Canlyniadau 1–20 o 384 ar gyfer speaker:Robin Millar

Business of the House (23 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and thank you also for your kind and carefully chosen words to me at different times through this Parliament; they have been much appreciated. The contributions in this Chamber over the past day or so have given me cause to reflect that each of us owes our place here not just to desire and effort, but actually to the mercy of God as well. When I was growing...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill (23 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: May I add to the Minister’s thanks for the exceptional work led by my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford? When I was going through the Bill, it struck me that this is the first time that football and politics have collided in this way. I cannot believe that the work, the attention and care paid to the Bill in our debates and in the many months running up to it will be lost....

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Will the Minister give way?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 52 - Duty to pay a levy (21 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: On that point, I would be interested to know the Minister’s thoughts. As I understand it, the purpose of the levy is cost recovery rather than to be a redistributive mechanism. Is there a reason why a simple flat percentage should not be sufficient to achieve all that we described? It would offer certainty, but it would also make sure that those with broader shoulders pay more, and it would...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 45 - Duty not to operate a team in relation to a prohibited competition (21 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: We rehearsed this somewhat when the representative of the PFA came before us to give evidence. I made the point to him then that we had been told that it was an inability to control costs that was damaging football, but—this was the point I made—actually it is the inability to control wages that is damaging football. That is firmly within the control of players, so I am a little less...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 11 - Football governance statement (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Could the Minister imagine a situation in which the Secretary of State issues guidance as per clause 13—for, example, on some of the issues raised by the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Barnsley East (Stephanie Peacock)—and the IFR then subsequently issues its own guidance as per clause 12?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 10 - State of the game report (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: It is true that there is a sense that clubs are starting to treat fans as extras who pay for the privilege in a televised spectacle, but surely the hon. Lady would not want the regulator to interfere with market dynamics and a club’s commercial approach. I am struggling to hear that in her speech. I get that these are important issues, but I am not quite sure why the regulator should get...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 8 - The IFR’s regulatory principles (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: I am really sympathetic to the notion of a redistributed ownership of the game; I have always struggled with the idea that the ownership sits, for example, with the Premier League. The Bill makes provision for consultation or constructive engagement with clubs. Is it the hon. Member’s contention that that is not satisfactory, because many clubs do engage with fans and, obviously, will talk...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 8 - The IFR’s regulatory principles (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: The hon. Gentleman and I see eye to eye on this, but it would be remiss of me not to point out, from the Government Back Benches, that the Prime Minister at the time was well aware of the objections and concerns that were felt across our constituencies.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Clause 6 - The IFR’s objectives (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: The hon. Gentleman will have heard the questions that I asked in the evidence sessions that reflected that concern. However, I am mindful of Ronald Reagan, who said that the scariest words in the English language are, “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.” Does the hon. Gentleman accept that there is reason, merit and even value in the Government’s cautious approach?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Q In the previous evidence sessions, we have had explained to us—in quite graphic detail at times—the differences between the leagues, the different challenges they face, the different ways that fans experience the game and so on. First, I am keen to hear from the fans’ perspective what you think those risks are across those leagues. Secondly, are you happy that the Bill addresses...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of witness (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: On Tuesday, we heard from academics that there was an inability to control costs in football. We also heard that the wage-to-revenue ratio has risen dramatically from 45% to 70%. We heard from Mr Mather, the chairman at Cambridge United football club, that his expectation is of a 30% uplift in player wages in this round of negotiations. He made the point, in fact, that Haaland at Manchester...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of witness (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: It is not just me; there are a lot of people who will be interested.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of witness (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: It is a fact that the stone does roll downhill, and the key financial transaction in the whole of the football pyramid is the broadcasting rights negotiations between the Premier League and the lower leagues. In that way that money does follow downhill. It seems that players want to have their cake and eat it, being part of a system that rewards them very well and at the same time...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of witness (16 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Would the introduction of a regulator would actually help owners to manage players’ wage expectations?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Q I chair the parliamentary football club and have often said that I am a terrible fan. I have never held a season ticket in my life, but I have played grassroots football, badly, for about 45 years. It is fantastic to see you here today, Mr Sullivan. DCMS has done a brilliant job in making sure that money gets out to grassroots clubs. I have seen some in my own constituency, even though...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Q You are telling me what is already there, which I understand. Could it cope with the massive uplift that would come from money coming through in the way that you wish?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: Q Mr Couper, do you have any comments on that?

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Football Governance Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Mai 2024)

Robin Millar: If I ask more questions, the Whip will start getting nervous about amendments that I might want to lay down. I will just say that every community has churches, pubs and football clubs, and there is a good reason for asking these questions.


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