Results 41–60 of 962 for speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Expenditure: Scotland (18 Oct 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett consequentials for Scotland are of the construction of the HS2 rail project.

Dangerous Drugs (12 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I was delighted to hear that there were moves afoot to change the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, because if ever a piece of legislation needed changing, it is the 1971 Act—it is followed closely by the Gambling Act 2005, but that is for another day. There are so many things wrong with the 1971 Act. It was bad legislation in its day and for more than 50 years it has ensured that people are...

Dangerous Drugs (12 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: My point is that the Government are not nipping this is in the bud. What will happen here is that they will hand this over to the criminal fraternity, and kids who want to take drugs will continue to take drugs, but now we will not know what they are taking and it could be doing them more harm. Meanwhile, they will be arrested and given a criminal record, which will live with them for the...

Dangerous Drugs (12 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: There is little or no evidence that says that this action will address the problem. Can the Minister provide me with one example—just one—over 50 years where arresting someone for personal possession and giving them a criminal record has helped reduce the misuse of drugs? As has been highlighted already in this debate, the problems of antisocial behaviour and littering can be addressed...

Dangerous Drugs (12 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: It has not been proven to be a deterrent. Look at the numbers that we have across the United Kingdom. Has arresting people and criminalising them ever been proven to be a deterrent?

Dangerous Drugs (12 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I knew that the Minister was going to bring up Portland at some point. There has been a clarion call to the extreme right wing to clamp down on drug policies, but we have to look at Portland in its entirety. Yes, it decriminalised drugs, but it also cut back all its support services drastically and had a fentanyl crisis at exactly the same time. That created a perfect storm for the damage...

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva ( 7 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) on securing the debate. I apologise if I stumble between illnesses, diseases and genomics; this is not my specialist subject. Rare illnesses are collectively widespread. There are thousands of different rare diseases and illnesses, and each one can require highly specialised treatment. That means that people living...

Access to Broadband Services — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] ( 6 Sep 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate my friend and colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Alyn Smith), on securing the debate. One of the first areas of improvement that I identified for my constituency of Inverclyde when I was first elected in 2015 was broadband speed and resilience. Today, after many discussions, the occasional confrontation and a lot of repetition, Inverclyde is well served. We now...

Illicit Finance: War in Ukraine (13 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I have a small point to make, just before the Minister brings the debate to a conclusion. I fully understand why we are looking at ending the war in Ukraine, freeing it from the yoke of Russia and helping it rebuild itself, but can she please assure me about this? In a global perspective, the same figures we are talking about here could be used to fund the UK’s diplomatic service, foreign...

Illicit Finance: War in Ukraine (13 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I will not take up too much of the House’s time, or repeat the arguments that have been eloquently put forward by previous speakers, but I would like to touch briefly on the finance aspect of the debate. It is a great irony that when we talk about murky finances and the war in Ukraine, we come back to issues of transparency in the UK time and again. The initial flurry of activity and...

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Will the Minister give way?

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: But the point I was making was that we picked that up after two or three decades of neglect. What we have been missing in between is the experience that people have gathered during that time.

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: As my hon. Friend the Member for Midlothian (Owen Thompson) mentioned, 2.2 million people work in construction, without whom there would be no offices, factories, roads, schools or homes. Although we place great value on having a roof our heads, we undervalue the people who build them.

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I could not agree more. When I left school in the late 1970s, it was no longer fashionable to take on trades. Everybody had to go to college, no matter what the course was, and we lost the skillsets in my local shipyards and in construction for plumbers, joiners, platers, fitters and all those skills. If we look at the average age now—they are getting into their 50s—there has been a gap...

Winnie Ewing ( 4 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: rose—

Winnie Ewing ( 4 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Winnie Ewing ( 4 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: You said that 15 minutes ago!

Winnie Ewing ( 4 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: There are two links to me there. Colin Campbell was my history teacher when I was at school. [Hon. Members: “Not modern studies?”] No, history. I also had the great privilege of Winnie being a constituent of mine when she was in that nursing home. I was the candidate in 2015, and I got the phone call to go and meet Winnie Ewing, which was quite an experience for me, and she was incredibly...

Road Fuel Prices ( 3 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Now that we know that competition on fuel prices has weakened in recent years and that that has led to inflated prices, particularly in my constituency where, despite a campaign for fair prices led by Stuart McMillan MSP, we have been paying over the odds for years, may I seek a guarantee that supermarket food prices are not following the same pattern?

Home Department: Industrial Hemp Licensing ( 3 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Whether her Department has had recent discussions with the industrial hemp industry on licensing.

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