Results 1–20 of 4131 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Brake

Business of the House (15 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: “All’s well that ends well” might not be the case for Northern Ireland—it is more a case of “Beware the Ides of March”. Will the Leader of the House make time available for a debate on the Foreign Secretary’s proposals for minimal border controls, and the impact of that on jobs and security in Northern Ireland?

Exiting the European Union: Exit Negotiations (15 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: The Secretary of State backs a 21-month transition period. Given that the Government’s own impact assessment points to every sector and region of the UK being damaged by Brexit, what discussions has he had with different sectors about the extra damage that a short, 21-month transition period could inflict on jobs here? Which sectors or companies have told him that a 21-month transition...

British Nationals Imprisoned Abroad — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: I think the hon. Lady touched on this briefly, and might be about to do so in more detail, but does she agree with me and with Redress that if the Government provided a higher level of consular assistance, as well as some consistency and clarity about the circumstances in which they will provide it, that would help in the cases not only of those such as Nazanin and Jagtar, but those seriously...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: Will the Prime Minister confirm that we bear the Russian people nothing but good will? It is President Putin who we have in our sights and we will not allow him to use this in the presidential elections to burnish his image as a strong man.

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: The Prime Minister has one chance to pull back from the abyss described in her own impact assessment. Is she willing to stand up for the majority in this country who do not want the disastrous hard Brexit and give Parliament and the public a meaningful vote that includes the option of staying in the EU, and to vote for an exit from Brexit, or will she let herself be dragged down by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (5 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: After the Secretary of State’s statement that terrorists cannot harm us and his ministry was forced to admit that its drone policy was misleading and erroneously drafted, will the Secretary of State tell the House whether it is the policy of the UK Government to kill people outside warzones?

International Court of Justice: Seasonal Migrant Workers (1 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid Kent (Helen Whately). I suspect that we know some of the same farmers and they are quite complimentary about how she represents them on this issue. I hope, however, that she will rediscover her inner remainer and join us in a campaign to stay in the European Union, because the farmers in Kent to whom I have spoken would...

International Court of Justice: Seasonal Migrant Workers (1 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: I agree with the hon. Gentleman and I am happy that he intervened. This must be a balance, and my understanding is that although currently a huge amount can be done with mechanisation in a packing environment, we are not yet there for apple and plum picking, and we may not be there for three, four or five years—who knows? There is a lot of talk about technological solutions being the...

International Court of Justice: Seasonal Migrant Workers (1 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: I agree entirely, and there must be a sense of urgency about this. As I understand, however, yesterday the Government made a U-turn, and having said that March 2019 was the cut-off point for new arrivals, they will now allow people to continue to arrive during the transition period. If that is correct, that may help the industry for a further few years.

International Court of Justice: Seasonal Migrant Workers (1 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: Is the hon. Lady aware that someone who is now a Cabinet Minister suggested that in Kent, I think, farmers should start preparing to bring in people from Sri Lanka? I do not know whether that Minister also agreed to pay for their flights.

International Court of Justice: Seasonal Migrant Workers (1 Mar 2018)

Tom Brake: The hon. Lady mentioned the duration of the season, but how long does she think that duration is? It has been put to me that because of polytunnels the season can be as long as nine months.

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Tom Brake: The Foreign Secretary’s absence tells us all that we need to know about how accountable he feels he should be to this House. I must therefore ask the Minister instead why the Foreign Secretary was speculating about the Northern Ireland-Ireland border becoming “significantly harder”. What measures was he considering that might be necessary on the border?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Efficiency (26 Feb 2018)

Tom Brake: Sutton police are very efficient. Is the Minister aware of the London Mayor’s plans that would see the merger of Sutton, Bromley and Croydon police? Does he share my concern that that would lead to their being less efficient and unable to focus on the needs of each borough in the way they should?

Rail Update (5 Feb 2018)

Tom Brake: Can the Secretary of State confirm that if any Virgin or Stagecoach directors receive any bonuses in relation to the east coast project, they will have them clawed back?

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Tom Brake: It may be that the Minister is not aware that, in fact, car production went down for the first time since 2009 and that investment in the industry has also gone down by £500 million. When will the Government confirm exactly what their plans are in relation to the customs union, so that companies that manufacture here know that their components can get safely into the United Kingdom and...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Tom Brake: On behalf of the House Commission, I would like to set out briefly for the House the background to the northern estate programme and its link to the proposed restoration and renewal of the Palace. The northern estate programme covers Norman Shaw North and South, 1 Parliament Street and Derby Gate, where works are due to start later this year. Those buildings house around a third of Members...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Tom Brake: Finally, we have an opportunity to create an exemplar environmental building, incorporating state-of-the-art retrofitted environmental measures, built to the best environmental standards and minimising the environmental impact of the building—by transferring waste and building supplies up and down the river, for example. I fully support the delivery authority and board model that is...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Tom Brake: Does that not underline the fact that decanting half the building would be problematic, because the services run throughout the whole of the building and we therefore cannot decant just half of it?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Tom Brake: I bring the right hon. Gentleman back to the issue of growth. Yesterday, the Minister said that all the forecasts suggest there would be some growth. Does he remember, as I do, how keen the Government were to claim that the UK was until recently the fastest-growing economy? Now, Ministers are clearly saying that if there is some growth—however small that is—it is excellent news...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Tom Brake: I thank the right hon. Lady for giving way, and I am hoping that she might say that I can be her friend as well, but maybe the question I am about to ask will not allow that to happen. Does she think that we can have a meaningful vote in this House if that does not include the option of voting to stay in the European Union?

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