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Results 61–80 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sir David Amess

Grenfell Tower Fire (6 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: Grenfell should not have happened and it is a stain on this place that it did, but my words will be of no comfort to the victims and relatives of those left behind. I think I was sitting in the Chair where you are now, Madam Deputy Speaker, when I listened to the maiden speech by the hon. Member for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad). She has spent two years of her time here fighting tirelessly on...

Grenfell Tower Fire (6 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: I apologise to my hon. Friend and the Home Secretary. I was not aware that that action had been taken and I have not had time to look at it. I will read it with great interest and hopefully it will be of some encouragement to our group. The formal review of building regulations promised by the Secretary of State in 2013, to be completed by 2016-17, still has not started. They were last looked...

Business of the House (6 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: I join others in paying tribute to the outgoing Leader of the House and congratulating my right hon. Friend on his appointment. Will he find time for a debate on future relations between the United Kingdom and the Maldives? The House will be delighted to know that, following the election of the new President, Ibrahim Solih, the warring factions have joined together and the Majlis is now...

International Development: Trade Promotion (6 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: What steps his Department is taking to promote trade for development.

International Development: Trade Promotion (6 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: Is my right hon. Friend aware that a number of local companies in Southend are very keen to be involved in trade and development, including Borough plating and Jota Aviation? Does he see any further business opportunities once we have left the European Union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Overseas Electors (5 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: What plans he has to change the 15-year time limit on participation by overseas electors in UK elections.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Overseas Electors (5 Jun 2019)

Sir David Amess: Is my hon. Friend aware that not everyone is enthusiastic about these changes, starting with me? Even though it would affect two of my daughters, who live permanently in America, I cannot for the life of me understand the justification for these changes. Will he also comment on reciprocal arrangements for non-nationals voting here?

Whitsun Adjournment (23 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: The shadow Leader of the House tempted me with the thought that if I were to become leader and Prime Minister I would have the power to grant city status to Southend, but, as I think I said in my speech, it is such a shame that people are not aware of their limitations. On this occasion, I admit that I am aware of my own limitations.

Whitsun Adjournment (23 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Before the House adjourns for the Whitsun recess, I wish to make a number of points. I am so glad that we are having this debate, because the previous one was cancelled. Unless I get a stare from the Chair, I am probably going to take a little longer than I normally would, but I assure the House that I will not squeeze colleagues out—I know that you, Mr Deputy Speaker, would intervene. The...

Whitsun Adjournment (23 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. My goodness, I was relieved that Southend United won their last game, so we were not relegated. As a staunch West Ham supporter, I think that having got off to a bad start and lost the first four matches, to finish 10th in the league was a tremendous outcome. My youngest daughter plays for Arsenal ladies, and they are a great team, but I am a...

Whorlton Hall: Business of the House (23 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: I join you, Mr Speaker, and others in paying tribute to our retiring Clerk, Philippa Helme. She and I joined the House at roughly the same time. Throughout her time here she has given wise advice. If only it had been taken by everyone. I wish her a happy retirement sailing and with her dogs. The tragedy, Mr Speaker, is that she leaves this place when in my judgment Parliament is at an...

Backbench Business: National Marriage and Mental Health Awareness Weeks — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (16 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Just before the Minister responds, I should have announced at the start that, because the second debate was cancelled, this debate could actually continue until 4.30 pm. I will leave it with hon. Members.

Business of the House (16 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on revisiting the Mental Health Act 1983 so that in new legislation we have as an absolute priority supporting young people and children? It is truly shocking that one in 10 young people and children has a mental health issue that lasts throughout their lives, and we must treat them in a better way than we do at present.

Business of the House: New Town in Essex (2 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am particularly fortunate that you are in the Chair as I make the case for a new town in Essex, because you are a fellow Essex Member. Given the strains and stresses with the need for housing, I know we share the same ambition that we want to do our bit in Essex. Irrespective of exactly where we want to do this—I know that my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing will...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (1 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (1 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating my constituent Unathi Ndlwana on setting up the Funda Trust to improve educational opportunities for young people in South Africa, in memory of the loss of her child? Following the excellent meeting with my hon. Friend the Minister for Africa, any help that the Department could give us would be excellent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the Music Man Project for people with learning difficulties on their triumphant performance at the Albert Hall, as well as the news that they will now go to Broadway? I am glad that a number of colleagues were present. Is that not yet another reason that Southend should become a city?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 May 2019)

Sir David Amess: Let’s do it!

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Youth Entrepreneurship (30 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: What steps his Department has taken to promote youth entrepreneurship.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Youth Entrepreneurship (30 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: In 2017-18, recent graduates from the University of East Anglia set up 247 start-ups employing 1,015 people. Will my hon. Friend reassure me that the Government will continue to fund these schemes, as they mean so much to young people and help to create a vibrant economy?


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