Results 1–20 of 5989 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gareth Thomas

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: In his comments on the wider fiscal position, the Secretary of State has failed to mention the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was sacked by the Prime Minister for gross incompetence—a decision with which the Secretary of State presumably agrees. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Defence have run very public campaigns for more...

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) referred to my local authority and omitted to mention that Hillingdon Borough Council gets double the funding of Harrow Borough Council. How can I get that appropriately reflected in the record?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: What estimate he has made of the profits derived from the Help to Buy scheme by house builders.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: My constituents, some of whom have been on the wrong end of aggressive behaviour by Persimmon, are concerned to know that since Help to Buy was introduced, the biggest private house builders have increased house prices by up to 10%, with almost all of that banked as profit and much of it paid out in senior managers’ enormous bonus payments. Should not the Secretary of State and his...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: The Conservative-run Northamptonshire County Council has recently gone bust. Was that due to a lack of Government funding or local incompetence?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I agree with the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) that we collectively owe praise to the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (John Penrose) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) for bullying the Government into bringing the Bill before the House. Nor do I completely reject the right hon. Gentleman’s final assertion about the importance...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. If I may, I commend to him and the whole House the Co-operative party report on the reform of the energy market, which contains several proposals. One suggestion is that Welsh Water and the energy distribution model of similar mutuals in New Zealand might be the model for future of energy distribution in this country. I do not hold the dogmatic view...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: The hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke) deliberately misinterprets our policy. The shadow Chancellor has committed the Labour party to supporting a doubling of the co-operative sector. Energy co-operatives do not mean nationalisation, but they do amount to democratic public ownership. Will my hon. Friend re-endorse the commitment to see more energy co-operatives...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way a second time. Is it not a problem—and deeply ironic—that Conservative Members should defend an energy system in which foreign nationalised companies have more control and earn more income and wealth from the distribution and supply of British energy than the British citizenry?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Is not the problem with the Bill the fact that it locks the stable door after the horse has bolted? Energy companies have jacked up their prices ever since whispers of an energy cap surfaced, such that there is a nice cushion that they can continue to benefit from enormously over the coming months.

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Does my hon. Friend also think it is regrettable that the Department for Transport has blocked London from accessing the new national clean air fund, given the scale of problems that diesel is causing, particularly in central and outer London?

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I rise to raise two concerns. The first is about the ending of the operating grant for Transport for London, which is already beginning to have a significant impact on upgrades to the network, not least to the Jubilee line, and increases the prospect of the extension of the night tube to the Metropolitan line being much further delayed than originally planned. Given that last time the...

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I welcome the right hon. Gentleman’s intervention. If the Minister is not willing to listen to me and to Opposition Members who share these deep worries about the impact on community transport, I hope he will listen to the right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy). I hope the Minister will also pay further attention to the Transport Committee, which...

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: If the November letter is symbolic of a Government wanting to sort out the problems in a positive way to ensure that community transport can survive and prosper, I of course welcome that. My sense is that the Transport Committee was not wholly convinced of that and of whether Ministers had yet got that fully correct. Perhaps the Committee will be able to haul the relevant Minister before it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Given the significant rise in household debt and the fear that payday lenders will seek to take advantage of that situation, is not this the right time to seek a significant expansion of credit unions across the UK? What might the Minister do to facilitate such an expansion?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Agency Workers (30 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Whether he plans to review the rules governing the use of agency workers.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Agency Workers (30 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Two thousand workers in BT call centres, some of whom handle 999 calls, are paid up to £500 less per month than permanent staff because BT uses the loophole known as the Swedish derogation under agency workers regulations. Taylor recommended its abolition; when will the Minister get on with it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: The Minister will have seen independent research by the Education Policy Institute showing that Harrow is the best place to send children to school, so perhaps he will come to my borough to see what is working in terms of literacy and numeracy. If he does, he will meet headteachers who are very concerned about cuts to their budgets as a result of a lack of sufficient funding from the...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: One graphic reminder of the global refugee crisis is the plight of refugees, particularly unaccompanied minors, in Calais. Will the Foreign Office Minister encourage the Home Office to deal more quickly with cases such as that of the 14-year-old brother of one of my constituents, who is still waiting for the Home Office to respond to his application to come and rejoin his brother, my...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Further to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Rochdale (Tony Lloyd), will my right hon. Friend take this opportunity to praise the work of the International Organization for Migration, a key UN agency leading the effort to provide solutions to the refugee crisis? Will she also take this opportunity to urge the Government, and particularly the Department for International...


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