Results 1–20 of 18778 for speaker:Jim Shannon

Finance (No.2) Bill (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I put on record my thanks to the Minister and the Government for that change. It is a policy that my party and I have pursued over a number of years. The Government took it on board and they are very kindly changing the law. I thank the Minister, but also the Government, because it is one of the things that we can put to our constituents, including my constituents in Strangford, and say,...

Business of the House (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. May I also add my thanks to you and the other Madam Deputy Speaker? You have always been enormously kind to me. I know that I am often quite eager to make a contribution, and you have always done your best to ensure that that happens. I suspect that, because of my language and the way I speak at 100 miles an hour, it may not always be possible to...

Business of the House (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Leader of the House for her very kind comments earlier, which were much appreciated. As you know, Madam Deputy Speaker, and as the Leader of the House and others in this House know, as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on international freedom of religion or belief, each week I bring to the attention of the Leader of the House human rights issues and persecution across...

NHS (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Secretary of State very much for her statement. It is clear that the NHS is, in some cases, in need of critical care. While we all prepare for an election, there are ill and vulnerable people unable to prepare for the surgery and treatment that they so desperately need. How will the Secretary of State ensure that, while this Parliament dissolves, the NHS continues to consolidate...

AI Seoul Summit (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I welcome the Minister’s statement. He is right to say that many Members across the Chamber support the Government’s clear goals and objectives. The continued focus on the Bletchley declaration is to be welcomed, and I welcome the drive to prevent disinformation and other concerns. However, although information and practice sharing will be almost universal, we must retain the ability to...

Culture, Media and Sport: Horseracing (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for that answer. The last autumn, winter and spring have seen a deluge of rain like we have never seen—many of us were either going to buy a boat or build one. What assessment has been made of the impact of the past 12 months of increased rainfall and flooding on the horseracing industry?

Public Accounts Commission: Artificial Intelligence: Government (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his response. This is a massive subject and will have to be scrutinised greatly in the next term of government. What assessment has been made of the potential negatives of AI within the defence industry and Government, and what steps will be taken to combat them?

Disabled People on Benefits: EHRC Investigation (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: The Minister is always compassionate and understands the issues, as we can tell from the way she responds. As I often say, however, the benefits system leads to incredible frustration. When those who are disabled have their applications refused, they go to appeal. The biggest issue in my office is benefits, including appeals; we have one staff member who does nothing else during the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ovarian Cancer (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer by age in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Pakistan: Forced Labour (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had discussions with his Pakistani counterpart on religious minorities being subjected to bonded labour in that country.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Finance (23 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding has been allocated to each of the devolved institutions to help tackle flooding in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tibet: Religious Freedom (22 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on freedom of religion in Tibet.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Mental health services (22 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to help provide mental health support in schools for young people suffering from eating disorders.

Allergy Guidance for Schools (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Allergy Guidance for Schools (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I commend the hon. Lady for raising the issue. She has told the story of young Benedict so well. She has honoured him and honoured his family, and we thank her for that. My second son is now a young man, but as a wee boy he had a number of allergies, so I understand the issue all too well: I understand the importance of controlling a boy’s diet and, indeed, the very life that he leads. Does...

Endometriosis Education in Schools (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the right hon. Member for Elmet and Rothwell (Sir Alec Shelbrooke) for highlighting the issue in this debate. He has done that in Westminster Hall numerous times, and more times again in the main Chamber. I have heard him on many occasions and I admire his determination to discuss this subject matter and to make people aware of it—I congratulate him on that. The hon. Member for...

Endometriosis Education in Schools (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: Yes, I absolutely agree with that. When people refer to “women’s problems”, they do not bring into the open the painful issue; they almost push it aside. The right hon. Lady is absolutely right to make that point. It is an issue that deserves medical attention, and significant attention at some times. We need to encourage medical students to take up this speciality by providing help...

Knife Crime Awareness Week (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I must say how encouraged I am by the Minister’s response to the hon. Member for Putney (Fleur Anderson). I mentioned in my intervention buckle knives, which the Police Service of Northern Ireland has indicated are something new that is coming through. The Minister is right that the law will encompass all those issues, but is it possible to contact some of the regional police forces to...

Knife Crime Awareness Week (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: I commend the hon. Lady for securing this debate, to which I want to add a Northern Ireland perspective. Just this week, the Police Service of Northern Ireland warned of a surge in the illegal import of knives disguised as belt buckles, which has been happening since January. It is clear that there is a market for hidden knives. Does she agree that this needs to be addressed in a co-ordinated...

Infected Blood Compensation Scheme (21 May 2024)

Jim Shannon: rose—


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