Results 1–20 of 959 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Graham

Universal Credit — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (19 Apr 2017)

Richard Graham: I want to speak today to try to balance the picture of doom and gloom that some Members have painted about not just universal credit but the entire welfare system and indeed all the welfare reforms of the past seven years. In early 2009, I received an extremely emotional letter from a constituent who had tried to do the right thing by going back to work. However, she immediately found that by...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Change of use of drinking establishments (28 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: First, may I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests as a shareholder of a small family business which for the past 40 years has included a single pub? Today, there has been a huge amount of agreement on the appropriateness of the Government’s amendments to Lords amendment 22, and I pay tribute to a lot of people who have been...

Personal Independence Payments (15 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: There appear to be two most frequent misunderstandings about the legal judgments: first, that the Government amendment amounts to a cut, and, secondly, that people with mental health disabilities get less under PIP than under DLA. So will my right hon. Friend confirm again that actually there is no cut at all to people who have been previously awarded through PIP, and, secondly, that actually...

Police Widows’ Pensions (15 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: The situation at the moment, as I understand it, is that the Ministry of Defence is reviewing what the provisions are retrospectively for armed forces widows. Does the Minister accept that were the Ministry of Defence to make changes, it would be very hard for the Government to maintain a difference in what those widows are granted and what police widows are granted?

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: Is the hon. Lady aware that there are possibilities for university technical colleges within the budget allocation for free schools? That will enable a constituency such as mine to go ahead with a proposed new health UTC, which will help a huge number of young people to work in the NHS in future. Does she think that is constructive?

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Emily’s Code: Pleasure Vessel Safety — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: I beg to move, That this House has considered Emily’s Code and safety on pleasure vessels. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, and to debate Emily’s code. Today’s debate is the story of a personal and family tragedy and of how to turn something that knots together an extended family, school and other friends, and a community—a whole small...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Emily’s Code: Pleasure Vessel Safety — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. In fact, he brilliantly anticipates exactly what I will say about Emily’s code, and I am grateful to him. Emily never regained consciousness, and it was determined that she died from drowning. I should mention one other point. The report pointed out that the speedboat was older than the recreational craft directive of 1996, which set out new...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Emily’s Code: Pleasure Vessel Safety — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: My hon. Friend is absolutely right; I know that he has experience in his constituency of a death that received a lot of publicity at the time. It was a sad incident indeed, which I know he cared very much about. He is right, and I will come on to kill cords. I hope that the very human appeal of Emily’s code will help its message to reach a wider audience. In this House, as hon. Members...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Emily’s Code: Pleasure Vessel Safety — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Richard Graham: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I did not know that figure; it is surprising and shocking. All these tragedies, whether in Cornwall, Scotland or Devon, have implications for how we improve things. The important thing is not to prevent people from having fun, but to make that fun more risk-aware. Emily’s code is for boating in the sea, but I wonder in whose honour other...

Intergenerational Fairness (28 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: It is a great pleasure to join the debate at this late stage, a debate introduced in a sense with the very good news about BHS pensioners. Many of us serving on the Select Committees chaired by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) and the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr Wright) share the enthusiasm for that result. On intergenerational fairness, let me start by putting the case...

Intergenerational Fairness (28 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: I want to come back to the subject of the debate, intergenerational fairness. My hon. Friend has made some points about working issues. Does he agree that for those who have retired or are working but are due a pension a key issue is not only intergenerational fairness but fairness between people who own and run companies and who have responsibilities to people in pension schemes? The news...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: House Building (27 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: What steps he is taking to build and develop more homes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: House Building (27 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: Gloucester City Council and Gloucester City Homes have put together a strong bid, with my support, to the estates regeneration programme, which will transform the old estates and wards of Matson and Podsmead in my constituency. Will my right hon. Friend agree to meet us briefly to hear our case, and when does he think decisions will be made on the bids?

Commonwealth: Trade — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: I join others in saluting my hon. Friend for securing the debate. Does he agree that the opportunity is not either for trade with Europe or with the rest of the world, but to do both better in a new context? Does he also agree that next month’s meeting of the Commonwealth Trade Ministers in London offers a great opportunity to get a coalition of the willing for a Commonwealth trade and...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: rose—

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: rose—

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: Does my hon. Friend agree that the expansion of illegal settlements is to the despair of many people who wish Israel well and plays precisely into the hands of those who believe that there is a cynical intent never to pursue a two-state solution?

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: rose—

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Graham: In a moment.


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