Results 1–20 of 2012 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Defence Agency/Fund (15 Jan 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: What discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the UK’s future participation in the European Defence Agency and the European Defence Fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Defence Agency/Fund (15 Jan 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I thank the Minister for that response, although he does not make it clear whether we will still be part of the European defence fund or whether that is our ambition. He will be aware that negotiations on the next stage of the European defence industrial development programme, which is part of the EDF, are taking place, so what assessment has he made of the impact on jobs in our aerospace,...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I believe that the Bill is unnecessary; that we should be seeking to stay in the customs union and the single market; and that we are better off in a union with no tariffs or quotas, as well as with the elimination of non-tariff barriers. The EU market accounts for nearly 50% of our total trade, and trade under EU agreements with third countries, including the likes of Canada and South Korea,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Illegal Wildlife Trade (9 Jan 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Reports from the UN and others have shown links between not just the illegal wildlife trade but the illegal timber trade and the financing of terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Is that on the Minister’s radar, and what will he be doing to ensure that the links between terrorism and those trades are broken?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. This is not just about goods being physically sold in other European countries. Musicians who tour Europe face real uncertainty about whether their instruments and merchandise, whose sales a lot of bands rely on, will be viewed as imports into those countries. There is a lot of uncertainty about what will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: I do not know whether my hon. Friend meant to say that his constituents are dependent on Scotch whisky, but I take his point. At the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee this morning, I asked the Environment Secretary about the Canada-plus-plus-plus model. He said that he wanted agri-food to be part of the plus deal, and he referred to the trade agreement with Japan as something that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Trade Agreement (20 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: If his Department will provide the evidential basis that a free trade deal similar to the one that Canada negotiated with the EU will maintain the border on the island of Ireland under its current terms after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Trade Agreement (20 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: At the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs this morning, the Environment Secretary made it clear that the plus-plus-plus in a Canada plus-plus-plus agreement ought to include agri-foods, which is obviously really important to Northern Ireland. What steps is the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland taking to try to ensure that that is included in any future deal?

Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protected Areas (19 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: At this point I feel obliged, as I always do when “Blue Planet” is mentioned, to say that the BBC natural history unit is based in Bristol and does tremendous work. The Minister touched on the issue of plastic pollution. Is he aware of the recent study by the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey, which found that plastic pollution in the Antarctic was five times as...

Environmental and Food System Education (19 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: I beg to move, That this House has considered environmental and food system education in schools. My reasons for calling this debate were twofold: to highlight some of the positive work already being done in schools and to call on the Government to go further and embed some of this work in the curriculum or support it across all schools. It is so important that our young people learn about...

Environmental and Food System Education (19 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: I think that is important. It is something FACE encourages. There is also the “FaceTime a farmer” scheme, which was started by Tom Martin, a Cambridgeshire farmer. It teams farmers up with schools. They use FaceTime or Skype to make video calls to classrooms. That is obviously no substitute for getting out on the farms, but it is a good initiative. The Woodland Trust has flagged...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: Mr Speaker, I know of your long-standing interest in this issue, which you demonstrated when you were on the Back Benches. The report is excellent. As it mentions, some of the refugees may be very reluctant to return to Burma given the treatment they have received. To what extent did the Foreign Affairs Committee consider alternatives to either Burma or Bangladesh? Did it feel that there was...

Exiting the European Union: Negotiations: Confidentiality (14 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: We saw with the debacle of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that people were very unhappy with the lack of transparency around such negotiations. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that we need a much more transparent and democratic process not only for approving trade deals, but for scrutinising the negotiations as they are going on?

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hosie. I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on securing the debate. We have had some excellent speeches, and Westminster Hall comes into its own in debates on such topics with cross-party consensus. I want to turn the debate around slightly and focus on the 200,000 or so children a year who will have a...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: That is absolutely the case, although there will always be exceptions, such as when the parent is seen to be a danger to the public. I used to work at a magistrates court, where women would be sentenced to jail because they had not paid television licence fines. It could be said that they knew they were coming to court and might face custody, but sometimes those people had chaotic lives and...

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

Kerry McCarthy: I think Hansard did record that the Environment Secretary nodded his assent, but I am not entirely sure that he knew what he was nodding his assent to.

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

Kerry McCarthy: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hanson. I rise to speak to support new clause 24 and amendment 96, in my name, as well as amendment 104, also in my name, which relates to new clause 27 and others on institutional arrangements. I do not know whether the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) intends to return to the Chamber to press new clause 27 to a Division, but...

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

Kerry McCarthy: In the previous Parliament, I was a member of two Select Committees. I was on the recent chemicals inquiry. It is not just that Ministers have not got their heads around it and do not know where they want to go in terms of chemicals regulation, it is that they have not even had discussions with stakeholders. They have not even explored the issues. They are coming to it almost with a blank...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: Since 2012, two thirds of Britain’s total waste plastic exports have been shipped to China and Hong Kong. From January, that is going to stop—China is going to ban those imports. May we have an urgent statement from the Environment Secretary about where we are going to send our plastic waste from the new year?

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Kerry McCarthy: It is 12 years since I visited Ma’ale Adumim, a huge settlement just outside Jerusalem that is now home to 41,000 people. Emboldened by Trump’s decision, the Israeli Parliament is for the first time introducing a law to annex that settlement. Does the Minister agree that the legitimisation of a settlement built illegally on Palestinian land is a very dangerous move? Will he join...


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