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Results 141–160 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

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Business of the House (9 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: I should like to thank you, Mr Speaker, and other Members for your very kind comments; I am less happy about the fact that I must carry for life the burden of being responsible for the parliamentary career of the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone). I have a suggestion that might appeal to you, Mr Speaker, given your great record as an innovator and trailblazer in this House. May we...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees (9 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Does the Home Secretary agree that the secret to reforming the system in this country is a fair dispersal of refugees and asylum seekers? My city is happy, with some strain, to take hundreds of asylum seekers every year but there have never been any asylum seekers welcomed in the constituencies of the present Prime Minister, the previous Prime Minister or the previous Chancellor of the...

Points of Order (7 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker.

Points of Order (7 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: You may recall, Mr Speaker, that in business questions last week I raised the inability of ordinary Members of this House to express an opinion, through a vote, on what was an unprecedentedly quick invitation to a Head of State. We owe you a debt of gratitude for deciding that, in this case, such an invitation should not be supported by Members of this House. We know why this happened—it...

Informal European Council: Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) (6 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the extraordinary attitude taken by the Government and the Prime Minister today on the status of the United Kingdom is entirely false? The United Kingdom does not exist as far as agriculture is concerned. The powers are exercised by the Welsh Government and the EU. If this goes through, it will be an attempt by the Government to take back powers that have...

Informal European Council: Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) (6 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: The memory of the right hon. Gentleman serving as the governor-general of Wales is treasured because of his memorable attempt to sing the Welsh national anthem, but he did that job without the legitimacy of a single Welsh vote. Does he not recall that this House can now act as an English Parliament under the EVEL rules? However, that is a path to the break-up of the United Kingdom.

Airport Capacity and Airspace Policy: Business of the House (2 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Yesterday, with the greatest reluctance, many Members genuflected to the authority of public opinion as expressed in a referendum. Will the House show the same respect to the unprecedented number of people who have signed two petitions since Saturday? Some 1,800,000 people have expressed their outrage at the prospect of President Trump enjoying a state visit here, whereas 200,000 have...

Airport Capacity and Airspace Policy (2 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Since Cardiff airport was rescued from loss-making private ownership by a public-private partnership, it has earned a top environmental award and is now the fastest-growing airport in the United Kingdom, with passenger numbers increasing 16% last year. Will the Secretary of State welcome the Welsh Government’s purchase of the airport? The Airports Commission report says that connectivity...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: Will the right hon. Gentleman elevate himself to a star in the political firmament by abandoning his pre-prepared script and answering the debate? It would be a rare and delicious experience for us.

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: It depends how we look at history. I once read a book that asserted that only the future is certain, but the past is always changing. We have just seen an example of that and of somebody rewriting his own history. However, it is a matter of great honour and pride to us in Newport that in 1839 the last Chartist riot took place in order to set up a republic. We have week-long celebrations every...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: rose—

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: How was the £3 figure arrived at? What are its components? Past examinations have suggested that there is no way that future costs would make it anything like that. Is not it true that the Wales Office has lost out to the Exchequer? The Treasury has said, “We want to continue to use the bridges as cash cows for as long as we can.”

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: Thank you very much, Mr Davies. I think this is the first time I have served under your chairmanship. I am sure it will be a pleasure. Many congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden). For the entire parliamentary career of her predecessor, who was first elected in 1965, this was the dominant issue. If we look back over the years to see how we got into this...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: Absolutely, because both those things would have a major effect. It is a matter of great regret that the Government have not been inclined to spread the very welcome electrification of the railway that far. Certainly, economic vibrancy means everything. The cost of the toll is not huge given other motoring costs that we pay—buying a car, insuring it, fuelling it—but it is a psychological...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I wish the Government would not try to pose as generous people who are giving us a gift. Those three grins should be wiped off the faces of our trinity of Tories.

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: I thought that might excite the hon. Gentleman. I will give way in a moment. We must get through to the reality of this: it is not an act of generosity or a cut; it is a rip-off.

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: Mr Waters takes a view that is very much on the side of the environment and so on, but the vote in the Assembly to get rid of the tolls was unanimous. I do not know what Mr Waters has said, but it is the unanimous view of the Welsh Assembly that the tolls should disappear altogether. We want to hear from the Minister how the £3 figure is made up. How much of it is the cost of running the...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: Absolutely. It is a mega-disincentive to all forms of activity and commercial life. It is seen as a problem at the docks in Newport and in every other industry. Take the leisure trade: do people go on holiday in Cornwall or face the obstacle of the bridge and possible hold-ups there? I am sure that it is a disincentive to all commercial activity in Wales. I was part of agreeing the deal in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: The whole country will welcome the memorial to our 625 brave soldiers who perished in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also welcome the Prime Minister’s admission that we will never engage in wars of that kind in future. Would it not be appropriate now to investigate why we went into Helmand in the belief that not a shot would be fired, yet that resulted in 425 deaths of our soldiers? Should we...

Business of the House (26 Jan 2017)

Paul Flynn: We all wish the Prime Minister well in her work to increase exports, but is it not time for us to debate the relationship between this country and a President who, since his inauguration, has behaved like a petulant child, out to destroy the highest achievements of his predecessors? A new age is promised between Trump and the United Kingdom. Is there not a danger that that will be a new dark age?

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