “continuity of service for rail users and staff”, or does he agree with the chairman of the British Transport Police Federation, who says that a failure to look at the alternatives would be “somewhat reckless”?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Seasonal Workers (4 Jun 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Along with the hospitality industry, the agricultural industry is crying out for help on migrant workers. Will the Government confirm that they will reinstate the seasonal agricultural workers scheme and allow it to reflect the needs in different areas, such as my county of East Lothian?

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Grace Warnock, a young lady in my constituency, is the 897th recipient of the Points of Light award from the Prime Minister. Will the Leader of the House join me in congratulating Grace on her award and facilitate discussions about spreading Grace’s sign around the parliamentary estate and Government buildings?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Rail Industry (24 May 2018)

Martin Whitfield: The east coast main line will be very important following our departure from Europe. Will the Secretary of State guarantee that smaller operators, such as ScotRail, have a say in what happens to rail?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Will the Minister give way?

Plastic Bottles and Coffee Cups (17 May 2018)

Martin Whitfield: One of the great challenges of recycling is that the bottles and containers are often dirty when they go into system, and thus pollute whole loads. One of the great behavioural changes that we need to adopt is the ability to clean these containers ourselves before we submit them to be recycled.

Plastic Bottles and Coffee Cups (17 May 2018)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Mole Valley (Sir Paul Beresford) and to hear of the changes that are coming to the House over the next year. Plastics help to make a wide range of very useful, durable, versatile products, and, in their own way, they do contribute to sustainability. Thanks to plastic, our shampoo bottles do not shatter in the shower when they are dropped, our...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (17 May 2018)

Martin Whitfield: The Government speak of a pragmatic approach. Do we not have a parallel interest in the European Medicines Agency, and would it not be sensible to retain some role for the UK within it?


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