Results 1–20 of 115 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Edward Argar

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Edward Argar: It is right that we are debating this important issue and, given its importance to all of our constituents, it is right that we do so respectfully, recognising, even where we disagree, the evident strength and sincerity of the views of hon. Members on both sides of the House. The shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams)—with whom I do...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend makes the point succinctly and effectively, highlighting, too, the great deficiencies of the previous system. The simple truth is that universal credit is helping to get more people into work, which we can all welcome. On the call for a pause, the shadow Secretary of State did not set out in detail what she wants to see changed through such a pause. What I did, however, hear...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend makes a valid point, which highlights the point that both the Secretary of State and I have made, which is that this is being done in a very measured way. I join other colleagues in welcoming the Secretary of State’s announcement in respect of the telephone advice line and the increased highlighting of the advance payments that are available. It is right that this help is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

Edward Argar: What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

Edward Argar: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, as I thank him, as I hope would all Members, for his clear determination, commitment and hard work in the cause of seeking a return to the power-sharing devolved Administration we all wish to see. With that in mind, does he share my view that it is vital that all parties in Northern Ireland continue to approach these discussions in a spirit of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Edward Argar: Britain’s countryside—and, I would argue, Charnwood’s countryside —is the most spectacular in the world, because it is cared for by our farmers. Given that today is the National Farmers Union’s Back British Farming Day, will my right hon. Friend join me in recognising the huge contribution that farming makes to our economy and our country? In her clear...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments (5 Sep 2017)

Edward Argar: In that context, could the Minister clarify something for me? The Bill says the relief will apply to hereditaments used “wholly or mainly” for the purpose of telecommunications. Is a standardised definition of “mainly” extant in legislation, or could he enlarge on what it would be defined as?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Edward Argar: What steps the Government are taking to improve the court experience for victims and witnesses.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Edward Argar: I welcome that answer. Despite the progress that has been made, attending court as a witness, and particularly as a victim, can still be very stressful. Will my hon. Friend enlarge on what steps the Government are taking to ensure that victims and witnesses know what to expect when they attend court, and that they are treated with respect in court and know when they are required?

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Edward Argar: I join the Secretary of State in paying tribute to the role that our armed forces have played and the progress that has been made. Will he reassure me that he is working closely with the Minister for the Middle East, my right hon. Friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt)—I know that we all greatly welcome him back to the Front Bench—and our allies in the...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (6 Jul 2017)

Edward Argar: What steps the Government are taking to reduce the gender pay gap.

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (6 Jul 2017)

Edward Argar: I welcome the progress that has been made, particularly under this Secretary of State. Does she agree that central to further progress on this issue is a genuine and continued partnership between business and Government?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2017)

Edward Argar: Leicester and Leicestershire MPs, irrespective of party and led by the hon. Member for Leicester West (Liz Kendall), are united with local people, patients and medical professionals in opposition to NHS England’s badly thought out and, frankly, wrong proposals to close Glenfield hospital’s children’s heart unit. Can my right hon. Friend reassure me that he continues to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: East Midlands Rail Franchise (30 Mar 2017)

Edward Argar: What progress is being made on awarding the east midlands rail franchise.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: East Midlands Rail Franchise (30 Mar 2017)

Edward Argar: I welcome that answer. In the context of my hon. Friend’s work on the franchise, can he reassure me and my constituents that when the new franchise is awarded we will see new, modern rolling stock capable of operating on diesel and electric lines on that route, as well as later services and Sunday services operating on the popular local Ivanhoe line?

Magnox: Early Contract Terminations (27 Mar 2017)

Edward Argar: I welcome the characteristic candour and openness with which the Secretary of State has approached the issue. Will he reassure me and the House that the scope of the inquiry will look not only at the NDA, but—as I think he just alluded to—at the role, if any, of UK Government Departments and the Scottish Government in the process?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

Edward Argar: What assessment he has made of recent political developments in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

Edward Argar: I welcome that answer from my right hon. Friend, just as I welcome the economic success story that is the Northern Irish economy over the past few years. Does he agree that a key part of that success has been effective, stable power-sharing government, which is another reason for all parties to resolve this situation as swiftly as possible?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (9 Mar 2017)

Edward Argar: Businesses and individuals in my constituency are eager to see the greatest degree of certainty possible about the Brexit process. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that amendment 3 to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passed in the other place risks adding further uncertainty and further complexity—the exact opposite of what my constituents want?

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

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend rightly focuses on transport infrastructure, but another key part of the infrastructure that Wales needs is energy infrastructure. He has been a great champion of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, as have I. Does he agree that it is vital that we keep pressing so that we see the project move forward?


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