Results 1–20 of 28 for speaker:Giles Watling

Post-18 Education (20 Feb 2018)

Giles Watling: Does the Secretary of State agree that high-quality apprenticeships are key to addressing the UK’s skills shortages?

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Giles Watling: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart). As a touring actor for 45 years, I picked up tickets all over the country, including in his area. It is my pleasure to support the Bill proposed by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire (Sir Greg Knight). His proposal for a code of practice sets exactly the right tone. No one is seeking...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Giles Watling: Does my hon. Friend agree that the provision of confusing signs, along with the confusion over PCNs and the machinery that people have to use to get their tickets, is often deliberate, with the intention of levying fines rather than ordinary parking charges?

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Giles Watling: I shall endeavour to be brief, Madam Deputy Speaker—in fact, I have spent the past 10 minutes furiously editing my speech. I welcome the Trade Bill. It is a breath of fresh air to be able to talk about the opportunities of global trade rather than just the process of Brexit. As the Secretary of State and many other Members have pointed out, the Bill does not cover new trade agreements,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Force: Boats (8 Jan 2018)

Giles Watling: What steps she is taking to upgrade Border Force boats.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Force: Boats (8 Jan 2018)

Giles Watling: While I was volunteering with the lifeboats at Walton-on-the-Naze, I learned how important local maritime knowledge is. I believe that such intelligence would be useful to Border Force when solving and preventing crime. Is Border Force engaging with other agencies, including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the coastguard and pilot boats, to share intelligence, tackle crime and keep...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Giles Watling: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I apologise for not wishing you a very happy new year from the sunny shores of Clacton-on-Sea. Does my hon. Friend agree that sheer numbers of police is not the whole answer in tackling crime? In Clacton, Tendring District Council and Essex police have established a successful community safety hub with some 47 partners. Will the Minister please come to sunny Clacton to...

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Giles Watling: I thank my hon. Friend for this very encouraging statement, particularly around flexibility in the police precept—an issue he knows I have been campaigning on for some time. However, will he confirm that the settlement will dramatically improve policing across Essex and particularly on my much overlooked sunshine coast at Clacton-on-Sea?

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Giles Watling: Given that 72% of my constituents in Clacton voted to leave the EU, will my right hon. Friend give an assurance to them that there will still be a smooth and seamless exit despite the vote on amendment 7 last Wednesday, thus giving them and many others a very happy Christmas indeed?

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...


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