Results 281–300 of 980 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Climate Change (1 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: It is very welcome that the Government are doing more to help developing countries with climate change, but the reality, as I have seen for myself, is that the Chinese are leaving a very large carbon footprint in African countries. What more can the Government do to persuade the Chinese to do better in Africa?

Social Media and Health (30 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: My generation growing up might have feared bullying in the playground, but largely home was a refuge and place of safety. The problem for the current generation is that they can find themselves being bullied 24/7 because of social media. It is little wonder that when I contacted Twitter after seeing some rather libellous material it told me that in its view it was not abusive, even though it...

Overseas Students: English Language Tests (30 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: I declare an interest, as chair of the all-party parliamentary BBC group, because it was the BBC’s “Panorama” exposé that showed shocking examples of people reading out answers to those sitting the exams. As the Minister said, people have been convicted of fraud. While I have every sympathy with the individual cases, can the Minister ensure that we take very seriously the fact that our...

South-Eastern Rail Franchise (23 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: My constituents will be disappointed with this delay, but I have every faith that the Minister will get this right. The Transport Committee has looked at the franchising process in a number of reports. It is very complex and detailed, and as a result it can be expensive and litigious. Will there be an opportunity to simplify the franchising process, so that we do not experience such delays...

Climate Action and Extinction Rebellion (23 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: While I have no time for those who deny climate change, I also have little time for those who deny that great progress has been made. If we have 40% of our electricity from renewables, which is up from 6% in 2010, is it not important that we listen to and work with our scientists and innovators who can improve this picture rather than just listening to those who lie down on the streets?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities: Funding (8 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is always sunny on the south coast. May I ask the Minister to consider the fact that, when people retire, they tend to move to coastal communities, which impacts on our social care and council tax bills? Will he consider long-term funding that properly looks at the age range in coastal communities? And will he also look at the radical reform of social care to make...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Derby South (Margaret Beckett). Like her, I will be voting for motion (E), but I will be doing so for very different reasons, and I wish to explain those reasons in the time I have. I have been on the wrong side of all the EU votes when it comes to the arithmetic, with the exception of the vote for the Prime Minister to trigger article 50,...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: I do not believe it is absurd. With respect, it is more absurd us having debate after debate and vote after vote and achieving absolutely nothing. Alternatively, we can be realistic and say that Parliament is not delivering. I mean no disrespect to us, but that is the reality. This motion gives certainty because unlike, for example, a customs union, which would then have to be negotiated,...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: I resent that point. No, I am not representing the Chancellor, otherwise I would be sat behind him on the Treasury Bench. I am representing my constituents and what I feel is right. I take umbrage at that. Let us be reasonable. Let us look at compromise and at two differing views. It has been put to me that the options on the ballot paper should be no deal or deal. Of course that is what I...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: It may well do so, although it would of course be fractious. I would certainly be embarrassed at the very fact that we had got there, but I support doing so on the basis of the reality in this place. It has also been asked, would we not be better off having a general election? Again, however, I want certainty, and a general election would not deliver certainty. With all due respect to us all,...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

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Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way and for the constructive manner in which he has worked with those on the other side of the divide—albeit those who have come to the same conclusion as him. We can either keep going on and on, with Parliament being seen as an absolute failure that delivers nothing, or put the matter back to the people and get legal certainty. His is the only option...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Recruitment (1 Apr 2019)

Huw Merriman: You and I are big Arsenal fans, Mr Speaker, and we will be following Arsenal tonight as they thrash Newcastle. We will remember watching a 16-year-old Cesc Fàbregas. Will the Home Secretary ensure that under the rules after we leave the European Union, we can still make sure that we have the youngest talent from Europe playing in our premier league?

Offensive Weapons Bill: Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc (26 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (Stuart C. McDonald), whose constituency I will not even try to pronounce correctly. He always speaks with such eloquence. I attended the same meeting of groups hosted by the hon. Member for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones) and listened to the arguments about knife crime prevention orders. It was hard...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc (26 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: this is about that care and intervention as well as having a deterrent. Of course there has to be a deterrent. We must not overlook the fact that applications will have to be made by either the Crown Prosecution Service or a chief officer of police, and that the court will have to be satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that on at least two occasions...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc (26 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right; YOTs will be consulted. I do not agree with the idea of having a more specific order, because that would tie the whole process up in knots, whereas this needs to be a fluid process. YOTs would indeed be consulted, and then appropriate adults—youth workers—would supervise any requirements under the order. These interventions can help people turn their...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc (26 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: My concern about retailers has always been not with the Asdas or John Lewises, whom one would expect to do the right thing—they have a public image as well—but with the disreputable merchants. Will my hon. Friend at least keep this matter on watch, so that if it turns out that those not following the code are seen to be doing wrong, we can review the amendment that was discussed the last...

Defence: Support for Veterans (25 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: What steps he is taking to improve veterans’ access to support services.

Defence: Support for Veterans (25 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: We were waiting for you to finish, Mr Speaker. [Laughter.] I know my place. I thank the Minister for his answer. The charity sector plays an amazing role in enhancing support for veterans. What engagement has the Minister had with that sector?

Backbench Business - Services for People with Autismbackbench Business (21 Mar 2019)

Huw Merriman: Thank you for chairing us this afternoon, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have heard it said that Parliament is not delivering for the people. May I send a message and invite everybody here to join me in sending a message to people with autism or Asperger’s and their families? With the voices of my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan), the hon. Member for...


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