Results 1–20 of 641 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Evans

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Evans: Why am I speaking today about Swansea when I represent a constituency some 25 miles along the M4? I cannot propose to speak with the same passion as my hon. Friends the Members for Swansea West (Geraint Davies), for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) and for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi). When we hear them speak, it is obviously a case of “Cut them and they bleed Swansea”. It is important...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Evans: I just have a simple question: what is the cost to the guarantor, compared with the cost of the surplus? How much do the Government need in the pension fund to provide a guarantee on the pensions? Do we know the figure?

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Evans: I am glad that my hon. Friend mentions British Coal. He will know that British Coal made no employer contributions between 1987 and 1995, when a Conservative Government were in power. Does he agree that that was an error by that Government that clearly proves that, in their time in government, they did not care about ex-mineworkers?

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for The Cotswolds (Geoffrey Clifton-Brown), a great parliamentarian who serves with distinction on the Public Accounts Committee with me. It was good to hear him. Those of us who have been in the House for a number of years feel that this is like groundhog day or déjà vu—we have seen it all before. The difference with this Budget,...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: I would have liked to have heard at least some sort of plan about the single market and the customs union. I would say—I shall diverge a little, if you will allow me, Madam Deputy Speaker—that those of us who are concerned about Brexit have been unfairly attacked as remoaners when we simply want to get the best deal for the country as we leave the EU. Some £3 billion has...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: I respect the hon. Gentleman as a parliamentarian, but he is wrong about this. He knows that that was a false statement made by the leave side to try to con people into voting leave. There is no point in standing by that claim anymore. The thing is that we heard nothing in the Budget about Brexit; all we heard is that it will not be dominated by Brexit. Well, I am afraid the Chancellor is...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: My hon. Friend speaks from experience as the chairman of the Co-operative party, and he is absolutely right that we need a thriving co-operative sector in this country. Again, if we want to talk about the past and the reason why we do not have a strong mutual sector in this country, it is because of the raid that the Tory Government of the 1980s allowed on many of these institutions, with the...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. If ever anything tore into the very fabric of British society, it was that. It is terrible when we walk down the street now and see that so many of the famous building societies we grew up with are no longer there. That needs to be changed. We need to start talking about alternative co-operative models. As business finds it more difficult to borrow from...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: They might come down, the hon. Gentleman says. The point that the Chancellor is missing is that many of these people cannot afford a deposit to buy a house, so as well as reducing stamp duty, he should have been looking at vehicles for people to save to buy a house. Not many people took up the help to buy ISA, but we need those types of things. This was a speech where the Chancellor was boxed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Inward Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: What assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on inward investment in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Inward Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Evans: The Secretary of State will know that the Welsh Labour Government have been very successful in attracting businesses such as TVR, Aston Martin and General Dynamics. All that foreign investment could be at risk if there is a no-deal Brexit. What is he specifically doing to reassure the business community that Wales is still open for business?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Services (24 Oct 2017)

Chris Evans: Is the Chief Secretary concerned by speculation that the Bank of England will increase interest rates by 0.25% in November, which would have an adverse effect on public spending?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Shipbuilding/Type 31e Frigate (23 Oct 2017)

Chris Evans: Despite the challenges facing the UK steel industry, too many of the offshore patrol vessels used by the Royal Navy are being built with foreign steel. Can the Minister assure us that, as part of the national shipbuilding strategy, British steel will be put first when building new vessels?

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

Chris Evans: I welcome this timely opportunity to discuss the legislation relating to the sale of puppies in Great Britain, and the need for stricter enforcement of licences and inspections of breeders. Owning a puppy can be a rite of passage for so many people. Being responsible for a dog is part of growing up. I still remember the very first puppy that we owned. I remember my mother going to Aberdare...

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

Chris Evans: Of all the Members whom I expected to intervene on my speech, I would have expected the hon. Gentleman to do so in particular. He is a fantastic parliamentarian and I know that he loves this place. Again, he has made a very good point. I do, however, ask him please to let me continue my speech, in which I will answer his question. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home suggests that 88% of puppies...

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

Chris Evans: I know of that case in Dumfries, and it is a brilliant example, but as I will say later, this is all about enforcement, as there is only so much the Government can do through legislation. They should, however, look at the examples the hon. Gentleman has raised as a way forward.

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

Chris Evans: To make a wider point, a fantastic aspect of this debate is that so many people have come to me with solutions. The hon. Gentleman is right: there should be a multifaceted attack on puppy farms and illegal dog breeding, and it should include education and raising red flags, as he suggests.

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

Chris Evans: These puppy breeders will go to any lengths to make a case and secure a sale; it is all about profit. I will use the example of my current dog; he is a fantastic dog with a great temperament. The key difference between the purchase of my first dog, which my mother bought from a pet shop, and that of my current dog is that I went to a reputable dealer, and met the mother and father, and saw...

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

Chris Evans: That is absolutely right. The hon. Gentleman and I are both south Wales MPs. If anyone visiting Pembrokeshire drives down the road from Swansea to Carmarthenshire, all they will see are signs saying “Puppies for sale” and “Dogs for sale.” They might wonder why people are constantly selling puppies and dogs. Enforcement is the real issue; it is the crux of the problem....

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

Chris Evans: I thank my hon. Friend, who is a diligent Member of Parliament and a good friend since I came to the House. In conclusion, I urge the Government to review the current legislation surrounding sales of puppies and other pets in the UK. The 1951 Act must be updated to regulate online sales of puppies. More importantly, we need to ensure that local authorities and licensing officers receive full...

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