Results 81–100 of 963 for speaker:Ronnie Cowan

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

Ronnie Cowan: What you are saying is that if I can afford to pay for a private prescription, I can access medicine that you are saying is not proven to be effective, because you are not going to allow its use on the NHS; it has to pass other tests. What about bedrocan? That is manufactured in the United Kingdom, so we do not have to import cannabis from the Netherlands anymore. Hilltop Leaf wants to grow...

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

Ronnie Cowan: I am curious. What we have done is—

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

Ronnie Cowan: The Minister is saying that he is allowing a licence for a product to be manufactured in the United Kingdom, in East Kilbride, so that is okay. We are allowing it to be manufactured here in the United Kingdom—that is all right. We are saying that people cannot get it on the NHS, but it is okay for other people to have it. Surely it has passed all the tests that we need it to.

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

Ronnie Cowan: I have three kids and two grandkids. If one of them was suffering from intractable epilepsy and I had them on bedrocan, and they were either seizure-free or had the condition under control, I would not want to hand them over to a random control test where they might be fed a placebo and therefore incur more damage. Would the Minister?

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

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale (David Mundell) on bringing forward this debate. I put on record that I am a trustee of the charity Intractable Epilepsy, whose aim is to raise money to fund the purchase of medical cannabis for children with intractable epilepsy. Details are contained in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. It is...

Written Answers — Home Office: Cannabis: Medical Treatments (27 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to extend Target Pharmacy's licence for Bedrocan products.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Investment Zone in Scotland (27 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: What discussions his Department plans to hold with the Scottish Government and local authorities on proposals to create an investment zone in Scotland.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Investment Zone in Scotland (27 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Given that both the green ports went to the east coast of Scotland, which flies in the face of the well-known convention that west is best, can the Minister assure me that when Inverclyde Council puts together its bid for an investment zone, the Minister will balance that against the devastation caused in the area by the lack of investment over decades by consecutive Labour and Conservative...

Cash Acceptance — [Hannah Bardell in the Chair] (20 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: As my hon. Friend mentioned, freedom of choice is imperative. Currently, we need cash and card. We need to make everyone comfortable with the direction of travel. Does he agree that an education programme is required akin to the one we had back in the day when we introduced decimalisation? Given the average age of people in the room, I may have to explain what decimalisation is.

Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: On the back of last week’s Budget, I made a speech about industrial hemp. The industry is telling me that it can create 105,000 jobs and pay £1 billion in tax if it is allowed to grow—pun intended. I will be writing to the Minister to explain this in detail, but it would be really helpful if I could sit down with the relevant Minister and industry representatives so they can make their case.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation - Income Tax (Charge) (16 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: In every community throughout the UK that has a high level of employment, people experience better health, both physical and mental, less crime, better school outcomes and longer life. The result is less strain on the health service and criminal justice system. Admittedly, that is a simplified summary and we can, and no doubt will, debate wages and work conditions—at a time when the...

Installation of Telecommunications Infrastructure (15 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: In my constituency, when operators put up a new pole they put a wee plaque on it that says, “If you have an objection, phone this number.” They clearly know they are upsetting local communities in the first place. Would it not be better for them to engage with the local community before erecting the poles?

Installation of Telecommunications Infrastructure (15 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: I fully understand what the right hon. Lady is saying, and I think we all have experience of this. In Scotland, the situation is slightly different in that there is a regulation 5, which we would think would give local councils the opportunity to say, “No, you cannot do this.” Regulation 5 can apply to conservation areas, grade 1 or category A listed buildings and ancient monuments, but...

Proscribed Psychedelic Drugs (14 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we are in danger of taking psilocybin into the same arena as medical cannabis, where the medical profession blames politicians and politicians blame the medical profession, and rather than all looking for obstacles, we should be looking for constructive solutions?

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Energy: Conservation ( 8 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to fund (a) moves to low-carbon heating and (b) other home improvements in energy efficiency.

Illegal Migration Bill ( 7 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: According to the statistics quoted by the Home Secretary last year, 17,000 referrals took on average 543 days to consider. Among those were the asylum seekers staying in a hotel in my constituency. I have engaged with them, along with my MSP colleague Stuart McMillan, on an ongoing basis since they arrived. The Home Office has not. It has not talked to those guys; it has not stopped the...

Civil Service Impartiality ( 6 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: Here today we have Conservatives demanding that Labour observes the recommendations of ACOBA, when previous Conservative Chancellors and Foreign Secretaries bypassed the process before taking up appointments, and we have Labour stretching the process to breaking point by operating in the shadows. Is it time that we gave ACOBA some teeth?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: HIV Infection: Health Services ( 2 Mar 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial steps his Department is taking to (a) treat and (b) prevent HIV.

Scotland: Cost of Living (22 Feb 2023)

Ronnie Cowan: What assessment he has made of the impact of increases in the cost of living on people in Scotland.


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