Results 1–20 of 48 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matt Western

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: In the statement the Minister says, “We have been monitoring Carillion closely since its first profit warning in July 2017”. For 18 months, however, from March 2016 until July 2017, Carillion was the most shorted stock on the UK stock exchange. In fact in July, after the 70% drop in share price, there was still a 21% shorting of the stock. Just how closely were the Government...

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I am interested to hear the Minister’s specific comments on One Public Estate and the fact that this authority has chosen to ignore the possibilities offered by the Government’s own policy on that. Also, will he concentrate on the 40% figure, where the authority is failing against it at a 0% level?

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I beg to move, That this House has considered new offices for Warwick District Council. Thank you, Mr Howarth, for giving me the opportunity to debate this issue, which is of immediate concern to residents in Warwick district, which includes my constituency of Warwick and Leamington, part of the neighbouring constituency of Kenilworth and Southam and part of the Stratford constituency. At...

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point. At a time when local authorities are restructuring under the pressure of budgetary restraint, that could be an option, but there are other options, such as moving into vacant buildings that the authority owns. He is right to highlight that point, and I will come on to develop it. How can a council that is likely to impose a 3% council tax increase in...

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I thank my hon. Friend, who makes the point so well, as ever. Currently, in Warwick district—I am sure there are other examples around the country—only 27% of housing plans that have been approved are for affordable housing. The council itself is approving 0% affordable housing, so there is a much wider implication for the principle and for necessary housing, as he said. If the...

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point but his conclusion is wrong. There is a huge opportunity for all local authorities. His Government previously proposed One Public Estate, which was a genuine and sincere ambition to get authorities around the table to review all public assets and decide how they can best be used for the future delivery of services. The Warwick proposal is an example of...

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I thank my hon. Friend for a valuable intervention. She is so right. The precedent is dangerous not only for Warwick district but across the country. It could almost become case law, in that people will cite examples from elsewhere and use them for their own ends. That is one of the fundamental flaws in the existing policy. Furthermore, there are question marks over the transparency of the...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I am reminded that sometimes in life you have to be very careful what you wish for. Perhaps that is at the very core of the challenge facing the Government in delivering Brexit. They are not entirely sure what 52% of the public actually wanted. What did they seek to leave? Was it the single market or elements of the single market, and did they fully appreciate the implications of leaving the...

Local Authority Housing (20 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: Does the Minister accept that many authorities are struggling, particularly with the allocation of housing through developers? The viability studies supposedly always prevent such houses being built. As we have recently seen with Persimmon, the lack of viability is purely because the developers do not make enough profit. They are in fact making huge profits, but there are just no teeth...

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: Will the Minister clarify that we are talking about a real-terms fixed amount for police and crime commissioners’ budgets, and that in reality we are taxing the most vulnerable more to pay for those services? The PCC is saying to me that the top-slicing will lead to a reduction in policing on our streets.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: Does the Secretary of State agree that the worst place for someone to be in any negotiation is when they have fixed and declared their own deadline? In tabling amendment 381, the Government have effectively put a gun to their own head.

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: The agreement, as written on Friday, states that commitments relating to Ireland will be “upheld in all circumstances, irrespective of the nature of any future agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.” Can the Prime Minister confirm that that is absolute?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: Will the Secretary of State confirm today that Brexit is the “easiest thing in human history”? If it is, how is it that the Government are incapable of making it so?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: This was before my time, so correct me if I am wrong; a few years ago it was voted through that Members of Parliament would receive a pay increase. If the principle was right then for MPs and it was seen to be appropriate, why is it not appropriate for all our public sector to receive a pay increase?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: rose—

Social Mobility Commission (4 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: Will the Minister confirm whether he or the Education Secretary has had the chance to speak to any members of the board since their resignation and to establish whether the wholesale closure of our children’s centres across the country, including the 25 in Warwickshire, contributed to their resignations?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Matt Western: The issue is not having a boundary review, but what has initiated it, which is the reduction in the number of MPs from 650 to 600. If we compare the average number of constituents in 1955 with the present day, the proposals in the review will increase that number by 40%.


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