Results 1–20 of 1585 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Albert Owen

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: Prime Minister, we all understand the importance of the Belfast agreement, but these special arrangements for one part of the United Kingdom—Northern Ireland—will have an impact on the rest of the United Kingdom, including sea ports on the western seaboard, as they will create a de facto line across the Irish sea. The Prime Minister has managed one thing today, which is to unite...

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: I am not criticising the Minister, because he has only been in the job a short time, but it is the duty of Wales Office Ministers to stand up for Wales. We are having this debate to put pressure on him, so that the Welsh voice is heard loud and clear in this debate. It is not for others to decide; it is for Government to decide, and he is our voice in that Government.

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I welcome the Minister to his place and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas) on securing the debate. I am disappointed that the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies)—the Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee—chose to talk about other things when the topic of the debate is...

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: Absolutely. That is the next point that I want to move on to. I am a strong supporter of devolution—I have fought for it in referendums, and I have seen its enhancement—but devolution is no good just going from Whitehall down the M4 to Cardiff Bay. It needs to go throughout the areas of Wales, including to north-west Wales and north Wales generally. Real devolution is about...

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point. We should put it on the record that the funds should not be put through the Barnett formula, but should be protected at the current European level.

Hinkley Point — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: The question I raised regarding the announcement made in 2013 by the then Department of Energy and Climate Change still stands, and I know that the communities of Bridgwater and of Anglesey are concerned that nothing much has happened since then. Will the Minister reiterate his commitment to that formula so that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Welsh...

Hinkley Point — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: rose—

Hinkley Point — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: The hon. Member for Ynys Môn, actually, although Wylfa is in my constituency. I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on raising this issue. Regarding community benefits, he is right to talk about the construction jobs, the high skills, and the longevity of the project. However, the community has had an upheaval, and it is important that community benefits come from Government. It is good to...

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: My hon. Friend is talking about the effort of women during the great war. It is worth recognising that the Women’s Institute was founded during this period; as the Speaker knows, we held the centenary event in my constituency. These women were the stars of the home front as well, and they are worth mentioning.

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Mole Valley (Sir Paul Beresford) and so many eloquent speeches from the Front Benches of the Government, Her Majesty’s Opposition and the SNP. The SNP spokesman, the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes), spoke about port communities and in some of my speech I wish to concentrate on those communities. As has been...

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: I know a lot about Coventry. My son-in-law comes from Coventry, as my hon. Friend knows; I think that he was his MP for some time. My speech is concentrating on the families of seafaring communities. I welcome the right hon. Member for Broadland (Mr Simpson) mentioning that many were lost at sea, so their bodies were never recovered and there were no proper funerals to honour them. A lot of...

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: Another way to commemorate the shared interest between Ireland and the UK is through the merchant navy. Many vessels sailed constantly through the great war between Ireland and Welsh ports, and there were many casualties. We have had commemorations of that this year, so will the Secretary of State put on record his thanks to the merchant seafarers of Ireland and Wales and the rest of the...

Business of the House (1 Nov 2018)

Albert Owen: At a packed meeting this week of the all-party group on the post office network, we were told by Post Office Ltd that its flawed consultation is going to continue with the closure of post offices and that input from MPs would just be “noted”. May we have a proper debate in this House? It is not good enough that this public service is a back office of WHSmith. We need to hold a...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: Will the Minister give way?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Minister said that he was responding to the debate, but three Members from north Wales raised the bid for the north Wales growth deal. The Chancellor only mentioned Wales twice in his Budget, although the Minister said that it was for the whole United Kingdom. Will he address some of the points made by some of the Members from Wales?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: I agree with one point that the hon. Member for South Dorset (Richard Drax) made: it is very welcome that we have had extra expenditure on our armed forces. Of course the Chancellor of the Exchequer made that announcement with pride, but he was in the Government who took the money away in the first instance and made things very difficult for our armed forces over the last eight years. The...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: rose—

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: The Secretary of State talked about not losing our ideas. He will know that there are great ideas now in the marine energy technology sector, but they are at an early stage and companies need help and support before they can manufacture in this country. Will he have a word with the Chancellor so that we can have proper ring-fenced finance for this industry, as we had for wind energy under a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (31 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: The Prime Minister rightly chooses north-west Wales as the place to spend her holidays and her mountain walks inspire her to make decisions such as the 2017 general election. Among the delights of north Wales is its food and farming sector, in particular Menai Strait seafood. It relies on direct and fast exports to the European Union, which are currently free of barriers and tariffs. Can the...

Coalfield Areas: Sports Facilities (24 Oct 2018)

Albert Owen: I call the Minister to respond to the debate. Perhaps she can leave a couple of minutes at the end for the hon. Member for Mansfield (Ben Bradley).


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