Hywel in Parliament

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All Party Parliamentary Groups

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History (07/11/2012)
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History has invited the custodians of archives housed in our national libraries to share their views on the challenges and successes of the material in their care.

MP backs disability and employment project (25/10/2012)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has hosted a major exhibition in Parliament promoting better employment opportunities for young adults with Down’s Syndrome.


Written Questions

Paralympic Games 2012 (28/01/2013)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with disability organisations in Wales on the legacy in Wales of the London 2012 Paralympics; and if he will make a statement.

Energy and Climate Change - Biomass (21/01/2013)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has reviewed the level of renewable obligation certificates support to various business technologies since the publication in December 2011 of the Committee on Climate Change's Biomass Review; and if he will make a statement.

Remploy (21/01/2013)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has recently had discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) disability organisations on his duty of care towards disabled workers made redundant by the closure of Remploy factories.

Police and Crime Commissioners (16/01/2013)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales; and if he will make a statement

Remploy (16/01/2013)
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with trades unions and disability and carers' organisations on securing employment for the most vulnerable past and present employees of Remploy plants in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

[Written Questions Archive]


Oral Questions

House of Commons oral evidence taken before the Liaison Committee [Oral evidence from the Prime Minister The Rt Hon David Cameron MP] (11/12/2012)
Dr Francis: Good afternoon, Prime Minister. I’d like to ask you some questions about the Justice and Security Bill.

Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill (21/01/2013)
My hon. Friend is making a series of interesting points. Does he agree that the insufficient time allowed by the Government to scrutinise these changes—eight days between Second Reading and the remaining stages of the Bill—does not allow us to scrutinise and ask the Government questions about why, for example, they are treating categories of disabled people differently and why they do not recognise that they may be breaching United Nations conventions relating to the rights of children and disabled people?

Justice and Security Bill [Lords] (18/12/2012)
Do I detect from the warm way in which the Minister responded and referred to the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights that he will be minded to accept many of its recommendations?

Disabled Access [Aviation Industry] Westminster Hall (07/11/2012)
I also congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this excellent debate. Has he undertaken an international study? Of course, by its very nature, airline travel is overwhelmingly international. I speak with experience of travelling with a disabled child in the late 1990s, and many people, today and in the recent past, are struck by how different the welcome is in, say, Atlanta, Georgia, which is excellent, compared with Schiphol, Heathrow or Cardiff. That difference must surely be underpinned by legislation, rather than simply good practice that may be found at particular airports.

Ford UK - Duty of Care to Visteon Pensioners (07/11/2012)
I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. One key point that was made to me by trade unions at the time, 10 years ago, was that there was no serious engagement with the unions and the work force in new product development. The company was continually reminded of the need to do so, but refused.

[Oral Questions Archive]



Justice and Security Bill (Lords) (04/03/2013)
It is a pleasure, and it is certainly a challenge, to follow the Minister without Portfolio. On Second Reading, I welcomed the improvements that had been made by the House of Lords, but expressed the view that more significant improvements were required. I hoped that the Bill would be amended in Committee to make it compatible with the basic requirements of the rule of law, fairness and open justice, which, of course, the whole House would wish to endorse.

Debate of Select Committees (31/01/2013)
It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr Stuart) and the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Sir Alan Beith), the Chair of the Liaison Committee.

Debate on S4C (31/01/2013)
I congratulate the hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Alun Cairns) on securing this debate on a topic that is so important to the people of Wales.

Social Care (Local Sufficiency) and Identification of Carers Bill (07/09/2012)
My hon. Friend makes a powerful case. Is she aware of good practice in Scotland and Wales that England should be following?

Elections (National Assembly for Wales) (03/07/2012)
A moment ago my right hon. Friend asked the rhetorical question: what is the point of all this? I suggest that the point - I hope that this is not true - is that, cynically, the Secretary of State wishes to undermine devolution

[Debates Archive]


Early Day Motions

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