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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Economic Rebalancing (21 Jan 2015)

Hywel Francis: I am sure the Secretary of State agrees that one of the best ways of rebalancing the economy is to ensure the interface between universities and the private and public sectors, and I know he recently visited my constituency and the new Swansea university campus at Crymlyn burrows. I am also sure he would wish to join me in congratulating the leader of Neath Port Talbot county borough council,...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Steel Industry (14 Jan 2015)

Hywel Francis: I am proud to be a member of Community and a founder of the all-party group on steel in the 2001 Parliament. I also draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, which refers to the fact that I had the privilege of addressing the Community biennial conference last year. I represent the proud steel town of Port Talbot. The late great Jack Thomas,...

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 Nov 2014)

Hywel Francis: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr Williams), who is a very valued member of the Welsh Affairs Committee. When I chaired the Committee, he always thanked me for the impartial way in which I did so. In contrast, I say to the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies) in a comradely way, although he may not understand the word, that I look forward to the time...

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 Nov 2014)

Hywel Francis: No, I will not. I am not afraid to speak on devolved matters, because they are pertinent to issues we are discussing today. I wish to talk about higher education. In doing so, I declare an interest as honorary chair of the college of arts and humanities in Swansea university. I warmly commend my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) for the way in which he outlined the very...

Written Answers — Home Department: Crimes of Violence: Females (22 Jul 2014)

Hywel Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to tackle gender-based violence in gangs (a) generally and (b) in respect of sexual violence against girls and young women; and if she will make a statement.

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Jul 2014)

Hywel Francis: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert). He is a valued member of my Joint Committee on Human Rights, as was the hon. Member for Esher and Walton (Mr Raab). I was delighted to hear him quoting the banner of the Tower lodge miners, a great bastion of trade union freedom. The quote has been attributed to Franklin—it may well be—and to the Lord Mayor of...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: New Clause 52 — Procedure for certain planning challenges (17 Jun 2014)

Hywel Francis: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), not so much for the content of his contribution as for its tone and humour. I am afraid that I will not be able to match his humour. He beat me to the punch by telling us about his friendship and legal partnership with my distinguished predecessor, Lord Morris of Aberavon. I suspect from the tone of the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: New Clause 52 — Procedure for certain planning challenges (17 Jun 2014)

Hywel Francis: That is not the view of my Committee. I commend our report to the hon. Lady, if she has not read it, because it deals with this point very thoroughly. Pre-permission costs in judicial review proceedings are often substantial: the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law told our inquiry that they may comfortably exceed £30,000, and that restricting the availability of costs capping orders until...

Neath-Port Talbot Magistrates Court (12 Mar 2014)

Hywel Francis: I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way, and I congratulate him warmly on his success in securing the debate. His point about local feeling is a strong one. Does he agree that alongside trial by jury and the appointment of local magistrates, one of the central tenets of our common-law system, which has been developed over centuries and of which we are very proud, is the importance of the...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” (22 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: At the outset, I should say that I speak this afternoon as Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Many of these amendments relate to amendments suggested in the Committee’s report, and I wish to acknowledge that the Government have moved considerably in its direction, particularly in...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” (22 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point. Finally, I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham North (Mr Allen) and his Select Committee for the tremendous work carried out right up to today, and particularly last night, to deliver the final report. We have had the benefit of being able to read it today. I also commend the work of the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement,...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” (22 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in effect, part 2 restricts rather than regulates civil society?

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Clause 2 — Meaning of consultant lobbying (22 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: My hon. Friend has mentioned the NCVO. The sister organisation in Wales is the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, which has recently pointed out that while there could be two elections in England over a two-year span, Wales and Scotland could have three sets of elections in such a period owing to the devolution arrangements. Does my hon. Friend agree that the problem could therefore be much...

Written Answers — Health: Health Services: Learning Disability (22 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department ensures that health checks carried out annually for people with learning disabilities are given sufficient time and attention to cover the necessary checks; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Health: Spectacles: Voucher Schemes (20 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department will review the regulations in funding whereby NHS vouchers for frames for special facial characteristics cannot be funded through high street opticians resulting in extra costs for spectacles, replacements or repairs; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Living Standards (8 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: What assessment he has made of the effects on living standards in Wales of the measures announced in the autumn statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Living Standards (8 Jan 2014)

Hywel Francis: In my constituency of Aberavon, real wages have fallen by £2,000 in recent years and some 5,000 households have witnessed a reduction in their working tax credits. That comes against the background of rising energy prices, which are higher in south Wales than anywhere else in Britain. Does the Minister agree—as a reasonable person, I am sure that he does—that the best way to address the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Cold Weather Payments: Wales (16 Dec 2013)

Hywel Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which wards in each county borough in Wales received cold weather payments in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013; and if he will make a statement.

Fishing Industry: Ford and Visteon UK Ltd (12 Dec 2013)

Hywel Francis: I am pleased to take part in this critical debate, because the Visteon plant in south Wales is located in my constituency, and I do so on behalf of many of my constituents, many of whom have travelled to London today from Wales. I begin by paying tribute to the hon. Member for South Basildon and East Thurrock (Stephen Metcalfe) for securing this debate. As the chair of our all-party...


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