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Results 221–240 of 5000 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

Business of the House (15 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s warm support on this matter, which I have enjoyed over the years. How does today’s decision on Hinkley fit into the parliamentary timetable? It has never been properly debated here, and any new proposals have certainly not been debated here. This could be the greatest financial and technological catastrophe for 50 years. The price is a rip-off and...

Wales Bill: Transitional Provisions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: Constitutional change in Wales moves at a measured pace. It is 800 years since Wales last had the power to raise taxes. The Bill gives new dignity to our Parliament. For the first time in centuries, we have our own Parliament on the soil of our own country. I would like to associate myself with the thanks offered by the Secretary of State for Wales. I thank my friends on the Opposition...

Wales Bill: Apprenticeship levy (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: What a bleak end to the Minister’s speech! His timid conclusion is that we have to stick to the 350 MW limit, which was decided a long time ago, and ignores, without any vision, the glorious opportunity we have in Wales. If anything is the Welsh North sea oil, it is hydro and tidal power. The possibilities are enormous. The Government’s proposal of a 350 MW limit would cover the Swansea...

Wales Bill: Apprenticeship levy (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: Yes, it is arbitrary. I know my hon. Friend has connections and would like to see more jobs created in this area, as would we all. This is, in fact, the means through which the greatest number of jobs would be created. The 350 MW limit is meaningless. The Minister mentions the Silk commission, but that was a long time ago—before we realised that there was a huge question mark over Hinkley....

Wales Bill: Apprenticeship levy (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: That is because of the wisdom of the socialist Welsh Government in taking it over—nationalising it. I am glad that the Minister draws attention to that fact—this triumph of practical socialism, which is turning out to be a success, even without the level playing field and level flying field that we need. Plaid Cymru has tabled this new clause, and we believe that devolving airport duty...

Wales Bill: Apprenticeship levy (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: The hon. Lady makes a powerful point, which we should bear in mind. I believe that we should appreciate and build on the Welsh tradition of policing. The cause is a modest one. We are not asking for full independence of the Welsh police forces straight away, but that is the mood within the police force. The new clause does not call for an immediate devolution of policing, but would allow...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that point, which gets to the nub of the problem. Although we are flattered that Plaid Cymru have chosen to use the words of the Welsh Government’s policy as it was a few weeks ago, that policy has matured. In the present circumstances—very much influenced by what the Wales Governance Centre has said—it would be foolish to go ahead...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: The hon. Gentleman is surely aware of the extraordinary genesis of S4C. If not, I would like to spend an evening with him going over the convoluted actions that took place. We have S4C because Mrs Thatcher was reading Irish history at the time when Gwynfor Evans was promising to fast to death. There was a long and honourable battle, with the sacrifices of young people in Wales, to gain S4C....

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that there will be a gap there, and that was a change we did not know about. The Welsh Assembly, and partly this House, decided to have a progressive form of governing in Wales, where we recognise elements of proportional representation, although we do not welcome some of its results. It is right, however, that parties that gain 13% of the vote get...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: indicated assent.

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am sure they will and they should concern themselves with that. Another Member made the point last week that by reducing the number of Members and not reducing the number of Ministers, the Government were strengthening the power of the Executive, at the expense of Back Benchers. This is a mess and it needs an overall root-and-branch reform.

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend makes his point effectively, and I would like to pursue it if we were to go that way. My amendment was a device to make sure that we could discuss this issue, as it is a matter of major importance. As we know, the provision for a super-majority in the Assembly is not necessary, because it is almost impossible under the system we have for any party to get an overall majority; in...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. We hope to convince the Government to acknowledge the great value of Glas Cymru and to repeat that success with the railways.

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: The hon. Gentleman makes a valuable point. This is a huge success story. Why are we not shouting this from the rooftops and trying to emulate it? We could do that in the very similar situation of the rail franchise. Members might recall the distinguished Member of Parliament, Robert Adley, who produced what was, to my mind, one of the best Select Committee reports in my time on railway...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: I warmly welcome my hon. Friend’s point. Again, the Government are blind to the prospects for Wales in the area of renewable energy, particularly in hydro. We can rely on many factors, including the tide and the rain. Indeed, 2,200 MV of electricity are produced in Wales via hydro.

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: The greatest part of the movement that my party has built on over the years is the co-operative movement and its great pioneers. It is a shame that we have not developed it more as a principle. Here, however, we have the opportunity to advance that principle in relation to the reality of the railways. The purpose of the new clause is to remove the inappropriate restrictions on the exercise of...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: That is for the Government to say, but my understanding is that they will be devolved and that is the basis of new clause 3. Such a change took place in Scotland, where it was recommended by the Smith commission. It was agreed by the UK Government and legislated for in section 57 of the Scotland Act 2016, so if we look forward with optimism, the change will come about. The new clause would...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: Yes. We are working in close harmony with the Welsh Government on most of the recommendations. There is a sensible consensus between the Welsh Government, the UK Government and most parties. That is the only way forward if we are to build trust in devolution.

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am grateful to my hon. Friend—we acknowledge his expertise in this matter. We will be looking for practical solutions. We hope that this subject comes up before the next Bill, but it guarantees the eternal nature of such Bills. The Secretary of State described amendments 68 and 69 as mischievous, but I assure him that they are constructive and topical with Members having today gone...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: It is the virtual disfranchisement of 2 million, so it is wrong on that basis. The timing is wrong. Analysis of the boundary changes by Lord Hayward, a former Member of this House and Conservative peer, suggests that Labour would lose 13% of its MPs and that the Conservatives would lose 5%. Looking at the wreckage of our democratic system, which piece is being reformed?


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