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Results 81–100 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

Tier 5 Religious Worker Visas — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (4 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: The Minister is being generous with the time available, and I appreciate that this is not his specific brief, but he is talking about the reasons for the Government’s decisions and he has mentioned conspiracy theories. I think that, when I said that I think there are security reasons behind this change, I saw the Minister shaking his head, so is he prepared to say that it has not been...

Tier 5 Religious Worker Visas — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (4 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. Since we have just heard from the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell) about women priests, I take this opportunity to place on record my congratulations to the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin on her appointment as Bishop of Dover—our loss but most definitely the Church of England’s gain down in Dover. I congratulate my hon. Friend...

Tier 5 Religious Worker Visas — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (4 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: The complete opposite is the case: the change is having a detrimental effect. In the past, visiting priests would have come for two or three months perhaps, spending a couple of weeks in each parish. They would have built warm and supportive relationships and they would have come back on a regular basis. Now, those parishes have to strip back their worship schedules and many other support...

Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution — [Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I beg to move, That this House has considered the UN General Assembly resolution on the future of the Chagos Islands. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma, and to have the chance to debate the issue of justice for the people of Chagos and the country of Mauritius. The topic is not unfamiliar to Westminster Hall, or indeed to the Minister, but recent developments at the...

Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution — [Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely. The question of the future of that community goes to the very heart of this debate. It is encapsulated in the issues that arose at the United Nations. The people who support the all-party parliamentary group have provided invaluable advice and briefing in advance of the debate. They can all be assured of the ongoing solidarity and support of the Scottish National party—our...

Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution — [Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely—the rule of law and the rules-based international order, which the Government like to champion so much. The immediate context of the debate is the overwhelming decision of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 May—by 116 to just six votes against—to back resolution 73/295, calling on the UK—in fact, demanding that the UK does this—to “withdraw its colonial...

Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution — [Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Speaking as a member of a self-determination movement, I wholeheartedly agree. I had the huge privilege of meeting Benny Wenda from the West Papua campaign recently. The SNP has a long history of solidarity with that cause. These are not difficult problems for the Government to solve. I will come on to why there are some good reasons why they should do so. The UN handed down that resolution...

Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution — [Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: It is a very powerful statement that was made by a very significant number of countries, and it has left the United Kingdom isolated diplomatically. The Government say that the UK needs to retain the Chagos islands in order to support the US military presence on Diego Garcia—as if supporting a base for weapons of mass destruction, which has helped facilitate extraordinary rendition, should...

Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution — [Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: I will have more to say about the UK Government’s support fund, which has not been spent on trying to improve the lives of the Chagossians in the United Kingdom, but surely that is a decision for the Chagossian community itself. The principle of the right to return is in some respects at least as important as the ability to return. The Government say, as the hon. Member for Cheltenham...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 3) Bill (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. In the time it took the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to pour himself a glass of water, the House authorised the Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 3) Bill, which, among other things, includes “authorisation for the use of resources for the year ending with 31 March 2020” to be “increased by £348,553,768,000.” It goes on...

G20 and Leadership of EU Institutions (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Did any of the countries represented at the G20 discuss with the Prime Minister the recent UN resolution regarding the sovereignty of the Chagos Islands? If she is seeking to leave a legacy, perhaps the best things she could do are respect the international rules-based order, respect the decision that sovereignty of the Chagos Islands should be returned to Mauritius, and restore the right to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Talks on Restoring Devolution (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: What recent assessment she has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the progress of talks on restoring devolution in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Talks on Restoring Devolution (3 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: Did the Prime Minister consult the Secretary of State before appointing Lord Dunlop to conduct a review of devolution? Brexit is already driving a coach and horses through the devolution settlement on these islands, and it will not be helped if the two arms of Government do not know what the other is doing, so will the Dunlop review extend to Northern Ireland and the effects of Brexit on...

Delegated Legislation: Community Infrastructure Levy (2 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am intrigued by the double majority that was required on a voice vote. I wonder whether your ears are so skilfully attuned now that you can distinguish the Ayes and Noes between Members representing seats north and south of the border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU: Scotland (2 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the economic effect on Scotland of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU: Scotland (2 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: There might be two people competing to be Prime Minister, but I think there are at least five who think they will be the next Chancellor, so perhaps right hon. Gentleman should just get to stay in post and then they will all be equally disappointed. He seems to be concerned that they are somehow going to ruin his deal dividend, but is it not the truth that there is no real dividend from any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (2 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: During the Department for International Development estimates debate yesterday, there was a clear consensus across the House that the 0.7% of GDP aid commitment should remain and, for that matter, that DFID should remain an independent Department. Will the Chancellor restate that that remains the whole of Government policy, and does he believe that it should continue to be Government policy...

Department for International Development (1 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell), a former Secretary of State, as he always makes a worthwhile contribution to our deliberations on DFID matters, although the David Cameron development consensus is a relatively new concept that I am not sure will catch on—but good luck! I also congratulate the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson) on...

Department for International Development (1 Jul 2019)

Patrick Grady: That is fair enough, although the campaigning had gone on for years. I think back to the jubilee debt campaign, the trade justice movement and the Make Poverty History campaign, which mobilised tens of thousands of people on to the streets of towns and cities across the United Kingdom. In many ways, the climate change protest—there was one here last Wednesday—is the successor to those...

Immigration (26 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Just for the record—I know this is standard practice now—the House has basically resolved unanimously that the Prime Minister’s legacy is the hostile environment, and called for the various reforms outlined in the SNP motion. Can you clarify for the House what we should expect from the Government in response to an Opposition day motion having...


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