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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure (6 Sep 2017)

Christina Rees: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I love the new haircut and the tie. You look great. Before the summer recess, the Transport Secretary—the Secretary of State’s Cabinet colleague—sneaked out news that the UK Government would break their promise to electrify the main line from Cardiff to Swansea. People in Wales are now rightly asking whether the Government can even be trusted to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hendry Review: Tidal Lagoons (6 Sep 2017)

Christina Rees: Wales has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to become the world leader in tidal lagoons. The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon alone will generate 2,000 jobs and contribute £300 million to the Welsh economy during its construction. Welsh Labour MPs, the Welsh Labour Government and many public faces and campaigners have declared that they “Love the Lagoon”, so why are the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Repeal Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Christina Rees: May I thank all Labour MPs, and particularly the Welsh Labour MPs, for their support? The Welsh Labour Government tell me that the Joint Ministerial Committee is not listening or responding to the voices of the devolved Administrations. It is not fit for purpose. Does the Secretary of State agree that the JMC should be given statutory powers so that the great repeal Bill will not in any way...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Strategy (26 Apr 2017)

Christina Rees: The Welsh Labour Government have proved that lasting economic success comes only through continued investment in Welsh industry and infrastructure. Is there any chance of progress on the electrification of the Great Western Railway to Swansea, the north Wales growth plan and the HS2 hub in Crewe before purdah kicks in?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment: North Wales (8 Mar 2017)

Christina Rees: I wish a happy International Women’s Day to all the women in the world, especially my daughter, Angharad, who has been my inspiration. Last week, Economy and Infrastructure Minister Ken Skates launched “Moving North Wales Forward”, the Welsh Government’s “Vision for North Wales and the North East Wales Metro”. When will the Minister launch his vision for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Business (8 Mar 2017)

Christina Rees: At a St David’s day celebration, Wales’s First Minister, Carwyn Jones, declared that Wales is open for business. Last week he spent four days in America, boosting post-Brexit trade between the USA and Wales. Does the Secretary of State plan to visit the USA and recruit more business for Wales?

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Christina Rees: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on securing this important St David’s Day debate. He is not only a great ambassador for his constituency in north Wales, but an advocate of all things Welsh—he is not a quockerwodger. I echo his calls for unity and connectivity. I live in the Dulais valley of Neath where the signal falls like rain, but we...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Christina Rees: Again, yes, but he also mentioned Cardiff Central station in his contribution. He pointed out that the Champions League finals for both men and women will be held in Cardiff, but he did not mention the Women’s Six Nations championship, some of which is being hosted at Cardiff Arms Park. The hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts) spoke to us in Welsh, and she assured...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Business of the House (9 Feb 2017)

Christina Rees: It is currently possible for the widowed parent of a new-born baby to receive up to £119,000 over 20 years, but if a partner dies after 6 April 2017 bereavement payments will be limited to a mere £9,800 over 18 months. May we please have a debate in Government time to discuss these Department for Work and Pensions reforms, which will cause severe hardship to grieving families?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Christina Rees: Manchester United should be applauded for its recent announcement on increasing the number of disabled supporters attending games by 300, but this is not a step that clubs at all levels can afford to take. What will the Minister do to support the smaller clubs that are looking to improve the experience of disabled supporters attending their matches?

Airport Capacity and Airspace Policy: Business of the House (2 Feb 2017)

Christina Rees: Will the Leader of the House grant a debate in Government time about delays in universal credit payments? Claimants are waiting for at least six weeks, and those who are not paid monthly do not have a month’s salary as a cushion. People in low-paid, part-time or temporary jobs do not have savings to see them through, and are having to use food banks.

Airport Capacity and Airspace Policy (2 Feb 2017)

Christina Rees: Will the Secretary of State’s airspace policy consultation include new measures to protect the public from the danger of drones? Given the recent reports of airspace near misses, will he act now, before a tragedy occurs?

Women and Equalities: Violence against Women and Girls (2 Feb 2017)

Christina Rees: Will the Government support Girlguiding’s “Girls Matter” campaign to update the school curriculum to include sexual consent, online safety, tackling violence against women and girls, and LGBT and healthy relationships?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Christina Rees: I am a remainer, but I accept the democratic will of the people. Surely now is about securing the best deal for our constituents—the people we are here to represent.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (31 Jan 2017)

Christina Rees: European Commission state aid approval for the steel industry is still not in place. Will the Secretary of State guarantee that compensation under the energy industrial package will be provided by the UK Government until the exemption is finally introduced?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Sea Cadets (30 Jan 2017)

Christina Rees: Female sea cadets make up just a third of all such cadets. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to encourage more females to join the Sea Cadets?

Exiting the European Union: Farming Sector (26 Jan 2017)

Christina Rees: Almost 40% of EU funds are spent on the common agricultural policy, so it is clear that supporting farming is a central aim of the European Union. Will the Minister comment on the schemes that the Government are considering as replacements for the CAP to reflect the importance of farming to the UK?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Strategy (25 Jan 2017)

Christina Rees: What representations has the Minister made to his Government about placing steel at the heart of their industrial strategy, and how will the UK Government support the innovative products and projects coming out of Swansea University that will future-proof steel making for many generations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Fixed-term Recalls (24 Jan 2017)

Christina Rees: Some in the justice system have raised fears that recall is used too readily by community rehabilitation companies because they are disincentivised from investing time in those they consider will not be able to complete their community sentence. What assessment has the Minister made of the use of recall by community rehabilitation companies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts System (24 Jan 2017)

Christina Rees: The new chairman of the Bar Council, Andrew Langdon QC, has warned people not to rely too heavily on the delivery of justice online. Yesterday the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, complained that facilities in his courts were a disgrace, “prone to the link” —the video link— “failing and with desperately poor sound and picture quality”. His...


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