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Results 21–40 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sir David Amess

Business of the House: Easter Adjournment (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. We are blessed to be by the River Thames, where we can see beautiful firework displays reflecting off the river without its being noisy. The new year celebrations were a wonderful opportunity to see such displays. Last November, all the bangs, which seemed to be fired in the direction of my house—I do not know whether I was being targeted by local...

Business of the House: Easter Adjournment (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: No, I certainly did not. All hon. Members, whether or not they use their allowance for a second home, must be absolutely fed up with all the junk mail that is put through the letterboxes. I know that these are tough times, but whether the junk mail is from restaurants, suppliers or others, it is completely out of control. Some of that junk mail can cause nuisance, distress and inconvenience...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (11 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: The Building Societies Association has suggested that the Equality Bill could outlaw "silver saver" accounts for over-50s, which would mean diminishing returns on savings for many hard-pressed senior citizens in Southend, West. What are the Government going to do about that?

[Jim Sheridan in the Chair] — India (12 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: I have been advised, Mr. Sheridan, that this is your debut as Chairman of proceedings in Westminster Hall. As a fellow member of the Chairmen's Panel, I know that I speak for everyone in wishing you well in the post. I am honoured to be a trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust. As such, I was fortunate enough to lead a delegation to India. It was a two-centred visit—to Mumbai and...

[Jim Sheridan in the Chair] — India (12 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: I agree absolutely. In fact, shortly I shall enlarge on how we can create better opportunities for trading our goods and services. I shall talk about the British embassy consuls and the British Council. The delegation saw how Indian business women and men are very keen to do business with us; relations, in every sense, could not be better. I probably shall not be tempted to enlarge too much...

[Jim Sheridan in the Chair] — India (12 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: I agree absolutely with the hon. Gentleman. On a serious note about Bollywood, however, it is a very successful industry that presents all sorts of opportunities. Our trip was in no sense a junket, and already action has resulted. Not only are we having this debate, but Baroness Coussins and Lord Janvrin have produced a wonderful report identifying a number of things to do to build on and...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: Before the House adjourns for the Whitsun recess, I wish to raise a number of points. When I spoke in the Easter Adjournment debate, I said then that it would be the last Easter Adjournment debate before we had a general election, and, obviously, this will be our last Whitsun Adjournment debate before a general election. Much has happened since Easter, and we have only to look at the Chamber...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, but I think that the Most Reverend Vincent Gerard Nichols will become the cardinal. [Interruption.] I am chair of the all-party group on the Holy See, and I had a word with the Pope during my audience with him last year; I have it on good authority that the Most Reverend Vincent Gerard Nichols may become cardinal. Cormac Murphy-O'Connor is looking...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Sir David Amess: I applaud the hon. Gentleman for that initiative. It is not silly to do such things in summer. Each Member of Parliament needs to look at the situation in their constituency and try to do something now. The winter fuel payment needs to be reformed and extended to the most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged non-pensioner households. In these very difficult times, I wish you, Mr. Deputy...

Women and Equality: Gender Pay Gap (25 Jun 2009)

Sir David Amess: On what criteria her most recent estimate of the gender pay gap in the (a) public and (b) private sector is based.

Women and Equality: Gender Pay Gap (25 Jun 2009)

Sir David Amess: The Minister is simply not answering the question. She has not gone into any detail about the criteria involved, and I should have thought that the Government would have more influence on pay disparity in the public sector. Will she accept my party's suggestion that every secondary school in the country should have a dedicated and professional careers adviser?

Independent Police Complaints Commission (9 Jan 2008)

Sir David Amess: In this Adjournment debate, I want to explore how complaints against the police are handled. I do not expect the Minister responding to the debate to be able to reply in detail to the matters that I am about to raise, but although I never intended to develop expertise in the process involved in complaints against the police, I should be grateful if we continued the dialogue at a later stage....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2008)

Sir David Amess: In the light of weekend reports, will the Secretary of State give details of future troop withdrawals from Iraq, bearing in mind the number of our constituents who write to us about the military covenant, suggesting that our British servicewomen and men are not treated well, either in service or when they leave service? [Official Report, 28 January 2008, Vol. 471; c. 2MC.]

Hospices (Funding) (30 Jan 2008)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) on securing this timely debate, and I agree with everything that he said. I am delighted that my hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) was able to intervene. My hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) would have been here, but his wife has just had a baby, so I am sure that...

Hospices (Funding) (30 Jan 2008)

Sir David Amess: —and Princess Diana came to launch a strategy that we enjoyed in the hospice. St. Luke's hospice in Basildon has become an enormous success. My next point for the Minister is that the role of hospices has changed enormously. They are no longer add-ons. They provide core services.

Hospices (Funding) (30 Jan 2008)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman, as always, makes an excellent point. Fair Havens hospice in my constituency receives 72 per cent. of its funding from charitable giving, which is huge. The hon. Gentleman also made an excellent point earlier about children in hospices. We found locally that everyone will give to children's hospices, but it is a great struggle at the moment to raise money for hospices for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (31 Jan 2008)

Sir David Amess: My mother will be a beneficiary of the splendid idea to award medals for Land Army girls. Now that the forms have been issued, will the Minister or the Secretary of State share with the House how vigorously the information will be interpreted, given that these ladies are of mature years and their sight, hearing and memory are not exactly what they were 60 years ago?

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] — Housing (Standards) (5 Feb 2008)

Sir David Amess: Order. We must move on to the next debate.

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise an issue that is of great concern to many Members. I must say immediately that it is rather sad that it is having to be raised at all. In my view, the treatment of the organisation about which I shall speak briefly tonight is perverse in every sense. I regard its members as the good guys.

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman has raised an important point. Yes, it has gone before courts, which have made a decision, and as I proceed with my speech the hon. Gentleman will become absolutely certain that it is perverse. The issue to which I refer is the Home Secretary's refusal to lift the ban on the main democratic Iranian opposition movement, the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran. Two...


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