Results 1–20 of 41 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Anna McMorrin

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

Anna McMorrin: The current prison system is failing young people and women. Youth and female offending needs a different approach, based on the community and community services, rather than simply imprisonment. What will the Secretary of State do to help ensure education and rehabilitation, not punishment and not prisons?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: In the past few weeks, we have spelled out many reasons why this Bill will leave the UK worse off in terms of human rights, workers’ rights, animal rights and environmental protections. However, it is designed to leave our devolved Governments and Parliaments worse off too.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: I thank my hon. Friend, and I completely agree. Wales voted for a devolved Government 20 years ago. I was part of that campaign, and I was proud to see the then UK Labour Government bring that about. We now see a more successful and confident Wales than we did two decades ago, but I fear that we are about to go backwards. The Tories have made it clear that, when it comes to devolution, they...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: I think we are seeing the beginnings of a constitutional crisis right now actually. [Interruption.] I will go on to explain if the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) will let me. After Brexit, devolved Governments will be at the mercy of Whitehall mandarins with complete control over the time, place, method and future of the repatriation of powers from Brussels. We need only an...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: I am afraid the Chair disagreed with the hon. Gentleman. [Interruption.] Well, the hon. Gentleman should speak to the Chair and to other Conservative Members about that. The situation is further complicated by the fact that, in a number of EU policy areas, the UK Government are in fact acting as the Government of England.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and I agree absolutely that we need far more information on how the common frameworks will be agreed, the timetable for agreeing them, and what is involved in the processes.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: I thank my hon. Friend, and I completely agree. That is what I am saying in my speech—that this is an absolute power grab to the centre and away from the devolved Administrations.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: Absolutely. I completely agree. That just shows that what we have here in a number of policy areas is a constitutional crisis emerging and the UK Government acting as the Government of England, not the Government of the UK, leading to a number of possible conflicts of interest when it comes to imposing pan-UK structures. Secondly, it is crucial that Welsh Ministers and the Welsh Parliament...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I am not fanning any flames of nationalism; I am talking about democracy in this place and the democracy of the UK. The Welsh Government have tried on many occasions to negotiate with the UK Government. That has not been possible, so we have the opportunity to vote with our Front Bench on these amendments.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: Yes. It is so important that structures and discussions are formally put in place across the country.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Anna McMorrin: The Government will probably see the error of their ways as the Bill passes through the Lords and they lose there. My advice is that the Government should avoid any more embarrassment: listen to our devolved nations and amend the legislation before it is too late.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Anna McMorrin: This was not a serious Budget—and I am not referring to the bad jokes that littered the Chancellor’s speech and which were as weak as the Tory Government of the man who delivered them. Last Wednesday, my Opposition colleagues and I waited desperately for an hour to hear something that would help the people we represent to live a decent life. Instead, we got a Budget that includes...

Business of the House (23 Nov 2017)

Anna McMorrin: Yesterday, another £3 billion was tossed into the endless black hole of Brexit, with just £2.8 billion extra going to NHS England and a scarce amount for Wales to use. I do not know about you, Mr Speaker, but I do not remember seeing a big red bus driving around the country bearing the slogan: “Vote leave for less NHS spending, because we will have to blow it all on...

Business of the House (16 Nov 2017)

Anna McMorrin: We have seen various reports on the growth of fake news, and growing evidence of Russian involvement in the EU referendum and in our politics. Is it not time that we regulated the social media platforms? The chief executive and the chair of Ofcom both say that Facebook and Google are media companies and should be regulated as such. May we have a Government debate on bringing these companies...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (16 Nov 2017)

Anna McMorrin: Welsh is Britain’s oldest indigenous language and, as such, has great cultural, social and historic significance. Based in my constituency, S4C plays a huge role in providing constant opportunities for people to hear and learn Welsh. Will the Secretary of State commit to increasing S4C’s funding to ensure S4C’s digital content is adequately resourced for it to compete on an...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Anna McMorrin: I speak in support of new clauses 28, 30, 60 and 67. As it stands, this Bill is fatally flawed. It puts huge power into Ministers’ hands without accountability, sidelines Parliament and the devolved Administrations, and puts crucial rights and protections at risk. The Bill also imposes new restrictions on the devolved Administrations. It risks eroding basic human rights and could...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Anna McMorrin: Thank you, Mrs Laing. I was saying that the Bill must ensure at the very least that there will be equivalent provision for environmental standards and protections, and access to justice, if the UK ends its relationship with EU institutions. What will the new body look like? The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced the creation of a Commission-like body...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Anna McMorrin: It is obvious once again that this Government care more about saving face than serving the people of this country. This Conservative Government say that they are improving the lives of working people and getting people back into work, yet they are ignoring pleas from across this Chamber and the country to halt the roll-out of this shambolic universal credit system. We are being told that...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Anna McMorrin: No, I will not give way. The reality is that this accelerated and aggressive roll-out will see an increase in debt, rental arrears, food bank usage, and homelessness—people struggling to make ends meet, with real-life consequences. I know of one family who have had their two children taken into care because they were forced to move into a tent in a park after being evicted when their...


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