All 16 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Harry Harpham

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jan 2016)

Harry Harpham: The Prime Minister may be aware, and should be aware, that Sheffield Forgemasters announced this morning the loss of 100 jobs in this crisis-hit industry, many of which will be in my constituency. We have had lots of warm words and hand-wringing and some crocodile tears from the Prime Minister and Ministers in this Chamber about the tsunami of job losses across the steel industry. Can he tell...

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: Schedule 6 — Financial penalty as alternative to prosecution under Housing Act 2004 (12 Jan 2016)

Harry Harpham: I would like to focus on a couple of areas that I find especially concerning. First, on the planned extension to the right to buy scheme, Ministers have made much of it being agreed to voluntarily by the National Housing Federation. Given that it was accepted only with the clear knowledge that similar measures would be forced on housing associations, there are some doubts as to how voluntary...

Ira: Political Situation (14 Oct 2015)

Harry Harpham: What assessment she has made of the political situation in Northern Ireland since the murder of Kevin McGuigan Sr in August 2015.

Ira: Political Situation (14 Oct 2015)

Harry Harpham: What progress has been made in the cross-party talks convened by the British and Irish Governments to overcome the current impasse? In particular, what work is being done to rebuild trust between the parties?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Harry Harpham: I beg to move, That this House has considered electrification of the Midland Main Line. There is no doubting the critical need for the country to keep its rail network up to date. Over the past 20 years, passenger numbers have doubled. Between 1997 and 2010, the number of inter-city trains went up from 580 per day to 1,228 per day. Current growth in use stands at 4%, and total movement of...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Harry Harpham: I agree 100%. My hon. Friend makes an important point; the midland main line work is paused not because of the business case for the line, which everyone agrees is probably the best of the lot, but because of overspend in other areas.

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Harry Harpham: Again I agree wholeheartedly; I could not have put it better myself. When I go about meeting business leaders, council leaders and civic leaders across the east midlands and Yorkshire, and right up into the north, that point is made constantly. By now, we are used to hearing about Ministers’ ambition for the north and for the electrification of the rail network, but in reality, in both...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Harry Harpham: Once again, my hon. Friend is absolutely right. The recent invitations to tender for the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises have been framed to ensure that they cater for Sheffield’s economic growth requirements. However, it will be possible to meet those needs only with additional diesel-powered rolling stock made available from recently electrified routes. The ongoing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Harry Harpham: I stand here as a proud trade unionist and member of Unite and the GMB. I draw Members’ attention to my entry in the register. The right to strike is one of the fundamental rights on which civil society is based. It encapsulates the rights of freedom of assembly and protest for which generations of men and women have fought and struggled. The establishment and defence of these rights is one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Harry Harpham: I am sure my hon. Friend is aware that the TUC estimates that union workplace representatives contribute to overall productivity gains worth between £4 billion and £12 billion. Does she agree that measures that have had such a positive effect on productivity should be welcomed and, indeed, promoted?

Isil: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (13 Jul 2015)

Harry Harpham: Last week the Chancellor tried to paint himself as a champion of working people. In reality, we got a Budget that does nothing to tackle the underlying problems of low productivity and low wages that over the past five years the Chancellor has failed to address. We had an old-fashioned Tory attack on the incomes of low earners, and a gaping hole where measures to increase productivity should...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Harry Harpham: The hon. Gentleman mentioned affordable housing. Is he aware that the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts that a 1% reduction in rent will lead to 40,000 fewer affordable homes being built over that period? Does he think that his constituents will welcome that?

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Harry Harpham: Thousands of families in my constituency will go to bed tonight with a sense of foreboding. They are waiting for an axe to fall that will take a chunk out of their weekly budget, but they do not know where or when it will fall. I do not expect the Government to spell that out chapter and verse before the emergency Budget tomorrow, but my constituents and people across the country deserve...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Muscle-wasting Conditions (7 Jul 2015)

Harry Harpham: What steps he is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups routinely fund cough-assist machines for people with muscle-wasting conditions when a clinical need has been identified.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Muscle-wasting Conditions (7 Jul 2015)

Harry Harpham: As revealed in Muscular Dystrophy UK’s “Right to breathe” report published in February 2015, in some areas of the country patients have access to cough-assist machines which the local clinical commissioning group will not fund in other areas, despite a clinical need being clearly identified. These machines can help to prevent potentially fatal respiratory problems and to reduce costs...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Harry Harpham: May I congratulate the hon. Member for Hertsmere (Oliver Dowden) and say what a pleasure it is to follow him? As the new Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough, I stand here with a good deal of trepidation, knowing the tireless and dedicated service that my predecessor, David Blunkett, devoted to his constituents. From both the Front and Back Benches, David fought unceasingly to...


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