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Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I remind the House of my interest in the Faraday Institution. Given that the whole House agrees, roughly speaking, with what the hon. Gentleman said, and that the Minister has announced that he is going to produce the strategy that the Opposition Front Bench team very sensibly want, may I beg the hon. Gentleman not to press his new clause to a vote? Were he to do so, it would have the sad...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I am grateful to the Government for bringing forward this new clause, for which I argued in Committee, and I think the drafting is appropriate. The answer to the question asked by the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) is that the data transmitted will be highly aggregated and will be used by the grid and DNOs to manage the system better. It is important that the Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: After the sifting committee has received an explanatory statement and before it makes a sift, will the committee also have access to Ministers to question them if it cannot understand what the affirmative or negative instrument is about?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: No doubt the hon. Lady will develop her argument, but will she just clarify something? It is not the case, is it, that anything is being removed from the devolved authorities? It is a question of whether things that currently reside in Brussels should be devolved rather than returned to Westminster.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I can see the hon. and learned Lady’s point that, in the light of the changes that the Government have made to clause 7, it may be appropriate to change “appropriate” to “necessary” in the schedule. However, will she confirm that her amendment 49 does that for devolved authorities’ Ministers, not for the Crown, and that that comes later in the sequence of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: The Government have introduced welcome amendments to clause 7. While my hon. and learned Friend is talking about clarity, I just want to ask him to confirm, at this early stage in his remarks, that the Government will bring forward the amendments that we were hoping for, and that I think my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) and I were, if not promised, at...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: Before he moves on to another point, does my right hon. Friend agree that the narrowness of the Henry VIII clauses has actually been very considerably intensified by the amendments tabled on Report to clause 7(1) and 7(2)?

Space Industry Bill [Lords] (15 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: rose—

Space Industry Bill [Lords] (15 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I wish to echo my right hon. Friend’s tribute to himself, as he was indeed a visionary on electric vehicles and there will in due course be a Hayes electric vehicle launched in this country.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: My hon. Friend is so important in these proceedings that I will give way to him, but then I really am going to stop taking interventions and finish.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: Oh, my hon. Friend is absolutely right—that is of course the way that article 50 works. My point was merely that it also provides in the event that the opposite occurs—the negotiations take even longer than anticipated, or the negotiations come to an end but ratification takes a bit longer than anticipated, which could well happen—for an agreement to be reached to extend the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: I am delighted by that. It is important to people on both sides of the arguments that it be something that Parliament can do, not that Ministers may simply do on their own. I know that my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg), my south western neighbour at the end of the Bench, very much agrees with that proposition, as does my right hon. and learned Friend the Member...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: That is right. My right hon. and learned Friend and my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset have always actually maintained the same point, which is that we need to keep the two sets of law in sync with one another. That is the overriding purpose of the whole Bill: to ensure that UK law matches what is happening in the international law arena and that we then import the whole of EU...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: I am terribly sorry, but I am not going to take any further interventions. I am going to sit down in a second. I only want to say that I am profoundly grateful, not only to my right hon. and hon. Friends who have joined us in this amendment, but to the Government. This is exactly the way to deal with these things: find a sensible compromise that brings everyone on the Government Benches...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: It was a pleasure to listen to the speech of the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie). It is like a vintage wine—it improves with age as one hears it on repeated occasions, with mild variations.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: Well actually, oddly enough, I intend, as previously in Committee, to attend to one of the amendments—in fact, two—rather than to the general question of whether it is a good idea to leave the EU. I want in particular to speak about amendment 400—a Government amendment now—and amendment 381, the original Government amendment to which it relates, in a sort of package....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend, to the many right hon. and hon. Friends who signed up to the amendment and, above all, to the Government for turning it into a Government amendment.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: That is a very interesting question, to which we will know the answer when we have seen the text of the agreements that lead to the withdrawal and implementation Bill and when Parliament accepts it. I apologise to the right hon. Gentleman, but I maintain steadfastly the effort to use the Committee stage of this Bill to speak about this Bill, this clause and this amendment, and not some...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: I will, but it will be for the last time, because I want to bring my remarks to a close. I do not want to detain the Committee for long.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Letwin: I am surprised by the hon. Lady. I have known her a very long time and I know she is extremely assiduous and very intelligent, so she will have read article 50 and observed that it contains an express provision for agreement between the EU and in this case the UK to delay the date which would otherwise pertain. In fact, there are also rules for what is required on the EU side by way of...


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