Results 1–20 of 312 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Sweeney

Criminal Justice System: Veterans — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My hon. Friend lists myriad organisations that do excellent work in support of our veterans, but availability is scattergun, and it is almost a postcode lottery for many parts of the UK. Does she agree that the unit at Parc offers a national benchmark, the basis for a national programme?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Paul Sweeney: Since 2010, the central civil service has been cut by 20%, which has severely reduced overall effectiveness and specialist knowledge. In the light of the demands placed on Departments by Brexit, do the Government agree that they are paying the price for that short-sightedness?

Delegated Legislation: Personal Independence Payments (11 Sep 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. He represents a constituency that neighbours mine. Glasgow North East has had the worst impact from the change from DLA to PIP, with some £2 million a year being taken from the pockets of the poorest people in my constituency. More than 580 people have lost their entitlement as a result of the change. Behind the figure is a litany of despair...

Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)

Paul Sweeney: The Prime Minister’s comprehensive statement highlights that the Russian state effectively put hundreds of British citizens in mortal danger, not least those in our NHS who so expertly treated the victims. Will she therefore outline what measures she is putting in place to enhance the resilience of our chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training, so that personnel across...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: It is nice to round off my first year in Parliament with a recap of some of the highlights that I have been able to contribute to as a new Member. I think that any Member would agree that the most satisfying aspect of our job is seeing the real benefit we can have for our constituents’ lives, particularly in casework. That has made a real impression on me in the past year, in particular...

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: Last year, for the first time since industrialisation, the country did not burn coal for energy generation, which was a huge milestone. The Minister talks about the huge industrial benefits and the benefits to the wider economy. Does she also recognise the benefits of the nuclear advanced manufacturing research centre in Rotherham, which has re-established large-scale casting capabilities in...

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: The hon. Gentleman talks about a comparison with asbestos and the idea that nuclear energy generation is somehow inherently toxic. What does he say about the integral fast reactor or the small modular reactor technology that consumes nuclear and therefore solves the problem that he claims exists? That is surely to be welcomed and embraced.

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I congratulate the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown) on securing this debate. This is an important and pressing issue for the UK, because, as we have heard, all of Britain’s currently operational nuclear reactors are due to go offline by 2030. So there is a pressing need to address this energy question....

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: I thank my hon. Friend for that timely intervention. We have to think about this outside of these silos of energy generation. Although we want to decarbonise electricity in the UK, which is a laudable and vital aspiration, if we are to tackle the problem of climate change, it is critical that we recognise that nuclear has to be part of that mix. Renewables, although we hope that they will...

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: That is an entirely legitimate point to make. We want to push on all fronts. We want Britain to be leading the world on all fronts. That requires investment in battery technology, where we have a huge disruptive opportunity. Let us push on that front. Let us push on carbon capture and storage. Again, the problem is that we have no rigorous industrial strategy. When I worked at Scottish...

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: The issue was a joint problem because we did not embrace the possibility of carbon capture and storage at Longannet. Nor, as the hon. Gentleman mentions, did we address the calculation system and the price charged for generation at Longannet—we have to address this issue on all fronts. Longannet was a failure because, ultimately, the jobs and industrial benefits were lost. As a result,...

Wylfa Nuclear Power Project: Taxpayer Liability for Safety — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: On the point about baseload, does the hon. Gentleman not recognise that the whole point of managing a baseload with nuclear power stations and reactors is that they are organised to be taken offline in a scheduled programme of maintenance? In the case of Torness, it almost broke the world record for a continuous run of 495 days before being taken offline. Surely that is a huge achievement for...

Petition - Green Deal Scheme (23 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: I rise to present a petition on behalf of some of my constituents. There are 167 households in my constituency that been affected by misappropriated selling of the green deal scheme. The petition states: The petition of residents of Glasgow North East, Declares that the Government backed Green Deal Scheme has affected petitioners as we have suffered a detriment to both our finances, our...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

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Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: I thank my fellow Glasgow Member for giving way. I have to put to him that the fundamental ethos of my argument was based on the idea that the British state can marshal far greater fiscal and monetary benefits for the quality of life of the people of Scotland. That underpins what I was arguing for, in the spirit of 1945. Does he agree that that is a fair analysis?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: It is a pleasure to contribute to what has so far been a somewhat enlightening debate. The starting point of my analysis in this debate, as a democratic socialist, is: what structures of governance are best situated to deliver maximum economic benefit to working people in delivering the highest-possible quality of life and public services and amenities to serve their interests? That underpins...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech about the fact that solidarity transcends borders and is grounded in class politics. Does she also agree that the hostile environment policy in this country is another thing that we need to tackle collectively as one people? My constituent, Giorgi Kakava, who is in the Gallery today, is an example of someone affected by that policy, which we must...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My hon. Friend has made the pertinent point about the economic benefits of the Union to the Scottish economy. Perhaps that is why the SNP ran fleeting from the full fiscal autonomy proposal for the independence referendum—because it entailed significant turbo-charged austerity. Does my hon. Friend also agree that the growth commission’s fiscal and monetary proposals would result...

Trade Bill: Convention about Parliament legislating on devolved matters (17 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My hon. Friend’s definition of a veto seems to be disputed by the Scottish National party. Does he agree that, in terms of initiating as well as ratifying any trade negotiations, if the Scottish Parliament withholds its consent, that is, in effect, a veto?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

Paul Sweeney: My constituent Duc Nguyen was a victim of human trafficking to the UK. Despite the Home Office recognising that fact, he was detained and sent to a detention centre at Heathrow. Luckily, he has now been released, but is it not against Home Office policy to detain victims of trafficking? If it is, will the Minister investigate this case to understand why it happened?


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