Speeches and Questions

British Government Are The Ringleaders Blocking The Scrapping Of The Lesser Duty Rule

Stephen Kinnock: The Minister was going OK until he got to the bit about dumping. I am sorry, but we cannot let that one go. There are two key facts. Continue reading

One way in which we can ensure that more people engage in politics is by reaching them at a young age

Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab): What steps he is taking to engage and involve more members of the public in the day-to-day business of Parliament. [903885] Continue reading

Israeli Speaker’s Visit to Parliament

This afternoon Members of Parliament will be offered the chance to hear from the Speaker of the Israeli Parliament, Yuli Edelstein. The meeting has been organised by the British Inter-Parliamentary Union, which arranges many similar exchanges with legislators around the world. Continue reading

Steel Workers And Their Families Are Victims Of Government's Laisse-Faire Doctrine

   My full speech, which I had to cut short in the chamber is included here. Continue reading

Market Economy Status for China

  Mr Stephen Kinnock: On 12 January, the Secretary of State told this House that China’s claim to be treated as a market economy should be judged through the prism of steel. Continue reading

How On Earth Will Government Measure Social Mobility Given Removal Of Income As Indicator

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? Continue reading

Draft Wales Bill - I See A Real Risk Of Constitutional Red Tape

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. Continue reading

PMQ's - The dumping of Chinese steel is crippling the British steel industry

  Today I challenged the Prime Minister on his support for market economy status for China during PMQ's Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Warm Words But Frozen Actions

 I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of the UK steel industry. Continue reading