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Results 61–80 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Paris Climate Change Conference (20 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: That is welcome news, as it will give the Scottish Government Minister a chance to speak about Scotland’s ambition to tackle climate change. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that that is particularly important, given the criticisms that the UK Government are facing today from the United Nations environment programme, which has stated that their cuts to renewables are completely at odds...

Delegated Legislation: Human Rights (Joint Committee) (21 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: rose—

Delegated Legislation: Human Rights (Joint Committee) (21 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: I hope that when the Joint Committee on Human Rights does finally meet it will consider the European convention on human rights, protocol 1, article 3, which states: “The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.”...

Delegated Legislation: Human Rights (Joint Committee) (21 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. We heard the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) making a point of order earlier in the day about precisely that matter: that the House of Lords might choose to undermine or vote against the current Government’s policy. I do not know whether it was him or someone else, but it was suggested that the solution to that, rather than abolishing...

Delegated Legislation: Human Rights (Joint Committee) (21 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely. I completely agree with my hon. Friend. The Labour party could nominate its Member from Scotland for the Committee—perhaps even the Liberal Democrats could do so as well. The reality is that this matter is not simply about the third party, but about a complete lack of geographical representation, and the point that my hon. Friend makes is very well made. If the Government are...

Delegated Legislation: Human Rights (Joint Committee) (21 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: You will get there one day.

Evel (22 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Leader of the House mentioned the estimates process. Has he discussed with the Treasury the likely increased scrutiny of the estimates process as a result of the can of worms he is opening up with English votes for English laws? The Procedure Committee is very much looking forward to Treasury officials appearing before it. I wonder whether Treasury officials are looking forward to appearing.

House of Commons Commission: China (Human Rights) (22 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: Will the Government use every opportunity, including those that arise this week, to make it clear to China that human rights and equality are a fundamental part of achieving greater and fairer economic growth? Given that the Chinese ambassador said at the weekend that no one would be put behind bars simply for criticising the Government, will the Minister join the United States Secretary of...

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: I agree that every piece of legislation brought before this House should be examined to determine whether it affects voters in Scotland. However, with the greatest respect, that should be a decision not for whoever occupies your office, Mr Speaker, but for the people who represent the voters of Scotland: Scottish Members of Parliament, either individually or collectively through the party...

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: We do not know whether the foxhunting Bill would have been certified even if had come forward. We promised to be a progressive voice for our constituents, and my constituency in-box was full of people asking us to vote. Voters in Scotland will be watching, as they have done assiduously since May. They will see us sitting on our hands in this Chamber while other Members vote, with the creation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tax Credits (Free School Meals) (26 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: What assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's proposed changes to tax credits on the number of children accessing free school meals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tax Credits (Free School Meals) (26 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: If children become hungry or undernourished as a result of missing out on free school meals, what effect will that have on attainment levels in the classroom and the life chances of future generations? What steps will the Government take to mitigate the long-term impact of these short-sighted cuts?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: How much would the Chancellor save for the public purse by abolishing the House of Lords?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugee Camps: Winter (28 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: I welcome the new Labour Front-Bench team and look forward to working with them on these important matters. Does not the onset of winter and the challenges it brings highlight the importance of the UK playing a diplomatic role in resolving the crisis in Syria? Does the Minister agree that as winter sets in and families start to freeze, this is a situation where the Government should be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Commons Financial Privilege (28 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: Yesterday the Chancellor said that the House of Lords has no mandate for tinkering with his tax credit changes, but, with 14% of the vote, it is his Government who have no mandate to introduce their vicious welfare reforms up in Scotland. After all the constitutional tinkering we have already had to introduce English votes for English laws, would not the solution to both constitutional...

Chagos Islands (28 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell; I know that you take an interest in these matters. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Dr Monaghan) on securing a debate on an issue to which he has long been committed and which is highly topical. I welcome the work of the all-party group and the various hon. Members who have...

Chagos Islands (28 Oct 2015)

Patrick Grady: That is a very fair point well made. We will perhaps have the Minister’s response to it. The Scottish National party has for many years expressed its solidarity with the Chagossian people, and I want to take this opportunity to do so again today. At our spring conference in 2015, we agreed a resolution expressing frustration with the ongoing approach of the UK Government in relation to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Humanitarian Aid: Refugees in Greece and the Balkans (3 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: We welcome the announcement of additional support, especially as winter approaches, but I was interested in the list of provisions being made available by the UK Government. I did not hear mention of tents. Sleeping bags have been mentioned, but it would be interesting to know whether people are going to be supported so that they do not have to sleep out in the open in winter. Of course, the...

Off-patent Drugs Bill (6 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Given what you have said, let the record show that at least 13 Scottish National party Members have given up their Fridays in their constituencies to come here on behalf of their constituents. This is an outrageous abuse of parliamentary procedure.

Scotland Bill (Programme) (No.2) (9 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does my hon. Friend agree that the real irony is that after today’s truncated debate, the Bill will move to the House of Lords for weeks, possibly even months, of scrutiny with no democratic mandate from any voter in Scotland?

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