Results 1–20 of 2754 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Weir

Exiting the European Union: Tourism (27 Apr 2017)

Michael Weir: Many businesses in rural areas such as Angus have diversified in recent years into short-term holiday lets, many of which are taken by citizens of the European Union who come across at short notice. There are serious concerns that, when we leave the EU, there could be a downturn. Will the Minister give us an assurance that, in any deal with the EU, there will remain the freedom for people to...

Emissions and Vehicle Type Approval — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (20 Apr 2017)

Michael Weir: It is a pleasure to appear under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman) and her Committee on its excellent report. Her speech set out lucidly the problems that have been uncovered. Clearly the actions of the company in this matter are utterly reprehensible and have seriously undermined confidence in a company that was previously a...

Emissions and Vehicle Type Approval — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (20 Apr 2017)

Michael Weir: I see absolutely no reason why it cannot. Obviously the American consumer organisations are slightly different from our own and seem to be better at getting things into court and sorted out much more quickly than is the case under our system, but that should not be the case. Volkswagen, which clearly reacted quickly to the problem it had in the United States—presumably because of the...

Emissions and Vehicle Type Approval — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (20 Apr 2017)

Michael Weir: I was just about to make that very point. It is not within the power of the individual to take on these companies. It seemed clear to me from Mr Willis’s attitude when he last appeared before the Committee that Volkswagen would try to defend its actions, if it says it has done nothing wrong, which would leave the individual consumer in an impossible position. It will only be by...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: The Prime Minister talks grandly about self-determination, so why is she so determined not to allow the Scottish people to exercise that very right when the details of the deal are known but before we are taken out of the EU?

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: At times, the debate has seemed like a meeting of old lags, since some of us have been discussing this issue for many years. I would like to be able to say, like other Members, that many of my constituents are still coming to see me about Equitable Life. I cannot, however, although many constituents used to do so; unfortunately, time has done its work and there are now few left. They are...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: Indeed it is. That is the point that I was making. Some of us are now getting to the age at which we are beginning to think seriously about what our pensions will bring us—it is going to hit us pretty shortly—but I have children who are in their 20s, and this is a very long-term investment for people in their 20s and 30s. Young people today who look at the WASPI women or at...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: I have a daughter who is now into her third university degree, so I know exactly what the hon. Gentleman is talking about. Yes, parents are having to use their own money to help out their children, and that can cut down the amount that will be available to them in the future. That is a decision that they have to make, however; it is a slightly different issue. The bigger issue is the future....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: In answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Moray (Angus Robertson), the Prime Minister called for respect, but that is a two-way street. Where is her Government’s respect for the Scottish Government’s compromise proposal, which has just been ignored in these negotiations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Estate Strategy (13 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: What progress he has made on implementing the defence estate strategy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Estate Strategy (13 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: When launching the reviews, Ministers said that it would release land for housing and boost local economies. What weight is the Minister giving to projects for affordable housing and other community projects in determining the price that is asked?

Turkey: Human Rights and the Political Situation — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: The hon. Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) has just reminded us of the foundation of modern Turkey by Kemal Atatürk, who sought to create a secular republic. It is sad to see what is now happening in Turkey, which is drifting toward dictatorship. In introducing the debate, the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) rightly discussed the ties between this country...

Turkey: Human Rights and the Political Situation — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: Nobody is arguing with that—the hon. Gentleman is perfectly right—but it is part of how we should approach human rights worldwide. We should not be part of supplying arms to regimes that may use them in such a way. It is about considering human rights under the regimes that we are dealing with. The present situation in the country probably goes back well before the attempted coup...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: My hon. Friend is making a good point, as did the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz). This is not just about individuals. There will be an impact on the local economy of areas such as mine that rely on migrant labour for fruit picking and will face great difficulties if that labour is not available. There are huge economic consequences in addition to the personal consequences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: Will the Home Secretary give an absolute guarantee that there will be no changes in the rules relating to EU migrant labour this summer, so as to allow fruit pickers in my constituency to implement the contracts they have already entered into?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Seasonal Agricultural Workers (2 Mar 2017)

Michael Weir: But there is an immediate problem in that many of the fruit farmers in my constituency have already entered into contracts for migrant labour for this coming fruit-picking season. They have been concerned about some reports last week that the Government are considering restricting free movement or introducing work permits when article 50 is triggered. Can the Minister confirm whether that is...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Short title, commencement and extent (24 Feb 2017)

Michael Weir: claimed to move the closure ( Standing Order No. 36). Question put forthwith, That the Question be now put. The House divided: Ayes 135, Noes 3.

PRAYERS - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] (24 Feb 2017)

Michael Weir: I beg to move, That the House sit in private. Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 163), and negatived.

Leaving the Eu: the Rural Economy: DWP Policies and Low-income Households (17 Jan 2017)

Michael Weir: claimed to move the closure ( Standing Order No. 36). Question put forthwith, That the Question be now put. Question agreed to. Question put accordingly ( Standing Order No. 31(2)), That the original words stand part of the Question. The House divided: Ayes 172, Noes 276.


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