Results 201–220 of 8624 for speaker:Gerry Sutcliffe

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — School Sport (13 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess. I am delighted to have the opportunity to discuss an important issue that I feel passionately about. It has been more than a year since the Government first announced their intention to dismantle the sports infrastructure put in place by the previous Labour Government to deliver our commitment to increase participation in...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — School Sport (13 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: Very much so. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. He will know about the statistics on obesity in young people and about the health risks. He is right that sport is an integral part of life skills. Not everybody can be a champion, and not everybody can be elite, but we can be the best that we can be. I do not look like a healthy specimen, but my own involvement in sport through the...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — School Sport (13 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I am grateful for that intervention. I understand the hon. Gentleman’s premise in terms of getting youngsters outside. School sport was fairly stereotypical in that girls played netball and hockey, boys played football, rugby and cricket, and basically that was it. The previous Government were proud—the Government’s misleading statistics come into play—of being able to widen the range...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Officials (5 Dec 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: There is a legal right to time off for trade union duties. Are we not seeing an outright attack on trade unionism? The Secretary of State well knows, because he has had the opportunity to negotiate with unions in his distinguished career in local government, that trade unions are a force for good. I wonder whether his coalition partners support him in his endeavour.

Human Rights (Colombia) (22 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: We hear the Minister’s comments, but if we as a country attack those in the middle east who kill their own people—in particular, I highlight Syria and other countries where there have been problems—should we not do the same with Colombia? Many MPs have tried over many years to raise the issue of Colombia and highlight the fact that many innocent people, mainly trade unionists, are being...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Horse Racing (Funding) (22 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Williams. I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock), not only on securing this debate, but on his continued interest in the issue, for all the reasons that he has given. Everyone present agrees that racing is a fantastic product. We only have to consider last Saturday’s Betfair Chase, where Kauto...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Border Control Scheme (15 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: The public know that this is a shambles. We are getting the facts today only because of an urgent question from my right hon. Friend the shadow Home Secretary. Will the Minister put on the record the times that he has met Brodie Clark to discuss the pilot and the change in aviation strategy so that we can get the truth? The only way we are getting the truth at the moment is by forcing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Bribery and Corruption (15 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: What recent discussions he has had with the Director of the Serious Fraud Office on its procedures for investigating cases of bribery and corruption.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Bribery and Corruption (15 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: Is the Attorney-General not a little complacent, because the Bribery Act is a new measure that came into force in 2011? There is concern around the world about the way in which global markets have operated, so the SFO should at least have a look at changes that might need to be made to the law.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: I have been a Member of this House for 17 years—five years in opposition, 12 years in government—and I have been privileged to be a Minister in various Departments. Which was the most toxic Department? The Home Office, for the reasons that have already been given by former Home Secretaries and former Home Office Ministers. I am an ex-Minister in the Home Office, and it beggars belief that...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: Is that loyalty not also breathtaking in that it is coming from the coalition partners as well, given their record on immigration and what they did to previous Governments?

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: But if the hon. Lady is right and the Home Secretary had those concerns at the start of the pilot, the very least I would have expected the right hon. Lady to do was to say to her Immigration Minister, “Watch this, because this could cause serious problems.” Is the hon. Lady not surprised that the Home Secretary never did that?

Schools (Bradford) (8 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: Is it not true that Bradford has taken a very pragmatic approach to free schools? The local authority and all three parties on the council have decided to support the principle. There might be arguments about each other’s schools, but free schools will be members of the family of the wider school population. However, there are issues that affect that wider school population.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Stadiums (Disabled Access) (3 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: But the Minister will know that this is long overdue; as the previous sports Minister, I tried, as he has done, to push the FA into making sure that access was available. Is this not about the role of the FA too? Can he update us on its reorganisation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Trade Union Facility Time (2 Nov 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: But is there not also a point to be made about how much money is saved to the public purse by having good industrial relations? Instead of going backwards, should not the Minister be going forward and talking about how he could improve industrial relations?

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Horse Racing: Bookmakers (21 Oct 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likelihood that agreements between bookmakers and racecourses concerning on-course bookmaking arrangements from 1 September 2012 will be reached with every racecourse and racecourse group in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India: Commonwealth Games (21 Oct 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the delay in payments to British companies for work undertaken in relation to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Business of the House (13 Oct 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: When we discuss the Localism Bill next week, will the Government give a guarantee that the protections against the sale of playing fields—school playing fields or public playing fields—will still be in place? At the moment, there is nothing in the Bill to protect those playing fields.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2011)

Gerry Sutcliffe: What further support are the Government going to give to ex-service people who belatedly discover that they have post-traumatic stress disorder?

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