Patrick Grady

Contributions in the Commons

My latest speeches and contributions in the House of Commons.
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  1. Refugee Family Reunion (20 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: Is it particularly frustrating that the Government are not willing to provide time for our hon. Friend’s Bill to progress, given how much time is available? Nothing else of any substance is happening, and with the greatest of respect to the next Backbench Business debate, if Members keep that going until 5 o’clock we will be quite impressed. Time and capacity is available, and many other...
  2. Refugee Family Reunion (20 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. He has been a powerful champion and advocate, and I hope that, at the end, the Government will allow time for his Bill to proceed. Once families are reunited under his proposals, it is important that they contribute properly to the economy. Does he agree that the Government must move forward on extending the right to work to asylum...
  3. Business of the House (20 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I think this is the first chance that I have had to welcome the new Leader of the House to his place. We are grateful for the SNP Opposition day, and I hope that the three hours next Wednesday will be protected. I echo the calls for a statement by the Foreign Secretary on the situation of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. I had the huge privilege of meeting her husband outside the Iranian embassy...
  4. Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: The Secretary of State has answered this several times, but it bears asking again: is it still his contention that other European Union countries are looking enviously at this Government’s efforts to leave the EU?
  5. Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Temporary Chamber (20 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: What recent discussions the Commission has had on the design of the proposed temporary Chamber for the House of Commons.
  6. Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Temporary Chamber (20 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: The right hon. Gentleman will not be surprised if I ask whether there is the intention to ensure that any temporary Chamber is equipped with facilities for electronic voting so that we can at least experiment with a bit of modernisation. However, when MPs and the public make submissions to the consultation, will they have the opportunity to suggest even more radical proposals, such as desks...
  7. Visa Processing Algorithms (19 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way and wholeheartedly endorse everything she is saying. We have worked closely together. I chair the all-party parliamentary group on Malawi and assist her on the APPG for Africa. As she says, these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. She is right that we should not blame the individual decision makers in the Home Office. It is the policy, the lack of...
  8. Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (19 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 8 and 29 April 2019 to Questions 239928 and 245887, what progress she has made on revision of form ESA65B and whether that revision will make clear to doctors that they should continue to provide fit notes for claimants if they are appealing a decision or their condition worsens.
  9. Colombia Peace Process (18 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone; as always, your advice is extremely diligent and welcome. I will not speak for desperately long because this is the second debate on Colombia that we have had in recent months, after the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) secured a full debate in September. I declare an interest in this subject because, at the time, he and...
  10. Colombia Peace Process (18 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend is absolutely right; I was going to reflect on that towards the end of my remarks. I know that he met the general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress last week, and had a full debrief of the Justice for Colombia peace monitoring delegation that visited the country towards the end of May, which included the STUC general secretary and the hon. Member for Bishop...
  11. Church Representation and Ministers Measure: Children and Young Persons (18 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Despite the title of the motion, it was certified by Mr Speaker as falling wholly within devolved competence and therefore under the English votes for English laws scheme, so sadly the need for us to contribute on the Floor was limited. Given, however, that the Minister was very complimentary about the Scottish authorities, we thought it...
  12. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Indian Ocean Territory (13 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the statement by the Prime Minister of Mauritius at the UN general Assembly on 22 May 2019 that the eviction of the population of the Chagos Islands by the UK Government was akin to a crime against humanity.
  13. Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Medical Examinations (12 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many D4 medical examination reports have been completed during (a) each of the five years prior to December 2014 and (b) each year since December 2014.
  14. Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Medical Examinations (12 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many D4 medical examination applications have been refused during (a) each of the five years prior to December 2014 and (b) each year since December 2014.
  15. Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Medical Examinations (12 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many DVLA centres are licensed to complete D4 medical examination reports.
  16. Sustainable Development Goals (11 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to be able to catch your eye in this debate, Mr Deputy Speaker, to make a very brief contribution. I was keen to speak, because in 2015, as a newly elected Member of Parliament, the first debate I secured in Westminster Hall was on the sustainable development goals. The Chair of the International Development Committee, the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen...
  17. Sustainable Development Goals (11 Jun 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I absolutely agree. There was a lot of talk about what lessons we could learn from the millennium development goals framework. First, it had to be a continuous, ongoing learning iterative process. It cannot just be about trying to reinvent the wheel every single time. We probably have the most thoughtful ministerial team in DFID since I have been here, but I am just not convinced how long...

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