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Results 1–20 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jonathan Evans

Clause 2 — Restriction on voting rights (6 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. I should like to thank Members on both sides of the House, as well as the minor parties, for their universal support for the Bill. My right hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Sir Tony Baldry) has made it clear that we have seen Bills move more swiftly than this through their parliamentary stages, but I would not want anyone to think...

Clause 2 — Restriction on voting rights (6 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: For the avoidance of doubt, I should call attention to my interests in this respect. I am the chairman of a regulated insurance company, but it is not a mutual company. I was on the board of a mutual company but not since I have been a Member of Parliament. My right hon. Friend mentions solvency II, but it is important to remember that that is an effort by Europe to catch up with a regime...

Clause 2 — Restriction on voting rights (6 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: Having spoken to my right hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Sir Tony Baldry) earlier, I know that he is a friend of the mutuals sector and that his aim is not to undermine the intention of the Bill.

Clause 2 — Restriction on voting rights (6 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: I am much aware of that. My right hon. Friend and I have spoken about this matter and I know that that is his motivation. I do not know whether this will help my right hon. Friend’s career—he and I are both leaving the House, so perhaps it does not matter—but we are good Europeans. We have always understood that it is in our country’s interests to engage positively with Europe, so I...

[Mr Speaker in the Chair] (6 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: I beg to move, That the House sit in private.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Jobs Growth Wales (4 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: Will my right hon. Friend note that in my constituency unemployment has fallen by more than 30% since my election? Will he take every opportunity to remind the electorate and the House of something that has been true throughout the 23 years since I was first elected to the House, which is that every Labour Government have left office with unemployment higher than when they came to office?

Fire Safety (Case of Sophie Rosser) (3 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: My hon. Friend is rightly setting out the legislative framework. Will he think for a moment about the disconnect between the structure of the legislation and what surveys tell us about whether the legislation is actually having an effect? I was astonished by the statistics I have shared with hon. Members today. Is he similarly concerned?

Fire Safety (Case of Sophie Rosser) (3 Mar 2015)

Jonathan Evans: May I begin by saying what a pleasure it is to be able to start this debate under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth? I know that it is usual and traditional to say that, but—as I just reminded you before we started—despite our first meeting more than 30 years ago in Cardiff, this is the first opportunity I have had to start a debate under your chairmanship in Westminster Hall, albeit in my...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Allied Steel and Wire (Pensions) (10 Feb 2015)

Jonathan Evans: My hon. Friend may recall that a couple of years ago I obtained an Adjournment debate on this very issue, which affected constituents of mine who were ASW workers. What they tell me endlessly is that when the very arrangements he describes were outlined before the last election, all politicians made it clear to them that it was an injustice, which would be corrected. The fact that it has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Anti-Semitism (21 Jan 2015)

Jonathan Evans: Will my right hon. Friend take the opportunity to remark not only upon Rabbi Michael Rose, but also upon the work done by Mr Saleem Kidwai, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, who has been working so very hard in Cardiff for good community relations for many years?

Prayers: European Parliament Elections Bill (9 Jan 2015)

Jonathan Evans: Looking around the Chamber, I think that I am the only person here to have stood in a European election and I have done so on two occasions. Although there is a box on the ballot form by which one can vote for a party, where the names are listed it has been the practice on a number of occasions for people to choose to put the cross alongside the name of the candidate rather than in the box...

Prayers: European Parliament Elections Bill (9 Jan 2015)

Jonathan Evans: It is a great pleasure to rise to support my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) on the introduction of this Bill. He rightly informs the House that the Conservative party has historically been in favour of open list elections to the European Parliament. Of course, we used to have individual first-past-the-post elections until 1999, but in the run-up to the introduction of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Miners Dispute (Outstanding Documents) (7 Jan 2015)

Jonathan Evans: Will my right hon. Friend note that the appetite for everything to be disclosed is shared by some Government Members, most particularly because I can recall the unlawful killing of the taxi driver David Wilkie and the recent revelations from the former right hon. Member for Pontypridd that following the event a number of papers at the NUM offices in south Wales were deliberately burnt and...

Wales Bill (Programme) (No.3): Clause 8 — Welsh rates of income tax (10 Dec 2014)

Jonathan Evans: The hon. Gentleman should be a bit cautious in his dismissal of the Conservative party, given this week’s opinion polls. His argument is the complete antithesis of the position adopted by the Labour party in Scotland—late in the day, it must be said—which is to agree to the devolution of all tax raising powers to Scotland. Against that background, how is his argument in any way...

Wales Bill (Programme) (No.3): Clause 8 — Welsh rates of income tax (10 Dec 2014)

Jonathan Evans: It is the same as the right hon. Member for Neath (Mr Hain)

Wales Bill (Programme) (No.3): Clause 8 — Welsh rates of income tax (10 Dec 2014)

Jonathan Evans: My hon. Friend, through his service in the Assembly, has been one of the individuals who has encapsulated the position adopted by the Conservative party. Although the party battled against establishing the Assembly in the first place, and although the margin was only 4,000 in a million, nobody could claim other than that my hon. Friend and the party in Wales have since not been dragged back...

Wales Bill (Programme) (No.3): Clause 8 — Welsh rates of income tax (10 Dec 2014)

Jonathan Evans: Let me be the first to congratulate my right hon. Friend on his recognition overnight as the Welsh politician of the year. Does this debate not highlight one of the difficulties with devolution? People only really want half of it—they want the powers, but do not want the responsibilities. There is a statistic showing that a minority of people in Wales recognise that health policy is decided...

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 Nov 2014)

Jonathan Evans: Is not the answer to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Wayne David) that the Lansbury Park estate did not become poor in the last four years, and that throughout all the years he has represented the area, it has been one of the poorest in Wales? It is only since the coalition came to office that unemployment has started falling, whereas when Labour was in office, it went upwards.

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 Nov 2014)

Jonathan Evans: I just want to give the hon. Gentleman an opportunity to correct his statement that the Labour party had campaigned for devolution in Wales for 100 years. I know that he is a great admirer of Aneurin Bevan. I come from the same town as Aneurin Bevan, and I am sure that he did not campaign for devolution.

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Jonathan Evans: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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