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Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: I beg to move, That this House has considered tolls on the Mersey crossings. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. Although the motion is in my name, it is very much the result of a team effort, as demonstrated by the number of right hon. and hon. Members on the Labour Benches today. The issue of tolls on the new Mersey crossing has caused consternation across...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: I was most perturbed to hear that, and perhaps the Transport Minister here today might pass the concerns of the assembled right hon. and hon. Members back to the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse. In relation to attributing views to the Mayor of the city region that he does not hold, I understand that the Mayor, Steve Rotherham, has today written to the Minister for the Northern...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point and leads me into the next part of my speech. I will quote Rachel from north Wales, who has seemingly had a similar experience to his constituents. She said: “Two weeks ago I drove over to Walton for a long awaited hospital appointment. Not only is it a 120 mile round trip, it’s an area I don’t know at all so subsequently I was...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: It is an astonishing figure— 50,000 people in just six weeks. As I said, it surely demonstrates that something is badly wrong. There are two issues here: first, the toll system is obviously not clear enough; and secondly, it is not just drivers from the immediate Halton area who are affected. Indeed, it seems absurd that the only place that someone can pay in person is in Halton, as...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with Lord Heseltine, who suggested that the best strategy for industry in the United Kingdom might be not to leave the European Union. However, we are where we are. The aerospace sector has experienced some difficult times recently. A great many orders have gone abroad, particularly to the United States, with no reciprocation. What will the...

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

Chris Matheson: It is a great pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mrs Moon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones), the Chair of the Petitions Committee, on introducing the debate. Her speech was comprehensive and extremely well delivered. I rise to support the BBC and the licence fee, which are often seen as interchangeable by their opponents. The licence fee is often...

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

Chris Matheson: The hon. Gentleman has an excellent nose and an excellent face. I am a big fan of Radio 6 Music. I know that politicians are supposed to listen to the “Today” programme, but I do not; I listen to Shaun Keaveny on the breakfast show on Radio 6. The BBC’s flagship programme at the moment is “Blue Planet”. I want to address the point made by my hon. Friend the Chair...

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

Chris Matheson: Living as I do in the Welsh border area, I have seen “Pobol y Cwm” a couple of times, although I do not claim to understand it. My hon. Friend brings me to my next point, about the ecology of the broadcasting system. The licence fee underpins not simply the BBC—and S4C, as my hon. Friend mentioned—but much of the ecology of the UK broadcasting and creative industries....

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

Chris Matheson: It was “Bill and Ben” in my day as well. I reflect as we have these conversations that we all have our favourites, as the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) observed. We are all laughing and remembering the effect that those programmes had on us in earlier days. That is the importance of the BBC, not just to individuals but to the national life: it brings the...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: If I were in jail in Iran for a crime that I had not committed, I could not hope to have a better Member of Parliament than my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq), and I hope that the Foreign Secretary will pay tribute to her. Mr Ratcliffe has close family in my constituency, including a well-respected former Lord Mayor of Chester. When the Foreign Secretary goes...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Accountability (13 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what arrangements she has put in place to ensure local democratic accountability of multi-academy trusts.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools (10 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) local authorities and (b) multi-academy trusts are responsible for the provision of primary and secondary education in England.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Prime Minister: Italy (10 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost to the public purse was of the visit by the Prime Minister, ministers and officials to Florence on 22 October 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (9 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of employment support allowance have moved into work since changes were made to the level of that benefit in April 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Length of Service (9 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of service is in his Department by its 10 most highly paid officials.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Psychiatry: Waiting Lists (8 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time has been for a patient between their GP referral and a consultation with a psychiatrist in the NHS in England in the last six months.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: Does the Secretary of State accept that the true test of his industrial strategy will be how actively he and the Government intervene to protect manufacturing skills and jobs when companies such as BAE Systems, Bombardier or Vauxhall face crisis?

Paradise Papers: Points of Order (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During the urgent question just now, I asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury for some information pertaining to the levels of usage of offshore accounts. He said that he was unable to put his hands on that kind of information immediately. Is there a mechanism whereby I could prevail upon him to find that information and to put it in the Library? Or is...

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: According to the Government’s assessment, how many UK citizens and how many UK-registered companies have these offshore accounts, and how much money has the UK, as represented by those two entities, got salted away in them?


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