Results 1–20 of 227 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Davies

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank the Minister for his conclusion. It is clear that he is not the judge alone; he is the conduit to deliver the judges’ address and result on Thursday, but any influence that he can exert over them would be gratefully received by those of us in Swansea. We have clearly heard today that this is not just a city bid but a national bid. We have had support from Anglesey to Aberavon,...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I beg to move, That this House has considered Swansea’s bid to be City of Culture 2021. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. Today I have the enormous pleasure of bringing forward this Westminster Hall debate. Hon. Members may be asking, “What is a city of culture, and why is it so important?” The UK city of culture is an award given to a city in the...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman. I am also surprised and delighted that he has some friends—that is even better. The hon. Gentleman leads me on to a good point. Hon. Members may be wondering why the Member for Brecon and Radnorshire is introducing this debate, which some people would expect to benefit south Wales and Swansea constituencies. My northern Radnorshire...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Londonderry is, of course, a prime example, so we listen with interest and take his words very seriously. Not long after the blitz, change was again on the horizon for Swansea. In the 1970s and 1980s, as the old industrial areas and manufacturing industries closed, vast areas of previously productive commercial and factory sites became...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention; I am sure the Minister hears the cross-border, cross-country support for Swansea’s bid. I am sure that will weigh heavily on his decision.

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: We are honoured by the hon. Lady’s making such a confession in this Chamber. She should be truly praised for it. We have heard of the history and the geography of Swansea, but what of the culture? Some examples of cultural initiatives run by Swansea include hosting: the British Science Festival; the International Dylan Thomas Prize; an artist-led regeneration of the high street; a range...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: Just as we are only partway through the Brexit negotiations, we are only partway through the football season, so let us see what happens.

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: If the hon. Gentleman means the football, that is a fair comment. The Liberty stadium has a capacity of 30,000 when used as a music or event venue. There is also the Great Hall and Taliesin Arts Centre, which are owned and managed by Swansea University. The venue hosts a broad programme of events, including cinema screenings, an average of 10 visiting exhibitions per year and a variety of...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman is supportive of that scheme. Of course, Aberavon looks on to Swansea, and anything that benefits Swansea, or, indeed, Aberavon, will be of great benefit to Wales as a whole. Swansea has produced many great sons and daughters who have turned into cultural icons of today and of yesteryear. Household names include, from broadcasting, Huw Edwards, Ian...

Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: Will the Minister give way?

Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank my hon. Friend for bringing forward this important Adjournment debate. Sadly, my beautiful constituency was blighted when the local authority decided, for cost-cutting reasons, to close the local tip for four days each week. That resulted in a much greater cost to the local authority, through having to clean up the area afterwards. We are hoping that the national Government will take...

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston) for bringing this important debate to the Chamber. One thing we have not fully taken on board during the debate is supply and demand. We are clearly not breeding enough puppies in this country to fulfil the required demand, which is sad. I am a former...

Residential Premises: Product Safety and Fire Risk — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: The right hon. Gentleman raises an interesting point. Would he make that point about all white goods? My understanding is that it is primarily washing machines and tumble driers that are the first to go up, and that a higher percentage of them do so. Is he talking about all electrical goods, right down to washer-drier combos, microwaves and so on?

Residential Premises: Product Safety and Fire Risk — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: Like the hon. Gentleman, I am an officer of the all-party group on fire safety rescue; our erstwhile chair, my hon. Friend the Member for Southend West (Sir David Amess), is also present. We all know the terrible devastation that a white goods fire can cause, but can the hon. Gentleman put an economic figure on it? It is sure to be a costly figure for the country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: What recent discussions he has had with Welsh business groups, universities and the Farmers Union of Wales on the effect of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank the Minister for his answer, but does my hon. Friend agree that this needs to go even further as negotiations with the EU continue? Will he encourage other Cabinet Ministers to come to Wales to hear the views of Welsh business, Welsh farmers and Welsh universities first hand?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Davies: Earlier this week in Llangammarch Wells in my constituency, a horrific farmhouse fire claimed the lives of a father and five young children. This has had a devastating effect not just on the family, but on the tight-knit community that surrounds them. Will my right hon. Friend join me and this House in sending our sympathies to the bereaved family and to everyone in Llangammarch? Will she...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Policy Framework (26 Oct 2017)

Chris Davies: Many farms and rural communities in my constituency straddle the border with England. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the voices of those communities are not ignored in the discussions about Brexit and devolution?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Clergy Vocation (26 Oct 2017)

Chris Davies: What progress the Church of England has made on reaching its target of increasing clergy vocations to the priesthood by 50% by 2020.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Clergy Vocation (26 Oct 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank my right hon. Friend for her answer and for the welcome news that it contained. What steps is the Church taking to ensure that the diversity of those being considered for ordination better reflects the country as a whole? While answering, will she join me in congratulating the Most Rev. John Davies, the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, on becoming the 13th Archbishop of Wales—the...


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