Results 1–20 of 79 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

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It is a privilege to rise to speak in such a consensual debate; I congratulate the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) on securing it. It is an honour to speak after the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth), who is such a vociferous supporter of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. In a Westminster Hall debate a couple of months ago, I cited the age-old list of enemies of the...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: If there is a circular argument within the Labour, it shows that it is not united behind an independent nuclear deterrent. Perhaps we should ask some of those who were backstage at Glastonbury last year whether the leader of the Labour party supports an independent nuclear deterrent. With our record, as well as our unparalleled investment in the defence estate to bring accommodation up to a...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Yes, I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. As I have said, we cannot underestimate the effect on the morale of people serving on bases such as Condor when every so often—every other month, it seems—we read in newspapers of ill-judged speculation about the future of bases by, in this case, Scottish Government Ministers. We cannot underestimate the effect that has on them,...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I could not agree more with my right hon. Friend. In fact, one thing that gets brought up time and again when I speak to friends still serving in the armed forces is the state of accommodation and the support they have received from that company. It would be very nice to see it held more firmly to account by the Ministry of Defence. Since I came to the House, we have too often heard questions...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I congratulate the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd) on securing today’s debate. What we are debating this morning is a serious component of the debate around universal credit, and it is right that we dedicate appropriate time to its consideration. Colleagues from all parties and of all positions on universal credit...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I will not, because there are many speakers to come and we are short on time. The Government have listened to concerns brought by Members and the Work and Pensions Committee, and have acted on them, where necessary, in a calm and considered fashion. I have full confidence that that will continue as we debate the issues surrounding the private rented sector.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (9 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: The Foreign Secretary recently commented on the immeasurable contribution of this country, and the RAF in particular, to combating extremism in the middle east. However, does he agree that our pausing reluctance to intervene in the first place diminished us and our standing in the region, leading to many more deaths, and that never again should Britain, with all we can offer, be reduced to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Life Sciences (19 Dec 2017)

Andrew Bowie: What steps he is taking to support investment in life sciences for the development of new medical treatments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Life Sciences (19 Dec 2017)

Andrew Bowie: In Scotland today there are over 600 life sciences organisations employing more than 30,000 people, making Scotland one of the largest life sciences clusters in Europe, so they too will welcome the announcement the Minister mentions. Will he give the House some more detail on the sector deal and industry investments that could give even more strength to this world-leading industry across the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (18 Dec 2017)

Andrew Bowie: For jobseekers in my constituency of West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, it is overwhelmingly the “can do” attitude of professionals and the dedication of the work coaches, whom they value, that will help them to find work. Especially at this time of year, we as a House should definitely pay tribute to them. May I ask my hon. Friend how the new work coaches will boost the chances...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (12 Dec 2017)

Andrew Bowie: Thanks to the actions of this Government, it is widely recognised that the UK now has the most fiscally attractive regime in the world for investment in oil and gas. Does my right hon. Friend agree that a good sector deal would build on that and would mean that the north-east of Scotland could look forward to a future in which it is not only Europe’s energy capital, but the world’s?

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Andrew Bowie: Although my constituency contains 31 miles of magnificent North sea coastline, it does not have much of a fishing industry—certainly not as much as the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid). However, I thought it was important that I speak in today’s debate on the eve of the Fisheries Council that will set quotas for all European fishing...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Andrew Bowie: First, I want to comment on what was said by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field). Having been in a similar position as a staffer for a Member of the Scottish Parliament, I well understand how a situation like the one he described can affect people. I also want to associate myself with the words of my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart) regarding the...

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

Andrew Bowie: I am not sure I actually understand the premise of the question. I will give way again if the hon. Gentleman would like to explain.

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

Andrew Bowie: I am arguing that, if we agreed to the provisions set down by the Scottish National party and the other Opposition parties, it would be fatally undermined and at risk. Just to prove my point, we all know that making a success of Brexit and protecting and strengthening our internal market are not in the interests of the Scottish National party, whose raison d’être remains the...

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

Andrew Bowie: I will not give way, I am afraid, given that I have to wrap up soon. As things stand today, it is a fact that, thanks to the actions of this Government, the Scottish Parliament is now one of the most powerful devolved legislative Assemblies in the world, with powers over—[Interruption.] It has powers over justice, education, health, transport, the environment and, now, taxation and...

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

Andrew Bowie: Does my hon. Friend agree that SNP Members have absolutely no interest in our making a success of Brexit, because their only aim is to break up our United Kingdom?

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

Andrew Bowie: This debate concerns all constituent countries of the United Kingdom, but I will reserve my remarks to Scotland as I represent West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine. As a Member of Parliament of the 2017 vintage, which is a very fine vintage, I am finding—along with everyone else, I am sure—that one of the most common questions asked of me on the doorsteps and in constituency...

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

Andrew Bowie: Like my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton), I believe that changes will have to be made to clause 11 as it stands, but that we cannot support the amendments tabled by the SNP as they would fatally undermine the United Kingdom and the common market that we all share. Let us look at the facts of the devolution settlements. The current devolution settlements reflect...

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