Results 1–20 of 155 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Bowie

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I am delighted to rise to speak in this debate this evening. In fact, there is nowhere else I would rather be on a beautiful July evening than here, and no issue that I would rather discuss than the Union yet again. It is an issue that is close to my heart, and close to the hearts of my constituents, 60.4% of whom voted to remain in the UK in 2014, and 67.6% of whom voted for Unionist parties...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I think the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, but of course she did no such thing. The people of Scotland went into the referendum in September 2014 in the full knowledge that a referendum on our membership of the European Union was coming down the tracks. It had been promised in January 2013, a full year and nine months before the September 2014 referendum. It seems hard to believe it...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I would have to look into that in more detail to find the exact reason why we abstained on that vote. I personally, of course, would have voted against it. We know that the SNP Government created that situation with VAT in the full knowledge of what they were doing. They attempted to turn it into a grievance with Westminster, and then tried to use it to force a wedge between the nations of...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Can the hon. Gentleman tell me how many times he has voted against the Leader of Opposition, the right hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn), and what he has told him to do?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: As has been said, education is a devolved area, but across the UK there is concern that in 2018 one in three young people made new friends online and that, sadly, one in four pupils reported being bullied online, and in the online world there is no respect for devolved or reserved boundaries or indeed for national borders. Does my right hon. Friend agree that keeping children safe online...

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Like me, many in the House will be suffering from football withdrawal symptoms now that the World cup is over, but they need not worry for long, for as I speak the qualifying rounds of the Europa league and Champions league are under way. While smaller teams, such as Hibs and a couple called Celtic and Rangers, are already engaged, one week today sees the battle of Britain game between...

Exiting the European Union: Devolved Administrations (19 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: What discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on their preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Devolved Administrations (19 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It will come as no surprise to anyone here that the Scottish National party do not want to make a success of Brexit. They want to wreck Brexit and wreck our United Kingdom, and the implementation Bill is designed to do just that. Can my hon. Friend assure me that he is doing all he can to ensure the implementation of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 across the whole of the UK, to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Two weeks ago, I and colleagues from across the House, along with hundreds of others, attended a poignant service of remembrance at the Piper Alpha memorial in Aberdeen to mark 30 years since the worst tragedy in offshore oil and gas production. That tragedy claimed 167 lives, and many of those people were from Aberdeenshire. What are the Government doing, along with the industry, to ensure...

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: My right hon. Friend rightly said today that we face a profound challenge to the entire rules-based international order. Does she agree that, in deploying troops to the Baltic to support our allies there and in Scandinavia, we are defending that rules-based order and not, in the words of the Leader of the Opposition, simply escalating tensions?

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: This past Saturday, it was a genuine pleasure to welcome the mayor of Achères in northern France to Stonehaven in my constituency, where a twinning agreement between the two towns was signed. Will the Leader of the House agree to hold a debate in Government time on the importance of twinning arrangements and the benefits that they can bring? As we are leaving the EU, such arrangements...

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I have just come from a sitting of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill Committee. To say that temperatures in Committee Room 12 are bordering on stifling would be an understatement. We—Members—and officials are luckily at liberty to remove our jackets, but it was brought to my attention that the same courtesy is not extended to the...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I rise to speak as a Conservative MP proud of what my Government are doing and delivering for Scotland. Thanks to this Conservative Government, by 2020, the block grant to the Scottish Government will have grown to £31.1 billion—a real-terms increase over the spending review period; thanks to this Conservative Government, day-to-day spending in Scotland will increase by £500...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I should be delighted.

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I welcome the contribution of the Scottish Government to the Aberdeen city region deal, but the hon. Lady must acknowledge that the deal would not have happened if the UK Government had not driven it ahead. For goodness sake, give me strength. The argument about the financial transactions capital funding is ridiculous not only because, let’s face it, the Scottish people do not care what...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate, in which there has been such agreement on the importance of NATO’s contribution to the world since its formation nearly 70 years ago. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been the pivotal organisation and the bond that has held together the freedom-loving nations of Europe and North America, maintained peace in the west of our continent...

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

Andrew Bowie: I am grateful for the chance to speak tonight, because I, too, was frustrated by the Labour party’s determination to silence the voice of Scotland last week by dividing 11 times on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. I am grateful for the opportunity to give up my evening to talk about important issues. Section 28(7) of the Scotland Act 1998 reads as follows: this Act “does not...

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

Andrew Bowie: As Lord Sewel’s Member of Parliament, I rise to speak because I am concerned for his welfare. All this talk of being turned on his head must be quite an experience for him. Given the exceptional nature and circumstances of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, does my right hon. Friend agree that this Government have acted in line with the convention of my constituent, Lord Sewel, in order to...

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

Andrew Bowie: My right hon. Friend will be aware that highland games season is now upon us, and from Drumtochty to Aboyne, Lonach, Braemar and Ballater, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine boasts the best Highland games in the country. I invite the Leader of the House to my constituency to attend the games, and will she grant a debate in Government time about the importance of these fantastic events to the...


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