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Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill: Exemption for buildings used as nursery grounds (10 Jul 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill is important for farmers wanting to intensify their businesses, because it will put it beyond doubt that any nursery operation will come under the scope of the exemption?

Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill: Exemption for buildings used as nursery grounds (10 Jul 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: Does my hon. Friend agree that, with Brexit, it will be ever more important that this type of horticultural industry is as competitive as possible? Countries such as Holland and Italy are increasingly competing with our industry, and it is much better to grow food here for phytosanitary, employment and all sorts of other reasons.

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: Further to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt), every single Government in every single particular will need to be ready when we leave the European Union, which could perhaps be as early as 29 March next year. Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree to publish more information so that Parliament can be reassured in this respect?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Investment Strategy (5 Jul 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: Which road schemes he plans to allocate funding to as part of the second Road Investment Strategy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Investment Strategy (5 Jul 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. On the A417 missing link scheme Swindon to Gloucester, can he confirm that it is the Government’s intention that a preferred route will be announced in the first quarter of next year, followed by the development consent order process, followed hopefully by RIS2 funding, and with an intention to commence in the early 2020s to build this much-needed...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: My hon. Friend will have heard the widespread concern in many different parts of the United Kingdom. She seems to want to ban these big-calibre weapons solely on the basis that they might get into the hands of a criminal or a terrorist. If that is the case, rather than ban them why does she not adopt my suggestion of improving the secure places where such weapons have to be held? There should...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: The hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson) has put his finger on an interesting point. Clause 28(2) references “any rifle” from which a shot of more than 13,600 joules can be fired. The Bill is drafted much wider than just .5 calibre weapons.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: The problem would be if people who lawfully hold a shotgun or firearm see this legislation and think that they might be criminalised next. They fear that this is setting a precedent and they do not know where it is going to end.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: I am grateful to have caught your eye, Madam Deputy Speaker, in this important and welcome Second Reading, although I am sorry that I have to be here. I say that because I have had extensive discussions with the Minister on a contentious clause, which proposes the banning of weapons with a muzzle energy of more than 13,600 joules or 10,000 foot-pounds. In this country, there are about a...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that, as he has made some of the points I wanted to make in my speech. When he examines the record, he will see that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has, at the Dispatch Box, given me a pledge that he will undertake extensive discussions with any right hon. or hon. colleague, or any stakeholder in this matter, who wishes to involve themselves in...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: My hon. Friend is not too harsh. I am simply saying to him that there is concern among Government Members, and it is worthy of further discussion.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: I do. Of course we want shooting to be used by every group in society; no group should in any way be excluded. I was not intending to talk about bump stocks and the VZ58 MARS—manually actuated release system—proposals in the Bill. I know that representations have been made that those semi-automatic additions to rifles help disabled groups, but I take the view, having received...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for pointing out that this is going to be expensive. Nobody would mind the expense if it was rooted in public safety—that is beyond question—but, as I will seek to explain in a minute, I do not think that it is. In case anybody gets the impression that I am a mad rifle-wielding individual, I should say that, as chair of the all-party parliamentary...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: My hon. Friend has pulled me up: words are important in this place. What I meant to say was medical conditions which might include a mental health condition—but there are medical conditions that might mean that someone was not granted a shotgun or firearms certificate. I want to move on to the .50 calibre weapons themselves, and why they are not likely to be used in a crime—and...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: My hon. Friend makes a really potent and timely point; I was about to demonstrate why these weapons have never been implicated in any crime. There was one incident when one was stolen; the barrel was chopped down but the gun was quickly recovered and never implicated in a crime. There has been only one other incident: more than 20 years ago, a .50 calibre weapon was stolen in Northern Ireland...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and it is very sad, when people gain pleasure from using these rifles, that the Government want to effectively ban them. The muzzle energy will effectively mean a ban on the .5 calibre. The only reason the Government are banning them is that they happen to be one of the largest calibres. The police and the other authorities are saying that because they are...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: That is precisely the point I am making. This whole thing would set a precedent: .5 weapons today, then .60—where do we go next? Just because people think they might get into the wrong hands and be used by the wrong people. That is the wrong way to govern. We should not prohibit things unless there is really good evidence for doing so. I have been having discussions with Ministers. I...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: My hon. Friend is exactly right. I urge my hon. Friend the Minister to look at this again. The proposals in the Bill are disproportionate. They are unworkable, because they are very easy to get around. They target some of the most law-abiding people in the country and they will not make this country any safer, because the criminal will use a different weapon of choice.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: As my right hon. Friend will know, there is some concern among Conservative Members about the proposal in the Bill to ban .5 calibre weapons, because it would criminalise otherwise law-abiding users of a weapon which, as far as I know, has never been used in a murder. Will my right hon. Friend undertake to enter into full discussions with his Ministers before the Committee stage?

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: With no availability at its main hub airport, London is beginning to find that new routes to important long-haul destinations are set up elsewhere in Europe, rather than in the UK. Other UK airports are increasingly squeezed out by Heathrow, with passengers from the nations and regions obliged to transfer through other European airports. That is the hub—literally—of this debate....


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