Results 1–20 of 4784 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jim Fitzpatrick

Whirlpool: Product Safety System — [Ms Joan Ryan in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. We have this pleasure very infrequently, but I am very pleased that you are presiding over business today. I am also pleased to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter) not only on securing this important debate and on his excellent speech, which...

Whirlpool: Product Safety System — [Ms Joan Ryan in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: Is it the case then that Which? forced Peterborough trading standards’ hand and moved the issue on as a result of the threat of judicial review?

Animal Welfare: Easter Adjournment (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this debate and pleased to follow the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman). I am grateful to him and the mover of the motion, the Chair of the Backbench Business Committee, for the work that they do in facilitating colleagues to raise important matters in the Chamber and in Westminster Hall. They do a very difficult job. Having been to...

Animal Welfare: Easter Adjournment (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: Is that the bridge that goes from Gateshead to Newcastle? It is the Gateshead millennium bridge, is that right?

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I made reference to the wording of a recommendation, which I have reflected on significantly. It says that the RSPCA “should, however, withdraw from acting”. I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, and I agree that the CPS should be acting, but does he really think that the CPS will do it if the RSPCA takes a step back?

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am pleased to be able to contribute to the debate and I hope to be able to abide by your eight-minute rule, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish), who chairs our Select Committee with distinction. Obviously his time spent in the European Parliament was not a wasted apprenticeship; he demonstrates his skills every time we meet....

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My hon. Friend’s good point reinforces the contribution from the Chair of the Select Committee. I shall say more about licensing in a moment, but it is certainly a key element of the Committee’s report to which we hope the Government will respond positively. I am always heartened that constituents contact me about a whole range of animal welfare issues because that shows that,...

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am happy to give way to my other hon. Friend from the Select Committee.

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: With my classic cockney accent, I hope that I will be forgiven if I do not join the hon. Gentleman in praising the Scottish National party. I think the policy predates the SNP taking over the Scottish Government, but it has continued since. Indeed, the Procurator Fiscal Service carries out that policy, and the CPS should do so here, but my point is that the CPS is not doing it, is not going...

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My right hon. Friend makes the point emphatically that the penalty does not fit the crime. As the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton mentioned, such penalties need urgent review. I apologise that I will go over my eight minutes, Madam Deputy Speaker, but hopefully by only one and a half minutes. Given that the RSPCA cruelty helpline receives 1 million calls, 15% of which are investigated,...

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: indicated assent.

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: It is a pleasure to see you presiding over us this morning, Mr Hanson. I am not sure I have had the privilege of serving under your chairmanship before. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on securing this debate and commend her for her excellent speech, which detailed the problems we all face. I do not have a long record of speaking in...

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful to the Minister for quoting those statistics. I was quoting one myself from the headteacher of Cubitt Town Junior School, who said that Cubitt Town pupils will lose up to £746 per pupil. I do not doubt that Tower Hamlets’ schools are well resourced and well funded by the Government, but the cuts being introduced will be unsustainable. The headteacher says that it...

Business of the House: Cochlear Implantation (24 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the question of the funding and assessment of cochlear implantation, and I do so as chair of the all-party group on deafness. I am pleased to see the Health Minister in his place; I know he has this issue on his radar. The starting point is a petition calling for a review of the tests for implants approved by the National Institute for Health and...

Dog Fouling (14 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I recognise that there is a problem here. Organisations from the National Farmers Union to Keep Britain Tidy, which the hon. Lady referenced, strongly support “bag it and bin it”. Anything that detracts from that could cause confusion and undermine the essence of the issue, which is that we want dog owners to act responsibly, in the way that she describes. Does she think that we...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: On a point of order, Mr Chope. I am grateful for the opportunity to make an additional point of order. You explained your interpretation of the rules in response to the Minister, and you are obviously in sole charge. You said that it would be an abuse for other colleagues to raise points of order, but the fact that the Speaker’s Office allowed a 90-minute debate indicates quite clearly...

Personal Independence Payments (28 Feb 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I received an email following the remarks of the No. 10 adviser over the weekend. My constituent wrote: “As someone who has been diagnosed with PTSD and phobic anxiety, I am deeply distressed and angry about his remarks. Considering the current lack of funding and social stigma that mentally disabled people already have to suffer, this is beyond the pale.” Do the Government...

Future Flood Prevention (27 Feb 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I recognise that the Government do not intend to move on this matter this instant, but does the Minister accept the statistic I quoted that the number of firefighters in the UK has reduced by 7,000 in the past seven years alone? There is no statutory duty, so responding to flooding is not a role that the fire service legally has to carry out. Will she keep that under close review and talk to...

Future Flood Prevention (27 Feb 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute, and I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle (Victoria Atkins). I do not want to speak to the whole report or the Government’s response. I shall focus rather on our Select Committee’s recommendation 15 on the statutory duty for the fire and rescue service. This recommendation is consistent with our other...

Future Flood Prevention (27 Feb 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My hon. Friend perfectly anticipates my next point. I was about to quote a statistic to demonstrate that the Government do not want to proceed in this direction—because staff reductions in fire and rescue services since 2010 have been significant, with nearly 7,000 jobs having been lost. By my estimate, that amounts to 20% of the British fire service disappearing since 2010. Those...


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