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Results 1–20 of 190 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Giles Watling

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2020)

Giles Watling: Thank you for calling me, Mr Speaker, and may I say how lovely it is to see you in your place? The Government’s aim of creating a level economic playing field between the north and the south is laudable and much needed, but can the Minister assure me that, in the rush to create this much-needed equality, we will not overlook deprived coastal areas in the south, such as some in the Clacton...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Giles Watling: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), and I absolutely agree with him about the Union. The Union is important in relation not only to Northern Ireland, but to Scotland. I would like to reiterate the words of the late, great David Bowie, who said, “Scotland, don’t leave us. We love you. Stay with us.” I would like to congratulate the hon. Member for...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Giles Watling: As my constituents know I am a resident of Frinton, which is part of the glorious Clacton constituency. I am delighted that my hon. Friend has reminded me where I live. As we know, hundreds more officers—20,000 in total—have been promised for every policing area, and I understand that Essex Police has already started recruiting the first wave of new officers. I am delighted that a Bill...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: It is a great honour to speak in this debate, and I echo the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford), who mentioned hedgehog superhighways. I look forward to those because there is a hedgehog living in my garden at present that is providing an interesting if prickly object for my dogs to look at. This is an important Bill. Many constituents have contacted me asking...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: I am a very old-fashioned man, and I come from an age when we mended things if they broke. I hope that my right hon. Friend agrees that the Bill will encourage people to go back to the days when we actually fixed things rather than threw them away at the end of use.

Cabinet Office: Strength of the Union (23 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: What steps the Government are taking to strengthen the Union.

Cabinet Office: Strength of the Union (23 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: We are arguably the greatest Union the world has ever seen. We have done so much for mankind and democracy across the world for generations. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we would be foolish to throw away this most valuable of Unions on what I believe is a passing whim?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business Establishment: Women (22 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: What steps she is taking to enable more women to establish businesses.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business Establishment: Women (22 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: I thank my right hon. Friend for her answer. In my Clacton constituency, I am fortunate to have a group of very powerful businesswomen, with whom I had a very pleasant business lunch recently. In 2018, the BBC reported that women were half as likely to set up a business as men. I am pleased that the Government are doing all that my right hon. Friend said, but that must be in part due to a...

Defence: Service Personnel: Recruitment and Retention (21 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: What steps his Department is taking to (a) recruit and (b) retain service personnel.

Defence: Service Personnel: Recruitment and Retention (21 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: For the past two years, I have been honoured to be part of the wonderful armed forces parliamentary scheme. I graduated only last week. I have visited all three services, which are engaging people with amazing work to keep the peace and keep us safe. Overwhelmingly, they get great satisfaction and lead interesting lives, but I was shocked to hear that some universities are resistant to those...

Business of the House (17 Oct 2019)

Giles Watling: I was pleased that the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill was reintroduced after the Queen’s Speech. I supported the Bill before Prorogation as it is another example of the Government’s excellent record on animal welfare. Will the Leader of the House provide an update on when the Bill will have its Second Reading?

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: I thank my right hon. Friend for bringing some sunshine into this place. I invite him to come to the sunshine coast of Clacton, if he can put up with the 1 hour and 40 minute journey that it takes to cross the 69 miles. Will his Government please focus on infrastructure to places such as ours, which are so often overlooked?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: Yesterday, I was planning to record a video with then Secretary of State to commend the campaign I have run with the World Dog Alliance to outlaw the consumption of dogmeat in the UK. Sadly, events got in the way. I congratulate the new Secretary of State on her appointment. Will she join me and many colleagues in this place in supporting the campaign? Will she meet me and discuss it further?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Violent Crime: Young People (15 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: What steps he is taking to divert young people away from violent crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Violent Crime: Young People (15 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer. We all know that instances of violent crime in urban centres such as London get the most media attention, but sadly we are also seeing our share of violent crime in my coastal constituency. We had one robbery at knifepoint and one serious assault in the same area of the town in the past week. Following a campaign that I led in Essex, we have seen...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: It is a great honour to follow the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley), whose stories of Baby and Scamp were very moving. They do not have a voice—we are their voice, and we must shout as loud as we can. I am grateful to be appearing in my first sequel—“Finn’s law: the sequel”. I will not take up too much of the House’s time this afternoon. To put my position simply, I am in...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: Do the hon. Lady’s comments about the welfare of animals also apply to animals that are bred for slaughter?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Strengthening the Union (10 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: What steps the Government are taking to strengthen the Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Strengthening the Union (10 Jul 2019)

Giles Watling: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the long-standing and hugely successful Union, which has seen the Welsh, Scottish, Irish and English standing shoulder to shoulder and taking on the world for generations, should not be trashed by those in other regions of this great country who seek to pursue their own populist and secessionist ends? We are stronger together, are we not?


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