Results 1–20 of 80 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

Vauxhall Factory, Ellesmere Port (20 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: I concur with my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field). Does my hon. Friend agree that the statement made by the CEO of the PSA Group, Carlos Tavares, is a canary in the mine? It is the first warning about Brexit and the serious impact it will have on our economy.

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: I very much welcome the Bill and its variation to the Housing and Planning Act 2016. In particular, I welcome the fact that it will seek an exemption for survivors of domestic abuse, so that councils will be compelled to offer life-time tenancies to those victims being offered local authority housing. Clearly, this addresses the concern that, in being offered a less secure tenancy, it would...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the best opportunities for local authorities to provide some of this housing is for them to use the assets in their portfolio—that is, their land—to start to build council housing and to prioritise social housing?

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: The hon. Gentleman has been very generous with his time. What struck me most—I am sure that this was the case for many people in the Chamber—was just how many countries, particularly in Europe, have agreed and licensed this product. Therefore the cost-benefit analysis has been done, and therefore it is now incumbent on the Government—the Secretary of State—and the NHS...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: Following the global financial crash, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009, introduced by Obama, saw $800 billion of investment pumped into the US economy, leading to the most sustained period of growth. By contrast, the UK embarked on a sustained period of austerity, and UK growth is now half that of the US and the eurozone. Which was the right ideological choice?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance Settlement 2018-19 (12 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: What assessment he has made of the effect of the local government finance settlement 2018-19 on the ability of local authorities to meet their statutory responsibilities.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance Settlement 2018-19 (12 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: In a letter to the Secretary of State last month, the Conservative leader of Warwickshire County Council stated that in the council’s view the current funding model for local government is unsustainable. Is she correct?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: On 1 March we saw the relaunch of the parliamentary campaign for council housing, bringing together MPs in all parties to call for the mass building of council housing. Can the Secretary of State, or a Minister specify what the Department is doing to accelerate the expansion of the building of council housing?

Business of the House (1 Mar 2018)

Matt Western: Three weeks today will mark the sad anniversary of the tragic attack on Westminster, which saw five people killed on Westminster Bridge and the death of PC Keith Palmer. Will the Leader of the House give the House an idea of what plans there are to mark that occasion? I would also be grateful if she could support my early-day motion 938, which calls for Carriage Gates in New Palace Yard to...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Matt Western: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bolton West (Chris Green). Since 2010, rough sleeping has risen by 169% nationally and the number of households accepted as homeless has increased by a half. Incredibly, for the sixth largest economy in the world approaching the third decade of the 21st century, there are now 120,000 children living in temporary accommodation. Two weeks ago the...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Matt Western: Two words? Thursday sees the relaunch of the cross-party group on council housing. All hon. Members are very welcome to join us.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Matt Western: Does the Minister accept that the transparency that is being sought is down to the public demanding it? After all these years of difficulty, and at a time when so many communities face council tax increases of 5%, there seems to be an inherent unfairness in the tax system.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Matt Western: At the same time as corporation tax is being reduced overall—I accept the point about the bank surcharge—does the Minister not accept that we are seeing a significant increase in council tax for the public?

Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (21 Feb 2018)

Matt Western: All of us in the House will have been saddened last week by the tragic death of a homeless man just yards from here. Will the Minister tell us how the Cabinet Office is working with all Departments to ensure that this crisis is resolved quickly?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: Businesses always look at forecasts, do modelling, look at outcomes and then make investments accordingly and choose which option to take. What we are seeing from the Government is a lot of muddling and not much modelling.

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I refer the House to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. In the past week, Mark Carney and Jaguar Land Rover and have blamed Brexit on the fall in growth and business respectively. For Jaguar Land Rover, this is resulting in prolonged shutdowns and declining production. This is happening now. Will the Minister accept the reality of what is happening and...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. This is always the issue when an early adopter picks up on a product in any sector. I remember the first smart products such as the mini-computers of yesterday—PalmPilots and all those things. If one was not careful, one bought the wrong product and got caught out. The crucial part of this is ensuring that Governments take the lead, but...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Matt Western: I accept the hon. Lady’s point. What I said was factually correct; I was just trying to point out the disparity between areas. Good for Orkney, but this is about getting other areas to come along and invest to set up these infrastructures as well. At present, there are multiple charging point operators across the UK, each with their own plugs, software, customer charges, billing systems...

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