Results 1–20 of 350 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julian Knight

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: Is the hon. Gentleman’s principled personal stance on the single market and the customs union shared by his party leader—yes or no?

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: rose—

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: rose—

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: I am certainly not looking forward to dinner now. There is no question whatsoever about the hon. Gentleman’s principled stand. He has said clearly, as he stated in his election leaflet, that he would stand in support of the customs union and the single market. I ask him again, however, whether he thinks that his leader also supports that. What does he think of colleagues in his own...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: My hon. Friend is being most generous in taking so many interventions. Does he agree that when it comes to the EU and democracy, time and again whenever there have been referendums on the EU, people have been asked to go back, change their minds and vote again? That is not going to happen in this country—in this sovereign nation.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: The hon. Lady is making a typically engaging speech. The petitions are obviously well intentioned and sincere, but they ignore the realpolitik of negotiation. In my recent trip to Germany with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, we found that there was real enthusiasm for pulling any levers whatsoever to try to stop Brexit. Surely talk of a second referendum just adds succour to...

Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Julian Knight: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies; I apologise for arriving two or three minutes late for the debate. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) on securing this important debate and bringing his expertise to bear. Upholding the rule of law is one of the fundamental duties of any Government. It is essential that...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: Britain is undoubtedly one of the most open, tolerant and welcoming countries on earth. EU citizens have benefited our economy and our society hugely over the last few years, and they have brought a great diversity to our towns, cities and rural communities. Despite the fall in value of the pound and the negative headlines that have appeared since almost the day after the Brexit vote, the net...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: Will the Minister explain to the House the potential debt impact on future generations of spending up to £39 billion reverting to the 1995 timetable, as well as of Labour’s plan to freeze any increases in the state pension age, which would cost hundreds of billions?

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: Does my hon. Friend think that the BBC sometimes co-opts its talent in its defence, so to speak? Is that really the right way to go about things, rather than with the openness and transparency he rightly talks about?

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point about internal processes. Has he found that sometimes the BBC’s knee-jerk response is to defend, rather than to be absolutely transparent?

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. Thank you for your forbearance; I was playing a bit of hokey cokey when it came to whether to speak. I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) on a good-natured debate rooted in her top-class opening speech, which elaborated on the benefits of the BBC to this country. I spent five joyous years at BBC...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: The hon. Lady is making a really forthright and excellent speech. She mentioned BBC spend across the regions and its investment. One area where I think the BBC is failing is the west midlands, where we have seen an average spend of £12.50 for each licence fee. Although I know things look rosier from Warrington North and Manchester, there is still a feeling of a deficit in areas such as...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: The hon. Lady is making more excellent points. One thing that people have a difficulty with is the fact that licence fees take up a great deal of court time. How does she think we could get around that?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Creative Industries: Careers (16 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: Nurturing diversity is key to our vibrant creative industries, and access to those industries. Will the Minister join me in urging the new chief executive of Channel 4, Alex Mahon, to adopt a different approach from that of her predecessor by putting diversity and access to the industry at the top of her wish list as she considers relocation to the likes of Birmingham and Solihull?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Mayors: Economic Growth (30 Oct 2017)

Julian Knight: What discussions he has had with newly elected mayors on delivering economic growth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Mayors: Economic Growth (30 Oct 2017)

Julian Knight: Does the Minister support the innovative work of Andy Street to boost the number of houses in the west midlands—absolutely key to economic growth—by intensifying the use of urban areas to take pressure off our green belt, particularly around Solihull?

Backbench Business Committee: International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (26 Oct 2017)

Julian Knight: The hon. Gentleman is a strong champion for faith communities, as is well known in this place. I, too, welcome the report, which is a fantastic development in this policy area. Does he agree that fundamentally we need to have a certain linkage between the UK’s aid programme and religious tolerance? We should not support regimes that, frankly, persecute minorities just because of their...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Julian Knight: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), who has great experience as a former Pensions Minister. I am sure that he is aware that the idea behind universal credit is to change what has become a very dysfunctional welfare system that not only drains public finances and is very inefficient, but is a huge waste of human potential. Deeply flawed as the old welfare...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Julian Knight: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. I am about to discuss tax credits and my experience of dealing with that area as a personal finance journalist in 2003, when the credits were launched. Work is the only long-term route to financial independence. Not only does long-term unemployment sap an individual’s self-confidence and erode their employability, but children who grow up in...


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