Results 141–160 of 963 for speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Levelling-up Fund (17 Oct 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: How much and what proportion of the £4.8 billion levelling-up fund has his Department allocated to local authorities since that fund was announced in October 2021.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Levelling-up Fund (17 Oct 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: Inverclyde has a very strong bid in, but we need maximum co-operation between this UK Government and my Inverclyde Council to ensure that we can line up all the ducks at our end and therefore get a maximum return on the investment. I heard the Minister saying that this would be announced at the end of the year, but last week I was being told that it would be at the end of November, so things...

Financial Services and Markets Bill ( 7 Sep 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I will not consume all my seven minutes. I shall try to give some time back to the House and allow others to speak. In any event, I am feeling absolutely lousy, and standing for more than three minutes may well prove to be a bit of a challenge. The majority of people are using less cash. The technology which is available, and which we are encouraged to use, has seen cash acceptance and access...

Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jul 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: Prime Minister, the OECD forecasts zero growth in GDP for the UK economy in 2023; that would be the worst performance in the G7. Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Sweden, Austria, Belgium and Finland are all wealthier than the UK. Why should Scotland not be afforded the same opportunity to seek prosperity through being a sovereign independent nation, standing as...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (19 Jul 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: [R] I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am asking specifically about intractable epilepsy. Three NHS prescriptions have been written for the appropriate medicine, so we have proven that that can be done and that the medicine can be provided free on the NHS. When can families and friends, who scramble every month to raise thousands of pounds...

Online Safety Bill: New Clause 7 - Duties regarding user-generated pornographic content: regulated services (12 Jul 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I was not planning to speak, but we have a couple of minutes so I will abuse that position. I just want to say that I do not want new clause 7 to be lost in this debate and become part of the flotsam and jetsam of the tide of opinion that goes back and forth in this place, because new clause 7 is about consent. We are trying very hard to teach young men all about consent, and if we cannot do...

Online Safety Bill: New Clause 7 - Duties regarding user-generated pornographic content: regulated services (12 Jul 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I absolutely agree. We can also look at this from the point of view of gambling reform and age verification for that. The technology is there, and we can harness and use it to protect people. All I am asking is that we do not let this slip through the cracks this evening.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Innovation: Strathclyde (30 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on launching the Innovation Accelerator in the Glasgow city region, as announced in the Levelling Up White Paper; and if his Department will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Glasgow city region Innovation Accelerator on Inverclyde constituency.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Football: Gambling (27 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many football clubs in the premier league have gambling sponsors.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Football: Gambling (27 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of children who attended a professional football match in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Football: Gambling (27 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the exposure to children of gambling adverts in football stadiums.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Gambling (22 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the forthcoming gambling White Paper will specify that gambling affordability assessments should be put in place independently of the gambling industry.

Universal Basic Income (15 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: Is the hon. Member aware that Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, is pushing for a basic income to be trialled in the Greater Manchester area? He seems to understand that by trialling these things and learning from them, we will all be better informed.

Universal Basic Income (15 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Lanark and Hamilton East (Angela Crawley) on bringing forward this debate. Basic income and the phrase “an idea whose time has come” seem to go hand in glove these days. It has been around for a long time. Recently, thanks to Guy Standing, it has been linked with Magna Carta—or, to be precise, the Charter of the Forest—which makes it at...

Universal Basic Income (15 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: There is absolutely no evidence from any pilot programme from anywhere in the world that shows that people are indolent and do not want to work. In fact, the current welfare system punishes people for going back to work. As for the basic income, I am not taking people’s basic income away if they go and get some part-time work or to go back to university to study, so it actually encourages...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: As was pointed out by the hon. Member for Lichfield (Michael Fabricant), this Government promised medical cannabis on the NHS 1,183 days ago. Since then, a child with epilepsy will have experienced, at a modest estimate, 35,490 seizures. We have free NHS prescriptions, which proves that the medicine exists and is approved for use in the United Kingdom. How much longer must those children suffer?

Government Action on Suicide Prevention — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] ( 8 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I wonder whether the Minister will address gambling-related harm. This is a complex issue—we all get that—and it will require cross-departmental co-operation to find some sort of solution. There is an imminent opportunity coming along—there is a White Paper on gambling reform due, I am told, within weeks. Will the Minister engage with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and...

Football Index Collapse ( 7 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I have listened to what the Minister has said about compensation. Under section 123 of the Gambling Act 2005, the DCMS Secretary can impose a levy, at the level they determine, for any purpose whatsoever.

Football Index Collapse ( 7 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: I congratulate the hon. Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) on bringing forward this debate. I was assured as recently as this morning in this very room by a Government Minister that the gambling review White Paper is due in the coming weeks. Minister, we cannot keep meeting like this. Among a range of reforms, the gambling review White Paper must effectively regulate the digital age, and...

Football Index Collapse ( 7 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: Absolutely. I will touch on that briefly later. I watched “Question Time” from Belfast a couple of weeks ago, and I was surprised that the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) did not intervene at any point. BetIndex failed to properly notify the Gambling Commission of the nature of the product in its licence application. The Gambling Commission could have responded better, with...


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