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Results 441–460 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

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

Paul Flynn: Does the hon. Lady recall a very spiky example here of one of the scare stories about cannabis? It was said that cannabis users were on the slippery slope and that if they started with cannabis they would end in a life of degradation in the gutter. It was followed up by Ann Widdecombe, who wanted to introduce some new punitive laws, until half the shadow Cabinet declared that they had taken...

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

Paul Flynn: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

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

Paul Flynn: Will not the hon. Gentleman respond to what was said by his right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr Lilley): skunk—that expression is only used in this country because there are different strengths of THC—is a product of prohibition just as distilled spirit, the main killer drug, was in America? Does he agree that if we end prohibition and have a legal market, people...

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

Paul Flynn: Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that the former chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Dr Nutt, made this assessment? I shall repeat what he said, to try to put the issue in perspective: we would need to stop 5,000 people taking cannabis to stop one possible case of psychosis. Although one in 5,000 is a tiny number, it is not a matter that one can ignore altogether, but...

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

Paul Flynn: I beg to move, That this House has considered an e-petition relating to making the production, sale and use of cannabis legal. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Evans, because you have played a distinguished part in debates on this issue—indeed, I might well quote some of the things you have said. One time, you complained that cannabis contained several...

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

Paul Flynn: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I have a host of stories going back to the ’80s and early ’90s, when we first had demonstrations in support of medicinal cannabis. It is a sad story. I have looked into the eyes of so many people who have said, “This is the only thing that gives me relief. Why on earth can’t I take it?”. Cannabis is the oldest medicine in the world. It has been...

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

Paul Flynn: I am grateful for the hon. Lady’s intervention. We look at the United States with incredulity because it does not accept the evidence on gun possession. We can all see the evidence; it has been shown over and over again that the more guns there are in society, the more deaths and murders take place. However, the United States will not accept that. We are in a similar state of denial on...

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

Paul Flynn: The analogy is with the fact that we deny evidence. We do not look at evidence. As I illustrated, the evidence is that controlling drugs in prison has failed. The Government went to the idiotic palaver of requiring three questions to be asked before they admitted that there is not a prison in Britain free of illegal drug use. The point is about that defensive attitude and the denial of...

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

Paul Flynn: I have not been to Northern Ireland to discuss this, but I went to the Oireachtas a number of years ago following a report on this issue; there were terrible problems with the criminal market in Dublin, as the hon. Lady will know. What we are against is the fact that we have a substance of great popularity, used by millions of people, but the market for it is controlled by irresponsible...

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

Paul Flynn: A great deal of good work has been done by the agencies and those who work in this area. The previous MP who ran the all-party group on drug misuse in this country pointed out that there is an establishment of people who are involved and have a vested interest in drug prohibition. He went every year to a group who were helping people with drug problems, but he noticed in his 15 years in...

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

Paul Flynn: Similar concerns were expressed about the Netherlands and other countries when the laws were changed. It was said that there would be drug tourism and that people would flock across, and there have been examples of that, but one hopes that the world will gradually come to its senses, through a gradual process—it is happening now—and that laws can be synchronous and work in that way, as...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Arms Sales (Human Rights) (17 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Sir David. It is a special joy to support my right hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd), who has a heroic record of working for Indict and CARDRI. She took on a lonely task, and she behaved with genuine heroism by going to inspect the wars for herself. It is a shame that previous leaders of our party...

Bill Presented — Immigration Bill: Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (17 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: I speak as an old lag of the steel industry, having worked in it for 30 years before they pensioned me off into a light job on these green Benches. I applaud the plea that my hon. Friend is making. The steel industry has a wonderful record of serving the country efficiently over many years. Let us all join in the plea, which I am sure all Members will do today, for the Government to take an...

Points of Order (17 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, we had the refreshing change of a Prime Minister’s Question Time that involved an exchange of opinions carried out in a respectful and quiet manner between two politicians. It was a wonderful antidote to the infantile bedlam we suffered for many years, which has done so much damage to the reputation of Members and this House. You have a...

Business of the House (17 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate whether the practice of commanding one person to kneel before another is demeaning to both, inconsistent with the concept of a modern monarchy and a medieval relic that should have been abandoned centuries ago?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Migration (16 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: Would the Home Secretary’s message of welcome to refugees not be strengthened if she led by example? There are 459 asylum seekers in Newport; 900 in Cardiff; seven in the Home Secretary’s constituency; two in the Chancellor’s; and none in the Prime Minister’s. As there are great advantages to refugees and communities in spreading the refugees evenly throughout the country, will she...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Civil Service Jobs (16 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: What recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the provision of civil service jobs in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Civil Service Jobs (16 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: With 30 years of whinging and whining from job gluttons, mostly from London, set against the huge success of the relocation of civil service jobs in Wales, when will we hear a strong clarion call from Welsh Ministers to defend jobs in the broad acres of Wales and away from polluted, overcrowded and congested London?

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: I will speak briefly, because unfortunately I cannot stay until the end of the debate. First, I thank those who signed the petition. It is a genuine vox pop, not something that any party brought to the House. A large number of people signed the petition because there was genuinely an explosion of anger. It is absolutely right that we listen to those voices and ensure that they are heard in...

Prayers: Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill (11 Sep 2015)

Paul Flynn: “I will make sure your loved one does not suffer.” I think that many of us have had that assurance from doctors, and what they usually mean is that they are going to operate the principle of double effect commended by two Government Members. It means they will give the patient a lethal dose, usually of morphine, that will kill them, but they play a mind game of self-deception, pretending...


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