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 (18 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend the Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart)—in fact, I think he should be my right hon. Friend—is racing back in breathless anticipation of the Lords amendments. We all know how much he values the Lords and their amendments. I have been left here to respond, but I do not know whether I would qualify for a last-minute spot on the Leader of the House’s caravan...
  2. Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: Is it true that the Secretary of State called the Road Haulage Association and advised it not to criticise his botched Brexit preparations in public? Is this the Government’s new policy for stakeholders: “Don’t criticise us or you’ll be left in the dark”?
  3. Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Ministers of Religion (18 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether men ordained as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church are Ministers of Religion for the purpose of applications under Tier 2 and Tier 5 of the immigration rules.
  4. Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: As I said in the previous debate, the SNP is very happy to support this motion and welcomes the changes to the independent complaints and grievance procedure, to open it up to cases that predate the 2017 Parliament. That is the most important way we can ensure that anyone who has been affected by inappropriate behaviour in the parliamentary community has access to and independent means of...
  5. Bullying and Harassment of MPS’ Parliamentary Staff (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for South Northamptonshire (Andrea Leadsom), the former Leader of the House, and I acknowledge the significant amount of work she has done to drive this forward. I pass on the apologies of my hon. Friend the Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart), who is travelling with the Scottish Affairs Committee. He, too, has been part of...
  6. Bullying and Harassment of MPS’ Parliamentary Staff (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: The hon. Gentleman is touching on an important issue—these little grey areas where relationships can become very close, because of the intense environment, and we ask for things that perhaps we would ask a friend to do, but not necessarily a paid member of staff. It is important that boundaries are established, and some of this is covered in that Valuing Everyone training. I will say a...
  7. Bullying and Harassment of MPS’ Parliamentary Staff (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: Absolutely. That is not to say that everything there is perfect—I do not pretend for a minute that everything is perfect—but when the Scottish Parliament was set up 20 years ago, it was designed with a completely different culture in mind, and that has led to very noticeable differences. Here at Westminster, we work hours that push everyone to the limits of tolerance. Massive...
  8. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn on securing the urgent question and you on granting it, Mr Speaker. She and the family will know that they have the full support and solidarity of Scottish National party Members. It was indeed a privilege when I met Richard when he was campaigning outside the Iranian embassy, as did many of my colleagues, including our leader, my...
  9. Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Climate Change (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: The right hon. Gentleman is perhaps the most diligent and committed Secretary of State for International Development that I and my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee West (Chris Law), who is still in New York with the Select Committee, have had the opportunity to question at the Dispatch Box. What steps is the right hon. Gentleman taking to solidify and embed the new priority of climate...
  10. Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: On 26 June, this House agreed an Scottish National party resolution regretting that the Prime Minister’s legacy will be the hostile environment. Yesterday, the all-party groups on Africa and Malawi published a report showing that structural failures in the visa system are continuing to perpetuate that hostile environment. How can her Government spend millions of pounds on a global marketing...
  11. Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: Matthew’s Foods, which has served the Asian community in Glasgow North for nearly 20 years, is being threatened with electrical disconnection because it is disputing a £400,000 bill on an emergency tariff from British Gas. Jobs are at risk, even though the company tells me that it simply wants to pay a fair price for the utilities it has used. What powers does the Department or the...
  12. Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diego Garcia: Roads (16 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which nation the road named national highway on Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory refers.
  13. High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: We should not let these sittings of the English Parliament go completely unremarked. In particular, it is good to see the Secretary of State for Transport in his place because, of course, as Leader of the House he introduced the EVEL—English votes for English laws—processes in which we now rejoice. As you said, Dame Rosie, as the Member for a Scottish constituency, I am completely...
  14. 20 Years of Devolution (11 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: I congratulate my hon. Friend on making a very powerful speech. In fact, is the situation not even more profound than that? As the First Minister of Scotland has said, the Union that people voted for in 2014 no longer exists. That is the fundamental constitutional change that has taken place. [Interruption.] That is the fundamental reality.
  15. 20 Years of Devolution (11 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend is making an important speech marking 20 years of devolution and where we go next. Right at the start, he spoke about Winnie Ewing reconvening the Scottish Parliament and that historical continuity is very important for the next steps. The Scottish Parliament was never abolished; it was adjourned and then it was reconvened, and where it goes next will be a matter for the people...
  16. Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Devolution (10 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: What assessment he has made of the merits of devolution over the last 20 years.
  17. Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Devolution (10 Jul 2019)

    Patrick Grady: It is nice to hear the Minister say it like he means it. The Scottish Government are launching an innovative, engaging and participatory programme of citizens’ assemblies to look at what direction the devolution settlement in Scotland might go in. By contrast, this Government have appointed Lord Dunlop, an unelected peer, to review devolution. Does that not tell us everything we need to...


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