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Results 241–260 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

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

Paul Flynn: This is one of those occasions to which we return every four or five years, and I am afraid that we are doomed to do so for the foreseeable future, because this is not the final word. We are all grateful for the amount of consensus on the Bill. Its main features are progressive and they will introduce stability and a new dignity to the Assembly, which is winning more respect for its position...

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

Paul Flynn: The right hon. Gentleman will remember that when elections for police and crime commissioners first took place, only 14% of the electorate voted; one polling station in my constituency achieved an unbeatable world record because no one voted there. When those elections were held on a day that coincided with other elections, 45% of the electorate voted. Is it not best that we and the Assembly...

Business of the House (8 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: Will the Leader of the House give us the business for next week?

Business of the House (8 Sep 2016)

Paul Flynn: We thank the Leader of the House for his answers. We are all basking in the reflected glory of the brilliant successes of our Olympians, and we too acknowledge the pioneering work in this country on the introduction of the concept of the Paralympic games. We all wish our Paralympians well. If there is a minor quibble, it is that this is an odd moment, when we are celebrating our sporting...

Backbench Business: Summer Adjournment (21 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: It is heartening to end on a climactic point and to congratulate Mrs Fitzpatrick on her award. This has been a splendid debate. It is one of the joys of Parliament that we have a day on which we can discuss these matters. It is politics in miniature, as we discuss matters that are of protozoan importance nationally, but of vast, gigantic importance in our constituencies. I have the pleasure...

School Funding: Business of the House (21 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: Will the Leader of the House give us the business for September?

School Funding: Business of the House (21 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: It is a great pleasure to echo the words of the Leader of the House, particularly concerning Noeleen Delaney, who we all know as a valued friend, adviser and comforter over many, many years, and all the other members of staff who serve us so faithfully. After the recent days, we might consider accelerating progress on making this place a habitable accommodation for staff, many of whom have...

Business of the House (14 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: Will the Leader of the House give us the business for next week?

Business of the House (14 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: When can we have a debate on recidivism? This problem has not been reduced by any Government in the past 43 years. The cycle of repeated offending goes on and on, and it is now afflicting politics. Yesterday’s Prime Minister committed political suicide by giving into his party and ordering a referendum that guaranteed the destruction of his premiership. Are we seeing the same thing repeated...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: The Secretary of State’s answers have been predictably vacuous and ambiguous. I want to give him a chance to boost his promotion hopes today by flouting all parliamentary traditions and giving a straight answer. Brexit is perilous to Wales, especially to the steel industry. There will be an immediate loss of £600 million, and there could be further losses later. The simple question—a...

Wales Bill: “Part 8C (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: As the process is ongoing, do we not have a responsibility to catch up with information that was not available to the Silk commission? I do not think that the Newport barrage and Cardiff barrage were envisaged at that time. How does it make sense for the Welsh Government to have control over the Swansea lagoon, but not over the Newport and Cardiff lagoons?

Wales Bill: “Part 8C (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: Wales suffered for centuries the dirt, the pollution and the danger of extracting coal from the ground, while the comfort and the money made from it was enjoyed throughout the United Kingdom. Nobody wants to go back to that. The sources of power I specifically mentioned were hydropower and tidal power. They are not only very good neighbours but they can enhance the landscape by providing...

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: We will press amendment 123 to a Division, but I beg to ask leave to withdraw amendment 118. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Clause 3 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill. Schedule 1

Wales Bill: “Part 8C (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: These considerable and weighty clauses will bring significant benefits to the people of Wales. We are grateful for the improvements that have taken place as a result of the Government accepting the criticisms made of the draft Bill. Real progress is being made. The main issues I wish to raise with this group of amendments involve energy, because there is a great opportunity for Wales to...

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider breaking the pattern we have had of passing Wales Bills and, then, five years later, coming back to try to undo the damage we have done with the previous Bill? Will he accept the spirit of unanimity on this side of the Committee when we point out the problem with many of these reservations? Take, for instance, the reservation on dangerous dogs, as was...

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: I think that would be entirely appropriate. The hon. Gentleman reminds us of matters that were subjects of great passion at the time. I believe they did—as many points in history have—concentrate the feelings of those in Wales about their national identity and what was seen to be an injustice against the people of Wales. I remember the events vividly.

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am very happy to record that. It is also worth mentioning that Tryweryn was opposed by every Welsh Member of this House. That opposition was not confined to any one group or party, although there were certain people who led it, as my hon. Friend has suggested. I look back with pride to the time when Labour MPs and peers took part in the early days of establishing a Welsh identity,...

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for pointing that out. We agree with many of the amendments that he and his party have tabled, although we want to have further consultations on some of them. The speed at which the Bill is going through—although very agreeable—means that we have not yet consulted certain groups or individuals. We might not support the hon. Gentleman’s amendments in...

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: I beg to move amendment 118, page 2, line 28, after “7A)” insert “and is not ancillary to another provision (whether in the Act or another enactment) that does not relate to a reserved matter”. Clause 3 establishes the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales. This amendment makes clear that the Assembly has power to make provision touching upon reserved matters...

Wales Bill: Legislative competence (11 Jul 2016)

Paul Flynn: Since we met in Committee last week, we have had the wonderful celebration of the Wales team’s great achievement in the European cup, which is a matter of enormous pride to us as a nation. I was delighted to see the celebrations on Saturday, which were the biggest thing to happen in Cardiff since VE-day and VJ-day, which I am sure we both remember, Mr Hoyle, if not since when Cardiff won...


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