Results 1–20 of 2102 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Anne Main

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: One of the advantages of having been elected to represent St Albans four times since 2005 is that I have a very long grievance and complaints database, as my husband keeps reminding me. I remember only too well the communications on working tax credit that came into my postbag when I first came to the House. People were getting requests for payback of £5,000 or £6,000, pushing...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: Perhaps my right hon. Friend needs to look at the Annunciator. We have moved on. We are now not pausing; we are just discussing. There is no mention of “pause”.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: I thank the Secretary of State for that promotion. I look forward to receiving it in the post. Is the Secretary of State any more aware than I am of the topic of this debate? Yesterday, the Opposition wanted to fix universal credit. Today, the word “fix” has been dropped. It seems that the Opposition want to pause but not fix. Has he any greater awareness of this matter?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: Is the hon. Lady aware that the delegation the Burmese sent into the camps said, “I see no Rohingya.” They do not recognise that the Rohingya even exist, which is the problem. The Rohingya are stateless and nobody recognises them.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: Does my hon. Friend agree that if they feel they have nothing to hide, they should let the world in?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: Does my hon. Friend agree that we were given her words absolutely verbatim? They were translated by people in our party who understood, so we were not being duped in any way.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: Four minutes is not long enough to illustrate the suffering that I saw in Bangladesh only three weeks ago, along with my hon. Friends the Members for Colchester (Will Quince) and for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully). I pledged to the people whom I met in the camps—mostly women and children—that if nothing else, we would come back and give them a voice that could be heard. We went...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: I thank my right hon. Friend for what she has said, but we cannot possibly say enough. The hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) is absolutely right: the time to stop doing nothing is now. We must start doing things and start speaking up. Let me put in a plea for contributions to the appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee, whose headquarters I visited with the...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Anne Main: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Time is very short, and I wish to keep within my limit so that others can make their points. I must emphasise that the stories we heard were consistent. Any claims in the newspapers that the Rohingya are doing this to themselves are lies, fabrications and absolute fantasy. That is not true. No woman wants to trek with eight small children after one of her sons...

Grenfell Tower and Building Safety (5 Sep 2017)

Anne Main: The Building Research Establishment is in my constituency, and I know what an excellent job it does on this and many other issues to do with building safety. The Secretary of State talked in his statement about each system when properly fitted; what further advice is he giving to councils to ensure that contractors are correctly fitting and retrofitting buildings and ensuring inspections are...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Anne Main: Does my right hon. Friend agree that given that the majority of the public voted for two parties that held Brexit as part of their manifesto commitment, it would be helpful if the Labour party came to a settled view and made constructive input into the talks that he is having?

Armed Forces: Thameslink (19 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Many of my passengers say that they do not want to have to claim; they simply want the service they have paid for. Delay repay is better, but on the other hand the service needs to improve, because otherwise they just get money back for a bad service. That is not what they want; they want the journey they were guaranteed.

Armed Forces: Thameslink (19 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: I beg to move, That this House has considered Thameslink passenger services. A recent customer satisfaction survey on commuter trains by Which? ranked Thameslink third from bottom. Thameslink registered an approval rating of just 32%; it was ranked above only the beleaguered Southern and Southeastern. I want to make the Minister aware of that passenger dissatisfaction today and suggest some...

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: The thing is that those officers do not come into the areas where Uber drivers licensed by TfL operate, so the one or two officers in my area have all the responsibility for driving them out.

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I like this quote from GMB section secretary, Andy Peters: “It appears that London has become the licensing centre to send London minicabs all over the UK rendering local councils redundant in taxi licensing.” That about sums it up. In St Albans we have reliable and heavily regulated taxi licensing, but my local taxi...

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: The hon. Gentleman is making an excellent point. My local taxi drivers have shown me where they can locate 15 or 16 Uber cabs sitting around St Albans in car parks. Because they are hailed from the station, that does not count as plying for hire, but it is—it is touting for business but being on another street. Surely that cannot be allowed.

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: The hon. Gentleman said that it would be the Rolls-Royce solution to have a second ballot—my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) made a perfectly good point about that—but nobody has asked for that and it is not in the amendment.

Contaminated Blood (11 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: My constituent, who does not wish to be named, wants us to include the remit of the Skipton Fund in this review. She, and many others, feel that the remit was wrongly drawn up, and that she and others have been denied the justice they should have had.

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Anne Main: I am grateful to be called so early in the debate. I have 4,000 women in my constituency who are affected by this issue, and I have met many; I am sure other honourable colleagues have done the same. I will have to rattle through my speech. I am sorry not to be as eloquent as I would like on their behalf. It is a complex picture. Not only do my constituents feel that they were not given...

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