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Kent Coast Railway Line — [Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] (10 Mar 2010)

Hugh Robertson: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale) on securing the debate. In our part of the world he is regarded with great affection and respect, and on the evidence of this afternoon's debate it is easy to see why. My constituency is in effect two smaller constituencies-the Faversham end and the mid-Kent end-and is bisected by three railway lines. In the south there is...

Bill Presented — Representation of the People (Undue Influence) Bill: Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) (10 Mar 2010)

Patrick Cormack: At last, Mr. Speaker, I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the extension of Christmas Day restrictions on the opening of retail premises to Remembrance Sunday; and for connected purposes. After what I can describe only as a very fractious hour, I hope that the modest proposal that I shall make to the House will unite us. Every week, in Prime Minister's...

Maidstone East Line (6 Jan 2010)

John Stanley: Almost exactly four years ago, on 14 December 2005, I initiated a debate in this House on the integrated Kent rail franchise, which had just been awarded to Govia and its rail subsidiary, Southeastern. In my contribution to that debate, I referred to the substantial growth along the Maidstone East line that was taking place, not least in the mini-new town of Kings Hill in my constituency,...

Deferred divisions: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (2 Dec 2009)

Ann Widdecombe: We are witnessing a very sad exhibition of very unworthy tactics. Unfortunately, all this will do is to compound the reputation that we already have of being in a muddle, and of being untrustworthy in how we handle this wider issue. A motion, of which we all had due notice, was on the Order Paper, and you, Mr. Speaker, had selected an amendment, which means that you considered that amendment...

Equality Bill: New Clause 41 — Irrelevance of alleged discriminator's characteristics (2 Dec 2009)

Ann Widdecombe: I will not waste time. I shall speak to amendment 32, standing in my name, and to amendment 31, standing in the name of the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton (Jim Dobbin), who apologises for not being able to be here today. I believe it is fundamental to a democratic society that nobody should be obliged to affirm, participate in, make money out of or promote something that is directly...

Equality Bill: New Clause 40 — Enquiries about disability and health (2 Dec 2009)

Ann Widdecombe: ..., Mr. Deputy Speaker. In a situation in which we have limited time to debate a large number of amendments, is it really within the spirit of our proceedings that the Minister should take almost an hour and still not finish?

Bill Presented: Clause 61 — Hatred against persons on grounds of sexual orientation (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: This has been an interesting debate. However hard I try to make it absolutely clear to the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) and the hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) and, indeed, to my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor), who has shifted his place-

Bill Presented: Clause 45 — Meaning of "qualifying trigger" (9 Nov 2009)

Claire Ward: The right hon. and learned Gentleman and I are clearly not going to agree on the issue, and unfortunately the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) and I are not going to agree either-whether it is on sets of circumstances, sexual infidelity or drunken owls. In the remaining time, I want to deal with some of the other points. The hon. Member for Cambridge referred...

Uk Border Agency (22 Oct 2009)

Alan Campbell: First, may I congratulate the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on securing this important debate and on raising, at the core of her remarks, constituency matters with her usual diligence? I am grateful that she appreciates the need both to have clear rules and to enforce them, and also for her understanding of the problems that sometimes occur when they are...

Parliamentary Standards Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Campbell-Savours: The noble Lord, Lord Lester, has raised an extremely important issue, one of the most important issues that we deal with only tangentially in this Bill. It is something that has caused me anguish over a number of years. I served on the Members' Interests Committee in the House of Commons from 1983 to 1992 and on the Privileges Committee from 1996 to 2001. There were a number of occasions when...

Care Homes (Domestic Pets) (8 Jul 2009)

Nick Palmer: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for residents of care homes to keep domestic pets in certain circumstances; and for connected purposes. In addition to the subject of the title of the Bill, I propose to discuss sheltered accommodation. I am pleased to be able to present this Bill today and delighted to have received so much cross-party support for what...

Department for Transport: Road Safety (2 Jul 2009)

Robert Goodwill: I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs. Ellman), the Chair of the Select Committee, on its report. As a former member of the Committee, I know what good work it does and I remember with great affection her predecessor, Gwyneth Dunwoody, who always treated its members kindly—that generosity of spirit was not always extended to those hapless witnesses who gave evidence...

Business of the House (25 Jun 2009)

George Young: Further to the question of my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe), the new rules that come into effect next Wednesday are virtually unworkable. If I make an after-dinner speech and my wife is presented with a bouquet of flowers, those become registrable. Under the Parliamentary Standards Bill, failure to register becomes a criminal offence—and if I...

Election of Speaker (22 Jun 2009)

Ann Widdecombe: Mr. Williams, I think I am unique in this contest. [Hon. Members: "Hear, hear!"] What is unique is that I propose myself as an interim Speaker, rather than as a permanent or long-term appointee. The reason I do that is that I have become convinced that what we need, between now and the next election—after the next election will be too late—is the restoration of the reputation of this...

Public Bill Committee: Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [Lords]: Clause 29 (11 Jun 2009)

Julia Goldsworthy: Conservative Members think that the clause will water down the Widdecombe rules, and I share some of their concerns that it does appear to be a partial process: it will remove the salary restrictions but will not seek to put anything else in its place. Simply imposing an arbitrary wage level may not make sense, because some posts with lower wages may be politically sensitive and other posts...

Business of the House: Gurkhas (21 May 2009)

Martin Salter: In a month that has been appalling for the House of Commons and made many of us feel almost ashamed to be here, I want to say unequivocally that I am proud to be a Member of the House of Commons today. This has been a rare good day for Parliament. I invite the Home Secretary to pay tribute to the work of the all-party group on Gurkha rights, and in particular the hon. Member for Colchester...

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

Ann Widdecombe: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As a mere ex-Home Office Minister, I do not have a clue about all these matters, so perhaps you could enlighten me. How can we have an amendment accepted that says that we will not take any decisions until Kelly has reported and at one and the same time take a decision that will be binding?

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Third Reading (29 Apr 2009)

Baroness Andrews: My Lords, the amendments that I am bringing forward in this group were the subject of debate at different stages, and your Lordships' views were made very clear. I promised during our last debate on this issue to take what was then an opposition amendment away for consideration. These amendments, therefore, address one aspect of what has become known as the Widdecombe rules—the link between...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Gurkha Settlement Rights (29 Apr 2009)

Phil Woolas: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point. There are some in the House who have campaigned consistently to abolish the 1997 cut-off date. I think the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) and my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter) have made those points, and there are others, but I raise the issue because the Government stand accused of betrayal....

Written Answers — Home Department: Passports: Immigrants (20 Apr 2009)

Ann Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time to determine an application for a travel document by a person with indefinite leave to remain is.

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