Results 41–60 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

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?

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,...

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?

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

Michael Jabez Foster: rose—

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...

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?

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: When it comes to helping those on benefits back into work, does my right hon. Friend agree that compassion and support are as important as compulsion in achieving that objective?

Business of the House (8 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: This debate is a massive smokescreen. I am probably one of the busiest MPs—I am not saying that I am the busiest, but I am one of them—and I receive hundreds of letters and e-mails each week, yet only one constituent has raised the issue with me. This is self-indulgence on the part of parliamentarians who seek privilege over everybody else. If people commit wrongs, they are entitled to be...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: When did the right hon. Gentleman first know that his immigration spokesman was receiving information from a mole at the Home Office?

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The point of order is that the right hon. Gentleman invited me to respond.

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The right hon. Gentleman asked another question— [Interruption.]

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: What the right hon. Gentleman needs to tell us is who is paying for the civil servant's legal fees with Bindmans.

Points of Order: Emergency Debate — Pre-Budget Report (26 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Is the hon. Gentleman therefore saying that public sector pensions are unaffordable and that he would want to renegotiate them?

Business of the House: Fisheries (20 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: All colleagues have probably had that sinking feeling when a constituent comes in on a Friday afternoon and says, "You're my last chance." In a sense, I am that constituent today, saying it to the Minister on behalf of the fishermen of Hastings and Rye. Year after year, we have the same debate—I suppose the good thing is that we have a new Minister every year to whom we can express our...

Business of the House: Fisheries (20 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention but, as the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) said a moment ago, officialdom has been advising Ministers of both persuasions for many years, and it would seem to those of us who represent the fishing industry that they have all got it wrong. Perhaps that has been the only constant advice that has been coming through,...


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