Results 1–20 of 5497 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Edward Leigh

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Edward Leigh: Even if the Americans have 100% reliable intelligence to find every single nuclear site and rocket launcher in North Korea, the regime has thousands of guns mounted in caves near the border ready to bomb Seoul. In these circumstances, will the Foreign Secretary encourage the Trump Administration to pursue diplomacy in Korea, as in Iran? To coin a nostrum, “Jaw-jaw is better than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Edward Leigh: There has been a lot of reportage and worry in this country about the number of EU nationals coming here perfectly legally. I am much more worried about what the Home Affairs Committee was told last week by David Wood, former head of immigration: there are 1 million illegals here, which the Home Office knows nothing about. Will the Minister’s Department focus on fast-tracking our...

International Trade: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Edward Leigh: The Government’s approach, based on the Florence speech, is entirely sensible and pragmatic. Of course we want a free trade deal, but it takes two to tango. May I press the Secretary of State further on earlier questions relating to what happens if there is no deal and we leave the single market at the end of March 2019? Is the Treasury giving him all the resources he needs to prepare...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Edward Leigh: Order. This is only a half-hour debate. Speeches may be made only by permission of the mover and the Minister, and interventions should be as short as possible.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Edward Leigh: Order. I have to say that the hon. Member has now been speaking for more than 15 minutes, so we now have less than 15 minutes left. These Adjournment debates are supposed to be a dialogue between the mover and the Minister, and not just a monologue interrupted by other Back Benchers. I know that the hon. Member will leave plenty of time for the Minister, because it is important that he...

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: So often in this place one campaigns about historical underfunding but nothing happens, because it is all too difficult, so I have hung around this afternoon to say thank you to my right hon. Friend. We have campaigned for rural schools for years, and she is now giving them 3.9% more. In Lincolnshire, we have many very small schools with under 100 pupils, and even some that traditionally have...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: My right hon. Friend refers to the taxation and regulation of business, but once we are in the hard, bracing winds of international free trade after Brexit, does he agree that it is essential for our Government to ensure that we have a low-tax, deregulated, pro-business environment so that our businesses can compete on the world market?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: Trading on the world’s markets as a free trade nation after 2019 will be a bit like swimming in the Serpentine on a winter’s morning: bracing and invigorating but a bit heart-stopping if one is not prepared. Will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State explain how he is gearing up his entire Department to ensure that British industry no longer debates the rights or wrongs of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: The hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) raised a very important point in his intervention that has to be dealt with clearly on the Floor of the House. Personally, I am in favour of any compromise—any triage process, as suggested by my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) and others—but on this point my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone)...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: Our greatest parliamentary exponent of parliamentary democracy coined the phrase, “In Victory: Magnanimity.” Although, as one or two of my friends know, I am a leaver and my constituency voted 60% to leave, I think that that should be the Government’s approach, both to Parliament in the Chamber and to our European partners and allies. I do not think that it is enough just to...

Points of Order (7 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I understand that a huge number of people have put in to speak today and on Monday. Hurricane Irma is a tragic and deadly event, but it is not heading towards our shores as Wind Brexit is. Whether that wind is just a gentle touch on the cheeks or a storm will depend on our efforts here. I urge the Government to try to desist from bringing statements to the...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Edward Leigh: During the last three or four years, there have been very high levels of migration into the EU, particularly from north Africa and the middle east. If there is to be an implementation period, existing EU citizens will no doubt have freedom of movement into our country during that period. For that reason, will my right hon. Friend ensure, first, that the implementation period is over well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: What steps his Department is taking to support the rural economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: The best way to help the rural economy is to keep farmers in business. Will my hon. Friend will give me a modest little birthday present today, and undertake to be positive about reintroducing a deficiency payments scheme? That scheme was very popular with farmers before 1972, and the United States introduced such a scheme after 2002 that was not contrary to World Trade Organisation rules....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: Before the election, the Government committed to removing the faith-based cap for free schools and even included that promise in our election manifesto. Catholic dioceses up and down the country are anxious to open free schools and some have even purchased sites. Will the Prime Minister commit her Government to honouring that solemn pledge in our manifesto?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: To promote the drive towards world free trade, will the Chancellor of the Exchequer assure the House that he is absolutely, personally and enthusiastically committed to following our manifesto commitment to leave not just the EU at the end of 2019, but the single market and the customs union?

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: The SNP was granted the Chairs of two Select Committees. I cannot quite understand how it was that Members of all the other parties were entitled to vote for different candidates, which was very democratic, but SNP Members were given just one candidate for each post, which seems rather Stalinist. Can the hon. Gentleman explain that?

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: It seems to me that this is descending into a rather pointless debate about what may or may not have happened in the past. Surely it is possible to get to an agreement. It is right that we give the Opposition a chance to hold the Government to account. Surely, through the usual channels, we can ensure that, despite the fact that we have a two-year rather than a one-year Session, in broad...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2017)

Edward Leigh: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.


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