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Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am most grateful for your guidance, Mr Owen. As you will know, I always accept the guidance of the Chair. If it gives you any comfort, it would not delay matters long, because the order is extremely short and simple. There are two extra articles, one about electoral registers and one about revoking previous orders. I will make an offer to the Minister, who I think may have not understood...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: What a generous offer! There is a serious point. With the greatest respect—I moderate the tone of my language—the Minister’s excuse does not hold water and is not acceptable. The orders are simple—they simply reproduce what the boundary commissions gave us. They are not a reason to delay the vote in the House. What is the reason? We know what it is: the Government do...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I know hon. Members find these proceedings rather frustrating, but I do not. I have learned stuff today. My hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate makes an intriguing point about the Government running down the clock given the limited number of sitting Fridays. That had not occurred to me. One of the problems the...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: The Minister often points me in the right direction—not always, but sometimes. I want to return to the Minister’s point, which was reflected in the contribution of the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean, about the delay that we face in the Government’s tabling the necessary orders. The Minister said that they are complicated to draft. The right hon. Member for Forest of...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: The right hon. Gentleman has made an intriguing proposal about taking the Bill back on to the Floor of the House, but could he clarify something? Why would the Government’s attitude on the Floor of the House be any different from the stonewalling we see in this Committee?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: Contingency Plans for No Deal (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: With just weeks to go until the negotiating deadline, it is clear that the Government are putting more and more focus and effort into planning for a no-deal scenario. Will the Minister therefore tell the House when the Government plan to put the interests of the country ahead of the interests of the Brexit extremists in the European Research Group?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voter ID Pilots (12 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: Out of 45 million votes cast last year, there has been only one conviction for voter fraud, yet the Government seem determined to pursue voter ID, which stopped hundreds of people voting last year. When faced with real threats to our democracy, in the form of violations of campaign rules and finance laws, the misuse of voters’ personal data and foreign interference in our elections and...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: The Minister said something very interesting then. Could she clarify? Forgive me, Ms Dorries, if my grasp of procedure is not as great as that of other Committee members. The Minister said the Order in Council would be complicated and take months to prepare. Does that mean that she expects a vote on the order not to take place for several months? My understanding was that, once the order is...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: The Minister is being generous with her time. In that case, will she undertake to speak to the Clerks to establish a procedure whereby this Bill Committee might be moved to a Committee of the whole House, with an attendant money resolution, so that we can move it forward at the time that she chooses?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: It is a great pleasure to see you in the chair once again, Ms Dorries. I was going to make some comments about it being a great pleasure to see members of the Committee back here, but in the light of your comments about my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry North East I will keep my comments more sombre. I was not aware that she had suffered a bereavement; I am very sorry to hear that, and I...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: The right hon. Gentleman is right on the second point; the Bill would lapse at the end of this Session, so we would have to go for only another nine months. He answered his own question in the first part of his intervention, because he talked about the fact that if the imminent set of boundary proposals go through, the House would then be asked to withdraw this Bill. That is entirely my...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: Would the Secretary of State care to put on record a couple of examples of what he would consider to be positive outcomes for the UK were we to crash out of the EU without a deal?

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Chris Matheson: Such as?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: What assessment he has made of trends in homelessness since 2010.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: Homelessness has doubled nationally since 2010, but the increase is greater in the north-west. Why is that?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: Thank you, Mr Owen. It is a great pleasure to follow my good friend the hon. Member for Glasgow East, who taught me something I did not know: the Government have failed to table a money resolution for another private Member’s Bill, one in the name of the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. Will you indulge me a moment, Mr Owen, so that I may make a quick statement to correct the...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: Indeed. This being the Adjournment of the last sitting before recess, I want to correct something that I said in the debate on the motion that the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean mentioned. I said in that debate that, when the Government introduced individual electoral registration, 2 million voters fell off the register. The Minister suggested that I check the figures. I have...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: It is fair to say that the Minister’s absence was one that frankly could have happened to any of us, and I do not think any blame attaches to her. Does my hon. Friend agree that after Labour wins the next general election and we have a nationalised, unified railway system, all the trains will run on time?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS Trusts: North West (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Chairs of NHS Trusts in the North West have previously been Chairs of other NHS trusts; and if he will list those Chairs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure: North Wales (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on upgrades to transport infrastructure in North Wales.


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