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Business of the House
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Thursday 24 October 2019

(1 month, 1 week ago)

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Commons Chamber
Leader of the House
Mr Speaker Hansard
24 Oct 2019, 5:51 p.m.

This is absolutely fascinating, but we are not going to embark upon a philosophical discussion on the matter of sovereignty. This treats of the business of the House for Monday, nothing more, nothing less; brevity is required.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard
24 Oct 2019, 5:51 p.m.

I just want to be clear: is the Leader of the House’s motion on Monday under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011?

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Veterans: Universal Credit
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 08 July 2019

(5 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Mr Speaker Hansard
8 Jul 2019, 2:46 p.m.

For the benefit of people observing our proceedings who are not Members of the House I would simply add, non-pejoratively, that raising something weekly in the Chamber is a very modest effort. Raising things daily, or in some cases several times a day, is by no means unknown in, or condemned by, the House of Commons. It is perfectly normal.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard
8 Jul 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Has the Minister had the opportunity to discuss with the Department for Work and Pensions the symptoms and expectations relating to post-traumatic stress disorder, and how it impacts on veterans applying for benefits and occasionally having to visit offices to receive the benefits they deserve?

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Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 24 June 2019

(5 months, 2 weeks ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department for Education
David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard

1. What steps he is taking to ensure his Department’s policies are compliant with the UN convention on the rights of the child. [911504]

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David Hanson Portrait David Hanson - Hansard

May I first take a moment to congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on serving 10 years in the Chair? That is worthy of recognition.

Will the Minister give some indication of when the results of the consultation on the restraint of children will be published? The consultation closed in January 2018, having commenced in 2017. When is it going to happen?

Mr Speaker Hansard
24 Jun 2019, 2:36 p.m.

I thank the right hon. Gentleman very warmly for what he has said.

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EU Exit Preparations: Ferry Contracts
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Tuesday 05 March 2019

(9 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Mar 2019, 12:54 p.m.

The debate will be held today as the first item of public business after the ten-minute rule motion. The debate will last for up to three hours, and will arise on a motion that the House has considered the specified matter set out in the motion of the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

Well, Mr Brown. I hope, at least for now, that you are satisfied with the result of your prodigious efforts. The debate will come in due course.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Have you had any indications, given the current situation, of whether the Secretary of State for Health or the Secretary of State for Transport will be responding to the debate? It is important, given the detail of the matter to be debated in the House today.

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Mar 2019, 12:55 p.m.

I am happy to accommodate the right hon. Gentleman. The presence of the Secretary of State for Transport is not ornamental. He has come into the Chamber, and my very clear understanding from him is that he wishes to speak in the debate. My expectation is that he will speak relatively early.

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Eurotunnel: Payment
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 04 March 2019

(9 months, 1 week ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department of Health and Social Care
Mr Speaker Hansard
4 Mar 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Well, the Secretary of State has said what he has said, and colleagues will make their own assessment of it. I thank him for coming to the Dispatch Box.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson - Hansard
4 Mar 2019, 6:20 p.m.

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Secretary of State said in response to me a moment ago that the Seaborne Freight issue was nothing to do with this contract and the payment of £33 million to Eurotunnel, but it self-evidently and centrally is. Could you give me some advice as to how we can ensure that Ministers at the Dispatch Box who do not have departmental responsibility are better briefed and/or that the real Secretary of State comes to this House to answer legitimate questions on factual matters about which this Secretary of State does not know?

Mr Speaker Hansard
4 Mar 2019, 6:30 p.m.

I think that the right hon. Gentleman’s question was more rhetorical than not, and there was not really a question mark at the end of it. I can only say, for my own part, that when discharging my duties to the best of my ability this morning, I was rather under the impression that the urgent question was about the cancellation of the contract on account of legal action and that it was to do with Seaborne Freight. It may be that my interpretation was notably eccentric, but I do not think so. I think I was pretty clear what it was about, and that my assessment was shared by the team that accompanies me at the 12 o’clock meeting on a Monday morning.

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Topical Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Tuesday 05 February 2019

(10 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Feb 2019, 12:33 p.m.

I call David Hanson—in a sentence.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard
5 Feb 2019, 12:33 p.m.

The number of outstanding repairs in prisons is 22,000 higher than this time last year and the number of outstanding planned repairs is 9,000 higher. Why is this?

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Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Tuesday 20 November 2018

(1 year ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Nov 2018, 11:35 a.m.

I call Daniel Kawczynski. He is not here. Mr Richard Graham. Not here. I hope that neither of the Members concerned is indisposed. It is most unlike them not to be present, but they were informed of the grouping, I am sure, by the Government. [Interruption.] Okay—thank you. Well, never mind—they are not here and we cannot take them, but other Members are here, and we are delighted to see it. Mr David Hanson.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
20 Nov 2018, 11:35 a.m.

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

The number of installations under solar has fallen by 90% in the past two years. Taking up the point made by the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake), what steps is the Minister taking to ensure, first, that providers are still in place next year to continue to grow this sector; and secondly, that customers are not subsidising large energy companies?

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First-time Buyers: Help to Buy and Stamp Duty
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 05 November 2018

(1 year, 1 month ago)

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Commons Chamber
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Nov 2018, 3:25 p.m.

I hope that the hon. Gentleman will have the tribute framed. It would be very disappointing if he did not.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Nov 2018, 3:25 p.m.

What assessment has the Minister made of the number of people who have used Help to Buy who are now in negative equity because of leasehold reform? They cannot sell the properties and the price has fallen, so the taxpayer and the individual are hit.

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Universal Credit
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Thursday 05 July 2018

(1 year, 5 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department for Work and Pensions
Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Jul 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Order. I allowed some injury time on two accounts. The first was that I had to intervene a number of times in regularising the debate. The second was that I wanted to facilitate a reasonable number of questions, so I ran the urgent question for half an hour, rather than for 20 minutes. I am sorry that some colleagues are disappointed, but I think that was a reasonable treatment of the issue. I gather that the right hon. Member for Delyn (David Hanson) has a point of order that directly flows from the urgent question, and if he puts it extremely briefly, I will hear it, although I offer no guarantee of any response.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Given that the Secretary of State said that she had afforded her apology to the House on the basis of the interventions I made and my two questions on Monday, is it in order for her not to write to me, as the Member concerned, to tell me that she was making a statement and/or that she was correcting the record from Monday?

Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Jul 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Nothing disorderly has happened. It is perfectly in order for the Secretary of State not to write to the right hon. Gentleman. In retrospect, it might have been wise for her to do so, but the past is the past and, to be fair, it is not for me to arbitrate on the merits or demerits of policy or even, outside the Chamber, of conduct. Suffice it to say that the Secretary of State did approach me and offered to come to the House yesterday, which she did. [Interruption.] She approached me the day before yesterday about coming here yesterday. She has come here today and we have had a half-hour exchange, which seems to me to be very reasonable. We must now move on to the next business.

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Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 23 April 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Ministry of Defence
Mr Speaker Hansard

Order. Colleagues need not worry. Their questions will be reached, but the Chair has to react to the development of events, to which I and some colleagues are privy and others are not. If you are not already confused, you will now be.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard

16. What steps he is taking to provide military support to NATO allies in the Baltic states. [904874]

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Business of the House
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Thursday 29 March 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Leader of the House
Mr Speaker Hansard
29 Mar 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Order. More than 30 right hon. and hon. Members are still seeking to catch my eye, but I remind the House that there is a statement to follow and then two debates under the auspices of the Backbench Business Committee, of which the first is enormously heavily subscribed. There is a premium on brevity— to wit, single-sentence questions and replies that are comparably brief.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Has the Leader of the House seen early-day motions 1024 and 1036, calling for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, and for giving shop workers and shoppers time to enjoy it by pushing back the Sunday opening hours on that day? EDM 1024 says:

[That this House believes that all people in the UK should be able to pay their respects on 11 November 2018 to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during conflict; notes that this year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War; further notes that many people working in retail will not be able to commemorate this important anniversary due to the Sunday Trading Act (1980); and calls on the Government to encourage all shops covered by Sunday trading regulations to open from 12pm to 6pm on 11 November 2018 so that those working in retail are not required in work until memorial events have concluded.]

Will she look at those early-day motions and find time for such a debate?

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Topical Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 05 February 2018

(1 year, 10 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department for Work and Pensions
Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Feb 2018, 3:37 p.m.

A short sentence from the voice of Delyn.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson - Hansard
5 Feb 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Will a Minister look at how universal credit is paid into credit unions? My local credit union is raising real concerns about the DWP’s efficiency and organisation in doing so.

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Parole Board and Victim Support
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Tuesday 09 January 2018

(1 year, 11 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Mr Speaker Hansard
9 Jan 2018, 2:01 p.m.

Order. I gently point out, in respect of this extremely serious matter, that the statement has now been running for over half an hour, but we have had only 10 Back-Bench questions. To be candid, we need shorter questions—not people’s observations, comments, tributes and commendations—and then brief replies from the Secretary of State.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
9 Jan 2018, 2:01 p.m.

There is a third aspect to this, which is post-release supervision. Given that Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, says that there is a fractured system, will the Secretary of State, as one of his first tasks, consider strengthening that post-release supervision system?

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Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Wednesday 15 November 2017

(2 years ago)

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Commons Chamber
Northern Ireland Office
David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard

14. Can the Minister indicate to the House who is now responsible for expenditure in this area, who is going to sign off projects in this area—[Interruption.]—and whether parties other than Sinn Féin and the DUP will be consulted on expenditure proposals? [901705]

Mr Speaker Hansard
15 Nov 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Extraordinary behaviour! The right hon. Gentleman is a distinguished former Northern Ireland Minister; he is entitled to be heard with courtesy, at the very least by Members on his own Benches.

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Drones
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Tuesday 05 September 2017

(2 years, 3 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Mr Speaker Hansard

We are now substantially better informed.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard
5 Sep 2017, 3:09 p.m.

The escape in February of a convicted murderer serving a 30-year sentence was linked to the dropping of a mobile phone into a prison in Liverpool using a drone so that he could liaise with villains outside to effect his escape. What steps is the Minister taking to enhance and expand the scheme that he has put in place to disrupt drones over prisons? In passing, has he found the prisoner yet?

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Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Wednesday 12 July 2017

(2 years, 4 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department for International Development
Mr Speaker Hansard
12 Jul 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Briefly, Mr David Hanson.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard

15. Does not President Trump’s declaration on the Paris agreement blow a hole in the UK’s objectives on the climate change agreement as part of the millennium development goals? [900377]

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Contaminated Blood
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Tuesday 11 July 2017

(2 years, 4 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department of Health and Social Care
Mr Speaker Hansard
11 Jul 2017, 1:58 p.m.

Order. Just before I call the first speaker from the Back Benches, I should say that at this stage I have not imposed any formal time limit, but a substantial number of people wish to contribute. Therefore, I know that the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Nadhim Zahawi) will exercise a magnificent self-denying ordinance in the length of his oration.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr Speaker Hansard
11 Jul 2017, 1:58 p.m.

Do we really have to have it? I know what I am doing and am perfectly capable of handling the matter. If it is about the order of speeches—

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson - Hansard

It is the Minister—

Mr Speaker Hansard
11 Jul 2017, 1:58 p.m.

No, no. I do not need to be advised by the right hon. Gentleman on the handling of the debate. Let me just say that in so far as this was not clear, it was as a result of a failure of communication between the two Front-Bench teams. These matters should be sorted out between the Government and the Opposition, not with people yapping at each other across the Floor of the House or very close to the Speaker’s Chair. The Speaker is happy to give effect to what the two sides of the House want, within reason, but that was not made easy on this occasion, and I am seeking to address the matter by consensus. I know that the right hon. Gentleman means well and his offer of assistance is greatly appreciated, but I do not need to take him up on it on this occasion.

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European Council
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 26 June 2017

(2 years, 5 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Cabinet Office
Mr Speaker Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 3:48 p.m.

I call Darren Jones. [Interruption.] He was here a moment ago. I call Mr David Hanson.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 3:48 p.m.

Will the Prime Minister assure the House that she has made progress on securing our membership of the European arrest warrant, Eurojust and Europol as part of her discussions? In passing, will she also tell me that the UK Government do know when European citizens enter the United Kingdom?

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Northern Ireland
Debate between David Hanson and John Bercow
Monday 26 June 2017

(2 years, 5 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Cabinet Office
Mr Speaker Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 4:46 p.m.

I hope that I pronounced correctly the surname of the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Andrew C. Bowie). If I may be permitted, I hope even further that the hon. Gentleman is as devoted an admirer of the late and great David Bowie as I have been for the last 40 years.

David Hanson Portrait David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) - Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Will the First Secretary of State confirm that, constitutionally, the extra money that he has announced today is for the Northern Ireland Assembly, not one particular party—great negotiators though I know its members to be? Will he confirm that the money has been agreed, and that its priorities have been agreed, by all parties that may form the Executive on Thursday?