Results 81–100 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

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: What assessment he has made of the effect of the privatisation of Royal Mail on employment standards in the postal industry.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. As postal workers trudge through the snow this morning, they will have a right to be aggrieved at losing their pensions, while Moya Greene gets paid £1.9 million and gets free flights, paid for by Royal Mail, to Canada. Does the Minister accept that?

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: I beg to move, That this House has considered tolls on the Mersey crossings. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. Although the motion is in my name, it is very much the result of a team effort, as demonstrated by the number of right hon. and hon. Members on the Labour Benches today. The issue of tolls on the new Mersey crossing has caused consternation across...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: I was most perturbed to hear that, and perhaps the Transport Minister here today might pass the concerns of the assembled right hon. and hon. Members back to the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse. In relation to attributing views to the Mayor of the city region that he does not hold, I understand that the Mayor, Steve Rotherham, has today written to the Minister for the Northern...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point and leads me into the next part of my speech. I will quote Rachel from north Wales, who has seemingly had a similar experience to his constituents. She said: “Two weeks ago I drove over to Walton for a long awaited hospital appointment. Not only is it a 120 mile round trip, it’s an area I don’t know at all so subsequently I was...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Matheson: It is an astonishing figure— 50,000 people in just six weeks. As I said, it surely demonstrates that something is badly wrong. There are two issues here: first, the toll system is obviously not clear enough; and secondly, it is not just drivers from the immediate Halton area who are affected. Indeed, it seems absurd that the only place that someone can pay in person is in Halton, as...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with Lord Heseltine, who suggested that the best strategy for industry in the United Kingdom might be not to leave the European Union. However, we are where we are. The aerospace sector has experienced some difficult times recently. A great many orders have gone abroad, particularly to the United States, with no reciprocation. What will the...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: It is a great pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mrs Moon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones), the Chair of the Petitions Committee, on introducing the debate. Her speech was comprehensive and extremely well delivered. I rise to support the BBC and the licence fee, which are often seen as interchangeable by their opponents. The licence fee is often...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: The hon. Gentleman has an excellent nose and an excellent face. I am a big fan of Radio 6 Music. I know that politicians are supposed to listen to the “Today” programme, but I do not; I listen to Shaun Keaveny on the breakfast show on Radio 6. The BBC’s flagship programme at the moment is “Blue Planet”. I want to address the point made by my hon. Friend the Chair...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: Living as I do in the Welsh border area, I have seen “Pobol y Cwm” a couple of times, although I do not claim to understand it. My hon. Friend brings me to my next point, about the ecology of the broadcasting system. The licence fee underpins not simply the BBC—and S4C, as my hon. Friend mentioned—but much of the ecology of the UK broadcasting and creative industries....

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: It was “Bill and Ben” in my day as well. I reflect as we have these conversations that we all have our favourites, as the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) observed. We are all laughing and remembering the effect that those programmes had on us in earlier days. That is the importance of the BBC, not just to individuals but to the national life: it brings the...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: If I were in jail in Iran for a crime that I had not committed, I could not hope to have a better Member of Parliament than my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq), and I hope that the Foreign Secretary will pay tribute to her. Mr Ratcliffe has close family in my constituency, including a well-respected former Lord Mayor of Chester. When the Foreign Secretary goes...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: Does the Secretary of State accept that the true test of his industrial strategy will be how actively he and the Government intervene to protect manufacturing skills and jobs when companies such as BAE Systems, Bombardier or Vauxhall face crisis?

Paradise Papers: Points of Order (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During the urgent question just now, I asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury for some information pertaining to the levels of usage of offshore accounts. He said that he was unable to put his hands on that kind of information immediately. Is there a mechanism whereby I could prevail upon him to find that information and to put it in the Library? Or is...

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: According to the Government’s assessment, how many UK citizens and how many UK-registered companies have these offshore accounts, and how much money has the UK, as represented by those two entities, got salted away in them?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (2 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: Will the Secretary of State undertake to publish a list of all the regulatory and supervisory agencies that currently operate under the auspices of the European Union that he believes will need to be replicated by the United Kingdom on the day of Brexit?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker, and following on from that raised by the Chair of the Health Committee, the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston), the Leader of the House said in the House last week that when the House passes Opposition motions unanimously, there will be a 12-week gap before Ministers have to respond. Can you confirm, Sir, that because the motion just passed was...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Matheson: The refusal of the Government to publish these impact assessments is sadly part of a pattern of shutting out scrutiny and opposition throughout. The basic issue is that the Government are being driven by hard-line ideological Brexiteers whose priority is to leave with as hard a Brexit as possible. They want a blank canvas on which to repaint the UK in their own desolate vision, shorn of...

Leaving the Eu: Parliamentary Vote (26 Oct 2017)

Chris Matheson: There is a dangerous and sinister anti-intellectualism running through the Brexit ranks—we have seen more evidence of that this week. There is no substitute for facts, so if we are to have a meaningful vote, will the Secretary of State undertake to publish, before that vote takes place, his own Government’s impact assessments on the effect of Brexit?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Maintenance Contracts (26 Oct 2017)

Chris Matheson: What criteria the Commission applies when awarding contracts for maintenance work.


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