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Results 101–120 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Brake

Recall of Tumble Dryers (17 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The Minister has said that modified machines are low risk, yet last year the BBC’s “Watchdog” live consumer programme uncovered cases in which machines had caught fire even after being fixed. Can modified machines be deemed to be low risk, even though they catch fire?

Parliament as a Workplace (13 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Does the hon. Lady agree that some fantastic organisations are working to improve diversity in the House, notably Operation Black Vote? I mention OBV by way of an apology to her and also to the Leader of the House, because I have to attend an event that it is hosting here this afternoon. The event will finish by 5 pm, and if I do not leave I will miss the opportunity to support and, perhaps,...

Parliament as a Workplace (13 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I want to use this opportunity to draw to the attention of the hon. Lady and other Members present to the fantastic opportunity that we have with the Northern Estate programme, as part of which we shall build a, I think badly named, temporary Chamber—a Chamber that could in fact be permanent. If we cannot get reform here—which is quite difficult to do, because there is a certain amount of...

Parliament as a Workplace (13 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. Might the colleague he mentioned have benefited from job sharing for Members of Parliament, if that was something we had introduced?

Parliament as a Workplace (13 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: rose—

Parliament as a Workplace (13 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Does the right hon. Lady agree that another factor that must be taken into account is whether the Government of the day have a majority? She was elected in 2005, and I suspect that between 2005 and 2015, there was a degree of stability in people’s ability to plan work, because successive Governments had a majority. When that is not the case, things become much more unpredictable.

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Some highly irresponsible Tory leadership contenders are traipsing around the country advocating no deal when before the referendum they were saying, for example, “mutual self-interest suggests we’d cut a very good deal”, or talking about “a free trade arrangement that continues to give access to UK goods and services on the European continent.” There are many other examples where...

Ford in Bridgend (10 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The Secretary of State has quoted Ford’s Europe chairman, Steven Armstrong, so may I quote him back to the Secretary of State? He said: “We’ve been very consistent since the referendum that a hard Brexit, a no-deal Brexit, would be a disaster”. So does the Secretary of State believe that loose talk about delivering no deal by leading Tory leadership contenders damages the UK car...

Grenfell: Government Response (10 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The Secretary of State has been asked on a number of occasions whether he would be willing to name and shame private landlords who do not take the action necessary. Will he confirm whether he is willing to do that, and if so when, to put pressure on them to take action and make that unnecessary? Secondly, I do not want him to comment on the legal case being launched by the Grenfell survivors...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Antisocial Behaviour (10 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: What steps he is taking to tackle the recent increase in levels of antisocial behaviour.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Antisocial Behaviour (10 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The Minister is correct; more than a third of respondents to the latest crime survey have experienced or witnessed ASB. Whether we are talking about drug dealing, vandalism, or people riding motorbikes or quad bikes in public places, for example, in our parks, it has a real, damaging effect on people’s lives. Will she therefore support Lib Dem calls to invest more in community policing?...

International Trade: Climate Change (6 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Will the Minister say a bit more in relation to climate change and trade policy, particularly vis-à-vis the US, because the President of the United States has said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”?

Interim NHS People Plan (5 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Would the Minister join me, first, in congratulating the Royal College of Nursing on backing a people’s vote? Does he accept that one reason for that was doubtless that the number of nurses and midwives from the EU has dropped by 5,000 in the past two years? Will he set out what extra cost and complexity will be associated with the recruitment of nurses and midwives from the European Union,...

Interim NHS People Plan (5 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The hon. Lady?

EU Parliament Elections: Denial of Votes (4 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: We see shocking complacency from the Minister and a complete denial of any Government responsibility for this shambles. A number of MPs—me included—raised these concerns in advance of the election, saying that EU citizens were going to be disenfranchised. And sure enough they were, as they were in the EU referendum. Is the Minister aware of legal advice that says that the use of the UC1...

EU Parliament Elections: Denial of Votes (4 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: indicated dissent.

British Steel (22 May 2019)

Tom Brake: The action taken so far is welcome, but this is still clearly a disturbing time for workers and suppliers. We heard earlier that British Steel invested £40 million in Ascoval—the Select Committee may want to look at that. At the same time, the French state and local government bodies invested an equivalent sum of £40 million in that steel mill. Is there anything the Government could learn...

Leaving the European Union (22 May 2019)

Tom Brake: At the latest count, eight Ministers or Members of Parliament who sit beside or around the Prime Minister are jostling for her job. Most, if not all, appear to be enthusiastic endorsers of a kamikaze no deal. Given what she knows about no deal, can she understand why any of those candidates would want to advocate one?

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill (21 May 2019)

Tom Brake: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his work on blacklisting. He raises the matter with me regularly. Does he agree that investment in skills must be a priority if we are to avoid importing a lot of people, probably from the EU, to work on things as varied as the carvings, the masonry and the windows? If we do not invest in skills now, those people will simply not be there.

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill (21 May 2019)

Tom Brake: I commend the Leader of the House for grasping this issue, which has been around for many years, and progressing it. Does she agree that it is important for Members to also engage in the northern estate programme, which is a precursor to the restoration and renewal programme? I draw the House’s attention to two sessions coming up on 11 June and 18 June. At the first, Members’...


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