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Results 481–500 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

New Nuclear Power (17 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: rose—

New Nuclear Power (17 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: Mr Bone, there is some time left. It is normal to allow the proposer to use that time—

New Nuclear Power (17 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: There is time left.This is the normal practice. I just want to say that it was a very disappointing response from the Minister, who stuck to a civil service script that had been carefully manicured and presented by her, with a series of platitudes that we all know about. She is not facing up to the crisis that exists in nuclear power at the moment—

New Nuclear Power (17 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: I beg to move, That this House has considered new nuclear power. Nuclear power was promised as an energy source that would be too cheap to meter. It is now too expensive to generate. If we were planning a nuclear policy from scratch, would we choose to do a deal with two French companies, one of which is bankrupt, while the other, Électricité de France, has a debt of €33 billion? Would we...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Voter Engagement (11 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. We shared the experience of sitting on the Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform, which lasted for one Parliament only. The Committee had many enlightening evidence sessions on this matter. It might be as well to record that in our last meeting with the Electoral Commission, it gave special praise to electoral...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Voter Engagement (11 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: The difference between us and royalty is that we have been elected. [Interruption.] That is slightly off the subject, I agree, but where are the tributes to the heroes of democracy, who are the reason why we are here and the reason why we exist? Thanks to Mr Speaker, there is a tiny exhibition about Chartists on the top corridor, and that is welcome. There are a few tributes to suffragettes...

Business of the House (11 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: Before our mission in Iraq creeps beyond the 900 mark, should we not debate the calamitous decisions that sent 632 of our brave British soldiers to their deaths in Iraq and Helmand, lest we again try to punch above our weight militarily, which always leads to our dying beyond our responsibilities?

Points of Order (9 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This concerns the deteriorating character of Prime Minister’s Question Time, which is doing so much damage to the reputation of the House and the reputation of politics. Last week the Prime Minister asked the acting Leader of the Opposition four questions, almost more than she asked him. Just before the end of the last Parliament, he answered a question by...

Business of the House (4 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: The House was at its best yesterday, but also at its worst in another degrading spectacle of Prime Minister’s Question Time, which was an exchange of insults and non-responses. May we debate early-day motion 51, which seeks to reinvent the format for Question Time so that it retains the robust questioning but is carried out in an atmosphere of calm and mutual respect? [That this House is...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (3 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: What recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Occupied Palestinian Territories (3 Jun 2015)

Paul Flynn: May I welcome the right hon. Lady back to her post, which she fulfilled with great distinction in the previous Parliament? We are all aware of the terrible situation in Gaza, where more than 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed and not one of them has been rebuilt. Will she use her office to persuade the Israelis that, from the point of view of humanitarian need and future peace,...

Business of the House (28 May 2015)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate early-day motions 4 to 30? [That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces who served in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of Captain Thomas Clarke, aged 30, from Cardiff, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, aged 29, from Birmingham, Warrant Officer Class 2 Spencer Faulkner, aged 38, Corporal James Walters, aged 36, from Cornwall, Lance Corporal Oliver...

Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2): Procedure of the House (26 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I believe that the Leader of the House has a choice in front him: withdrawal of this motion or humiliation in the Division Lobbies. It is clear from all those hon. Members who have spoken from all corners of the House that what is happening is entirely unacceptable to us. When hon. Members left in 2010, we did so at the worst time for Parliament. We were being pilloried in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Today’s Business of the House (26 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: It will be said of the present Leader of the House that nothing demeaned him as much as the manner of his leaving, with a mean, spiteful kick at the best reforming Speaker we have had for 30 years. The task of this Parliament after the nightmare of the expenses scandal was to restore the public’s faith, but we leave with a House that is unreformed. It is still possible to buy a peerage and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Undercover Policing (26 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Like most of us here with a lifelong trust in the integrity of the police and security services, I had the very disturbing experience a few weeks’ ago, with the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, of reading the report on Operation Tiberius. We were not allowed to have cameras or phones with us. The information in that document is deeply shocking. It is a story of decades of conspiracies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Undercover Policing (26 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. There are pressing reasons why this point of order has to be taken now; it is one I raise with great reluctance. I overheard, as did several others, an hon. Member saying that he had been instructed by a Deputy Speaker on speaking in the later procedure debate, including on what kind of speech to make. May we ask that whoever is due to chair that debate is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Zero-hours Contracts (26 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: If he will ensure that employees working on zero-hours contracts who are in practice working regular hours over an extended period have the right to a fixed-term contract.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Zero-hours Contracts (26 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: May I take the Minister forward to the morning of 8 May, when she will be in her kitchen having a moment of kitchen candour over her muesli, liberated from control by the thought police of the Tory nomenklatura, and she will be making a judgment on her Department’s legacy on the question of the most vulnerable of workers, those on low pay and on zero-hours contracts? Would that verdict not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: The Deputy Prime Minister promised in the coalition agreement to set a limit on the number of special advisers. There were 71 under Labour. There are 107 now, including 20 in his office, at a cost of £1,200,000. Does he believe in leading by exhortation rather than example?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Government Efficiency and Reform (23 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Why has there been no reform of the continuing parliamentary scandals of cash for access to politicians and cash to buy peerages? Why has there been no brake on the revolving door that allows retiring Ministers to prostitute their insider knowledge to the highest bidder, and why are there no controls over lobbyists who are still free to buy influence and privilege in this House? Is not the...


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