Results 1–20 of 1491 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 Moore

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Cross-border Trade (25 Feb 2015)

Michael Moore: The single market of the United Kingdom is vital to the fish processors and agricultural producers of Berwickshire, the coat hanger manufacturers of Jedburgh and the world-class knitwear manufacturers of Hawick, among others, so does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the major achievements of the Smith commission was to bring more powers to Scotland, but preserve that single market?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Michael Moore: I wish the hon. Gentleman would not accuse people of “glossing over” things. I invite him to look back at any of the speeches I made, particularly the one on Second Reading, where I laid out, in terms, the Labour party’s record on this issue. I remind him that half a dozen people opposed the Bill, and he needs to be careful what he is suggesting.

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Michael Moore: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Llanelli (Nia Griffith). I welcome the fact that the Opposition have brought forward this debate, if not the particular motion. This is an important subject, and I agree with them that it is regrettable that there is not more opportunity in Government time to debate these important matters. However, I really regret the tone in which the hon....

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Michael Moore: I apologise for surprising the right hon. Gentleman with my tone. I do not want to say that the Opposition started it, but there really is a different kind of tone to the debate today. I thank him for his contribution to the Bill, and for his own track record as a Minister and in piloting the earlier legislation through. He is right to draw attention to the nay-sayers, who I must point out...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Michael Moore: None of them is in the Chamber this afternoon; that is the important point. The point is that we have now, happily, got the Bill into another place, and I want to pay tribute to my great friend the noble Lord Purvis who is piloting it there. There were two speeches against it on Friday—one from a Conservative peer and one from a Labour peer—so let us please put this nonsense...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Jan 2015)

Michael Moore: For more than 50 years, thalidomiders have been campaigning for justice, particularly from the German manufacturers Grünenthal. Now that more than 150 MPs have signed an open letter to the German Chancellor, would the Prime Minister add this to his busy agenda today so that we might get a decent and fair settlement for all concerned?

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Michael Moore: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. Let me say—on behalf of most of us, perhaps—that I am delighted that we have reached Third Reading. The Bill seeks to commit us, as a country, to contributing 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance each year. [Interruption.]

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Michael Moore: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Bill matters because UK aid—from emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to capacity-building and economic development—saves lives and transforms lives. By enshrining this commitment in law, the parties represented in the Chamber honour the election commitments of 2010, and the coalition honours the coalition agreement; but what is perhaps...

Backbench Business: Financial Conduct Authority Redress Scheme (4 Dec 2014)

Michael Moore: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for all the work he has been doing on this issue with others across the House. One of my constituents, Heather Buchanan, and her husband have, happily, got redress, but they are now in a major battle about consequential losses. Does my hon. Friend have a view on how we can help collectively focus attention on bad issues so that they are not lost in the murk of...

Clause 6 — Petition officers: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (Money) (3 Nov 2014)

Michael Moore: It will not surprise the House to hear that I support the money resolution. I am delighted that the Government have introduced it, and I am grateful to them for it. I welcome the speeches made from both Front Benches—

Clause 6 — Petition officers: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (Money) (3 Nov 2014)

Michael Moore: And especially from the Back Benches. They have helped to shine a light on some of the issues involved in the Bill. I am not too hopeful about reaching agreement on them during the remaining stages of the Bill, but I hope we might do so. On 12 September, we had a very striking result—whether it involved the whole House or otherwise—with 164 right hon. and hon. Members in favour...

Clause 6 — Petition officers: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (Money) (3 Nov 2014)

Michael Moore: I can see where the hon. Gentleman is going with his intervention, but may I just say that decisions about other Bills, to which he may or may not be alluding, are way beyond my pay grade? Selfishly, as far as my Bill is concerned, I quite agree with him. I welcome the fact that the efficiency and effectiveness of our official development assistance spending was a central feature of the...

Clause 6 — Petition officers: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (Money) (3 Nov 2014)

Michael Moore: As little as possible, and that is the key to this whole process and to the discussions between the Government and me. Those discussions will be developed further in Committee if that is the will of the House. Specifically, we are talking about not only the principle of spending this degree of taxpayers’ money on official development assistance but appropriate scrutiny. I have listened...

Clause 6 — Petition officers: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (Money) (3 Nov 2014)

Michael Moore: I am not asking for a blank cheque. I certainly accept that this House needs to take a view, in due course, on how much should be spent. [Interruption.] That will be a matter on which the House can reflect on Report and beyond. The important principle of scrutiny is one on which Government Ministers, shadow Ministers and others agree. I hope that it will not be difficult to come to an...

Clause 6 — Petition officers: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (Money) (3 Nov 2014)

Michael Moore: I am happy to put on record the fact that the Minister and I have been having constructive discussions, and I hope that we will be in a position to bring amendments to the Committee together to deal with the matter that he has just raised.

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Michael Moore: We in Scotland have just enjoyed the most amazing democratic moment. It is estimated that 97% of the population registered to take part in the referendum; there was a record turnout of 85%; and for the first time in a major election in the United Kingdom 16 and 17-year-olds participated and—dare I say it—excelled themselves in doing so in the build-up and in the referendum itself....

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Michael Moore: Paragraph 30 of the Edinburgh agreement—in which I had the privilege to be involved—was clear about respecting the outcome, and I welcome the fact that the Scottish Government have done that and said the right things about the process going forward.

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Michael Moore: I respect the fact that the hon. Gentleman who is trying to intervene and his colleagues will continue to argue for independence—that is their right and I am sure they will do that with their traditional energy, which they brought to the referendum campaign and have already brought to this afternoon’s debate. Some, of course, seem to wish to challenge the result, and occasionally...

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Michael Moore: I know that SNP Members are the source of many conspiracy theories, but this is a pretty lame one. I hope the hon. Gentleman will relax a bit and perhaps wait for the chance to advance his own argument. May I take issue with a point he made in his preamble, too? This Parliament respected the victory of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament in 2011. The constitution is very firmly reserved to the...

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Michael Moore: I respect the hon. Gentleman and I appreciate his contribution to the debate. The Smith commission has been set up to bring those different contributions together and to invite others into the process to ensure that people across Scotland can be part of creating the new settlement. The Smith commission fits exactly into the whole devolution cycle. We have set out the ideas, and Lord Smith has...


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