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Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Flynn

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Local News Media (19 Jan 2009)

Paul Flynn: It will be an improvement!

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (19 Jan 2009)

Paul Flynn: As part of a contribution to a slimmed down Olympics, would it not be sensible to look again at the ambitious and very expensive plans for a velopark in London and see what could be done by expanding the magnificent existing velodromes that are available for use now in Newport and Manchester?

Point of Order (21 Jan 2009)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I raise with you a matter of the gravest importance that arises from your duties to protect the rights of Back Benchers? This is an instance in which the right of Back Benchers to scrutinise Government decisions has been obstructed in a most serious and deliberate way. You were kind enough to allow me a debate in November on the decision to grant a novel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (3 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: What effect will the reclassification of cannabis have on the overcrowding of our jails?

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: The civilian deaths have been a formidable obstacle to our attempts to win hearts and minds. We have heard of a British officer being brought home for allegedly giving information to Human Rights Watch about the extent of civilian deaths. Human Rights Watch claims that there were about 1,600 such deaths last year, and the United Nations Association puts the figure at more than 2,000. What is...

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: My right hon. Friend is being generous in giving way. Does he recall that we had a military surge in Helmand province, as a result of which the number of British deaths increased from seven in 2006 to 143 now? Will not any military surge by NATO be met by an even bigger surge by the Taliban?

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle (Sir Peter Tapsell), who has been the voice of history and the voice of sanity on the subject of our debate for many years. There were many omissions from the Foreign Secretary's speech. He inadvertently gave a wholly misleading impression when he suggested, in answer to an intervention, that we have only two choices:...

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: The Foreign Secretary mentioned the police force, although I do not know whether it was in his original speech. He talked about a police force that was worth the name. The police force in Afghanistan is corrupt. Its officers are unpaid, and their only source of income is to put up roadblocks and collect tolls from the people going through. The situation is far worse now. I have been to some...

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: Part of the aim was to destroy al-Qaeda's safe place from which to organise terrorism. We have not been successful: that safe base continues, either on the borders or in Pakistan itself. Where is the threat of Taliban action in Britain? Is there any evidence that the organisation is planning terrorism here?

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: The logic of what the hon. Gentleman is saying is that if we now discovered that al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden had a base in Pakistan, we should invade Pakistan. I am sure that that is not what he means to say, but that is the logic behind it. Is it not a terrible mistake to put all these groups—al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the insurgency in Iraq, North Korea and other countries—together as one...

Lobbying (Whitehall/Westminster) (11 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: What conclusion has my hon. Friend reached on the evidence that hon. Members, particularly ex-Ministers here and in the other place, seem to be acting for large sums of money as paid stooges to outside interests? Does he think that it should be one MP, one job?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Banking Industry (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: Given the dreadful price paid by this country in blood and treasure after the previous surge of troops in Afghanistan in 2006, may we have an assurance that, before another surge is contemplated, we will have before us a full financial appraisal?

Business of the House (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: When can we have a debate on how we restore the damaged reputation of parliamentarians? If the recent examples of alleged conduct by Members of both Houses are true, and within the rules, then the rules are defective and need to be rewritten. For a start, could we introduce a mandatory register of interests of lobbyists and put in the public domain the locations—not the addresses but the...

Business of the House: Records of Detention (Review Conclusions) (26 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: Does my right hon. Friend agree that those who caused the awful deaths of our soldiers, which increased by four this week, do not differentiate between various Ferengi? We are all in the same group of alien invaders to their country. One group—America, under Bush—was certainly responsible for torture, with water-boarding and other methods, and that deep sense of grievance is the...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: The problems of the credit crunch in my constituency mainly affect the manufacturing sector. At one point, 50 per cent. of Newport's work force were involved in manufacturing, and about half of that figure are involved now. We have had serious problems, such as redundancies and short-time working in Novelis, Quinns radiators in Llanwern and Panasonic. These are terrible blows to the many...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Paul Flynn: My right hon. Friend tempts me: I came into politics as the secretary of an organisation to set up Welsh language schools in Gwent in 1969, when my late daughter came home from school and announced that she had learned her first ever Welsh song. I asked, "How does it go?" She said, "It goes like this: 'The land of my fathers is dear to me'." "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" was being taught in English in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcast Media (Disabled People) (2 Mar 2009)

Paul Flynn: What steps he plans to take to extend the accessibility to disabled people of broadcast media.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcast Media (Disabled People) (2 Mar 2009)

Paul Flynn: Does my right hon. Friend agree that modern technology has been an immense boon to millions of people who have disabilities, by extending their horizons and enriching their lives? Is it not good to see many people with disabilities presenting television programmes, and the facilities provided by audio description which allows television programmes to be fully comprehensible to the 2 million...

Business of the House (12 Mar 2009)

Paul Flynn: To honour the fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq and to remind us of the true costs of war, when can we debate early-day motion 846, as well as early-day motions 847 to 853 and 924 to 933? [That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of Lance Corporal Jake Alderton of 36 Engineer Regiment, Major Alexis Roberts, 1st Battalion...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

Paul Flynn: We could not have stopped the war in Iraq, as it was predetermined, but what we could and should have done is stopped Britain's involvement in it. I believe that we, as Members of Parliament, should now confront that dreadful mistaken decision. The most insistent voices calling for an inquiry are those of the loved ones of the fallen. They want to believe that their loved ones died in a noble...

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