Results 2001–2020 of 2047 for speaker:Nia Griffith

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Nia Griffith: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Petition — Sentencing Guidelines (14 Mar 2006)

Nia Griffith: I am grateful for the opportunity to present a petition. It concerns the very serious issue of the deliberate manslaughter of Stuart McKibbin. I record my thanks and that of the McKibbin family for the support shown to them by the petitioners, the local press and Peter Lewis from Support After Murder and Manslaughter. The petitioners declare that the sentence passed for the manslaughter of...

Telecommunications Masts (Planning Control) Bill (3 Mar 2006)

Nia Griffith: I would like to draw the House's attention to the Christmas-tree effect. As my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) said, what do we do where there is legitimate permission for a mast? I refer to one in my constituency on Bigyn hill, which was erected in the early 1960s for police use. That mast has begun to look like a Christmas tree whose loving tenders have bought an enormous...

Orders of the Day — Emergency Workers (Protection) Bill (3 Mar 2006)

Nia Griffith: Is my hon. Friend aware of how much support there is out there among the public for ensuring that we send a clear message that any form of assault or violent crime is unacceptable? Only recently in my constituency, 2,000 signatures were collected, asking for an increase in a sentence felt to be too lenient for, in this instance, deliberate manslaughter. I beg her to look carefully at...

Orders of the Day — Emergency Workers (Protection) Bill (3 Mar 2006)

Nia Griffith: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams), first, on securing the opportunity to present a Bill and, secondly, on choosing such an important topic, which is close to all our hearts. It is important to remember that although 99.9 per cent. of the population, and indeed 99.9 per cent. of our young people, always show the utmost respect to our emergency...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: New Clause 12 — Business scheme (28 Feb 2006)

Nia Griffith: It gives me great pleasure to speak on Third Reading. I know that my predecessor James Griffiths, the first Secretary of State for Wales, would have been proud to see the Bill become law. He was very clear that there should be a Wales Office. He was also very clear that there should be a strong voice for Wales in the Cabinet. He was an enthusiastic advocate of devolution long before it became...

Post Office Card Account (15 Feb 2006)

Nia Griffith: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Mudie) for securing this debate and making his case effectively and eloquently. Rather than repeat many of the points that he made, I should like to draw the Minister's attention to just two issues. The all-party group on small shops, of which I and many hon. Members present are members, published a survey today called "High Street...

Legal Services Commission (Wales) (2 Feb 2006)

Nia Griffith: Does my hon. Friend agree that it can sometimes be a long process for someone to explain a situation to what we might call a lay adviser? That time is well used, because the lay adviser takes up only a small amount of the specialist adviser's time. This is particularly relevant given the geography of Wales. For example, it is difficult for many of my constituents to benefit from some of the...

Legal Services Commission (Wales) (2 Feb 2006)

Nia Griffith: Does my hon. Friend agree that not-for-profit organisations such as CATCH UP in Llanelli, with the help of the Wales specialist support service, have been able to deal with complex cases and stand up and fight for socially excluded people, while at the same time enlarging their own knowledge and skills, and that the termination of the service will mean the end of vital specialist support that...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill — [3rd Allotted Day]: Clause 7 — Candidates at General Elections (30 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: Why does the hon. Gentleman think that our party is likely to lose out from these proposals? I know many of our candidates in marginal seats who will be at risk if they are not allowed to stand for the list seats as well as for constituencies. Can the hon. Gentleman explain, with reference to Wales, how he can accuse us of making a partisan decision in such circumstances?

Public Bill Committee: Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 (27 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: There are many extreme pressures on local government. Indeed, local government will have to face up to those increasing needs. We are taking a long-term perspective of the increasing number of older people, and I am sure that the commissioner will do a very good job in highlighting those issues. In conclusion, I remind the Committee that the clause clearly reflects the Welsh Assembly’s...

Public Bill Committee: Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 (27 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: I very much welcome the proactive role that the clause sets out for the commissioner. It is easy for us to acknowledge the needs and concerns of older people in Wales, but the clause specifies that the commissioner’s role will go further and that he will promote and safeguard their interests. Matters such as prejudice and discrimination can be complex, and while it can be easy to...

Public Bill Committee: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill: Clause 9 - Promotion of community energy (25 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: I very much welcome this aspect of the Bill, as it is extremely important that we promote community energy. We have heard about many laudable projects that have already been put into action, but I ask my hon. Friends and Opposition Members to join me in investigating and promoting the opportunity to connect the training machines in the Palace of Westminster gym to a power generation system....

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 20 - Entry and search under warrant in connection with offences (24 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: Hon. Members have covered many points, so I shall be brief. We all accept that we cannot keep domestic cats in little carrying cages for days on end—we accept that cats like a little freedom, perhaps being able to use a cat flap so that they can go in and out of the house—but that is exactly   what these big cats are condemned to. Tigers are being kept in caged trailers with...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: 3.2 pm (19 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: I support my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud in suggesting a specific prohibition on the keeping of primates as pets. We can easily understand that nobody in Britain can possibly provide an environment suitable for a polar bear in a private house, but there is still, unfortunately—although we no longer have the chimpanzees’ tea parties—a lot of misconceptions about the...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: I speak in favour of the amendments for several reasons. First, clause 7 does not cover the issue of fights; it deals with what happens before and during the fight, but not what happens after it. The clear message about fighting being illegal will send some people underground to make such recordings and to promote their activities. That is why it is particularly important that we send out a...

Energy Review and Coal (11 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that in south Wales we have some of the finest anthracite in the world, which produces far fewer side products than many other forms of coal?

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Nia Griffith: I welcome the Bill, especially because I know that in its long gestation period—something like twice that of an elephant—there has been considerable consultation with people who work in animal welfare day in, day out. Rather than repeat many of the good points that hon. Members have already made, I shall simply make a couple of quick points on the tail docking of dogs. As any dog...


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