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Orders of the Day — Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — 1st Allotted Day: Clause 3 — Legal qualifications (31 Jan 2005)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. We can dissect different professions—I for one am not a lawyer, but that is irrelevant—but will the hon. Gentleman get back to the business before the Committee?

Orders of the Day — Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — 1st Allotted Day: Clause 2 — Requirement of membership of the House of Lords (31 Jan 2005)

Mr George Stevenson: Before the hon. and learned Gentleman gets to his feet again, I should say that I have not been in the Chair long but I am beginning to worry that we are drifting into matters that may not be sufficiently to do with membership of the House of Lords. I understand that these short clauses are a temptation to us all, and the concordat is relevant, but I would welcome a little more emphasis on...

Orders of the Day — Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — 1st Allotted Day: Clause 2 — Requirement of membership of the House of Lords (31 Jan 2005)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. The hon. and learned Member will know that the issue of the Lord Chancellor being a lawyer is dealt with in clause 3, which we shall come to in a moment. We are currently debating the particular issue of membership of the House of Lords.

Ceramics Industry (27 Apr 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Ms Walley), of our great city, on securing this debate. It is sad that the background to it is one of so much anger and frustration in north Staffordshire—and in Stoke-on-Trent in particular. Those feelings are based on our facing an unacceptable situation. We recognise that, like many other areas of Britain,...

Ceramics Industry (27 Apr 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: I take that point. If the hon. Gentleman will bear with me for a few more seconds, I might be able to clarify what I mean by giving consumers the choice. One of the problems faced by the ceramics industry that is products that are manufactured elsewhere come into the UK with no mark of origin and are then decorated in the UK and sold as British products. That is unacceptable. We can discuss...

Written Answers — Health: Smoking (17 Mar 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to minimise adverse effects of second hand smoking on the respiratory health of children; (2) what information is available to new parents about the implications of second hand smoke for the respiratory health of children; (3) what assessment he has made of the effect of second hand smoke on the respiratory health of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Companies (9 Mar 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Is not one of the problems with the better integration of bus services—whether municipal or privately owned—the attitude of the Competition Commission to matters such as the interchangeablility of fares and tickets? The Competition Commission seems to take the view that they may be anti-competitive, so bus companies and organisations cannot serve the public in the way that they want by...

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 31 - Information and consultation (24 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. Moving and withdrawing the amendment in the same breath is a first for me. I assume, however, that the hon. Gentleman has finished moving it.

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 31 - Information and consultation (24 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. I was listening with great interest to the hon. Gentleman's pertinent point about the competitiveness of British industry, rather than his experience of answering or using the telephone.

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 31 - Information and consultation (24 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. I repeat the point that I made a few seconds ago. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will want to return to the main thrust of his argument about the competitiveness of British industry.

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 31 - Information and consultation (24 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. I think that the intervention is developing into a speech. Malcolm Bruce: I do not regard the role of trade unions and of works councils as coincident. In fact, I think that they should be separate. From the studies that I have made, it seems that although it is common for trade union members and even representative shop stewards to be on works councils, they do that in a completely...

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 29 - Ways in which provision conferring rights on individuals may be made (10 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. I have listened to the hon. Gentleman with great interest. Having looked at the words in the Bill and in the explanatory memorandum, I think that the rights referred to are those conferred as a result of an Act or European legislation. The problem that I have with his point about gangmasters is that I believe that there is no legislation for the Minister to enact on that. Perhaps the...

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 29 - Ways in which provision conferring rights on individuals may be made (10 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. The hon. Gentleman and I are on common ground and I am trying to be as helpful as I can. However, he will appreciate the confines within which the debate must take place.

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 29 - Ways in which provision conferring rights on individuals may be made (10 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. We are a great partnership in this Committee and I am thoroughly enjoying myself, but I need to remind the Committee that we are discussing conferring rights after an Act or European legislation. We cannot discuss legislation that we would like the Government to introduce, we cannot anticipate private Member's Bills and, as much as we would like to, we cannot have a debate on that...

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 27 - Role of companion at disciplinary or grievance hearing (10 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Before I call the Minister, I just point out to the Committee that the amendments are quite specific. I shall call the question on clause stand part later. I am sure that the Minister will understand that.

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill (10 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: That is helpful information, but it is not my intention to allow any debate on that new clause now. We look forward to that new clause as and when it reaches the Committee.Clause 27 Role of companion at disciplinary or grievance hearing

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 27 - Role of companion at disciplinary or grievance hearing (10 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments: No. 52, in clause 27, page 25, leave out lines 14 and 15. No. 53, in clause 27, page 25, line 24, at end add— '(2D) Nothing in subsections (2A) to (2C) shall prevent the employer from questioning and receiving responses from the worker (whether or not the worker chooses to confer with his companion).'

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 23 - Inducements relating to union membership (5 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Before we start the debate, may I ask hon. Members to assist the Chair in not rehearsing the arguments that we had in our quite general debate on the first group of amendments? Clearly, the clause is important.

Public Bill Committee: Employment Relations Bill: Clause 23 - Inducements relating to union membership (5 Feb 2004)

Mr George Stevenson: Order. It is interesting that great minds think alike. I have just asked the Clerk the same question. I do not see the word ''bribe'' in the provisions. I am not qualified to say whether a bribe is an inducement, but can we please stick to the wording of the clause?


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