Results 1–20 of 211 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Phil Boswell

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Accounts Commission: Leaving the EU: Value-for-money Scrutiny (20 Apr 2017)

Phil Boswell: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I should declare an interest, as I sit on both the Public Accounts Committee and the Commission itself. Further to the question of the hon. Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray), I asked the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office what concerns he had about the additional workload on his Department as a result of Brexit. He has many concerns,...

Child Maintenance Service — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (18 Apr 2017)

Phil Boswell: I congratulate my hon. Friend on bringing this debate to the House. Does she agree that improvements need to be made to diminish further the ways in which former partners can manipulate and use the system as a weapon of abuse and control? That was the case with one of my constituents, who, as my hon. Friend clearly states is happening commonly, had to prove her ex-partner’s financial status.

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: Having recently come from a Public Accounts Committee sitting on care for people with learning disabilities, may I ask whether the Prime Minister can tell us when the national health service will start receiving its extra £350 million a week?

Backbench Business (16 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) for securing the debate, and all right hon. and hon. Members who contributed. It is vital that we stand up for workers’ rights in these times of austerity. It is critical that the Government engage with unions in a meaningful way and include them in the...

Health Committee (16 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: I congratulate the hon. Lady on bringing this critical issue to the House and I fully support the report. I declare an interest as the patron of Chris’s House, a centre for help, response and, critically, intervention on suicide, and the first 24-hour interventionist suicide support service in Scotland. We set up the centre to offer a safe environment in which people in crisis may have...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: I proudly share the mining heritage of the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell), who is no longer in his place. Although I might not agree with quite everything he says, I commend him for his passionate and quite excellent speech, and for his extremely kind and honest words about his predecessor. Stoke-on-Trent certainly has a new champion, and we on these Benches wish him...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: Alas and alack, it appears that word is seldom kept in this place. The people I was describing often do jobs for the same companies for years on end, but the companies will not hire them as regular employees due to the cost of providing them with basic employee benefits. This means that they do not have maternity or paternity leave, sick leave or paid holidays; nor do they have the security...

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: Was my hon. Friend as concerned as I was at the announcement just six days ago in the Irish press that since the Brexit vote over 100,000 UK companies have registered, or taken steps to register, offices in Ireland?

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Bus Services Bill [Lords] (1 Mar 2017)

Phil Boswell: Although, of course, we support this initiative, will the Minister confirm that small rural operators that are struggling to keep costs down and vital lifeline services alive might be exempted from the initial provision of the audio-visual services?

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Short title, commencement and extent (24 Feb 2017)

Phil Boswell: The number of stories my staff shared about violence against women and the severity of the violence in them was staggering. The vast majority of them ended with the victim deciding not to report the incident to the police due to social stigma, fear of retribution, concern that the authorities would not believe them and shame. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is time that we changed that...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Impact assessments (7 Feb 2017)

Phil Boswell: My hon. Friend has mentioned a long list of issues that are not being properly scrutinised in this rush to Brexit. The Government’s White Paper was hastily prepared, and in haste, we make mistakes, as conceded by the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove). Does my hon. and most European Friend know how to spell Liechtenstein?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: This hard Tory Brexit has unknown ramifications, but we in Scotland know one thing: it will be painful. Bitter experience tells us that. My constituency faces its local industry being decimated by the UK leaving the EU. Last year, prior to the referendum, Müller, the Germany dairy producer, announced it would be investing an additional £15 million in its Bellshill plant. The single market...

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: I am delighted to see such excellent and almost comprehensive cross-party support for the inclusion of CCS in the Government’s commendable industrial strategy doctrine. Clearly, we are mostly on the same page, and I am sure the application from the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) to work for the Trump Administration will be successful. Although the Minister understands that the...

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: I point out to the hon. Gentleman that the technology is truly tried and tested. The curious scheme in Northern Ireland aside, I would urge both hon. Members from Northern Ireland, who are my friends, to read the Oxburgh report and contrast the less than £85 kilowatt-hour that is achievable under this system with the Hinkley Point strike price of £92.50. Furthermore, the networks already...

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: Thank you, Mr Betts. I will continue with my quotation from Matthew Bell: “We have a 15 to 20-year time horizon with reasonable certainty for the role of gas, then we have an uncertain period—is that enough for investors to decide to go ahead with their projects? There is a way of clarifying that uncertainty, and that is for the government to be clear on CCS.” There is a consensus from...

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. Now that we have chosen this path for the country, I hope that Brexiteers and remainers alike will make the best fist of it and work collectively with our European neighbours for the best, but he is right that we should do more in Britain and should focus on that. His point is well made.

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: Again, I agree completely with the hon. Gentleman. Given the coal mining in Europe for power generation and having to deal with climate change, we certainly ought to look at that. Shortly before the demise of the Department of Energy and Climate Change—it is now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy—it commissioned a study from the Energy Technologies Institute to...

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: I beg to move, That this House has considered UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts, and to have secured this debate. First, I declare an interest. Prior to coming to this place, I was Shell’s contract lead on the carbon capture and storage project at Peterhead. I moved the project from its previous format in Longannet....

Backbench Business: UK Decarbonisation and Carbon Capture and Storage — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Phil Boswell: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. There are signs that the Government will be considering that. I look to the hon. Member for Waveney (Peter Aldous) and the Minister to confirm that they will consider that in their strategies. The hon. Member for Stockton North is absolutely right about investment in a key industry. When I was in the project in Peterhead, the technology was basic....


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