Results 1–20 of 6412 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Yvette Cooper

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I thank all hon. Members from the Select Committee, the Back Benches and the Front Bench who have contributed to the discussion, which I hope has been helpful. I welcome some of the points that the Minister made about the specific provisions they will put into the contracts to try to improve quality. I also welcome his commitment to ensuring that there is proper, respectful and quality...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Twelfth Report of the Home Affairs Committee, Asylum Accommodation, Session 2016-17, HC 637, and the Government Response, HC 551. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. The Select Committee on Home Affairs asked for this debate because we believe this is an immensely important issue. Our country has an obligation under...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: That is immensely important, and it shows the stark difference between the national contract-based asylum accommodation scheme and the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme, in which local authorities have a central role; local communities and faith groups are involved in providing support and there is extensive planning for the kinds of support services needed. That community support...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: That is exactly right. A whole range of additional services might be needed, such as specialist support for those who have fled sexual violence, those who have been through family bereavement and separation, and those who need additional support for children or from education services. A whole range of different kinds of support might be needed, including different sorts of housing support. I...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I do. Giving responsibility for commissioning to the strategic migration partnerships would give us the ability to look at the links between accommodation and broader services, and allow those partnerships to take decisions on a mix of different kinds of accommodation provision within a region. Those could include local authorities bidding to provide accommodation themselves, or working in...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I am not aware of the case the hon. Gentleman refers to, but I will certainly be troubled if the companies involved continue to use providers who have failed to meet basic standards. The quality of accommodation is immensely important, as is a swift response when facilities or services are inadequate. We need to recognise the importance of providing adequate standards of accommodation. In...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: This has been a thoughtful debate that has shown the strength of this House, but the thoughtfulness and strength of this House are exactly why the House needs to have a meaningful statutory vote on the withdrawal agreement before the extremely extensive powers in clause 9 are used. The Minister had an hour on his feet; we have had six hours of debate today and many months of debate...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I certainly think that something much better is needed, because the powers in clause 9 are unprecedented, and Parliament should not hand over such unprecedented powers to the Executive blindfold, without our knowing what the withdrawal agreement will be. There have been so many examples, whether it is the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013, the Police (Detention and Bail) Act 2011,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: Will the Minister give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: Will the Minister give way? I did give way to him.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: Timing is the crucial issue. Given that there are many examples of an accelerated process being used to get primary legislation through this place on many different matters, including in a single day when that has been necessary, why would it not be possible, if time was starting to run out, to have a very simple one or two-clause Bill that would do the bits of things on which the Minister...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The logic of the right hon. Gentleman’s position is that he wants to rule out any possibility for Parliament even to ask the Government to go back to the negotiating table. Of course he is right that, in the end, this is about a negotiation, and the 27 other European countries will have a view and such a negotiation will take place. The logic of his position, however, is that he wants...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is exactly right, and I will defer to him to set out his amendment and describe its impact. The idea that we should make a confidence issue out of every single adjustment to the Brexit process or to the withdrawal Bill is just nonsense. If we have a Bill before Parliament, it has to be possible for Members of Parliament to table amendments to it and to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The right hon. Gentleman is exactly right. The timing of the vote matters, but so does its constitutional status. That is why I think it immensely important for this to be a statutory vote. Let me explain why the Government’s words and the Prime Minister’s words—in the written ministerial statement, in various letters and so on—are not enough, and why we need to vote...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I think the hon. Lady is right. The Minister will be able to clarify this later, but I think it is a key point that the vote on the primary legislation— on the implementation of the Bill—will not happen until after the treaty has been ratified. I think that there is still some confusion about whether the vote on a motion, or a resolution, will happen before or after the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I think that there is a big difference between us on the word “meaningful”. I shall be happy to give way to the Minister again, but I think that he should clarify the position, and confirm that the only vote that we will have before the ratification of the treaty is a vote on a motion. We are talking about a “take it or leave it” deal, and about a “take it or...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and that goes to the heart of this: in the end, the power is still concentrated in the Executive’s hands, whether it is the power to give us a vote on the treaty at all or the power over the timing of any of these votes. That is all still in the Government’s hands, with no reassurances in the Bill, and then there is still only this proposal...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I am conscious of time; I will give way again, but many Members want to speak in this important debate.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: That is clearly a possibility, but I think we should trust in the maturity of Parliament. It is possible for people to vote in different ways, but we have long-standing processes between our two Houses for resolving differences and debating them. My problem is that we are not actually being given the opportunity to have those proper meaningful votes through legislation, and instead we just...


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