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Results 81–100 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

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: The Netherlands has had a pragmatic, intelligent policy of drug decriminalisation for 50 years. It now has a serious prison problem, because there are not enough prisoners to fill its prisons. Is that not a problem we would like to have here?

Organ Donation: Opt-out System — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) on securing this debate and on the clarity and comprehensiveness of his speech. He covered the ground in commendable fashion and hit the significant factors involved. The hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) rehashed the debate in Wales. She mainly addressed opinions and fears that were expressed before the...

Organ Donation: Opt-out System — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Does the hon. Lady agree with the Welsh Government’s conclusion that 40 lives have been saved under the presumed consent scheme that would have been lost under the previous arrangement?

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: Each time we have these debates, they get nearer to the reality of the first world war. My hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan) quoted Eisteddfod y Gadair Ddu, which is renowned in Wales as commemorating Hedd Wyn and that touching symbol he used: “A’u gwaed yn gymyg efo’r glaw”— their blood mixed with the rain. We could see that in the imagery presented by the...

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: I think it is entirely true to say that there is a nobility in the soldier’s craft and the soldier’s sacrifice, and we are grateful for that to this day. We see in Kosovo and Sierra Leone, with the humanitarian work that was done there, acts that are absolutely defensible and in which we can take a great pride. We have had a marvellous military history, and much of it showed the best of...

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: There really is no difference between us. I never suggested that there were not entirely justifiable wars. We should be recalling what lessons we have learned from Passchendaele and the rest of the first world war in the decisions we take in this House now. I once had five weeks’ enforced absence from this House for saying what I am about to say, although I will say it in a rather more...

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: I rise because of the description of Passchendaele as a “wonderful battle.” For many who were there, including my father, it was a terrible tragedy that resulted from the misjudgment of generals and others. We cannot look at it without remembering that many of those who lost their lives—they did not give their lives—were told that if they went there, they would stop the “Huns”...

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Paul Flynn: When can the House express its disdain and contempt for the rip-off decision made by a gullible Government in agreeing to buy the dearest electricity in the world from a French company and guaranteeing that price for 35 years? Only months after starting out, the project is £1.5 billion over budget and a year behind schedule. Like all other European pressurised reactors—EPRs—this one will...

Points of Order (29 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Can we ensure that Standing Order 122A is implemented strictly in the House? The rule refers to chairmanships of Select Committees and states that the maximum term is eight years or two Parliaments. There is a good reason for this Standing Order, because the Committees are greatly benefited, and the House benefits, I believe, from refreshing those who take on...

21ST Century Fox/Sky Merger (29 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: Are we not indebted to our predecessors who sat in this Chamber in 1927, who determined that the broadcasters should have a duty of balance in their news? As a result of that, we trust the broadcasters to a greater extent than we trust the prostituted popular press, which tried a campaign of character assassination against the leader of my party in the election. Rightly, viewers and readers...

Business of the House (29 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate early-day motion 85? [That this House congratulates the Scottish Government for announcing new legislation to introduce presumed consent for organ donation in Scotland; notes the model successes of presumed consent in Wales where 39 lives have been saved in the last year, which has inspired the change in Scotland; further notes that the UK still has the lowest rates of...

Confidence and Supply Arrangement: Points of Order (27 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Confidence and Supply Arrangement: Points of Order (27 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: With your prodigious memory, Mr Speaker, you might recall that the final point of order in the last Parliament was about a worry that the electoral system in this country is more open to corruption than at any time since 1880, and it is possible now to buy an election. I do not know whether you saw the Channel 4 programme about the activities in Wales of a call centre that was employed by the...

NHS Shared Business Services (27 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: Shared services in my constituency saved £120 million in four years. When the system was privatised under Steria, it lost £4 million and goes on being inefficient. Can the Government escape from this paralysis of thought that is costing the country so much—that everything private is good and everything public is bad? Will they look to not outsourcing but insourcing services from the...

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety (26 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: Public inquiries are slow, lumbering instruments of change, as we found with the Chilcot report and the Savile inquiry, which took nearly a decade. Will the Secretary of State give an assurance that we will not wait until we have inquiry reports for remedies, but that as soon as remedies are obvious and required, we will act instantly, because the danger is so high and the anxieties are so...

Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2017)

Paul Flynn: Is the Minister concerned that his performance today is likely to bring crude hypocrisy into some disrepute? The Government have just lost an election. They made themselves and the country more unstable and weaker than they were before. In order again to correct problems within the Tory party, they are using this crude bribe. Is not the answer today that MPs who represent Wales and Scotland...

Exiting the European Union: Points of Order (27 Apr 2017)

Paul Flynn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I wish to raise a matter that strikes right at the heart of the integrity of our democratic system. It is based on the final report of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, as well as two articles in The House magazine, one by a Conservative Member and one by a Labour Member, all of which sound notes of alarm that our electoral system...

Exiting the European Union: Welsh Sheep Meat Trade (27 Apr 2017)

Paul Flynn: What steps he is taking to ensure protection of the Welsh sheep meat trade in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Welsh Sheep Meat Trade (27 Apr 2017)

Paul Flynn: That answer was characteristically vacuous and meaningless: could the Minister try to concentrate? Welsh farmers are saying that the door is open to New Zealand competition that could clear Welsh lamb off the shelves because of the price, and the door is not open to new markets in the United States, although that was promised. The Minister will understand the cultural priority of maintaining...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (27 Apr 2017)

Paul Flynn: Will the Secretary of State tell us why we are going into this premature election? Those of us who voted to remain in the EU have fully accepted the decision that was made, and voted for the triggering of article 50, as did those in the other House; so that is not the reason. Will the Secretary of State confess today that the real reason we are having this election is the Government’s wish...


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