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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Margaret Beckett: On Thursday, the Secretary of State said in this House that this debate and the Bill are not about whether the United Kingdom leaves the European Union; I wish he could convince some of his colleagues of that, as they continue to make that argument even when it is totally inaccurate. The people made that decision in the referendum a year ago and this House endorsed it by triggering the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Margaret Beckett: I have a slight advantage over the hon. Gentleman in that I was in the House before programme motions existed. All I can say is that I part company with him if he thinks that it is better for people to spend hours, indeed days—I mean literally days—discussing whether a Committee should sit on a Tuesday or a Thursday, or whether we should sit until half-past 5 on a Wednesday night,...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Margaret Beckett: There are many across this House who will be very aware of the sheer scale and complexity of the negotiations that will face our team, and very conscious of the importance of getting those right. It has never been more true that the devil will be in the detail. As the detail emerges, will the Prime Minister ensure that everyone in her team stops the practice that has been so prevalent of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Business of the House (2 Mar 2017)

Margaret Beckett: I thank the Leader of the House for giving us the dates of the summer recess. It was a shame he could not do it earlier, but at least we now know where we stand. On Sir Gerald, it is rare—it must be many decades since it last happened—that we are unfortunate enough to lose a Father of the House during his incumbency. I am sure the whole House shares my regret that the new Father...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Agency Social Workers (2 Mar 2017)

Margaret Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the cost to local authorities of agency social workers.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Agency Social Workers (1 Mar 2017)

Margaret Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regions have used regional memoranda of understanding in order to manage the cost of agency social workers.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges (27 Feb 2017)

Margaret Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of trends in agency social worker fees on local authority expenditure; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges (27 Feb 2017)

Margaret Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of memoranda of understanding and regional agreements in managing the costs of agency social workers.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges (27 Feb 2017)

Margaret Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a national cap on agency social worker fees.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Margaret Beckett: A few moments ago, the right hon. Gentleman said that all the fears expressed about the impact of the decision have proved to be ill founded. He must have seen the analogy that has been floating around: we are in the position of somebody who has just thrown themselves off a 100-storey building. What storey does he think we are at now?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Margaret Beckett: May I say at once that although I deeply regret the decision made by the British people, including in my constituency, to leave the EU, I do not seek to challenge it? I regret the opening remark made by the Secretary of State—I am sorry he is not here to hear me say this—that this debate is about whether or not we trust the British people. It is not about that; it is about whether...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Margaret Beckett: I am looking at one of them now. They would suggest that we could have our cake and eat it—that we could leave the EU not only without jeopardy to our economy, but even with advantage, because we could negotiate other trading relationships without any such uncomfortable ties.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Margaret Beckett: No, honestly I do not particularly recall that. I recall those in the leave campaign saying that we could have trading arrangements with a whole lot of other countries, and I am going to turn to that now. India was cited as one example, but I have the distinct impression that when the Prime Minister discussed these issues with the President of India she may have been advised that far from...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Margaret Beckett: I am extraordinarily grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, because not only do I recall it, but I originally had it in my speech, only to take it out on the grounds of time. As for the United States, I am sure that the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who, like me has had a degree of experience in complex international negotiations, is as conscious as I am that...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism: [1st Allotted Day] (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Beckett: I want to begin where the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), who has just spoken very eloquently, ended. I entirely agree that there is much to learn from the Chilcot report. One of the things that I am most concerned about—I know that it is very early to say this—is that it is far from clear to me that we are actually going to learn the things that we...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism: [1st Allotted Day] (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Beckett: I am familiar with the insistence that, in some way, this is hugely important. That is not the impression that the public are being given or, if I may say so, that the right hon. Gentleman, among others, is striving every day to give them. The public are being given the impression, not that the intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was sporadic and patchy but that it was...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism: [1st Allotted Day] (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Beckett: No. No attempt to read that into the record can possibly be justified. We did not know it then—no one knew it then—and most people very firmly believed in Saddam Hussein’s intentions. The third allegation is about the secret commitment. I was not the slightest bit surprised to hear the right hon. Member for Gordon (Alex Salmond) quoting the single sentence that is included...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism: [1st Allotted Day] (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Beckett: It would be better to ask my former colleague. However, having been the recipient of Jack Straw’s notes, I would suggest that he was ironically quoting back to the Prime Minister words he did not think the Prime Minister should have used; and he was right about that, as no doubt the right hon. Gentleman will agree. Then there is the question of legality. It has been said here before,...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism: [1st Allotted Day] (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Beckett: I know about the quote from Sir Richard Dearlove and I know that he expressed that view, as I recall, quite some time before, because I do not think he was in post at the time we are speaking of. I accept that it was serious and difficult, but if Saddam had shown any intention of complying or made any move to readmit inspectors—for example, a series of tests was proposed that Saddam...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism: [1st Allotted Day] (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Beckett: I realised that that was what it meant. I was under the impression—I may be mistaken; unlike many others here, I am not a lawyer—that a just war was a religious rather than a military or legal concept, although I do understand it in those terms. Apart from the question of whether the war was just because it was not a last resort, on containment, evidence was found after the...


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