Results 1–20 of 4136 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Barry Gardiner

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sustainable Electricity Generation (12 Jun 2018)

Barry Gardiner: In 2015, the then Secretary of State said that 2018 would be the year for the UK to ratchet up our Paris climate commitments and our progress towards sustainable generation, but in the past three years the Government have capped support for low-carbon energy and destroyed 12,000 solar jobs. Clean energy investment, which fell by 10% in 2016, fell by a further 56% in 2017 to its lowest level...

Us Steel and Aluminium Tariffs (4 Jun 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement and for his telephone call yesterday afternoon. He is a very courteous man, but no amount of courtesy can hide the fact that he and his party have a record of failure when it comes to defending our steel industry. When China began dumping its over-production into the European market back in 2015, it was the Secretary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (23 May 2018)

Barry Gardiner: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. You are a redoubtable champion of Members seeking to hold the Government to account. One of the things we sometimes resort to in doing that is the submission of freedom of information requests. On 20 July last year, I submitted a freedom of information request to the Department for International Trade, to which I have not yet had a response, nor indeed any...

Business of the House (17 May 2018)

Barry Gardiner: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Business of the House (17 May 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I am grateful, Mr Speaker. At oral questions this morning, in response to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Karen Lee), the Under-Secretary of State for International Trade, the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Graham Stuart), advised the House that all export licences for military and dual-use goods are examined and issued on a case-by-case basis. In fact, his...

International Trade: US Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium (17 May 2018)

Barry Gardiner: The US President seems intent on undermining the World Trade Organisation’s multilateral rules-based system. He is delaying the settlement of disputes by vetoing the appointment of judges to the appellate body and is using national security as a cover, in this case, for naked protectionism against foreign steel and aluminium. Does the Secretary of State still think that Donald Trump is...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Preferential Market Access (17 May 2018)

Barry Gardiner: First, the Government said that they were simply rolling over these agreements on precisely the same terms. Then they admitted that they would have to amend the agreements with Norway, Turkey and Switzerland to avoid rolling over such things as the customs union or the four freedoms that they would rather avoid, but the Minister has still not explained what process this sovereign Parliament...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Offshore Wind Sector (1 May 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Offshore wind is an integral part of the clean growth strategy, which the Government have submitted to the United Nations as their official mid-century decarbonisation plan. However, the independent Committee on Climate Change says that the strategy will fail to meet even our existing targets for 2030. Will the Minister tell us when “mid-century” shifted forward 20 years? Why do...

United States Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium (12 Mar 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement and for his telephone call over the weekend. The world steel industry is on the verge of a crisis. In our domestic industry, 32,000 workers in the steel industry are facing an existential threat to their jobs. Many of those men and women are angry that it has taken the Secretary of State more than 10 days since President...

International Trade: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Given the Government Front-Bench team’s uncharacteristic failure to welcome my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford South (Judith Cummins) to the Opposition Front Bench, I know that you would want me to do so, Mr Speaker. Is the Secretary of State aware that the Food Standards Agency recently detained large quantities of out-of-date meat in a company called Norish Cold Storage? The meat...

International Trade: Trans-Pacific Partnership (11 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I, too, welcome the new arrival to the Government Front Bench. I also welcome yesterday’s trade statistics. The Secretary of State and I may disagree over how much that owes to the depreciation of sterling, but we both agree that the narrowing of the trade deficit is a very good thing. With regard to the TPP, the Secretary of State says, “These are not mutually exclusive”,...

International Trade: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: The steel industry has repeatedly complained that the Government are not prepared to impose penalties on exports from countries with significant market distortions. America is clear, having imposed penalties on China under section 232, and the EU is clear, having recently voted to pass new anti-dumping rules, but the Secretary of State has constantly ducked the issue and refused to say what...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add: “this House recognises that on leaving the European Union, whether or not the UK concludes a new long-term customs union with the EU, it will need effective legislation to implement agreements with partner countries corresponding to international trade agreements of the European Union in...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: My hon. Friend makes an entirely fair point, and it is a criticism that I hope will be prosecuted fully in Committee.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, and I commend him for the article he published this morning on LabourList, which I thought was an excellent exposé of the Bill. To answer his specific question, once the UK leaves the European Union, it cannot remain in the EU customs union, because by definition when a state leaves the European Union all EU rules cease to apply to it, as set out in...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will happily give way to my hon. Friend once I have answered our hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie). As we will no longer be a signatory to the European treaties and no longer come under their territorial scope, we cannot formally be a member of the EU’s customs union. As the EU’s treaties currently stand, only EU member states, and territories attached to...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: No, I am not telling the House that at all. I am happy to try to answer not only the letter of the Secretary of State’s question, but the spirit. Those on the Labour Front Bench have always tried to make it clear that we recognise the benefits of the single market to this country, and the benefits that traditionally the customs union has brought and that a customs union could bring....

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will make a little progress, because that was a very interesting diversion, but one that we will leave there.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will press on. The Bill fails utterly to establish the legislative framework for the UK’s future trade policy, which it leaves entirely in the hands of Ministers. It also risks undermining the rights of the devolved Administrations through its undue centralisation of powers in Westminster. The impact assessment accompanying the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, which the House...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will now happily give way to my hon. Friend.

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