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Results 21–40 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

Business of the House: English Votes on English Laws (2 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: I am not sure whether we are hearing proposals for English votes for English laws or for Tory votes for Tory laws. It is interesting to hear the words “double majority” in the statement because, of course, that principle was ruled out for the European referendum. May I build on the question asked by my hon. Friend from Plaid Cymru, the hon. Member for Arfon (Hywel Williams)? He asked for...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Sustainable Development Goals (Education) (2 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I declare an interest, as I did at the start of my debate on the sustainable development goals a couple of weeks ago: until the election I was employed by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, and I was a member of the Scottish working group on the sustainable development goals, so I have a considerable personal and...

Iranian Nuclear Programme (2 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) on securing this debate, which recognises the importance of the issue. This is the second time it has been debated in Westminster Hall in recent weeks. I agree with a certain amount of what has been said. Of course we deplore the baiting of Israel by the Supreme Leader...

Iranian Nuclear Programme (2 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: No, I am just finishing. I encourage the Government to work ultimately towards a world that is both peaceful and nuclear-free.

Bill Presented: English Votes on English Laws (7 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does not the presence of so many Tory Members—they are considerably greater in number today than they have been for sittings on the Scotland Bill—and the amount of animated interventions they are making indicate the need for a very full and proper debate?

Bill Presented: English Votes on English Laws (7 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: What legislation will the Government try to get through during that 12-month period, and how legitimate will that legislation be if, at the end of that period, we decide to reverse all this?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Developing Countries: Private Sector Development (8 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: I recently met campaigners from Nigeria who told me that the privatisation of the country’s electricity system, which has been supported by DFID through projects worth £140 million over the past 12 years, has led to price rises, job losses and more blackouts. What evidence does DFID use when deciding to support privatisation as a means to improve the access to and affordability of public...

Leader of the House: English Votes on English Laws (9 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: What opportunities he expects to be provided for scrutiny of his proposal for English votes on English laws.

Leader of the House: English Votes on English Laws (9 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Leader of the House has made it clear that, assuming the proposals actually go through, the operation of EVEL will be reviewed after 12 months. As part of that process, will the devolved Administrations and Parliaments be consulted on the impact that decisions taken under EVEL have had, especially with regard to Barnett consequentials?

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (9 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does the lack of transparency in the negotiations not stand in stark contrast to my hon. Friend’s earlier point about the huge democratic engagement by the public on this issue and the huge concern expressed, including by several hundred of my constituents, before and since the election?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: English Votes for English Laws (15 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: A few times in the debate, the impression has been given that we somehow do not represent our constituents on certain issues. I and my colleagues will represent our constituents on any issue they choose to write to us about or bring to us. We might not be able to vote or legislate on devolved matters, but I will speak up for my constituents on any issue they choose to bring to me.

Business of the House (16 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: August 6th will mark the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, and a few days later will be the anniversary of Nagasaki. Will the Leader of the House provide Government time to reflect on the legacy of that event and the horrors of nuclear war, and will he perhaps tell us when we can expect a statement from the Defence Secretary about the timetable for the maingate decision on...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Human Rights (Saudi Arabia) (21 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does my hon. Friend think that the refusal to condemn the use of the death penalty might be something to do with the fact that, according to The Economist ’s ranking, after China and Iran only Iraq stands between Saudi Arabia in the United States in terms of executions?

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: The International Monetary Fund recently said that developing countries lose £212 billion a year through corporate tax avoidance by multinational companies. Transparency will be absolutely crucial in dealing with that, but the Bill makes no mention of public country-by-country reporting. Will the Government look carefully at that, and at any amendments that might come forward, given that it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Syria: Refugees and Counter-terrorism (7 Sep 2015)

Patrick Grady: It is worrying that the Prime Minister is using a crisis situation to announce a major reshaping of aid policy, which many people would say should meet humanitarian need rather than a narrow definition of national interest. In confirming that the use of aid will meet current OECD guidelines, will he also tell us what thought he has already given to providing support outside of the aid budget...

European Union Referendum Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — entitlement to vote in the referendum (7 Sep 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is regrettable that our new clause 3 has not been selected, as there is a certain irony in a Government that want to introduce a double majority in this House on English votes for English laws but do not want that principle to apply to the much more fundamental question of our membership of the European Union?

European Union Referendum Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — entitlement to vote in the referendum (7 Sep 2015)

Patrick Grady: I shall speak relatively briefly to the SNP amendments put forward by my hon. Friend the Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins). As he said, the rules, regulations and conduct of the Scottish independence referendum represent a gold standard for referendums and political engagement more generally. When the EU referendum does reach the streets and town halls of the UK, Members in this...

European Union Referendum Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — entitlement to vote in the referendum (7 Sep 2015)

Patrick Grady: That is quite an interesting proposition and it is certainly worth considering. We were told that Scotland should be leading, not leaving, the UK. If we are to have a respect agenda and a family of nations, perhaps that is the kind of thing that we should be considering. As I said earlier, it is precisely the principle that this Government want to introduce in their proposals for English...

Opposition Day — [6th allotted day]: Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean and Europe (9 Sep 2015)

Patrick Grady: For 40 years UK Governments signed up to the 0.7% pledge and missed it, and that totals about £90 billion-worth of spending that could have helped prevent many humanitarian disasters. We congratulate the Government, but they keep pressing this point, yet they have only very recently met this target, so we need to continue to see action.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farm Produce (Fair Pricing) (10 Sep 2015)

Patrick Grady: What steps she is taking to ensure farmers receive a fair price for their produce from retailers.


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