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Results 501–520 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

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Disgracefully, the Minister has not mentioned the South Wales Argus. We should point to the vacuity of his contribution, however. We would like him to say something, rather than indulging in a shameless attempt to get mentioned in the papers tomorrow.

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I am grateful to you for calling me at this point in the debate, Mr Rosindell, because as I reach the near halfway point of my parliamentary career, you have given me a special distinction. In the debate in the Chamber last Thursday, there were a great many speeches and I was the final speaker to be called. The Thursday before that I was also the final speaker to be called and I am the last...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I agree very much. I will tell a story about my local paper, I will play the game as well and say what I think about them. When I was first elected to this place, it was in spite of the local paper. The then editor made it clear to me many times. This was in 1987. It did an editorial on each constituency and recommended that its readers vote Labour in four constituencies, but when it came to...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Does my hon. Friend share my distress at the departure of our hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell), because that will deprive the House of diversity? Our greatest problem in the House is in getting a House that is as diverse as the nation, and his departure will add to the terrible shortage of octogenarians here. Is that not a terrible shame?

Business of the House (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: The Leader of the House will be remembered in Wales as one of the most agreeable alien governor-generals we have had, in a period when he had the great good fortune to meet the wonderful Welsh woman who was to become his wife. Can he add further lustre to his reputation today by looking at a profoundly anti-democratic measure that was blocked by several voices last night? It would remove from...

Energy and Climate Change: Barts Health NHS Trust (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: It has been very disappointing that the Minister, for whom I have a very high regard, has dealt with this disgrace with a crudely political response. Does she not agree that an important element in the recovery of all patients is for them to have faith in their doctors and in the health service? No Government have done more than this one to undermine confidence in the health service...

Energy and Climate Change: Tidal Power (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: What support his Department plans to provide to the development of the proposed tidal lagoon project near Newport.

Energy and Climate Change: Tidal Power (19 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: The belated recognition by the Government of the enormous advantages of tidal power is very welcome. They should examine what has been taking place for the past 50 years at La Rance in Brittany, where the cheapest electricity in the world is being generated. Will the Secretary of State look at the other schemes? The schemes at Newport are far better value than the Swansea scheme. However, we...

Delegated Legislation: New Clause 1 — TfL assets for development (disclosure) (16 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I am listening with interest to my hon. Friend’s brief remarks, and as someone who has been a resident of London for the past 28 years, I am greatly concerned by the serious matters he is raising. Would it not be premature to advance this Bill in any way now, and would it not be a suitable matter to be debated and voted on in the general election as a major issue?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: It is a happy coincidence that this debate follows the statement on the Ebola crisis and what will be a magnificent page in the history of the armed forces and government. I believe that we have performed splendidly there, with great courage and with great professionalism, and it is what we do best. We also have a great deal to be proud of in the military intervention in the same...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I am following the hon. Gentleman’s speech with great admiration. He talks about banishing demons. There are 632 demons that we cannot banish: those who will be commemorated tomorrow; those who died as a result of terrible mistakes made in this Chamber that sent them to Helmand and Iraq. Should we not acknowledge the dreadful delusions, under which we have been operating for the past 12...

Business of the House: Ebola (12 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: The magnificent courage and professionalism of all those involved have earned the gratitude and admiration of all of us, and that includes the work of the Secretary of State herself. Are not the lessons that we must persuade the World Health Organisation to move away from their dominance by commercial interests and reshape our armed forces to concentrate on what we do so well in these...

Business of the House (12 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I should like to draw the House’s attention to early-day motion 633. [That this House believes that asylum seekers should be homed widely in the country to assist community assimilation and to share fairly the strains and burdens on services that newcomers create; is astonished that Cardiff has 976 section 95 migrants, double the total in all of South East England outside of London and that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hunting Act 2004 (12 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: What her policy is on repeal of the Hunting Act 2004.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hunting Act 2004 (12 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Despite Tory hysteria, the Hunting Act did not reduce the pageantry of hunting or result in the mass slaughter of horses or hounds. What it did do was reduce greatly the sadistic torment of the chase and the kill. Is the nasty party really going to campaign in the election to bring cruelty back into hunting?

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Backbench Business — Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (9 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: I believe that this debate is about to take a turn that we have not seen in recent years. It has been very difficult to discuss Trident in this Parliament. Although I hope and will do all I can to make sure that colleagues in my party in Scotland are re-elected, the message I see day after day is that we are likely to have a group of people here who have put the ending of Trident at the top...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Backbench Business — Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (9 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Taken over the period, I have given the accepted figure. I am not going into the details. I know the arguments, but the figure is realistic. The costs are enormous, but for the waste it is even greater. Forget about the cost of Trident, just concentrate on the cost of the clean-up that is going on at the moment. The clean-up of Sellafield has just been nationalised by the Government. The...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Backbench Business — Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (9 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Does the hon. Gentleman really believe that the Russians would do that, knowing they would be committing suicide and that they would be attacked by America, not us? This is the delusion. We do not believe that the 28 countries of NATO, protected by America’s weapons, will ever be attacked by Russia with nuclear weapons. Thank goodness, we have had this long period of 70 years during which,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Discretionary Housing Payments (9 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on people subject to the under-occupancy penalty of a reduction in funding for discretionary housing payments in 2015-16.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Discretionary Housing Payments (9 Mar 2015)

Paul Flynn: Does the Minister agree with the Child Poverty Action Group, which has said that any degradation of discretionary housing payments will threaten to “cut the parachute cord” that keeps so many vulnerable families from the homelessness and destitution created by the foul bedroom tax? Will he give an absolute guarantee that the payments will be not only maintained in real terms, but possibly...


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