Results 1–20 of 1690 for speaker:Chris Evans

Science, Innovation and Technology: Internet Connectivity (22 May 2024)

Chris Evans: For rural businesses, internet connectivity is essential. As we move into the summer, that will be the case for many tourism businesses. Sales can be lost and repeat business not return if tills and card machines do not work because of unreliable 4G and the internet going down. Very often, businesses suffer and do not see many sales. The National Audit Office recently said that the...

War Graves Week (14 May 2024)

Chris Evans: I begin by thanking the right hon. Member for Ludlow (Philip Dunne) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Dame Diana Johnson) for their service as commissioners on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I also wish to comment on the speeches of the right hon. Members for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) and for Horsham (Sir Jeremy Quin). The words that they have spoken...

Science, Innovation and Technology: Personal Data (17 Apr 2024)

Chris Evans: We are told that this is the general election year. In other countries, we already see those who want to manipulate democracy using AI to scrape together personal details, including someone’s face and voice, allowing them to falsify candidates’ views. What the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) raised about the GLA candidate is pertinent. As we quickly approach the second half of...

Justice: End of Custody Supervised Licence (26 Mar 2024)

Chris Evans: How many prisoners have been released early under the end of custody supervised licence scheme since October 2023.

Justice: End of Custody Supervised Licence (26 Mar 2024)

Chris Evans: Earlier this month, the Chair of the Justice Committee, the hon. and learned Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill), who is in his place, said that prisons are at “bursting point”, while the Prison Governors’ Association said that without the extension of the ECSL scheme, our criminal justice system “may have ground to a halt”. Meanwhile, the Domestic Abuse...

Justice: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2024)

Chris Evans: The number of outstanding cases before Gwent magistrates courts has risen by 21% in the last year alone. However, the number of magistrates is now 20% lower in the whole of south Wales. We have heard today about the great work of the magistrates courts and the fact that magistrates come from all walks of life. What are the Government doing to ensure that hard-to-reach people are offering...

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs (18 Mar 2024)

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to investigate representations made to her Department by members of the public adversely affected by the business practices of rent-a-roof companies under the (a) Feed-In-Tariff and (b) Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.

Written Answers — Treasury: Mortgages: Government Assistance (15 Mar 2024)

Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will announce a timeline for a decision on whether additional measures will be introduced to further support mortgage prisoners.

Wales: Budget 2024: Businesses in Wales (13 Mar 2024)

Chris Evans: The Secretary of State will know that much of our monetary policy, which has an effect on interest rates for Welsh businesses and Welsh households, is decided in Threadneedle Street. Has he met the Governor of the Bank of England recently? If not, will he invite him to Wales to see the impact of his policies on the Welsh economy? Will he hold a meeting with other Welsh MPs, and may I humbly...

Digital Exclusion (28 Feb 2024)

Chris Evans: At this moment I would usually thank everybody who has spoken, but because of time constraints I will have to hurry up. Far be it from me to suggest anything to the House, so I hope I am not out of order, Mrs Harris, in suggesting that maybe some Back-Bench MP would like to make an application for a debate on this issue to the Backbench Business Committee, because I believe it is of such...

Shared Rural Network Implementation (24 Jan 2024)

Chris Evans: I congratulate the hon. Member for North Shropshire (Helen Morgan) on securing the debate. It is vital not only for those in rural areas, but for constituencies like mine, which has many hard-to-reach villages. I must take issue with the hon. Member for Milton Keynes North (Ben Everitt). We have many rural areas in Islwyn. Indeed, the National Farmers Union hosted a farmers’ breakfast in...

Online Filter Bubbles: Misinformation and Disinformation — [Sir Mark Hendrick in the Chair] (16 Jan 2024)

Chris Evans: I congratulate the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (John Penrose) on securing this debate, which has come at a very important time as we face an election year, not only in this country but across the world. It was a theme developed by the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) when he talked about the vigilance that we all must demonstrate in the coming months and years...

Science, Innovation and Technology: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2024)

Chris Evans: A recent study has shown that, through digitisation, the UK’s small businesses can generate £77.3 billion in additional revenue and create 885,000 new jobs in this country. However, around four in 10 small businesses do not see new technology as relevant to their company and do not see tech investment as offering good value for money, citing a lack of skills and knowledge. What is being...

Three and Vodafone: Potential Merger (14 Dec 2023)

Chris Evans: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting time for this debate. In particular, I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Liam Byrne) for raising this issue and for his work as the new Chair of the Business and Trade Committee. I want to add my congratulations to him, however belatedly, on his appointment. He gave a comprehensive outline of the...

Three and Vodafone: Potential Merger (14 Dec 2023)

Chris Evans: I absolutely agree. At the start of my speech, I alluded to what my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport said about 1.2 million people in Greater Manchester being digitally excluded. We do not know the figures nationwide, but that is a serious worry to me and something we have to bear in mind when we talk about such mergers. I will develop that argument further when I sum up. With fewer major...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medical Records — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (28 Nov 2023)

Chris Evans: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Vickers. Like others, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Salford and Eccles (Rebecca Long Bailey) on securing this vital debate. I also congratulate her on her ongoing campaign for the rights of nuclear test veterans. Many people all over the country are very grateful for her work. When I was on the Labour Defence team, she...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Workplace Pensions (22 Nov 2023)

Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has a timeline for people who receive a Civil Service Pension to receive their remediable service statement.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Workplace Pensions (22 Nov 2023)

Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of when people who receive a Civil Service Pension will begin to receive their remediable service statement.

Work and Pensions: Destitution: Children (13 Nov 2023)

Chris Evans: In “A Christmas Carol”, published 180 years ago, Charles Dickens wrote of a world where children lacked shelter, clothing, heating and food. They were represented by a boy called Ignorance and a girl called Want. Dickens died in 1870 and we live in the sixth-largest economy in the world, so why, in 2022, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, did 1 million children experience the...

Justice: Probation Service (12 Sep 2023)

Chris Evans: What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the probation service.

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