Results 1–20 of 5678 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Penning

Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (21 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: It was a pleasure to lead the debate in the House when we secured time from the Backbench Business Committee to discuss this. I really appreciate the tone adopted by the Secretary of State, and by the Prime Minister when I asked her earlier if there was good news. May I also pay tribute to the Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Winchester (Steve Brine), who is sitting next to my right...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: May I thank the Prime Minister for taking a personal interest by meeting myself and other colleagues from across the House to discuss getting justice for the Primodos victims? These people went to their GPs in good faith and were given a drug that resulted in the loss of babies’ lives, abortions and the birth of disfigured young people. Does the Prime Minister have any good news for the...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: The Minister is passionate about sport and in particular about basketball, although I know she does not want to be drawn into her personal views and, as a former Minister, I fully understand that. The difference between basketball and the other sports on the list she just referred to—I have looked at it—is that basketball touches areas of the community that are not touched by...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: Try harder!

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate, not least because the national cup champions, Hemel Storm, are in my constituency. I want to talk about two points. I agree completely, looking at aspiration, that there has to be an opportunity for our young boys and girls to start at school, come through the clubs and go on to play for England. If the funding is just about winning at the top all...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: I completely agree on the latter point: sport is aspirational. It is one of the great ways forward for people like me, born and bred in north London. I got into the armed forces because I could play rugby pretty well. It was pretty obvious that I would not have got in on my academic abilities, but I boxed and I played rugby pretty well. I did try to play basketball, but it was the wrong...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: May I push the Minister a little bit on blue badge holders? Quite rightly, blue badge holders are not means-tested. The key is their ability to access services. It does not matter how much they have in the bank. If they need to go to a hospital and they have a blue badge, surely spaces should be free and as close to the point of entry as possible.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: Will the Minister give way? He is being very generous.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: I am sure we have time, on this important issue. The Minister raised the issue of complexity. Clearly, as has been shown by Members across the House today, some cases would be easier to address than others. I fully accept, as I said in my speech, that some ludicrous PFIs were put in place, both before the present Administration came to power and since. Do the easy ones first; that is the...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: The hon. Lady is making a compelling case, as have most Members. Public transport has its place for out-patients and so on, where it is available, but imagine someone going into labour and saying, “Can I wait for the No. 2 bus, please?” This is farcical. We need car parks to be there for people when they need them, rather than being a cash cow.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: Does the hon. Lady agree that in the 21st century, means-testing at the point of delivery, which is what we are talking about here, is morally unacceptable in an NHS of which we should be and are proud?

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: Thank you for calling me to speak, Madam Deputy Speaker. This takes me back a long way, to 2006, when you were a Health Minister and I shadowed you for some four years. The issue of car parking charges was around at that time, and successive Governments have talked about addressing it. This is a regressive tax. It is a tax on everybody, because everybody needs the NHS—that is why it is...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Mike Penning: That happens in some parts of the world. For example, that is what they do at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which looks after part of my constituency. I went there the other day to visit someone who was in palliative care. I did not know how long I was going to be seeing them, or whether I would see them again. The fantastic news is that they are now at...

Parole Board and Victim Support (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Penning: As the new Lord Chancellor, my good friend, knows—I welcome him to his post—I was the victims and the police Minister in the previous Administration. One reason for that was the justice side cannot really be taken away from the police and the Crown Prosecution side. In the files on his desk will be a draft Bill for a victims law, which has cross-party support, which I believe was...

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Penning: May I say to the new Secretary of State that some of us—perhaps across the House and perhaps some here on these Benches—do not share quite as strongly the love for the BBC that he, in his first couple of days in the job, has shown? At the end of the day, we are talking about the top end of pay, but I agree with the shadow Secretary of State that this must be going on across the...

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Penning: Right honourable.

Luton Airport Expansion (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Penning: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Luton Airport Expansion (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Penning: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. I am sure he is aware that the flights blight not only the lives of his constituents, particularly in rural areas, but the rural parts of my constituency, particularly the Markyate and Flamstead area. The people who live there are the experts on the issue because they have planes flying over them all the time. They were given categorical...

Luton Airport Expansion (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Penning: I would go further than my hon. Friend. He, his predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for St Albans (Mrs Main) and I have been campaigning on the issue for many years. I can only speak for my constituents, but I am afraid the trust has gone already. Promises have been made so many times in the past, and they have never been fulfilled. Instead of trying to work with the communities, the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Mike Penning: The hon. Gentleman—my friend—and I agree on most things, but no one is going to force people into doing this. We must wait for the model to come forward, and I would not vote for something where we forced people into such a scheme, as the Opposition Front Bench claimed. But my friend is wrong to say we will have to address this just around the localities: we will have to do that,...


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