Results 1–20 of 6327 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

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gareth Thomas: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Warwickshire (Craig Tracey). I join him in his praise for teachers not only in his constituency and mine, but across the country. I also join him in his praise for headteachers and the enormous contribution they make to the future of our country. Given that so many areas of our country are finding it difficult to recruit and retain...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I gently say to the right hon. Gentleman that he is very welcome to come to Harrow, and I would be very happy to organise a roundtable for him with headteachers of primary schools and secondary schools, because the experience that he describes is not the one that they have to face on a daily basis in managing their funding needs. He is sitting next to his colleague, the Minister for...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Much as I would be delighted to invite the hon. Gentleman to join the Minister for School Standards in visiting Harrow, I hope that in the light of what Madam Deputy Speaker said, he will forgive me for not allowing him to intervene. Finally, there needs to be a 10-year funding plan and crucially, more investment next year in funding for schools across England and particularly, if the House...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I strongly support the point that the right hon. Gentleman is making. Do not the Government figures released last week—an extra 137,000 pupils in England’s schools, but a loss of 5,400 teachers and almost 3,000 teaching assistants—further underline and support his point about the insufficiency of the total quantum going into schools budgets every year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2018)

Gareth Thomas: In its report published today, which was commissioned by the Co-op party, the New Economics Foundation identifies lack of access to finance as a significant inhibitor in the growth of the co-op sector. While I am grateful to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury for his interest in this area, I wonder what steps the Treasury might now take to tackle that problem.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Thames Water and other water companies have profit margins close to 20%, paying out a huge £1.4 billion annually often to overseas owners that could be used to cut bills and accelerate repairs. Given that only Welsh Water, a mutual, makes no such payments, when might the Prime Minister get behind the efforts to double the size of the mutual and co-operative contribution to our economy?

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

Gareth Thomas: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 13 June.

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

Gareth Thomas: I am sure the whole House will want to echo the Prime Minister’s comments about the Grenfell tragedy 12 months ago. My constituents certainly will want me to echo her good wishes to the England football team. Last year, the top five co-operatives in our country paid more than four times the corporation tax of Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Starbucks and E.ON. I am sure the Prime Minister will...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: My hon. Friend should also be aware that many walk-in centres have closed. In my constituency, the superb Alexandra Avenue centre has had a 20,000 cap imposed on the number of patients it can see. This service is run by popular GPs, but it faces the risk of being outsourced, to a Virgin healthcare or someone else. It originally served 40,000 patients, and many of my constituents are genuinely...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald) for accepting this intervention before you got up to make your own. Is my hon. Friend aware of the Centre for Policy Studies—not a natural ally for him, perhaps—and its recent report in which it alluded to fundamental problems with rail competition and the declining market...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Nigh on three weeks ago, two teenagers in my constituency were shot at and seriously injured. I do not doubt the commitment of Cressida Dick and the Metropolitan police to finding the perpetrators of that shocking incident, but my constituents and I worry about the decline in the visibility of the police presence on our streets in Harrow. I therefore take this opportunity to underline to the...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Will the Minister give way?

East Coast Main Line (16 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Given the well known but now even better publicised problems with the rail franchising model, might this not be the moment for the Secretary of State to review the Co-op party’s recent proposals for rail reform, including a series of new mutual, not-for-profit train operating companies that are able to operate in the private sector, but are publicly owned, and able to attract...

Reproductive Rights (16 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I do not think that anybody on the Opposition side questions the investment that the Government are making through the Department for International Development—I welcome that. The concern is that the Government have not had the courage to stand up to the American President over his reintroduction of the global gag rule and to show solidarity with all the other countries that have...

Reproductive Rights (16 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: That is not fair.

Reproductive Rights (16 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I very much agree with my hon. Friend and commend her comments. Does she think that now is the moment for the Government to give enthusiastic backing to the She Decides movement that has emerged since the decision by the American President, Donald Trump, to reimpose the global gag rule? In the light of her comments about anti-abortion campaigners coming together, that would be a powerful...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (14 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Will the Minister for sixth-form colleges be willing to meet me to discuss some of the financial and capital needs facing Britain’s best sixth-form college, St Dominic’s in my constituency?

European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Public Vote) - Data Protection Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2) (9 May 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that any Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union shall not have effect without a vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar to that effect; to make arrangements for the holding of such a public vote; and for connected purposes. There should be a democratic public vote on...


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