Results 1–20 of 373 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Matheson

Public Accounts Committee (24 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: I congratulate the Chair of the Committee on another excellent report, and on the forensic and measured way in which she delivered her statement. I hope that the Government take fair notice, although I worry that that may be a forlorn hope. The Government were given a recommendation by the commercial relationships board that Carillion should be designated “high risk”. The...

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: Can we have a debate about absolutely anything—it does not matter what—as long as we actually have a proper vote at the end of it that tests the Government’s position? The only votes that we are having at the moment are those proposed by the Opposition, and the Government are running scared of those as well. If the Government are too divided or too frit to push through a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: The recent court case that found the collection of tolls at the Mersey crossing unlawful has afforded Ministers an opportunity to pause and review the operation of those tolls, which are hated across my region. Will they take that opportunity and review the tolls?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: I endorse what the Leader of the House says about treating colleagues with respect, but she is unwittingly making the argument just made by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan). Almost nothing that she is talking about requires a vote that is binding on the Government. The trend is the same; the Government are running away from anything on which they have to have a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (16 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: Although we warmly welcome moves to open up Government contracts to SMEs, the fact is that they are still being crowded out by big suppliers that regularly fail to deliver, including G4S with its youth custody provision; Capita with its failing Army recruitment contract, among many others; and, of course, Carillion. Will the Government introduce a new requirement that firms cannot bid for new...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: The Israeli Government seem to get away with a level of disproportionate violence that is not tolerated elsewhere and they continue to ignore multiple United Nations resolutions, so can the Minister tell us specifically what he can say to the Israeli Government to persuade them to play by the international rules that the rest of us seek to apply?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (14 May 2018)

Chris Matheson: Will the Minister confirm that when the hated 1% pay cap is lifted, the balance will be paid entirely from central funds and will not be foisted on to the schools themselves?

Sainsbury and Asda Merger (30 Apr 2018)

Chris Matheson: May I press the Minister on the question of distribution depots, which Mr Coupe has chosen not to protect? I remind the House that many of the distribution sites were established because of the decline in manufacturing, to replace manufacturing jobs. What assurances will the Minister seek from Mr Coupe and his fellow directors to guarantee that the jobs remain in those difficult areas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Single-use Plastic Bottles (26 Apr 2018)

Chris Matheson: What assessment he has made of the potential merits of alternatives to PET plastic for single-use plastic bottles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Single-use Plastic Bottles (26 Apr 2018)

Chris Matheson: My constituent Noel McGlinchey, who is a food scientist, has demonstrated to me how plant-based plastics such as polylactic acid might be used for plastic bottles, which would then be biodegradable. Do the Government have a view on the use of such plastics, and will the Minister support my campaign, together with Mr McGlinchey, to have them rolled out across the bottling sector?

Capita (24 Apr 2018)

Chris Matheson: May I thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting the urgent question and congratulate the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) on securing it? Capita is one of the strategic suppliers to the Government, providing services of particular strategic importance, yet, as we heard from its boss today, it had no strategy aside from mucking up the management of the dental register, leaving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (23 Apr 2018)

Chris Matheson: Has the Secretary of State had a chance to review the misguided policy of his predecessor to close the Dale barracks in Chester, which has only recently been refurbished and enjoys high satisfaction rates among the soldiers stationed there and their families?

Vauxhall Factory, Ellesmere Port (20 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am most grateful to the Minister for giving way. There is a Toyota plant next to my constituency, in the constituency of my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (David Hanson). Are not investment decisions such as those the Minister has mentioned taken three years in advance? That decision by Toyota had already been taken and was known even before the Brexit referendum had taken place.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (15 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: There are several Airbus Beluga flights every day between manufacturing sites at Hamburg and Toulouse, and Chester. That complicated manufacturing and supply chain will be put at risk unless we get regulatory certainty soon. When will we get detailed regulatory certainty on manufacturing?

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: Nothing I have seen since the referendum has convinced me that the plan for the UK to leave to EU is anything short of an act of national lunacy. The chaos that we are seeing now—whether over the intractable problems with the Irish border, or over the Government’s unwillingness to put anything on trade and customs issues to a vote in the House—just adds further to that...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: The hon. Gentleman has obviously gone through a methodical process of working out the effect of Brexit on GDP. Has he worked out the effect on GDP of an empty Tory slogan?

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: rose—

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Matheson: I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement and I look forward to her aggressively chasing down that dirty Russian money. There have now been 15 suspicious deaths, and I should like to ask about the prevalence of these deaths in the UK. Are there more in the UK than in similar western countries? If so, why? Is it because we have more Russians here, or because Russia is deliberately...


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