Results 1–20 of 338 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Matheson

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.

International Trade: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: The Secretary of State does not want to trade under EU rules, under which we have considerable influence, but he is happy to trade under World Trade Organisation rules, under which we do not have very much influence. What does he find objectionable about EU trading rules that he does not find objectionable about the WTO?

Parole Board and Victim Support (9 Jan 2018)

Chris Matheson: My question will not be quite as pithy, I am afraid. Much as I support the idea of redemption and rehabilitation, my own view is that a sentence of nine years in prison for 19 rapes is simply derisory, especially given that, as was pointed out by the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), this was a predatory attacker. The Secretary of State said that IPP sentences were no longer in...

Harassment in Public Life (18 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: In welcoming the Home Secretary’s statement, may I press her on this idea of focusing on the attackers? Just as a clockwork mouse will only scamper across the floor if it is wound up, so some of these keyboard warriors will only take to their computers if they are incited by billionaire tax-dodging newspaper owners—or their editors. Does the Home Secretary accept that there is an...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: What assessment he has made of the effect of the privatisation of Royal Mail on employment standards in the postal industry.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. As postal workers trudge through the snow this morning, they will have a right to be aggrieved at losing their pensions, while Moya Greene gets paid £1.9 million and gets free flights, paid for by Royal Mail, to Canada. Does the Minister accept that?

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...

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?


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