Results 1–20 of 7000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Drew

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

David Drew: The hon. Gentleman is being very generous in giving way. There is even better news: there is now—within five years—the prospect of a cattle vaccine. Under the old enzyme linked immunosorbent assay test, we could not separate those that had been vaccinated and those that had not. I gather that that is now happening. Is that not much better than some of the things that are going on?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

David Drew: I am delighted to take part on the first day of our consideration of the Queen’s Speech, which was more about a political programme for the forthcoming general election than about how this country is going to be governed. Sadly, the Brexit morass that will envelop us all will carry on, regardless of what happens on Saturday and whatever happens by the end of this month. I wish, however, to...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

David Drew: That is what we should have been prioritising in this Queen’s Speech, along with the abolition of universal credit, which has proved to be a monumental mistake. There was nothing wrong with the concept, but the delivery of UC has caused such hardship, in all our constituencies, and it is beyond reform. We have to get rid of it and start with something different. The Prime Minister, in...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

David Drew: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing up that group of young people and for talking about carers. I made a point at a meeting that the continual contracting out of services causes so many problems for voluntary groups. Does he agree that the Government ought to pay attention to that?

HMRC Impact Analysis: Customs (8 Oct 2019)

David Drew: With regard to what my right hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) just said, it is absolutely right that the Government—particularly the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs—listen to what the NFU is saying about no deal. With that in mind, is it not about time the Government updated their own website,...

HMRC Impact Analysis: Customs (8 Oct 2019)

David Drew: With regard to what my right hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) just said, it is absolutely right that the Government—particularly the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs—listen to what the NFU is saying about no deal. With that in mind, is it not about time the Government updated their own website,...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Exiting the European Union (Pesticides) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: This is the most controversial of the four SIs that we have dealt with today, and we had a forthright debate on this subject previously in Committee. Much of that debate was about the theme I have been pushing today—that is, questioning the process of oversight and accountability. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Pesticides Action Network have both contacted me to demand...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Exiting the European Union (Pesticides) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: I thank my hon. Friend. That is one of the things we waxed lyrical about in the previous incarnation of this debate where we looked at “may” replacing “shall” and “must”. That gives—dare I say it?—a degree of wriggle room about how this is going to operate. This really does need sorting out by the Government because it will be too late if we get to this stage in a month’s...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: In rising to respond, at least I have the satisfaction of knowing that we have not debated this measure before. I have been trying to find the one that was the missing thread among all the ones we have debated. At least I have put my mind at rest, knowing that I have not missed this in the great mists of time. I wish to pick up on a couple of things with the Minister. Paragraph 2.10 of the...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: I accept that; many of our good people currently work for the EU. But is the Minister seriously suggesting that those people have carried out proper contingency planning on how they will do this monitoring in a month’s time? How would FERA—how would the RPA, which I have significant doubts about; I do not know how many scientists it actually employs—sit down and do the work to see...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: The Minister is being very generous in giving way. What then is to stop people labelling their cheap plonk as burgundy and sending it in the form in which they send their good stuff? How will we be able to tell that what we are getting is what it says on the label? I am really intrigued by this.

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: I am delighted to be here for the second of our four statutory instruments. I want to push the Minister a bit further. He did not manage to answer one of the things that I slipped into the first SI. What is the process of accountability? As we do not have the Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill enacted, we do not yet have the office for environmental protection. I ask again politely...

Yemen: Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: It is just like old times—we are back considering SIs, and it is good to see the Minister back in his place. I see Ministers rather like basketball players: they come and go, and they keep substituting for one another. On the Opposition Benches, there is a bit more consistency, and we tend to stick it out. It is important that we have this opportunity to revisit the legislation. I do not...

Yemen (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: One action that the Government could take immediately would be to tell the Government of Sudan to withdraw their Rapid Support Forces from Yemen and to tell the Saudis to stop paying them.

Park Home Residents: Legal Protection (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: The hon. Gentleman makes a compelling case. One of the problems is that local authority officers have no experience in this area. It is vital that we give advice to residents nationally, because they are being penalised. Does he agree that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has to take this up as a matter of urgency?

Hong Kong (26 Sep 2019)

David Drew: Those of us with friends in Hong Kong know how difficult it is now for people to go about their ordinary lives and how their businesses are being affected. Is it not the responsibility of the whole international community to try to settle these disputes before the situation gets even worse?

Brexit Readiness: Operation Yellowhammer (25 Sep 2019)

David Drew: With regard to the earlier exchange about veterinary medicines, which the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster knows a good deal about, it is all well and good saying he would give a guarantee if there was an emergency, but I am led to believe that two operators have already relocated to the EU. What priority will British farmers get not just in the event of an emergency but regarding the...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

David Drew: I am delighted to speak with you in the Chair, Ms Ryan. I thank the thousands of people in my constituency who signed the petition. I am angry. I am a mild-mannered person, as most hon. Members would agree, but I never thought I would see this in this mother of Parliaments. We created parliamentary democracy, which works because the Government run Parliament—sometimes that is not as clear...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

David Drew: I have never known a Parliament where the business has collapsed so often, yet the Agriculture Bill, the Fisheries Bill and the Trade Bill all need to come back for Report and Third Reading, and to then go to the Lords. Where are those Bills? Why have they not come back? Why have we not used the time properly? It is quite disgraceful.

Science and Technology Committee (5 Sep 2019)

David Drew: I thank the Chair of the Select Committee for what he has done and for this excellent report, and I associate myself completely with his initial remarks. I understand that the previous Prime Minister took very seriously how we roll out electric charging points, but sadly it was right at the end of her tenure. Is the Chair any clearer on the Government’s strategy to increase the number of...


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