Results 21–40 of 92 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ben Lake

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth (22 May 2018)

Ben Lake: What consideration has been given to the contribution that varying certain business taxes, such as VAT, according to the nation or region of the UK could make to encouraging economic growth?

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

Ben Lake: What progress has been made towards the development of a memorandum of understanding between the devolved and UK Governments clarifying how higher education institutions in Wales will be accorded adequate representation in UK Research and Innovation structures?

Community Transport — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Ben Lake: Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that the impact assessments conducted by the Department for Transport underestimate the impact of the proposals on very vulnerable people? The impact assessments led us to believe that the impact would be minimal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Network Rail: Electrification (2 May 2018)

Ben Lake: There is considerable disagreement about the total amount saved by the cancellation of electrification to south Wales—the figures range from £430 million to £700 million—but, irrespective of the total amount saved, does the Secretary of State not agree that there is a compelling case for reinvesting any funds saved by the cancellation in the Welsh network?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Agriculture Frameworks (26 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: Many agricultural unions in Wales have expressed concern about clarity relating to the future arrangements for common frameworks. Do the UK Government intend to apply the Barnett formula to any funding allocated to Wales in the future?

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the veterinary profession in Wales. Diolch yn fawr iawn, Mr Hosie. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I am grateful for the opportunity to debate the future of the veterinary sector in Wales, and particularly the impact that leaving the European Union will have on it. It is a profession...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: My hon. Friend makes an important point. It illustrates what important pillars of communities vets are, particularly in rural areas.

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: The hon. Gentleman succinctly makes the same point. It is true that, in rural areas, whether in Wales or any other part of the UK, the vet is very much a pillar of the local community. Whether by bringing solace to weary pet owners, safeguarding standards in the meat processing sector or supporting farmers to rear healthy livestock, they perform a crucial service. We often hear about the...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who is my constituency neighbour, for his intervention. I very much hope that I will today be as reassured and convinced as he is that the Government’s plans to ensure a robust future for the veterinary profession are well founded. It is true that, given the volatility that the agricultural industry all too often faces and the likelihood that further changes...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: My hon. Friend and constituency neighbour makes an important point—it is not an either/or situation; it is a matter of enhancing confidence in animal welfare and animal hygiene standards. It is not a matter of having one or the other; it is about having both. These are serious concerns, so I would welcome reassurances from the Minister that they are being addressed, and that measures...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: I again thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I wholeheartedly agree with him. It is a real asset to the United Kingdom that we have such high-quality veterinary training and research. I just hope that Aberystwyth University can, in the very near future, contribute to that revered status and reputation. Research conducted recently by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has shown...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: I thank my hon. Friend for raising a very important point, which has been under discussion and close scrutiny in Wales for quite some time. Successive Welsh Affairs Committees have raised it as an important point to be addressed quite urgently by the Government. I hope that perhaps it can be addressed now, before we leave the European Union, because a considerable amount of money is going out...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2018)

Ben Lake: The Ceredigion coastline is among the most stunning in the British Isles, and Cardigan bay has sustained communities on the value of its beauty and bounty. For 150 years, the lifeboat station at New Quay has valiantly safeguarded those who venture out into the bay, but it is possible that Ceredigion will no longer have an all-weather lifeboat from 2020. Does the Prime Minister agree that the...

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Many of my constituents feel that rural police forces have added challenges, as the population is spread across a large area. Does he agree that in reviewing the central grant and how it is allocated, the Government should strengthen the criteria used to determine the specific needs of rural areas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: Under a previous UK Government, up to 90% of the Welsh fishing quota was sold to foreign firms. This Union now has more than one Government, so what discussions is the Minister having with colleagues in the Welsh Government about the future allocation of the Welsh fishing quota?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: The 25 March marks precisely three years since the then Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its report on society lotteries, which was supportive of raising the fundraising limits. With every month that passes, funds that could otherwise go to good causes are instead spent on additional administrative costs arising from outdated fundraising limits. Does the Minister not agree that it...

NHS Staff Pay (21 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: I, like many others, welcome the fact that NHS workers in England will finally receive a pay rise they deserve. Of course, health is devolved to the Welsh Government, so could the Secretary of State clarify how much of this additional funding is new funding and what the Barnett consequential will be for the Welsh Government?

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in the debate, and a belated dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus to you and all Members. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this wide-ranging debate on Welsh affairs. I also wish to join others in congratulating the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on originally securing the debate. I very much welcome the...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: I certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman. In fact, I would go even further by saying that people should also pay a visit to the coastal towns of Aberaeron, New Quay, Aberporth and Cardigan.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Ben Lake: And Borth in the north. Everyone is welcome to visit us in Ceredigion. I am sure that hon. Members will all agree that it is the best and prettiest constituency in the whole of Wales. In so far as greater investment will help to tackle poverty levels, I have no doubt that both the Welsh and UK Governments desperately need to reconsider their approach to economic development, and to refocus...

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