Results 241–260 of 991 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Girls’ Education: Business of the House (5 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: Will the Government back and give time to cross-party calls for the financial services industry to provide, or maintain, at least one free-to-use, 24/7 cashpoint machine for every high street that supports 5,000 residents?

HS2 (5 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: Will the Secretary of State look at the cost envelope by taking into account enhancements that benefit those on the route, inflation and incompetence?

Spending Round 2019 (4 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: I thank the Chancellor for the extra money for local government and social care, which will prove hugely impactful for East Sussex. I should like to make particular reference to the schools spending increases. The increase to £5,000 for secondary schools and £4,000 for primary schools next year will help East Sussex schools to almost catch up with some of the wealthier parts of the country....

G7 Summit (3 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: In order to get the leverage to get this great deal through that the Prime Minister is working on, he has said that any Member on these Benches who does not vote tonight in support of the Government will lose the Whip and indeed not be able to stand again as a Conservative MP. Working on that basis, in the event that a deal is reached, which I very much hope it will be, will that treatment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Diplomacy (3 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: What diplomatic steps he is taking to help ensure that the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Diplomacy (3 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: I welcome the Foreign Secretary to his place. Will he confirm whether the 90-strong negotiation unit has been disbanded? If that is the case, with regard to our foreign resources and diplomats what more is being done across the EU27 member states for us to get a deal to leave the European Union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (3 Sep 2019)

Huw Merriman: May I ask the Foreign Secretary to come back on the answer he give me previously? Was he saying—I ask this as someone who wants us to get a good deal to take us out of the EU—that we now have a bigger negotiation team than previously and are they spending more time than previously?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Station Accessibility (18 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: What recent steps he has taken to improve accessibility at railway stations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Station Accessibility (18 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: I thank my constituency neighbour for her response. Many MPs across the House met the Office of Rail and Road this week. We were delighted to hear that it fed into the Williams review that it thinks passenger assistance notice should be reduced from 24 hours to the same day. Does she agree that it should be possible for everybody, including those with mobility issues, to wake up in the...

Small and Village School Funding (17 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Neil O’Brien) on securing this important debate on small and rural schools. I thank the Minister for everything he has done and will continue to do. He has listened to many MPs on this side of the Chamber lobbying for more to be done for our schools, but we also recognise...

Small and Village School Funding (17 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. A village school is the heart of that community. As villages have lost other services, the school is often the only bedrock in a village; without it, we lose the heart and soul of the community. That is why I am concerned about the village of Broad Oak. Part of the rationale in the consultation by East Sussex County Council is that a number of pupils...

Relationship Education in Schools (16 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: I find it somewhat disappointing that most of the ire has been focused on the Government—who have updated the relationship guidance—and not solely on the people who protest outside schools, doing their best to deprive young people of their ability to make their choices, and harassing great teachers and headteachers and putting them under pressure. If the protesters do not desist, and if...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: The point that I want to make is not so much about Gary Lineker; it is just the fact that the BBC operates in a commercial environment. If it does not pay its talent a commercial wage—many of them actually earn less than the commercial wage—it will lose that talent to other organisations, and then people will switch off the BBC and it will lose viewers.

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I congratulate all the petitioners who have made this debate happen. I declare an interest as the chair of the all-party parliamentary BBC group, which seeks to support the BBC but also to be a critical friend when required. I was going to speak about the real positives that the BBC delivers, but my right hon. Friend the Member...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: I certainly do not know something that the hon. Lady does not know. We made a manifesto commitment that now puts us in a difficult position, if the BBC is going to take away the licence fee for those outside the means test from 2020 to 2022. It leads to an argument for the Government Benches that the Government would need to carry on funding it, at least for that two-year period. I take issue...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: The hon. Gentleman, who I know worked for the BBC, makes a good point. I agree that the BBC is a public good, but there are other public goods that one can think of where we require people to pay or we means-test them. I have a fundamental issue with it. I am sorry to use these words, but I think it was an election bribe. Once something is given for free, it is difficult to ask people to...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: Channel 4 is a public sector broadcaster and receives subsidies, as my hon. Friend mentioned, but Channel 4 outbid the BBC for one of its own programmes, “The Great British Bake Off”. Channel 4 behaves like a commercial organisation, whereas the BBC does not—it grows organically and then, unfortunately, gets taken advantage of.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: I understand the hon. Lady’s point, because when I visited Northern Ireland I received a few choice emails from residents suggesting that I go back to where I came from. The reality is that this is the UK Parliament, and I believe that it is for this Parliament to take action. Even if I was wrong about that, for two years now the people of Northern Ireland have been unable to make those...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: I said that I would take only one intervention, if the right hon. Gentleman does not mind. I say this, particularly to Members on these Conservative Benches: there might be technical reasons why they could be persuaded by the argument that this is a devolved matter—although I think legally that is wrong—but if we want to change, then we cannot change by abstaining, and if we want to make...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

Huw Merriman: I rise to speak in favour of amendment 9, the details of which have just been explained by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson); of new clause 10, tabled by the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy); and of new clause 1, which stands in the name of the hon. Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn). I will focus on abortion in Northern Ireland. I have some...


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