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Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Chris Stephens: I am vice-chair of the all-party party parliamentary group on Show Racism the Red Card, and the Leader of the House will be aware that there is a fortnight of action, so can we have a debate or a statement in Government time on the funding of that organisation? Does she agree that it is great that the football community is in schools such as St Constantine’s Primary School and Ibrox...

Royal Mail Delivery Office Closures — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Stephens: The hon. Gentleman just mentioned the Royal Mail dispute. Does he agree that the results of the ballot, which easily surpassed the restrictions imposed by the Tory anti-trade-union Act, show the depth of feeling of the Royal Mail workforce?

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Chris Stephens: I have constituents who are BAE employees and, even though they are perhaps not directly affected, I know that they will be nervous. May I press the Minister on Ministry of Defence procurement processes? Specifically, will the Department look at work that is currently going out to international competition? I think that that could be avoided and that the work could be held in the UK.

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU: Points of Order (9 Oct 2017)

Chris Stephens: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Last month, the hon. Member for Streatham (Chuka Umunna) raised a point of order, and I have informed him that I wish to raise this point of order, in relation to the procurement of repair work to Big Ben and the potential award to a company that has been described as being at the heart of the blacklisting conspiracy. Members of this House received a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Chris Stephens: A constituent who relies on agency work from the shipyards finds himself in rent arrears of over £900 as a result of being on universal credit. Does that not show that the concerns of social housing providers should be listened to, or does a social housing provider have to go under before its concerns are addressed?

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: My constituent Mr John Foley is asking, as are many others, for a general debate or a statement from the Government on sepsis awareness. Does the Leader of the House agree that the Government must expand and promote awareness of this potentially deadly condition?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women: Scotland-Malawi Relationship (13 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: The hon. Gentleman mentioned education. Rosshall Academy and St Marnock’s Primary School in my constituency are partnered with schools in Malawi. Does he agree with me that two-way communication ensures that generations of young Scots become good global citizens?

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: As the Member of Parliament with the highest percentage of workers in public sector employment in the UK, I will be supporting the motion today in the name of the shadow Front-Bench team. The Government’s public sector pay policy can best be described by the Glasgow word “guddle”. Translation: a tangled mess. The Government, seeking to deflect criticism, and no doubt as a...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: That is a fair point. Two years ago, three months after I was elected, I received a 10% pay increase followed by another uplift of 1.3% last year. As a trade unionist, I believe in a rate for the job and in accepting independent pay review processes, so I donated to local charities following the pay rise. It sticks in my craw, however, that there appears to be one rule for MPs and another for...

Hurricane Irma: Government Response (12 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: I have received a number of phone calls from my constituent Mrs Joyce, whose son Brendan works for the Royal Navy in the British Virgin Islands. He has lost everything, and I thank the Minister’s office for dealing with that inquiry. Can the Minister be more specific about the food and water supplies going to the British Virgin Islands? He said that their arrival was imminent. When are...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Environment Protection (11 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 46 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, what account was taken by HMRC of its Greening Government commitments in decisions which led to increased commuting times for its staff.

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: As the hunt goes on for the mystical frigate factory, which the Secretary of State cancelled in June 2015, may I ask him what shipyard reconstruction investment he is going to make on the Clyde? Also, does he accept the criticisms in the Parker report that some decisions were based on historical wrong assumptions about the ability to build different types of ships consecutively, as has...

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: The hon. Member for Ipswich (Sandy Martin), who made the previous intervention, mentioned procurement. Will the Minister tell us what steps the Government are taking on procurement to ensure that companies that blacklist workers do not get public sector contracts?

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: Thank you, Mr Walker. First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Streatham (Chuka Umunna) on giving a very vivid account of blacklisting in this country. I have argued since the general election that in this House of minorities, there is potential for this Parliament to be called the justice Parliament. That is by ensuring there are inquiries to deal with the Shrewsbury conspiracy, the...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures (24 Jul 2017)

Chris Stephens: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 72 of the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, when the grievance test will be removed.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave (24 Jul 2017)

Chris Stephens: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC employees have been dismissed on the grounds of sickness absence since the introduction of the new attendance management policy.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave (24 Jul 2017)

Chris Stephens: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 113 of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, how many HMRC employees have been issued with written improvement warnings since the introduction of the new attendance management policy.


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