Results 181–200 of 962 for speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Drug Crime (20 Apr 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: Do those young men and women who served in our armed forces, came back to our country and now self-medicate their PTSD deserve a criminal record for the possession of drugs for their personal use?

Gambling-related Harm — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I must say, I am pleased that people have come here to talk on behalf of the gambling industry. Too often, we talk in a silo and do not hear what other people have to say. I am glad they have come here, spoken out, expressed themselves so eloquently and read their Bet365 briefing so beautifully.

Gambling-related Harm — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: It absolutely is true. I was sat here beside you and watched you read it.

Gambling-related Harm — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: As I said, a briefing from Bet365—that is exactly what it was.

Gambling-related Harm — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: It does not matter who it was written for; it is a briefing from Bet365.

Gambling-related Harm — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: We will cover that in a minute; we are wasting time. It is simply not true that 66% of Norwegian gambling is on the black market. I am not trying to replicate Norway. In Norway, gambling is state monopolised, and because of that they use the internet a lot to gamble. In fact, the 66% relates to people using online gambling. It is not black market gambling as we understand it. On whether the...

Gambling-related Harm — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: This is a caveat, but Denise Coates paid herself a billion pounds over the course of four years. If I earned a billion pounds, I would make sure I paid my tax as well.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Gambling: Taxation (24 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: If she will make it her policy to introduce a statutory levy on gambling operators to fund services relating to gambling harms.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: The gambling industry currently makes a voluntary contribution to the cost of the education, health support and research required to address gambling-related harm. The then Secretary of State, the right hon. and learned Member for Kenilworth and Southam (Jeremy Wright), said in 2019 that “the Government reserve the right to pursue a mandatory route…if a voluntary route does not prove...

Jack Ritchie: Gambling Act Review (21 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I welcome all those measures, but the Government have brought every single one of them to the table kicking and screaming. They have all been from pressure groups outside looking in and saying, “You must change this.” What I want to see is the Government leading by example, particularly when it comes to the entire review of the Gambling Act 2005.

Jack Ritchie: Gambling Act Review (21 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: The Minister is correct to point out that 888 was fined £9.4 million for its tardiness, but the point behind this is that the operators decide what rules they implement, because they are governed by their own body, the Gambling Commission, which they fund. 888 is a gambling firm—a bookmaker. It will have weighed up the odds: “Fine me £9 million? I’m making £29 million. I’m making...

Jack Ritchie: Gambling Act Review (21 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: The coroner also said that the services available to Jack were “woeful”. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that until we ringfence a statutory levy that can properly fund, through the NHS, the help, support and education that is required, the services will continue to be woeful and more young men such as Jack could be forced into taking their own lives?

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fishing Vessels: Russia (21 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has placed sanctions on Russian owned and operated fishing vessels that may have obtained fish quotas or licences to fish within UK waters.

Bank Branch Closures (16 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: As one of the older generation, I get my hon. Friend’s point: we absolutely are moving towards a digital economy. There is no doubt about that, but access to cash is absolutely required for the most impoverished in our society and, yes, some of our older colleagues. Does she agree that the banks and, importantly, the post offices have to look at this closely, because as high street banks...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: The Minister talks about helping people. How would she categorise the increase to national insurance contributions?

Prime Minister: Engagements ( 9 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I have a constituent whose elderly parents are seeking refuge in the United Kingdom from Ukraine. Her parents are both in their 80s. They have made it to Hungary. They went to the visa application centre, as instructed by the Home Office hotline, and they were told, “Come back on 22 March.” Then, and only then, will their biometrics be processed. That is the harsh reality—no spin, no...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Topical Questions ( 7 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: Seven out of 10 of the most deprived areas in Wales, six out of 10 in Scotland and three out of 10 in England have not received any levelling-up funding. When will the right hon. Gentleman give them that opportunity—when will he publish the timetable and the criteria for the second tranche of money?

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions ( 1 Mar 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: The Secretary of State is on record saying: “Making medicinal cannabis available on prescription will benefit the lives of ill patients currently suffering in silence. There is nothing harder than seeing your loved ones in pain”. Since he said that, there have been three prescriptions for medical cannabis on the NHS. They are important, because they set a legal and medical precedent that...

The Secretary of State was asked: Violence Against Women and Girls (28 Feb 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: The all-party parliamentary group on commercial sexual exploitation is conducting an inquiry into the pornography industry in response to growing concerns that online pornography is fuelling violence against women and girls. Will the Government establish the necessary legal framework to prevent and address the harm associated with the production and consumption of pornography?

Written Answers — Home Office: Hemp: Licensing (25 Feb 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many current licences there are for growing Hemp in the UK.


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