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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Harris

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jan 2015)

Tom Harris: Raif Badawi faces 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison because he wrote some articles with which his Government disagreed. Will the Prime Minister join me in condemning the barbaric and mediaeval regime of Saudi Arabia, and does he believe that our international alliances should be founded more on human rights and less on economic muscle?

Business of the House (Today) (10 Nov 2014)

Tom Harris: Will the Home Secretary give way?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 Nov 2014)

Tom Harris: Earlier this evening, my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central (Chi Onwurah) offered us a quotation which she wrongly, but understandably, attributed to the late Baroness Thatcher, about the man who, finding himself on a bus beyond the age of 26, can count himself a failure. As I pointed out at the time, it was actually said by—we think—Loelia, Duchess of Westminster,...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 Nov 2014)

Tom Harris: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. The tram in Edinburgh was a disaster from start to finish. I was in Edinburgh over the Edinburgh festival period, and I saw for myself the much-heralded trams and was extremely excited that there was a passenger on one of them; that encouraged me. I do not think trams are the solution, therefore, but bus services are absolutely vital, because buses are the...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 Nov 2014)

Tom Harris: I wonder whether those figures would be moving in the right direction were it not for the introduction of free bus travel for pensioners. Take those figures out and where are we with passenger numbers? I suspect that even last year’s 1% increase would be non-existent. I want to say one last thing. This is not a debate about Scotland, but I stand here envious of my English colleagues. We...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 Nov 2014)

Tom Harris: But if the Secretary of State excludes all London bus journeys from those figures, historically—from the point of deregulation in 1986 to the present day—bus passenger numbers outside London have plummeted.

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 Nov 2014)

Tom Harris: Very briefly, for clarity and in defence of Baroness Thatcher—[Interruption]—that is a quote that will haunt me for some time—she never actually said those words, which have been attributed to her. It was actually Loelia, Duchess of Westminster.

VAT on e-books (2 Jul 2014)

Tom Harris: I suppose that at this point we should acknowledge that one of the Minister’s colleagues, the hon. Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Nadine Dorries), is consistently in the top six on the Amazon bestsellers list for e-books.

VAT on e-books (2 Jul 2014)

Tom Harris: I apologise for interrupting, but when the derogation was granted on our accession to the EU in 1973, there was no reference to physical books, because e-books did not exist at the time. There was a concession on books, and as that derogation stands, it could be extended to e-books, as e-books come under the definition of being a book.

VAT on e-books (2 Jul 2014)

Tom Harris: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way again. She has shown great patience, and I appreciate it. What she has just said, though, rather misses the point of my debate. No one is asking the Government to offer subsidies or favours to the e-book industry. What I am asking is that an impending charge that consumers in this country are not currently paying not be levied. She is right to say...

VAT on e-books (2 Jul 2014)

Tom Harris: I seem to remember being complimentary to the Minister when she spoke powerfully in favour of votes for prisoners in a debate on which we took the opposite points of view, and I believe that we are going to do the same again. I am more than relaxed about the UK being the target of court action by whichever European institution is relevant. I was relaxed about the idea when it came to votes...

VAT on e-books (2 Jul 2014)

Tom Harris: As there are a couple of minutes left, I wonder whether I could be cheeky and get in with another couple of points.

VAT on e-books (2 Jul 2014)

Tom Harris: Through you, Mr Hood, I thank Mr Speaker for giving me the opportunity to raise this matter. I raised the subject under a Labour Government in the last Parliament, before the 2010 election. Sadly, many of my concerns have not receded. I welcome the Minister to her place. It is not necessary to go into a long exposition about the importance of books or reading. We can take for granted the...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: May I say how glad I am that the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr Hoban) is still in his seat? I enjoyed his contribution and it had passed me by that he had left the Government and returned to the Back Benches—the curse of Harris strikes again; just about every Conservative Minister that I have any time for, like, or respect has somehow found their way back on to the Back...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: Yes. I absolutely believe that when the minimum wage was introduced, it was set at the right level. It disappointed a lot of people who wanted it to be higher. There will always be those who want the minimum wage increased beyond what the market can sustain. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right: it has to be generous, but it has to be moderate so that we do not have the negative effect of...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: I am, as always, very grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for intervening as I was just about to get on to the events of 2008-09. I want to address the deficit, because so many Government Members have raised it in the House whenever they have got the chance in a way that I find completely disingenuous, not worthy of an adult debate and not related to what actually happened in 2008-09. An...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: I hope that colleagues will forgive this cuckoo in the nest—a Scottish MP intruding on the debate. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith) for securing the debate. Continuing my animal analogy, I want to address the elephant in the sitting room. Hon. Members, who are rightly angry on behalf of their constituents at decisions about rolling...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: My hon. Friend is correct, but I want to issue a caveat, and point out, in defence of the Minister, the Government and the previous Government—

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: I will not declare an interest. I am not being paid the salary any more; I do not need to declare an interest. However, it is a fact that since 1993, railway rolling stock has been among the newest rolling fleet of any in Europe. We have an outstanding safety record and there have been record numbers of passengers. Nevertheless, it is clear from this debate and many others in the past that...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Mar 2014)

Tom Harris: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct that that is a paradox. I have some sympathy with the Minister, because I know that his civil servants are going over the heads of the train operating companies and deciding which rolling stock is most appropriate to which franchise. I am attending this debate because every decision taken on rolling stock has a domino effect on every other franchise. The...


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