Results 941–960 of 963 for speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Small Business Saturday ( 1 Dec 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: Absolutely. This coming Saturday is a focal point, which is all about raising awareness, as is the debate. As the hon. Gentleman says, it is all year round, because it is sometimes a day in, day out struggle for businesses to keep their head above water. At national level small businesses have been eligible for the Scottish Government’s small business bonus scheme since 2008. Almost 100,000...

Small Business Saturday ( 1 Dec 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: I touched on HMRC earlier and I echo my hon. Friend’s sentiments. In the lead-up to this year’s Small Business Saturday my message is clear: let us create more local jobs and vibrant town centres, and invest in the future of our communities by backing our SMEs.

Women and Equalities: Syria (26 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: I was disappointed to hear the Prime Minister say that we cannot look back to what happened in Iraq, because if we do not look back, we will not learn anything. Would he concede that if the Chilcot inquiry had produced its report, we would be better informed as to how best to handle this complex situation?

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: Trident is a term often used to describe the UK’s entire nuclear weapons system, including Vanguard class submarines, Trident missiles and nuclear warheads. Each Trident D5 missile can hold up to 12 nuclear warheads, and each warhead has eight times more capacity to kill and destroy than the bomb that exploded over Hiroshima. Each submarine has 16 missile tubes, which means that it is...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: If we had used our time, effort, money and ingenuity to fight deadly diseases instead of creating weapons of mass destruction, the world would be a better place today. We should be looking for humanitarian solutions, not for death. Former Defence Secretary Des Browne, and Ian Kearns, the former adviser to Parliament on national security, stated: “It has become clearer, for example, that a...

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs (23 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of proposed changes to feed-in tariffs on the solar industry in Scotland.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs (23 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 14118, when she plans to respond to the consultation on the feed-in tariff review.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Oil: Refineries (16 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that oil produced in UK waters is sent to oil refineries in the UK.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Married People ( 4 Nov 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many spousal visa applications in which the sponsoring partner resided in Scotland have been (a) submitted and (b) refused in each year since 2012.

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: The Leader of the House said in July 2015 that EVEL would ensure that English MPs had their voice recognised within the Union. The perceived grievance that somehow MPs from outside England pose an insidious influence on English affairs is totally incorrect. If MPs in England want a particular piece of legislation, they have the numbers to ensure that it progresses. With 533 of the 650...

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: No. I believe, for example, that it is fair for Scotland’s decision on our membership of the European Union to be respected and that under no circumstances should we be dragged out of the EU without the consent of the people of Scotland. Scotland should also have a fair say on UK national infrastructure projects, such as the expansion of Heathrow airport. Despite Scotland’s financial...

Backbench Business — [2nd Allotted Day]: Superfast Broadband (12 Oct 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) on securing this debate. I am aware of his continued interest in this area, and it is an interest that I share as I have more than 35 years of experience in the IT industry. The technology required to facilitate the universal roll-out of high-speed broadband across the UK already exists. If a village in rural Sweden can...

Backbench Business — [2nd Allotted Day]: Superfast Broadband (12 Oct 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: I would, and I could add to that list Kilmacolm and Inverkip since we are playing that game. Businesses in Inverclyde and across the UK will attest to the competitive advantage that super high-speed broadband gives them. Their ability to research, advertise, communicate and sell is enhanced by having access to the fastest possible connection, as well as a customer base that has good broadband...

Backbench Business — [2nd Allotted Day]: Superfast Broadband (12 Oct 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: It is certainly a great enhancement to the process we are trying to force through. The Scottish Government are helping to meet this demand through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, which is divided into the highlands and islands project and the rest of Scotland project. Significant progress has already been made towards the goal of 95% coverage of superfast broadband in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (23 Sep 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work capability assessments in connection with claims for employment and support allowance have been carried out in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in the last two years.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Inverclyde (23 Sep 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when universal credit will be rolled out in Inverclyde constituency.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Pensions (16 Sep 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many disputes on armed forces veterans' pensions entitlements Veterans UK and its predecessor organisations has dealt with in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Pensions (16 Sep 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what pensions awards the Government has made to armed forces veterans in Inverclyde in each of the last 10 years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Mental Health Services (15 Sep 2015)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance the Government is providing to armed forces veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression.


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