Results 61–80 of 963 for speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Home Department: Industrial Hemp Licensing ( 3 Jul 2023)

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

Home Department: Industrial Hemp Licensing ( 3 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I recollect the conversation well. We have an opportunity within the UK to grow hemp on an industrial scale and so feed many growing industries that use hemp to produce environmentally friendly products. The growth of these industries has been hampered by overly complicated regulations and a poor application process. Meanwhile, foreign companies are racing ahead in this arena. To protect UK...

Home Department: Topical Questions ( 3 Jul 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. In recent weeks, the media have carried stories of patients who were receiving medical cannabis on private prescriptions, and who are now having their prescriptions paid for by the NHS. On the surface that is a great leap forward, but parents of children with intractable epilepsy who have been asking for such...

Cost of Living Committee (14 Jun 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I apologise once again for being late for this debate, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I have now given up my opportunity to speak in it. I was talking to four women who are currently on hunger strike to raise attention for children living in poverty throughout the United Kingdom, and they asked me to ask the Minister if this Government would consider following the Scottish Government’s example...

Written Answers — Home Office: Hemp: Licensing ( 9 Jun 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs on the licensing process of growing hemp.

Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Jun 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: This week, we heard plans for two universal basic income pilots in England. Similar schemes have been planned for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With the progress of the gig economy and the acceleration of artificial intelligence, it is clear that the working environment will need to be drastically overhauled. Will this Government waken up to the reality of the situation and instruct...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hemp: Licensing ( 5 Jun 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on licensing process of growing hemp.

Ministerial Code: Investigation of Potential Breach (23 May 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: The appointment of the ethics adviser is at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister, the inquiries that are carried out are at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister and the actions taken on the outcome of any report are at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister. Does the Minister think maybe there is a problem with this process?

Psilocybin Treatments (18 May 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: The cost is not just about the licence. Because it is a schedule 1 drug, more dangerous than heroin, the way in which it is stored in a laboratory, so that people cannot get access to it, and the set-up needed around the laboratory has caused a lot of people to say that they simply cannot afford to make such modifications to their laboratories and start the investigation in the first place.

Psilocybin Treatments (18 May 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: It is a rare privilege for me to rise in this place and follow two such magnificent speeches from Members across these Benches, and it is a fact that when we find ourselves with cross-party support on something, we tend to be able to back off and just talk sense about things, and stop trying to score political points off each other. Then I look at the Government Front Bench, and I understand...

Psilocybin Treatments (18 May 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker, for once again correcting me. Since announcing that I was taking part in this debate, I have been inundated with briefings from a wide range of individuals and organisations, every one of which was welcome. Not being medically trained, it took me some time to read through and absorb what I was being told. I have my own views on the issue and the path...

Corporate Profit and Inflation (16 May 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leeds East (Richard Burgon) on securing the debate. Profits can be good if they are used wisely—if people reinvest them in their workforce and to pay their employees proper salaries. The question is: how big do profits have to be, and how were they created? Were they created on poor wages and poor working conditions? Were they created on inflated prices...

Gambling Act Review White Paper (27 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I welcome the statement, although I have not had time to read the 250 pages of the White Paper. I am sure that the devil will be in the detail. I am not as enamoured of this statement as other Members seem to be. I am delighted that our hard work has been recognised, and it is important today that we recognise the hard work of the campaigners, the people with lived experience and the people...

Voter ID (27 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Let me ask a question that was asked earlier. I have grave issues with voter ID, but the Government are going to go ahead in any case, so let me ask a very straightforward question. The people who will be monitoring will perhaps have to turn somebody away, because they have turned up with proof of ID that has an old photograph—the person will think it is representative of them, but it is no...

Sudan (24 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To echo the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Kirsten Oswald), I have been contacted by a constituent of mine who is gravely concerned for her family members who are stuck in Khartoum, including her great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom is approaching three years of age. As the Minister said in his statement, food and water are becoming increasingly scarce. I...

List of Ministers’ Interests and Ministerial Code (24 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: When Sir Laurie Magnus gave evidence to PACAC on the compliance of Ministers with the ministerial code, he said: “I think you have to rely on their honesty, their compliance with the seven principles of public life and their recognising that if they are to have the privilege of a ministerial position, they have to comply with the expected standards.” What can we do in this place when they...

Written Answers — Home Office: Hallucinogens (24 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been arrested for possession of (a) psilocybin, (b) psilocin and (c) magic mushrooms in each of the last five years.

Backbench Business: Medicinal Cannabis: Economic Contribution — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (20 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: If the Minister is struggling to understand, I am more than happy to give him a copy of the report by the all-party parliamentary group on industrial hemp and CBD products called “A Plan for a Legal and Regulated UK Hemp and Cannabis Sector”.

Backbench Business: Medicinal Cannabis: Economic Contribution — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (20 Apr 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: This time, when the ACMD makes recommendations to the Government, will the Government acknowledge and accept them? They have knocked back its recommendations a couple of times in the past, most recently over nitrous oxide.


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