Patrick Grady

Contributions in the Commons

My latest speeches and contributions in the House of Commons.
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  1. Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

    Patrick Grady: This is the second urgent question that you have granted in as many weeks, Mr Speaker, so that Ministers can come to the Dispatch Box and condemn the egregious behaviour of the President of the United States. What is the point of the special relationship if such condemnations have absolutely no effect on the President’s behaviour? Can we even say that a special relationship still exists?
  2. Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Parliamentary Press Lobby: Diversity (7 Dec 2017)

    Patrick Grady: I think that “The Good Parliament” report will come to be seen as a pivotal and seminal publication in the history of the reform and modernisation of this place. Will the right hon. Gentleman say a bit more about how its recommendations, including those relating to the Press Gallery, are being taking forward, and how the Commission is considering them in the light of other...
  3. European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

    Patrick Grady: Is this not one of the key differences? I refer to the undertakings the Scottish Government have given about how they will use the delegated powers that we are seeking through these amendments, as opposed to the naked power grab, through the Henry VIII clauses in this Bill, which we will come to on another day, by the UK Government?
  4. European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

    Patrick Grady: Let me make it simple for the hon. Gentleman. The founding principle of the devolution settlement is that things that are not reserved are automatically devolved. Is it or is it not his belief that clause 11 fundamentally undermines that principle?
  5. State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: claimed to move the closure ( Standing Order No. 36). Question put forthwith, That the Question be now put. Question agreed to. Main Question accordingly put. The House divided: Ayes 288, Noes 0.
  6. Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: The United Kingdom has lost its seat on the International Court of Justice, EU agencies are pulling out of London, and there will be no more European capitals of culture in the UK. Is the sun setting on empire 2.0 before it has even begun?
  7. Business of the House (23 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend the Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) has sent his apologies to you, Mr Speaker, and to his counterparts. I welcome the appointment of Sarah Clarke as the new Black Rod—the first woman to hold the post. I notice that her appointment follows the announcement of the first female Doctor Who. One of them inhabits a weird and wacky parallel universe full of...
  8. International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: The Secretary of State is repeating what he told Politico recently: that his Department wants to copy and paste the trade deals because it does not yet have the capacity to negotiate new ones. As there cannot really be a better trading relationship with the European Union than membership of the single market, is that not actually the best idea? If taking back control simply means duplicating...
  9. Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth Summit: London (21 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: I wonder whether the Commonwealth summit will be discussing the welcome appointment of an Indian judge to the International Court of Justice at the expense of a judge from the United Kingdom. Perhaps the summit will therefore also discuss how that is another sign of the sun setting on “Empire 2.0” before it has even risen.
  10. Backbench Business: World Antibiotics Awareness Week — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (16 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. At relatively short notice I am standing in for my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk (Martyn Day), who is not very well. I am not certain of the cause of his illness, but I am sure that if he is seeking advice, he will rightly be following the guidance of the theme of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, which...
  11. Backbench Business: World Antibiotics Awareness Week — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (16 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: Hear, hear.
  12. Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: What assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the protection of human rights in the UK.
  13. Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: How will leaving the European Union protect and enhance our rights, under the European convention on human rights, to free and fair elections of the legislature? Given that the vast majority of legislators in this country are not elected—they are Members of the House of Lords—are the Government confident that they will be complying with their ECHR obligations both before and after...
  14. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (16 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which Ministers or officials in his Department have met representatives of the Iranian Government to call for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe.
  15. Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: There are reports that Grace Mugabe is out of the country—possibly in Namibia. Building on the important role that regional organisations such as SADC and the AU have to play and on the roles of the Foreign Office and DFID, what steps can the Foreign Secretary take to ensure that any possible instability in Zimbabwe does not spread to the wider region?
  16. House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

    Patrick Grady: I apologise if I missed this, but I do not think I heard the Minister answer my question about the compatibility with the European convention on human rights. If that is complicated and he wants to write to me, I will be happy to receive a letter.


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