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Results 181–200 of 10000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Timms

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Stephen Timms: I am glad that the Secretary of State has been lobbied in support of his own position, but he needs to watch his back against Ministers who lack the clarity that he has expressed—particularly the International Trade Secretary and the Foreign Secretary, who continue to say that there is merit in divergence. There is no merit in divergence at all. Significant numbers of tech start-ups are...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Stephen Timms: As the Secretary of State is describing, the Bill puts into UK law the EU’s general data protection regulation, which is the right thing to do. I am confident that he would agree that we need to ensure that our data protection rules stay in line with the EU regulation as things develop. Does it trouble him that we will have less influence over the future content of the EU’s rules once we...

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Stephen Timms: The reality, unfortunately, is that the hard Brexit that the Prime Minister is now pursuing will lead inexorably and inevitably to a hard border in Northern Ireland. Between Canada and the United States, there are border checks of exactly the kind that she rightly says—unlike the Foreign Secretary—that she does not want in Northern Ireland. Will she confirm that she cannot name a single...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Lorry Parking (1 Mar 2018)

Stephen Timms: Eighty per cent. of the road freight to and from the UK goes through Dover. There is surely no realistic chance of all those lorries being checked from March next year. Is not the reality that, if we leave the EU without a deal, utter chaos on the road network within miles of Dover is completely unavoidable?

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: Can the Minister confirm that cameras count as infrastructure? Can he point us to an example anywhere in the world of an international border with no customs union and no border infrastructure? Can he provide one example, from anywhere?

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this subject and for the case that she is making. She has mentioned universal credit. Does she agree with me that the roll-out of universal credit to a number of the constituencies that she listed earlier will make some of those families’ problems significantly worse over the next few months?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Foreign Secretary mentioned his visit to Bangladesh and Burma, and his meetings with the Rohingya. We hold the pen at the UN on this issue. Will the British Government bring forward a resolution referring Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, given what happened?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Fixed Odds Betting (8 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on publishing the Government’s assessment of the effect on the public purse of a reduction in the maximum fixed-odds betting stake.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Fixed Odds Betting (8 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: Vile machines are cynically clustered by shameless and irresponsible conglomerates in the poorest communities, where they destroy hard-working families. They are a magnet for crime, and they launder the proceeds of crime. Tawdry and soulless high street outlets drive decent shops away and repel family shoppers. Will the Secretary of State now call time on this racket, with its £1.5 billion a...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the Minister give way?

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the Minister give way?

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the Minister give way?

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: I, too, want to refer to the work incentive, because improving it was supposed to be the fundamental advantage of universal credit. That was set out fully and ably by the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) from 2010 onwards. For example, the document “21st Century Welfare”, which was published in July 2010, states in chapter 2 that “someone at the...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: I do not think I can, given the time limit, but I want to comment on the point that the hon. Gentleman made in his speech. He suggested that the answer could be an electronic card system and the contribution to school meals could be tapered away with the universal credit taper. I made that proposal in the Welfare Reform Bill Committee on 13 June 2011, when I moved new clause 3. I was making...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (6 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: At the weekend, NHS England, as my colleagues have pointed out, gave up on the key A&E waiting time target. Does the Minister agree that it is very important that when people go to A&E they do not have to wait longer than four hours, as more than 2.5 million did last year? Whose responsibility is this delivery failure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: Has the Minister had any discussions with colleagues in the Department for Education about their proposals for the eligibility of universal credit claimants to free school meals? If the current proposal were to go ahead, it would introduce a huge new benefit trap into the system, far worse than anything in the old system. Universal credit was supposed to remove such traps, not create new ones.

Exiting the European Union: Regulatory Equivalence (1 Feb 2018)

Stephen Timms: The European Union has clearly and firmly set out its views on the options for these negotiations. Ministers so far have signally failed to provide any coherent response because they cannot agree among one another, and the Minister’s answers today underline that—whether the answer is regulatory equivalence or something different, we just do not know. How long will it be before the British...

Pip Back Payments (30 Jan 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Minister has told the House that all 1.6 million existing claimants will have their cases reviewed. I am grateful to her for adding that those who had zero points, and therefore did not get PIP, will also be included in the review. Will she confirm that the 180,000 people who used to be on disability living allowance and are no longer receiving benefit will be included? In total, on top...

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Stephen Timms: The jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK will be ended from March 2019 under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, but the Prime Minister has made it clear that the ECJ’s jurisdiction will continue into the two-year implementation period to follow. Can the Minister therefore confirm that the implementation and withdrawal Bill, which will come forward in due course, will...

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Stephen Timms: This was an ill-advised attempt to reduce the amount of benefit payable to people with mental health problems, and I am glad that it has been abandoned. Will the Secretary of State take steps to ensure that, in future, her Department complies with its obligations under the Equality Act 2010?


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