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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: That clearly must be the case. There is an expectation on us to explain how the pounds, shillings and pence are spent, rather than just say, “Oh, it was just nodded through,” and when asked how much it cost, say “I have no idea.” That is unacceptable to those who send us here, and rightly so, because it is their taxes that pay for this; it is their work, their...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: I want to speak in support of the new clause. I have listened to several hon. Members compare the purchase of houses and cars with Brexit. I have also heard Members point to the necessity of knowing exactly what we are buying. With such a large transaction looming, a simple figure is the least one should expect. Beyond that, however, I think it perfectly reasonable to ask how the figure was...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: As well as upset Members in this House, does the hon. Lady not envisage thousands of upset people outside this place—namely, our constituents?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the net benefits has been peace and prosperity across Europe?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Industrial Strategy (6 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: At the last Scottish questions, the Secretary of State said that he had shared analysis with the Scottish Government. This morning we discovered that there is no impact assessment, so what analysis was shared with the Scottish Government?

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) on securing this debate. Members will be aware of the importance of the global fund, and I want to pay tribute to the important work the fund does in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV. It is clear today that without a supply of new medical...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Does the Minister envisage requesting the legislative consent motions before explaining what amendments the Government are going to make to the Bill?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that these powers have already been devolved? We are talking about powers coming back that have already been devolved, rather than something fresh and new.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the functions or strategists that can deal with this matter is the Joint Ministerial Committee?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Does the hon. Gentleman also agree that diarised meetings and more interaction might lead to confidence and agreement between the Governments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Express Train Services (30 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: Will the rail Minister say what discussions have been held with freight users about short-notice terminations of freight trains causing hundreds of tonnes of cargo to move on to our roads?

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: I rise to represent East Lothian, an agricultural constituency that relies heavily on EU workers at certain times of the year. The constituency relies on EU workers for our care services, and it houses a great many EU citizens who work in the university sector, in our own Queen Margaret University. We have historically had very close relationships with Europe, especially with Italy. I am...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford). The WASPI situation is a stain on this country. Were it not for the decisions made by others, these women would perhaps never have thought of turning to politics or of organising, lobbying, shouting and screaming. People such as Ali Wallis and Pat Milligan from East Lothian are organising and seeking justice for the...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Overseas Aid: Research (29 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the remit and objectives of the Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research Board are.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Overseas Aid: Research (29 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the Strategic Coherence for ODA-funded Research Board first plans to meet and how often it will do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: The House will be aware that this Friday marks World AIDS Day. Will the Minister tell us what the Department is going to do to build on this country’s expertise and investment to date to ensure that critical AIDS vaccines are delivered to Africa?

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: It is, as always, a great honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) on securing this timely and important debate. Dr Elsie Inglis made an enormous contribution to humanity. She set up hospitals that helped thousands...

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: I am grateful for that intervention. Bessie’s parents retired to Dunbar, which was then part of the constituency of Berwickshire but is now part of East Lothian. Bessie embarked on a nursing career that took her not only all over Scotland, but on two major overseas adventures. She trained in Edinburgh in the 1890s and she was night superintendent at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary until...

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: I accept your guidance from the Chair, Mr Davies; I merely wished to reiterate that the contribution made—often silently—by women during world war one and subsequently has often gone unheard in a history written by men. Millicent Fawcett, an English suffrage organiser from Dr Inglis’ time, described the suffrage movement, in words that are still so apt today in the fight for...


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