Results 1–20 of 2235 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kevin Barron

Standards (24 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: I shall not detain the House long, because all the relevant arguments and background material are set out in the Committee on Standards’ report and in the memorandum from the independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards that accompanied it. The investigation started under Kathryn Hudson, as the Leader of the House said, and both commissioners did a meticulous job of...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: I speak as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and as a vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health, to which, as everybody knows, the secretariat is Action on Smoking and Health, which I have been involved in for over two and a half decades now. Smoking continues to be one of the most pressing health issues in my constituency, despite decades of...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: When the Health Committee looked at the issue of smoking in public places and took evidence from different institutions, the Prison Service felt at the time that it would be impossible for it ever to get to a situation in which it was smoke free. We should all look back and thank it for what it has done, which it told us years ago was impossible.

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: I beg to move amendment (a), in paragraph (4), leave out from “Report;” to the end. I wish to begin by paying tribute to the work of the Leader of the House and her colleagues on the steering group. The Select Committee on Standards has worked very closely with the steering group on the various work-streams over the past few months. There is one issue over which we disagree, and I...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: No, there is not, and I will go on to that. What the amendment does to paragraph 4 comes after the issue to which the hon. Lady just alluded. We are not going to stop anything. As I have said, confidentiality is crucial to the policy’s success.

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: I will say—this is an aside—that I have been in this House for 35 years, and I have seen many allegations made against Members of Parliament for all sorts of reasons. Quite a lot of them come from the press, the television or stings in the media, and the idea that we have anything to shy away from in these decisions is not true. We agree that sexual harassment and bullying cases...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Barron: Would the hon. Gentleman be happy as a Member of this House if somebody went to the local press and said that he had been accused of breaching the code of conduct—not the new code of conduct, but the current one—and there was nobody to deny that an investigation was taking place, so he just had to accept the accusation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2018)

Kevin Barron: In February 2015, after the publication of the Casey report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, the Prime Minister, in her previous role, said that if resources were needed, they must be provided. However, the Fusion bid has received only just over 30% of the funding requested. This funding is desperately needed to support survivors of CSE and to pursue convictions against the...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Kevin Barron: I beg to move amendment (a), after “others,”, insert “in consultation with the Committee on Standards and the Parliamentary Commission for Standards,”. The Committee on Standards has discussed the working group’s report and authorised me yesterday to write to the Leader of the House setting out its unanimous view. The letter was published on the Committee’s...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Kevin Barron: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman, but just let me say this: I do not understand the case that he mentioned—about the judge taking a harder line on a case than the Committee did. We are not involved in taking our judgments to law. The law is a completely different process. From time to time, we will refer Members there if it is felt that there is anything that is a matter for the...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Kevin Barron: I think I now know the case that the hon. Gentleman is talking about. The person in question did not agree with what happened to him, and he went to court and got nowhere. If it is the case I am thinking about, the court supported exactly what the Committee had said about the individual involved. Let me move on. As hon. Members will know, the current system has developed as a series of merely...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Kevin Barron: That issue has to be looked at. I think the hon. Lady was there when I gave evidence to the working group. I finished by mentioning a case that was in the media in October last year, and said that this House will have to come to a decision on what is a personal and private activity and what is not. That is something that we may be asked to do in the coming months. Over the years, the...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Kevin Barron: indicated assent.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Kevin Barron: It is good to follow the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood), but I wonder how many times people have said in this place, “This is a critical time of national importance, and therefore we should do nothing.” I am sure those words have rung in many people’s ears. I declare an interest: after the 1840 fire, the stone for the building we now sit in was brought from...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Kevin Barron: No, because other people want to speak. Last night, the HS2 Bill was debated in this Chamber. In 2010, it was estimated that it would cost £32.7 billion, and then it went up to £55.7 billion. In 2016, the National Audit Office said it had a running cost overrun of some £7 billion, and most people on the Conservative Benches voted in favour of it. I can tell the right hon....

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Kevin Barron: May I begin by making my apologies, Madam Deputy Speaker? I was present for the opening of the debate, but I had to leave afterwards because I had a meeting with Mr Speaker. May I also welcome the Minister to the Front Bench? I supported HS2 for many years. I truly believed that it would help to bridge the divide between the north and London in the south. I even defended the astonishing cost...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Kevin Barron: If that is the case and Ministers are concerned for the north, why has electrification between cities in the north been cancelled?

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (21 Dec 2017)

Kevin Barron: I thank the Leader of the House for her statement, which contains some welcome measures, particularly the new independent sexual violence advocate service. I also welcome the fact that the system should be completely separate from the normal political channels. As the Leader of the House is aware, the Committee on Standards, alongside the House of Commons Commission, is currently revising the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: Derbyshire and the East Midlands (4 Dec 2017)

Kevin Barron: In the North East Derbyshire constituency and my own, the INEOS shale gas fracking company has applied for its planning application to be determined by the national Planning Inspectorate, not the local authority. Does the Minister condemn that?

Business of the House (30 Nov 2017)

Kevin Barron: May we have an urgent debate on shale gas fracking planning applications? In my constituency, INEOS, a multinational petrochemical company, has applied to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to avoid local democracy by taking planning decisions out of the local council’s hands and giving it to the national Planning Inspectorate. I would like to ask that Secretary...


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