Results 1–20 of 497 for speaker:Martin Whitfield

Tributes to the Speaker (31 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: I do not intend to speak for too long because some wonderful compliments have been paid, and it is sometimes hard to sit and listen to people complimenting you—that is very human. I would just like to say thank you. Thank you for the first handshake and words when I took my oath; the lovely note after my first speech; and the tea morning for the new entrants held by Rose and yourself in...

Child Poverty in Scotland — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: I compliment my hon. Friend on achieving this debate, and on the importance of the subject. As he said, one in four children in Scotland lives in poverty. That is a shameful figure, both for the Tory Government here in Westminster and for the SNP Government in Holyrood, and one that we must all strive to reduce. Since the 2016 Holyrood election and the 2017 Westminster election, the number of...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Will the hon. Lady give way on that point?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Honouring contracts: an excellent input. I should like to draw the hon. Lady slightly back towards the Bill that is before us today, which she no doubt fully supports—quite rightly, in her own mind. Does she agree that the accompanying notes to the Bill confirm that it deals with the franchise for the election and the date of the election, as discussed? The notes state: “The Parliament of...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Whisky: Scotland (29 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the UK's food and drink exports.

Business of the House (28 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: It seems strange that the Government are seeking the third general election since the last referendum, when the idea of a confirmatory vote seems so alien to them. However, my question is this: on the off-chance the Government’s programme motion falls tomorrow, will this two-line Bill drift off into obscurity like the withdrawal Bill?

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Is it not somewhat ironic that we are now being offered the third general election since the referendum, with no sight of a confirmatory referendum?

Points of Order (28 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: rose—

Points of Order (28 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. There has been much discussion about whether a general election will or will not take place in the near future. I am concerned that any general election campaign might cover the Remembrance weekend. It is enormously important to many people to pay our respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to veterans, families and others. Can you give some...

Shared Rural Network (28 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: East Lothian has been let down by Governments north and south of the border, who have ended the LEADER programme, as well as the Community Broadband Scotland and R100 funding. If it were not for East Lothian Council and local companies such as Lothian Broadband that have found imaginative solutions to this problem, East Lothian—its businesses, constituents and the children who are just...

The Economy (24 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Does the hon. Lady share my disappointment that in opening this debate the Government were unable to give us a date when they are going to close food banks?

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Will the Leader of the House join me in congratulating Grace Warnock, from Prestonpans Primary School, where tomorrow her “any disability” sign will be unveiled—her very first “Grace’s Sign”? In the light of the many questions today, can we have a debate in Government time on people with invisible disabilities and the need to have a heart for the whole of our community?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and Extension Letter (21 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Just to clarify the Secretary of State’s earlier statement about the Bank of England, the bank was, of course, comparing the current withdrawal agreement with a no-deal Brexit, rather than with the current economy. Will the Secretary of State answer my young constituents and say whether he has ever sent a letter that he has not had the courtesy to sign?

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I am cognisant of your recent comments, but it seems to me that we had a business statement setting out what was going to happen next week in the normal way. That has now been altered on a point of order. I am not convinced that that was an appropriate point of order. If it was not, we have not received notice in this House of what will happen on...

Deferred Divisions: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(5) (16 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: To take that one step further, what if someone was unable to travel because they did not have any photographic ID, because they had childcare that needed to be taken care of, or because they were in a relationship where, because of its nature, they were desperately worried about the other person finding out the situation?

Deferred Divisions: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(5) (16 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Would it be possible, in the time remaining, for those who advise the Minister to find at least one person whom they have discussed it with, other than the Churches, given that he indicated that many discussions had taken place?

Deferred Divisions: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(5) (16 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Can the Minister indicate what he feels might happen in March 2020, should the Assembly not be up and running?

Preparations for Leaving the EU (8 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: We spoke in questions recently about pallets. I raise the issue again today because on page 113 of the recently published report the Government say that there must be compliance with ISPM 15—international standards for phytosanitary measure No. 15—to export into Europe, but on page 115 they suggest that compliance only “may” be needed. To help those trying to export on pallets that...

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: The Glenkinchie distillery, in my constituency, has been around since 1837 and is the finest lowland distillery in Scotland. Can the Minister confirm that, if we were to leave the EU, the US tariffs would not automatically fall but would indeed continue? To quote the advice of a former President to a former Prime Minister during the banana trade wars, politicians in America do not seem to...

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Are cameras on the border infrastructure?

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