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Results 181–200 of 4264 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

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

Paul Murphy: That was a bit quick, but I give way.

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

Paul Murphy: I do not accept that for one second. The biggest threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom would have been for the yes campaign to win the Scottish referendum. I am saying not that the yes campaign was insincere but that I did not agree with it. On the following Friday morning, the Prime Minister effectively said, “Thank you very much, Scotland. You are now still part of the United...

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

Paul Murphy: Of course, and my hon. Friend should therefore be able to vote on matters affecting the hospitals in the English health service that most of his constituents go to. I am fortunate enough to have seven general elections under my belt. I lost the first—quite rightly, too—which was for a seat in the west of England. Nevertheless, I would have been elected on the same mandate for the...

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

Paul Murphy: I rather fancy that not one MP or MSP has had that argument raised with them when they go knocking on doors. The issue of English laws for English Members of Parliament is also impractical. When I was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales, we always had to deal with the issue of whether a Bill was actually an English Bill. Of 400 Bills introduced over the...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (15 Jul 2014)

Northern Ireland Affairs: Administrative scheme for “on-the-runs”. 2:30 pm; Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Wales Bill: Schedule 1 — Referendum about commencement of income tax provisions (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: It is a great privilege to speak on Third Reading of a Bill that my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) indicated we will not oppose, for a variety of reasons. The Secretary of State referred to this as a milestone Bill. I have sat through 26 years of Welsh Bills, and I have to say that I do not think this is a milestone. There are some good parts to it, but a real milestone...

Wales Bill: Schedule 1 — Referendum about commencement of income tax provisions (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that. The devolution of extra powers was supported overwhelmingly by the people of Wales in the referendum, including in my constituency, which, having been one of the most sceptical and anti-devolution constituencies in the whole of Wales, changed its mind. I think that there has been a sea shift in how people perceive devolution. People understand it...

Wales Bill: Schedule 1 — Referendum about commencement of income tax provisions (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: I think they will be right so to do. There is a lot of work to be done by their lordships, particularly the Welsh Members, in dealing with these issues, including borrowing.

Wales Bill: Schedule 1 — Referendum about commencement of income tax provisions (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: In that case, we are all right, are we not, and we can see what happens next? These detailed issues are very important for us. Whatever divides us in this Chamber—the nature of politics is that we do divide on issues—there is a general consensus among us all that this Bill is another step in the right direction, and a step that makes sure that we remain members of the United Kingdom. By...

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: I remind my hon. Friend and the House that there are highly developed mechanisms in these islands to resolve disputes of any nature through the Joint Ministerial Committee, or simply between ministerial committees, without having to go to courts of law. There are better means of proceeding, and we should use them rather than go to the Supreme Court.

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: I hope that my hon. Friends on the Front Bench will elaborate a bit more on the matter, but my guess is that they discussed the issue of reserved powers at earlier stages and a new clause is necessary to revive the debate on that on Report. I agree that this measure is relatively modest in asking that a report be laid, but I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for Llanelli (Nia Griffith)...

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: It certainly is not a wrecking tactic. I have made the position clear. I am just a Back Bencher, but Labour Front Benchers will also make it clear that the Labour party is committed to reserved powers for Wales. In the light of what is likely to happen in Scotland, that becomes much more important.

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: I do not think for one second that the model is a panacea for all the issues and problems that we face, but I think that it will give tools to the National Assembly and the Welsh Government that they currently may not have and make it easier for them to resolve various issues. I do not suggest for one second that the model means that we will have to end the important cross-border co-operation...

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: I am listening with extreme interest to the hon. Gentleman’s points. It seems to me that Plaid Cymru is therefore actively opposing the development of the relief road around the M4, which he will have to explain to those who vote for Plaid Cymru in Gwent and Glamorgan.

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 Jun 2014)

Paul Murphy: It was interesting to hear the points made by the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards), but I want to concentrate on my party’s new clause 4 on reserved powers. I very much welcome the new clause, which relates to the laying of “a report before each House of Parliament on the further legislative steps needed to move to a model of reserved powers for the National...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Clause 19 — Borrowing by the Welsh Ministers (6 May 2014)

Paul Murphy: If I was an independent observer listening to the previous two Conservative Members’ contributions to the debate, I would wonder whether they wanted borrowing at all. The hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Alun Cairns) seemed to be very lukewarm on the issue, and questioned whether all this should really come out of the revenue budget. My hon. Friend the Member for Caerphilly (Wayne...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Clause 19 — Borrowing by the Welsh Ministers (6 May 2014)

Paul Murphy: I will give way in a second because I want to refer to what the hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) said. He did not really like the idea of what he termed “popular” capital projects. He gave the impression that the Welsh Government would go round Wales seeking out the most popular issues with which to woo the electorate. That is a complete load of baloney. There is a consensus...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Clause 19 — Borrowing by the Welsh Ministers (6 May 2014)

Paul Murphy: I agree with the hon. Gentleman on that, but I still direct the independent observer, from wherever he or she may come, to the beginning of his speech where he spoke about the benefits of dealing with these things, which the right hon. Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) dealt with before the 1997 general election, out of revenue. That is impossible given the strain on the revenue budget...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Clause 19 — Borrowing by the Welsh Ministers (6 May 2014)

Paul Murphy: That is good to hear. I come back to the issue of how this has been calculated. I was Finance Minister in Northern Ireland, where there is a stream of income from the rates. The household and the business rates go to the Northern Ireland Executive. But I do not believe that the way in which the borrowing powers were calculated for the Northern Ireland Executive were based on the fact that...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Housing Benefit (Wales) (1 May 2014)

Paul Murphy: I congratulate the Chair of the Select Committee on his Committee’s work. I thought that the impartial way in which he spoke was exemplary; I expect nothing less of my neighbour. I do not agree, of course, with what is the worst development in benefits in my 50 years of holding elected positions. There is no question but that we can rightly call the bedroom tax a wicked tax. Like many of my...


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