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Results 161–180 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

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Sir David Amess: I said at the start that I was totally the wrong person to lead this debate. I put my hands up: I was not aware of the cap. It, too, is a little worrying, but perhaps the Minister will have an answer. I am the first to admit that money is not always available for these things, but it is worrying that we are talking about another 16 years. That is not what our all-party group wants. If...

Airports National Policy Statement — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Jun 2018)

Sir David Amess: Order. If colleagues could confine their remarks to about eight or nine minutes each, no one should feel short-changed at the end of our proceedings.

Business of the House (7 Jun 2018)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the future role of the House of Lords? I have the highest regard for its work as a revising Chamber, but it does seem to be somewhat oversized, even allowing for sad deaths and retirements, and the Liberal party certainly seems to be over-represented in the other place.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Sir David Amess: I have been listening very carefully to what my hon. Friend is saying. When it comes to the Committee stage of the Bill, will he look very carefully at what colleagues on both sides of the House have said and extend the ban to include, for instance, rhino horns?

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate all the animal organisations that have encouraged the Government to introduce the Bill, and I completely agree with what my hon. Friends the Members for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) and for Mid Derbyshire (Mrs Latham) said. However, there are three people I wish to single out. The first is Mr Attenborough, whose wonderful films and programmes have transformed people’s...

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the restoration of the much loved, at least by me, traditional Easter, Whitsun, Summer and Christmas Adjournment debates? If these debates were held in future in Government time, for a full day on the last day before we rise, it would give colleagues the certainty that they would have the opportunity to raise issues of local and national...

UK Relations with Qatar — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: This has been a splendid debate. I thank colleagues for their contributions, which have been entirely positive. The House has spoken with one voice in not only celebrating the excellent relationship between our country and Qatar at the moment, but wanting to see that further developed and enhanced. In conclusion, it is my earnest hope that the 2022 World cup final is between Qatar and...

UK Relations with Qatar — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: I beg to move, That this House has considered UK relations with Qatar. I begin by declaring an interest as a participant in two delegations to Qatar. The first was in 2010. I was privileged to participate in the Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade. For whatever reason, I found myself pushing Princess Diana’s stepmother around in a wheelchair as we looked around a museum. It was a...

UK Relations with Qatar — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: That is a very good point, and I will come to that a little later in my remarks on the economy. My good and hon. Friend has made an excellent point. Human Rights Watch and other groups have raised concerns about conditions that workers face while working on building sites, such as football stadiums. I did not go to the football stadiums myself, but other members of the delegation did. One...

UK Relations with Qatar — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: My right hon. Friend has made the point far better than I would be able to. It is a real lesson in not lecturing people: with a little bit of encouragement, and the knowledge that the world is looking very carefully, a lot of progress has been made. My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Qatar has made similar progress in the field of human rights. The state has been at the forefront in...

UK Relations with Qatar — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: I welcome that added information from my hon. Friend. No doubt, the Minister will pick up on that point in his response. Notwithstanding the intelligence standpoint, Qatar is a valued ally of the United Kingdom. The country is a member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, and in 2014 it signed a security pact with the United Kingdom. That ensured that our security agencies work together in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for Businesses and Entrepreneurs (22 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: What fiscal steps he is taking to support businesses and entrepreneurs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for Businesses and Entrepreneurs (22 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that he will not raise taxes on small businesses, and will he share with the House what help the Government will give to entrepreneurs who are setting up for the first time, with particular regard to the business rate?

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: The all-party fire safety rescue group is delighted that Dame Judith’s report has now been published and we can get some action. I welcome my right hon. Friend’s approach to this issue, but he knows only too well that our group will not shut up until the consultation period has closed and we get a ban on combustible cladding. He did not seem to say anything about sprinklers in the...

Business of the House (17 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the availability of properties to rent in the private sector that have been adapted for people with disabilities? It is difficult enough for able-bodied people to find properties to rent. That debate would reassure those with disabilities that the House has not forgotten their situation.

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: Last July, following the general election, we gathered in the House to debate the inquiry into Grenfell. Many of us also attended the gathering in Speaker’s House, and I will never forget the conversation I had with someone who had lost two relatives in the fire. They described how they had spoken to their relatives on a mobile phone, instructing them to go down to the ground floor, and...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: I agree. It is no comfort to the traumatised victims when we engage in all this. Action is needed. I therefore hope that tomorrow, when we have the report and the statement, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and his team of Ministers will not just say that there are lessons to be learned, but will take action and accept recommendations, not least those of our all-party group.

Business of the House (10 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: Most people would think it is absolutely pathetic that a picture of the Prime Minister was removed from a wall at one of our leading universities that showed women of achievement. Will my right hon. Friend please find time for a wider debate on issues surrounding freedom of expression and freedom of speech in our universities, on whose rock a more tolerant society should be built?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Music Industry (10 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: What assessment he has made of the contribution of the music industry to the UK.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Music Industry (10 May 2018)

Sir David Amess: UK music is the best in the world, except, seemingly, when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest. I celebrate the fact that Southend-on-Sea has a wealth of musical talent. Will my right hon. Friend tell me what further assistance can be given to aspiring performers?


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