All 19 results for speaker:Giles Watling

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Giles Watling: Does my right hon. Friend agree that our security services are second to none in being proactive through the use of initiatives such as Prevent, without which we would probably be far worse off?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Legal Systems (5 Dec 2017)

Giles Watling: What steps the Government plans to take to ensure the effective operation of the UK legal system after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2017)

Giles Watling: Does the Secretary of State agree that it is as much in the interests of the EU 27 nations as it is in the interests of my constituents in Clacton and, indeed, people throughout the UK, for there to be a seamless continuation of civil co-operation between the EU 27 and the UK to provide companies, individuals and families with confidence that judgments can and will be enforced across borders?...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Giles Watling: I commend the Secretary of State for his very positive statement. Does he agree that the tourism industry—worth £127 billion, 9% of GDP and vital to my constituents in the glorious sunshine coast of Clacton-on-Sea—should be at the forefront of any industrial strategy, as it is a powerful way forward out of recession and post-Brexit?

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

Giles Watling: One concern you mentioned, Dr Darby, was too much of a rush to roll out the smart meters, because installation might be compromised. Secondly, and interestingly, you said that you feel people might be pressured into adopting smart meters and, therefore, not engage in the process; I think I have read that right. Do you have any evidence that that might be being addressed—that people are...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

Giles Watling: Q There seems to be some confusion out there, inasmuch as people are getting SMETS 1 and then they want SMETS 2, and they are not sure whether one will do the other. Are we getting that information out there to the people, who are the customers after all? Are we being effective enough?

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

Giles Watling: Q So that is something we need to address, in your view.

University of Essex (2 Nov 2017)

Giles Watling: Does my hon. Friend agree that as well as having an excellent chancellor, the University of Essex is a great centre for the local community it serves, not just the global community? This summer I was fortunate enough to give out graduation certificates to hundreds of students who attended during the summer break. Does my hon. Friend agree that the university serves a useful purpose in that regard?

Taxation: Beer and Pubs — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (31 Oct 2017)

Giles Watling: Tourism is vital to my constituency, but does the hon. Gentleman agree that the issue is also communities, and talking to each other? It is a question of talking to each other eye to eye and having a proper discourse—maybe, God forbid, about politics—instead of being on Facebook and Twitter.

Taxation: Beer and Pubs — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (31 Oct 2017)

Giles Watling: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is a terrible shame that we lost some 10,000 pubs between 2003 and 2013, ripping the hearts out of many of our villages and communities? Does he also agree that pubs represent part of our British way of life that other people come here to see?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Giles Watling: After lengthy conversations with the district commander of my local district of Tendring and with Roger Hirst, the police and crime commissioner for Essex, I know that there is a strong feeling that they could do with some additional funding to fund their frontline officers. This could be raised from the council tax precept. Essex currently has a very low per capita precept, meaning that...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Parking: Private Sector (13 Oct 2017)

Giles Watling: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to strengthen the powers given to local authorities to regulate private car parks.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Giles Watling: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for bringing the debate gently back to Essex once more. I rise to stand up for my community in Tendring and Clacton, which has the beautiful aesthetics of a rural district. However, so much open space makes it vulnerable to illegal encampments. We are a coastal resort and, like many others around the country, we have regular incursions, especially during the...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Giles Watling: It could indeed, but we have to find the money from somewhere, and it is lacking in Tendring district. I had a long talk with my local commander just two weeks ago and I know roughly where we are going. My local residents would not get away with illegal developments, and neither must anyone else—it is one law, and we must all be equal under it. Section 61 powers should be used wherever...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Giles Watling: My hon. Friend made a point about one thing that is close to my heart and that we have to careful about. I agree, totally, that we have to look at the BBC, but we must preserve its independence. That is what everyone appreciates about the BBC, so we have to be very careful when we bring the might of Government to bear, although I am pleased that we are getting involved. As the hon. Member...

Taylor Review: Working Practices (11 Jul 2017)

Giles Watling: I spent 45 years in the gig economy, and what I liked about it was that it was very flexible. In order to build a career, I found myself delivering bacon across north London from Smithfield market. I also became a removal man, among many other things. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is welcome that the report supports a flexible labour market, and is not in favour of restricting that...

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill (3 Jul 2017)

Giles Watling: It is a great honour to follow the hon. Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury), who made an impassioned speech. It is also a great honour to follow my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), who spoke without notes. I intend to do no such thing. ATOL equals peace of mind. It is safe to go on holiday if the holiday is protected by ATOL. That makes sense. Peace of mind...

Energy Price Cap (3 Jul 2017)

Giles Watling: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming Ofgem’s acknowledgment regarding the ability to put a cap in place? Should we not urge it to use the power fully?

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Giles Watling: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in the perfect utopian society—as Sir Thomas More would have it—we would have no police at all, so it is clearly not about numbers and vast amounts of cash, but effectiveness?


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