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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (9 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: May I invite you, Mr Speaker, your officials and all Members in the Chamber to join me, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Kew Gardens, the British Beekeepers Association and others as the all-party parliamentary group for bees and pollinators discusses how we can green the parliamentary estate and get a hive of bees on board as well? Does the DEFRA team agree that we would all...

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: I apologise for not being here for the opening of the debate. I am the chairman of the all-party parliamentary BBC group, and I want to speak in support of the BBC. Does my hon. Friend agree that although the BBC needs to live within its means, 20% of its budget will be too much for it to absorb, and therefore the BBC should be free to make this decision without political pressure?

Health and Social Care: Autism (7 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: What steps he is taking to improve care for people with autism.

Health and Social Care: Autism (7 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: I welcome the NHS long-term plan and the steps that will go towards helping autistic people in the healthcare system. Does the Minister agree that we will only make a real difference if we improve the recording of autism in local health and care records? Will she therefore commit to requiring the NHS to record autism diagnoses in each area with the aim of improving autistic people’s health?

Environment and Climate Change (1 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. I absolutely understand the concerns about climate change that have been registered loudly recently, and it is absolutely right that we take them into account, but it is also hugely important that we talk about the progress we have made so far and about building on it, rather than looking at the issue with too much fear and ignorance. I am proud that...

Environment and Climate Change (1 May 2019)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State has talked about flowers and about honey; does he agree that although we talk a good game in Parliament, the parliamentary estate is an appalling environment for our pollinators? Through him, may I invite every MP present to join me in two weeks at the all-party group on bees and pollinators, where we are going to see a mock-up of what it would be like if we turned...

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

Huw Merriman: What support her Department provides to help developing countries tackle climate change.

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?


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