Results 1–20 of 1906 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Connarty

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I echo the sentiments expressed by the retiring Member, the right hon. Member for North West Hampshire (Sir George Young). Yesterday, while I was asking a question, you intervened, Mr Speaker, because a Conservative Member shouted, “SNP gain”. I could have said, “Well, that’s exactly what the Conservative Members want—more SNP...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Penrose Inquiry (26 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: I was the chair of the all-party group on haemophilia from 2001 to 2010, and what we got then was an interim settlement as well, because no one would face up to the fact that these people should be compensated, not just given an ex gratia payment or some more money to go away quietly. We are told that all documents were looked at, but in the time that I have been involved in this campaign we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: A young couple in my constituency—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: A young couple in my constituency were persuaded by Mr Steven Macsporran of the Advice Centre for Mortgages to put a legacy they had into a flat to rent in Turkey. He was an agent for ROPUK. They got no flat and lost £47,000. The Financial Ombudsman Service said that it could not give any advice because it was unregulated advice. Does the Prime Minister agree that that company, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: I am not.

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: The Budget statement was very interesting, because it was an attempt to rewrite the Chancellor’s last five years. It is strange that the Chancellor forgets where he started, what he promised, and what he tried to do. He came into office five years ago with austerity max. That was his solution. He was going to drive out the deficit by slashing public sector expenditure—and he was...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: The hon. Gentleman makes an assertion that every analyst I have read denies. The lack of investment—the amount of money held in corporate bank accounts that is not being invested—is a major problem for this economy, so where does he get the evidence of this rising confidence in investment?

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

Michael Connarty: My neighbour Helen was able to live in her own home for many years with degenerative multiple sclerosis because of the independent living fund, until sadly she died. How can the Prime Minister and the Government morally justify taking away the fund from the most disabled people in our communities, so that they might end up being institutionalised, not independent?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Clause 1 — Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: I echo the positive and cautionary comments that my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (Mr Hanson) has made today. We have done much to progress this issue, but we still have a long way to go. I want to mark the fact that we did not take the advice of Lord Judge and Peter Carter and that we will have a cascade of serious offences, so that people will know exactly what they are being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: The Minister is setting up a straw man to knock it down. In the specific case I mentioned, someone is brought to this country and not paid—or given only pocket money, which many of the Kalayaan victims tell me is what happens. They are not physically abused, locked in a cupboard and fed the scraps the dog does not want—they are just not paid. There is a kafala system, in that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: In taking evidence about Qatar in the Committee I chair at the Council of Europe, I heard about a case mentioned by the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, in which people had their passports taken off them by their employers and were not paid. The person giving evidence said that these people were slaves, and I agree. If that is happening in Qatar and the same is happening...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: The Minister did not answer the question that I asked. If someone is not paid and their employer holds their passport, are they enslaved? I ask her to clarify that. It seems that she is not willing to speak about that. Of course, that is not likely to lead the police to prosecute the person who kept their passport and kept them in a domestic home in the UK. We might be talking about longer...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: Amendment (a) is deficient. Lords amendment 72 is simple and states that people can “change their employer (but not work sector) while in the United Kingdom”. That is the first choice they should be able to make. If a domestic worker who comes here is a victim and is not treated properly, they should be able to move to another employer while their visa is running. That was the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: As I am the person who forced the Prime Minister eventually to sign up to the directive on human trafficking, which he had refused to do for several months, during which he wiggled and wriggled, I do not have to apologise to anybody and I do not need it explained to me what the Bill is about. It is a good Bill, but it could be improved immensely. I do not know whether the hon. Lady has read...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: The Minister has become much more skilful at arguing her brief than she was at the beginning of the process on the Bill. We forgave her for reading her text line by line in the beginning, but we will not forgive her for what she has done today. She rose to excuse a police-drafted clause with a fixation on criminality and catching bad people. Catching bad people is fine: I totally support it,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: Is that slavery as far as the Minister is concerned?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: Is the hon. Lady aware that under the previous Government, who brought in the three-year visa, people could change their employer, but her Government took that right away? Will she apologise to her constituents for that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Protection from slavery for overseas domestic workers (17 Mar 2015)

Michael Connarty: The Minister is trying to explain a difficult subject. The difficulty I have is that she seems to be saying that, regardless of how someone leaves an abusive employer, they end up in a white van heading for some place they are put by the NRM.


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