Results 1–20 of 1663 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Charles Walker

Business of the House (10 Oct 2018)

Charles Walker: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. On Friday 5 October, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued a press release notifying me and other Members of high levels of nitrogen dioxide in their constituencies. My constituency of Broxbourne has some of the highest levels of airborne pollutants in the country, along the A10 corridor. I am extremely concerned by this...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says about electronic voting, and he is citing the House of Representatives in America. I think he should look at the quality of debate in many of those Chambers before extolling the virtues of electronic voting too vociferously.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: The news report that the hon. Lady mentions was also inaccurate because she was in her place of work. She has two places of work: her constituency and the House of Commons, and it is important that we inject that fact into this debate. We never stop being Members of Parliament. We go home to our constituencies, where we are Members of Parliament.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. He poses some very searching and important questions. I would say, in the purest terms, that my ambition to see the introduction of proxy voting for women who have had a child is to allow and encourage more women with children to come to this place and to have children when they are here. It is no higher ambition than that, but it is an important ambition.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: Does my hon. Friend not agree that some things in life are more important than a Whip’s instruction? [Laughter.]

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate, as it largely centres on a report produced by the Procedure Committee, which I have the great privilege of chairing. On our various journeys, I am accompanied by a fantastic crew of able seamen and women. We get the rigging up, get the sails billowing and travel across many oceans. I have here a copy of our report. It is a serious and...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: That was a stunning intervention for three reasons: first, it was very good; secondly, it was delivered very well; and thirdly, I have remembered exactly what I wanted to say. The answer is yes, yes, yes, and this is what I wanted to say. It is the case, and research is available suggesting that women coming to this place have fewer children before they get here and, if they are of...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Charles Walker: May we have an urgent debate on the gig economy, so that we can ensure that those in long-term casual work have a route into permanent employment? During that debate, could we also recognise that that very same economy creates hundreds of thousands of job opportunities each year for students and young people, allowing them to earn money and wrap work around their studies and holidays, and...

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Charles Walker: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I understand that due to pressures of time, the Government have pulled the next debate on the principle of proxy voting in the House of Commons. That is of course a great shame, although I understand that there are pressing matters of state in play at the moment. On 1 February, we passed a motion in this House to look at proxy voting. The Procedure Committee,...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Charles Walker: I thank my right hon. Friend for the way in which he is approaching Second Reading; it demonstrates that Second Readings of Bills are extremely important and should happen with great regularity. May I commend to him the work in Hertfordshire and Broxbourne council to bring together agencies across the county and boroughs to deal with knife crime? There is a role for local politicians and...

Petition - Closure of Solihull Police Station: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow (5 Jun 2018)

Charles Walker: Does my right hon. Friend agree that Princess Alexandra Hospital has a great future if it is allowed to have that future?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Charles Walker: The hon. Lady will know that the Procedure Committee has come up with two excellent reports in the past four years on how to reform private Members’ Bills. These reports have been resisted by the Whips Offices on both sides of the House. Does she think we should have another go?

Business of the House (16 Apr 2018)

Charles Walker: Many important issues that came out of today’s exchanges will continue to cause interest and concern for Members of Parliament. Will the Leader of the House make sure that in the months ahead the Backbench Business Committee has plenty of days to allocate, to ensure that all Members of Parliament can continue to raise their concerns on the Floor of the House?

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Charles Walker: I discussed this with my hon. Friend the Member for Meon Valley (George Hollingbery), who is in the Chamber. We decided that it is essential for Vertex and NHS England to be reasonable. There is common ground and a deal to be done. Both sides need to work towards that with the encouragement of the Minister and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Backbench Business: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (8 Mar 2018)

Charles Walker: I think colleagues were almost heading for the door, but we have up to two minutes for the proposer of this great debate to wind up.

Backbench Business: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (8 Mar 2018)

Charles Walker: I have let speeches go on longer than is conventional because we have had plenty of time. We have had two mammoth speeches from the SNP and Labour Front Benches. I know the Minister could speak for 55 minutes if she wanted to, but if she felt that she could just match them at 25 minutes, I am sure we would all appreciate it.

Backbench Business: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (8 Mar 2018)

Charles Walker: We are all looking forward to the Minister’s closing remarks.

Backbench Business: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (8 Mar 2018)

Charles Walker: Mr Graham is now going to make some progress.

Backbench Business: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (8 Mar 2018)

Charles Walker: I thank colleagues for being here today. There are some terrible weather conditions across the country, which I think will suppress attendance at this debate. Some colleagues had to get back to their constituencies before they got cut off, or the rail links got cut off. I call Antoinette Sandbach to move the motion.


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