Results 1–20 of 1148 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 Harrington

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sirius Minerals Polyhalite Project (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: The Sirius Minerals polyhalite project has the potential to create 1,000 skilled jobs at the mine near Whitby and on Teesside, with many more jobs in their supply chains. That is an important type of business that will benefit from our industrial strategy, creating skilled jobs in the north of England.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sirius Minerals Polyhalite Project (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: I agree with my right hon. Friend. This is a very important project for him, as the Member of Parliament for Whitby. It is an important developing business, and I agree that it is exactly the kind of business that would benefit from our industrial strategy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sirius Minerals Polyhalite Project (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: I agree with the hon. Gentleman; this potash project is very exciting and very good for the UK. It is exactly the kind of business that he would want in his area, and it will help businesses throughout the United Kingdom.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: British Steel (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: In December 2017 we published Government-commissioned independent research that identified high-value market opportunities for UK steel producers worth up to £3.8 billion a year by 2030

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: British Steel (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: As the hon. Lady will know, because I met her the week before last, I am very conscious that Tata is in Port Talbot in her constituency. I promise that I will do everything in my power to ensure that Tata and other British steel companies, all of whom I meet regularly, are poised to act on these contracts.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: As you may well be aware, Mr Speaker, highland products are absolutely excellent and should well be distributed to all parts of the UK. The Government’s policy, with the industrial strategy to develop business by helping with research and development and through keeping fuel prices low, without the troughs and peaks that the Secretary of State mentioned, will help significantly.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Richard Harrington: As I hope the hon. Gentleman is aware, I meet the steel industry regularly, and I am very interested to meet him to hear his views on the subject. I can assure him that everything that can possibly be done to deal with tariffs is being done. I had a meeting with all the chief executives of the steel business. I went to Brussels last week and met the director general of trade, as well as...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: Thank you, Mr Bone, for the iron discipline that you have exerted on the Members of Parliament here today. It has worked, because I have the time that you originally said I would. I commend the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) not just for bringing about the debate—he has always very eloquently represented his constituents who work in the automotive...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: One of the issues is not reducing the amount of grants, but where the grants should go, which I am happy to discuss separately with the hon. Gentleman, as I need to make progress due to lack of time. There are questions: for example, should hybrid cars receive the same grant as all electric cars? I would be delighted to meet him to talk this through, formally or informally. I want to stress...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: I will not go through the long list of speakers, because other Members have already done so. Let me merely endorse what they have said. Bills such as this give rise to two types of emotion: one prompted by our political views or policy ideas; and the other due to our personal experiences or those of our constituents. We have felt a great deal of the second type of emotion today. It would not...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: I would like to consider my hon. Friend’s point. Perhaps I can drop him a line next week, or perhaps we can meet up and have a chat about it, because I do not want not to give a knee-jerk answer to a very complex question.

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: Yes, I thank my hon. Friend very much for that suggestion. I would be very happy to do that and to correspond directly with my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson). We have to focus on the fact that this is a floor, as I think I have made clear. This is really about changing the culture around bereavement in general. It is my heartfelt belief that this...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: Yes. As ever, the good citizens of Havant are very well served. I make the point clearly that I meet business representative organisations, such as the Confederation of British Industry, the EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and chambers of commerce, on a weekly basis. They are very responsible and I shall be bringing it up with them. This is a culture change, but culture changes do not...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: My hon. Friend is right: we must lead by example. Offering full pay to our own employees who lose a child means that we are a good employer, but it also provides a best-practice model for other employers to follow. In relation to amendment 7, my hon. Friend raised an important point about consistency with other family-related leave entitlements. The Bill as drafted makes clear which...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: I know that my hon. Friend has personal experience in that regard, as his twins were born prematurely. I was born quite prematurely myself. Some of us look as though we were not born prematurely. My hon. Friend has made a serious point, however, and I will definitely consider it. Amendments 9 to 11 and 15 to 17 deal with notice requirements. In this context, we have to stop and think about...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: I thank my hon. Friend for that point and in my brief time not as a lawyer but doing a law degree I remember the Lord Denning case, which was about being subjective about reasonableness. It was fine for Lord Denning, as the Master of the Rolls, to opine on the issue, but we have to consider a system that will not, we hope, go to an employment tribunal or a court—that is the last thing...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: The shadow Minister makes a good sedentary comment, but I detect a note of sarcasm. The serious point here is that consultations in which charitable bodies and other institutions make points based on their experiences are an important part of the legislative process, because that is where the detail comes in. I can assure Members on both sides of the House that this is not a can-kicking...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: My hon. Friend makes a good point, as is typical. He asked me whether I can be clear, and I can be clear that that is the case. The definition of a bereaved parent will be the same in respect of both leave and pay for the Bill. We must not forget that this involves the two minimum rights, as I call them, of the leave that can be taken and the pay that goes with it. Those are the minimum...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: I fully accept the hon. Gentleman’s point, and we cannot allow this to go on and on. I think that it was Mrs Thatcher who said she was going to “go on and on”, but this is not one of those cases—well, it was not in her case either, as the hon. Gentleman will know. In all seriousness, I cannot give a direct answer, not because I do not want to, but because we must see...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (11 May 2018)

Richard Harrington: That is exactly what the Government are trying to find out. It may be that that is not appropriate, but my instincts are that what my hon. Friend says is right. Bills like this are strange. The natural thing would be to have as much flexibility as possible for almost anything, because these circumstances are different—of course they are. Each is a terrible tragedy, and we have heard...


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