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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

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Patrick Grady: I stand corrected, but was there not a connection to the west end? [Laughter.]

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Patrick Grady: There we are. It has been established. I apologise for inadvertently misleading the House, Mr Gray, but I am glad that I now have the privilege of representing an area where, once upon a time, you bestrode the streets of the west end of Glasgow, which is of course the site of much of Glasgow’s creative industry and vibrant cultural scene, which is why the issue of artists’ visas is so...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely. It is particularly important to the creative sector when the operating margin for visas is so small. Most people go into the creative sector out of a love for their art, and to contribute to society and culture as much as to the economy, but if they are successful the margins can have a positive economic input as well. Yet the visa policy is driving that down and making it more...

Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Patrick Grady: Exactly—that is part of the issue. Perhaps the Minister can answer that question. People are counted into the country but very rarely counted out, so the statistics do not exist, but all the anecdotal evidence suggests that such people go back. It is pretty easy to tell whether a musician has absconded because if they do not turn up to their next gig in Germany, France or wherever they were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Diplomacy (3 Sep 2019)

Patrick Grady: What assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on international perceptions of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Diplomacy (3 Sep 2019)

Patrick Grady: Nobody voted to leave with no deal, and the very threat of no deal is leading the pound to tank to historic lows, which is nothing to be proud of. Is it not the case that if we crash out without a deal, as the Government seem to want, it will diminish the United Kingdom economically, culturally and diplomatically?

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Of course, as a result of this Prime Minister’s Brexit obsession, the United Kingdom that the people of Scotland voted for in 2014 no longer exists, so can he confirm that he is both familiar with and supportive of the principles of the claim of right for Scotland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Adaptation (25 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: The Minister might be toasting the new Prime Minister, but I do wonder how much hot air is being generated and what contribution that will make to the net emissions target. The Scottish Government have committed to net zero by 2045, rather than the UK Government’s 2050 target. Is the UK not willing to match that level of ambition?

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I just want to reinforce what we said earlier: we have points to make on procedures in this place, but the work that Kew does is immensely valuable. We hold it in the greatest of respect and look forward to the success of this Bill. I also wanted to say before I was cut short earlier that we have been fortified in our contributions in the House this evening by some tea and cakes we were...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I am just trying to beat the record of my hon. Friend the Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) for being the Member from Scotland who has spoken most frequently in the Legislative Grand Committee. It is not just the occupants of the Serjeant at Arms chair who are getting exercise; you are, too, Sir Lindsay, as you move up and down, from Chair to Chair. This should not just be...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: The hon. Lady raises an important point. I do not intend to detain the House desperately long. I want to ensure that that debate can be had. It is particularly relevant, of course, to Members from England and Wales. We just had a procedure of the so-called English Parliament. This was what was supposed to happen as a result of the independence referendum and the reform of devolution, but it...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I do not get to say this very often, but I accept the Minister’s reassurances. I think our point has been made and I look forward to seeing whether the Government Whips Office tries to use this procedure again at any point, ever. If it does not, perhaps it just needs to get rid of the whole procedure. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I beg to move manuscript amendment 1, page 1, line 13, at end insert— “(3A) The Secretary of State must issue a report to the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on any lease granted in reliance on subsection (1) to businesses or individuals based in Scotland, within four weeks of the lease being granted.”

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: We are now back in the United Kingdom Parliament. Can anyone spot the difference? There are some subtle changes. As we have said, the Serjeant at Arms is getting quite the workout in moving the Mace up and down. Later on, it will keep them busy when we go back into the English Legislative Grand Committee, which I think we can all agree has been an overwhelming success. Such an overwhelming...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I am sure that my hon. Friend will be back imminently.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Well, we are in a Committee, Sir Lindsay.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: It just occurred to me that we are in a Committee, Sir Lindsay, and there is provision in the Standing Orders for the Chair of a Committee to allow Members to remove their jackets if it is uncomfortably hot, so perhaps we could avail ourselves of that provision now. It would be rare to happen in the Chamber of the House, but we are in Committee.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Yes, we are currently meeting as the Legislative Grand Committee (England). Just as an aside, I do not think that the Scottish Grand Committee was ever permitted to use the Chamber of the House of Commons—

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Clearly, this is the political box office today. I am not sure what else is going on outside the confines of this Chamber, but this is where the action is taking place. We have just seen it with my hon. Friend—he should be my right hon. Friend— the Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) attempting to explain why the two clauses of this Bill are in fact relevant to those of...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: We can, Sir Lindsay. However, I would note—I do not know whether it was deliberate—that the hon. Member for Dumfries and Galloway (Mr Jack) was the Whip who actually moved the motion to bring the English Parliament into being. I do not know whether that was deliberate on the part of the Government. I know the Serjeant at Arms will be kept busy because the Legislative Grand Committee...


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