My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Health on the establishment of liability for those with haemophilia infected with contaminated blood:Read more
My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Health on dependent children in the consultation on proposed reforms of the scheme supporting those affected by contaminated blood:Read more
My written Parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Health on the Government responding to the Penrose Report on contaminated blood:Read more
Welsh Affairs Committee - Steel Evidence Session
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Last Wednesday I questioned Anna Soubry the Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise on steel during the Welsh Affairs Committee.
he hon. Lady is making a thoughtful speech. She is talking in particular about areas with the greatest levels of deprivation, yet the Government have removed the key indicator for levels of deprivation, which is income. Does that not render meaningless the analysis that she is trying to present?Read more
Welsh Grand Committee
Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab): It is pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. It is also a pleasure to participate in my first Welsh Grand Committee.
I want to engage in a spirit of pragmatism and problem solving, which is needed particularly when we are dealing with what are often relatively technical issues. To an extent, there is an opportunity to take some of the politics out of this and to adopt a positive, problem-solving approach, and it is in that spirit that I make my speech.
I also defer to colleagues who have been involved for far longer than I in some of these areas, so I am not going to dive down into the weeds of some of the issues. The benefit of being a relative newcomer is that one is perhaps more able to apply a common-sense test, and that is where the red lights start to flash for me. I see a real risk of what I would call constitutional red tape. I know that the Conservative party is a great enemy of red tape and is passionately committed to removing it whenever it possibly can, so let us examine some of the red tape of the Bill, which contains a 34-page list of 267 powers. I feel convinced that if someone in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills came forward with a new proposal for regulating business in this country and it consisted of 34 pages of 267 new sets of regulations, the Secretary of State for Wales would be jumping up and down and ringing alarm bells.The Bill really does not pass the test for which we are looking: streamlined, well co-ordinated, smooth and effective government.Read more
Today I challenged the Prime Minister on his support for market economy status for China during PMQ'sRead more
Surely The Role Of Government Is To Have A Proactive Strategy To Help Businesses Manage Their Risks And Go Forward
Stephen Kinnock: Does this not ultimately boil down to risk management? Any business looking to invest will weigh up its risks; if we are looking at continuing a subsidy through to 2017, that will clearly play a role in how a business thinks about its risk portfolio before it actually makes the investment that it needs to make. Nobody here is saying that it is black or white—subsidies for ever or straight to a CfD. What we are saying is let us help these businesses, many of which are nascent but very important, to manage their risks. That is surely the role of Government: to have a proactive strategy to help businesses manage their risks and go forward.Read more
My written Parliamentary question to the Home Secretary on consultation on the proposed asylum centre in Goytre:Read more