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Results 81–100 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Crimes: Sentencing (17 Jan 2019)

Stephen Timms: When he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for maximum five-year sentences for the most serious crimes of animal cruelty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Crimes: Sentencing (17 Jan 2019)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful for that answer, but the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs called for five-year maximum sentences in 2016, Ministers promised it in 2017 and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food said last June that it would be in place by the end of March this year, but there is still no sign of it happening. Why has there been such a long delay? Can the...

Universal Credit (14 Jan 2019)

Stephen Timms: I also welcome these modest steps in the right direction, but why did the Secretary of State and the Minister both deny a week ago the change that the Minister has now announced about the separate regulations for the 10,000 migration? Will the Minister respond to the point made by the Father of the House, the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke)? The five-week delay is...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration (8 Jan 2019)

Stephen Timms: Tax credits were a great success. In answering my question yesterday about the five-week wait before claimants are entitled to their benefit, the Minister pointed out that advances are available. That is true, but of course that means people are indebted to his Department right at the start of their claim. Press reports at the weekend stated that the roll-out would be paused because of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Self-employment (7 Jan 2019)

Stephen Timms: I hope it does turn out to be the case, as reported, that the Secretary of State is going to pause the roll-out of universal credit in order to fix it. I hope she has noticed that the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) congratulated her because he thought that that was what she had decided. Can the Minister assure the House that those who are being...

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: rose—

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the Minister give way?

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: Professor Alston produced a punchy report, and it made some telling points. He referred to “the dramatic decline in the fortunes of the least well off in this country.” He added: “The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial.” From what the Minister is saying, it seems she is confirming Professor Alston’s point. There has, has there not, been a dramatic decline in...

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I wonder whether my hon. Friend saw this comment from Professor Alston in his report: “great misery has also been inflicted unnecessarily…on people with disabilities who are already marginalized”. Ministers have sought to dismiss that criticism, but does that not sum up pretty well the experience of a very large number of people up and down the country?

Disability Support (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is right. She will recall that the gap between the employment rate for disabled people and the overall average was falling steadily until 2010, and she will know that it has flatlined ever since. Does she share my disappointment that the Government no longer have a target for reducing the disability employment gap—the target initially set by David Cameron but since abandoned,...

Leaving the Eu: Uk Orchestras (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect on UK orchestras of the UK leaving the EU. I am delighted to be serving under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir Christopher, and to see the Minister and the right hon. Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) and the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell) in their places. British orchestras are a global success story. They tour around the...

Leaving the Eu: Uk Orchestras (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: That is not the first issue that comes to mind when one thinks about the challenges ahead, but it is an important one, and it is absolutely right for the hon. Gentleman to raise it. Public funding for British orchestras has been cut sharply since 2010, as has funding from devolved Governments and local authorities, and there has been a cut of up to 30% from Arts Council England. Since 2016,...

Future Immigration (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I am one of those who has valued free movement, but I welcome what the Home Secretary said today about overseas students. Is he in a position yet to offer any relief to those students—who he knows about—who had their visas cancelled after being accused, often wrongly, by an American firm of having cheated in their English language tests?

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I am enjoying the points the Minister is making. Will he also pay tribute to the role of Traidcraft in establishing standards for corporate reporting? I think Traidcraft was the first plc to publish a proper social impact report, which was very influential across the entire plc sector.

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the Minister give way?

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful. The Minister may well have been about to answer this point, but the Government have confirmed that they will continue to provide the poorest and least developed countries with quota-free, duty-free access to the UK market, which I welcome. Can he give any reassurance to producers in other countries—not the least developed, but poorer countries— that EU-negotiated economic...

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Minister is being generous in giving way. May I press him a little further on the question of access to the UK market for developing countries other than the least developed? I think what he has said to us is that the Government’s aim is to make sure that after Brexit, access will be available to other developing countries at least at the level provided by EU-negotiated economic...

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) on the initiative to secure this debate and on what she said. I also very much agree with what the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) said. I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, where it is recorded that I am the...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I welcome the constructive tone set by the hon. Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris). I wish to pick up a telling point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) when he opened the debate for the Opposition. It is the case that an inevitable consequence of trying to leave the European Union in a way that minimises the economic...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: I agree with the Chancellor that there will inevitably be an economic penalty from leaving the EU. Does he agree that having to comply with lots of rules set by the EU, over which we will no longer have any say—that will be the position under the withdrawal agreement—is part of the economic penalty that we will suffer?


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