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Results 121–140 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

Sustainable Development Goals (11 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: The hon. Gentleman could have been reading the notes that I have in front of me. He is absolutely right. That might play well to certain parts of their gallery, but it will not play well in the country as a whole. Conservative Members should remember that just before the launch of the very ill-fated Tory manifesto of 2017, there were rumours that the 0.7% would disappear, but that was...

Sustainable Development Goals (11 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: It might be worth reflecting—the Secretary of State might be interested in this—that the water company in Scotland is in public ownership, and has managed to achieve at least as much success as the privatised system down south, but with all the benefit being retained for the public purse.

International Trade: Global Free Trade (6 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: Does the Secretary of State agree that if it is going to end poverty, free trade also has to be fair trade? What steps are the Government taking to ensure that trade deals, whether through the WTO, the European Union or bilaterally, are checked against the sustainable development goals to make sure that they are poverty and development-proofed?

International Development: Foreign National Offenders (6 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: That is quite a helpful answer. Supporting the justice systems in developing countries is hugely important, but we should not make any move towards the notion of tied aid or a quid pro quo, such as was suggested in the substantive question; that would be worrying. Will the Minister make it clear that that is not a policy of the Department for International Development?

International Development: Topical Questions (6 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: I thank the Secretary of State for that very encouraging answer. I hope he will join me in welcoming the peaceful conclusion of the elections in Malawi, particularly the increased number of women MPs, even if that was slightly counterbalanced by the loss of some very good incumbents, including a friend of mine, Jacqueline Kouwenhoven, who you may remember meeting some years ago, Mr Speaker....

Petition - Nnamani Family, Glasgow (5 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: I want to add my congratulations to and admiration of the parishioners of Our Lady and St George’s in Penilee, who have so efficiently organised this petition, and particularly my constituents among their number who have signed it. The case of Mary Nnamani and her family clearly demonstrates that the hostile environment is alive and well. I hope that this and so many other cases will be...

Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill: Meaning of wild animal (4 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to speak very briefly. The SNP is quite happy to support the Bill. As the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) said in the full House of Commons 30 seconds or so ago, this law has been enacted by the Scottish Parliament and already applies. I am grateful to hear him think that it is more substantial than the proposed legislation we are passing today. We are currently not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Assessment of Implications (4 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: What recent assessment he has made of the implications for his Department’s policies of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Assessment of Implications (4 Jun 2019)

Patrick Grady: The Minister is doing a great job at the Dispatch Box. Does he agree with the Home Affairs Committee that, in the event of no deal, being forced to rely on the 1957 convention on extradition rather than the European arrest warrant would be a “catastrophic outcome”? Does he therefore agree that the next Prime Minister, whoever that might be, should rule out the UK crashing out of Europe...

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and I congratulate you on managing to fit in nine Back-Bench speeches, as well as the one by the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Sir Edward Davey) and several interventions. That demonstrates the importance of this issue to hon. Members across the House and their constituents. I congratulate the right hon....

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend is right, and I hope we will hear that point from the Minister. Difficult decisions will have to be made. The Scottish Government have halted their plans to cut departure tax at airports, and the First Minister said in the Chamber that we will have to look again at our stance on the expansion of Heathrow. Those are the ways that we can begin to make that just transition, and...

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: I am conscious of the time, and as the Chair said, we must ensure there is time for the Minister and shadow Minister to respond. We must lead by example, and starting with our own pension funds is one of the best ways to do that. Like the hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy), and others, I hope that the trustees are listening to this debate. It is right to place an emphasis on both...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill (21 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: I was one of those who took part in the contingency exercise—I think I have even less chance of ending up in the House of Lords than the right hon. Gentleman. The temporary Chamber could be used for all kinds of things. We regularly have vastly oversubscribed Westminster Hall debates, usually on important matters raised via petition by the public about how terrible the Government’s...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill (21 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend is right to say that no one is arguing against spending any money whatsoever. This is about achieving value for money and doing the right thing. Let us look at the new Scottish Parliament, with its new, modern Chamber that is accessible to everyone; it has electronic voting and even has normal daylight coming in. That is what that money was spent on. What is being proposed here...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU: Scotland (21 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: From all the modelling and analysis that the Treasury has done in its economic forecasting, will the Minister tell us in what year he would expect the United Kingdom economy to perform better under a Brexit scenario than under a remain scenario?

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) and the hon. Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi) on securing this debate, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee for managing to schedule it so that we have enough time for a reflective, open and consensual debate—[Interruption.] So far! I am really looking forward to hearing what the Minister has to say in...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: That is fair enough, and I want to maintain the tone of consensus in the debate. The licensing and classification of drugs remains a reserved issue, and the right hon. Gentleman is right to say that the Governments have to work and move forward together. The Scottish Government have indicated their willingness to do this, and we have to make sure that we move on. Frankly, in Scotland, we are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (20 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: What steps is the Secretary of State going to take to minimise or indeed eradicate the practice of double counting spending in both the 0.7% aid target and the 2% NATO military spending target?

Backbench Business: National Marriage and Mental Health Awareness Weeks — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (16 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: In some respects, it is nice to have a slightly relaxed atmosphere in Westminster Hall, because that gives us the opportunity to consider issues in detail. I congratulate the hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on securing the debate. It is a happy coincidence of the calendar that Marriage Week and Mental Health Awareness Week have fallen on the same dates, because that allows us to...

Business of the House (16 May 2019)

Patrick Grady: I am wearing the mental health Scottish tartan in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. I welcome next week’s debate on medical cannabis. I have two constituents, John and Laura, whose beautiful daughter, Blathnaid, needs access to medical cannabis. After the Health Secretary told me at the Dispatch Box that he would look into their case, his correspondence department came back and said...


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