Patrick Grady

Contributions in the Commons

My latest speeches and contributions in the House of Commons.
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  1. State Pension Age (8 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I thank the Minister for advance sight of his statement, although, frankly, it does not say very much that is new. The Government seem unable to accept that, irrespective of their policy of abstaining in Opposition day debates, there is a clear majority in the House in support of the 1950s women. Five Conservative Back Benchers and six Democratic Unionist party Members voted for the Scottish...
  2. Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: May we have a debate on UK Visas and Immigration decision-making processes? This morning, my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) and I heard of a group of young Malawians who have been denied visas for this country on the basis of their not presenting birth certificates. They have not done so because many people in Malawi do not have birth certificates,...
  3. Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Independent Case Examiner (8 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases the Independent Case Examiner has reviewed in each year since 2010.
  4. Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (8 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints relating to changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s the Independent Case Examiner's Office has (a) received and (b) reviewed in each year since 2010.
  5. Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (8 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether resources for the Independent Case Examiner have been ringfenced or increased to deal with cases regarding the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.
  6. Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer, and I congratulate all Members who have contributed to the debate, and especially the hon. Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion) on her powerful and detailed speech. I will leave the Minister as much time as possible to respond to her concerns. As my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry)...
  7. Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I am not giving way. Israel has ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child and the optional protocol on children and armed conflict, but it has been slow to incorporate the principles and provisions of the convention into its domestic legal system. In 2013, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was clear that Israeli actions constituted “violations of the rights of...
  8. International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. These days, it is something of a rare pleasure for me to take part in a Westminster Hall debate, but I received special dispensation from the Scottish National party Whips Office to do so today. I congratulate the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Andrew Bowie) on securing this debate. I was our party’s...
  9. Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I am grateful to you for your indulgence, Mr Speaker. I do not now have the opportunity to welcome Mr Deputy Speaker back to the Chair, but this would have been my first opportunity to do so. The hon. Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) raised the issue of the funding for Police Scotland. I tried to say to him from a sedentary position that he is very welcome to support our call for the...
  10. Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

    Patrick Grady: Precisely; I think that point speaks for itself. Many of us have been for meetings with the Minister or his predecessors in Caxton House, which is owned and operated by Telereal Trillium. Why does the DWP not want to dispose of that asset, turn it into flats that could make a profit for the taxpayer, and ship all its staff and ministerial offices out to Canary Wharf, which would be...
  11. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Eritrea: Armed Conflict (31 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on reports that Egyptian troops have been deployed in Asmara, Eritrea.
  12. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Africa: Politics and Government (31 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his UN Security Council counterparts on escalating tensions among Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.
  13. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Africa: Politics and Government (31 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on tensions between Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.
  14. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Eritrea and Sudan: Borders (31 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the border between Sudan and Eritrea on the political and economic stability of the wider region.
  15. Written Answers — Department for Transport: Aviation: HIV Infection (29 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will respond to Early Day Motion 827 on HIV and UK aviation.
  16. Written Answers — Scotland Office: Brexit: Scotland (29 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his oral contribution of 6 December 2017, Official Report, column 1021, on what date officials were first instructed to prepare amendments to Clause 11 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill for its Report stage.
  17. Modernising Defence Programme (25 Jan 2018)

    Patrick Grady: This is the first chance I have had to welcome my former opposite number from the Whips Office to the Dispatch Box. May I ask him at what point Trident would become a burden on the defence budget, or indeed on the budget of the whole country? Surely, if it takes up a greater proportion of our defence spending, it will put pressure on conventional forces and put us in harm’s way, rather...

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