All 13 results 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

Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: When I arrived in the House a few months ago I knew that democracy was not necessarily the most efficient process, but last night I realised just how dysfunctional it is at present. It was the fourth time that the Government have been defeated on a substantive issue. We are obviously spending a significant amount of valuable time on such issues, so we should be heard. We should have received...

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: I welcome the announcement of the social housing review, but will the Secretary of State please reconsider, as part of that review, my request of some weeks ago for an audit of all social housing? That would enable us to understand things such as the extent of concrete cancer and the percentage of homes with sprinklers, and therefore to best understand the scale of the problem and the...

Iran: Vauxhall (Redundancies) (16 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: Thank you for calling me, Chair. Let me begin by saying that I feel very much for the people and families who are affected by this announcement. Earlier in the year, the Prime Minister sought reassurances about safeguarding jobs. Clearly that was all a bit “peace in our time”. This is not actually about petrol, diesel, electric or C-segment; otherwise, why has the plant in...

Iran: Vauxhall (Redundancies) (16 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: Thank you for clarifying that, Chair. [Laughter.] Sorry—Mr Speaker. May I suggest that the Minister speak to Professor David Bailey of Aston university, and find out more about the impact on the components business, which underlies the reason for seeking to reduce the number of jobs in the UK? It is about the supply chain and Brexit; it is not about the C-segment.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech in this important debate. Although I have spoken several times already in the Chamber, questioning the Prime Minister and other Ministers, this is indeed my formal introduction to the House. The past five months have been extraordinary, and it is a great honour for me to represent Warwick and...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: In contrast, we have a lot of greenery around us in Warwick and Leamington, and the summer saw a significant rise in the number of communities setting themselves up in the constituency. The authorities are under huge pressure, and I really feel for them, because they are hamstrung by the planning laws as they stand. They are also not aided—

Grenfell Tower and Building Safety (5 Sep 2017)

Matt Western: Twelve weeks ago, when I heard the Prime Minister try to encourage local authorities to get in touch and to put forward samples for testing, I put it to her that encouragement was not the right route to take and that we should be mandating, but it still seems that we are inviting local authorities or housing associations to submit material. The public inquiry will inform us of its findings,...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Matt Western: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have just experienced what it is like to be the last Member called and realise that nearly all the questions have already been asked. I will try to make this one slightly fresh. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that exchange rates are seen across the world as the measure of confidence in a country and reinforce the decisions of businesses and others to invest...

Fox-Sky Merger (20 Jul 2017)

Matt Western: I thank the Secretary of State, certainly for the first part of the statement, which was about deferring the decision to refer. If she is having problems with her emails, such as getting 10,000 from 38 Degrees, I will happily take her ticket for Wimbledon so that she can spend more time in the office. I echo the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich East (Tom Watson) and my...

Energy Price Cap (3 Jul 2017)

Matt Western: Are we not tinkering at the edges and doing a little bit of window dressing? I think that we all agree that the energy market appears to be dysfunctional. We saw that best at the beginning of this year when there was an increase in tariffs across the board that bore no relation to wholesale prices, but had everything to do with the exchange rate, particularly that with the euro, as most of...

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety (26 Jun 2017)

Matt Western: In the wake of the awful disaster at Fukushima, the German Government shut down all their nuclear plants, fearing that a catastrophe such as that could happen on their soil. Surely after an event like the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we should be looking to put sprinkler systems in all our tower blocks.

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Matt Western: I have heard the word “encouragement” used a lot today. In my experience, that word is not necessarily useful when we are talking about a tragedy of this magnitude. Markets do not work with encouragement; they work with regulation. There has been an explosion in the number of student properties built in the private sector in recent years. I suggest that it is incumbent on the...

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