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Results 1–20 of 3000 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 Hammond

Transport Infrastructure (11 Feb 2020)

Stephen Hammond: I warmly welcome what my right hon. Friend has said today, particularly the announcement on HS2 and the review of the governance arrangements. Can he confirm that he will use this as an opportunity to embed the skills we need to deliver that infrastructure and open academies such as the tunnelling academy he opened during the Crossrail construction period?

Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Feb 2020)

Stephen Hammond: Many in financial services will warmly welcome the Chancellor’s remarks in the papers yesterday about equivalence arrangements, but does he agree that the real value to those arrangements is in the length of the revocation period? Will he therefore press for revocation notices of a minimum of a year and preferably three years?

Transport: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: Commuters from my constituency too often experience delays, so I welcome the Williams review, but evidence shows that the vast bulk of the problems are caused by Network Rail. Will my right hon. Friend commit to a complete review of Network Rail’s performance and of solutions, including its possible break-up into regional companies?

British Overseas Passport Holders in Hong Kong (29 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: I understood the Minister’s point about the delicate balance and that this is not the time to change any aspect of the joint declaration. However, she said that the UK Government are determined to protect the rights of BNO status holders under the joint declaration. Could she set out now—or she could write to me—how exactly the Government intend to do that in a practical way?

British Overseas Passport Holders in Hong Kong (29 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: I beg to move, That this House has considered the rights of British overseas passport holders in Hong Kong. It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Sir George. I am motivated to raise this issue because, like many in the House and across the country, I have heard expressions of concern about the situation in Hong Kong and because of what we saw in the protests last year. Like many...

British Overseas Passport Holders in Hong Kong (29 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend makes two important points. First, he strengthens the point I was beginning to make: in the last Parliament a number of colleagues raised real concerns about the rights of BNO passport holders and called for those rights to be strengthened. He also talks about consular access, which I intend to raise later in my speech—the Minister will not be surprised about that. As I was...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Saving of ECA for implementation period (7 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: I do not think that anyone can doubt my credentials as someone who is concerned about and opposed to no deal, but the hon. Member’s remarks would have greater validity if new clause 4 allowed for the potential of a very short extension necessary for the conclusion of a future relationship, as I think he was beginning to say, rather than a completely open-ended extension, which is...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Saving of ECA for implementation period (7 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: For those of us who have been clear about our opposition to no deal, the problem with new clause 4 is that in effect it takes away some of the certainty and benefits to business, because it opens up the possibility of an unended extension, and the problem with new clause 36 is that it is anti-democratic. Any colleagues who think that such provisions may need to be in place should recognise...

Treasury: Productivity (7 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: What fiscal steps he is taking to increase productivity throughout the UK economy.

Treasury: Productivity (7 Jan 2020)

Stephen Hammond: High-quality infrastructure is a key factor in improving productivity, so will my right hon. Friend consider establishing both a sovereign wealth fund and an infrastructure bond, which would enable part of the financing solution to allow that necessary infrastructure to be implemented?

Home Department: Police Officer Numbers: Sussex (28 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I am delighted to hear about the increase in the numbers of police in Sussex, but will the Home Secretary also reassure me that the London Borough of Merton will see an increase in its officers? Will she support my campaign to keep the police station in Wimbledon open, so that those police officers have somewhere to operate out of?

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: It is an honour, a pleasure and a surprise to be called in this debate, Madam Deputy Speaker. I confess that I had forgotten I put in for it, but I am none the less delighted to speak and to follow the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman). She knows how much I oppose no deal, but I say gently to her that I spent more hours of my life than I care to remember between December last...

Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: UK Readiness (23 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: What support the Government plan to provide for small businesses in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: UK Readiness (23 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I recently visited a number of small companies in my constituency who welcome Government advice, but say that much of it is vague and non-specific. Will my right hon. Friend ask his civil servants to ensure advice is more specific?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I worked closely with my right hon. Friend when he was Mayor of London, and I know how much he valued the contribution of EU citizens. I have the great good fortune to represent a constituency that contains one of the highest proportions of EU citizens. May I ask my right hon. Friend to look again at the arbitrary deadline for applications for settled status?

Preparations for Leaving the EU (8 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I agree with my right hon. Friend. As someone who voted for a deal three times, I am pleased to hear that that is still the Government’s policy. Many people will already have plans for travel beyond 31 October. Notwithstanding point 4 on page 41 of the document, and the answers that he gave my right hon. Friends the Members for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) and for North Thanet (Sir Roger...

Brexit Negotiations (3 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: Like my right hon. Friends the Members for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark) and for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt), I warmly welcome the fact that the proposals have been set down, and the constructive tone in which the Prime Minister has undertaken the proceedings today. I am keen to understand some of the points of detail. I understand that there will be a change also to the political...

Petition - Freewheelers' Use of Bus Lanes: South Western Railway (1 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: Those are appalling statistics, but the Minister is absolutely right about a customer-focused railway. He must bang the desk of Network Rail, because a number of those failures have been signal failures, such as those which we experienced on the line yet again yesterday. When he bashes South Western Railway, will he please also make sure that Network Rail is brought into that attribution, and...

Petition - Freewheelers' Use of Bus Lanes: South Western Railway (1 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I am pleased that the Minister is touching on this point, because I wanted to raise it. Accessibility, both for people who are disabled and for young mothers and others, is a real issue. Major stations up and down the SWR network have failed to have that step-free access implemented. I am thinking of places such as Raynes Park, in particular; currently, disabled people have to catch a taxi...

Petition - Freewheelers' Use of Bus Lanes: South Western Railway (1 Oct 2019)

Stephen Hammond: My right hon. Friend is making a powerful case on behalf of her constituents. When the service gets further up the line, shortened carriages cause even more problems, for constituents in Wimbledon and elsewhere. SWR promised to address this in its franchise bid, and we should now be reviewing that and asking whether it will be held to account.

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