Results 81–100 of 1516 for speaker:Owen Thompson

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Owen Thompson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I appreciate what you have outlined, but I seek your advice, because obviously I have taken advice from the Clerks. This is the SNP’s Opposition day, and the purpose of an Opposition day is for our party to have the ability to put forward our business. We have already had a significant delay to the moving of this motion, which has significant interest, to...

Post Office Management Culture ( 8 Feb 2024)

Owen Thompson: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I thank and commend my hon. Friend the Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows) for securing today’s debate. I know that she has worked on this and other Post Office issues from the minute she set foot in this place in 2015. Her efforts, and those of many other hon. Members who have spent many years...

Business of the House ( 8 Feb 2024)

Owen Thompson: For some time I have noticed a growing sense of frustration among Members who ask a question and are given an answer that bears no relation to it. It is as if Ministers are applying some sort of Jedi mind trick to suggest that this is not the question they were looking to ask. Will the Leader of the House arrange for a statement to be made on what steps the Government will take to ensure that...

Transport: Rail Fares ( 8 Feb 2024)

Owen Thompson: I apologise for the disruption to normal service: my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) is on Committee business, so the House will have to put up with a spokesperson replacement service this morning. Last October, peak fares were scrapped across Scotland’s railways for six months. That has been extended to nine months, until the end of June. As a...

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Owen Thompson: The A701 relief road realignment is a key regional infrastructure project with knock-on national benefits, not to mention the major improvements it would make in Midlothian. So-called levelling up round 3 did not even allow the project to bid for funding, and I know that the leader of Midlothian Council and the leaders of all the councils in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region...

Points of order (31 Jan 2024)

Owen Thompson: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Just for the record, I seek your guidance on how to make it very clear that it was not a member of the SNP who said any such thing—I can be absolutely certain about that. I think Members might want to be very clear about which parties are saying things before making such accusations. How can I put that on the record, Madam Deputy Speaker?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Commonwealth (26 Jan 2024)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the roles Commonwealth soldiers are eligible to apply for while serving in the British Army.

Defending the UK and Allies (15 Jan 2024)

Owen Thompson: I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to protecting the fundamental tenets of international law and upholding the fundamental principles of the United Nations, but is it equally as distinct and limited to this action as it to all other situations?

Israel and Palestine ( 8 Jan 2024)

Owen Thompson: The Minister has referred multiple times to the application of international law. What definition of proportionate, targeted and minimising are the Government applying if they consider the actions of Israel to be in compliance with all of those? How many children have to be killed before the Government stop the linguistic gymnastics and call for an immediate ceasefire?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment ( 8 Jan 2024)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of trends in the level of armed forces recruitment since 2020.

Defence: Topical Questions ( 8 Jan 2024)

Owen Thompson: The 2023 armed forces satisfaction survey confirmed that half of personnel do not believe that their family benefit from being a service family. The impact of service life on family and personal life remains a top factor behind the intention to leave, so what does the Secretary of State propose to do to listen to forces families and implement policies to make a difference?

Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (19 Dec 2023)

Owen Thompson: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to pardon miners convicted of certain offences committed during the 1984-85 miners’ strike. I welcome the opportunity to speak about a matter of great importance to me and many others in my Midlothian constituency and beyond. A miners’ pardon would be a powerful symbol of reconciliation. It would show we are prepared to put the past...

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