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Results 81–100 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

Business of the House (25 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on clinical commissioning groups restricting access to treatments formally approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NHS England and other health authorities? I was shocked to learn that Southend CCG is restricting cataract, hernia and knee and hip replacement operations by putting them on a list of procedures of...

Business of the House (11 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: While I regret that there is no Easter Adjournment debate, will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the sacrifices that animals have made with their lives for human beings throughout the ages? Over 1 million horses lost their lives in the first world war and every day, sniffer dogs come into this House to ensure that there is not another gunpowder plot. I am delighted that tomorrow...

Foreign Affairs Committee: IR35 Tax Reforms (4 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: Colleagues will have noticed that the House has adjourned because of a water leak. However, that does not affect these proceedings, which can continue until 4.30 pm. I call the Minister.

Foreign Affairs Committee: IR35 Tax Reforms (4 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: Order. I am not sure whether the hon. Lady is making an intervention or a separate speech.

Business of the House (4 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the difficulties that converts to Christianity are having in achieving asylum status in the United Kingdom? While I am sure the House understands that the Home Office has to be very careful, I simply do not understand its reluctance to approve those applications, given all the checks and balances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: With party loyalties being severely tested, is my right hon. Friend aware that, as the country and the world ponder whether Brexit means Brexit and whether we will make a success of it, Southend-on-Sea has been welcoming ambassadors from all over the world to work in partnership and on investment, looking at our pier and building a new marina? Will she consider bringing forward a meaningful...

Youth Inmates: Solitary Confinement: Puppy Smuggling (2 Apr 2019)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston) on introducing this debate, but we have discussed this issue so many times and now we need action. I rather agree with the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), in that I look to my hon. Friend the Minister to do something about this issue. I have had two rescued pugs—a difficult breed....

Business of the House (28 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on what further help the Government can give to small businesses? The lifeblood of our local parades is often the convenience store and the post office, yet under permitted development, freeholders can change a property from a commercial to a residential premises, which gives very little security to leasehold convenience stores.

Wildlife Crime — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) on his splendid speech, and on attracting so many colleagues to support his point of view. We could not have anyone better to chair proceedings than yourself, Mr Rosindell, given your track record on the issue. In the early years, when I was first elected to Parliament, only four or five colleagues on the Conservative...

Wildlife Crime — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I am glad that our two police forces are making some progress, but it is the implementation of the law, and punishments, that we are particularly concerned about. I represent a little urban area; we do not have any foxhunts in Southend West. However, I drive along at night and see the odd fox or badger that sadly has been flattened by a car. I am very...

Wildlife Crime — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: My right hon. Friend has succeeded in shortening my speech, because that is exactly what I was about to say. I entirely agree with that point. As I said, nobody should be above the law, and those who continue in the inhumane killing of foxes and stags under the cover of trail hunting should be prosecuted. We will never end wildlife crime in this country unless our laws are robust enough to...

Point of Order: Business of the House (14 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time to ban the use of living animals for warfare experiments? In the last year 3,865 animals were experimented on for chemical weapons at Porton Down, which is an absolute disgrace and totally unacceptable in what is supposed to be a civilised society.

International Trade: Topical Questions (14 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: Following the visit of the Taiwanese representative and the Philippines ambassador, does my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming the announcement that the Qatari ambassador, together with a trade delegation, will visit Southend on 25 March as we move towards city status, to explore the opportunities of trade and business investment as we leave the EU?

Fire Safety and Sprinkler Systems — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) on securing the debate. He has been a magnificent voice leading on fire safety issues in Parliament. If his voice had been listened to over the years, we would not be in the powerless state that we are at the moment. I congratulate and thank all the members of the all-party parliamentary fire safety and rescue group....

Fire Safety and Sprinkler Systems — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. We have the privilege of not just one, not just two, but three former fire Ministers here today. It is about time that the present Government listened to their expertise on the subject. I cannot think of any meeting where the APPG has not had an item on the agenda about automatic fire sprinkler protection. We should never have got to the position...

Business of the House (7 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on re-establishing a new town building programme in the UK? When I represented the new town of Basildon, I found the development corporation and the new town commission to be extremely effective in delivering affordable homes in large numbers and in building a vibrant community, certainly while I was there. Can we have a programme started again?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming the visit of the Philippine ambassador to Southend this morning to explore investment opportunities and joint partnerships after we leave the European Union, during which he expressed his astonishment that Southend is not already a city?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: indicated assent.

Business of the House (28 Feb 2019)

Sir David Amess: I join others in wishing our Clerk a long, happy and healthy retirement. He has been a magnificent servant to this House. Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on mechanisms to help people manage personal debt? I recently attended the 10th anniversary of a local charity that does just that, and it told us that the Office for Budget Responsibility has said that by the 2022 total...

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Instrumental Music Tuition (25 Feb 2019)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his speech, and I am sorry to learn of the circumstances in his constituency. Does he agree that music and song can transform the lives of people with learning difficulties? Will he join me in welcoming the fact that, following their success at the London Palladium, David Stanley and the Music Man Project will be taking more than 200 youngsters to perform at...


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