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Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (20 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Owen. I will follow on from my good friend the hon. Member for Glasgow East, because the same thought had occurred to me about yesterday’s debate. The right hon. Member for Forest of Dean talks about the will of the House of Commons being expressed yesterday, but the Government have form in this area. Every other Opposition motion in this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Armed Forces Veterans: Legacy Investigations (20 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: Chester is a garrison city, and numerous constituents who have retired from the services are affected by uncertainty. I have no problem with crimes being investigated where there is evidence, but what comfort can the Secretary of State give those servicemen and ex-servicemen in my constituency who have served honourably and are living under a cloud of suspicion and uncertainty?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: We have heard today from G. K. Chesterton and P. G. Wodehouse, which is of course a pleasure. Nevertheless, it is a matter of regret that we have had to hold this debate because the Government should long ago have respected the wishes of this House and proceeded to move the necessary money resolution. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan) for...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for correcting me, and he is absolutely right. This has not only become a routine drain on parliamentary time and resources for everyone involved, but is deeply disrespectful to Members across the House who sent a strong message to the Government last December that they wanted the Bill to be considered in Committee. We heard from my hon. Friend the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Of course, someone who has a second home is perhaps registered elsewhere, but my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden was making a particular point about those who are not on any register but still require representation. The Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton seeks to resolve a...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: My hon. Friend gives an example of communities that are not reflected in parliamentary constituencies. My fear is that there are plenty of examples across the House, not simply in Leeds, where that would happen. We heard from my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden and plenty of others that that link would be broken. A major flaw with the boundary reviews is that they were based on...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I have no doubt that electoral registers have to be cleaned up, but I cannot believe that there were 2 million people on the electoral register who simply did not exist. The right hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr Goodwill) discussed people with second homes. I am on two electoral registers, as I have a place in London because of this job, but the numbers are few and far between,...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I consider that point to have been put on the record. London lost almost 100,000 voters, despite experiencing a rise in population. However, the bigger issue—bigger than the details of the flawed boundary review—is the relationship between the Government and this House. This House gave the Bill a Second Reading with a hefty majority; indeed, it did so unanimously, as the hon....

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: What a great pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I congratulate the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully), who did great credit to both the petition and the Petitions Committee in leading this debate. He managed to present the arguments, and as well as giving some of his personal views, which he is entitled to do, in a fair and balanced way, he talked about...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: Steyning Grammar School. They talked about the lack of diversity in the Lords and a view that it was simply a job for life for politicians. Again, there is a danger, based on the position the hon. Gentleman outlined, that the nation is changing faster than we in Parliament are, and that we are not keeping up with changing attitudes in the nation. That is further evidence that the House of...

Written Answers — Treasury: Bank Services: Small Businesses (15 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that banks maintain records for longer than five years in response to possible legal actions on the mis-selling of (a) tailored business loans and (b) other financial products to small businesses.

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: The hon. Gentleman mentioned the Lord Bishop of Chester. Is he aware that I was with the bishop on Sunday afternoon to open to the new community centre at St Mary’s church in Handbridge in Chester?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: It was a fantastic occasion on which the community came together to dedicate the new church building, which will serve large parts of the community in Handbridge and the southern part of the city of Chester.

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I suggest to my good friend the hon. Gentleman that we will not know whether their lordships support the Bill until it reaches them. A great way to test that would be for the Bill to complete its passage in this place and to move on to the other place, so that their lordships can have their say.

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (13 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: What a great pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I will again make the announcement that I made to the Committee last week, which is that I have taken the place of my hon. Friend the Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood (Cat Smith), who I am very pleased to say is on maternity leave. I am sure that Committee members continue to send her and her husband all the best. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Accommodation Model (11 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Combat Aircraft Design (11 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: What discussions he has had with the UK aerospace sector on collaborations for future combat aircraft design.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Combat Aircraft Design (11 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: We have a world-leading aerospace sector, but we cannot deliver the combat air strategy on our own. Does the Minister expect most of our future collaboration to be with Europe or the United States?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (6 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton for welcoming me to the Committee. I can inform the Committee that my hon. Friend the Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood (Cat Smith) has commenced maternity leave. I have no further news than that but it is my great pleasure to substitute for her. It is also a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen, though it is also...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (6 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: The right hon. Member for Forest of Dean is more experienced in the matter and I always love to hear his view.


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