Results 921–940 of 953 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: That brings me to a point raised by the hon. Member for Eltham (Clive Efford). The Government aim to encourage people to buy their social housing. Once they do that, resources will be freed up to build more housing stock. It will also cause house prices to come down, making it easier for all to rent and buy, so, no, I do not agree with that statistic. I am passionate about giving those from...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Southern Railway (Performance) (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: Given that the debate is about punctuality and timekeeping, I shall come well within the four minutes; otherwise, I will hand out my own compensation forms, albeit that, using Southern’s own ratio, I shall pay out only at six minutes plus. I am also a daily commuter on Southern—I have been for the last nine years, and I continue to be one as an MP. I use the Uckfield line, which is in the...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Southern Railway (Performance) (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I happily do so. I note the reference to the “misery line”; perhaps I have become immune through being a daily commuter for 10 years, but I tend to look on the brighter side. Things are sometimes incredibly difficult and frustrating, but for the vast majority of the time they work well. It is important to encourage people to see things that way; otherwise, there is a danger that we will...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I, too, will take no interventions, following that example. I thank those Members who came in earlier, intervened and then walked straight out again, eating into the time available for my speech in the process. In opposing the motion, I wish to explore three areas mentioned in—or, in fact, omitted from—the proposal. The first relates to in-work tax credits, what they were designed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (7 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: On adolescent mental care, capacity in my constituency can require lengthy in-patient care to be undertaken from Roehampton in south London. A constituent of mine makes regular visits to her young daughter making work impractical, but is unable to qualify for travel assistance as she is deemed physically able to work and does not qualify for benefits. As transport reimbursement is normally...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Children (7 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve support for children and young people with mental health problems.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle) for his maiden speech. He is clearly a passionate champion for his constituents, and he gave a moving speech on their behalf. I know his constituency well from having staggered around it twice—on a marathon, I hasten to add—when I was not perhaps in the best of shape. Should matters deteriorate on my daily...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Businesses (Prompt Payment) (30 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: According to the Federation of Small Businesses, half of small firms were paid late last year. What progress has the Minister made in ensuring that large firms do not take advantage of small businesses in their supply chain and risk livelihoods in the process?

Energy and Climate Change: Child Poverty (25 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: Does the Secretary of State agree that today’s statistics, showing that the percentage of children in relative low income is at its lowest level since the 1980s, are proof that this Government’s policy is working not just in that area, but in terms of social justice as a whole?

Energy and Climate Change: Paris Climate Change Conference (25 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: What preparations her Department is making for the 2015 Paris climate change conference.

Energy and Climate Change: Paris Climate Change Conference (25 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: I know the Secretary of State will be familiar with Glenleigh Park school in Bexhill-on-Sea, which was the first school in the Schools Energy Co-operative and has the largest community-owned primary school solar installation in the UK. How important does she think it is that all age groups engage with the issue of climate change ahead of the Paris conference?

Opposition Day: Sport and the 2012 Olympics Legacy (24 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: rose—

Opposition Day: Sport and the 2012 Olympics Legacy (24 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for allowing me to interrupt his fantasy. What he is saying is not correct: it does not apply throughout the country. My local authority, Wealden, has redeveloped all its swimming pools with the help of the Government’s house building premium,

Superfast Broadband — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (24 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: My hon. Friend and I are constituency neighbours, sharing a border as we do. Given that 15% of our local residents are self-employed and more than half of them work for small firms, does she agree that this is even more of an issue for us in East Sussex and that it is important that the Government get it right?

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: I am very grateful to you, Sir Roger, for squeezing me in towards the end, my having sat here for the past few hours listening to this excellent debate. I am open minded, which is why I have been so delighted to hear the excellent arguments from Members in all parts of the House. I am open minded about the voting age, and I seek to be persuaded by the arguments, but I agree with my hon....

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: My information has come from the House of Commons Library, so I am sure it is up to date—it goes up to 2013. It does not make reference to Scotland, but it does say that it is international. I will not rehearse the arguments—

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: If I may, I will make a little more progress. Recent laws have moved more towards having 18 as the start point; I refer not only to smoking, but to the requirement to be in further education. I wish to pick up on the point about the University of Edinburgh study on the participation in the Scottish referendum of 16 and 17-year-olds. That study is persuasive in a way, but it also makes me...

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: I take that point, which was very well made. I keep my mind open, but I tend towards using 18—

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: If I may, I will make progress because I am conscious of the time. I tend certainly towards using 18 for the EU referendum, because there is a danger that if we start to change the rules for it, there will be a feeling in this country that there is a taint, with people trying to get a certain outcome. I am so pleased that there is an EU referendum because we can at last lance the boil that is...

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)

Huw Merriman: I will not give way because I believe I must end my speech. Changing the rules on which citizens can vote in the referendum would lead certain electors to accuse the House of taint and of trying to fix the outcome one way or the other. The way to get a successful referendum is to leave it as uncontroversial and to leave the rules on voting in place.


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