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Grenfell Tower: Points of Order (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his point of order, which gives me an opportunity to respond sympathetically. Sir Teddy Taylor was very well known to me, and he offered me much encouragement in the early years when I was contemplating the possibility of a political career. I remember Sir Teddy coming to speak at Essex University in, if memory serves me correctly, January 1984....

Grenfell Tower: Points of Order (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his point of order. I am aware and other colleagues will be conscious of his long-standing interest in these matters. That interest, incidentally, will be very widely shared by other colleagues. I have received no indication from any Minister of an intention to make a statement. Ministers and other occupants of the Treasury Bench will have heard, or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: The hon. Gentleman has gone way off the road, he really has.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: He mentioned Shipley but it is not sufficient simply to animadvert on Shipley. The question ought to relate to the matter.[Interruption.] Which is a bypass, as somebody has observed, very originally and wittily from a sedentary position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: Ah, another pertinent inquiry on the Shipley eastern bypass I feel sure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: Ah, yes! I chaired the South Lakes Pupil Parliament in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency on Friday. The children there spoke of him with great warmth and affection.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman is closely familiar with junction 36, about which, I dare say, we shall hear more in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Local Roads (19 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: The right hon. Gentleman’s performances in the Chamber are always a source of great excitement—especially for the right hon. Gentleman.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I ask the Serjeant at Arms to investigate the delay in the Aye Lobby. The House divided: Ayes 299, Noes 0.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her point of order. The short answer is that I have received no indication as yet that any Minister intends to come to the House to make a statement on that matter, although it is of course open to colleagues to request such. I should say the following in these relatively unusual—not unprecedented, but relatively unusual—circumstances. There is...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his point of order. My response is twofold. First, I do not cavil—I have known him a long time—but I have not been corrected. I have been corrected many times in my life—I make no complaint about that—but I require no correction on this occasion. [Interruption.] Oh, there is a suggestion that somebody else was being corrected....

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: We will come to the hon. Gentleman. I am saving him up; I would not want to waste him. What I said was correct. This was the expressed will of the House. If people choose not to take part in a Division, they cannot suddenly say, “Well, we didn’t lose”. We are elected to come to this place to debate and decide what our position is on motions. If people choose not to vote,...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I must be absolutely explicit in response to the hon. Gentleman, for his benefit and that of the House, and the short answer is that it is not within the powers of the Speaker to compel a Minister, including the Leader of the House, to do anything in this situation. We very much depend in this House, this institution, this great place, on conventions, precedent and a sense of respect for the...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I absolutely respect what the hon. Gentleman has said. There have been occasions on which, for example, Opposition day debates have expressed a view different from that of the Government. I think there was a case some years ago, when the hon. Gentleman’s party was in opposition, in which that party was successful in a motion that it brought to the House, and the policy of the Government...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I will take a couple more points of order. Mr Christian Matheson.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I understand the point that the hon. Gentleman is making. I hope he will not take offence, but if he does, it is just too bad—[Laughter]—when I say that he has expressed, with his characteristic force and insistence, and no little eloquence, his opinion; however, there is not an automatic link between the two phenomena that he has described. There could be such a link, but it is...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I am saving the right hon. Gentleman until last, because he is so senior.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: What I will say to the hon. Gentleman is twofold. First, I think it better not to entertain hypothetical questions, or, at any rate, not at this time. Secondly—and I say this with some feeling to the hon. Gentleman, who should know from his own experience the truth of what I say—cleverness can be effective in this place, but it is not invariably so.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: I was rather minded to say that I would not know, but the hon. Gentleman would. I think we will leave it there for now. There is also a difference between a motion that binds and a motion that does not. Whether the hon. Gentleman thinks the motion is clever or not, some motions instruct, and can therefore secure an outcome, and others do not. The hon. Gentleman will probably be aware not only...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

John Bercow: It is open to the House to look at its Standing Orders, and potentially to revise them, at any time; that is not for the Chair. I completely understand the sentiment the right hon. Gentleman has expressed, but I leave that to colleagues. I have tried to be absolutely fair on this matter: this motion does matter; it is important; it was passed. As a matter of fact, however, it is not binding....


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