Results 1–20 of 4745 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jim Shannon

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: It is always a privilege to speak in these debates. I give special mention to the hon. Member for Bury North (James Frith), whose powerful and personal summary of his life has greatly added to the debate. Everyone who heard his contribution will appreciate it and thank him for it. The right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) set the scene so capably, outlining the case for...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: We welcome the tobacco plan and the reduction in the number of people who smoke from 20% to 16%, but there is one anomaly here, to which the right hon. Gentleman has referred. I refer to chewed tobacco, as it is not mentioned in this plan and there does not seem to be any plan to address this. Oral cancer is one of the major cancers across the UK, with some half a million people affected by...

Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: On Tuesday, Muhammad Safdar made several discriminatory comments in the National Assembly of Pakistan against the Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Pakistan. He accused the faith group of being untrustworthy and a threat to Pakistan, arguing that it should be banned from the armed forces. Coming from the son-in-law of a former Prime Minister, such comments are dangerous and will surely fuel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Not only is the aviation timetable agreement important, but so is the securing of routes. Will the Minister tell us what has been done to secure routes for Belfast City and Belfast International airports to make sure that Dublin does not receive, to our detriment, the routes that we should be getting instead?

Petition - Superfast Broadband for Wellpond Green and Westland Green in Hertfordshire: Animals in Peril (18 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: I thank the hon. Gentleman for introducing this Adjournment debate and congratulate him on the hard work that he does on all these issues. May I say this to him very gently? Does he not agree that there is an onus on each of us not simply to refrain from harming animals, but to play our part in securing a better environment and habitat for animals? Will he join me in recognising the wonderful...

Women Released from Prison (18 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore) on securing this debate and succinctly setting the scene. I congratulate the hon. Members for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) and for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on their contributions as well. Many prison officers in my constituency have told me that things need to change in relation to women released from prison. The hon. Member...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: This is a very complex matter. I was doing some research on it and found that 59% of homes now own a tablet, 71% of UK adults have a smartphone and 97% of small and medium-sized businesses have access to online services. I make a plea to the Minister on behalf of craftspeople—people who know nothing about computers but everything about their hands. The person who has a computer in their...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that point is not fully taken into consideration when it comes to the digitalisation of everything?

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Ms Dorries, I withdrew my name this morning.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) on bringing a major issue to the fore. I say “major”, not because there are necessarily millions of people involved—the final number of women who have been affected is not yet known—but because the impact that this issue has had on the lives of the people who have been affected...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: The hon. Gentleman brings great issues to Adjournment debates and other debates in the House, and I congratulate him on that. Does he agree that simple humanity should dictate an end to puppy farm breeding, and that there must be legislation to formalise standards for anyone who wishes to sell a puppy, whether it be a pedigree dog or a mongrel?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: It is a pleasure to speak in the debate, although this is not an easy subject to talk about. Some of the experiences that we have heard about today are heartrending and bring tears to our eyes. I have spoken about this topic before, and am happy to speak on it again and to say very clearly that this persecution must be brought to an end as a matter of urgency. Some years ago, I watched the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya People (17 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Terrible acts of brutality and violence have been carried out against the Rohingya people. Is it the Minister’s intention to ensure that the Burmese army will be charged with war crimes for what they have done?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) on an incredible speech. It is always a pleasure to listen to Members’ maiden speeches, and I enjoyed his as well. I am not sure I will go to Leamington Spa for my holidays, but none the less I was greatly intrigued by his presentation. It is hard to pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio or follow the news...

Retail Energy (12 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. I am not a Marxist, but everyone in the Chamber must see that this is common sense. When the energy price cap comes into effect, what safeguards will be introduced to ensure that the big six do not switch customers to a tariff that is, in effect, a standard variable tariff under a different name?

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Andrew Brunson, a Protestant pastor, who led a small church congregation in the western Turkish city of Izmir, was arrested in October 2016. He has faced unsubstantiated accusations in the Turkish media. Erdogan’s offer of a prisoner swap for Andrew Brunson is an unfortunate confession by the Turkish president that the pastor is a pawn held hostage by Ankara. May we have a statement or...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Trade Policy (12 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Northern Ireland will be the only part of the United Kingdom to share a land border with an EU member state after the UK leaves the EU. What discussions has the Minister had with his counterparts in Northern Ireland regarding future trade and investment opportunities and potential issues post-Brexit?

Women and Equalities: Leaving the EU: Equalities and Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: Many protections in EU law, especially equality rights, have already been written into UK law. Does the Minister therefore agree that our leaving the EU should not cause any detrimental impact on or removal of the rights and equalities that we currently enjoy, and will merely present us with the opportunity to further improve the law wherever we in the UK see fit to do so?

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: I thank the right hon. Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) for securing the debate, for the inquiry that he started in 2015 and for its findings, published in July 2017 along with recommendations and conclusions. I want to speak about one specific issue in the short time I have and look not only at the positive impact that the arts have in hospitals, but the role that they play for veterans. The...

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