Results 1–20 of 1632 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bill Esterson

Trade Bill: Report on proposed free trade agreement (17 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Following the Committee, six major business organisations —the CBI, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Engineering Employers Federation, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Businesses—took the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement with the TUC, Unite, the Trade Justice...

Trade Bill: Report on proposed free trade agreement (17 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: We raised concerns in Committee about the Government’s power grab in the Bill. For 40 years, we have subcontracted our responsibility for trade agreements to the EU, while scrutiny has been delivered through the European Parliament and by our own European Scrutiny Committee, yet the Government are not proposing any equivalent scrutiny processes for agreements that will replace those we...

Trade Bill: Report on proposed free trade agreement (17 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: The former Minister should have waited, because he anticipated my remarks: the Government’s delegated powers memorandum told a different story. Paragraph 46 noted that the new UK agreements would not just be legally distinct but could include “substantial amendments, including new obligations”. In other words, these will not just be roll-overs; they will be new treaties that...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: I congratulate the three Select Committees on the fine work they have carried out in investigating and coming up with conclusions on the Carillion fiasco. I thank my hon. and right hon. Friends—my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves), who introduced the debate so expertly, my right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden) and my hon. Friends...

Construction Sector Deal (5 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: I thank the Minister for early sight of the statement. It is welcome that there is a sector deal for construction, although the promised “a few weeks” from last November have become nine months. Like last week’s nuclear deal statement, this appears to be a series of reannouncements of previous ministerial policies. The announcement about reducing emissions, although welcome,...

Construction Sector Deal (5 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: A few weeks?

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I congratulate the hon. Member for Bolton West (Chris Green) on securing the debate and I welcome the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Graham Stuart), who is responding to his first debate as a Minister after his enforced Trappist-monk silence in the Whips Office in preceding years—I will not go into what...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: I will not give way, because we have been given so little time.

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: This is relevant, because the Israeli trade agreement will roll over, which is covered by the Trade Bill. However, the Government have so far failed to confirm that they would inform business of any substantive changes to the terms of trade between the UK and its trading partners in the trade deals being negotiated to replace the existing EU ones. Will the Minister take this opportunity to...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: I will not give way; I have told the right hon. Gentleman that already. Will the Minister confirm that any UK-Israel trade agreement will maintain the existing clarity about the fact that market access preferences offered to Israeli exports into the UK do not extend to goods produced in settlements in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories? It is extremely important that we maintain...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: I welcome the publication, albeit delayed, of a nuclear sector deal, but the Secretary of State really should be here to announce the deal, not least so that we can get some answers to the questions asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (John Woodcock), which we did not in the Minister’s previous response. Nuclear energy plays an important part in reducing our...

International Trade: US Tariffs: EU Countermeasures (28 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: The Secretary of State’s reluctance to support EU countermeasures to combat Trump’s trade war, and the Government’s opposition to every amendment that we proposed to the Trade Bill and the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, speak volumes about his Government’s true intentions. When will he give the trade remedies authority the board members it will need if it is to...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: Thirty thousand Carillion suppliers are owed £2 billion in unpaid invoices. When will Ministers enforce the prompt payment rules for Government contracts and stand up for small businesses, or is the reality that under this Prime Minister the Conservatives really are the anti-business party?

Energy Policy (25 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: I thank the Secretary of State for the somewhat late advanced sight of his statement—I think we understand why—and give the apologies of my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead) who would normally respond to this statement, but who is a victim of the Transport Secretary’s failure to run the trains on time; a failed policy if ever there was one. I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Care Crisis Review (25 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: If he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations for his Department in the Family Rights Group report, “Care Crisis Review: Options for Change”, published in June 2018; and what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on that report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Care Crisis Review (25 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: Now that the Government have admitted that cuts to the national health service were a political choice, not an economic necessity, will they admit the same when it comes to local government, especially children’s social care? Will the Minister read the report from the directors of children’s services, take the action that is needed to end the crisis in children’s social...


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