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Results 1–20 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jim Sheridan

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Mar 2015)

Jim Sheridan: The Prime Minister will be well aware of the hard work that went into the Smith agreement. He will be as disappointed as I am to see the front page of the Daily Record today showing four Scottish National party councillors burning that very agreement. Not only did they escape discipline; one of them was actually promoted. Are these the actions of a party that seeks to increase its...

Asbestos in Schools (17 Mar 2015)

Jim Sheridan: I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to raise the important issue of asbestos in schools. It is an important issue not only for the people who work in the schools but for the parents of the children who are being educated in them. The recent report on asbestos in schools is welcome, but it is unfortunate that it was not published earlier. We have been waiting more than eight months...

Asbestos in Schools (17 Mar 2015)

Jim Sheridan: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about that, and again I have to congratulate the National Union of Teachers on its assistance in dealing with this issue. The genuine concern is that we do not scare parents into believing that their children cannot go to school for fear of catching mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, and we have tried to follow that approach through the report...

Asbestos in Schools (17 Mar 2015)

Jim Sheridan: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Experts tell us quite clearly that asbestos is safe if left alone, and I have vast experience of that in my own life. When I worked in the shipyards, asbestos could be easily identified. We were told that if it was left alone, it was comparatively safe. However, in school buildings, where people are banging doors, putting drawing pins in...

HIV Treatment: Low and Middle- income Countries — [Mrs Anne Main intheChair] (11 Mar 2015)

Jim Sheridan: I genuinely congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this extremely important debate. Will she expand on the role of the pharmaceutical industry? On page 21, the report mentions that “a leaked document outlining a lobbying plan for the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA)—the representative body for pharmaceutical companies in South Africa—highlighted the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Living Wage (25 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: What discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on practical steps to encourage employers to pay the living wage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Living Wage (25 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: I thank the Minister for that response, which seems somewhat aspirational rather than ambitious. He will be aware that the Scottish Government at Holyrood refused to support the call for a living wage that was put forward by Labour in Scotland. Will he follow the example set by my local Labour-controlled Renfrewshire council, which has not only introduced a living wage, but used the...

Scotch Whisky Industry (12 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: I congratulate the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr Reid) on securing this extremely important debate. Like him, I have many constituents who work in the whisky industry and who benefit from it. I emphasise that the whisky industry is not just a Scottish industry; it is very much a UK industry, and UK workers enjoy quality jobs, permanent jobs and quality pay as a result of the whisky...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: Mr Slaughter, you have two minutes to wind up the debate.

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Compulsory Jobs Guarantee (11 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: On additional funding for the unemployed—I say this as someone who was unemployed for three years, so I know it is not a nice place to be—would this Government consider channelling any retrospective payments from people who have been found guilty of avoiding tax into fighting youth unemployment?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Compulsory Jobs Guarantee (11 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: Will you do this today?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Compulsory Jobs Guarantee (11 Feb 2015)

Jim Sheridan: Many of the jobs that my right hon. Friend is referring to would come from small and medium-sized enterprises. One of the main problems faced by SMEs on my patch is cash flow—trying to get money from work that they have completed. Is there anything that a future Labour Government could do to speed up payments, so that small suppliers could get the money in and take on young people?

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Jim Sheridan: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that there are powerful arguments on both sides of the Trident debate, particularly in Scotland, which generates certain strains. Nowhere is that more true than in the hon. Gentleman’s party, which recently voted on whether or not an independent Scotland would join NATO. Some members of his party who are genuinely opposed to nuclear weapons voted against...

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

Jim Sheridan: Welfare benefit recipients are often demonised as a burden on our taxpayers, but does the Prime Minister agree that the real burden on taxpayers are those employers who can afford to pay well above the minimum wage, thereby lifting hard-working families out of state dependency and food banks?

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Company Supply Chains (16 Dec 2014)

Jim Sheridan: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wansbeck (Ian Lavery) on securing this debate. He has eloquently spoken about what we saw in North Carolina, which was depressing. I put on record my thanks to president Velasquez of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and his team of volunteers who work tirelessly every day to try to identify and expose what is happening in that part of America....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia (2 Dec 2014)

Jim Sheridan: The unlawful killings of innocent people in Colombia continue, as they did even last week. I am delighted that the Minister is arranging a meeting with the ambassador, but may I ask him whether he would invite along the Justice for Colombia all-party group, because the people on it are working at the sharp end and can tell us exactly what is happening in Colombia?

New Member: Zero Hours Contracts Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Jim Sheridan: rose—

New Member: Zero Hours Contracts Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Jim Sheridan: rose—

New Member: Zero Hours Contracts Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Jim Sheridan: I am sorry I stood up. First, I plead not guilty to employing people on zero-hours contracts—not guilty, your honour. I would also quite like to exonerate my local authority from engaging people on zero-hours contracts. Not only does it not engage people on zero-hours contracts, but it pays them the living wage.

New Member: Zero Hours Contracts Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Jim Sheridan: Fast-food companies such as McDonald’s spend thousands and thousands of pounds in this place, providing hospitality to right hon. and hon. Members at receptions. Will my hon. Friend join me in asking colleagues who feel it necessary to go along and sup the wine of people who are profiteering from zero-hour contracts for young people either to refuse to go to such a reception or, if they do...


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