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Results 181–200 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Patrick Grady

State Pension Age (2 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: It is concerning and disappointing that further changes are being considered, given that the Government have not even fixed the botched mess they made of the transition for women born in the 1950s. Several of those women have come to my constituency surgery and some of them face losses of up to £30,000 as a result of the unfair transition. I wonder how many of the WASPI women have gone to...

Humanitarian Crisis: Greece (2 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (Stuart C. McDonald), I recognise the role that DFID has already played, but can the Secretary of State confirm that her response today does not include any new announcements of funding or resource? Does that mean that this latest crisis was somehow foreseen in the needs analysis that the Government carried out...

Business of the House (3 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: This morning, in the Vote Office, I picked up a copy of the Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill, which authorises, for the year ending 31 March 2017, Government spending of £258,322, 682,000. Last night, the Bill received its First, Second and Third Readings in the space of three minutes. When, during those three minutes, did I, as a Scottish MP, have an opportunity...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Vaz. I think this is the first time that I have spoken in a Westminster Hall debate under the Petitions Committee system. I tried to squeeze into the debate on the Women Against State Pension Inequality petition, but I arrived about two minutes too late to get a seat, so I ended up sitting in what I believe is grandly called the “Press...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely. An ageing population and a declining birth rate have disproportionately affected Scotland and various regions of the United Kingdom. That goes back to my point about immigration policy being designed to placate voters and political parties in parts of the country that do not have such a situation. Bodies in a number of sectors have expressed a wide range of concerns about the...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Yes, but those things need not be contradictory. People can come here with specific skills, and learn, develop and share their skills in different ways. The system will allow people to be here for five or six years precisely to develop professional skills and, hopefully, work their way up the ladder, but if they do not meet the arbitrary threshold they will face having to leave the country,...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Is not the point that it is not really a modest measure, but a desperate one? The Government are so hidebound by this arbitrary target they have no chance of meeting that they will stop at nothing, even if it is at a cost to the economy and to people’s personal lives.

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: The hon. and learned Gentleman has perhaps explained why many of his colleagues are not on the Back Benches today. Perhaps some of his figures explain why not very many Government Back Benchers are here to defend this ridiculous policy.

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: How does the Minister answer the point that other countries with skill shortages are actively encouraging people to come? Moreover, what kind of message does he think this policy sends to other countries to which UK citizens might want to travel or emigrate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Violence against Women (8 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: What discussions his Department has had with the Home Office on steps to reduce the level of violence against women.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Violence against Women (8 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Many women who experience violence are forced to flee to refuge accommodation, often with their children. Is the Minister aware of the devastating effect that the Government’s housing benefits limit will have on these women? Given that it is International Women’s Day, will she discuss these concerns urgently with her colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions and in the Home Office?

International Women’S Day 2016 (8 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: The hon. Lady notes that her party is now led by a woman. As has probably been said, the devolved Administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland are led by women. Will she accept the hopes of SNP Members that that will also be true of Wales come the elections in May?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (9 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: The anti-advocacy clause has been widely condemned by civil society and is now subject to an e-petition in this House about its impact on academic grants. Will the Minister explain why it was brought in with no scrutiny in the House, and will he urgently review it in the light of the public outcry?

Commonwealth Day (14 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: As the hon. Gentleman is taking bids for membership of the Commonwealth, this is an opportunity to put on the record that the White Paper on independence, which was published by the Scottish Government in advance of the 2014 referendum, stated that Scotland would be proud to be an independent member of the Commonwealth, with the Queen as the Head of State. More appropriately for this debate,...

Commonwealth Day (14 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Mention was made of the Commonwealth games, the most recent of which were held in my great city of Glasgow. As well as being a celebration of sporting endeavour and peaceful competition between nations, the games bring people from all over the world, and particularly from all over the Commonwealth to share their cultures in one place. The Commonwealth games are very much a manifestation of...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Overseas Development Assistance (16 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: It is great to see the Benches so packed for DFID questions. The more money the UK spends on ODA through other Departments, the more pressure there will be on DFID to deliver on its existing commitments. What impact will the changing use of ODA have on staffing numbers and capacity at Abercrombie House in East Kilbride?

West Highland Way (16 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Steven Paterson) on securing this debate. Many of the key and general points have been made, but I would like to offer a few reflections on the economic impact of the West Highland Way and, more generally, the benefits that walking brings to our economy and society. If time...

West Highland Way (16 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: Hear, hear.

West Highland Way (16 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: As the hon. Gentleman is being so generous to the cause of Scotch whisky, it is only fair to recognise the impression that the Welsh whisky, Penderyn, has made on the palates of members of the all-party group on Scotch whisky.

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (21 Mar 2016)

Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend commented on the lack of time available. Does that not speak to the wider concerns expressed several times, not just about the budgetary process but about the estimates process in the House? Does she agree that this is an urgent matter for the Procedure Committee to consider?

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