Results 1–20 of 388 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Huw Merriman

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: Pay rises for teachers in schools in my constituency would be most welcome, but there is a concern that those rises will have to be met from the increase in funding that was delivered to schools in the summer. Are there plans, like there are with the NHS, to find a budget outside the existing school funding formula for those pay rises?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: I thank the right hon. Lady for outlining the case against the pull factor. I did not want to be shouted at; I wanted to hear arguments. When I was in Zaatari, there were about 100,000 people in that camp; 56% of the camp population is under 18, and there are about 79 births each week. My concern is that, while the figure may be 1,000 at the moment, as soon as we change our laws and that...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: The right hon. Lady is kind to give way again. At the moment, families can come through. My concern is that if we change the law, a brave under-18 will say, “I will take that step, and this law will allow me to bring you with.” That is my concern, with such a large population. Perhaps that clarifies where I was coming from.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: I, too, went to Zaatari, and what my right hon. Friend says about the concern that people will eventually lose hope is absolutely right. Things are not easy in Jordan, albeit they could be worse. However, having made that trip, does she perhaps share my genuine concern about the pull factor arguments? [Interruption.] This is a genuine concern that I am asking about.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way again; she is making a heartfelt speech. Perhaps I can articulate the concern here. We hear that the Bill relates only to children who are already here, but my understanding is that it will apply to future child refugees. The concern on the Government Benches is that, as people traffickers take advantage of these changes, more children could be...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: I speak for the fairies, as far as this is concerned. Logic would dictate that when refugees are coming from war-torn areas, they will do some incredibly desperate things, such as those that my hon. Friend has outlined. I do not think it is for the fairies at all. It is the sad reality of the terrible state of some countries around the world that forces these things to happen.

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: According to page 193 of the OBR report, “The future is uncertain and the likelihood of unexpected…political developments means…there are significant…downside risks to…forecasts for the public finances.” Does the Chancellor see any of those political downside risks sitting directly in front of him?

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Huw Merriman: In her message to the European Union, the Prime Minister rightly said that we have a shared interest with it in getting this right. Does she agree that the 498 MPs who gave her the mandate to trigger article 50 have a shared interest in putting the national interest first?

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate on transport. I am a member of the Transport Committee and I have a great passion for the subject. It took me over four hours to battle through the snow in East Sussex to be able to speak for three minutes in this place. Who says that this place is not maddening? Transport is hugely important for my region. It has the ability to be an absolute game...

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a letter of clarification was issued in November, which, if it holds true, will solve all the issues caused by Mr Fidler’s letter in July? The danger is that there is still a consultation, so who knows where it could end up?

UK Fisheries Policy — [Mr Ian Paisley in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: On that basis, does the Minister agree that we can have our fishcake and eat it?

UK Fisheries Policy — [Mr Ian Paisley in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: Thank you, Mr Paisley. It is a pleasure to be called to speak. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) for securing this debate. If ever there was an industry that showed us the benefits of the UK leaving the European Union, it is the fisheries industry. In 2015, trawlers from EU member states took 683,000 tonnes from UK waters, whereas the UK fleet took 111,000...

Mental Health Act: CQC Report (27 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: It is absolutely essential that every one of us should challenge the system to give more, but could we also talk up progress where it has been made? The Sussex partnership has had a difficult past, but it has gone from being rated as requiring improvement to being rated as good, and one of its categories has been rated as outstanding. Can we praise the staff who are doing things well?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (26 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: In using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to penalise rogue landlords and breaches in planning law, local authorities can act as a deterrent and also compensate council tax payers who end up footing the bill. Given that Sussex local authorities have used only one such power, what more can my right hon. Friend the Minister for Security and Economic Crime do to encourage them to use more of them?

Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (21 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: Just an hour ago I met my constituent Carol Short and Emma Friedmann, a constituent of the hon. Member for Leicester South (Jonathan Ashworth), to discuss the next stage of the valproate campaign, but because of the statement, that meeting was adjourned. I am happy that they are now in the Chamber, and I am sure that they are pleased to hear about the review. Is it possible to ensure that...

Health and Social Care: GP Services (6 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: What steps he is taking to increase the capacity and availability of GP services.

Health and Social Care: GP Services (6 Feb 2018)

Huw Merriman: I am fortunate to work very closely with the GPs in my constituency. It would be appear that, for a variety of reasons, younger GPs are not as likely to buy into the partnership model as their predecessors. Does the Minister agree that we need a mixed model of both private partnership contractor and direct NHS state provision if we are to get GPs to the places where the public need them?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Huw Merriman: During referendum week, I was fortunate to speak to 25 schools, taking a neutral position. I visited two schools in the past fortnight, and the vast majority of the students, who would probably have voted to remain, wanted us to get on with job rather than unpick it. Does the Minister agree that it is essential that we respect the ballot box system that elected us, engage more with our...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support (19 Jan 2018)

Huw Merriman: It is very reassuring that despite having been in post for only a short time, the Lord Chancellor has sought to get behind the victims of this terrible, terrible case. May I press him on the point that has just been made about legal aid? He has mentioned that he supports the rights of the victims potentially to pursue their own cases. Will there be discretion from the Legal Aid Agency perhaps...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2018)

Huw Merriman: I understand that London has been mentioned as a potential host for the Bayeux tapestry. Given that visitors to London who wish to see two sides chucking things at each other are well catered for in the Public Gallery, may I ask the Prime Minister to put in a very good word for Battle abbey in East Sussex, where viewers could not only see the tapestry but look through the window and see the...

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