Results 61–80 of 2328 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kerry McCarthy

ME: Treatment and Research — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Yes. So much concern has been expressed about graded exercise therapy and many patients prefer the concept of pacing, which is balancing activity and rest to help them to manage their ME and work towards recovery. However, that approach is not currently recommended by NICE. I very much hope that the Minister picks this issue up, because it is probably the most controversial issue around the...

ME: Treatment and Research — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Yes. This is the problem we see over and over again with NICE: how do we value quality of life? We can look at the economic opportunities that are also lost if someone has to spend a lifetime on benefits rather than working and paying taxes, but there is so much more that they could perhaps have contributed to society and that opportunity has simply been lost. In the time that is left to me...

ME: Treatment and Research — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Yes, we need a system that is sensitive to the people who are taking the test, rather than being a series of tick-box exercises—yes or no. Action for ME gave some interesting evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee when it conducted an inquiry into ESA and PIP towards the end of last year. Action for ME cited one case study of a man who, as well as having ME, is registered blind; he...

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: As a member of the EFRA Committee, I apologise for not being able to stay for the whole debate; I am on the Ivory Bill Committee, which sits again at 2 pm. I entirely support what the Chair of the Select Committee says about the need for much greater clarity and strategic direction from the Department, but it is also important that we hear a lot more from the Department for International...

Exiting the European Union: Free Trade Agreements (14 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: As well as the motor sector, the food sector has expressed concern that rules of origin in the supply chain could have a real impact post-Brexit if we are not part of a customs union. What is the Department’s approach? Is it considering a broader definition of “local origin”? How else will it help those sectors deal with rules of origin post-Brexit?

Foie Gras Imports (13 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way and for bringing this debate to the House tonight. He is excellent on animal welfare issues. The decision on foie gras has already been made in this country. We have banned its production here because it is morally unacceptable and cruel, and a YouGov poll has found that 77% of people support an import ban. I think that that figure would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The UK Government have indicated that they want to carry on playing a leading role in common security and defence policy missions, such as Operation Atalanta, post Brexit, but there are currently no arrangements for third parties to be involved in the decision making, so how does the Secretary of State think that we will be able to continue this involvement while still having a say on whether...

Environmental Audit Committee (7 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I congratulate the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee on, as always, doing a sterling job of steering us through the inquiry. The Overseas Development Institute said in its evidence to our inquiry that the UK’s clean growth strategy is “undermined and contradicted” by our continued support for fossil fuel production overseas through UK Export Finance, which has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (7 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I asked the Minister back in March whether he had held meetings to discuss the problems that might arise because of the overuse of antibiotics in US farming, if we were to move to trading with the US and accept its standards. He would not confirm whether he had met representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care or the Department for International Trade to ensure that we could...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman about extending this provision to other species. Subspecies of hippo, warthogs, walruses and whales are all in the CITES appendix of endangered species, so the approach being taken does not seem to make sense. We know that this will be the only time we have an Ivory Bill before this House for many years to come, so if we are going to try to protect those...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I very much welcome the Bill. Does my hon. Friend share my surprise that the Government have managed to introduce this 40-page Bill in a very busy parliamentary timetable but still have not found time to finalise legislation to ban wild animals in circuses? This week we have seen Slovakia become the latest country to introduce such a ban. The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill has been through...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The Secretary of State gave a long list of those he wants to praise for their involvement in this, but will he join me in praising the rangers who do the work on the ground trying to defend elephants, rhinos and other animals against poachers? It is estimated that over 100 rangers a year lose their lives in violence because of the work they do.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I did not mention Lord Gardiner.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: The hon. Lady makes a pertinent point. I have been told so many times that we cannot introduce a unilateral ban on wild animals in circuses because the EU would not let us, yet we hear that many other countries have done so—Slovakia did so this week. Clearly, being in the European Union was being used as an excuse.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner). It is always difficult to present the results of an e-petition, particularly when so many people want to intervene. He did a sterling job. I also thank the more than 109,000 people who signed the e-petition. That shows the strength of support across our...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I agree. Thankfully, we have made great strides in recent years in banning cosmetic testing on animals. I am not totally averse to all animal testing. People might assume that I would be averse, but I would make an exception in cases of important medical research where there is no alternative. However, people can live without personal vanity and frivolity. There are sustainable, ethical...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I totally agree. That is why so many people signed the e-petition. I would like to see people’s compassion extending to other animals, such as farm animal welfare, but I will not go there today—we would have substantially less consensus. A lot of our fur imports come from countries that have lower animal welfare standards than the UK has, even before we introduced the fur farming...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: I would be more than happy to support the hon. Gentleman in calling for a ban on live exports. At the moment, I understand there is a ban on animals being taken overseas for slaughter, but not for fattening. That seems to me to be a strange distinction. Surely we ought to be stamping out the exporting and transporting of animals in inhumane, cramped conditions. I want to briefly mention the...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: That is exactly why the Select Committee took evidence from the likes of Amazon and Camden Market. A lot of these items are found on market stalls, but they have also been found in shops such as Boots, Tesco, FatFace, Groupon, House of Fraser and Missguided—well-established chains that need to get their own houses in order. Some of them had explicit fur-free promises, which they need to...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Kerry McCarthy: Yes, and that is often the case. I had 500 emails about puppy farming, which was an earlier iteration of the campaign. I should say hello to Marc from that campaign, who is in the Gallery yet again—he is here more often than I am. Let us stop outsourcing this cruelty and introduce a ban on all fur imports as soon as possible. It is the humane, moral and right thing to do, and it is...


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