Results 1–20 of 1645 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Steve Pound

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Steve Pound: I respect the hon. Gentleman, but the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) was about the added value brought by people who work in the NHS. When I was a porter for 10 years at the Middlesex Hospital, we finished at 10 o’clock on Saturday night and started again at 6 o’clock on Sunday morning. We worked a rotating three shift system. The...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Steve Pound: The hon. Gentleman has been extremely generous in giving way. I am reluctant to wander too far down memory lane, but when the NHS and I were born at the same time, in July 1948—[Laughter.] Two great institutions, both in need of considerable support! The NHS was born out of compromise. I spent 10 years working in the Middlesex Hospital. We had a private patients wing. The entire GP...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Steve Pound: I have huge respect for the hon. Gentleman and have come to admire him over the years, but clearly he has not visited a hospital lately and seen privatised portering services, privatised catering services, privatised nurses being provided by privatised banks, privatised doctors being provided by privatised agencies, and patients being delivered by privatised hospital car services. I suggest...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Steve Pound: If not regime change, what is the endgame?

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: Good God.

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: My hon. Friend will be aware that on 6 November 2014, Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, addressed this issue. His ruling, which we signed up to and support, was: “It is clear that budgetary cuts should not be used as an excuse to hamper the work of those working for justice.” We as a nation support that. Should we not extend that to this...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: My hon. Friend would be a professor emeritus.

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: I beg to move, That this House has considered houses in multiple occupation and combined planning applications. I am sure that I will not be the last person to say what a pleasure and delight it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I apologise to Westminster Hall for bringing a planning matter before it. I realise that many of us who have served in local government dread planning...

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: May I implore the hon. Gentleman to hold his patience for a moment? If he does, he will hear exactly what I propose. I propose entirely new legislation—an amendment to article 4 directions. I know that the Minister will seize it and rush from this building with it clutched in her hand to change the law immediately, because she is on the side of the angels on this issue. One of my...

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: I have never knowingly disagreed with my hon. Friend ever since I took part in his by-election campaign, which was a success—that probably had nothing to do with my involvement. I absolutely agree with him. Let us get one thing straight: the Mayor of London and most strategic planning authorities recognise that there is a place and a role for HMOs, and London councils are quite keen on...

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: And I am sure the hon. Gentleman will tell me why it cannot be right.

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: I seem to have struck a nerve. This issue is not unique to Perivale. Perivale may be unique, but in this matter it is not, quite clearly. The point is that at the moment local residents are profoundly disturbed because they see the character of their area changing and there is nothing that the planning officers can do. Last Sunday week, Councillor Tariq Mahmood, a local councillor, and I met...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have used expediency as their watchword this afternoon. Would that brevity was always the order of the day here. The Secretary of State rightly referred to “a necessary intervention”, and the points that she and the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison), made about the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: There are strict rules in this House against the wearing of advertising. I appreciate that the top of my head is available, but I would prefer it not to be emblazoned with anybody’s name. I am more than happy to give credit to Fred Elliott, although I have to say that Quails is quite remarkable. We have heard a range of speakers coming mostly around the same point, although they...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: I will be happy to give way to the hon. Gentleman, but I should say in advance that I am unable to identify the precise type of tank.

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: I cannot begin to match the Cheshires when it comes to battle honours, as most of my fighting took place in Union Street in Plymouth, sadly—but that is another story, and not one that we will necessarily hear today. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) summed up. When he rises to his feet, additional Hansard reporters are drafted in—two of them have been carried out with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (21 Mar 2018)

Steve Pound: Now that spring has come and there is a lightness and warmth in the air, may the equinoctial optimism extend to all politicians in Northern Ireland! I know that the Secretary of State is well aware of the important role played by the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, particularly during the previous period of direct rule, when there were 18 meetings between 1999 and 2007. With no...


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