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Results 1–20 of 1340 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Wareing

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Apr 2010)

Robert Wareing: Over the years there has been a continual drift away from direct taxes to indirect taxes, which, as the Prime Minister knows, bear most heavily on those who can least afford them. Does he agree that it is becoming time that we went back to the traditional Labour party policy on taxation, which is to redistribute wealth in favour of poorer people? I would like him to say in this general...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Constitutional Renewal (10 Jun 2009)

Robert Wareing: Does the Prime Minister agree that the authority and power of Parliament have been diminishing for decades under successive Governments and that in fact—programme motions have been mentioned in this context—we have reached a situation where, far from the Government being accountable to the House of Commons, the House of Commons is now accountable to the Government? The programme is...

Petition — Schools (Liverpool) (5 Mar 2009)

Robert Wareing: The petition, which I am proud to put before the House, concerns the Croxteth community comprehensive school in my constituency. The school is in a very disadvantaged area, and it does not surprise me that there are more than 3,000 signatures on the petition. They are, of course, the signatures of parents and teachers, but not exclusively so. Many people in the local community take pride in...

Secondary Education (Croxteth) (26 Nov 2008)

Robert Wareing: It is a great pleasure to speak under your stewardship, Mr. Gale, I think for the first time. The future of education in Croxteth, Liverpool, is very much to do with the proposed closure by Liverpool city council of the Croxteth community comprehensive school. I stress the word "community" because the school is at the centre of the community in the area. Croxteth is a post-war housing estate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Oct 2008)

Robert Wareing: Is the Prime Minister aware that, between July and September this year, the BP oil company made a profit of £6.4 billion? When many pensioners and poor, vulnerable people in my constituency are suffering and wondering how they are going to pay to heat their homes this winter, is it not about time that the Government introduced a windfall tax on companies such as BP?

Lyndale Group Ltd (8 Jul 2008)

Robert Wareing: My hon. Friend is making an eloquent presentation of the problems, but I have to say that on 8 April, Sayers did in fact write to me. However, I am afraid that the company has not kept the promises made in that letter, which states in relation to the Liverpool site that "Sayers will commence formal consultation and discussions with our staff and their Unions on up to 150 redundancies". As...

Lyndale Group Ltd (8 Jul 2008)

Robert Wareing: We cannot go through this debate without pointing out that the work force at Sayers in Liverpool are very loyal. Many of my constituents who are employed there have been with the firm for 30 years. Indeed, one employee has been there for 45 years. They deserve to be treated with dignity. The Government should do all that they can to ensure that those workers are treated with the dignity that...

Lyndale Group Ltd (8 Jul 2008)

Robert Wareing: It made my wedding cake.

Points of Order (4 Jun 2008)

Robert Wareing: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I seek your guidance? Just after the Queen's Speech, you made an announcement about the need for Members to abide by the parliamentary convention that they should not interfere in other Members' constituencies. On 25 January, Lord Adonis came to my constituency and, on 1 February, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families also came. They...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Apr 2008)

Robert Wareing: Thank you, anyway, Mr. Speaker. Will my right hon. and learned Friend ask the Prime Minister my question? Given the anxiety of people who live near the airports in London, particularly Heathrow, is it not time for there to be a fresh review of airports policy? We should consider the number of business men and tourists who have to travel from the north of England to London in order to fly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Oct 2007)

Robert Wareing: The Government are giving considerable assistance to London in preparation for the 2012 Olympic games. I wonder whether the Prime Minister has considered any increase in the assistance going to Liverpool, which next year celebrates being the European city of culture. I am thinking in particular of increased funds for the Merseyside police and the local authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Counter-terrorism (2 Jul 2007)

Robert Wareing: May I first congratulate my right hon. Friend on her appointment? I lived through the terror of the Blitz during the second world war and I remember the stalwart courage of the British people in defying the Nazis. They went about their lives as normally as possible. The current generation of Britons will defy the present terrorists, just as their forebears defied the Luftwaffe's terrorism....

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: In a debate in this place on 1 February 1999, I made it perfectly clear that I was in favour of unicameral legislature. If Members are interested, they can read columns 646 to 650 of the Official Report of that date. Things have moved on since then, however, and now I am considering how I should vote on the options. I have agonised over the question. I am a natural democrat so I want...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: I must say that I have my doubts about that. I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention, but I would want to see real evidence of what he says. When I am in the Tea Room, I look at the two monitors and see on the red one that the House of Lords is debating a Bill after five, six or seven days. When I know that that Bill was debated for only one day in this House, I think that it is a...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: That is not the only example of the overweening power of the Executive to which I refer. It applies to private Members' Bills. Last Friday, for example, we saw the disgraceful spectacle of a private Member's Bill being talked out. Why? Eventually, after a closure motion was successful, the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill was given a Second Reading, but why did a Minister spend one hour...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman says, but the fact remains that Ministers are still accountable to the representatives in the assembly, who are, in fact, elected at the same time. A substitute is there, as I said, to take the place of someone becoming a Minister. He comes from the constituency to which that Minister belonged. We should reflect very carefully on the merits of that system....

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: The hon. Gentleman makes a sedentary quip; he is known for his sense of humour. We have got to be sure that we in the House of Commons really are the primary source of legislation and accountability of the Government. It is obvious to me that, at present, we are not. We have the Whips telling us what to do. Ten years ago, they were saying, "Vote against every privatisation measure"—and I...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: rose—

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: rose—

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

Robert Wareing: I thank my right hon. Friend. I want to explain what occurs to me when he refers to the appointment of experts. One expert could be an Army general, but what does he know about the health service or the education system? Are these appointed experts going to be confined to giving their opinion only on subjects about which they are expert and are they going to be allowed to vote only on those...

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