Results 101–120 of 957 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Worker Exploitation: Leicester Textile Industry: Aviation Industry — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (18 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) for securing the debate. The right hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) is right: we have been here before. I remember my right hon. Friend saying, in a debate on, I think, the Minister’s second day in his job, that he had not intended to speak...

Family Visits in Health and Social Care Settings: Covid-19 (11 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McVey. I, too, thank my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Joy Morrissey) for securing this vital debate and opening it so well. I also want to join in with the calls of thanks to the staff across the social care sector who have worked so hard for residents across the country. I send my thoughts and best wishes to all the residents,...

Committee on Standards (10 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: The hon. Gentleman and I have exchanged texts on this issue, and I always listen to what he has to say, but I rather think we are disappearing down rabbit holes. The objection I have—I have voted against House business before when it has been whipped by the Front Bench, so I hope there is some credence here—is that I expect lay members to be completely lay, particularly when there is an...

Committee on Standards (10 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Committee on Standards (10 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: I was merely going to say, on that particular point, that surely every candidate who goes through this knows that this House has to be the ultimate decision maker. Otherwise it is just a rubber stamp and there is no point in having this Chamber and the Division Lobbies.

Committee on Standards (10 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: I cast no aspersions at all on the individual. She is clearly a very well qualified individual in her field. However, I take the point about the rules but, given that we have seven politicians who can be politically declared and seven lay members, surely we can accept that it makes sense for all those on the lay side of things to be completely beyond reproach, so that accusations cannot be...

Committee on Standards (10 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: Will the hon. Lady give way?

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Elliot Colburn), who gave a fantastic opening speech and really set the scene. So many of us agree with him. I pay tribute to the three Members who spoke before me, all from various parts of Yorkshire—God’s own county. When we hear...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horses: Animal Welfare (6 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure the viability of equine rescue organisations whose income has been affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

Public Health (4 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: When looking at this issue and my vote this evening, I look at the evidence and ask myself three questions. Can our local NHS cope? Have we properly assessed the impact of the regional lockdowns? Which path will be the least destructive to the health and wellbeing of the constituents who sent me here to serve them? When it comes to the local NHS, the figures today show that we have 24 covid...

Public Health (4 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: All of us in this place will be concerned about saving lives. What evidence has my right hon. Friend received that we will save more lives by the lockdown he proposes than we will lose from public health, from a lack of jobs and from a mental health crisis? That is the evidence I seek from the Prime Minister today in order to cast my vote his way.

Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: I understand that the Prime Minister will soon receive from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Transport a recommendation that we enable quarantine periods to be cut for air passengers who have tested covid-negative. When is a decision likely to be made, and will he look favourably on this proposal, which will allow the aviation industry in this country to get...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Coronavirus (3 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: What steps HM Courts and Tribunals Service is taking to tackle the backlog of landlord and tenant cases.

Covid-19 Update (2 Nov 2020)

Huw Merriman: The Prime Minister has an unenviable set of decisions that he has to make, but will he recognise the frustration that residents in East Sussex feel? We have one of the lowest covid rates of any county across England—admissions for covid in East Sussex Healthcare Trust are currently 20 and not one placed in a high-dependency unit—so the residents have clearly done the right thing, but they...

Covid-19: Economy Update (22 Oct 2020)

Huw Merriman: I warmly welcome the Chancellor’s statement and thank him and his colleagues, and indeed the Department, for everything they are doing. It would take the most churlish of people to claim that this is anything but flexible, nimble and massive support for business. I recognise that, in making the job support scheme more generous, the Chancellor is now providing support for businesses that are...

Transport: Transport Sector: Support and Covid-19 Emergency Funding (22 Oct 2020)

Huw Merriman: When it comes to financial support, the railways have had billions, and I am grateful that they continue to run. The Williams review to reform the railways envisaged a “guiding mind” body that would be at arm’s length to the Department for Transport, the train operators and Network Rail, in order to properly oversee and run the railway. There is some concern that that arm’s length...

Black History Month (20 Oct 2020)

Huw Merriman: It is an absolute pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah), particularly because she reeled off so many names of those who have contributed so much to her constituency. I find it interesting listening to her, because I represent a part of the country—the county of East Sussex—where perhaps I would not be able to do that, because of our demographics. None the less,...

Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations (13 Oct 2020)

Huw Merriman: I am very pleased to be able to contribute to this debate. When I put in to speak at the end of last week, it was on the basis that we would be discussing the nationwide 10 o’clock curfew, but of course events have intervened and we now find ourselves in a situation of a tiered approach towards lockdown. Many of us on the Conservative Benches will know that if, as I expect, no votes are...

Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations (13 Oct 2020)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State talks about a regulation on pubs closing at 10 o’clock, which has been in force for four weeks. There may be some undoubted positives for health, but we see some negatives with people amassing together on public transport and in the streets. Do the positives outweigh the negatives, as far as the science is concerned?

Exams: Covid-19 — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (12 Oct 2020)

Huw Merriman: Thank you, Mr Stringer. It is a pleasure to speak in the debate. Having not done too well in my maths, I am struggling to work out how much time I have got, but in any event I will not take all the allotted time. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi), who gave a wide-ranging speech and an introduction to this e-petition debate as we rightly discuss...


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