Results 1–20 of 430 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

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: What assessment he has made of trends in homelessness since 2010.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: Homelessness has doubled nationally since 2010, but the increase is greater in the north-west. Why is that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure: North Wales (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on upgrades to transport infrastructure in North Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure: North Wales (18 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: The M56 is the main arterial route not just through Cheshire but into north Wales. What discussions has the Minister had about upgrading the M56 as part of the next road investment strategy for Highways England?

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Chuka Umunna) on securing this urgent question and on his introductory remarks. Today’s report from the Electoral Commission is a devastating indictment of the official leave campaign’s conduct during the referendum, which has been found to be based on cheating and possibly lawbreaking. Financial expenditure was deliberately...

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: This week, I have had meetings with both Transport for the North and Highways England to pitch a case for investment in the M56, which is clogged up and overcrowded, but all roads—pun intended—seem to lead back to a decision made at the Department for Transport. May we have a debate on the Government’s forthcoming road investment strategy part 2, so that we can make the case...

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: This morning’s chaos is entirely consistent with a Government who have dodged scrutiny in this House at every turn, and to suggest to my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) that he is shouting from the sidelines when he is actually speaking from the Benches of this House only serves to amplify that. May I draw the Secretary of State’s attention to paragraph...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar (4 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: Israel will rightly face international condemnation and obloquy for these actions, but the demolitions will go ahead anyway. Aside from the Trump regime in America, which is part of the problem, is there anybody out there to whom Israel might listen? The impression it gives at the moment is of a state going rogue that does not actually want to be part of the international community.

Infected Blood Inquiry (2 Jul 2018)

Chris Matheson: I thank the Minister for his statement and for giving me advance sight of it. Today’s statement is a sign of progress, but it is also an indicator of how delayed this whole process has been. It is a year since the inquiry was announced and six months since responsibility was, rightly, transferred to the Cabinet Office, yet we are only now getting details of its sittings and terms of...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Sir Bernard Jenkin) on his recent knighthood, richly deserved after many years’ service in this place, and on the work of the Committee and the dogged way in which he and his Committee have gone after this particular issue. It is a lesson to all in the House about the value and the strength of Select Committees when they are...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am most grateful for that clarification and the House will have noted it. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments is entirely necessary, but, to use the phrase of the moment, not at all fit for purpose. The clue is in the name. The A in ACOBA stands for “advisory” and it is clear that the committee is just that: it has no teeth and if its harshest sanction is to...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I thank my hon. Friend for that point, but it is not simply about image. It is about having a different perspective. It is about approaching the question of an appointment from a different point of view, so that somebody from the outside, a bus driver or a hairdresser, can say, “Look, this really doesn’t look right from where I am sitting.” He makes an extremely good point,...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Senior Public Appointments: Widening Access (27 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: Edward Timpson was appointed chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service and of the new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. Andrew Tyrie has been appointed chair of the Competition and Markets Authority. Baroness Stowell was appointed chair of the Charity Commission. They are all probably worthy appointments individually, but a clear pattern is emerging, so will...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Have you had any indication from the Foreign Secretary whether he will be back in time for Foreign Office questions tomorrow?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Armed Forces Veterans: Legacy Investigations (20 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: Chester is a garrison city, and numerous constituents who have retired from the services are affected by uncertainty. I have no problem with crimes being investigated where there is evidence, but what comfort can the Secretary of State give those servicemen and ex-servicemen in my constituency who have served honourably and are living under a cloud of suspicion and uncertainty?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: We have heard today from G. K. Chesterton and P. G. Wodehouse, which is of course a pleasure. Nevertheless, it is a matter of regret that we have had to hold this debate because the Government should long ago have respected the wishes of this House and proceeded to move the necessary money resolution. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan) for...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for correcting me, and he is absolutely right. This has not only become a routine drain on parliamentary time and resources for everyone involved, but is deeply disrespectful to Members across the House who sent a strong message to the Government last December that they wanted the Bill to be considered in Committee. We heard from my hon. Friend the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Of course, someone who has a second home is perhaps registered elsewhere, but my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden was making a particular point about those who are not on any register but still require representation. The Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton seeks to resolve a...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: My hon. Friend gives an example of communities that are not reflected in parliamentary constituencies. My fear is that there are plenty of examples across the House, not simply in Leeds, where that would happen. We heard from my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden and plenty of others that that link would be broken. A major flaw with the boundary reviews is that they were based on...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Chris Matheson: I have no doubt that electoral registers have to be cleaned up, but I cannot believe that there were 2 million people on the electoral register who simply did not exist. The right hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr Goodwill) discussed people with second homes. I am on two electoral registers, as I have a place in London because of this job, but the numbers are few and far between,...


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