Canlyniadau 21–40 o 3617 ar gyfer speaker:Tom Harris

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (19 Maw 2014)

Tom Harris: Yes. I absolutely believe that when the minimum wage was introduced, it was set at the right level. It disappointed a lot of people who wanted it to be higher. There will always be those who want the minimum wage increased beyond what the market can sustain. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right: it has to be generous, but it has to be moderate so that we do not have the negative effect of...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (19 Maw 2014)

Tom Harris: I am, as always, very grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for intervening as I was just about to get on to the events of 2008-09. I want to address the deficit, because so many Government Members have raised it in the House whenever they have got the chance in a way that I find completely disingenuous, not worthy of an adult debate and not related to what actually happened in 2008-09. An...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Maw 2014)

Tom Harris: I hope that colleagues will forgive this cuckoo in the nest—a Scottish MP intruding on the debate. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith) for securing the debate. Continuing my animal analogy, I want to address the elephant in the sitting room. Hon. Members, who are rightly angry on behalf of their constituents at decisions about rolling...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Maw 2014)

Tom Harris: My hon. Friend is correct, but I want to issue a caveat, and point out, in defence of the Minister, the Government and the previous Government—

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Maw 2014)

Tom Harris: I will not declare an interest. I am not being paid the salary any more; I do not need to declare an interest. However, it is a fact that since 1993, railway rolling stock has been among the newest rolling fleet of any in Europe. We have an outstanding safety record and there have been record numbers of passengers. Nevertheless, it is clear from this debate and many others in the past that...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Rolling Stock (North of England) (12 Maw 2014)

Tom Harris: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct that that is a paradox. I have some sympathy with the Minister, because I know that his civil servants are going over the heads of the train operating companies and deciding which rolling stock is most appropriate to which franchise. I am attending this debate because every decision taken on rolling stock has a domino effect on every other franchise. The...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (21 Ion 2014)

Tom Harris: Let me start by reminding the House why this debate is taking place today, and to do so I will quote from today’s The Times: “A terror suspect feared to have been plotting a Mumbai-style attack in London is to be free to walk the streets in days despite MI5 warning against lifting restrictions on his movements. The security service said there was a ‘real risk’ that the man, known as...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (21 Ion 2014)

Tom Harris: The hon. Gentleman has already conceded that he does not stand by his own point. He supports the TPIM regime, which actually allows someone to be punished for up to two years without being taken to trial and convicted. Why does he support that regime?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (21 Ion 2014)

Tom Harris: I am grateful for the Home Secretary’s patience. I am sorry to try it, but I really do not think that she has answered the question from my right hon. Friend the shadow Secretary of State. She was asked whether she believes that CD currently represents a threat. She responded by saying that an assessment was carried out. That is not the answer. Does she believe that CD poses a threat to the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum: Deportation ( 9 Ion 2014)

Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were returned successfully to (a) China and (b) Iran in the last three years for which data are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Rha 2013)

Tom Harris: A great start. I thank the Prime Minister for saving my marriage. Carolyn was just about to sign the divorce papers when she heard the report that if we stayed together we would be in line for a sweet £150 a year tax break. If, as the Prime Minister says, marriage must be underpinned by the tax system, why is it that, since the married person’s tax allowance was abolished in 2000, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Helicopter Crash (Glasgow) ( 2 Rha 2013)

Tom Harris: I am sure that the Secretary of State will wish to join me in paying tribute to the chaplains of the police and fire and rescue services, the Rev. Neil Galbraith and Father Jim Thomson, who did an outstanding job in offering comfort and spiritual support not only to officers but to the families of victims. Have the Government, or, indeed, their accident investigators, a view in terms of risks...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Tach 2013)

Tom Harris: Bereaved parents coming to terms with their loss have no right to paid employment leave, which forces many of them to go back to work far too soon after the death of a child. Will the Prime Minister commit to amending the Employment Rights Act 1996 so as to at last give British parents the legal right and the time to grieve?

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: I spoke on Second Reading last month, since when the Leader of the House has tabled a large number of amendments to try to repair or improve what was a dreadful Bill, but my goodness it is not much better now. The Deputy Leader of the House has spent this whole debate repeatedly reassuring the House and the country that charities have nothing to fear, that there will be no chilling effect and...

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: My hon. Friend is right to raise that concern. It occurs to me that, no matter how complicated a problem is, it will be a lot more complicated when we introduce talk of any of the devolved Administrations. I want to offer one more important example that has been raised previously with the Minister. The National Union of Students might arrive in his constituency in the year running up to May...

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: Each member of the EC having to monitor 50 constituencies is a breathtaking statistic. I hope my hon. Friend will also mention that that is not just for a four-week period, but for a year. In one year out of every five, those 12 people will have to do a job that cannot be done.

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: The hon. Gentleman raises a point that I and my colleagues on the Labour Front Bench have also raised. If nothing has changed, why must we have these provisions in the Bill? Has he been told by Ministers why these provisions are in front of us, if everything is going so swimmingly?

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman can answer a question that the Minister failed to answer. He has just talked about charities endorsing particular candidates. Which charities? Which candidates? Can he give me one example of that?

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: The Minister made a good point in stating that the Royal British Legion would not want to be associated with any particular party or candidate. That charity is a good example of one that tries to generate consensus across the electorate. May I ask the Minister about a different kind of campaign? The RSPCA has a well known objection to the badger cull. It is possible that, in the run-up to the...

Coroners and Justice (Amendment): Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” ( 9 Hyd 2013)

Tom Harris: If the statutory arrangements put in place by the previous Government in the 2000 Act were satisfactory, why does the Minister wish to change them now? Can he list even one example of behaviour by third parties that has led him to believe that new legislation is needed?


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