Results 1–20 of 1422 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Crabb

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: I strongly welcome the action that my right hon. Friend has announced today. One way Russia seeks to extend its influence in Europe is by building relationships of energy dependence. Is she aware that Britain has recently started to receive shipments of liquefied natural gas, and does she agree that Britain should not provide a market for Russian gas? If we need to bring in extra LNG imports,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (14 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: As my right hon. Friend knows, the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff love nothing more than a long and fuzzy row with Westminster over powers. Does he agree that they would do much better to work constructively and pragmatically with Ministers here to make a success of Brexit, which is, after all, what the people of Wales voted for?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Oil and Gas Industry (13 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: What consideration is my hon. Friend giving to the downstream sector? Our remaining oil refineries are important national assets and major centres of employment, and they could benefit from clear, long-term thinking.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: I am very grateful to be called to say a few words in support of this useful piece of legislation, Mr Speaker. I was pleased to be asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare (John Penrose) in the early autumn to sign a letter with him to Ministers and the Prime Minister calling for this legislation to be brought forward. So I join him and others this afternoon who have given a...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point about rural consumers who rely on off-grid gas and liquefied petroleum gas supplies. There have been inquiries into how that market functions. Is he satisfied that it is working fairly for rural consumers in Wales and the rest of the UK?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for his hard work in ensuring that the Bill was brought forward. He makes an important point about consumers. He described them as behaving in a “loyal” way, but for many people, particularly the most vulnerable and those on the lowest incomes, this is about inertia. We need to change behaviours and get better engagement from some of the most...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: My right hon. Friend is making a very important point about regulation, but is not part of the context of the Bill the fact that the regulator, Ofgem, was far too slow to respond to the pressures on people, particularly those on low incomes and in vulnerable households?

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: President Trump’s threats over steel products remind us that, alongside an independent trade policy, we need independent and effective trade enforcement and trade defence measures. What assurance can the Prime Minister give the House that we will have those systems in place from day one when we leave the European Union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (5 Mar 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the further set of defence commitments reached by the Prime Minister and President Macron at the summit in January represents not just the deepening of this important bilateral relationship, but a strengthening of NATO?

Pensions Auto-enrolment (28 Feb 2018)

Stephen Crabb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Chippenham (Michelle Donelan) on securing this debate and commend her for the brilliant way she outlined some of the issues we need to think about. I commend in particular her dissection of the challenges of self-employment and the options we have for creatively addressing the lack of...

Pensions Auto-enrolment (28 Feb 2018)

Stephen Crabb: I agree with everything my hon. Friend says. Pension freedoms are great, but we want people to be well informed and educated about the consequences of the choices that will be available to them, particularly when it comes to drawing down large cash lump sums from their retirement pots. Low opt-out rates are part of the success story of auto-enrolment, but let us not be complacent about them....

Pensions Auto-enrolment (28 Feb 2018)

Stephen Crabb: The hon. Gentleman makes an extremely important point very well. Let me make one further point before I conclude and allow other hon. Members to speak. My hon. Friend the Member for Chippenham appeared to indicate that she supports rates increasing above those that have been set out for April 2019. I absolutely agree: both employees and employers will need to make even greater contributions....

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: UN Relief and Works Agency: US Funding (28 Feb 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Does my right hon. Friend agree that while the agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas about resuming electricity supplies to the people of Gaza is to be welcomed, the key to resolving the infighting and improving the lives of all Gazans is the disarmament of Hamas and the renunciation of terror and violence?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Broadband: Rural Areas (31 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: For the households in Pembrokeshire in my constituency that have been told they cannot get broadband, the roll-out coverage is not 95%; it is zero. Will the Minister provide assurance that he will keep working with colleagues in the UK Government and Welsh Government to see that we connect up the whole of Wales?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Even though these forecasts do not look at the Government’s preferred outcome, does my hon. Friend not agree that the data they contain, however imperfectly, do underline the importance of building a bespoke deal around maintaining customs union-style arrangements and ensuring as great a level of access as possible to the single market?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (30 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Given that more than a year has now passed since the Hendry review reported on the potential contribution of tidal lagoon technology, when does my right hon. Friend think that Ministers will be able to respond positively to that report and give a green light to this important environmental technology?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: The UK has the second highest level of household debt in the G8. On our high streets, loan sharks are masquerading as household goods stores. Does the Minister agree that we have a rather unhealthy addiction to consumer debt in this country?

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Does my right hon. Friend agree that sad occasions such as this demonstrate the importance of the strength and resilience of our model of pension protection? They also serve to underline the real importance of not allowing individual directors who might have put at risk employees’ pensions to walk away from their responsibilities. Will he assure the House that the investigation by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: What recent assessment the Government have made of the implications for his policies of Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: More than a year since we re-established diplomatic ties with the Iranian Government, Iran continues to develop its weapons programme, continues to fund regional terror groups and proxies, and continues to crack down on human rights campaigners. What positive fruit can we expect this year from our closer ties with the Iranian regime?

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