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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Damian Hinds

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Support for Farmers (19 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: What steps he is taking to support farmers.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Support for Farmers (19 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: Right now, DEFRA, quite rightly, is focused totally on the food-supply questions that we have been talking about, but will my right hon. Friend also confirm that he will look to move forward with a trade and standards commission for food quality for UK consumers and for a fair field for our farmers?

Educational Settings (18 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: I thank my right hon. Friend for the breadth of the statement today. Necessarily, there is still a lot of detail to be worked out, not least on qualifications. For me, in talking to headteachers today, it has been humbling—not surprising, but humbling—to see the depth of their commitment to supporting their family and the whole of our society through this crisis. May I ask my right hon....

Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: I welcome confirmation that routine Ofsted inspections will be postponed, and will the Prime Minister join me in commending schools, leaders and teachers on all they have been doing in supporting families through this crisis?

Covid-19 (16 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: My hon. Friend the Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Damian Collins) talked about the importance of information consistency, but some constituents are seeing competing messages which look like they come from credible sources and are then passed on in good faith. In the worst cases, not only do they mislead, they can even be dangerous. May I encourage my right hon. Friend to continue his work...

Income Tax (Charge) (11 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Islwyn (Chris Evans), who made some very important points about our high streets. It has been a great privilege to witness this afternoon truly brilliant maiden speeches on both sides of the House from new Members who are going to be great assets to this House and to our democracy. It has also been a pleasure to hear what the Government...

Education: Free School Holiday Activities and Meals (2 Mar 2020)

Damian Hinds: Does my hon. Friend agree that the measure of the Government’s commitment is in their record? We have already extended eligibility for free school meals on no fewer than three occasions. Hundreds more schools are set to benefit from the national breakfast programme and thousands more children are set to benefit from holiday activities this coming summer.

Tax Avoidance and Evasion (25 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: This is an important subject for debate this afternoon, first because we need tax receipts to fund our public services and, secondly, because as my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) said, people expect to see fairness. They expect to see everyone and every entity shouldering their fair share of the burden. Sadly, there are people who have an interest in trying...

Online Harms Legislation (13 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: I very much welcome this world-leading approach, but can my hon. Friend reassure me that, in bearing down on harms to children and young people, the legislation will cover not only the promotion and glamorisation of self-harm and eating disorders but their prevalence and normalisation on social media and the internet, which ultimately has greater reach?

Apprenticeship Levy — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (11 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: It is a great pleasure to speak in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham), who, along with my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon), has done so much to promote apprenticeships and to ensure they are a regular subject of debate here in Parliament. There have always been very high quality apprenticeships in this country....

Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: Creditor enforcement action can greatly exacerbate the problems that people going through mental health crises can experience. May I commend the Chancellor and the Economic Secretary for the breathing space initiative, which will help to ease the pressure on those people and so many more?

Transport (5 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: It is a huge pleasure and privilege to follow our new colleague the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hall Green (Tahir Ali), who spoke with passion about some incredibly important issues. I was particularly pleased to hear him talk about National Apprenticeship Week. So many of us have had opportunities to interact with it in Parliament this week, and will continue to do so when we are back in...

Transport (5 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: My hon. Friend has made a good point about walking. Along with cycling, it is an important part of the picture, as are buses, which so many Members have mentioned today. I hope that the potential for “on demand” buses will benefit constituencies such as mine. We have also talked about rail electrification. As for heavy goods vehicles, there is a strong link with the development of...

Transport (5 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: Would the hon. Gentleman care to comment on what happened to transport emissions under the Labour Government in the 10 years following 1997, before the financial crash?

Transport (5 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: It is more about business.

Universal Credit: Delayed Roll-Out (4 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: I welcome my hon. Friend’s clarification of the need for this reforecasting. May I invite him to restate the Government’s total commitment to a universal credit arrangement that simplifies the system? It means dealing with one Department rather than three, it combines six benefits into one, it helps people to get into work more quickly, and it smooths their transition into work thereafter.

Net Zero Targets and Decarbonising Transport — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: I beg to move, That this House has considered net zero targets and decarbonising transport. It is a genuine pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Nokes, and to have an opportunity to serve under your chairmanship. Tackling climate change is the defining challenge of our age. In the developed world—the rich world, with our higher per capita emissions—our responsibility is all the greater. I...

Net Zero Targets and Decarbonising Transport — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: I know the hon. Lady’s part of the world well, having stood for Parliament there in the mid-2000s. Buses are an important part of the overall mix, and for Greater Manchester, although I will let the Minister deal with her point in his own way. On electric vehicles, there is a wide range of Government support and good cross-industry co-operation. There is a subsidy programme for vehicles,...

Net Zero Targets and Decarbonising Transport — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: Steel is of great importance, and the hon. Lady knows better than most people how important it is to our industrial base. It is also important to the development of many green technologies. As she knows, steel has its own challenges. It is a very energy-intensive sector; in time, hydrogen technologies and others might help in that regard, and we need to ensure that we maximise our efforts...

Net Zero Targets and Decarbonising Transport — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Damian Hinds: As ever, the hon. Member makes an important and incisive point. A modal shift is clearly part of the response to this issue, but it will not be the whole response. As I mentioned earlier, buses are an important factor too, but there will always be a need for domestic passenger transport—cars, as we tend to call them. In a constituency such as mine, which is very rural and spread out, people...


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