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Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Goytre (14 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment has been made of the proposed centre for destitute asylum seekers in Goytre.

Steel Sector (18 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I assure the Minister that the people of my constituency are listening carefully to what is being said today. I also assure her that there is palpable anger and frustration among my constituents. The claimed action on energy has still not been implemented. The claimed action on procurement amounts to so-called open advertising, while Hinkley Point has no British steel. The Government use the...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I am very pleased to hear what I think is the hon. Gentleman’s support for tidal energy. Therefore, I seek his views on the fact that the Government seem to be continuously prevaricating over granting approval for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project in my constituency, which would generate huge amounts of clean energy and create thousands of jobs, including—consider the job losses that...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: It is a pleasure to speak after so many engaging and insightful contributions this evening. As we meet today, it is easy to forget that it is almost 10 years since the Prime Minister, who was then Leader of the Opposition, decided it was time to hug a husky, and five years since he declared his determination to lead the greenest Government ever. As soon as he had walked down Downing Street...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I absolutely accept there have to be exemptions for energy-intensive industries. The steel industry has needed the energy-intensive industry compensation package for over four years. The Chancellor recognised the need for that in 2011 and it has taken until now to get it sorted. One reason for that is that we are expending so much political capital in Europe trying to negotiate a Brexit, but...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his excellent advice. I will leave the last bit of his intervention for my constituents to decide. As I explained to the hon. Member for Warrington South (David Mowat), there is a need for a compensation package for energy-intensive industries. As I have mentioned many, many times in interventions and speeches on the steel industry, the Government’s...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I beg to move, That this House has considered access to justice for vulnerable people. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak on what is an increasingly critical issue: access to justice, particularly for those who for whatever reason would otherwise be left without legal redress. The Opposition recognise the fundamental...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend makes a crucial point. This is about the kind of society we want to live in. There is no doubt that a key indicator of that is the way in which we deal with access to justice. My constituents, like hers, are deeply concerned about the distortion of our justice system, which we are discussing here today. The figures that I have cited show a massive drop in access to justice, and...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. She makes an absolutely critical point about women in the workplace. This plays into the broader theme of today’s discussion, which is about how we ensure we include all elements of society so that we can build an economy and society that is cohesive and dynamic. The issues are not only about rights and equalities in the narrow sense; they are...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. I agree entirely with every word of it, and with the sentiment. Members clearly have a deep and active interest in this issue, but we could never claim to be experts at the same level as the judiciary whom she just cited. We must defer to those views. If the most eminent experts in the world are telling us that the system is seriously flawed and...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: Given the changes that are being introduced and the impact they will have in real time, does the Minister not agree that waiting for three to five years before doing a review of LASPO is simply evidence of being asleep at the wheel? A review of LASPO needs to be brought forward in a far shorter timeframe.

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Bailey. I thank all hon. Members present today for some truly engaging and insightful contributions to this vital debate. We have heard a range of comments about the comparison between our system and others and the professed commitment to a one nation justice system, as well as a passionate exchange of views about the real role of a...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of the UK steel industry. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this important debate. I also thank the Minister and all my colleagues for coming to support it—it is a fantastic turnout. As we all know, this has been a big week for the British steel...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend’s long and illustrious history in the steel industry. He was a steelworker himself, so he speaks with particular experience and expertise. I absolutely agree with his point about the nuclear industry. I would bring everybody’s attention to the outrage of EDF telling a well-known British steel producer that it was not allowed to tender to make turbines that...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. What is interesting about the MOD angle is that we are talking about national security. The steel industry plays a critical role as a foundation industry, whether we are talking about the homes we live in, the offices we work in, the knives and forks we use to eat our meals or the incredibly important contribution the industry makes to our armed forces...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. He will be aware that a debate is taking place in the Labour party, but I can assure him of which side of that debate I fall on. There are a number of reasons why I fall on that side of the debate, but saving our manufacturing industry—up to 20,000 jobs rely on the nuclear programme to which he refers—is critical. I will certainly contribute...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: Thank you, Mr Walker. I defer to your better judgment, but I would be more than happy to continue that debate outside the Chamber. In the light of what we are discussing, will the Minister explain why the Government will not go further in using Government procurement to support the British steel industry? It is one thing to put in place procurement guidelines, but driving the message home...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I am surprised. I believe that the Secretary of State had to look up Brussels on a map to work out how to get there last year. The critical point is that the European Union sets the rules of the game, and it is up to the member states to invoke those rules and deploy defensive trade instruments. I would like to share something with my hon. Friend. I read a very interesting interview from...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I agree entirely. I feel that our Government are not acting as they should because they are driven by a dogmatic, laissez-faire ideology that has nothing to do with standing up for British steel, British industry and the British economy. That laissez-faire ideology will never enable us to act as we should.

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Backbench Business — UK Steel Industry (21 Jan 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: An explanation would be very much in order. My hon. Friend makes a very interesting point about something I will come to shortly: market economy status for China. How is it possible for the Government to justify on the one hand saying, “We are standing up for British steel and British industry”, and on the other being China’s chief cheerleader in Europe and actively agitating for it to...


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