Results 561–580 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 — Health: Nuclear Management Partners (Sellafield) (13 Jan 2015)

Paul Flynn: In 2008, I had an Adjournment debate to point out that the huge costs and risk of the operation would be borne by the taxpayer and not by the private company. It was a mistake to start the operation and a mistake to renew it, but it is also a mistake not to learn the lesson. Have not the Government just risked another £10 billion as a gift to a foreign company at Hinkley Point and agreed a...

Points of Order (17 Dec 2014)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. A distinguished former British ambassador to Afghanistan said yesterday of our conduct of that war that it was “a massive act of collective self-deception” by politicians and generals. We must recall that 453 brave British soldiers lost their lives in that war. A major inquiry was promised by the Leader of the House into the war and into why we went into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Devolution (Implications for England) (16 Dec 2014)

Paul Flynn: Will not EVEL accentuate the differences and deepen the divisions between the four countries and accelerate the progress towards the break-up of the United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: UK Armed Forces (Iraq) (15 Dec 2014)

Paul Flynn: Although the humanitarian work is valued and appreciated, should we not avoid mission-creeping into a new war before we have had an explanation of why 632 British soldiers died, having been ordered into Iraq in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction and into Helmand in the belief that not a shot would be fired?

Resettlement of Vulnerable Syrian Refugees (10 Dec 2014)

Paul Flynn: Rochdale has more asylum seekers than the entire south-east of England. Cardiff has 900, Newport 400, but the Minister’s constituency has 33. The Home Secretary’s constituency has one—an increase on last year. Would it be far easier to rescue more people from that hell if the burden that asylum seekers place on local authority services was spread fairly? What will the Minister do to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Newport Investment Summit (3 Dec 2014)

Paul Flynn: Does the brilliant success of that second summit, following the NATO summit, not illustrate what a marvellous habitat Newport provides for international conferences —almost certainly the best in the United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Clause 29 — Secure colleges and other places for detention of young offenders etc (1 Dec 2014)

Paul Flynn: The lack of any improvement over 40 years by any Government in reducing recidivism condemns us as politicians. We welcome any fresh initiative, but can the Minister tell us whether there is any model, anywhere in the world, where the system he is introducing has worked?

Business of the House: Afghanistan (27 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: Will the Defence Secretary thank and congratulate Mrs Hazel Hunt of Abergavenny, who has set up a very successful new charity named Welsh Warrior, which is helping to provide aid and comfort to those Afghan veterans who have been maimed in mind or body? Mrs Hunt is also the mother of Richard Hunt, who was the 200th solider to die in Afghanistan. She recently said, “My son was killed because...

Business of the House (27 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate early-day motion 501, which forecasts that the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill will become a landmark in legislative futility? [That this House believes that a coalition bill will become a major landmark in legislative futility; further believes that the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill described by the hon. Member for Beaconsfield, a former...

Isil: Afghanistan (24 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: What recent progress has been made on the armed forces drawdown from Afghanistan

Isil: Afghanistan (24 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: Is not the need for a swift start to an inquiry into the Afghan war proved by the fact that today is the fifth anniversary of the start of the Chilcot inquiry, which planned to report within 12 months? Do not the loved ones of the 179 of our brave soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq need to know the truth and why they were sent there in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction,...

New Member: Zero Hours Contracts Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: Is my hon. Friend aware of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill, which is going through the other place at the moment? It has been described as “utter tosh” by the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), the previous Attorney-General, and is designed to increase the number of volunteers. The big society seems to be an idea whose time has gone. The Bill...

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: I want to speak on behalf of a group in my party that is little heard of, but involves a long tradition of support for home rule for Wales. It goes back to the time of Keir Hardie, who represented a Welsh constituency. For me, it goes back to the time in 1953 when, as an 18-year-old schoolboy, I marched through Cardiff with a plaid Lafur—Labour party—banner reading “Senedd i Gymru”:...

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: Does the hon. Gentleman wish to intervene?

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: I shall tread carefully here. I do not want to get involved in the Scottish situation, on which we remained silent throughout the referendum. Members of my family were in the Irish Anti-Partition League and in Sinn Fein in the 1920s. All those divisions were there, although of course we hope that they will come to an end. That has certainly been part of the history of these islands, and we...

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: We have all heard the worrying suggestion that the vow that changed the result of the referendum in Scotland might not be honoured fully. If it is not, will that not invalidate the vote and entitle people to ask for another?

Point of Order (20 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. To ensure that the House was not inadvertently misled, may I put it on the record that the BBC, The Telegraph and The Times have reported that on a visit to Camp Bastion, on 16 December 2013, the Prime Minister, talking about the Afghan war, described it as “mission accomplished”?

Business of the House (20 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: Paddy Ashdown—Lord Ashdown—has said that the Afghan war rewrote the text book on how not to conduct a war. As there is a possibility that we might send troops into battle again in future, is it not right that we decide whether it is the Prime Minister who is correct in saying that the Afghan war is “mission accomplished”, or others who say that it was a series of blunders? When are we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G20 (17 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: In implementing the summit’s call, which said that developments in green energy will support economic growth, will the Prime Minister concentrate not so much on nuclear, which is always billions over budget and years late, but on the vast resources that this country has in wind, wave and tide. All are green, clean and eternal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Reserve Recruitment (17 Nov 2014)

Paul Flynn: Being the fourth highest spender on defence in the world has led to the deaths of 632 of our brave British soldiers in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction and in Helmand in the belief that not a shot would be fired. Why cannot we pursue an independent foreign policy and recognise that spending above our budgets and trying to punch above our weight always results in dying...


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