Results 161–180 of 1516 for speaker:Owen Thompson

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Housing (10 May 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of armed forces accommodation units are empty.

National Security Bill: Clause 28 - The foreign power condition ( 3 May 2023)

Owen Thompson: As a relatively new member of the ISC, I am finding it extremely perplexing to try to understand why the Government have such a resistance to updating the MOU. Does our Chair agree that it would be particularly useful if the Minister gave his commitment to backing the Committee’s calls to update the MOU, using his good offices, and to trying to move that forward as quickly as possible? Like...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission: Voter Authority Certificates ( 2 May 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Committee has had recent discussions with the Electoral Commission on the level of sign up for the Voter Authority Certificate.

Backbench Business: Landmine Awareness — [Mr David Mundell in the Chair] (20 Apr 2023)

Owen Thompson: I agree with most of what the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) says—he was doing so well. If anyone in this place could find a way of being in two places at once, it probably would be him. I thank, commend and congratulate the right hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) for bringing the debate forward. It is very timely, and it is important that we pay attention to...

Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Apr 2023)

Owen Thompson: My elderly constituent Anne has been in Turkey for five weeks now after her husband suffered a devastating brain bleed—he is now in intensive care. Their holiday insurance company, Staysure, has refused to pay medical bills and has so far refused to engage with me. This has resulted in Anne being stuck with extortionate medical bills and surgery costs, which she has covered by using their...

Research and Development Funding and Horizon Europe (18 Apr 2023)

Owen Thompson: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I join others in commending the hon. Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) on securing the debate. We have heard from the hon. Members for Wirral West (Margaret Greenwood), for York Central (Rachael Maskell), and for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter), who perhaps share a sense of frustration. In many ways, this is a story...

Top Secret Document Leaks (18 Apr 2023)

Owen Thompson: I will be equally brief. There are clearly serious issues to consider here, and it is very important that we avoid speculation, particularly because, as I understand it, this case is sub judice in the US. No doubt our intelligence community is working hard with its partners to review the implications and will report to the ISC. I do not want to prejudge anything, but to echo the comments of...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Food: Scotland (29 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on promoting and supporting the Scottish food and drink sector.

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill (24 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: I commend the work of the hon. Member for Aberconwy (Robin Millar) in bringing the Bill to Third Reading. As he knows, I tried to amend the Bill in Committee, to test the Committee’s mood and to see what more we can do. I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am a vice-chair of the all-parry parliamentary group on veterans, which has undertaken a...

Public Bill Committee: Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill: Clause 1 - Veterans advisory and pensions committees (15 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: I beg to move amendment 2, in clause 1, page 1, line 14, at end insert— “(2A) The regulations must provide for the membership of committees to include at least one representative of a UK veterans’ association.”.

Public Bill Committee: Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill: Clause 1 - Veterans advisory and pensions committees (15 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: I do not intend to detain Members overly long. In moving the amendments, I am perhaps chancing my arm. They are not in any way meant to take anything away from the Bill, which is a very good Bill. I commend the hon. Member for Aberconwy for the work he has done to get it to this stage, and I look forward to its progressing further, hopefully with the support of all Members. However, I could...

Public Bill Committee: Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill: Clause 1 - Veterans advisory and pensions committees (15 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: I absolutely agree. It is simply a matter of clarity. I do not think there is any intention to exclude anyone here, and I am not trying to suggest that there is. We need some clarity around that, to be sure. Finally, on amendment 3, the Bill refers to covenant matters in relation to housing, education and health, but those are not the only things our veterans need help and support with. I...

Public Bill Committee: Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill: Clause 1 - Veterans advisory and pensions committees (15 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: I will not press any amendments to a vote today, but it was important to flag the issues. If we cannot amend this Bill, can we find a mechanism to facilitate some of the things that we were trying to achieve here? It is not about putting in place a wrecking mechanism; this is all about putting in extra support. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Defence: Veterans’ Welfare (13 Mar 2023)

Owen Thompson: What efforts will be made through the recently announced review of veterans’ experiences? Following the excellent work of the survey carried out by the all-party parliamentary group on veterans, of which I am a vice-chair, what attention will be paid to the different experiences of veterans in the four nations to ensure the best possible outcomes? Sadly, they appear in many cases to have...


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