Results 1–20 of 3292 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Spellar

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (12 Dec 2017)

John Spellar: The Government are not just a funder and a regulator; they are also a customer. Would it help if national and local government acted like they do in every other country and bought vehicles built in this country by British workers, thereby supporting the companies and British workers?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

John Spellar: Many of the arguments my hon. Friend has made up to now would have been recognised and endorsed by traditional Conservatives. Is it not unfortunate that, having imported the anti-state ideology from the US Republicans, they now see the state and public service as the enemy rather than a key part of the mixed economy?

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

John Spellar: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for drawing breath and giving way. He is right to identify and highlight the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. He does that cause no service by glossing over the causes of the situation, particularly the Iranian-backed Houthi rebellion, with the violence that has accompanied it. Many of my constituents whose families are still in Aden are terrified by the prospect...

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

John Spellar: I thank the hon. Gentleman and fellow member of the Defence Committee for giving way, but may I slightly correct him? He said that the Tories are the party of defence. They are the party that talks about defence. I fully accept the bona fides and the genuine intentions of the hon. Gentleman and many of his fellow Back Benchers, but in fact under “Options for Change” after the end...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Indefinite Leave to Remain (20 Nov 2017)

John Spellar: How many applications for indefinite leave to remain are under consideration by her Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Indefinite Leave to Remain (20 Nov 2017)

John Spellar: One wonders how long many of those cases are waiting. So often, we are told the cases are complex and, after maybe a year or two, the Department still cannot make a decision. Furthermore, even when people have won their appeal, they find it takes six or nine months to get a reply, and then their documents very often get lost, or they get their passport back without having their visa stamped....

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Creative Industries: Careers (16 Nov 2017)

John Spellar: In order to progress their careers, creative artists need lots of work opportunities. For musicians, that means venues, many of which are now being closed. Will the Secretary of State give serious consideration to embedding the agent of change principle into legislation, as I hope to propose in a ten-minute rule Bill in the near future?

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. He cited with approval Scotland and Wales. Is it not the case that every area in Wales voted to reject change and stick with first past the post in the referendum? In Scotland every area apart from the university seats in Glasgow and Edinburgh voted to keep the current system.

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: It is probably just as well that the hon. Gentleman is not speaking in support, as about 70% of voters in Cornwall voted against this proposition, along with the vast majority of the rest of the country outside London and the university towns.

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: Would it not be worthwhile to ask those who raise such doubts about the previous referendum whether any of those who supported proportional representation voted against the proposal and voted no?

Backbench Business Committee: International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (26 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: I am sorry to have missed the start of the hon. Gentleman’s speech—I was trying to corral a Chairman. I pay tribute to the considerable work that the hon. Gentleman does in this area, particularly in support of the Christian communities around the world that are under increasing—probably intensifying—pressure. However, we should not forget people’s right in all...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: The hon. Lady mentioned Travellers on green sites, a cause of considerable distress to residents, but such groups quite often also set up on industrial estates. They disrupt the businesses and very often there is, coincidentally, a significant peak in crime, so those industrial estates get hit both ways.

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: As a Member of Parliament representing part of Sandwell, I draw attention to the fact that the number of illegal encampments has about halved as a result of the new site. Equally significantly, those that are set up are moved on quickly by the police. Might it not be an idea simply to change the law to cover a police authority area? That would simplify this for the police and they could...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: Rather than focusing on the very few cases of fraud and the limited number of convictions—the same issue the Trump Administration have raised to discredit the democratic process—why does the Minister not worry about the millions who are not registered and consider using national insurance numbers and automatic registration in order to ensure both an accurate and a complete register?

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: I am afraid the Minister really does not get it. When the French, the Americans or the Russians pursue a contract, they take a relentless whole-of-government approach. Incidentally, that is how it was under Prime Minister Tony Blair. On behalf of the industry and its skilled workforce, will the Government up their game and secure new contracts, especially with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

John Spellar: Does my hon. Friend accept that the public view of the community will continue to be shaped by the appalling behaviour of the minority, who bring absolute chaos to their own communities, and by the perceived inability of the authorities to act, even though they can act under existing powers, as my own borough of Sandwell has demonstrated, by creating a site to which Travellers can be...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

John Spellar: I think my cold war credentials are fairly clear, but I recognise that the hon. Gentleman and some other Members who have made interventions are fairly new to the House. Do they recognise that one can make a greater advance by uniting across party lines on issues of common agreement than trying to score cheap political points? The points speak for themselves, but what we need is a united...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

John Spellar: My hon. Friend describes Venezuela as a socialist state. It is in fact yet another failed Communist state, and shows the inability of a command economy to run the economy properly or, indeed, to feed its people. We should note that as well as huge revenues, it has the world’s largest oil reserves; but oil production is going down because of failed management.

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