Results 1–20 of 5029 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Vernon Coaker

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Vernon Coaker: The agreement between the UK and the EU contains many welcome and significant references to the Good Friday agreement. Does the Prime Minister agree that if the Good Friday agreement were included in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, that would help build confidence in the whole process?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare (7 Dec 2017)

Vernon Coaker: On animal welfare standards, whether we are in the EU or outside it, will the Secretary of State consider the importance of labelling so that people know what they are buying? When a label says that a chicken has been reared outside or been stunned or not stunned, people must be able to trust that they know what has happened.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

Vernon Coaker: In all honesty, no one in the House who has ever been a Minister or has had any responsibility at all understands what the Minister is talking about. Minister after Minister has accepted amendments with which they agreed, then asked their draftsmen to sort out any technical issues. Instead of doing the sensible thing and doing that, the Minister and Government Whips—if, as I hope, the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Vernon Coaker: The Good Friday/Belfast agreement set up many inter-parliamentary institutions, both east-west and north-south. The hon. Gentleman talked about trust. How does he think that trust has been helped by what we saw this morning, with the Government saying there would be a deal on the border in Ireland and the Prime Minister then having to come out of lunch because the DUP either had not been...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Vernon Coaker: My hon. Friend is talking about the UK framework and the devolved Administrations. Would she care to comment on the quite astonishing scenes we have witnessed today? It is apparent that the Government have not spoken to the Northern Ireland First Minister about what should happen with respect to any deal. If we are to have special arrangements—or special alignment—between Northern...

Business of the House (30 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: There was absolute astonishment from MPs of all parties at the fact that the Chancellor made no mention of defence in his Budget. Given the crisis that defence in this country is currently facing, will the Leader of the House ask the Chancellor to come to the House and explain how we are going to stop cuts to the numbers of soldiers, aircraft and Marines, so that we can defend our country...

Rail Update (29 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: Will the Secretary of State tell us why he is not electrifying the midland main line even though every single business organisation, Member of Parliament and local council is telling him that that is what he should do? Why is he ignoring the wishes of local people and local representatives, saying that he knows best, and simply offering them a “joint team approach”, whatever that is?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: I agree with the Secretary of State about regional disparities and the way in which the industrial strategy tries to tackle them. The east midlands needs investment in capital to raise productivity, so I ask him to look into that. Will he also speak to the Transport Secretary and others about the Government’s failure to electrify the midland main line? As he knows, many of us have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (27 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: Will the Minister confirm that the Government see the future of the Queen Elizabeth, when it comes into service, as an aircraft carrier and not as meeting defence cuts by replacing amphibious landing craft such as HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion?

Business of the House (23 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: May we have an urgent debate on the future of local authorities? There is not a word in the Budget about local authorities or social care, yet millions of our citizens depend on them. Gedling Borough Council has lost 62% of its grant, and Nottinghamshire County Council has lost £212 million. Those are not efficiencies; they are cuts to the services on which our constituents depend.

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: Every Member has the best interests of our country’s defence at heart. The challenge to the Minister is not being made in a partisan way, but it is necessary because we want to hold the Government to account in this regard. Let me say—in the presence of the Chair of the Defence Committee, the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), and some of the other Committee...

Business of the House (16 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: Incredibly, the Prime Minister said yesterday that police budgets were protected. I have to say that that is news to Nottinghamshire police and many other forces across the country. May we have an urgent statement on police funding so that the Government can explain how the budget has been protected given that Nottinghamshire police has lost £54 million over the past five years and, if...

Business of the House (16 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: Are you calling her a horse?

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: The debate has been good; there is general good will across the House towards Northern Ireland. The House will rightly support the budget proposals, but there is an impasse at the moment. No matter whose fault that is, a number of us want the Government to take concrete steps to support the restoration of the Executive and the Assembly. This is about not just rhetoric or wishful thinking, but...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: The hon. Gentleman has made interesting comments about direct rule and some of its dangers. Does he see a role for the Select Committee in considering how devolution could be restored, or how initiatives might be developed, perhaps along the lines that my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) mentioned, as well as others, to try to support the restoration of the Assembly and the...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: I just seek to understand the figures that the Secretary of State has given out, and this relates to the question raised by the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson). Our understanding is that we can be talking only about 95%. Does that amount to a £600 million reduction in spending ability for the Departments in Northern Ireland? Who will decide which Departments face the...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: rose—

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: I think there is probably only one person in the House who properly understood all of that, and I will not say who it was. I thank the Secretary of State for his answer. What the people of Northern Ireland and Members of this House want to know is, if we strip out all the technicalities the Secretary of State has outlined, what is he actually saying? Is there a cash freeze? Is there a...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: No one believes that our armed forces are anything but among the best in the world. There is no division about that. Everybody knows as well that it is not just pay, but I think there are some real challenges facing our armed forces today both in terms of retention and recruitment. I would like to use the Government’s own statistics, published on 12 October straight from the MOD. I...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Vernon Coaker: No. I am sorry, but other Members would not be able to speak. People who have left the future reserves—an increase. I am not saying to the Minister or the House that we are all doomed, but we would be neglecting our responsibilities if we did not look at what is happening. The right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), in an excellent speech, pointed out the...


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