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Results 1–20 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

HMRC Tax Office: Cumbernauld (14 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend is being generous with his time. I am incredibly disturbed by a lot of what he is saying, because I seem to remember in 2014 that the presence of all these civil service jobs at HMRC and, as we were discussing last night, at the Department for International Development site in East Kilbride was one of the strengths of the Union. All those jobs were going to be at risk if...

Official Development Assistance Target (13 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: You’ve got to love some of the procedures in this place, Mr Speaker. DFID has provided a vital link between delivery agencies and government, whether they are large multilateral institutions such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme, or our own domestic agencies, such as Oxfam, Christian Aid and my own former employers, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and its sister...

Official Development Assistance Target (13 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely—the SNP, of course, promotes independence for all kinds of causes. This is at the heart of the debate. It was raised by the Labour Front-Bench spokesperson in his conclusion in today’s debate on the Queen’s Speech, it was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Alyn Smith), and it has been raised by Members across the House, and I will come back to it as well. I...

Official Development Assistance Target (13 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: I will be happy to return to that, but I would point out that 0.7% is a proportion of gross national income, so Scotland, under the Barnett formula, as an independent country or whatever, would continue to spend its equivalent proportion or possibly more. We have yet another ministerial team in DFID. I welcome all those Ministers to their posts, especially those who have arrived via the...

Official Development Assistance Target (13 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: I wholeheartedly agree, and that was the whole point of my applying for tonight’s debate. We want those assurances from the UK Government. Let me gently remind the Government, and other Conservative Members who raised this issue earlier, that in 2014 the presence of DFID in East Kilbride was touted as one of the great benefits of the Union, and it was said that its loss would be one of the...

Official Development Assistance Target (13 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: I congratulate the Minister on his appointment and recognise that he is putting in a bit of a shift on the Treasury Bench today, although he could have saved us time if he had answered a single one of the questions that the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) put to him in his winding-up speech during the last debate. We might not even have needed this Adjournment debate, but as...

Exiting the European Union: Marking Exit Day (9 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: Will the Government confirm whether they are going to request the chiming of Big Ben to mark 11 pm on 31 January? This is not going to be a moment of celebration for many people across the UK; it will be a moment of considerable concern, not least for my constituents who are European Union nationals. Perhaps we should be asking the Government: if they do want to hear the bell chime, for whom...

European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (8 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: I want to contribute briefly to the debate. It is quite right that there is a bit of a sombre and reflective mood in the House as we consider these motions, because they are the legacy of the cross-party efforts that were made during the last Parliament to ensure and secure as much scrutiny as possible of the Government’s Brexit proposals. Given that the whole point of Brexit, as we heard...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Parliamentary sovereignty (8 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: I have enjoyed sitting here for the past couple of hours watching the Maastricht rebels’ farewell reunion tour, although it appears that they are getting some young recruits. Fair play to them; they have been trying for 40 years and think that they will achieve what they have always wanted. I feel slightly sorry for them because I do not know what they will do after 31 January. We heard...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Parliamentary sovereignty (8 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: Is the European Statutory Instruments Committee, which operated so effectively in the last Parliament, expected to be re-established in this Parliament to scrutinise statutory instruments made under this Bill?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Parliamentary sovereignty (8 Jan 2020)

Patrick Grady: Many folk on the Government side of the House will be terribly disappointed when this all comes to an end and their hobby-horse of the past 40 years disappears. The real loss of sovereignty and the real power grab is the amount of power being handed to mandarins in Whitehall and Cabinet Ministers here to pass executive decisions without scrutiny in this House of Commons.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Patrick Grady: I have a wee sense of déjà vu, Mr Deputy Speaker, because in the last Queen’s Speech debate I spoke immediately after the right hon. Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood). By the luck of the draw, here we are again. He raises important points about the state of the modern world. None of his arguments seems to me to be a very compelling case for pulling away from one of the biggest and...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Patrick Grady: Which, incidentally, voters in my part of the world supported. Our belief has been reinforced by the mandate we have won this election. I am immensely grateful and hugely privileged to have been elected to represent Glasgow North once again. I accept that not all voters will agree with everything I have said today, and we all have a responsibility to listen to, respect and act on behalf those...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (5 Nov 2019)

Patrick Grady: I suppose I am the first person to congratulate you twice, Mr Speaker. Can the Foreign Secretary tell us how the UK’s standing as a soft power superpower is enhanced by its continuing refusal to comply with the UN General Assembly resolution that it should withdraw its colonial administration from the Chagos islands by 22 November this year?

Election of Speaker (4 Nov 2019)

Patrick Grady: Congratulations, Mr Speaker-Elect. Some Members on the Scottish National party Benches thought that we might salute you by singing the “Ode to Joy”, but we got into a little bit of trouble the last time we tried that when you were in the Chair. I am sure that the Father of the House would not have minded though, and we congratulate him on chairing today’s proceedings. All the candidates...

Tributes to the Speaker’s Chaplain (31 Oct 2019)

Patrick Grady: Mr Speaker, I hope you will not mind if I start by briefly expressing my thanks to you for your service in the Chair and wishing you all the very best for the future. You have been a source of encouragement and sound advice to many of us in the Scottish National party, and I have been particularly grateful for your support in my role as Chief Whip. Of course, for Scottish National party...

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (31 Oct 2019)

Patrick Grady: Despite the Prime Minister’s bluster, we are not leaving the European Union today. If we were, his deal would mean that tomorrow, Scotland’s fishing fleet would still be subject to the common fisheries policy, but with added red tape and bureaucracy to get its catch to market. Should Scotland’s fishermen not use the upcoming election to stop this dreadful Tory deal?

House of Commons Commission: Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art: Frequency of Reports (31 Oct 2019)

Patrick Grady: How frequently the Commission receives reports from the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.

House of Commons Commission: Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art: Frequency of Reports (31 Oct 2019)

Patrick Grady: The right hon. Gentleman will be amazed that I am not asking him about electronic voting for a change. This question was originally on the Order Paper in July, when Winnie Ewing was celebrating her 90th birthday. In a couple of weeks—on 2 November—we will mark 52 years since her historic by-election win and of the continuous representation of the Scottish National party in the House of...

Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Withdrawal Agreement (30 Oct 2019)

Patrick Grady: What economic assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government’s proposed withdrawal agreement on Northern Ireland.


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