Canlyniadau 41–60 o 316 ar gyfer speaker:Anum Qaisar

Gaza: Al-Ahli Arab Hospital Explosion (18 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I repeat my condemnation of the Hamas attacks against innocent Israeli citizens. We saw civilians in Gaza forcibly moved from their homes with no guarantee of safety or return, yet the Government failed to speak out. We saw food, water and electricity cut off in Gaza, yet the Government failed to speak out. Last night, we saw the destruction of a hospital in Gaza. The Government now need to...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 148 - Guidance (17 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: No, I will not take an intervention. If the right hon. Gentleman wants to speak, I am sure that he can put in a card. It is not surprising, but incredibly concerning, that the Tories are attempting to water down issues that would quite literally improve the quality of people’s lives. The Lords amendments could strengthen the Bill, but, at the end of the day, the Levelling-up and...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 148 - Guidance (17 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: This is my first scrutiny of Lords amendments as the SNP’s levelling-up spokesperson, so I would like to start by thanking my hon. Friends the Members for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson) and for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) for their work scrutinising the Bill so far. The hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Sarah Dyke) is making her maiden speech today—I made mine just...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 148 - Guidance (17 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I wish to make some progress, but I shall give way in a bit. It will shock no one that the UK Government have sought to reduce the measures that are designed to increase scrutiny of levelling up. Lords amendment 1 would require the Government to produce a statement on their initial plans for levelling up within 30 days of the Bill becoming law. If levelling up is such a fundamental aim, then...

Israel and Gaza (16 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I wish to put on record my utter condemnation of the Hamas attacks. Israeli hostages must be released. Over the last week, we have all seen horrific images of innocent Israelis and Palestinians on our screens—it has been awful. What struck me was a quote that I have seen from an aid worker in Gaza from Medical...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Levelling Up across the UK (16 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: Prior to Scotland’s being dragged out of the European Union against its will, EU regional development policies allocated up to £827 million from 2014 to 2020. Crucially, the Scottish Government played a key role in directing the funding, in stark contrast to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which bypasses Scotland’s Parliament and undermines devolution. Will the...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Topical Questions (16 Hyd 2023)

Anum Qaisar: Antisemitism is abhorrent and hateful, and there must be meaningful legislation to protect Jewish people. I appreciate that the Department introduced the anti-boycott Bill to help to tackle that, but as the Minister may recall, in Committee the Bill was not supported by many human rights organisations and no Opposition amendments were accepted. We need to work on a cross-party basis, so will...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 7 - Information notices (14 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I beg to move amendment 33, in clause 7, page 5, line 39, leave out from “legislation” to end of line 41. This amendment is to probe the way the legislation appears to “qualify” the data protection legislation. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Caroline. Like previous clauses that we have discussed, clause 7 is poorly drafted. It hands enforcement authorities...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 7 - Information notices (14 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I thank the Minister for her response, but I do not think it goes far enough in addressing the concerns that I and other Members have raised. I heard what she said, and I understand from her previous contributions that some additions will be made to the explanatory notes. I am slightly concerned that, when they made concessions on clause 7 and others, the Government said that there will...

Business and Trade: Topical Questions (14 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: Airdrie and Shotts is home to some fantastic local businesses. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Christie’s bakery and sampling some of its delicious domino cake. I also met Angela from Gin Blossoms, a florist on Alexander Street. Small businesses across Scotland play a vital role in the local economy, yet many are feeling the brunt of the rise in prices of raw materials caused by...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 4 - Related prohibition on statements (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I thank hon. Members for all their comments. I agree with Opposition Members that clause 4 needs serious reworking or simply removal from the Bill. As has been mentioned, and as we heard in our evidence sessions, the clause marks a dangerous attack on the article 10 right to freedom of expression set out in the Human Rights Act. We must ensure that the Bill does not impede the rights of...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 4 - Related prohibition on statements (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: The hon. Member says, “Hear, hear,” yet I imagine that he is about to vote for a clause that restricts free speech. I am somewhat perplexed. This Government have passed legislation designed to protect academic freedom and have even appointed a supposed free speech tsar, yet the Bill seems to go against that. Clause 4 has the potential to shut down academic debate and limit academic...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 4 - Related prohibition on statements (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: The Minister is being generous with her time. If the councillor in the hypothetical scenario I gave wanted to make a point, would he have to say, “I am Joe Bloggs. I just so happen to be a councillor. I just so happen to be the leader of the council,” or can he say, “I am a councillor Joe Bloggs and I just so happen to be the leader of the council.” I still do not understand.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 4 - Related prohibition on statements (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I beg to move amendment 24, in clause 4, page 3, line 24, at end insert— “(4) Nothing in this section requires any act or omission that conflicts with the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Human Rights Act 1998.” This amendment would ensure that any act or omission under the “gagging clause” in clause 4 would not conflict with the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), in particular,...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 4 - Related prohibition on statements (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: Clause 4 is simply unworkable and not practical. During my contribution, I will outline the rationale for my amendment, but I wish to put on record that the SNP will not support the clause. Amendment 24 inserts the proposed words to ensure that any act or omission under the clause would not conflict with the Human Rights Act 1998 and particularly with article 10 of the European convention on...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I thank the Minister for giving way; she is being very generous with her time. She has set out that UK foreign policy is a reserved competency. I am interested to seek clarity and understanding on that, as I cannot remember a time when the Scottish Government have taken a different stance to the UK Government on UK foreign policy. Is the Minister able to outline one of those stances?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: We have all spoken about how foreign policy is reserved, but public procurement and the use of taxpayers’ money is a devolved competence. It is completely correct that Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland attempt to use the leverage of public procurement to incentivise companies to behave sustainably with regard to human rights, labour rights and the environment. That is correct and right....

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: I beg to move amendment 30, in clause 2, page 2, line 4, at end insert— “(1A) But section 1 does not apply to decisions of Scottish Ministers.” This amendment would remove decisions of Scottish Ministers from the scope of the Bill.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: Scotland has its own legislative framework under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, along with associated regulations and guidance. That legislative framework places duties on certain contracting authorities to demonstrate how the social, economic and environmental aims of procurement have been considered in a consistent manner, as required by the sustainable procurement duty under...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 1 - Disapproval of foreign state conduct prohibited (12 Med 2023)

Anum Qaisar: Amendments 22, 31, 23 and 32, tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West and me, include probing elements, as well as changes to the legislation, because on the face of it the Bill simply does not make sense. As I said in my opening statement, that is not just my opinion, but the opinion of various different organisations in written and oral evidence. The Bill is so poorly...


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