Results 1–20 of 886 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 Williamson

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High-rise Buildings: Disabled People (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Williamson: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that disabled people are not housed on the upper floors of high-rise buildings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High-rise Buildings: Disabled People (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Williamson: The Minister will be aware that several disabled people were housed on the upper floors of Grenfell Tower at the time of the fire earlier this year. One disabled woman, whose name was Flora, would certainly not have survived had it not been for the heroics of her son, who carried her to safety from the 24th floor. Can the Minister assure the House that the Grenfell inquiry will consider...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: I was delighted when the Financial Conduct Authority extended its compensation scheme to cover debt management companies, but will the Chancellor tell the House whether he has had any discussions with the FCA about backdating the compensation scheme to cover the victims of Compass Debt Counsellors? They lost £5.5 million when it was purloined by Compass Debt Counsellors before it went...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: I am delighted that the Secretary of State says there will be a renaissance in house building. Can we therefore look forward to an announcement of a renaissance in council house building? Does he accept that the cost of building council houses is in large measure covered by the income generated from the rental stream? It is basically a free hit, so why will he not admit that it is important...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: The Secretary of State is being generous in giving way. Can he give us an indication of how many additional council houses will be built as a consequence of the lifting of the debt cap to the proposed level? I do not think it is very many—fewer than 10,000.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: On the point about the country becoming bankrupt, will he remind the House how much extra this Government have borrowed since they came to power?

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: I am very pleased to follow the hon. Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster). Before I start, I just want to pay tribute to a working-class hero whose funeral is taking place today. Derek Robinson once said: “I can sleep sound at night because I never betrayed the workers”. It is important that we acknowledge this towering figure of the Labour movement. A Cabinet source is quoted as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Service: Remuneration (20 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: May I correct the Minister, because Home Office figures show that fire deaths are actually up 17% in the past 12 months? He will also be aware that funding for local authorities has been slashed. Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep us safe and they have seen a real-terms cut in their pay every year for the past seven years. They cannot spend warm words from the Minister. The...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: Does the hon. Lady agree that democracy should be about outcomes, and that a fairer and just electoral system, which my right hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) talked about, would be more likely to deliver a fairer and just society, in which the forces of progress trump the forces of reaction? In my view, there is a majority in this country for progressive politics, but that is...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: Will the hon. Gentleman explain his definition of democracy? I would have thought that democracy was about ensuring that the governing party or parties commanded a majority of support in the country. The truth is that that has not happened for some time.

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House (26 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: May we have a debate and/or a statement on the application of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985? A prominent animal rights campaigner, John Bryant, has sought to bring a private prosecution under section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 against a racehorse owner who has seen nine of his horses killed over the past 10 years at Cheltenham races. Section 9 obliges owners to protect their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: I have been touring the country speaking to fire chiefs, and we have spoken about the consequences of the Government’s austerity obsession, which, since 2010, has led to 11,000 firefighters being axed, reduced home fire safety checks, increased response times, and, in some areas, fire-related deaths increasing. Does the Secretary of State support calls from some fire chiefs for pre-set...

International Trade: Car Exports (12 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: What plans he has to facilitate exports from car manufacturers after the UK leaves the EU.

International Trade: Car Exports (12 Oct 2017)

Chris Williamson: Last month, in a speech to the Bank of England, the Prime Minister described the free market economy as “the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created.” In view of the Prime Minister’s ideological objection to Government intervention, will the Minister say how the highly skilled workforce at Toyota in Derbyshire will be able to find comparable employment, in...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Chris Williamson: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for confirming in his response to my hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins) that the midland main line will be electrified, but we have been waiting for as long as I can remember for that to happen, and led up the garden path on numerous occasions. Will he therefore, for the record, give us a date when the midland main line south of...

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Chris Williamson: May we have a debate in Government time on the activities of rogue debt management companies such as Compass Debt Counsellors? The company operated in my constituency and went into liquidation last year, owing 1,700 people a total of £5.5 million after it emptied the coffers year on year, taking out hundreds of thousands of pounds. Is it not time that this kind of spivvery was outlawed...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Chris Williamson: May I say what an honour and pleasure it is to be back on the green Benches speaking on behalf of my constituents after a two-year enforced sabbatical? Before I speak about the subject of today’s debate, I should say just a few words about my predecessor Amanda Solloway, who took my seat off me by 41 votes in 2015. She was in some ways an unusual and unlikely Conservative party...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Chris Williamson: I am grateful for what the hon. Gentleman has said about sprinkler systems in schools, but does he agree that it is also imperative for the regulations to be changed to cover student accommodation? I understand that tower blocks more than 30 metres high will now be fitted with sprinklers, but that student accommodation more than 30 metres high will not qualify. I hope my hon. Friend agrees...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Chris Williamson: Following the wholly avoidable tragedy at Grenfell Tower, will the Home Secretary tell us why the review of the building regulations, which was promised by Gavin Barwell in the wake of the deadly Lakanal House fire, has failed to materialise? Mr Barwell was the Housing Minister at the time; did he suppress the review?


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