James Gray: My hon. Friend is making a fine speech. Even more chilling than the exercises he describes were the Zapad 17 exercises last year, where an alleged 125,000 Russian soldiers, all armed with tactical nuclear weapons, took part in a huge exercise within 100 miles of the borders of NATO, near Estonia.
James Gray: I start by thanking the hon. Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds) for the robustness and clarity of his condemnation of the Russian Government for their part in these outrages. It would be wrong for us to pry into private grief, but what he said from the Dispatch Box bore very little resemblance to what his leader had said during the statement two weeks ago. That, of course, was...
James Gray: Of course, Madam Deputy Speaker; I should have said that I was quoting from Hansard: my right hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) used the word “weaselly” about that particular statement. If he was incorrect, alongside him I apologise for that. Even if the statement were weaselly, I perhaps should not have said that. I apologise, of course, and...
James Gray: Of course, both points of order were entirely bogus, but none the less they were extremely welcome.
James Gray: The Minister has asked for the Committee’s permission to raise that letter after the Committee has finished sitting. Unless I hear to the contrary, I presume that the Committee is content that she should do so.
James Gray: We come now to new clause 29.
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:
James Gray: We have debated new clause 24, which I presume the shadow Minister does not wish to move. We then come to new clause 25, which was debated in an earlier group, and new clause 26, which was debated a moment ago, but she does not wish to move them formally. Clause 27 is also not moved. New Clause 28
James Gray: Am I right in thinking that the right hon. Member for East Ham wishes to press new clause 15 to a Division?
James Gray: We now come to new clause 16.
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 15—Investigatory powers for trading standards. ‘(1) Schedule 5 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 is amended in accordance with subsection (2). (2) In Part 2, paragraph 10, at end insert— (none) “section (Enforcement)”.” This new clause is consequential on NC14.
James Gray: I call Sarah Jones, although conventionally one should stand up to catch the Chair’s eye—it is the best way to do it.
James Gray: Order. The hon. Lady should not use a picture because it cannot be recorded in Hansard. It is possible to describe it, but it is not possible to show it to us.
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment (a) to new clause 13, line 10 at end add— “(4) The person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable— (a) on summary conviction in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks, to a fine or to both; (b) on summary conviction in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a...
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 31—Offence of hosting a seller on a platform, online third-party reseller or online marketplace used to sell offensive weapons or corrosive products to children online— “(1) The owner of a platform, third-party reseller or online marketplace commits an offence if that platform, third-party reseller or online marketplace...
James Gray: Order. Interventions should be brief.
James Gray: We now recommence the line by line consideration of the Offensive Weapons Bill. We will of course give it due consideration, but nonetheless might be able to rattle through it in good time. New Clause 3
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss:
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 8—Report on the use of air weapons— “(1) The Secretary of State must, within six months of this Act receiving Royal Assent, lay a report before Parliament on the safe use of air weapons. (2) The report under subsection (1) must consider, but is not limited to— (a) whether existing legislation on the use of air...
James Gray: With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 36 to 41.