Results 1–20 of 2244 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

Johnston Press: Administration (19 Nov 2018)

Kevin Barron: Johnston Press at Dinnington in my constituency was a crucial part of a £163 million coalfield regeneration project under the Labour Government in 2006. It currently boasts The Yorkshire Post—I believe it to be a national newspaper—and prints many other national titles for the north of England as well. The Minister said what he would like to do to make sure that the jobs are there—that...

Shale Gas Development (31 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Shale Gas Development (31 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: The hon. Gentleman is quite right about the inconsistency in all this. Is he aware that the Government have put out a press release today, saying: “Shale gas developers could be required to consult local communities, even before submitting a planning application, following the launch of the latest government consultation”? This is the most inconsistent, confusing thing that I have seen in...

Tobacco (30 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to report on means of requiring tobacco companies to meet the costs of smoking cessation services; to make provision about the advertising and marketing of products that are alternatives to tobacco; to require tobacco companies to publish information about their activities in relation to such products; to...

Coalfield Areas: Sports Facilities (24 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: I am very grateful to the Minister for what she has said. I will make contact with the CISWO officer in my constituency to see whether I can facilitate a meeting between CISWO and Sport England, to look at all these issues that are affecting people up and down the land in former coalfield areas.

Coalfield Areas: Sports Facilities (24 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: It is a pleasure to be here under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I thank the hon. Member for Mansfield (Ben Bradley) for raising this matter. The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation has been mentioned. Its headquarters are in my constituency, and I have worked with it over many decades. I am referring to the work that it has done and continues to do for mining communities and individuals...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: Will the Minister tell me whether the withdrawal of funding for the Healthy Futures programme in the north-west and Public Health Action in the south-west likely to help or hinder us meeting the smoking cessation targets in the tobacco control programme?

Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report (16 Oct 2018)

Kevin Barron: The report makes it clear that there is a small number of sitting MPs who are reported to engage in bullying and harassment on a regular basis. It is also clear that this is a long-running issue, so does the Leader of the House agree that we should scrap any limits on how far investigations can go back and get on with making this a workplace to be proud of?

Shale Gas Exploration: Planning Permission (12 Sep 2018)

Kevin Barron: The hon. Gentleman will have seen the recent research about the dangers of fracking near abandoned coalmines. Does he agree that there should be a moratorium until this has been properly investigated?

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 investigating...

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 have...

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 require...

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 website. The Committee...

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 law...

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...

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