Results 1–20 of 70 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gareth Snell

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Dec 2017)

Gareth Snell: This week, the Rt. Rev. Geoff Annas, the Bishop of Stafford, wrote to the Conservatives on Stoke-on-Trent City Council to plead with them not to cut £1 million out of the homelessness support budget. Does the Prime Minister agree with Bishop Geoff when he says that the measure of society can be found in the way that we treat our vulnerable people? If so, will she join his calls for the...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Gareth Snell: I do not think anyone is arguing that the scheme has not been successful. I am a coalfield MP and have many constituents with long-term health conditions that are the effect of their jobs. My hon. Friends and I are saying that if the scheme has been successful, the success should be shared by the people who benefit from the scheme, and not necessarily by the Government, who have been involved...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping (4 Dec 2017)

Gareth Snell: One million pounds is about to be cut from Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s homelessness budget by the Conservative and Independent Alliance that runs the authority. That will push the job of supporting homeless people on to excellent organisations such as the YMCA, which is run, in my constituency, by Danny Flynn. If those organisations cannot count on support from local authorities, what...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Gareth Snell: Is the right hon. Gentleman therefore saying that the cost of politics and the number of Members are not linked? His argument that the simple way to cut costs in this place is to reduce the number of MPs is undermined by his own evidence.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Gareth Snell: I agree that we are the only people who go around the country getting excited about boundaries, but does the right hon. Gentleman agree that people identify with small towns, villages and other communities, and that a 5% threshold would make alignment very difficult in some places? There are examples in constituencies represented by Members on both sides of the House of small towns, villages...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing Industry: Lesser Duty Rule (28 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on the manufacturing industry of adopting the lesser duty rule.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing Industry: Lesser Duty Rule (28 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: I thank the Financial Secretary for that answer, but he will be beware that the provisions of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill will be some of the least generous in World Trade Organisation countries once we have left the European Union. Will he meet me and the British Ceramic Confederation, which genuinely wishes to work with him to make the Bill better so that we can protect British...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on securing this debate on a very important subject. I have encountered cases in my constituency in which people have been delayed from leaving hospital because an argument is raging between the local authority and the CCG about who is ultimately responsible for payment, partly because the CCG is encouraging people to opt for cheaper care home provision...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: The Secretary of State will be aware that the best ceramics in the world are made in Stoke-on-Trent. I am partially heartened to see, on page 224 of this illustrious document, a reference to its ceramics industry. However, the Secretary of State has previously been very supportive of a sector deal, and the industry was hoping that details of it would be included in the industrial strategy,...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: I thank my hon. Friend for raising ceramics. He will know that the best ceramics in the world are made in this country, but the Ways and Means motion, which talks so much about how we will trade around the world, talks very little about the protections that can be afforded to the ceramics industry, so that it remains one of the best producers in the world. Is he, like me, worried that with...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: My hon. Friend will be aware that the finest Scotch whisky in the world is sold in ceramic bottles made in my constituency. Exiting the European Union without a proper trade deal will result in not only the price of the whisky but the cost of the bottle going up, which will threaten jobs in my constituency. What does he make of the Government’s proposals so far on market and trade remedies?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: To pick up on the point from the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh), of course free trade is to be welcomed, but in certain sectors, such as the ceramics industry, what we need is protection against the illegal dumping of tiles and white goods, which affects our industry and puts our jobs at risk. In some sectors, the unilateral free trade and open markets that some talk about...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: The Minister will be aware that there were many responses by manufacturing organisations to the White Paper on the Trade Bill. The British Ceramic Confederation, which is based in my constituency, is genuinely concerned about the market and trade remedies that will exist post exit, particularly for dumped goods such as tiles and tableware, which could undermine the indigenous manufacturing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (6 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: The Secretary of State has said a lot about extra money going to schools and classrooms, but Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is run by the Conservatives and independents, is trying to claw back £3 million of the additional £4 million, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) alluded to. Will the Secretary of State meet us so that we can work together...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: I am inclined, in part, to agree with the hon. Lady’s model of civic republicanism that allows for responsibilities and rights to be earned. However, at the age of 70 people are no longer allowed to serve on a jury, so is she suggesting that those over 70 be disenfranchised because they no longer have those responsibilities to go with their rights?

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: I think, Madam Deputy Speaker, that the hon. Lady already understands my point. As somebody aged 70 can no longer serve on a jury, I am suggesting that, according to her argument, she might want to consider reducing the franchise.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Gareth Snell: The hon. Gentleman seems to be arguing that extending the franchise should be linked to turnout. He will be well aware that turnout in local government elections is sometimes between 25% and 30%. Under his argument we should scrap elections for local government entirely.


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