Results 1–20 of 334 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 Philp

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: Many of my constituents are concerned that we must be able to strike independent new free trade deals after leaving. Can the new Secretary of State, whom I welcome to his place—we will miss him at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government—confirm that we will be able to strike those new trade agreements, and is not the Swiss example a good one? The Swiss have...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: The Chequers agreement delivers on the referendum result and lays the foundations for future trade. Anyone who truly has the nation’s interests at heart should support it. However, when it comes to the negotiations, does the Prime Minister agree that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and that we will therefore not sign a £39 billion cheque until we get some assurance...

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: Does my hon. Friend hope that the Data Guardian will focus primarily on ensuring that data is being appropriately used? Does he share my hope that she will go further and seek to actively promote data sharing for use particularly in research applications?

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: The British Heart Foundation recently said of the research environment that “too much” of its researchers’ time “is taken up with unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy. The weight of this form-filling is slowing down vital discoveries”. Does the hon. Gentleman share my hope that putting this role on a statutory footing will help to address such concerns?

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: Can my hon. Friend let the House know what the equivalent arrangements are, if any, in Wales and Scotland?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: I touched in my speech on a question about this proposed provision, asking whether the word “authorise” confers adequate power on a Minister or Secretary of State: if they authorise someone to do something, they may not follow that authorisation—they may ignore him. Should that word therefore be changed to “compel” or “require” in order to give the...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: The Minister has mentioned the word “authorise” again. I heard his clarification earlier. As the Bill is drafted, the mobile phone companies would not be absolutely required to comply, but can he confirm that it is the expectation and the intention of the Government—and, I think, of this House—that when the Government ask a public communications provider to interfere...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Victoria Prentis) in supporting this very important private Member’s Bill, and let me repeat the congratulations that have been expressed to my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield), who has shown such deftness in guiding this private Member’s Bill this far. She has done a fantastic job and I...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: My hon. Friend makes an extremely good point: this is about not just voice calls, but data. The case studies that I am mentioning illustrate that the use of mobile phones in prisons is not a harmless activity that we perhaps frown upon, but to some degree, can turn a blind eye to. In fact, what we are seeing is the organisation of very serious criminal activity being facilitated by mobile...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: I am delighted to hear that. Could the Minister elaborate further by commenting on how frequently that is done?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: I thank the Minister for that thorough answer. I look forward to hearing his comments in due course on whether the word “compel” might be more appropriate than “authorise”. I strongly support the removal of mobile phones from our prison estate and therefore support the Bill. I strongly encourage the Minister to step up the level of physical searches in prisons....

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: Let me start by congratulating my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for Croydon North (Mr Reed), on piloting this piece of legislation through the occasionally shark-infested waters of the private Member’s Bill process. He has done a very good job in getting the Bill to this stage. It is a particular pleasure to support it because, of course, it was the terrible suffering of a...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: I thank the Minister for her helpful intervention. Of course, I entirely sympathise with the point that Parliament should not impose unduly onerous requirements on already very busy and possibly, in some cases, overstretched mental health units, but I am concerned to make sure that we have not left a little loophole that might, perhaps inadvertently, end up being exploited so that training is...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: Clause 12(4) states: “A failure by a police officer to comply with the requirements…does not…make the officer” criminally liable. I think I am right in saying that such an officer would not be criminally liable. If I have misunderstood this, I am happy to be corrected.

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: GTR’s performance has been abysmal not just for the past few weeks but for a number of years, with constituents unable to get home to see loved-ones and some having even lost their jobs as a result of train lateness and cancellations. The timetable fiasco is simply the latest instalment in that record of failure. On Saturday morning, I tried to get from Coulsdon South to the centre of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Schools: Per Pupil Funding (3 Jul 2018)

Chris Philp: Will the Chief Secretary confirm that per-pupil spending in this country is higher than that in Japan or Germany? Will she also confirm that this is not just about how much we spend, but about how wisely we spend it, thanks to which 2 million more children are now in good and outstanding schools than there were in 2010?

G7 (11 Jun 2018)

Chris Philp: The Prime Minister referred in her statement to malign state influence. Presumably, that would include Russia shooting down flight MH17, invading a neighbouring country, sponsoring its client state to commit a chemical attack and interfering in foreign elections. Does the Prime Minister intend at the European Council at the end of June to press our European partners to strengthen and expand...

Nuclear Power (4 Jun 2018)

Chris Philp: I warmly welcome this announcement, which, as the Secretary of State says, will help us to maintain a balanced, low-carbon energy mix. So many of these projects can be beset by delays—Hinkley C is an example—so may I urge him to progress this initiative with a sense of urgency and to carry forward the small modular reactor competition as quickly as possible?

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Chris Philp: For at least three years now, my constituents have on occasion been unable to get to work, unable to reach hospital appointments and unable to get home in the evening to see loved ones. GTR has presided over an incompetent railway network for far too long. Can the Secretary of State confirm that if the Glaister report finds that GTR has been negligent in the handling of this timetable...

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