Results 1–20 of 72 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

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: I want to set out the case of a constituent who came to me. A medical professional, he was terminally ill and had weeks to live, but he was advised that he would be eligible for PIP only from December of that year. His partner was distraught, as was he. He wanted to use that money for the last few weeks of his life. It turned out that there had been an administrative error, but they had to...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: This is about the UK Government doing their job, and they have spectacularly failed to do that. This leaked paper talks about the impact of Brexit on different areas of the UK, despite the Government telling devolved Governments and Administrations that they have no such information. The Minister failed to answer the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Waste (25 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: The Welsh Labour Government are the third best in the world for recycling, far exceeding their targets this year alone. I am sure that the Secretary of State will join me in congratulating them on that. Can he clarify his position on recycling? He talks a good talk but does little to demonstrate action and is in danger of missing vital EU targets.

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: Just last week, the UK Committee on Climate Change warned that we were on track to miss our international targets on reducing emissions. Unless this Government take urgent action, the effects of climate change will be felt more acutely in developing countries, causing them even more hardship and suffering. Will the Minister seek to discuss this internally and take action?

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: The Bangladesh Welfare Association Cardiff and friends of the Rohingya in Wales are in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camps, unloading trucks full of food parcels, blankets, baby food and medicines. They have encountered devastating scenes of hardship and heartbreak and have heard first-hand accounts that no one should experience: people losing loved ones, suffering violence and experiencing...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: The Labour Government in Wales are not a nationalist Government, and if the UK Government were to work co-operatively with both the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government we would not be in this situation. We need that amendment, and the behaviour of this Government means that we are heading for a constitutional crisis. I do not want that constitutional crisis, and neither the First...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that systems are already in place under which the Welsh and UK Governments negotiate together on EU discussions? UK Ministers are Ministers of the Crown, as are Welsh Ministers. That is already in place and just needs to continue. The amendment is necessary if it is to continue.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: The Welsh Government and First Minister deemed it necessary to make a statement today about the lack of joined-up working with the UK Government, which is threatening a constitutional crisis; that is coming from a Labour Government in Wales. The very point is that we are on the brink of a constitutional crisis. We need an amendment. We need the Government to support Labour’s amendment 3.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: Does my hon. Friend agree that this Front-Bench amendment was written alongside and in co-operation with the Welsh Government, which means they will accept what this amendment says? [Hon. Members: “The LCM?”] Yes.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: The biggest scandal about clause 11 is that the UK Government know that it is completely unacceptable; they are just not brave enough to admit it. Ministers, Tory MPs and civil servants have privately—and publicly, sometimes—acknowledged how extremely ill-advised it is to remove the power of the devolved Governments over devolved areas. This UK Government committed to introducing...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: There are things that are devolved and on which we work with the EU, and we do not want those devolved areas returned centrally to the UK Government, as part of a power grab, rather than to our devolved Administrations. The Welsh Government are clearly arguing that case, and so are the Scottish Government.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: That is absolutely the case. It is the case in Scotland and is now the case in Wales. The Welsh and Scottish Governments are clearly arguing this case, and we are now on the brink of a constitutional crisis. This is an issue of trust—trust to exercise devolved powers responsibly, trust to carry out measures that represent the people of Wales and trust to provide meaningful scrutiny of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: I am aware that discussions are taking place, but I am also aware that the UK Government promised to bring forward an amendment at this stage but have not done so. So where is that trust?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: Yes, that is exactly right, and something I am coming on to. Just today, the Welsh First Minister has said he will take steps to protect Welsh powers after Brexit if UK Ministers do not change the Bill, stating that the Prime Minister’s plan to accumulate all the powers from Brussels in London is a “fundamental assault on devolution”.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. How can we trust a UK Government who cannot make a decision on the tidal lagoon, who cancel electrification, who do not give us fair funding, and who do not give Wales an equal say? The Bill says just that. The First Minister of Wales has explicitly refused consent to the Bill, and if nothing has changed by the end of January, the Welsh Government will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: We did table amendments, but the Government voted against them. I cannot possibly accept that the UK Government will decide all new policies for all the nations of the UK on issues that are devolved, when they are also acting as the English Government. English interests are not always the same as Welsh or Scottish interests. We know all too well that English interests come first. Wales voted...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: If the UK Government were going to work together in that way, surely they would have tabled an amendment at this stage enabling them to do just that. We now see a more successful and more confident Wales than we saw 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 just do not get it. Anyone who understands the...

Business of the House (11 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: The UK Government have finally got round to launching their 25-year plan on the plastic bag levy, thereby, just six years later, catching up with the Welsh Labour Government. However, the plan lacks substance. It is full of missed opportunities and weak proposals, and it contains no laws. It is neither innovative nor radical; it is a cheap attempt by the Prime Minister to rebrand the Tories...

Business of the House (11 Jan 2018)

Anna McMorrin: Just answer the question.


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