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Covid-19 Update (26 Nov 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I commend the Secretary of State for the extremely prompt action that he is taking to protect our citizens. Although these are early days—he has spoken about the uncertainty and said that we do not know enough about the new variant—does he have any assessment of the length of time for which the measures that he has announced might be necessary?

Down Syndrome Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on introducing this Bill and securing Government support for it. He gave a roll call of organisations that support people with Down’s syndrome, many of which are local. I wish to give credit to the great work of New Directions in my constituency and the support it provides to people with Down’s.

Tobacco Control Plan — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (16 Nov 2021)

Mark Pawsey: .... As we have heard, we know that it is the process of combustion that carries the harm in cigarettes, so we need to fully analyse all the non-combustible reduced-risk products available on the market and align our regulations for all of these products—as has been advocated for by the Royal College of Surgeons. Finally, we should use the new tobacco control plan as an opportunity for the...

G20 and COP26 World Leaders Summit (3 Nov 2021)

Mark Pawsey: The UK can be very proud of the commitments that we have already made, but some of our actions are in danger of making our manufacturing and particularly our heavy industry uncompetitive. May I ask the Prime Minister once again whether there is any significance in the absence from COP26 of leaders of our industrial competitors such as China and Russia? Is he confident that they can be...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Waste: Energy (29 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a carbon capture and storage initiative for energy from waste.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (29 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK delegation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Ninth Conference of the Parties plans to request the formation of an intersessional Working Group to hear evidence on the use of vaping devices as harm reduction tools.

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: Madam Deputy Speaker, I hope you will excuse me if I am a little disengaged from my speech today. I have just been sent a photograph of my newly-born grandson—[Hon. Members: “Hurray!”] —at 7 lb 3 oz, and mum and son are doing very well.

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Your remarks are most appreciated. I want to participate in today’s debate for much the same reason as my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake). I ran a business before coming here and I am also a member of the BEIS Committee, which considered the dispute between British Gas and the GMB union. I want to start off by considering the...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I think I understand the point, and I think the hon. Lady, if she has been here throughout the debate, will understand that there is a desire from this side for that not to happen, and for discussions and negotiations to take place at a much earlier stage. We have had reference to the ACAS paper that was published in June 2021, which of course makes interesting reading. It tells us that...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I was in the process of setting out the scenarios identified by ACAS in its paper of June 2021 on where dismissal and reinstatement had been used. The final point, which has been made by Conservative Members in particular, is the challenge of business survival in the current circumstances, with covid, and the need for businesses to get through an incredibly difficult time. The ACAS paper also...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I, and the majority of Conservative Members, are in agreement with the hon. Gentleman. We want those discussions to take place at an earlier stage. Centrica believed that it was a requirement to issue a section 188 notice at an early stage, because redundancies might be necessary. That was a matter of the interpretation of law.

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his contribution. I think we are in agreement—we want that to happen. The legal advice that a substantial UK corporation received was that that was necessary, and he and I will need to look again at the contribution of my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Laura Farris), which sets out an alternative way of dealing with such issues. From the Centrica...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: The hon. Member for Brent North (Barry Gardiner) accused my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Laura Farris) of overegging the cake. Is not the shadow Minister doing exactly that?

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee took evidence from British Gas Centrica. Its concerns were that its workers were being paid 30% to 50% more than other people in that sector. There was a question about the viability of the business. What the company wanted to do was to increase working hours by two-and-a-half hours per week. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that businesses...

Business of the House (21 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: The biggest single item in my inbox is constituents telling me about the challenges in getting face-to-face appointments with their GPs. They tell me about lengthy queues on outdated telephone booking systems. One constituent even told me that the NHS had refused to give them details of the guidelines on refusing face-to-face appointments. The Government have announced some measures in the...

International Trade: Free Trade Agreements (21 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: What recent progress her Department has made on securing free trade agreements with countries around the world.

International Trade: Free Trade Agreements (21 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: I very much welcome the trade deals that the Government have secured, particularly the most recent one with New Zealand, but trade deals are a first step and it is now for British businesses to take advantage of them. Does the Minister agree that the role of skilled, professional salespeople with business-to-business selling skills will be critical to ensuring that we get the projected value...

Net Zero Strategy and Heat and Buildings Strategy (19 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: Rugby is at the heart of National Grid’s gas pipeline network, which runs across the country from one side to the other. In the summer, I visited National Grid’s Churchover site, which is a substantial national asset. We know that harmful emissions from gas can be reduced in the short term by putting hydrogen up to 20% in the existing natural gas network, and in the longer term we can...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Question (19 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: What steps he is taking to increase the number of in-person GP appointments.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Health Education (11 Oct 2021)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State and Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's data on vaping published on 4 March 2020 and 23 February 2021 which show that the number of people vaping in England has plateaued, whether he plans to increase communications to smokers on ways to quit tobacco, including the use of less harmful alternatives to smoking.


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