Results 1–20 of 954 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

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Chris Williamson: The Government gave my constituents a solemn pledge to electrify the midland main line, only to renege on their promises. The Minister’s response to my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald) about the trans-Pennine route seemed to indicate that they will not proceed with the electrification of that route either. Does the Minister not realise that reneging on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2018)

Chris Williamson: Public services define a decent society, but analysis by the Local Government Association has revealed that councils face a £8 billion black hole by 2025; public services are in meltdown. When will the Chancellor stop behaving like a public services vandal and start resourcing the public services that communities desperately need?

Phenylketonuria: Treatment and Support — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (26 Jun 2018)

Chris Williamson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) on securing this important debate. We have heard some heartrending accounts from hon. Members about the impact of PKU on their constituents. My constituent, Denise Clayton, whose family I have known for 30 years, has lived with PKU for nearly 70 years, so she was...

Rolls-Royce Redundancies (14 Jun 2018)

Chris Williamson: When I left school in Derby in 1972, Rolls-Royce employed around 35,000 people. Today, it employs just under 12,000. If these job losses go ahead, the workforce will be reduced to around 8,000. That is a huge reduction. The company made a £4.5 billion profit last year, and when the Prime Minister hosted a meeting with the aerospace industry in March, she talked about a successful...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Williamson: The Prime Minister will be aware that schools are often targeted in warzones. A couple of months ago, I met year 7 students from Lees Brook School in my constituency, and they implored me to ask the Prime Minister to sign the safe schools declaration, which I understand has subsequently been signed. Does that declaration mean that she will now veto future arms sales to brutal regimes such as...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Chris Williamson: Following the massacre of unarmed Palestinians by Netanyahu’s apartheid regime, is it not time to support the boycott, disinvestment and sanctions campaign until such time as Israel complies with its obligations under international law? If that is a step too far, will the Minister at least press for a review of the arms export licence criteria, because they are clearly not satisfactory...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Higher Education: Part-time and Mature Students (14 May 2018)

Chris Williamson: What steps his Department is taking to tackle the decreasing number of part-time and mature students in higher education.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Higher Education: Part-time and Mature Students (14 May 2018)

Chris Williamson: The Minister will be aware that since the Government tripled tuition fees to £9,000, the number of part-time student applications has fallen by a staggering 59%. Even the former Universities Minister David Willetts has said that that is a disaster. Will the Minister take this opportunity to apologise to a whole generation of would-be part-time students and outline in a little more...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Williamson: The horrendous incident in Salisbury has placed a huge unforeseen burden on local police. We know that the police service has faced unprecedented cuts, so I wonder whether the Prime Minister can give an assurance that the additional burden will be met from central resources and that it will not fall to the local police to pick up the bill.

Protection of Civilians in Afrin (12 Mar 2018)

Chris Williamson: Does the Minister agree that Turkey’s assault on Afrin was entirely unjustified and had no basis in international law? If he does, what specific steps will the Government take to ensure that Turkey is held accountable for the war crimes being perpetrated in Afrin?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Chris Williamson: Will the Minister give way?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Chris Williamson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Chris Williamson: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Chris Williamson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Seafarers: National Minimum Wage (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Williamson: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the work of the legal working group on seafarers and the national minimum wage.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Seafarers: National Minimum Wage (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Williamson: I am pleased to hear that, but is the Minister aware that UK seafarers are being undercut by rates of pay as low as £1.75 an hour? That is happening even though the legal working group on seafarers and the national minimum wage, which includes his Department, agrees that legislative change is needed to provide more protection. Will the Minister give a commitment to work with the RMT and...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Chris Williamson: Would my hon. Friend care to comment on a scenario that happened in my constituency? The home of Mr and Mrs Bagshaw was destroyed after a random firework entered the roof space and caused a fire which devastated their home. I asked if any consideration was being given by Ministers to lowering the explosive content of fireworks available to the general public, but the response was that there...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Chris Williamson: My hon. Friend went through the extensive regulatory safeguards in detail, but they are only as good as their enforcement. We hear every bonfire night, and on other occasions, of examples such as the appalling incident in my constituency where two vile sadists strapped two rockets to a cat and set them on fire. We clearly need better enforcement. I wonder whether she will comment on the fact...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Services (8 Jan 2018)

Chris Williamson: We constantly hear Ministers at the Dispatch Box talking about reserves in the fire and rescue service as if there is some sort of magic money tree, but is the Secretary of State aware that most of the reserves are already earmarked for future spend? The annual budget for the fire and rescue service in England is £2.3 billion, yet it holds only £143 million in unallocated reserves....

Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Williamson: In his statement, the Secretary of State said that local government is in the frontline of the country’s democracy, and yet he is systematically dismantling council services. The spending power of my own local authority of Derby has been reduced by £161 per head since 2010. The latest iteration of that is that it is giving its libraries to the voluntary sector to run. Is the...


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