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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Hywel Francis: My hon. Friend has made a powerful point, and I agree with him. On behalf of all my constituents—those who are directly affected and those who are not—I urge Ford, at this late hour, to discharge its duty of care to all Ford and Visteon pensioners throughout the United Kingdom by giving them their full pension rights before any more retired employees depart this world without receiving...

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

Hywel Francis: On that point, in his research, has the hon. Gentleman come across any other company of Ford’s standing, large or small, that has done what Ford did and set up a company almost to ensure that it fails?

Tributes to Nelson Mandela (9 Dec 2013)

Hywel Francis: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Sir Edward Garnier). I should like to place on record my thanks to you, Mr Speaker, for allowing me to be called early in the debate, and to apologise for my absence earlier in the day. I have not been particularly well but my doctor, Dr Grant, allowed me to come here because I insisted on doing so. It is with great pride...

Point of Order: Rectification Procedure (3 Dec 2013)

Hywel Francis: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On 9 October, I spoke in the debate on part 2 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. I made it clear in my speech that I was doing so on behalf of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, which I Chair. With hindsight, even though I was speaking on behalf of my Committee, I now recognise that I should have...


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