Results 181–200 of 1687 for speaker:Alex Norris

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes for Social Rent (12 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: Building council houses is a very effective and financially prudent way to provide houses for social rent, but it is being choked off by the Government persisting with only inching the cap up, when they could remove it completely. When will they remove the cap and let our councils get building?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: Ofgem said to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee when this was being considered that the cap ought to be temporary. How do you feel about 2023 as the sunset clause? What should Members in 2023 have seen to be assured that the cap would be unnecessary?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: Does the Minister think that it is regrettable that, in the newspaper with the biggest circulation in the nation, a legitimate expectation may now be created that the saving will be at £100 or greater?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Exemptions from the cap (13 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms McDonagh. I will briefly follow the contributions of my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test and my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley with one simple point. I should say, for context, that we have obviously broken out into violent agreement—that is always good—not just on the need for the legislation, but on what it is...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That this House has considered labour reforms in Qatar. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship for the first time, Sir Christopher. It is no secret that I am a trade unionist—I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, should they wish to know more. I believe that participating in a trade union is an act of solidarity and that...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: I thank my hon. Friend for that helpful intervention, which I completely agree with. I will talk about legacy shortly. I feel strongly about this issue, and I co-chair the newly formed all-party parliamentary group on sport, modern slavery and human rights, which focuses on mega-sporting events and their impact on host communities, as my hon. Friend talked about. Growing up in Manchester, I...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: I thank my hon. Friend for that constructive intervention and for her insights. At the end I will come to, not necessarily what more can be done, but a list of the current plans, which we must support. On paper they are very good, and if we can make the reality match the rhetoric, something good indeed will have happened, but I will talk about the background first, so we understand the...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: It is important to remember that although the World cup will get the most focus, because of its global interest, it does not make up the majority of construction. There is a lot of development going on, and we must look at those other developments to ensure that the positive changes from the World cup are extended. It is no coincidence that when my hon. Friend and others went on their...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: My hon. Friend has slightly tipped off my grand finale, because the important point is that what is secured and achieved in Qatar needs to spread out to neighbouring countries that still have that relationship to the kafala system. If we do that, we will have secured something in this struggle. The last couple of issues that Amnesty highlighted were harsh and dangerous working conditions,...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: It is certainly going to happen. More importantly, I hope that, long before then, we will see a Qatar in which 1.7 million workers have the rights and protections that they deserve.

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: I am still a relatively new Member and this is my first hour-long Westminster Hall debate. A few minutes ago, I had the moment that new Members often have, when I realised I would get the chance, and the obligation, to sum up. Happily, I keep good notes and I am light on my feet, so I suspect I will be able to do so briefly. My previous two debates were on advice services in Nottingham and...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: I thank the Minister for that, but will return to topic. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) put it very aptly when he said that these migrant workers are not going to war but going to work. They are going to a building site and it should be held in that spirit. I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) for his leadership through the all-party...

Business of the House (15 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: Last Friday, we held our constituency jobs fair and I am pleased to say that 956 local people came to it. Of course, we would hope that we would not need a jobs fair at all, but the number of people there is a sign of the impact of that event, and many people will get into work and training as a result. Will the Leader of the House give me guidance on finding an opportunity during House...

Business of the House (15 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: Yes.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Refuges (15 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: To ask the Minister for Housing and Homelessness, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127168, on refuges, when her Department plans to announce the allocation of the £1.1million top-up funding.

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: In the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill Committee, Ministers stated that the British property register would not be ready for three years and rejected amendments on tax havens in the overseas territories and Crown dependencies. The events of the past week or so have made this approach look pedestrian and too modest. Will Ministers now support similar amendments?

Local Infrastructure (East Midlands) (20 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate and the strong case he is making. Does he share my sadness that too often communities seem pitched against the developer and it becomes a battle of wills as to who will get what they want? One way around that, much in line with what my hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins) said, might be for the community to be the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (26 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to every Voice Matters: Building a democracy that works for everyone, published by the Government in December 2017, if his Department will take steps to collect official statistics on the registration rates of (a) homeless people, (b) transgender people and (c) Care Home residents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (27 Mar 2018)

Alex Norris: Last month, Impactt’s audit of the Qatari supreme committee, which is responsible for the World cup, highlighted significant positive progress in areas relating to workers’ rights. What efforts will the British Government make to support further progress and promote its spreading to neighbouring states?

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