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Response to the Consultation on Drones

I intervened last night in the debate following the Secretary of State for Transport's statement on drones, asking what action his department was taking to prevent the malicious incursion of drones into operational airspace.

Bill Grant

Mental Health Support for Firefighters

I spoke today in the debate on mental health support for firefighters, calling for an increase in appropriate support measures. Firefighters are the finest example of an asset to society.  They serve it on a daily basis, and they must be properly supported.

Update on Pensions Dashboard Proposals

For those who have written to me recently on the proposed Pensions Dashboard, below (and attached in PDF format) is an update from the Minister of State for Pensions.  Most importantly, there is a current consultation, to which I would encourage you to respond, here.

Withdrawal Debate

Last week, I put in to speak in what would have been the fourth day of the Withdrawal Debate today. Sadly, as a result of urgent changes to Parliamentary business concerning the vote tomorrow this debate has been curtailed.

Sale of Fireworks to the Public

I spoke today in the debate to consider an e-petition recently brought before Parliament, calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public.

Defence Questions

I asked a question today on mental health support for Members of the Armed Forces, initially asking "What steps [the] Department is taking to provide mental health support to members of the armed forces", which I followed with a supplementary question asking what further support can be given to t

General Debate on the Government's Veterans Strategy

I spoke earlier today in the General Debate on the Government's Veterans Strategy, referring to the good work done in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock by the Hollybush Centre, Care After Combat and others.

Loyal Address on HRH Prince of Wales' Seventieth Birthday

As you'll have seen in the news, it's been a busy day here in Parliament!  In spite of everything else happening here today, there was a brief moment earlier for Members to wish HRH the Prince of Wales well on his 70th birthday.  I was delighted to do so on behalf of local residents, and to refer

Finance Bill Debate

I spoke last night on the Finance Bill, the measures announced in the Budget earlier this month.  Whilst I expressed concern on a number of points, not least the timescale for the reduction of Fixed Odd Betting stakes, I am happy to support the measures in this Bill, a number of which I feel will