Results 1–20 of 400 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Jabez Foster

Business of the House: Members' Payments and Allowances (22 Jan 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I think that members of the public who watch this debate should be satisfied with the fervour for openness expressed by every hon. Member who has spoken. The one thing about which we, as parliamentarians, have to be very careful is not to assume bad faith on the part of colleagues. It is very easy to do that for political purposes, and it may be that we can avoid that by ensuring greater...

Business of the House: Members' Payments and Allowances (22 Jan 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: For clarification, what does "down to receipt level" mean, if it does not include receipts?

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Royal Mail (11 Feb 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that buy-in from the work force is key to the future of the Post Office and Royal Mail. On what he said about who controls Royal Mail, will any Bill that he introduces make it clear that the public and the Government—the state—will continue to have a controlling interest in the shareholdings, and that it will not be possible at any time for...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Royal Mail (11 Feb 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: rose—

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bill Presented — Northern Ireland Bill: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill (23 Feb 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am grateful for the opportunity to make the briefest of comments, particularly as I have not been here for most of the debate. The reason for my absence is that I have been in another Parliament today—the European Parliament. As a result of the generosity of Eurostar, which has decided to run a service from Ashford to Brussels, it is possible to be in two Parliaments on the same day,...

Men's Health at Work (5 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I apologise for not being in the Chamber at the start of the debate, but will the Government's plans to widen access to surgery times not help in that direction?

Royal Assent: Use of the Chamber (Youth Parliament) (12 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Royal Assent: Use of the Chamber (Youth Parliament) (12 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: Indeed. Five or six years ago, when I proposed the matter, some Conservative Members suggested that young people sitting on the green Benches might constitute treason. Is my hon. Friend sure that that technicality has been sorted out?

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: My contribution will be of the briefest nature because I do not intend to compete with the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope), thus enabling the debate to go on so long that there will not be a vote. It will be a real challenge to democracy if, after last week's debate, we have yet another debate that does not come to a conclusion. I am unashamedly in favour, not of something that is...

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I have no problem with that, and I hope that Mr. Speaker would not either, although perhaps it would be more appropriate to use the Chairman's chair. But that is not relevant. What matters is respect for the office and the way in which we conduct ourselves, and we certainly do not show respect for this place by talking out an obvious and reasonable proposition. That is what brings this place...

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I will not give way because I intend to make a brief contribution. It is important that we do not talk down the UK Youth Parliament. Its representatives in my area have contributed significantly, over many years, to advancing the views of young people, which is surely what they are there to do. The fact is that they are not a mock Parliament, as has been suggested by some hon. Members, but a...

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I do not have a problem with the proposal having a wider application. I do not share the view that this matter is precious, or more especially that we are precious. This is an important place, but we are not that important. The truth is that much of this debate is about us. As my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter) said, it is a question of only elected posteriors being...

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I agree entirely. The Mace is important, of course; it symbolises the supremacy of the House. The hon. Gentleman's point is a good one.

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: It might do and it might not; the truth is that some debates in this place—including this one, perhaps—are evidence of the fact that it can go to lows as well as highs. What really matters is what we do in this place—the decisions that we come to and their relevance to the young and the wider sphere of people.

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (16 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I will not take another intervention—not out of disrespect, but because I believe that we should show respect and encouragement to young people who want to get involved and I do not intend to take lots of interventions and be party to talking this debate out. I hope very much that the House will make a decision tonight. We expect young people to respect us; I hope that we will not show...

Postal Services (Rye) (17 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: According to a recent survey by Help the Aged, nearly 60 per cent. of older people say that their post offices are essential to their lives. The Post Office is a much loved institution and I want to tell my right hon. Friend the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs that I am proud of what the Labour Government have done to maintain a post office network with a viable future. I...


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