Results 1–20 of 47 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kirstene Hair

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Dorries. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup) on securing this important debate. Childhood obesity is a stubborn problem in Scotland. Some 29% of Scottish children are at risk of being overweight or obese, and that figure has remained static since 1998. While recent years have seen a welcome decline in...

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. We need a collaborative approach, and not just one reform needs to take place. Internet usage overtook TV viewing among children for the first time in 2016. As we know, advertising can be more tailored than ever. Custom-made adverts are being beamed relentlessly at easily influenced children, which is without a doubt having the desired effect for...

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I am grateful for this opportunity to raise the issue of the plumbers’ pension scheme, which affects small plumbing businesses in my constituency and in those of my colleagues across this Chamber. Most plumbers are part of a multi-employer pension scheme such as the Plumbing and Mechanical Services (UK) Industry Pension Scheme, which is run by the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing...

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. My constituents also have grave concerns because they could essentially be left with nothing. That is why I shall urge the Government to take up various recommendations later in my speech. Why then does the legislation have unintended consequences for plumbers? The first issue is that the plumbing industry is mostly composed of small, often...

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I completely agree. This issue affects not just the individual, but their company, their family and their livelihood. That is why it was so important to bring this issue to the Floor of the House. Plumbers have worked hard all their lives and are now in danger of losing everything—their homes, life savings and plans for retirement—when they trigger their business’s employer...

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and completely agree that there is a role for the trustees to play and a role for the Government to support that process.

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I do go into that particular point in a little more detail further on. Plumbers have been checkmated by the legislation. They have no room to manoeuvre, no way out. Every possible move, it seems, will trigger the employer debt and bring it crashing down on them and their livelihoods. The damage to some plumbers’ mental and physical...

Selection Committee: Plumbers’ Pension Scheme (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and completely agree with him. That is why, when I go through my recommendations for the Government shortly, I will also urge for those actions to be taken with immediate effect, so that we can alleviate that pressure on the plumbers in constituencies across the country. I understand that this is a very complex system and that we should be wary of...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is the reckless scaremongering of opponents, such as the Scottish Government Minister who wrongly suggested that RM Condor was up for closure only a few months ago, that is putting our brave personnel and their families under undue threat, and that we should not play political games with our defence capabilities?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Women and Equalities: Suffrage Centenary Fund (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: What recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Scottish Government on plans for the suffrage centenary fund.

Women and Equalities: Suffrage Centenary Fund (11 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: I commend the Government on the establishment of the suffrage centenary fund to ensure that this important milestone is marked. Last year, I wrote to the Scottish Government Minister responsible, but I have received no response. Does the Minister share my belief that the devolved Administrations should spend the funds allocated to them to ensure that the centenary is properly celebrated in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Effect on the Economy (8 Jan 2018)

Kirstene Hair: What progress has the Secretary of State made in designing a system that allows soft fruit farmers in Angus and, indeed, across the United Kingdom to access seasonal labour from overseas?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: As the Secretary of State is aware, Dundee city has put together a transformative bid to be the European city of culture. I desperately want Dundee—its bid will have clear benefits for all of Tayside—and the other cities to have a chance to test their bids. May I urge my right hon. Friend to find an alternative way of taking forward this contest so that all the time, money and,...

Delivery Charges (Scotland) (20 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that constituents who live in rural areas are being left behind, not just with regard to delivery charges, as some areas of my constituency are, but with slow broadband speeds? Time and time again, residents in rural areas are penalised for choosing to live where they do.

Delivery Charges (Scotland) (20 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: What the Minister is detailing about the sector deals is incredibly positive. Can she confirm how the UK Government will work with the Scottish Government on the deals?

Children’s Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: The spend on agency staff has nearly doubled across the UK, not just in Scotland or England and Wales. Does the Minister agree that spending huge sums of money on agencies drains funding, which leads to a poorer quality of services across the board, so something needs to be done to attract more people to that career path?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: The Minister may be aware that the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee recently voted to block plans to introduce the Scottish Government’s named person policy. Does he agree that that policy is a gross invasion of privacy, totally unnecessary, and diverts vital resources from the most vulnerable? Will he confirm that this Conservative United Kingdom Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: I echo many of my colleagues when I say that as we leave the European Union, our main goal must be to ensure that we leave in an orderly manner, with minimal disruption to businesses and individuals. Like the rest of the Bill, clause 10 and schedule 2 work to achieve that aim. Quite simply, like clause 11, they make sure that there is no scope for the UK Government or any of the devolved...


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