Results 1–20 of 96 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gill Furniss

Rolls-Royce Redundancies (14 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: I also thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby South (Margaret Beckett) for securing this important urgent question. This is deeply disturbing news, not just for the city of Derby, which relies heavily on Rolls-Royce for local employment, but for the sector as a whole. Despite Rolls-Royce making a substantial profit of £4.9 billion last year, this recent restructuring means that...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on future customs arrangements as part of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: Does the Minister agree with the president of the Confederation of British Industry, who warned yesterday: “If we do not have a customs union, there are sectors of manufacturing society in the UK which risk becoming extinct”?

Yemen (11 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: When will the Government realise they will have blood on their hands if they continue to co-operate with the Saudi-led coalition, not least by selling it the arms it is using to kill hundreds and thousands of civilians indiscriminately?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: What assessment he has made of the effect on the defence and military aerospace industry of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: The Government have often used EU rules as an excuse for not buying British steel for big defence projects. Can the Minister guarantee today that post Brexit, Royal Navy support ships and similar projects will use 100% British steel?

Office for Product Safety and Standards — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Gill Furniss: Although the Minister said earlier that there are 290 posts at the OPSS, it looks as though there is little resource in terms of extra staffing or extra funding for local trading standards officers. Is that correct?

Office for Product Safety and Standards — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Gill Furniss: It is, yet again, a pleasure to serve under your chairpersonship, Sir David, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on securing this important and extremely topical debate. I also thank the all-party group on home electrical safety, Which?, Electrical Safety First, and the BBC’s “Watchdog”—I apologise to anyone who I may have...

Health and Social Care: NHS Bursaries (8 May 2018)

Gill Furniss: What assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of NHS bursaries on applications for nursing degrees.

Health and Social Care: NHS Bursaries (8 May 2018)

Gill Furniss: Figures from the Royal College of Nursing show that applications have fallen by 33% since the withdrawal of bursaries. At the same time, the Government’s Brexit shambles has led to a drastic decline in EU nursing applications. How many years of such decline do we have to see before the Secretary of State and the Minister will intervene?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (1 May 2018)

Gill Furniss: I welcome this morning’s news that the EU has secured a further 30-day exemption from the US’s steel tariffs. However, that merely prolongs the uncertainty facing the sector. What steps is the Secretary of State currently taking to secure a full UK exemption when the temporary one ends on 1 June, and when will his Department respond to the steel sector deal, a proposal crucial to...

Yemen (24 Apr 2018)

Gill Furniss: According to Save the Children, there are now over 22 million people—that is two thirds of the population—in Yemen in need of humanitarian aid and protection. That includes more than 11 million children. That is 4 million more people than six months ago. The situation is only getting worse. Does the Minister agree that it is in part a result of the failure of this Government to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Upskirting (24 Apr 2018)

Gill Furniss: What his policy is on creating a specific sexual offence of upskirting.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Upskirting (24 Apr 2018)

Gill Furniss: It is appropriate on this day to refer yet again to the statue of Millicent Fawcett, and I shall channel my inner Millicent Fawcett by asking the Secretary of State this question. Nearly 100,000 members of the public have signed a petition calling for upskirting to be made a specific sexual offence, and MPs from all the major parties have signed an early-day motion that makes the same call,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Capacity (23 Apr 2018)

Gill Furniss: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the size of the UK armed forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Capacity (23 Apr 2018)

Gill Furniss: A recent NAO report found a 26% shortfall in the staffing of intelligence analysis in the armed forces, but those specialists are crucial to our national security and to our fight against cybercrime. Given the threats of information warfare from a variety of disparate groups—from terrorist organisations to states such as Russia—does the Minister agree that we cannot keep our...

Leaving the EU: Future Trade Remedies (17 Apr 2018)

Gill Furniss: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton) on securing this very important debate. I want to touch on the things that my hon. Friend the Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson) has just said about dumping. In 2015-16, when the steel crisis was a huge issue, there were 92 EU trade remedies and those covering steel were vital in stemming the flow of under-priced...

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

Gill Furniss: I stand proudly today in support of the Bill, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) on his determination in bringing the Bill forward, despite some efforts from people in this Chamber to show little empathy and to frustrate this process. I support this Bill for my refugee and migrant constituents, and for their loved ones unable to join them....

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

Gill Furniss: That is a fair point, and it is an aspiration of mine to see that everyone has the right to be reunited with their family. As I was saying, many of these children are growing up never knowing their relatives. They are just children, but even they could point out that the British Government are not adhering to article 10 of the UN convention on the rights of the child, which says that if you...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Gill Furniss: I also direct hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, because I travelled to Qatar last month. When I visited, I was pleased to hear about the improvements made to workers’ rights and labour reforms. The International Labour Organisation has stated that workers “enjoy better protection” and has agreed to open an office to oversee the...


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