Patrick Grady

Contributions in the Commons

My latest speeches and contributions in the House of Commons.
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  1. Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (9 Sep 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I will also be very brief. I, too, want to take the opportunity to pay tribute to you, Mr Speaker, following the announcement you have made. You were a huge source of support and encouragement to all of us elected as SNP MPs in 2015, and particularly to me since becoming the Chief Whip. I remember being admonished back in 2015 for clapping in the Chamber, but that reform seems to be...
  2. Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Leaving the EU: Tertiary Education (9 Sep 2019)

    Patrick Grady: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on tertiary education of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.
  3. Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Leaving the EU: Tertiary Education (9 Sep 2019)

    Patrick Grady: The right hon. Gentleman was always energetic and determined when he was the Government Chief Whip and we worked together. What reassurances can he provide to the University of Glasgow in my constituency, which is having to issue emergency advice in the event of a no deal? It is reminding research teams to conduct inventories of their materials in case it is not possible to pre-order...
  4. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty (5 Sep 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2019 to Question 277209, which paragraphs in Chapter VI of the Award of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Tribunal of March 2015 conclude that the 1965 Agreement to the detachment of the Chagos Archipelago was legally binding upon both Mauritius and the United Kingdom.
  5. Exiting the European Union: Contingency Planning (5 Sep 2019)

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  6. European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill: Duties in connection with the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (4 Sep 2019)

    Patrick Grady: Take control of our laws!
  7. Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. My hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) claims you as one of his own, but I believe we once had a conversation that established that your place of birth was in fact the west end of Glasgow in the constituency of Glasgow North.
  8. 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.]
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (30 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the value of tourism to Scotch whisky distilleries to the UK economy.
  15. Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (30 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to UK tourism of the Scotch whisky industry’s investment in distilleries and visitor centres.
  16. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (26 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a response to EDM 2333 on the Islamic revolutionary guard corps.
  17. 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?

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