Results 1–20 of 386 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: I join colleagues in congratulating the Prime Minister on largely excluding the influence of the European Court of Justice; others said that could not be done. With respect to the eight-year period during which courts can refer to the ECJ, will that run from the date when the UK leaves the EU, the end of the implementation period or the date from which EU citizens apply to enforce their...

Social Mobility Commission (4 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: I am very sorry that the board has chosen to resign. The Conservative party has done so much for social mobility; I would consider myself an example from the ’80s. When it comes to appointing a new board, could we look at having more than four members to provide a bit more diversity?

Points of Order (1 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: rose—

Points of Order (1 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This is the first point of order I have made, but I was so taken aback by this that I felt I should do so. The hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) referred to peers as vermin in ermine, and I have confirmed that with Front Benchers. I seek your advice as to whether that was unbecoming of this place.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: I would choose Hook Norton over Finmere as Hook Norton has a fantastic brewery, although Finmere is nearer to my family home.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: As my hon. Friend was at the centre of power then—I am sure he will be again soon—I would be very interested to know why there was no proposal to cut the number of Ministers by 10%. I was struck by the arguments advanced by my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin).

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: rose—

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Huw Merriman: The hon. Gentleman seems to be making the case for having no elections at all. I find that somewhat bizarre in a place such as this.

Point of Order: Autism Community: Mental Health and Suicide (30 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire). She talked of having a constituency surgery exclusive to those who are on the spectrum. I actually had that pleasure last week, although it was not something that I fixed. It was just that everyone who booked an appointment had issues and was on the spectrum. That is telling about how much pressure MPs rightly...

Rail Update (29 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: On my own behalf and that of my neighbour and right hon. Friend the Member for Hastings and Rye (Amber Rudd), I thank the Secretary of State—who has visited our area and seen the potential there—for the proposals on page 31 of the south-eastern rail franchise stakeholder briefing document, which will deliver faster trains from Hastings with fewer station stops, and, crucially,...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Overseas Trade (29 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: What steps her Department is taking to promote trade between the UK and least developed countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: My constituency is in the top 10 constituencies for the highest proportion of people on the minimum wage, so the rise to £7.83 will be most welcome. Does the Chancellor agree that moves such as that and increasing the personal allowance will help us to further reduce income inequality in my constituency and the country at large?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda). On behalf of my constituents in Bexhill and Battle, I warmly welcome the Budget. I particularly welcome the additional investment in the NHS. In my part of East Sussex, being able to rely on the NHS is hugely important to my constituents, so a further £2.8 billion is very welcome indeed. I also welcome the...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: Will my right hon. Friend take into account the fact that the stamp duty change—much as it may have been scoffed at—has given a couple in my constituency, both of whom work in the public sector, £2,500 towards buying their own home? I thank him, on behalf of my constituents, for that policy, which will have a massive impact for a younger generation that is already struggling.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: May I ask the shadow Chancellor, or indeed his iPad, how much it would cost to service the Government debt in the event that his own spending plans came to fruition?

Automatic Travel Compensation (21 Nov 2017)

Huw Merriman: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for passengers to receive automatic compensation from travel operators in certain circumstances; to require train operators to ring-fence certain funds received from Network Rail for service disruption and planned possessions for the development of ticketing technology to facilitate the payment of automatic compensation...

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

Huw Merriman: The Minister might be able to clarify this point, but I believe that the BBC will now be required by Ofcom to provide details and an editorial view whenever it receives more than 100 complaints. I think I heard that on Radio 4’s “Feedback”, so we may need to establish the source, but the hon. Gentleman may get the increased transparency that he asks for.

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

Huw Merriman: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the BBC has a very difficult task when it comes to balancing the changing landscape of our institutions and politics? Some matters are devolved to Scotland, others are not. It is therefore difficult for the BBC to ride two horses, as it were—perhaps in the same way as it is for us.

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

Huw Merriman: I thank the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for responding to the e-petitions. I should declare an interest, as I am chairman of the all-party parliamentary BBC group—a position I hold with great pride. The BBC is a revered institution and perhaps unique in the way it is funded. I believe that we should look on it as a blessing to this country that it exists in the...

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