Results 1–20 of 24 for brexit speaker:Chris Stephens

Speaker’s Statement: The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Chris Stephens: I do not want Brexit to happen at all because of my real fear that health services in this country could very well find their way into a trade deal with the Donald Trumps of the world. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Bill Grant) might mumble “Nonsense”, but many of us have a real fear that that is the case, so we have an opportunity in supporting the...

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Chris Stephens: The phrase “workers’ or employment rights” was absent from the Prime Minister’s statement, so will he make a commitment now that EU workers’ rights will be protected in the event of Brexit?

Backbench Business: National Shipbuilding Strategy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (11 Jul 2019)

Chris Stephens: ...industry across the UK. That affection and support crosses political boundaries, as we have seen today. Whether someone is a supporter of the Union or independence for Scotland, or indeed of Brexit or remaining in the European Union, right across thet range people care deeply about the shipbuilding industry in Scotland and the United Kingdom. As the right hon. Gentleman said—I was...

Pension Credit Changes (24 Apr 2019)

Chris Stephens: I beg to move, That this House has considered pension credit changes. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Davies. 14 January was a pivotal day: not only was there a meaningful vote on Brexit but on that day the Government announced in a written statement that from 15 May 2019 both partners in a couple need to reach state pension age to claim pension credit or pension age housing...

Defence Spending in Scotland — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (6 Feb 2019)

Chris Stephens: ..., and there is the potential to create an additional 30 jobs over the lifetime of the programme. It could also support up to 100 jobs in the supply chain across the UK, as I say. In the context of Brexit, the Government, we hope, are looking to strengthen trade ties with countries outside the EU. I would argue that Thales does that, particularly through its work in Australia. The MRVP...

Leaving the EU (21 Jan 2019)

Chris Stephens: Before Christmas, the Prime Minister assured me in the House that there were adequate civil servants in each Government Department dealing with Brexit, so will she explain why, according to a written parliamentary answer, the Department of Health and Social Care has 385 fewer civil servants than it had on 23 June 2016? What does that mean for future medical supplies in the event of a no-deal...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (7 Jan 2019)

Chris Stephens: A guid new year tae yin and a’, and mony may ye see! Will the Secretary of State confirm that the emergency services contract, and any other contracts to deal with a no-deal Brexit, will not be part of the EU procurement process or under EU procurement rules? What does he believe it means when the UK Government can produce worse procurement than the European Union?

Leaving the EU: State Aid, Public Ownership and Workers’ Rights — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Dec 2018)

Chris Stephens: ...is relevant to the present debate because if the EU referendum had been conducted according to the same rules as a trade union industrial action ballot, it would not have been possible to prosecute Brexit. The result would have failed to comply with the 40% rule that the Government insist on applying to trade unions in industrial action ballots. I shall take a sip of water now, Mr...

Leaving the EU: State Aid, Public Ownership and Workers’ Rights — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Dec 2018)

Chris Stephens: ...) Bill that seeks to simplify the status of workers in law and eliminate zero-hours contracts. I thank everyone who has contributed to this debate. SNP Members oppose neo-liberalism. We do not see Brexit as a way to enhance neo-liberalism, and if turns out to be it will be a disaster for this country—it will be a disaster for the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (17 Oct 2018)

Chris Stephens: Given the non-answers so far, can the Secretary of State tell us whether there are any circumstances in which he would support the devolution of powers to protect Scotland’s interests after Brexit—or is it the case, given his threats to resign, that he would rather resign his own position than support any measure aimed at ensuring that Scotland is protected from a hard, right-wing Tory Brexit?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (6 Sep 2018)

Chris Stephens: ...championships, which provided a great economic boost to the city. Earlier in the year, however, the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee was advised that major sporting events may shun Britain after Brexit, so will he tell us what engagement he has had with sporting bodies and the devolved nations on the potential impact of that, and will he report on his findings?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Foreign Policy Co-operation (4 Sep 2018)

Chris Stephens: What steps is the Secretary of State taking to ensure that the benefits of the European health insurance scheme for EU and UK citizens will continue post Brexit, and can he confirm reports that the UK will guarantee the rights of EU citizens to access the national health service and the social security system regardless of the outcome of negotiations?

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Chris Stephens: Given the new Brexit Secretary’s on-the-record and public views on scrapping the agency workers directive and TUPE regulations, what confidence should my constituents have that these regulations will be maintained post Brexit?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Chris Stephens: ..., renewing our passports, looking after our museums and galleries, supporting the unemployed into work and maintaining our transport system. The civil service is the engine room of the country. Brexit is a key challenge faced by the country. Clearly, it is essential that the civil service is robust and resourced effectively to face that challenge. The trade union undertook a consultative...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Directors (7 Feb 2018)

Chris Stephens: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Director General of Border Coordination for HMRC is a member of the HMRC ExCom Brexit Committee.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Chris Stephens: ...for the Joint Ministerial Committee’s role, and the extent to which they intend to use their powers. Either they respect joint working and consultation to achieve the best solutions in a post-Brexit world—in that case, the amendment should pose no challenges—or there is an agenda of bypassing the devolved Administrations at every turn, and shifting power and decision making back to...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Chris Stephens: ..., is based in Guernsey, a notorious tax avoidance hub overseen by the UK Government. Downing Street confirmed yesterday that HMRC will need up to 5,000 new staff as a direct consequence of Brexit and the UK leaving the customs union.

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Chris Stephens: ...to seriously compromise the ability to collect tax, enforce compliance and close the tax gap. They also create massive uncertainty about jobs and locations across Scotland and the UK. With Brexit looming on the horizon, the Government must now urgently review their plans for the future of HMRC and ensure that it is fit for purpose.

Bills Presented: Workers (Definition and Rights) (18 Oct 2017)

Chris Stephens: ...for more debate about the issues currently being explored by Committees following the Taylor report. The Taylor report is useful in one sense: workers’ rights are front and centre. With Brexit on the horizon, we should all be aware of how easily the rights we take for granted could disappear. The report correctly identifies that clarity in the law could be improved, but I take issue with...

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Chris Stephens: ...tribunal ruling made against them in relation to blacklisting. I share the concerns of the hon. Member for Streatham about the delays to 2018, flagged up by Unite the union. That is more pathetic Brexit-induced stalling, and yet another kick in the teeth to those who want not just justice for past wrongs but security for present and future workers. Some of the context for the move towards...


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