Results 141–160 of 957 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Business of the House (3 Sep 2020)

Huw Merriman: I welcome two very important events on Thursday 10 September. The first is my mother’s 83rd birthday, and the second is the general debate on aviation. I thank the Leader of the House for finding the time for the aviation debate, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee and its Chair for putting that debate first among the 30 that have been approved. The debate will give colleagues...

Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening (1 Sep 2020)

Huw Merriman: It has been six months since many of our young children have been in school, and for many of us parents that means witnessing our children losing not just their educational opportunities, but their social development, so I congratulate the Department, the ministerial team and all in the sector on getting our schools open. It is the most important thing. The Secretary of State is aware that I...

BBC (21 Jul 2020)

Huw Merriman: I welcome the Minister to the Dispatch Box. He has always spoken sensitively about this subject and has great experience. He will be aware that the BBC received a generous settlement of about £200 million, whereas the concession for pension credits will cost £250 million, and to keep things as they are would cost £750 million, so we are well aware that the BBC was not fully funded....

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: High Streets (20 Jul 2020)

Huw Merriman: What steps he is taking to support the safe reopening of high streets as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: High Streets (20 Jul 2020)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State and his Housing Minister are welcome to come for a bit of al fresco dining in Bexhill and Battle whenever they are around. I give credit to both of them for the way in which they have helped to reform the planning system so that high streets can reopen. Will they take further steps, if required, particularly in respect of temporary structures, where help with permitted...

Business of the House (16 Jul 2020)

Huw Merriman: May I join the call of the Chair of the Backbench Business Committee, the hon. Member for Gateshead (Ian Mearns), in appealing to the Leader of the House to grant more time for Back-Bench business debates? The first debate the hon. Gentleman mentioned, on aviation and redundancies, is in my name and has been signed by more than 150 MPs from across this place. I think we all see in our inbox...

Written Answers — Treasury: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (8 Jul 2020)

Huw Merriman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to clauses 2.1 and 2.2 of the amendments to the Treasury Direction to the Jobs Retention Scheme, published on 25 June 2020, whether employers are prohibited from using grants from the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme for employees placed on redundancy notice periods; and whether those grants must be repaid by employers if used during...

Transport: Covid-19: Economic Recovery (2 Jul 2020)

Huw Merriman: Given the restrictions on public transport at the moment, it is vital that we look for alternative forms of transport to boost our economic activity. I welcome the news that e-scooters will be rolled out. The Transport Committee began its inquiry on that yesterday, so the timing is appreciated. There was some confusion as to whether driving licences will be required for e-scooters, which I...

Business and Planning Bill (29 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: I add my name to that long list, but can my right hon. Friend give some confidence to local authorities? There are a lot of planning rules and regulations, and some of our planning officers are quite conservative in their interpretation. Where there is discretion, can we send the message out from this place that decisions must be decided in favour of business and of opening up?

Work and Pensions: Supporting Employment After Covid-19 (29 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: What steps she plans to take with Cabinet colleagues to support employment after the covid-19 outbreak.

Work and Pensions: Supporting Employment After Covid-19 (29 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: Many of us are concerned about jobs in the aviation sector, particularly British Airways, which is not only making up to 12,500 redundancies but firing and rehiring virtually the remainder of the workforce, despite its group putting €1 billion into a new airline and BA staff putting 66% of profits into that group. What can the Government do to ensure that our employers do the right thing by...

Covid-19 Update (23 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: The 2 metre social distancing rule has meant that only 15% of tube passengers are able to travel. That figure will now rise to 25%, with the Prime Minister’s welcome reduction of the rule to 1 metre. In the event that demand exceeds that 25% supply, the R rate continues to fall, and PPE is used, will the Prime Minister look again at the distancing rules, to ensure that our economy and...

DFID-FCO Merger (18 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: Having spent time with DFID teams around the globe, I was initially concerned when I heard about the merger. However, they always worked positively and I believe we should too. I therefore wish my right hon. Friend well in looking after the aid budget. I know that he believes in social justice and results, so I trust him to do so. As I am sat next to my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Economic Outlook and Furlough Scheme Changes (16 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: The Select Committee on Transport’s report on aviation has noted that British Airways is looking to make almost a third of its workforce redundant, while taking the job retention scheme for more than half of its employees and at the same time looking to invest £1 billion in a new airline. Will the Minister consider changing the job retention scheme so that companies cannot behave in this...

Abortion Regulations: Northern Ireland (4 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: I thank the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson) for bringing this urgent question. Although I agree with him on most things, he will know that this is not one of them. My views have been founded on the experiences I had when meeting women in particular in Northern Ireland and the experiences that they had to go through in order for the law to be changed. We had to...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on covid-19 and the economic impact on aviation.

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Huw Merriman: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for giving aviation workers in your constituency and across the nation the chance to have their voice heard. I am grateful to the Minister for being a tireless champion for the sector. This is a hugely challenging time for the aviation economy. Job losses are inevitable, but many of us are concerned that companies are using the pandemic as a justification to slash jobs...

Coronavirus and Care Homes (19 May 2020)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State is doing an extraordinary job in the most challenging of times. He will be aware that we have a testing centre down in Bexhill that is available to care home workers for testing, but if they follow the Government advice and go on the website, they will be directed further afield to Brighton or Gatwick. Will he help me to ensure that that testing centre is made available...

Transport: Covid-19: Transport Sector (18 May 2020)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State will be aware that the aviation industry is a sector in need of support. Will he consider airbridges so that those entering the UK from countries where the infection rate is below one would not be subject to quarantine? This would boost confidence in aviation travel and target safety where it is most needed.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: *No heading* (13 May 2020)

Huw Merriman: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of abortion services in Northern Ireland.

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