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Results 61–80 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:Paul Flynn

Grenfell Tower and Building Safety (5 Sep 2017)

Paul Flynn: The statement reports that the weaknesses discovered following the Ronan Point collapse have not been fully addressed or remedied. That collapse took place nearly 50 years ago. We also read that 165 existing tower blocks have the same combustibility and dangers that existed at Grenfell. Does not this show a continuing catastrophic failure of building regulations? Do we not need an examination...

Business of the House (20 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: The Government have shaken the magic money tree bare to buy their majority. Is that not the reason why, at midnight on the last day of Parliament, they had to sneak out a statement on the cancellation of a long-established promise to the people of south Wales and then deny the House a proper debate on the subject? That is a disgraceful way to behave. When can we debate the other promises they...

Armed Forces: Closure of Sovereign House, Newport — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: I beg to move, That this House has considered the closure of Sovereign House in Newport. It is a special pleasure to meet under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. We know of your great contributions to debates in this House, in the Council of Europe and elsewhere, but it is the first time that I have had the chance to serve under your chairmanship. The closure of Sovereign House in Newport is...

Armed Forces: Closure of Sovereign House, Newport — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend makes his point with great force. That is precisely the position. People are attracted to super-hubs because they want their career to leave a legacy. If they can think that they have built super-hubs—great phallus symbols—in various places, they can relax when they eventually retire to their haciendas in Spain. It is something to be achieved, but it is not always rational...

Armed Forces: Closure of Sovereign House, Newport — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We must not fall into that trap. If we are going to take a decision, let us see all the facts laid out. Making people’s jobs convenient for their homes is of paramount importance —it is at the heart of the Welsh Government’s policy and I believe that they would say the same. They do not see this mania for super-hubs and bringing everything together as...

Armed Forces: Closure of Sovereign House, Newport — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Although it is Newport that is mentioned in the title of the debate, the threats are spread right around—Merthyr and Caerphilly, the Newport service centre, Cwmbran pension service and the Gabalfa DWP centre in Cardiff. They are all under threat. It is difficult to get on a balance sheet what being told that they have to travel miles further, with more...

Armed Forces: Closure of Sovereign House, Newport — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am grateful to her for that intervention. We are not looking for a reversal of Government policy if the change makes sense, but they have to prove that it makes sense not just in economic terms but in human terms. The hub will cause disruption, as I believe it will contain many more than 1,000 people. It will be a man-made hub. There are natural hubs in...

Pensions: Points of Order (19 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday’s Order Paper said that the debate on drugs could continue until 7 o’clock. The final speaker sat down four minutes early. The normal practice in this House is then to use that time for other speakers to contribute. It was particularly interesting that the final speaker, the Minister, had denied interventions on the grounds that she did not have...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Will the Minister give way?

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Will the Minister give way?

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: I would like to make a brief contribution, Madam Deputy Speaker, because there are four minutes to go.

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: There are four minutes to go.

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: I am not arguing with the Chair—I am arguing that the Minister has finished and I want to make a small contribution. Those are the normal rules of debate.

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: May I make a point of order, then, Madam Deputy Speaker, because the excuse that the Minister gave—

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. You will have heard the Minister say that she could not take a brief intervention from me because of lack of time. Could I just make the point that the Government’s policy is not evidence-based, because otherwise they would be taking clear cognisance of the evidence from Portugal and from Uruguay—

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: It has been a splendid afternoon. May I offer my congratulations to all those who have made maiden speeches? How refreshing it is and how grateful we all are to the Prime Minister for organising this fresh injection of new Members into the House—and so many of them are women. Goodness, there has been a great change in this place since I came in with my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Does my hon. Friend recall the passage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill last year? It was said to be modelled on similar Bills that had been passed in Ireland and in Poland? In both countries, prohibition of psychoactive substances increased use— in Ireland from 16% to 22%—and increased harm. Is it not true that, in this country, it is very easy to close the headshops, but that we...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Is the hon. Lady not impressed by the simple fact that, as was pointed out by my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound), in 1971 fewer than 1,000 people in this country were addicted to heroin and cocaine, and there were virtually no deaths because those people were receiving their heroin from the health service? After 46 years of the harshest prohibition in Europe, we now...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Having been in the House at the time of David Blunkett’s change in the category of cannabis, and very much involved with it, I remember that everyone predicted an increase in cannabis use when the classification was changed. That did not happen. In fact, there was a reduction in the use of cannabis when the penalties were less. Contrary to all the expectations, and the great argument we...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Portugal de-penalised drug use in 2001 and, as a result, halved the number of heroin users in the country, and the number of deaths has fallen from 80 a year to 16 a year. In the 30 years in which my right hon. Friend and I have been in the House, can she think of any initiative by any Government that has reduced drug harm so spectacularly?


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