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Results 1–20 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

Financial and Social Emergency Support Package (25 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: We parliamentarians are assembled in this Chamber facing a crisis that none of our predecessors faced, because the crisis that we are dealing with is invisible. I have listened very carefully to the proceedings from the start of the House’s sitting this morning, and it is obvious that Members of Parliament are raising a huge number of issues. They are constantly changing, and Ministers are...

Financial and Social Emergency Support Package (25 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: If there had been an opportunity, I would have mentioned that tomorrow, but I have decided that, in these unique times, it is best that I not mention that Southend should become a city. However, when we overcome this crisis, I will never forget that the Leader of the Opposition said to the Prime Minister that he very much supported the idea that Southend should become a city, and I am very...

Business of the House (19 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the treatment of UK nationals held in prisons overseas? Last month I went with my constituent Mr Sandhu to see his son held in prison in Prague for alleged offences of fraud. The family very much want the Government to intercede to see if their son can be released on bail.

Organised Crime in Rural Areas — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (18 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: Order. Does the hon. Gentleman have the permission of the mover of the motion and the Minister to intervene?

Organised Crime in Rural Areas — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (18 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: Order. I do not want to be pompous or pedantic, but it is not in order for a Member who was not here for the start of the debate to intervene. However, if the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Alicia Kearns) and the Minister agree, the hon. Lady may intervene.

Caging of Farm Animals — Geraint Davies in the Chair (16 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) on leading this debate on the second petition we are considering today, and on the detail of her speech. I commend her for what she said and I agree with her completely. Science has shown that animals have the capacity to feel and have emotions, as was made clear in the previous debate, and it is vital that the UK Government...

Sentience and Welfare of Animals — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) on having secured not just one debate this afternoon, but two. It is good to see that so many parliamentarians are interested in animal welfare issues, because that certainly never used to be the case. I pay tribute to the hon. Lady, who organised a splendid dinner last week. There are no political divides between us when it...

Sentience and Welfare of Animals — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: My right hon. Friend made that point far better than I could, and I totally agree. It is unacceptable that animals are kept in appalling conditions and that the evidence that they experience fear and pain is ignored. As a matter of urgency, industries such as farming must recognise the sentience of animals. They are trying to recognise that and adjust their practices accordingly, but perhaps...

Asylum Decisions (Support for Refugees) — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (4 Mar 2020)

Sir David Amess: Seven colleagues wish to speak and we will start the winding-up speeches at 3.30 pm, so please share the time at about six or seven minutes each.

Cabinet Office: Election Candidates: Protection (22 Jan 2020)

Sir David Amess: What steps his Department is taking to (a) support and (b) protect people standing in elections.

Cabinet Office: Election Candidates: Protection (22 Jan 2020)

Sir David Amess: Now that we have a Government elected with a majority, can we please address the situation whereby people can post online abuse without having to have their names and addresses published?

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Motorhomes and Vehicle Excise Duty — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Jan 2020)

Sir David Amess: Order. I sense that there is some confusion about this debate. It is a half-hour debate. The sponsor of the motion speaks and then the Minister replies. It is for other Members to intervene. Unless permission is obtained, the debate is not for other Members to make separate speeches. There are still many Members here who have attended because they are interested in the matter, but it is...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jan 2020)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his endeavours to get Brexit done, but, as he knows only too well, something else needs to be got done. In an exchange with me on 25 July, he said that Southend would become a city. Before all that happens, however, will he join me in thanking the religious orders of Nazareth House in Southend for caring for vulnerable people for 147 years, and will he...

Southend: City Status (20 Dec 2019)

Sir David Amess: For a moment, I was tempted to say, “Before the House adjourns for the Christmas recess, there are a number of points that I wish to raise,” but we have a title for this Adjournment debate. The House will not be surprised to hear that I am going to describe how, as the Prime Minister said just six weeks ago, Southend will become a city. Before that, I want to mention three newly elected...

Southend: City Status (20 Dec 2019)

Sir David Amess: I thank the hon. Gentleman, whom I regard as my friend, for his support. Let me run through the list of reasons why Southend should become a city. First, there is the Music Man Project, which was the inspiration of David Stanley. He did not leave people with learning difficulties just to be looked after. He has absolutely transformed their lives through the power of music. The House can...

Southend: City Status (20 Dec 2019)

Sir David Amess: What a brilliant idea. I was not expecting that Christmas present. I thank the hon. Member very much indeed for his suggestion. I know that the House has become tired of hearing me ask for city status for Southend—[Interruption.]—a little weary—but I am not going to shut up until it happens, so someone must stand up at that Dispatch Box and tell me when the competition will begin. I...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Sir David Amess: I rise to speak in support of the Gracious Address. I begin by congratulating the proposer and seconder of the Humble Address. It is a huge honour to be chosen for either position. My hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch), who is a very popular colleague, did not disappoint the House. Her speech was first class. Our hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Eddie...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Sir David Amess: I am sorry, but I did. I did not want an election to take place two weeks before Christmas. I did more than 100 canvassing sessions in the wet and the cold, tripping up steps at night, holding a handkerchief in one hand because of a cold. I found it depressing, although obviously I am thrilled to bits by the result. Thinking of the detail of the campaign, it seems to me that in my...

Tributes to the Speaker (31 Oct 2019)

Sir David Amess: I am disappointed that I am not able to put my question to the Leader of the House regarding the lack of funding from the national lottery for Southend West and the lousy ticket machines installed by c2c, but I will get over that. The House is at its best when we are being nice to one another. This will not last, as we are about to embark upon a general election campaign. Mr Speaker, you and...


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