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Results 421–440 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Nov 2015)

Paul Flynn: Will the Prime Minister spare a thought on Armistice Day for the 633 of our bravest and best who died as a result of two political mistakes: 179 in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and 454 in the Helmand incursion that promised that no shot would be fired? Will he rethink his own plan to order more of our brave soldiers to put their lives on the line in the chaos...

Points of Order (29 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: rose—

Points of Order (29 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: rose—

Points of Order (29 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. The Committee that set up the Chilcot inquiry was the old Public Administration Committee under Tony Wright. At that time, there were misgivings about the form of the inquiry, and the suggestion was made that the inquiry should be run by Parliament directly, which would have been an entirely new form of inquiry. Would it not have been better if...

Business of the House (29 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate the convention that serving Prime Ministers are not invited to give evidence to Select Committees? There is compelling evidence now that three Prime Ministers were unwittingly but directly involved in an enterprise that cost the taxpayers many millions of pounds. Is it not important, too, that we understand why three Prime Ministers were infatuated by the delusional...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (29 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: The port of Newport is the second largest steel handling port in the United Kingdom and it is likely to suffer grievously from the current steel closures. What has the Minister done to assess the consequential job losses in transport and elsewhere as a result of the Government’s neglect of the steel industry? Will he persuade his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to end his policy of...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate early-day motion 599? [That this House judges the Chinese investment in Hinkley Point C to be an act of desperation to rescue the failed EPR design after all prudent investors, including Centrica, have fled; is appalled by catastrophic delays and financial losses at all other EPR reactors; notes that Flamanville is six years late and costs had tripled to 10.5 billion euros...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Steel Industry (20 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: As a former steelworker of 31 years’ standing, may I say that Chinese dumping and Government neglect are killing the British steel industry while the Government are simultaneously gifting future nuclear jobs to China? Is not the posture of this Government towards China today that of a supplicant fawning spaniel licking the hand that beats it?

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: I had the distressing experience of hearing the evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, particularly that of the mother who founded the Angelus Foundation, and heard the terrible experience she had with a young, beautiful, ambitious, gifted daughter whose life was taken away from her by the use of a legal high. Quite rightly, we all empathise with that. We all want to stop that. We all want...

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: How will the Bill reduce the prevalence of Spice in prisons, when all illegal drugs are freely available in all our prisons?

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in Lisbon has reported that the lifetime use of these substances in Ireland before the ban was 16%, but that four years after the ban it had increased to 22%. Is it not true that almost every drug ban has resulted in an increase in usage?

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: Can the Minister tell us the effect of the ban on khat? The reports are that its use continues, but it has gone underground and become more expensive. Or what about the ban on mephedrone? There was a report that in my area after the ban its use increased by 300%. How many bans reduce drug harm and use?

Capel Celyn Reservoir (50th Anniversary) (14 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: I warmly congratulate the hon. Lady on reminding us of these events that took place 50 years ago. I think I am one of the few people in this debate today who has memories of it, because I was a mature politician at that time. The most remarkable figure that she has cited is that only one of Wales’s MPs supported the flooding of Capel Celyn. We had this extraordinary unanimity. Welsh MPs at...

House Business Committee (14 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: I congratulate my hon. Friend on raising this important subject, as he has for many years. The lesson is that all Governments and Governments-in-waiting are power retentive, with an addiction to hanging on to every scrap of power. They think that, in setting up a House Business Committee through which the House decided its own business, they would lose a minute part of their power. Because of...

Welfare Benefit Changes — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (14 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: I will be uncharacteristically brief because of the large number of people here from whom we will hear valuable contributions. The shame of the Government Back Benchers is eloquently displayed by their total absence. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on a splendid speech and on raising this subject. I want to make one point, on the question of...

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: I am afraid that, as usual, the point of the debate has been missed. It is not my debate, but the debate of the 220,000 people who tried a new procedure—this is only the second time it has been used—to ask that the House debate this subject. Our chief task in this Parliament is to restore the reputation of this place. Democracy was invented in Greece 2,500 years ago and has come to us in...

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: As the right hon. Gentleman said, there is a belief that persists. Recently, one of the legal highs was criminalised, and the result in my area was a 300% increase in its use. We cannot go on believing that we are the masters of the universe. We are throwing 2 million or 3 million of our young people into the hands of irresponsible gangsters. We should ensure that these drugs are controlled...

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: Will the Minister give way?

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: The Minister says that he is keen to look at evidence, so will he re-read the report of the Home Affairs Committee? With a Tory majority, it looked at the subject very seriously for a whole year, and concluded that what happened in Portugal was entirely beneficial, with no harmful effects, and is now supported by all parties in Portugal, as well as the police there. Why does he think that an...

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Paul Flynn: That was the Select Committee’s view.

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