Results 1–20 of 1453 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hywel Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disabled People (5 Feb 2018)

Hywel Williams: Some specialist employment services for people with disabilities such as drug, alcohol or mental health problems—for example, Agoriad in my constituency—are subcontracted to these small local agencies, but minus a management fee and with unsatisfactory remote control. Would not direct contact with these small local agencies provide more resources where they are needed, as well as...

Capita (1 Feb 2018)

Hywel Williams: This is a very worrying time for Carillion employees in Wales, including the hundreds employed at the call centre in Bangor in my constituency. It is also a very worrying time for disabled people, as all personal independence payment assessments in Wales are carried out by the company. Will the Minister give these people a cast-iron guarantee that their jobs are safe, and that their benefits...

Capita (1 Feb 2018)

Hywel Williams: indicated assent.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: We have heard many requests and demands for this information to be published here today and in the press. Has the Minister had any similar requests from the devolved Government in Cardiff for Welsh-specific information from these assessments?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman. Is he aware that, this morning at Welsh questions, the Wales Office Minister, in response to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts), said: “We have many assessments as we go through this process”, so it is not just the one, but many? Will it not be essential that the Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: I shall return, for a moment, to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. I rise to speak to amendments 12 and 13 and the consequential 11 in my name and those of my hon. Friends. Amendment 12 to clause 19 would require the UK Government to gain the consent of the sitting devolved Administrations before the Bill came into force. At this stage, hon. Members should not rehearse previous arguments...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. It brings me to the very point I was going to make. The Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations), to which she was referring, had a very rocky start. Some hon. Members will know that it met last February and then not again until October. During that time, momentous events were taking place here. Huge changes were being made in the relationship...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: Will the hon. Lady agree that a symbol of how seriously this is being taken by the Welsh Government and Welsh parties and in Scotland is the fact that consideration is now being given to continuity Bills to ensure that those powers are retained? In fact, my colleague Steff Lewis in the Assembly will be presenting just such a Bill tomorrow morning.

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: May I draw the hon. Lady’s attention and that of the House to early-day motion 414 of last November, which stands in my name and those of Members on both sides of the House? May I also draw her and the Minister’s attention to the case of Mr Stuhlfelder, a plumber in my constituency, who cannot retire because of liabilities that he would incur? He wants to pass the business on to...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: I shall not repeat the points that have already been made by other Members, including the hon. Member for Livingston (Hannah Bardell), who made an excellent speech. I shall begin my own brief speech by explaining why I think that turning our back on the economic institutions of Europe is an error. I shall then explain why I support the current stance of the two sitting devolved...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Hywel Williams: I am afraid that I have agreed not to take interventions. For fairness, we propose parity of voting power. Any trade deal would require a ratification vote in all the UK’s Parliaments. That would be a genuine partnership. It is an unremarkable approach, which is common to European states and others throughout the world. For representation, as a first baby step, there must be Welsh,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I rise to speak to amendment 355, which stands in my name and that of my hon. Friends and sets out our position that an affirmative vote by devolved bodies prior to enactment is required. If the process of Brexit could be summed up in one word, it would be “control”. For me, taking back control also means bringing the exercise of powers as close as possible to the people. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (13 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: What recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on a legislative consent motion for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (13 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I have asked the Secretary of State a number of times, both orally and in writing, what would happen if the National Assembly for Wales were to withhold its consent for the withdrawal Bill, and he has gone from looking hopelessly Panglossian to being unsure, evasive and even furtive. Will he now tell the House what would happen if the National Assembly for Wales withheld its consent for the Bill?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I rise to speak to amendment 88, tabled in my name and those of my hon. Friends in Plaid Cymru and colleagues from other parties. It would prevent Ministers of the Crown from being able to replace, abolish or modify the functions of EU entities without first laying impact assessments on its effect before both Houses of Parliament. I appreciate that impact assessments are not popular among...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I thank the Prime Minister for prior sight of her statement. On 26 October last year, I raised with her the danger of favouring particular sectors in any future trade deal. She replied: “I will be cutting the best deal for the United Kingdom—all parts of it.”—[Official Report, 26 October 2016; Vol. 616, c. 281.] On Sunday, the Brexit Secretary said that he would seek...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: The hon. Gentleman has made that point already, and I agree with it. In contrast to the EU internal market, the nature of the UK internal market appears to be self-evident and a matter of common sense to many people. It might be great and it might be something that has grown organically and suits us all, but how often have we seen apparently simple, clear and—crucially—unregulated...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I am intrigued. Can the right hon. Gentleman identify anyone who has spoken in the House today who has argued against having a UK internal market?


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