Results 121–140 of 1516 for speaker:Owen Thompson

Electoral Commission Committee: Election Guidance (20 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: I thank the hon. Member for his excellent question. The Committee has not discussed those matters with the commission as yet. The Electoral Commission does not have a role in the regulation of political or news programmes. Ofcom is responsible for regulating broadcasters and providing guidance on impartiality, but if the Member wants to take up this issue further with the commission, it would...

Electoral Commission Committee: Election Guidance (20 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: The point is well made. As I have said, the Committee has not discussed this matter with the commission, but I am sure that the comments made by hon. Members will be heard. As I offered to the hon. Member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan), I am sure that if the hon. Member for Huddersfield wanted to discuss this matter further with the commission, it would be more than happy to meet him.

Electoral Commission Committee: Political Donations from Overseas (20 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: The Committee has not had a recent discussion with the commission on that issue. The commission publishes information about donations to ensure transparency, and it has powers to sanction political parties that accept impermissible foreign donations. It has highlighted that the political finance system is vulnerable to unlawful influence from donations overseas and in the UK, and it has...

Electoral Commission Committee: Political Donations from Overseas (20 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: Speaking as a representative of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, it would be a matter for the security services to make a full assessment of whether unlawful foreign money has been used to campaign in UK elections. However, political parties must report when they are given an unlawful donation and return it to the donor. In addition, the commission carries out checks on...

Science, Innovation and Technology: Artificial Intelligence (19 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: Whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the use of artificial intelligence.

Science, Innovation and Technology: Artificial Intelligence (19 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: AI has been used by public authorities in a wide range of contexts that affect individual rights, from facial recognition technology used by police to the system used by the Department for Work and Pensions to investigate benefits claimants. Does the Secretary of State agree that public trust in the state of AI is essential and that any changes to the law will require public support and,...

Defence Command Paper Refresh (18 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: I too thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of a draft statement, albeit that there were one or two additions on delivery. I also, perhaps pre-emptively, join in wishing him well in whatever comes next. Although I have not directly shadowed him, I certainly pass on those thoughts from my hon. Friend the Member for Angus (Dave Doogan), who has worked closely with him over a period...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Scotland (18 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on (a) immigration, (b) asylum seekers and (c) refugees.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans (18 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the comments by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs in The Guardian and other media on 4 July 2023 resulted in complaints to his Department.

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: I thank the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Margaret Ferrier) and my hon. Friend the Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan), as well as the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda), and the Minister, for taking part in the debate, but I have to say that I am disappointed in the responses from the shadow Minister and the Minister. I think perhaps we are...

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the pension retirement age for construction workers. It is pleasure to take part today, Mr Davies, and to see Members in attendance. I will open with a question: why does it always have to be the working class who suffer? The Work and Pensions Secretary says that Ministers will soon have to “grasp the nettle” to raise the state pension age to...

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: I agree entirely, and I will develop that point. Those 797,000 employees paying into a pension make up only 36% of the construction workforce. We are creating a destitute generation. Unite said: “These figures are deeply troubling…Even if workers are saving towards a pension, there is no guarantee that they are saving sufficient amounts to prevent poverty in retirement. The way that...

Construction Workers: Pension Age (12 Jul 2023)

Owen Thompson: The hon. Lady makes an excellent point. The key part of this is evaluation. Let us make sure that we have all the evidence to back up the calls that we are making. The issue has been looked at, so let us take on board the assessments and do something with them. We know that an early retirement age is possible in other industries. I thank and pay tribute to the Library for the excellent...

Opposition Day: Mortgage and Rental Costs (27 Jun 2023)

Owen Thompson: During the French revolution, the Queen of France supposedly said, “Let them eat cake”, after being told that her subjects were starving with no bread. Today, as the country faces a mortgage meltdown, our multimillionaire PM tells people that “we’ve got to hold our nerve, stick to the plan and we will get through this.” I am not sure whether he is looking to model himself as a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Radiation Exposure (27 Jun 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will meet nuclear test veterans to discuss their concerns.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Radiation Exposure (27 Jun 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what data his Department holds on the number and proportion of veterans who were involved in Britain’s nuclear testing programme in (a) Australia, (b) the South Pacific and (c) elsewhere between 1952 and 1967 who have been diagnosed as (i) being infertile and (ii) having fertility problems.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Radiation Exposure (27 Jun 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the Government (a) issuing an official apology and (b) providing compensation to Britain's nuclear test veterans.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Cost of Living (26 Jun 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support armed forces personnel with increases in the cost of living.

Defence: Topical Questions (26 Jun 2023)

Owen Thompson: While we wait for the upcoming pay review, may I ask what assessment the Minister’s Department has made of relative poverty rates among our service personnel and, while they await a significant pay rise, what work it is doing with the Department for Work and Pensions to signpost colleagues to the benefits that they are eligible for?


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