Results 1–20 of 5163 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Ruane

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Sep 2018)

Chris Ruane: Prominent Tory Brexiteers promised that Wales would not lose out on funding if it voted to leave the EU. Wales has received £5.3 billion in European structural funds since 2000—the highest level in the UK and Europe. Will the Prime Minister guarantee, here and now, that Wales will not lose out on these funds should the UK leave the EU?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Ruane: It’s a hard life! The shadow Wales team recently met Farmers Union of Wales representatives, who are desperately worried about the future funding of Welsh agriculture post Brexit. If future farm funding is allocated using the Barnett formula, Welsh farmers will lose £133 million a year, taking £1 billion out of the Welsh economy. That would decimate rural communities and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

Chris Ruane: In 2016, my constituent’s son Lee Bennison was killed when a motorist collided with his motorbike. The motorist was found to be driving under the influence of drugs. Only days earlier, he had been stopped by police and had undergone blood and urine tests. The results of such tests take three weeks to come back from the lab. If roadside evidential testing for drugs had been available,...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Chris Ruane: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is a lack of accountability? When the Assembly was not sitting in 2006, we in this place were allowed to ask written questions on a whole range of issues. Today, however, when I try to table such questions, the answer I get is, “You’re not allowed to ask this question.”

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Army Reserve Service: Prestatyn (9 Jul 2018)

Chris Ruane: What plans he has for the Army reserve centre in Prestatyn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Army Reserve Service: Prestatyn (9 Jul 2018)

Chris Ruane: There has been an armed forces footprint in the Vale of Clwyd for over 100 years. I am opposed to 119 Recovery Company leaving Prestatyn and the disposal of that site. Will the Minister and his Department consult local stakeholders, including the town council, the county council and, especially, the Royal British Legion, before they make their decision?

Energy Policy (25 Jun 2018)

Chris Ruane: The proposed lagoon off the north Wales coast would have stretched from Llandudno to Prestatyn in my constituency, protecting a very vulnerable coast. In assessing the viability of a tidal lagoon, what recognition does his Department give to the impact of lagoons in combating coastal flooding?

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Chris Ruane: It was a Tory Government who shed more than 8,000 jobs at Shotton in 1980—the biggest lay-off in one day in British industrial history. We will see history repeat itself, with 6,500 jobs lost at Broughton, if the Secretary of State does not pull his finger out. Why are he and his party prepared to sacrifice those Airbus workers’ jobs and futures for party political ideology?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Ruane: The Department for Work and Pensions’ own figures show that 44% of universal credit claimants have seen their arrears rise by the time that they are nine months into their claim. Many of these claimants are vulnerable because they have issues with mental ill health, literacy and using computers, or they may have experienced domestic violence and recent bereavement. Whatever the reason,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Ruane: Not here!

Nuclear Power (4 Jun 2018)

Chris Ruane: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) for his tireless efforts in lobbying for this. He is Mr Energy Island. This £13 billion investment could be multiplied if we get the timing, co-ordination and planning right. Central Government need to co-operate with the Welsh Government, local government, the rail companies, further education, higher education...

Backbench Business - Banking Misconduct and the Fcabackbench Business (10 May 2018)

Chris Ruane: I wish to use these few short minutes to quote from a letter given to me by Martin Wickens, a chartered accountant who has worked closely with my constituent, George Jones, a farmer in my constituency, and with hundreds of other farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises across the country that have fallen foul of the predatory behaviour of many of the banks, accountants, surveyors and...

Health and Social Care Committee and Education Committee (10 May 2018)

Chris Ruane: Several Members have mentioned the need for interventions for the under-fives. My hon. Friend visited the Bangor mindfulness centre in north Wales with me a couple of years ago. A curriculum for three to seven-year-olds is being developed in north Wales. What role does she think mindfulness can play in infant, junior, secondary and tertiary education?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 2018)

Chris Ruane: Waiting times for personal independence payment tribunals in Wales have quadrupled over the past four years. My constituent, Alan McKittrick, is suffering from prostate cancer, angina, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis, hernias, mental ill health, dizziness, blackouts and ulcers, yet his initial PIP claim was refused. He then waited 56 weeks for an appeal, which he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welfare Reform (2 May 2018)

Chris Ruane: Some 13% of adults in Wales received treatment for their mental health in 2015, and one in four of the wider Welsh population are thought to live with a mental health condition. Many suffering with mental illness are too ill to work. Last year, I was told by the Government in a response to a parliamentary question: “No psychologists or psychiatrists are currently employed by Centre...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (30 Apr 2018)

Chris Ruane: rose—

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (30 Apr 2018)

Chris Ruane: When the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) was London Mayor, he described Tory housing policy in poor areas as “social cleansing”. Many of the victims of that social cleansing have ended up on the streets of Torbay, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Blackpool and other seaside towns. What specific additional funds has the Department made available to those seaside...

Fishing: East Anglia: Austerity: Life Expectancy (18 Apr 2018)

Chris Ruane: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) on securing the debate. The issue of stalling life expectancy, and indeed of falling life expectancy in some areas, is very serious. The hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) talked about living within our means, but people in my constituency are dying early without their means. We must reach out...

Fishing: East Anglia: Austerity: Life Expectancy (18 Apr 2018)

Chris Ruane: I agree. All those issues are part of the mix as to why we are seeing a decrease in life expectancy. It is a complex issue that needs further inquiry.

Fishing: East Anglia: Austerity: Life Expectancy (18 Apr 2018)

Chris Ruane: I am afraid that I must move on, because I have been getting eyes from the Chair and I do not want to upset Mr Paisley. The Government have said that the situation is a blip because of flu or the cold weather. The Department of Health has seemed to downplay fears about life expectancy, pointing out that smoking rates have gone down and cancer rates have gone down, but that is all the more...


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