Results 1–20 of 587 for speaker:Chris Matheson

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on improving cross-border transport links between Wales and England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: The industrial areas around my constituency, which include Airbus in Broughton and Deeside Industrial Park, absolutely depend on the M56 running smoothly. Has the Secretary of State had any conversations with Highways England, or his counterparts in the Transport Department, about when we shall get that motorway unclogged and running smoothly?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: Will the hon. Gentleman not concede that that turnaround has taken place on the back of several hundred million pounds of public money being given to the train operators every year?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: What a pleasure it is to follow the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Seely). If he will forgive me, I might disagree with him on one point. In my view—the figures are overwhelming—the investment in infrastructure in London and the south-east, although it perhaps does not extend entirely down to his patch, is around nine or 10 times as much as that in my area in the north-west...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: I give way to my good friend.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: I will welcome it when it is built and when we actually have something going. HS3, or Northern Powerhouse Rail, is a slogan rather than a railway, and I look forward to its being a railway rather than a slogan. There is a real danger that the benefits that accrue will not do so for the whole country. This is a national project and the benefits that derive from it should be national, too. In...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: I do understand the hon. Gentleman’s disappointment. Actually, I share some of it, and if he bears with me I will come on to that in a moment. The lines that would radiate from Crewe would include the existing west coast main line, which my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) talked about, so Warrington, Wigan and south Lancashire would benefit, as would my...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: rose—

Pip Back Payments: Points of Order (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was not aware that my hon. Friend the Member for Redcar (Anna Turley) would raise that point of order, so I had not mentioned to the right hon. Member, to whom I will not refer by name, that I would respond to it. However, I found out last night that a Member of the Cabinet visited my constituency this week and certainly did not inform...

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (25 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: I thank the hon. Gentleman and his Committee for their powerful report and for the statement he has just made. The Opposition are committed to bringing this issue to the top of the political agenda and to seeking reform, as not a week seems to go by without the exposure of some conflict of interest in the heart of Government. Bearing in mind his statement and his report, does the Chair of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trail Hunting (25 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: What assessment he has made of the extent to which trail hunting is used as a cover to conduct illegal foxhunting.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trail Hunting (25 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: In the four weeks since Boxing day, at least four foxes in Cheshire have been illegally killed by trail hunts. As the Government have withdrawn their plans to scrap anti-hunting laws, is it the case that someone in government has given a secret nod and a wink to trail hunts that they can continue to hunt and kill foxes with impunity?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Contractors: Employment Practice (25 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to ensure the highest standards of employment practice from contractors working on the Palace of Westminster renewal and maintenance projects.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Contractors: Employment Practice (25 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and thank the right hon. Gentleman for that answer. Companies such as McAlpine, which is up to its neck in blacklisting, have contracts on the parliamentary site. Since the best form of protection for workers is membership of a strong trade union, will the Commission consider giving named officials of the relevant trade...

Presidents Club Charity Dinner (24 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: These were crimes against women, but I hope the Minister will also agree that these were crimes against a decent society, and that plenty of men share my bewilderment and revulsion at what has gone on. In response to my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) the Minister offered to be a conduit, so would she possibly be a conduit to Home Office Ministers, who might then refer the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Uzbekistan: Religious Freedom (19 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Uzbekistan; and what steps the Government is taking to promote and protect the right to freedom of religion or belief in that country.

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: Much as I support calls for a tribunal system and an inquiry, the longer I listen to the debate, the more I believe that there has to be much greater involvement of the police in what are clearly criminal conspiracies—particularly, perhaps, in relation to agreements between valuers and the banks to drive down the values of properties. The hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: When my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) pointed out that 20% of our defence procurement budget is spent in the United States, the Secretary of State replied by suggesting that we were selling lots of big contracts to the USA. Will he say what they are?

Business of the House (11 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: Has the Minister seen the BBC reports this week on the results of a survey about bullying in this place—results that will come as no surprise to members of the Unite parliamentary staff branch? In view of this survey, will he tell the House whether there has been any progress on the publication of the report into bullying and sexual harassment?

International Trade: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.


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