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Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Institutions (1 Feb 2018)

Richard Graham: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with EU negotiators on the involvement of the UK in EU institutions and organisations during the implementation phase.

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: Businesses and many others believe strongly in orderly change to our relations with the EU. Will my hon. Friend therefore confirm that the implementation period arrangements will include continuity of the UK’s role in many organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations where our role is as part of the EU, so giving us time to negotiate future relations with those...

Written Answers — Department for Education: University Technical Colleges (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the details of the application process for University Technical Colleges.

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Democracy in Hong Kong (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: It is a pleasure, as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on China, including Hong Kong, to join the debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on securing it. In many ways, this debate is a continuation of others we have had. I last spoke on this subject in this Chamber in March 2016; we were then considering the 38th biannual report on Hong Kong. It...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: rose—

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: It strikes me as bizarre that the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues are taking their current line. I can only assume that that is either because they want to try to make the political point that the Government and the Conservative party do not want to have a future relationship with Euratom, which is clearly wrong—the Minister will confirm that when he speaks—or because the hon....

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: The hon. Gentleman knows that this is incredibly important to him and several of his colleagues, and it is incredibly important to me, with EDF Energy’s operational headquarters for nuclear in my constituency and Horizon just down the road, so we are all coming from the same point. His specific proposal—I am talking about new clause 1 again—is very specific. It even mentions...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: Yes, of course we all want a transition period, which is precisely a part of the negotiations. What I struggle to understand is that the scenario the hon. Gentleman describes is in effect not within our control. The transition we are seeking is being negotiated—in fact, the Minister and other Front Benchers have made it absolutely clear several times that we want to continue the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: I am puzzled why new clause 1 is necessary. All its ingredients are issues that form part of the transition negotiations that our country is going through with the European Commission. It therefore seems bizarre to try to legislate that “conditions under which the UK is a member of EURATOM before exit day shall continue to apply” during the transition. On that basis, we would be...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way as the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Laura Smith), having accused me of moaning, did not wish to do so. I simply say to her: I do not do moaning.

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: It is a pleasure to contribute to the debate. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bristol North West (Darren Jones), who spoke movingly about the importance of respite and the period for the repayment of debts. However, I regret the party-political tone of some elements of his speech. In my constituency in the city of Gloucester, which is not very far from his, 6,000 jobs in...

Private Sector Pensions (22 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: When a major UK business collapses it is incredibly important that both existing and future pensioners are given reassurances about their situation. In the case of BHS, this House elected to constitute a joint Select Committee inquiry to consider aspects of both the pensions and the business. Does she agree that a joint Select Committee inquiry looking into both the pensions and business...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: My hon. Friend has been doing a great job on this subject for a long time, as other Members have said. When Lord Best and the five supported housing providers, including Riverside, analysed some of that data, they were very supportive of the Government’s principle that there should be some control of costs in the sector, and of having diversity in approaches, recognising that costs vary...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: I echo the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) in expressing my joy at serving under your chairmanship for the first time, Mr Sharma, and at welcoming our new Minister, the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mrs Wheeler). As previous speakers mentioned, she brings to the role considerable experience, particularly of local government and how these things work or do not work. I...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: I am grateful for that intervention, because clearly the two-year issue is one aspect of this matter. However, I think the wider issue is probably around the definition of “short term”, as has been mentioned. I had an interesting briefing from representatives of Rethink Mental Illness, who said that they “warmly welcome the decision not to proceed with the LHA cap, and to...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: The right hon. Gentleman makes his point with his usual passion. I will not offer a lecture to the Treasury on how they should provide and quantify the amounts of money for particular parts of the supported housing provision that the Government are looking at reshaping. At this stage, we are trying to register our concerns, as he has done, on aspects of the support housing report that we feel...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: I quite understand where the hon. Lady is coming from. That will always be a concern for all of us. The Minister knows, given her experience of running a local council, that local government is always concerned about money and the balance. No doubt she will say something about that. All hon. Members have come to this debate in an open, warm-hearted spirit. This is not a party political...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Type 31 Frigates (15 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: What progress he has made on implementing the National Shipbuilding Strategy and procuring the Type 31e frigate.

Disability Confident Scheme — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Richard Graham: My hon. Friend is being generous, and it is a huge pleasure to see another member of clan Graham representing Ochil and South Perthshire in the House. Does he agree that there may be a good case for the Government to consider doing what they did so successfully with apprenticeships: to provide small employers with an incentive to hire people with disabilities? If that were in the form of a...


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