Results 1–20 of 4296 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 Fabricant

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Prince of Wales’s Regalia (13 Dec 2017)

Michael Fabricant: If he will discuss with the Welsh Government further ways publicly to display the Prince of Wales’s regalia in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Prince of Wales’s Regalia (13 Dec 2017)

Michael Fabricant: I am very glad to hear the Minister’s answer, because he will know that almost 50 years ago, 1 billion people around the world saw the investiture. Wales was in homes around the world. His Royal Highness Prince Charles’s regalia is, I believe, sitting in a vault beneath St James’s Palace. I might be wrong on that point, but it is the principle of the thing: it should be on...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Constituents of mine who have parents and grandparents living in the European Union are very concerned by comments made by the Labour party, which wanted to conclude an early deal that would rightly protect Europeans living in the United Kingdom, but would sell down the river those British citizens who live in Europe. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the primary role of the Prime Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Michael Fabricant: What recent assessment she has made of the (a) economic performance and (b) level of provision of public services in the west midlands; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Michael Fabricant: The devolution deal, the Budget and now the establishment of the national battery research and development centre in the west midlands put the whole region at the very heart of European autonomous-drive and electric-drive cars. So will my right hon. Friend commit to continuing to support this important industry? Will she make a very important promise to me? [Hon. Members: “Ooh!] Yes....

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local and Regional Economies: Transport (4 Dec 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Some £5.8 million has been invested, under the second devolution deal, to unlock congestion in the west midlands, and the west midlands tram network will be expanded to Dudley—or Dud-lie, which I believe is the correct pronunciation. Will my hon. Friend prevail on the Secretary of State to continue to liaise with the Mayor of the west midlands, Andy Street, so that that good work...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Michael Fabricant: After the unremitting negativity from Labour, may I say how enthusiastic my right hon. Friend has been—and rightly so—about advanced manufacturing, R and D, science and technology, and pharmaceuticals? What steps is he taking to increase productivity in a different sector that employs over 3 million people in the United Kingdom—tourism and hospitality?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia (21 Nov 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Whatever the rights and wrongs of the action that the People’s party took, does my right hon. Friend agree that the heavy-handed action of the Spanish police exacerbated matters? Does he take heart from news breaking in Spain at the moment that it now intends to give fiscal powers to Catalonia similar to those of the Basque country—something that has not been offered before?

Student Loans Company (20 Nov 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Notwithstanding my hon. Friend’s previous answer, is it not the case that far fewer people from deprived backgrounds now go to university? At least that is what I have heard from the Labour party—or has it got that wrong?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Net Migration Target: International Students (20 Nov 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Does the Minister realise how pleased the directors of Jaguar Land Rover will be with the answer he has just given? They sponsor students at Birmingham University and other universities in Birmingham, so they will be very relieved to know that those students can get graduate visas.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Michael Fabricant: While it is of course right and proper for the House to discuss this important matter, is it not also the case that it would be detrimental for us to do so by megaphone diplomacy? Does my right hon. Friend not agree that it would be a sad irony if the Iranian Government were to get comfort and succour from some of the things that have been said in the House today?

Sexual Harassment in Parliament (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fabricant: The hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) was quite right to talk about confidence. There needs to be confidence in the system, and that is why there needs to be an independent body, because justice must not only be done but be seen to be done. The hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) talked about witch hunts, and we have to be careful to avoid them. One of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Residential Tower Block Safety (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Is it not an irony that it was not that enough money was not spent on Grenfell Tower, but that £10 million was spent on it to provide cladding to stop water ingress, and that that caused the whole problem? Is my right hon. Friend aware that, as experts have told me, sprinklers are not the sole solution to this issue? Sprinklers alone, without sound fire doors, will not work, and there...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Electronic Voting (26 Oct 2017)

Michael Fabricant: But is it not the case that there are advantages in going into the Lobby—one can meet colleague and do things? If we listen to the Scottish National party all together, why do we not go the whole hog? Why do we not just sit at home, watch proceedings on the Parliament channel, and vote on our iPhones?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Defence Co-operation (23 Oct 2017)

Michael Fabricant: My right hon. Friend has already referred to global reach. Given that the United Kingdom probably has a greater capability with that than any armed forces in Europe, is there not a common feeling between the Europeans and the United Kingdom that we could co-operate in future for our mutual defence?

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Kristian Jensen has joined Wolfgang Schäuble—both are Finance Ministers—in saying that the negotiation would be easy were it not for the game playing. It is the modus operandi of the EU to bully on occasion, to brief the media negatively on occasion, and to bide for time right up until the wire. May I tell my right hon. Friend not to be naive—not that she would...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Industries (14 Sep 2017)

Michael Fabricant: Of course, in 2021 we will be out of the European Union and we will have the Commonwealth games. May I thank my right hon. Friend for choosing Birmingham as the UK’s candidate to host those games? I hope that she will put pressure on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ensure that he does what is needed. May I just say to you, Mr Speaker, to make it absolutely clear, that I will not be...

Attorney General: Modern Slavery (14 Sep 2017)

Michael Fabricant: What progress the Crown Prosecution Service has made in improving conviction rates for offences of modern slavery; and if he will make a statement.

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