Results 1–20 of 594 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 Stephens

Royal Assent: Motability (8 Feb 2018)

Chris Stephens: These reports of taxpayers’ money being held unused in charity accounts are extremely concerning. It is not the first time that the accounts of Motability Operations have been questioned. Will the Secretary of State launch an urgent investigation into the status of this estimated £2 billion of taxpayers’ money? Will she lay out what discussions she has had with the Charity...

Taylor Review (7 Feb 2018)

Chris Stephens: The Government’s response does not address the issue of bogus self-employment, which affects 1.8 million workers. The right to request is different from an actual right enshrined in law. Has the Minister looked at the contents of the Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill, in my name, which addresses many of these issues? Will the Government look at simplifying the definition of a worker...

Pip Back Payments (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Given that the Court’s ruling has taken effect, what interim guidance has the Department provided to assessors pending revisions to the assessment guide?

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: I am delighted to see you back in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker. We heard from the Minister for the Cabinet Office a lengthy justification of outsourcing, but it was rather diminished by some of his colleagues—right-wing ideologues lecturing the rest of us on ideology—who claimed that, with outsourcing, risk is transferred from the public sector to the private sector. The current...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: I thank the Minister for explaining the process. Given the concerns raised by the shadow Minister, will he confirm that there is no testing of whether a company is engaging, or has engaged, in the practice of blacklisting?

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: rose—

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Will the Minister confirm that the eight Type 26 frigates will be built on the Clyde? Will he also remove the ban on Royal Navy personnel addressing the all-party parliamentary group on shipbuilding and ship repair on the national shipbuilding strategy?

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Does the hon. Gentleman share my concerns, and those of others who have spoken in this debate, that the price is dictating the capability of this frigate, instead of the capability being sorted out first, followed by the price?

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms McDonagh. I thank the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) for securing this debate. During the defence debate less than two weeks ago in the Chamber, every single Member of the all-party group on shipbuilding and ship repair complained that we had applied for debates since the publication of the national shipbuilding...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: I agree entirely. My Glasgow comrade is absolutely correct. That was one of the significant reasons for the frigate factory being cancelled. My concern about the national shipbuilding strategy has been expressed by others: it is that we are going back to 1980s thinking and introducing competition. One of two things can happen when we start to introduce competition on that basis. Shipyards...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: I think that is a question for the Minister. We need to know the reason, and I shall explain why. I understand that the only country with more than one specialist shipyard is the United States of America. That is probably no surprise given the size of the US Navy. We need to know such things, because recently there was an accident at sea involving a US Navy ship. If it had been built to...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Will the hon. Gentleman outline what the devastating economic consequences were of that decision on cities such as ours, Glasgow, as well as Belfast and elsewhere in the UK?

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Given that we do not know the capability, and given the comments made by the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones), is there not a question as to who we would export these Type 31 frigates to? Does the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) agree that the view of many in the shipbuilding industry is—to quote his hero Darth Vader again—that we want these...

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: We on the DWP Select Committee heard some alarming evidence and unconvincing answers from contractors about the number of staff who had specialist knowledge of mental health. Can the Secretary of State confirm that she will take this up with the contractors and carry out a review of the assessment process?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Will the Minister confirm that the Government intend to keep in place the equal treatment directive, which has helped women to gain equal pay claims?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: I hope the Government will consider workplace protections in the Bill, because many of us do not trust the Government in that regard.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Hear, hear!

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Is it not important for the public to be reassured about workers’ rights, given reports in the media of Cabinet discussions about scrapping the working time directive?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if these ships are procured internationally there will be serious consequences for the UK shipbuilding industry?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Chris Stephens: I join others in thanking the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) for securing this debate. I found out a couple of minutes ago, to my astonishment, that he is not right honourable, but I am sure that will be rectified in good time. He was quite correct in what he said in his speech, and he struck a chord with me when he talked about the economic benefits to the country of maintaining...


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