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Results 1–20 of 553 for speaker:Phil Wilson

Isil: National Security and Defence (23 Nov 2015)

Phil Wilson: In an increasingly uncertain world in which we cannot seem to predict the security measures needed in five years’ time, let alone 30 or 40 years’ time, does the Prime Minister agree with the Defence Committee’s report, which came out over the weekend, on the need for the SDSR to be flexible in its response to known and unknown threats? Does he also agree that that has to be...

Isil: Procurement (SMEs) (23 Nov 2015)

Phil Wilson: What difference would the renewal of Trident make to the defence supply chain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Nov 2015)

Phil Wilson: In a recent Financial Times article, President Obama said: “I have emphasised the importance…of tax credits to help working families afford childcare and keep two-earner families in the workforce.” Does the Prime Minister agree with the importance the President of the United States has attached to tax credits?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Europe: Renegotiation (10 Nov 2015)

Phil Wilson: Speaking as the chair of the parliamentary Labour party’s pro-EU group, which has more than 210 members, including the whole of the shadow Cabinet and the leader of the Labour party, I can tell the House that we are united behind staying in a Europe which is reforming and progressive. The Minister has said that if the Prime Minister does not get his own way, he rules nothing out, so if...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Police Funding Formula (9 Nov 2015)

Phil Wilson: I am sure the Minister will join me in congratulating Durham police on being designated the most outstanding force by Her Majesty’s inspector. Does he realise, however, that his flawed formula means that it will have to face an additional 10 million in cuts? If that happens, it would mean a reduction in police numbers from 1,700 in 2010 to 850 in 2020. How does he expect Durham...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Steel Industry (20 Oct 2015)

Phil Wilson: Will the Secretary of State tell the House what he is doing to map out the problems facing the companies in the supply chain? Does he know who they are, where they are and how many people they employ? What more can he do to help them out?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Oct 2015)

Phil Wilson: Can the Minister guarantee that in the EU negotiations there will be no dilution of employment laws?

Stockton to Darlington Railway (16 Sep 2015)

Phil Wilson: The Stockton and Darlington railway opened for business 190 years ago on 27 September 1825, but it is 190 years ago to the very day that George Stephenson assembled Locomotion No. 1 at Heighington Crossing in my constituency, on the corner of what is now Hitachi Rail Europe’s new train-building factory in Newton Aycliffe, at the start of the Stockton and Darlington railway. There is a...

Stockton to Darlington Railway (16 Sep 2015)

Phil Wilson: I agree with my hon. Friend. He may have the first ticket office and waiting room, however, but the first one used was at Heighington Crossing. The train run was successful enough for the Stockton and Darlington railway to open nine days later, on September 25. On that inaugural run from Shildon to Darlington and then Stockton, Locomotion No. 1 pulled the first train—full of coal, bands...

Stockton to Darlington Railway (16 Sep 2015)

Phil Wilson: Everything my hon. Friend said is absolutely right and I understand that the railway tavern is still used. It is the longest-used railway tavern in the world. The 600 or so passengers on board—the directors sitting in the luxury of the Experiment while the world’s first railway enthusiasts clung to the sides of the coal trucks—could not believe their eyes as hedges and trees...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 Jul 2015)

Phil Wilson: The Secretary of State quite rightly mentioned Newcastle airport in his list of regional airports in his statement. As he is probably aware, there is another regional airport in the north-east of England, which is Durham Tees Valley airport. Part of the runway runs through the constituency of the hon. Member for Stockton South (James Wharton), the Minister with responsibility for the...

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farm Applications (Subsidies) (25 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: What assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in Government subsidies on the number of wind farm applications.

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farm Applications (Subsidies) (25 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: Durham county has an excellent record on renewable energy development, especially wind farms. The issue now in the county is the cumulative impact of so many wind farms in a given area, and, because of that, the planning system is now working and further development is being rejected. If the planning system is working, why is there a need to have a blanket ban on wind farm subsidies, which...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Wind Power: Planning Permission (25 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of granting local communities the right to veto wind farm applications.

European Union Referendum Bill (9 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: I thank every Member who has made their maiden speech today, especially the hon. Member for Wealden (Nusrat Ghani), whose excellent speech we have just heard, and, on the Opposition Benches, my hon. Friends the Members for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders), for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) and for Halifax (Holly Lynch). If they, and all the others who have made maiden speeches...

European Union Referendum Bill (9 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: The north-east of England would be severely harmed, but not only the north-east—it would be the UK and our position in the world, which is the other issue that we need to think about. Are we an outward-looking country that wants to embrace the EU and the rest of the world, or do we want to pull up the drawbridge? Some people want to pull up the drawbridge and to let the world get on and...

Fifa: Britain in the World (1 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: I wanted to take part in this debate because, like my Labour colleagues, I believe in the abiding principle that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we do alone, and the meaning of this principle does not stop at the Scottish border or the English channel. I believe in a United Kingdom that plays a major role in the planet’s global institutions, and I believe...

Petitions: Development of Middleton St George (4 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: This petition is on behalf of 1,109 residents of the village of Middleton St George in my constituency who are concerned about the unsustainable housing developments potentially taking place in the village. The petition states: The Petition of residents of the Sedgefield constituency, Declares that the Petitioners object to the over-development of the village of Middleton St George and...

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: The Minister mentioned 4.5 billion in investment. Can we make it clear that 2.7 billion of that is for the intercity express programme? The trains will be built at Newton Aycliffe, but that 2.7 billion is for maintaining the trains as well as building depots in Doncaster, Swansea, Bristol and London, and it is being made available over 27.5 years. Not all that investment is...

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