Results 1–20 of 32 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lee Rowley

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: The hon. Lady makes a powerful point, even though I do not agree with it, and powerfully expands her position on a second referendum. May I ask her how many referendums she proposes to accept in this discussion? Will we be going to 20, 40 or 135, until we get the right answer?

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the debate. We have a veritable smorgasbord of e-petitions before us, so all of us can probably choose at least one of them to support and push forward. I have been listening to the debate since it started and I have to say that I find Brexit debates, both in this place and...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: I absolutely hope that that would be the case. It is utterly important that we ensure that there is a wide debate about the issues, but ultimately we start from the principle that a large number of people—the largest number of people ever—have made a decision and we should seek to honour that.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: The hon. Lady has expounded my point perfectly. I do not doubt her resolve, her willingness or her absolute belief; I just happen to disagree with her. I hope that Opposition Members—I am not suggesting that this applies to the hon. Lady—understand and recognise that we have deeply held views as well. I also heard earlier that if we had a second referendum, it would be a...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: I have not read the article the hon. Lady is referring to, but I will address the principle. What she outlines explains beautifully why the sorts of intellectual contortions that we have heard in this debate over the past hour and a half, and elsewhere, will ultimately not work. We can make an assessment about why some people voted one way and others voted another way, but there are 30...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: Will the hon. Gentleman explain what is dire, catastrophic and crazy about five consecutive quarters of economic growth?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: What steps the Government are taking to invest in apprenticeships.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (11 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: I recently visited Stubbing Court Training, a local training provider in my constituency that specialises in the equestrian area. Given the Government’s recent changes to apprenticeships, will the Minister meet me to talk about how we can ensure that we continue to provide the support that the Government are offering for smaller and more rural employers and training providers?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: I can explain exactly what it means: when we discover a problem, we fix it as we go; we do not throw out the entire system. We are thinking about benefiting people in the long term. Nobody is saying the system is perfect, but the point of fixing forward is to improve as we go, which has been the principle since the beginning of the policy.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Lee Rowley: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. Universal credit is a vital reform for our country and for those who rely on the system to live. Universal credit enables people to get off that system and find the jobs they need to provide for their families and children in the long term. I have been listening with interest to the debate since it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Debt (28 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: What progress is being made on reducing the national debt.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Debt (28 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: Is my hon. Friend able to comment on the impact on the economy of increasing debt by £500 billion?

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I have to confess to being slightly surprised at being called first, but none the less I am very happy to contribute to the debate and thank you very much for the opportunity to do so. I also thank the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill) for introducing the debate. I wanted to contribute this afternoon because the subject is...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: I completely accept that there is a societal good, and that is exactly why we should have debates such as this one. The reality is still that a proportion of the cost per student, on average, in our university sector is being paid for by society. An increasing portion is being paid for by the individual, but a portion is still being paid by society. The hon. Lady is absolutely right to make...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: I accept in principle that there should be a societal contribution and an individual contribution, which I think the hon. Member for Wirral West (Margaret Greenwood) was querying. My argument— the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) was absolutely correct about this—is that when an individual gains the most, they should be expected to contribute the most. We...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: I thank the hon. Lady for that point, but I am not au fait with the specific subject and area that she outlined. However, if we accept the principle, which started in the late ’90s and was extended in subsequent periods, of trying to engender choice in this area and accept some element of market-based principles—I know that is controversial with some in the Chamber—then when...

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: I beg to move, That this House has considered the potential effect of hydraulic fracturing in North East Derbyshire. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about an issue of immense importance to me and to the residents of the constituency that I have the privilege to represent. North East Derbyshire is part of the petroleum...

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: My hon. Friend highlights a point that I will come to in a moment: we have a variety of potential opportunities here, including some we have not necessarily thought about previously, such as tidal lagoons. Proponents of fracking would argue that the United Kingdom, blessed by large scale energy resources, should take the opportunities to harvest the energy beneath its sea and soil, to improve...

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: The hon. Lady brings up an important point—one that I will come to later in my speech, because it is vital to understand that specific point before we conclude. Some will argue from an environmental perspective, some from a perspective on the sheer imposition of activity, and others will be concerned about the uncertainty that fracking brings, for a multitude of reasons, which I cannot...

Hydraulic Fracturing: North East Derbyshire — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Lee Rowley: I agree with the hon. Lady in terms of the importance of local communities being taken along with the country as a whole when it comes to fracking. Whatever people’s views are on fracking, there is certainly a job to be done on that. Notwithstanding all the challenges to national policy I have described, that does not mean that we should automatically default to being in favour of...


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