Patrick Grady

Contributions in the Commons

My latest speeches and contributions in the House of Commons.
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  1. Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: Does all this not prove that it stands to reason that the best possible relationship with the European Union must be membership? If the deal was going to be so beneficial for the UK economy, everybody else would want the same deal and the whole European Union project would implode. That is simply not possible and demonstrates that, no matter what people were voting for, they were not voting...
  2. Business of the House (6 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I do not know whether I should admit this as a Whip, but when I went into the Lobby on Tuesday, I was slightly concerned about the number of Conservative Members and I thought that I had walked into the wrong one. Of course, this coming Tuesday, there is the likelihood of people walking into all kinds of Lobbies that they are not normally accustomed to, so can we not finally reform this...
  3. Exiting the European Union: Scotland’s Place in Europe (6 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: The Government are paying lip service, at best, to the views of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government. In reality, I think they simply do not give a stuff about what people think north of the border. Yesterday, Scottish Conservative spokespeople were describing a debate in the Scottish Parliament as “needless”. Does the Minister honestly agree with them that the Scottish...
  4. Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: My hon. and learned Friend is absolutely right. We fully expect the Scottish Parliament this evening to endorse a cross-party motion rejecting the withdrawal agreement, just as the Welsh Assembly did last night. The Scottish Conservatives are describing that debate as needless. They suggest that Scotland does not need to talk about Brexit, that the big Parliament in Westminster will make...
  5. Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: Economic Effect (5 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the potential economic effect on Wales of the adoption of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.
  6. Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: Economic Effect (5 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: But nobody in Wales voted for Brexit to make them poorer. Perhaps that is why the Welsh Assembly voted to reject the withdrawal agreement last night, as the Scottish Parliament will do this evening. The Minister’s Scottish colleagues are going around saying that the vote is needless. Does that not simply demonstrate the contempt that the Government and the Tories have always had for the...
  7. European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: Of course we are already starting to lose these things. Are the academic institutions and the health institutions my hon. Friend talks about not already having to make plans? People are not coming to this country, goods are not coming to this country and academic research is not coming to this country, and that is before Brexit even hits.
  8. Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: British Indian Ocean Territory: Navy (4 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Royal Navy's nuclear (a) armed and (b) powered surface or submarine vessels have entered the waters of the British Indian Ocean Territory since the Marine Protected Area was established.
  9. Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: May I pursue the point made by our hon. Friend the Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins)? The declaration of Arbroath took the form of a letter to the Pope, recognising Scotland’s place in the world and recognising the Pope as, at the time, the highest global authority. Scotland’s taking its place in the world has always involved an internationalist rather than a simply...
  10. Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend mentioned Glasgow University, which is in my constituency. The declarations that have been made about the university’s associations with the slave trade are hugely significant. Glasgow has had a global footprint since its founding, and it continues to do so even in today’s modern world.
  11. Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. I think he will go on to speak about this in more detail, but Scotland’s relationship with Malawi—I declare an interest as the chair of the all-party group on Malawi—is a fantastic example of partnership working between countries. He emphasises the role of NGOs, which is at the core of such work, because the nature of the devolved...
  12. HIV and World AIDS Day (29 Nov 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I would like to express, on my own behalf and that of my SNP colleagues who cannot be here, our commendation for the incredibly powerful and moving testimony that the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) has given. The hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) is absolutely correct that that speech will be heard not just here, and not just across this...
  13. Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Children (29 Nov 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with external stakeholders on the effect of air pollution on child health.
  14. Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Children (29 Nov 2018)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to conduct or support any studies into the effect of air pollution on child health.
  15. Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Legislative Consent Motions (28 Nov 2018)

    Patrick Grady: It is beginning to sound like this Government are only committed to the Sewel convention when it suits them. Is it not the case that the blatant disregard for the decisions and opinions of the Scottish Parliament throughout the Brexit process shows that this Government and Secretary of State are committed to undermining the devolution settlement, and that that is only going to be exacerbated...
  16. Petition - a National Carers Strategy for Unpaid Carers: Jagtar Singh Johal (27 Nov 2018)

    Patrick Grady: Like others, I have heard from a significant number of constituents about this case, particularly from those who attend the Guru Nanak Sikh temple in Otago Street, but also, as he says, from the wider community. There are concerns about the different approaches that the UK Government seem to take to citizens held in captivity in different countries. Does he agree that there must be...
  17. Leaving the EU (26 Nov 2018)

    Patrick Grady: I was disappointed to see on Twitter the Government’s timetabling for the meaningful vote, having not first had the courtesy sight of it through the usual channels. My wee sister is due to give birth to her first child on 25 May. What is the Prime Minister’s message to that child? Will they be a European citizen, and can she honestly say that their life chances and opportunities will be...

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