Results 1–20 of 1230 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Blomfield

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Paul Blomfield: The hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) struck the right note when she said this is a serious debate. We have to discuss these issues with due seriousness, and my hon. Friend the Member for Salford and Eccles (Rebecca Long Bailey) clearly set out our serious concerns about the Bill in her opening contribution. The Bill should be unnecessary, and the Opposition hope it may yet...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I agree that it is irresponsible language and I am sorry to have heard it from some Conservative Members during this debate. This is an important issue and the sector is hugely important, as the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) pointed out in a thoughtful and informed contribution when she said that it is important that we get this right. The Government therefore need to answer...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Paul Blomfield: My hon. Friend makes a valid point, which I am coming straight to. As a number of Members have mentioned, it is planned to halve the current Government grant to the ONR by 2020. I recognise that this is only one part of the ONR’s funding, but can the Minister confirm that that is no longer the Government’s intention? Will he outline what their new funding plans would be, given the...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Paul Blomfield: As I have probably pointed out before, I represent more students than any other Member, by a long way, and on their behalf I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Angela Rayner), the shadow Secretary of State, for securing this debate. She has fought as hard to ensure that Parliament is involved in key decisions on student funding as the Secretary of State has fought to...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Paul Blomfield: It is a pleasure to wind up the debate with you in the Chair, Mr Streeter. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) not only on securing the debate but on his characteristically comprehensive introduction to the issues that UK nationals in the EU face. I am also pleased by the level of interest that Members have shown in this debate, at least on the Opposition...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Paul Blomfield: My hon. Friend raises a point that I was going to make. In the absence of a satisfactory reply from DExEU, I am relieved that the Government Equalities Office has launched an investigation. Clearly such discrimination is totally unacceptable and we need an investigation, but we also need action and more than action on those cases. We need to do more than send a signal to employers and...

Exiting the European Union: Citizens’ Rights (7 Sep 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Some of the proposals the Government have apparently been considering on the future of EU migration may apply from the day on which we leave the European Union. Irrespective of the status of any leaked document, does the Minister agree that the Government should not make any changes that would prevent them from securing a transitional deal to protect jobs and the economy?

Exiting the European Union: Citizens’ Rights (7 Sep 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Perhaps I have given the Minister time to think about actually answering my question about making a commitment not to introduce any new migration rules from 2019 that will impact on a transitional deal. Looking beyond 2019, let me also ask: given that the Government are committed to the principle of reciprocity in any deal on citizens’ rights, would he be happy for UK citizens living...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I am pleased to follow the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon), and I congratulate him on his election as Chair of the Select Committee and on his thoughtful contribution to the debate, which bodes well for the future. I represent more students—some 36,000 at the last count—than any other Member of this House, and consequently I chair the all-party parliamentary group on...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Thank you, Mr Gray, for your rigorous chairing of this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on securing the debate and on the knowledge of and commitment to this vital sector that he demonstrated in his opening remarks. Those have been reflected by many of the Members who have spoken, from both sides of the House. They demonstrated the strength of...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention, which demonstrates her commitment to the Culham facility not only in her current role but in her previous job. She is right on both points. The hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon made this point forcefully: we need certainty now—not at some stage in the future, but now—because otherwise the facility is at risk.

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Those thoughts are contradicted by the enormous investment that the European Union has put into the Culham facility and is committing to. Moving back to the benefits of Euratom, it oversees the transport of nuclear fuel across the EU and enables vital co-operation on information, infrastructure and the funding of nuclear energy. It provides safeguarding inspections for all civilian nuclear...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I think that there are probably enough lawyers in this place to know that legal advice can go in many ways. It may well be that that advice was received by the Department, but other Conservative Members have made it clear that if the political will exists, a solution can be found.

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: The right hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. I hope the Department will respond by publishing that advice.

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. On the issue of cross-party consensus, I have to say that I was interested in his earlier contribution about looking for some sort of associate membership of Euratom, which might well involve the jurisdiction of the ECJ. We are making some progress, aren’t we? Let me come to those in the Government who have contradicted the comments by...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: No, because I am conscious of time. All this goes well beyond the issue of Euratom. As the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin), who is no longer in his place, pointed out, it will affect our future in other agencies that we would also wish to be members of, such as the European Medicines Agency. We should start with the presumption that if these agencies are in our interests...

Jobcentre Plus: Closures (6 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Sheffield’s Eastern Avenue jobcentre is rooted in the community that it serves. Its staff therefore understand local people and can do the job, better supporting them because of that. The Secretary of State talks about a much-improved service, but does he not recognise that centralising the service, breaking that link with the local community, will damage the work that the jobcentre can...

Points of Order (4 Jul 2017)

Paul Blomfield: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On 8 February, I asked the then Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union, the right hon. Member for Clwyd West (Mr Jones), about allegations that it was the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice that had led the Government to issue a notice to withdraw from Euratom alongside the notice to withdraw from the EU. In response, the...

Attorney General: European Convention on Human Rights (29 Jun 2017)

Paul Blomfield: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the future status of the UK as a signatory to the European convention on human rights.


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