Results 1–20 of 2380 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kerry McCarthy

International Trade: Food and Agricultural Standards (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on ensuring that food and agricultural imports meet the same standards as domestic products after the UK has left the EU.

International Trade: Food and Agricultural Standards (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: We have heard quite a few times this morning that there will be no lowering of standards when it comes to imports under future trade deals, but the Government rejected an amendment to the Trade Bill to include a non-regression clause. Will they now support an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, which we will be discussing in Committee later today, that would allow for the same so that we can...

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Exporting companies in my constituency have told me that the Trade Secretary actually asked to meet them, but on condition that they did not discuss Brexit. Even more ludicrously, the Brexit Secretary—not the one who has just resigned, but the one who resigned before that—also said he wanted to meet them, but on the same condition. It is only £1 to go over Clifton suspension bridge from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Today’s cites Bristol Citizens Advice as saying that many more people are now getting into problem debt because of household bills rather than, for example, overspending on their credit cards. Will the Minister urge councils to follow the example of Bristol City Council which, led by Councillors Craig Cheney and Paul Goggin, is introducing an ethical collection policy, rather than deploying...

Private Members’ Bills: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (12 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I appreciate that the Minister is not the farming Minister, but when we tried to introduce a non-regression clause in the Trade Bill, we were told that it was not the place for it. We are now trying to introduce it in the Agriculture Bill, and we are being told that the place for it is the Trade Bill. We need something enshrined in legislation, rather than just the warm words of Ministers,...

Private Members’ Bills: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (12 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: We know that there are many more megafarms in the United States. Does my hon. Friend and constituency neighbour share my concern that if we open our markets to lower-standard imports from the US post Brexit, our farmers will feel that they have no choice but to move to megafarming in order to compete on price?

Plastic-free Packaging (Fruit and Vegetables) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I am chair of the all-party parliamentary group on food waste. I acknowledge that some packaging helps to preserve food’s shelf life, but in many cases it is unnecessary. It has been brought to my attention that in supermarkets it is often cheaper to buy the packaged-up produce, because it is on special offer, so buying a couple of avocados in a package might be cheaper than buying them...

Plastic-free Packaging (Fruit and Vegetables) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The hon. Gentleman and I are both involved in the protect our waves all-party parliamentary group, which deals with ocean conservation, so he knows that Surfers Against Sewage did brilliant work in pushing for a plastic-free Parliament. The sauce sachets have disappeared, and that is partly down to Surfers Against Sewage. I have got my plastic-free Parliament water bottle, which it provided....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the effect that the reintroduction of higher education student number controls would have on the number of young students from more disadvantaged backgrounds who make it to university?

Holiday Hunger Schemes: Badger Cull (6 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: If my recollection is correct, it is common for the figures to be released on the very last day of the parliamentary term before we adjourn for Christmas. Will the Minister give us an assurance that they will be published a little earlier this year, so that we have time to reflect on them before we disappear for our Christmas holiday?

Holiday Hunger Schemes: Badger Cull (6 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: It may have been in that letter that the experts concluded that the badger cull was unscientific, ineffective and inhumane. I have seen no evidence since the experts reached that conclusion that it is anything but unscientific, ineffective and inhumane.

Holiday Hunger Schemes (6 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The hon. Lady is right to say that this is a cross-departmental issue. The other day, the Environmental Audit Committee quizzed four Ministers from four Departments about the sustainable development goal to end hunger, and asked them where responsibility sits within the Government structure for ending hunger. I was extremely alarmed when they all looked blank. They all looked at each other,...

Holiday Hunger Schemes (6 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: My hon. Friend has been doing brilliant work. We had a pilot scheme in Bristol, and what I found particularly interesting about it, and about the national results, was that children really wanted the fresh fruit. They regarded it as something of a luxury. Also, taking the leftover food home at the end of the day was very important. It shows the level of food poverty in which those children exist.

Petition - Women Affected by Changes to the State Pension Age: Leaving the EU: Central Counterparty Clearing (1 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I used to do this sort of thing for a living as a derivatives lawyer, although that is not something to which I own up very often these days. I was working in the City at the time of preparations for the millennium bug, and when the euro came in I was involved in cleaning up the mess after the Barings collapse. With the millennium bug in particular, people said afterwards that it was a big...

Attorney General: Exploitation of Vulnerable People (1 Nov 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice has said that two thirds of UK modern slavery victims are in the waste industry. The Environment Agency is training its staff to spot this exploitation. What liaison is the CPS having with the Environment Agency on this matter?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (25 Oct 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: This morning, a family-owned business in my constituency, FreestyleXtreme, announced that it is moving some of its jobs to Bucharest because of uncertainty about Brexit, and particularly the fact that it might be hit by tariffs after exit day. It warned me several months ago that that move would have to be on the cards. What reassurance can the Secretary of State give to small companies? I...


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