Results 181–200 of 347 for speaker:Rachel Maclean

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I completely agree with the hon. Lady about the benefits and how they should be spread across Birmingham and the region. Does she also agree that this is a great opportunity to capture the talents of women, particularly in engineering, in this Year of Engineering?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: With regard to broadcasters and where they could be located for their jobs, does my hon. Friend not think that HS2 is a great argument for Channel 4 to be relocated to the west midlands, because the Channel 4 executives could commute from London, or wherever they like to live? They could be based in Lichfield and make their programmes there.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The improvement in overall capacity is brilliant for the people we represent in towns such as Redditch that are outside the major conurbations. The improved capacity will create an opportunity for more services from Redditch to Birmingham for commuting and jobs.

Pip Back Payments (30 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: We have all met constituents in our surgeries who have concerns about PIP, so I really welcome today’s announcement, which will help people in my constituency. Will the Minister confirm what more her Department will continue to do, in the light of this announcement, to move forward the transformative benefits of getting disabled people back into work, which is one of the greatest levers...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Does my hon. Friend agree that businesses up and down the country, including in Redditch, will wonder whose side the Labour party is on when its Members take great pleasure in forecasts that predict doom and gloom? People may conclude that Labour is not on the side of this country’s hard-working businesses and entrepreneurs.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carillion (30 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The global headquarters of GKN is in my Redditch constituency. It employs 200 people, and concerns have been raised about the pension scheme there as well. The Pensions Regulator is warning that in the event of a takeover, there may be something to look at. What lessons is the Minister learning from Carillion in this case, and what further action does he need to take?

Taliban and is/Daesh Attacks: Afghanistan: Contaminated Blood Inquiry (29 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I thank the Minister for reaffirming in the House today her commitment to, and personal interest in, this issue. I also represent a constituent who has been suffering for decades, and I am sure that she will welcome the fact that this is a priority. Will my hon. Friend confirm that it is also a priority for the Government as a whole, including her senior Cabinet colleagues, because I am sure...

Business of the House (25 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: What more can the Leader of the House do to help millions of consumers who are being ripped off through rip-off energy prices?

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

Rachel Maclean: Whether the Government plan to have their proposed ban on ivory sales in place by the illegal wildlife trade summit in October 2018.

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

Rachel Maclean: Wildlife crime is a threat to conservation and animal welfare at home and abroad. Wildlife and Countryside Link’s report has revealed that enforcement officers are hindered by a lack of proper recording and reporting processes. As we prepare to host the IWT summit, and considering the progress that my hon. Friend has referred to regarding the trade of ivory products, what assurances can...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: In this country, we have high-quality public services, but the reality is that they are expensive. I am afraid the simplistic statements offered in the Labour party manifesto, suggesting that just a few rich people could pay for everything that our voters demand, do not stand up to the light of day. The private sector has a role to play, but it must be managed properly. In my area, PFI...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The Minister is outlining very coherently the rigorous process that has to be gone through to deliver quality public services on behalf of the taxpayer. Does he recall that it was a Conservative Government who introduced the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which required Ministers to look at a wide range of factors and also to think about social, environmental and economic benefits...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The short answer is yes. The hon. Gentleman says that he has no confidence in this Government’s ability to award public sector contracts. Does he therefore have any confidence in the previous Labour Government, who awarded billions of pounds of contracts to private sector companies, and in Labour-run Leeds City Council, which did the same? Does he have no confidence in his Labour colleagues?

Presidents Club Charity Dinner (24 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I thank the Minister for her robust response, which is unequivocally supported by Conservative Members. The businesses involved need to be hit in the pocket. What more can the Minister do to send out a clear message that this culture is unacceptable and to damage their profits?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I rise to speak on this Third Reading debate in the full knowledge that I am not a nuclear expert; nor do I have a considerable nuclear presence in my constituency. However, like millions of other people up and down the country, I rely on nuclear energy to keep my lights on.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Thank you for that clarification, Madam Deputy Speaker. I shall turn directly to new clause 1. I do not support the new clause, because it seeks to introduce a transition period to delay the UK’s departure from Euratom. When the proposal was tabled in Committee as new clause 2, we engaged in detailed scrutiny. I applaud the forensic questioning by the hon. Members for Southampton, Test...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: As the hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) will know, Dr Golshan said in evidence to the Select Committee: “My current project plan is that we establish a regime that intends to meet UK international obligations when we leave”. That is achievable. She said that there were challenges, but not that they were insurmountable. She added that she intended to “build upon...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I accept that there was a vast amount of legal argument on our membership, or not, of Euratom. Indeed, it is not a simple point. However, we have now triggered our leaving Euratom. The treaties are uniquely joined, so it is a fact that we have left Euratom and will no longer be members. As we go forward with negotiations, putting the word “contingent” into the Bill would create...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson). I rise to support the Bill. It is a key part of our Conservative philosophy to back responsible financial management, and the Bill contains measures to help individuals manage their finances responsibly, which is something we all support. It is important to acknowledge the great strides this...


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