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Results 101–120 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

Women and Equalities: Syria (26 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: How much will the £1 billion put aside for reconstruction today compare with the total cost of the planned military action, given that the Prime Minister spent 13 times as much on bombing Libya as he did on reconstruction?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: On Friday, I had a meeting with the Glasgow English for Speakers of Other Languages Forum, whose funding is under pressure at a time when demand is increasing. Will the Secretary of State tell us whether any funds from the refugee resettlement programme will be made available for ESOL? Generally, what steps is she taking to promote ESOL as a means of cultural understanding?

Business without Debate: Scotland and Malawi Relations (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: Thank you, Mr Speaker, or zikomo kwambiri and yewo chomene, as we would say in Chichewa and Tumbuka. I am very glad to have the opportunity to mark Scotland’s national day—the feast of St Andrew—with this debate on the enduring relationship between my country and the country known as the warm heart of Africa, the Republic of Malawi. A number of distinguished guests are watching these...

Business without Debate: Scotland and Malawi Relations (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: Yes, of course: the debate is on Scotland’s relations with Malawi, but we recognise that there are bonds of friendship across the UK. The President expressed a number of useful comments and insights to the cross-party group, including on the importance of investment and, indeed, on the need for an agreement at the Paris summit. Malawi has been affected by climate changes, as have so many...

Business without Debate: Scotland and Malawi Relations (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: Yes. If I have time, I may say something about the climate justice fund towards the end of my remarks. Other structures and factors exacerbate the challenge of global poverty. Tomorrow, we mark world AIDS day. HIV/AIDs is one of several totally preventable diseases that are still far too prevalent in countries such as Malawi. If developing countries are truly to control their own destiny, we...

Business without Debate: Scotland and Malawi Relations (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: I absolutely agree. I have spoken of the need to enhance and strengthen the role of civil society in Malawi to help its people to hold the Government to account and to strengthen the structures of Malawi democracy itself. Indeed, those points were made at the cross-party group this morning. His Excellency also spoke of the need to tackle gender inequality in his country. Of course, his...

Business without Debate: Scotland and Malawi Relations (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: I totally agree. Many constituents elsewhere will have similar stories to tell. The development of school partnerships has been a particular characteristic of the Scotland-Malawi relationship over the past 10 years. Indeed, the school I taught at in Mzuzu was one of the very first to establish such a relationship with what is now St Matthew’s Academy in Saltcoats, which is ably represented...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): Clause 34 — Appeals within the United Kingdom: certification of human rights claims (1 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: Week after week at my constituency surgeries, I am left speechless as I try to explain to people coming from the most difficult of circumstances and wanting to seek a fresh home, make a fresh start and contribute to our society and economy, why this Government refuse to let them in. Does my hon. Friend agree that the net migration target is completely ideological and has nothing to do with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Estimates (3 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: What progress the Government are making on reforming the estimates process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Estimates (3 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: We were told during the debates on English votes for English laws that there would be opportunities to debate and amend provisions relating to Barnett consequentials during the estimates process. Given that the Chancellor has cut the Scottish Government’s revenue budget by 5.7% over the next four years, when in the estimates process will we have an opportunity to debate, amend and vote on that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (3 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Minister and I were at the same Africa all-party group this morning, where the importance of domestic resource mobilisation for development was discussed. Of course, it is almost impossible for African Governments to mobilise domestic resource when multinational companies hide their profits through offshore tax havens. How has the JMC paved the way for the anti-corruption summit that the...

Business of the House (3 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Leader of the House has stressed the importance of International Development questions a couple of times this morning, so will he give further consideration to the point I put to him in the Procedure Committee? I suggested that every now and then we move International Development questions, and other departmental questions, from the slot immediately before Prime Minister’s questions so...

Bill Presented: Clause 2 — Entitlement to vote in the referendum (8 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Scottish Parliament has lowered the voting age, so how does the Minister justify that position to my constituents who turn 16 in the next month? They will be able to vote in Scottish Parliament elections in 2016 and council elections in 2017, but they will be denied a vote in the referendum.

Bill Presented: Clause 2 — Entitlement to vote in the referendum (8 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: Given the comments made about the views of 16 and 17-year-olds on this issue, is my hon. Friend aware that both the Scottish and the UK Youth Parliaments have endorsed votes at 16?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Climate Change Agreement (14 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Scottish First Minister announced £12 million of climate justice funding in addition to the Scottish Government’s international development fund so, building on some of the other questions, what new money for climate adaptation will be announced as a result of the agreement, and will be it additional to existing official development assistance commitments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Airports Capacity (14 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: In light of the Paris conference, which we have just heard a statement about, what recent discussions has the right hon. Gentleman had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Committee on Climate Change about how increased airport capacity will affect the UK’s ability to meet its emissions reduction targets?

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Climate Change and Flooding (15 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does my hon. Friend accept that there is also an issue of urban flooding, which has perhaps been slightly less reported? Summerston in my constituency has been renamed an island because all the major access roads were blocked by sudden flooding and overflowing drains. It is important that local authorities are able to invest the money appropriately.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Climate Change and Flooding (15 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: Does my hon. Friend recognise the contribution the Scottish Government have made, with the announcement of the £12 million climate justice fund to be extended over the next four years? Does she agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen South (Callum McCaig) on the importance of climate justice funding, including the $100 billion a year in addition to existing aid flows?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Start-up Businesses (16 Dec 2015)

Patrick Grady: My party also welcomes the new Minister to his post. He has said that he will ensure that small local enterprises can flourish in developing countries, but what reassurances can he give us that funds intended for those purposes do not make their way into the hands of larger conglomerates or multinational companies when it comes to, for example, the building of schools or the provision of...


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