Results 1–20 of 1701 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Grahame Morris

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I am very disappointed that the Secretary of State is blind to the hardship that is being caused by this policy. Last night in my constituency, a number of constituents, including two of my staff, were involved in trying to raise money for the East Durham Trust food bank through a sponsored run. That food bank was completely depleted. May I respectfully point out to her that it is depleted...

Business of the House (21 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I draw the Leader of the House’s attention to my early-day motion 1401. [That this House congratulates the Year 6 students of South Hetton Primary School for using their Go Givers class project to create a PPP Campaign to raise the issue of period problems and poverty; commends the Year 6 students at that school for collecting donations of sanitary items to create pants packs to help...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to support the motion standing in the names of my Front-Bench colleagues. I also wish to thank members of the Transport Committee for their informed contributions to the debate, and I am delighted that the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) is a supporter of keeping the guards on the trains—well done on that....

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: My hon. Friend raises a good question. I asked the GTR witnesses yesterday whether revenue was a material factor, and their response was that all the revenue is collected directly. They intimated that there were no revenue implications, although I am rather sceptical that ultimately revenue may well have been a factor in the decision about whether to phase or to delay the implementation of...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I am grateful for that thoughtful intervention, and my hon. Friend makes a good point. However, although there are national issues with the training of drivers and ensuring that they have the appropriate skillset, industry stakeholders pointed out to the Department and, presumably, the Secretary of State that it would normally take 40 weeks to prepare, identify training needs and ensure that...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: Absolutely; that is a key point. I am kind of long in the tooth now, but I remember the dreadful train accident at Ladbroke Grove, where 31 people were killed and 500 injured; a dear friend of mine was killed in the Southall train disaster, in which seven were killed and more than 140 were injured; and I remember another accident at Clapham Junction. What with the complexity of the new...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I am sorry; I am running very short of time. It is another failure on the Secretary of State’s watch. We have fundamental problems with integration, lack of planning and decision making. The franchising model is broken. It is time for a new approach and a new driver at the head of the Department for Transport.

Cannabis-Based Medicines (19 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: The mainstream media have highlighted this week the heartbreaking cases of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell. The Secretary of State has said that an estimated 10,000 children in the UK who suffer seizures could benefit from these medicines, as could many more people suffering from degenerative conditions. It has always been the case that he could grant a specific licence, but given his...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High-rise Buildings: Cladding (18 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: What recent estimate he has made of the number of high-rise residential buildings that have had dangerous cladding removed and replaced since the Grenfell Tower fire.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High-rise Buildings: Cladding (18 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that update, but will he give a timescale for the other tower blocks, in both the private and the public sectors? What is the timescale for the removal of these dangerous panels?

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: The country is becoming gripped by World cup fever, but I confess I have mixed loyalties, having drawn both Mexico and England in different sweepstakes. May we have a debate on the role of the Football Association in encouraging grassroots and women’s football? There has been a perverse decision to demote Sunderland Ladies football club by two divisions. That decision was based not on...

Grenfell Tower (11 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: In his statement, the Secretary of State spoke about further recommendations for change. Given that Government statistics for 2016-17 show that faulty electrical appliances were the second largest cause of accidental house fires in the UK, does he support my early-day motion 1119 on PAT testing of domestic electrical appliances?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: Thank you for your courtesy, Mr Owen. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I thank my good friend the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) for securing this timely and important debate and for setting out with such clarity the arguments on public sector pay and properly funding the Departments. He did a fantastic job. During the Whit recess I visited my local...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: The hon. Gentleman is correct. I hope the Minister reflects on that and applies resources appropriately so that we can recover for the Treasury the maximum revenue from those who are avoiding paying their fair share of tax.

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I will. I cannot refuse the hon. Gentleman as he gave way so many times.

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I recognise that efforts have been made to close the tax gap, but the publication of the Panama papers and various revelations indicate that it is much larger than had been previously estimated. In my humble opinion, it is counterproductive to get rid of skilled and experienced tax collectors employed at offices such as Peterlee in my constituency who have expertise in this field. We would be...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: One last time, and then I will draw my remarks to a close.

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I will be quick, Mr Owen. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell). There have been numerous surveys. A recent one by Unison showed that almost 73% of respondents have had to borrow money from family and friends to get by. We know anecdotally about civil servants using food banks, and workers in my constituency are struggling to support themselves and their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: What steps his Department is taking to help offenders access (a) housing and (b) benefits on release from prison.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders: Housing and Benefits (5 Jun 2018)

Grahame Morris: I thank the Minister for his response, but I recently supported a constituent who, after six months in prison, had successfully kicked his drugs habit. After being released from prison with no housing or benefits in place, he had to rely on former associates for support. He has now returned to drugs and his chaotic lifestyle—the one he wanted to escape. Does the Minister believe that...


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