Results 21–40 of 500 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

Women and Equality: Equality Bill (25 Jun 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I refer the hon. Lady to the response given earlier today.

Women and Equality: Equality Bill (25 Jun 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: It is clear that there is discrimination against older people in particular, but of course, before any regulations are made, the industry will be properly consulted; that, indeed, is the purpose of the Government's proposals.

Under 10-Metre Fishing Fleet (14 May 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: Does my hon. Friend agree that the principle of one person, one vote might be a better way of determining this? Producer organisations represent only 50 per cent. of the industry, but they seem to have about 90 per cent. of the vote. Should we not consider electoral reform?

Under 10-Metre Fishing Fleet (14 May 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: With regard to the implication of the Hague preference, which my hon. Friend has used in the north-east, as he said, it is obviously easier to get agreement if there is an extra cake to split up. Otherwise, there is no cake for anyone. Should he not be considering doing the same for the coastal strip in the south? Is it not the case that the catch is so low at the moment that the Hague...

Under 10-Metre Fishing Fleet (14 May 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am glad that my hon. Friend understands the wickedness of discards, but will he say what the timetable for the scheme is? What prospect is there that it can be adopted more widely across the UK, and when could that happen?

Under 10-Metre Fishing Fleet (14 May 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am grateful for the opportunity, somewhat earlier than anticipated, to speak yet again on behalf of the fishing communities of Hastings and Rye. I am sorry that it is necessary to raise the same issue, but the urgency of the message is not getting through. I shall try to leave no ambiguity as to the importance of responding to the cry for justice for the under 10-metre fleet in Hastings and...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: I guess that we do not need reminding—although it is always worth doing so—that the economic tsunami that is now engulfing our world metes out its worst effects to those who are the least able to defend themselves. That includes many of the nations of Africa, including Sierra Leone. We heard a lot about that country from my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas) earlier....

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: It is right that in Hastings, Sierra Leone, and Sierra Leone generally, there is a two-faith society, Christian and Muslim. What impressed me was that, in all their public affairs, both the Muslims and the Christians are part of the show. I asked why it was that they got on so well, and a Roman Catholic priest made it clear that it was down to respect. That might be something we can learn...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: The hon. Gentleman appears to be chiding the Government for a lack of consistency in having debates about Africa. Did the Opposition call for a debate on Africa in their own time at any point in the period that he mentioned?

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Michael Jabez Foster: indicated assent.

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...

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...

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?


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