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Debate on the Address: Home Affairs and Justice (28 May 2015)

Andrew Slaughter: ...and the better regulation of detention under the Mental Health Act 1983. I note the catch-all phrase that the Bill will “allow us to deliver a range of criminal justice reforms that will aim to better protect the public, build confidence and improve efficiency.” I fear that we are about to see yet another Christmas tree Bill on which a mishmash of unconnected new offences and...

Deregulation Bill: Third Reading (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ..., who, from our side, has guided and marshalled our many Front Bench colleagues, including my noble friends Lady Thornton, Lord Tunnicliffe and Lord McKenzie, through what has been called a “Christmas tree Bill”. Of course, we do not think it is quite such a Bill because it is not full of goodies, but I thank my noble friend Lord Stevenson and, I have to say, our brilliant...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (26 Jan 2015)

Chris Bryant: ...That was part of some magic deal that was being done with the mobile telephone operators before Christmas, which has now crumbled to dust. Those amendments were foisted on the Bill—it is not so much a Christmas tree Bill as the whole of Oxford Circus, it has so many baubles on it. The truth is that the amendments that were suddenly added to the Bill were interlopers. The Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Deregulation Bill: Carry-over Extension (13 Jan 2015)

Chi Onwurah: ...for long. We will support the motion to extend the life of this rag-bag of a Bill, despite significant reservations about some of the measures in it. On Second Reading I described the Bill as “the Christmas tree Bill to end all Christmas tree Bills”—[ Official Report, 14 May 2014; Vol. 580, c. 781.]. Since then the festive season has come and gone, but the Bill remains,...

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 Jan 2015)

Paul Beresford: I think all of us accept that this very broad Bill covers some very important issues. We discussed whether it could be called a Christmas tree Bill and decided that it could not, as it is after Christmas. However, as an ethnic minority immigrant to this country, I am informed by my wife, who is English, that Christmas decorations can stay up until 6 January, so we have just made the...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Appointment of strategic highways companies (16 Dec 2014)

Richard Burden: ...;,—[Official Report, 8 December 2014; Vol. 589, c. 681.] My hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test thought it was a ragbag of proposals, and the hon. Member for Fylde (Mark Menzies) said it was a “Christmas tree Bill”. If he has things such as this on his Christmas tree, I imagine he is heading for a really fun Christmas with his family. However, I know what he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Mark Menzies: the Bill, but I will focus primarily on one specific area. Right hon. and hon. Members on both sides have used various terms to describe the Bill, including a rag-tag Bill. I prefer to call it a Christmas tree Bill, given that we are in the festive season, because many things appear to have been hung on it. I will first mention one point the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Second Reading (2 Dec 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...high levels of youth unemployment. I make those points because it is necessary to set this important piece of legislation in the right context. Unfortunately, the noble Lord who described this Bill as a Christmas tree Bill has gone but that description amused me. If we get our way, it will be not just a few flashing lights and baubles but will have a bit more substance than that. If it is...

Modern Slavery Bill (8 Jul 2014)

David Burrowes: ...need to avoid problems for both the defence and the prosecution. We should be razor sharp in ensuring that this is an effective piece of legislation. We all talk about sending messages through the legislation that we pass. We must avoid the trap of this becoming a Christmas tree Bill that sends different messages to groups, non-governmental organisations and others. We must respect their...

Deregulation Bill: Second Reading (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Rooker: ...implied the previous time I spoke, but because that is not a good way to do legislation. That is the fact of the matter with Henry VIII clauses. I will refer to just a handful of matters in this Christmas tree Bill. It is true that, unlike most Bills, the Long Title allows Members to hang any subject they like on this one. If the House of Commons was full of campaigning Members of...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...your Lordships’ House will have been struck by the wide variety of issues it seeks to cover, not all of which seem to hang together very well. As my noble friend Lord Bach said, it is a bit of a Christmas tree Bill, on which many baubles have been hung, all of different shapes and sizes—and more and more keep getting hung on it. Generally, the Bill appears to the Opposition to...

“Schedule 1a: Schedule 15 — Schools: reduction of burdens (23 Jun 2014)

Chi Onwurah: trying to give it the proper scrutiny it deserves. This Bill has given a fascinating insight into the Government’s priorities and how they develop policy. On Second Reading I described it as a Christmas tree Bill, but one without the presents, and indeed, the Minister is an unlikely Santa Claus. By Committee stage, so much had been added to the Bill that a colleague said to me...

Deregulation Bill: Clause 54 — TV licensing: duty to review sanctions (23 Jun 2014)

Mark Field: I had hoped to agree with what the hon. Gentleman said about this measure being in a Christmas tree Bill. I agree with him fundamentally that it would be better to have it in a proper broadcasting Bill, but the difficulty is that we focus our minds on the BBC only when the renewal of the charter comes up, which is not necessarily the best time to look at these things in the broadest sense....

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Clause 66 — Extent (17 Jun 2014)

Sadiq Khan: ...the gaping hole in the parliamentary schedule. What he brought forward was a mish-mash of leftovers. Ministers have thrown into the Bill their scrag ends and afterthoughts, making for an incoherent mess. It is a Christmas tree Bill on which many baubles have been hung. The Bill includes proposals for toughening up sentences. No one disagrees with the need to keep the public safe, but part...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 5 — Sale of alcohol: community events etc and ancillary business sales (14 May 2014)

Chi Onwurah: The Minister was not with us in Committee and so might not be aware that we had many discussions on how best to characterise the Bill. Was it a rag-bag, a hodge-podge or the Christmas tree Bill to end all Christmas tree Bills? An hon. Friend of mine asserts that although it began as a Christmas tree Bill, it has grown and grown to the point that it now bears a closer resemblance to the...

Public Bill Committee: Deregulation Bill: New Clause 9 - Private hire vehicles: circumstances in which driver’s licence required (25 Mar 2014)

John Hemming: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that this is a Christmas tree Bill with lots of baubles, but this is not the last minute. For people to argue that this is the last minute is procedurally wrong.

Public Bill Committee: Deregulation Bill: Clause 53 - Access to registers kept by Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (18 Mar 2014)

David Rutley: Some Labour Members have uncharitably called the Bill a Christmas tree Bill. I think of it much more as a broad brush that sweeps away unneeded regulation.

Public Bill Committee: Deregulation Bill: Clause 54 - Repeal of duty to prepare sustainable community strategy (18 Mar 2014)

Thomas Docherty: We have heard today several assertions by Government Members that the Bill—whether we call it a Christmas tree Bill or whatever else—will be a sign of this Government’s success in bringing down costs. However, the Government themselves do not have a clue. They are making wild assertions about how the Bill will help reduce bureaucracy or save money, but they have not even...

Public Bill Committee: Deregulation Bill: Clause 1 - Health and safety at work: general duty of self-employed persons (27 Feb 2014)

Chi Onwurah: ...8217;s talents similarly. It is certainly a great pleasure to have the Parliamentary Secretary, Office of the Leader of the House of Commons, and the Solicitor-General here. As I said on Second Reading, the Bill is the Christmas tree Bill to end all Christmas tree Bills. I was surprised, given its breadth, that there are no proposals in it to deregulate the Christmas tree industry. After...

New Member: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (24 Feb 2014)

Sadiq Khan: ...are doing something, and also to keep those pesky, ungrateful Back Benchers happy. I know they hold you responsible for not winning the last general election. I am only too willing, Dave, to rush forward some legislation. It is a bit of a Christmas tree Bill, but it does mean that we can shove on as many baubles as we want. After all, the more tabloid friendly stuff might keep UKIP off our...

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