Results 1–20 of 795 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kevin Foster

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the Secretary of State to her place and the fact that she is in discussions with the Irish Government. In her discussions, has she reflected with the Irish Government on what would happen to cross-border trade if one part of these islands that was in the common travel area joined Schengen, as the Scottish National party keeps arguing for? That would see a border not just in the...

Rail Update (5 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the general tone of the Secretary of State’s statement, in particular the emphasis on Stagecoach taking the hit rather than the taxpayer. Can he tell me what lessons will be learned for the great western railway franchise from what has happened with the east coast franchise?

NHS Winter Crisis: Grenfell Tower (5 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is interesting to contrast some of the comments made at the Opposition Dispatch Box today with the reactions of that individual to previous issues when he was a Minister. Will the Minister tell me what is being done to ensure that social housing tenants will be listened to in future? That is one of the big things that has come out of this. People put forward their concerns, but they were...

NHS Winter Crisis (5 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: While my constituents will welcome the £1.1 million of extra winter funding, they do not want to believe that this issue is decided purely by knockabout in the House of Commons, which is what some others wish to focus on. Will the Minister reassure me that he will look for independent clinical advice on how to deal with pressures in the NHS and then base his response on that advice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Debt (5 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is a genuine pleasure to welcome the Minister to his place and, through him, to thank his Parliamentary Private Secretary for arranging a visit for me to see universal credit working in his constituency this Friday. Further to the question, will my hon. Friend outline the steps being taken to ensure that organisations on the ground help vulnerable people access 100% of universal credit...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: Given the time, I shall keep my remarks brief to allow for discussion of the next Bill on the Order Paper. I very much welcome this Bill, which follows on from a debate I secured last year in which many right hon. and hon. Members recounted various issues in their constituencies. In my constituency, I have two parking companies: Premier Parking Solutions of Newton Abbot and Premier Park Ltd...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on introducing the Bill to the House. The reassurance from the Minister about what the Bill does and does not cover probably took two hours off my speech.

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: I hear the hon. Gentleman’s disappointment, but I will make sure I speak briefly because I am also quite a fan of the next Bill on the Order Paper, so I have no intention of performing one of my longer Friday orations. I shall focus on the nature of the Bill. When we consider private Members’ Bills on Fridays, I regularly speak about whether they are needed, whether they are not...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Kevin Foster: May I clarify something before the Minister moves on? My hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) made it clear that he did not intend that this Bill would make any change to the provisions on the number of weeks in relation to abortion. Can she confirm that that is the Government’s intention as well?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: In these negotiations, the UK is on one side, and 27 other Governments and the EU are on the other. Will my hon. Friend say how many of those Governments, as well as the EU itself, have confirmed that they will publish the entirety of their internal analysis on each option that they might be prepared to offer?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: The Minister is rightly dwelling on how these measures could help with recruitment in other areas, but this is also about looking at capabilities, particularly in cyber. The Bill provides a different opportunity for people to serve and bring skills into the armed forces that we may need in the new online space.

Modernising Defence Programme (25 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement and its upbeat tone. We have had a lot of discussion about threats from the north Atlantic and Russia; will he confirm that we will also look at the threats east of Suez, as, with Brexit, more of our trade will depend on that part of the world?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Counter-terrorism (25 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: Given that the Church of England is responsible for some iconic sites, the attention given to this work is welcome, but will my right hon. Friend reassure me that those wishing to meet the living God will not find a palisade fence separating them from His house?

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is a pleasure to follow my former friend from the Backbench Business Committee, the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands). [Interruption.] I am glad to hear that he is still my friend. I welcome this debate. To be fair to the Opposition Front-Bench team, it is welcome that the motion is one on which we can reach relative consensus, while we discuss the many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Economic Development: Cross-border Co-operation (24 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: What plans the Government have to further cross-border co-operation on economic development between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Economic Development: Cross-border Co-operation (24 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: My right hon. Friend will be aware that the First Minister of Scotland recently said that, “independence must be an option”, highlighting once again some people’s interest in separation, not governing. Does my right hon. Friend agree that keeping separation on the table makes constructive, co-operative working difficult, and that opportunities will be missed both for...

Private Sector Pensions (22 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: I am sure the Secretary of State will agree that the recent prosecution of Dominic Chappell by the Pensions Regulator should put directors who take decisions that might endanger their employees’ pensions on notice of the liabilities they could face. But will she reassure me that the role and powers of the Pensions Regulator, particularly how much further we can go in attaching personal...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleeping (22 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is a pleasure to welcome the Minister to her place. She will be aware that, following a grant that provided funding for the Torbay End Street Homelessness campaign, we have seen the number of rough sleepers fall. Will she confirm how work of that sort will be complemented by the Homelessness Reduction Act coming into force later this year?

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: I can give some evidence of Conservative support for this work. How will the pilots be selected? Will it be done on a local authority basis?

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Stalking Protection Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate, particularly given that this Bill is being introduced by my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston). It is always a pleasure to be here on Friday discussing Bills, which may not be the longest Bills that we have ever considered, but they are ones that have a significant impact and deal with a hole in the law that...

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