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Results 141–160 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

Exiting the European Union (28 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: May I ask my right hon. Friend about the section of the report dealing with the financial settlement, from paragraph 58 onwards? The House and the country have been given the impression that we are going to make a very large payment of up to €40 billion to the European Union on condition that we secure a favourable agreement about our future trading relationship. How likely is it that next...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: I want to express rather more support for the Bill than the hon. Member for The Cotswolds (Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown) did, but I will comment just on the elements that deal with corrosive substances. I particularly welcome clause 5, as others have, which creates the new offence of having a corrosive substance in a public place. A year ago on 21 June, in our borough of Newham, Jameel...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State has explained that clause 1 bans the sale of corrosive products to under-18s. I support that, but some of us think the age limit should be at 21 rather than 18. Would he be open to an amendment along those lines? What is the reason for setting the limit at 18, rather than a higher age?

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: Is it not the truth that Airbus has done a great public service by injecting much-needed frankness and realism into this debate, and will the Secretary of State commend it for being willing to do so?

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: When the former Secretary of State was assuring the House that universal credit implementation was going well, it was the National Audit Office that told us what was really happening. Its reports have never been shoddy and have never been scaremongering. They have embarrassed Ministers—that is true—but they have proved to be truthful. The Secretary of State will recognise many of the...

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on all her work on this issue and on her speech. A large group of my constituents are affected in exactly the same way as others, but let me first say this. I was a Minister with tax responsibilities on four separate occasions. It is an important principle of our tax system that, once a mistake has been identified and...

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the hon. Lady give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: My right hon. and learned Friend has already reminded the House that the Cabinet has not made up its mind on what sort of customs arrangement it wants. Is it his understanding, as it is mine, that the maximum facilitation option would entail infrastructure on the border in Northern Ireland, so it would get us back to the hard border that everyone says we want to avoid?

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: The right hon. Gentleman is making a very powerful speech. He is right to draw attention to the scale of the problem in the developed world as well as the developing world. In my constituency, the incidence is now about the same as in Sudan, at just over 80 per 100,000. Does he agree that it is important that people realise that, notwithstanding drug resistance, this is a treatable and...

Airports National Policy Statement (5 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: I welcome the Secretary of State’s decision. He referred to local employment and apprenticeships in his statement. What is his Department’s assessment of the increase in employment at Heathrow, both during the construction phase and in the long term?

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: I appreciate the thoughtful way in which the Minister is answering the debate. I do not think he has yet addressed the question I asked about the United Nations Occupied Palestinian Territories humanitarian fund, which was supported by the British Government last year. Will he give us some hope that the Government will support that fund this year as well?

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I welcome this debate and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) on securing it. It gives us the opportunity to discuss what has been happening in Gaza. I have been contacted by more than 800 constituents since Monday of last week, when, as we have been reminded, 60 people died in protests in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: 2017 Budget Changes (21 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: The modest changes in the Budget were welcome, but I wonder whether the Secretary of State has seen the recent research showing that food bank demand is growing much faster in areas where universal credit has been fully rolled out than it is elsewhere. Does she have substantial proposals to solve the very serious problems with this new benefit?

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: Does the Minister accept, though, that his argument is fatally undermined by the fact that members of the Cabinet are discussing these matters in public, in the newspapers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: My constituent Tofla Ndele, a British citizen, was arrested when visiting family members in Congo last September. There has been no explanation for his arrest, and no charges have been levelled against him. I was grateful to the Secretary of State for raising the subject with the Congolese Foreign Minister in March. What progress has been made since then in securing Mr Ndele’s release?

Exiting the European Union: Negotiations (3 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the Secretary of State set out for the House the characteristics of the customs partnership that he is discussing with his right hon. Friends, and given that according to reports that is the Prime Minister’s preferred way forward, what are the reasons for holding back on it?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (3 May 2018)

Stephen Timms: The European Union set out a very clear negotiating position at the beginning of this exercise. The Government are still being undermined by their inability to make up their mind, and the Secretary of State has told us that it is going to take a bit longer to decide about customs. The whole negotiation is supposed to be concluded by October. How many weeks longer will it be before our...

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Stephen Timms: Unlike the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne), I welcome the Home Secretary’s rejection of the “hostile environment” policy. It has affected many alongside the Windrush generation. More than 30,000 students, mostly from the Indian subcontinent, had their visas cancelled midway through their studies because of allegations, which I believe are largely untrue, of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (17 Apr 2018)

Stephen Timms: The European Commission has hinted that the UK may be given access to the European financial services market, but only on the basis of equivalence. Does the Chancellor support the preferable basis of mutual recognition for that future arrangement, and what prospect does he see of securing it?

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