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Results 1–20 of 1000 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

Fifa: Britain in the World (1 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: Peace to this House. On the day I was selected as the candidate for Glasgow North and on the day of the Queen’s Speech last week, the Gospel reading at Mass was from a passage of Luke which said: “Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, ‘Peace to this house.’” It seems entirely appropriate to make my maiden speech now, and I am very grateful to have been able to catch...

Rohingya Community (Burma) (4 Jun 2015)

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Rohingya Community (Burma) (4 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: Very briefly, does the Minister have any indication of the number or proportion of refugees who might be making their way to these islands? What support are the British Government prepared to offer any of them who do end up here?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Government Funding (10 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: What discussions he plans to have with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for the Scottish Government and the next Budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Government Funding (10 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: The SNP manifesto proposed an alternative to austerity—0.5% public spending increases a year. Does the Secretary of State accept that that means that his Government’s cuts are ideological, not inevitable, and that it is in fact possible for the Government to increase public spending by £93 billion a year to invest in the economy and public services?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Climate Change (10 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: Is the Secretary of State aware of a letter that is published in today’s Financial Times? It is signed by 80 of the country’s biggest businesses, who call for ambitious action by the Government. That shows that there is a consensus throughout society, both in business and in the wider third sector. The letter says: “Failure to tackle climate change could put economic prosperity at...

Scotland Bill: Part IIA — UK Pensions liability (15 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: Given that the Scottish Parliament, at the insistence of the Labour party, was founded through the process of a referendum, will the hon. Gentleman support our clause to ensure that it cannot be abolished without a referendum?

Sustainable Development Goals (16 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: I beg to move, That this House has considered negotiation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I begin with the words of Nelson Mandela 10 years ago at the Make Poverty History rally: “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of...

Sustainable Development Goals (16 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: That is a helpful point. I spoke briefly in my maiden speech about the ties between Scotland and Malawi; such reciprocal agreements and community links are to be found across the United Kingdom. The respect agenda, which we heard so much about during the independence referendum, means that this is a good opportunity for the voices of Scotland and the constituent parts of the UK to be heard on...

Sustainable Development Goals (16 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: Thank you, Mr Turner, for giving me the opportunity to respond to the debate, and I also thank the Minister for his comments. I, too, welcome him to his post and I look forward to many exchanges with him in the coming years. He touched on a number of areas that we will probably revisit in the Chamber in the weeks and months to come. I will respond briefly to three main points that were made...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Tibet (18 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: It is a genuine pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray, as I have discovered that you were brought up in my constituency. I did not have a lot of time in my maiden speech to sing my constituency’s praises, and I do not intend to detain hon. Members by doing so today. I note that what was Kelvinside parish church next to your childhood home is now the Òran Mór, a tremendously...

Refugee Situation in the Mediterranean (16 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: On the question of quotas and the Schengen area, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, irrespective of hard and fast numbers, it is vital that the United Kingdom takes its fair share of people who are seeking refuge from north Africa?

Business of the House (18 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: I believe that, as we speak, the Vatican is publishing a new encyclical letter from Pope Francis, which will contain a radical message about social justice and protection of the environment. When might the Government respond to that, and will the House have an opportunity to consider what the Holy Father has to say?

Scotland Bill: Clause 24 — Universal credit: costs of claimants who rent accommodation (30 Jun 2015)

Patrick Grady: Surely the point is that it is for the Scottish Government, whatever their colour, to decide how they want to use the powers. Perhaps one day a Government of the right hon. Gentleman’s colour will be using them. However, no Government would be able to use any powers that had been vetoed by the Secretary of State.

[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.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Franchise for London Elections (1 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: What assessment he has made of the effect of the inclusion of EU citizens in the franchise for elections to the Greater London Assembly and the Mayor of London on voter engagement; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Franchise for London Elections (1 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: The Mayor of London, now also the hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson), once claimed that London was the sixth biggest French city in the world. Why does the Minister believe that it is right that all those French citizens who have made London their home should be allowed to vote for the Mayor’s successor, but not for whether this country should stay in the European Union?

Sub-Saharan Africa (Corruption and the Economy) (1 Jul 2015)

Patrick Grady: May I take up that point about “getting our own house in order”? Does the hon. and learned Gentleman accept that, while some of the corruption that he is describing may not exist in this country, we operate certain systems of patronage about which we must be very careful in view of the example that they might set developing countries?

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