Results 1–20 of 3014 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tony Lloyd

Point of Order (11 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I regret that the Secretary of State has not made a statement to the House. I hope that in the coming days she will consider whether it would be right and proper to come before the House to make a full statement. One of the prime necessities for anybody in her role is that they have the confidence not just of the political parties and...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill: Introductory (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I reiterate to the Secretary of State that these proceedings are not satisfactory. Everyone recognises the legal imperative to make sure there is a scheme in operation, and therefore there is time pressure, but none of us accepts that this is the right use of the parliamentary process. It would still have been undesirable had we separated the two very different strands of the Bill, one...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill: Introductory (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: In his closing remarks, the Minister, who I believe was trying to be helpful, talked about the further exchanges that might take place in Committee. However, I think it would be remarkably difficult to prolong this debate in any meaningful detail, because of the granularity that was drawn to our attention by the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison). It will be about real-life...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I am grateful that the Minister is being so generous with his time. None of us has any brief for those who have done extraordinarily well out of all this; they should not have been allowed to be so lucky, but we should not let that delay us. The reality is that it is accepted as part of the scheme that there may be losers, as is recognised in the buy-out clause that the Secretary of State and...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The Bill is in many ways an abuse of the processes of the House. I hope that the Minister will take this seriously. There is no connection between the regional rates and the structure surrounding the renewable heat incentive scheme, and they should have been presented in two separate pieces of legislation. It is already obvious from the debate so far that there is massive concern about the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Like the hon. Gentleman, I very much welcome this piece of good news, but it has to be set against the fact that we do need to see renewal in many towns, and I want to return to a question I raised with Ministers yesterday about the stronger towns moneys. I did not get a response to the question I raised; there was no certainty on that. The Communities Secretary made it clear that the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The hon. Lady makes a valid point. Obviously, it is not a small difference; in fact, it is a huge difference to those on what could be described as the receiving end, those at the £20,000 level, or the non-receiving end for those at the £2,000 level. The details for a particular farm that I will come on to bear out exactly the point that she makes. We need to know about state aid...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and to the extent that some of those affected were in court this morning. Specifically, I understand that the judge said that he will not rule on the request for judicial review today because the scheme has not yet been implemented and is therefore not yet in breach. However, he will ensure that any judicial review is expedited once the scheme is...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: That seems logical, but—I am not a lawyer, so the hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I am not right—the problem is that the judge has ruled that, because the scheme is not in operation, he cannot yet judicially review it. So we have to wait for the implementation of the scheme before the judicial review can be taken forward. One way or the other, that is not a satisfactory way of...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I am not being generous with my time because we have to tease out these important issues, and we have to get answers to give us some certainty that the scheme is both necessary and sufficient to protect the interests of those who have acted in good faith.

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: That is a fair point. There is nothing in this Bill that talks about post-legislative scrutiny. We need some capacity to measure the impact of the legislation after it leaves this House, because it will have an impact. The scheme was a disaster from its inception. That is most certainly true. It is also most certainly true that controlling the overall level of cost is and ought to be a matter...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: That has to be right. We have a duty to ensure not only that we dispatch the legislation where it is appropriate to do so, but that we monitor its impact to make sure that no injustice is caused by the clumsiness of the legislation. I will draw my remarks to a conclusion, but the point I have sought to establish all the way through is that the Secretary of State has not given answers with the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: A guarantee that everybody in the health service receives the same uprate as their opposite numbers in the rest of Great Britain would be welcome. I think the hon. Lady knows, probably better than me, that the most senior civil servants are still traumatised by the judicial review that found that their level of competence to make decisions was limited. Although we brought legislation through...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: It may be helpful to deliver that kind of guidance. The problem we all have to face is that, in the end, decisions made by senior civil servants without reference to a policy framework determined here, or in some logical sense determined when the Stormont Executive were operating, will be challengeable. Judicial review can and will take place, and if civil servants face such a review, that...

Comptroller and Auditor General: Point of Order (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Further to that point of order, Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thank the Secretary of State for her gracious clarification of her position. Will she take this opportunity to recognise that confidence in the judicial process is fundamental to all communities and all people across Northern Ireland? For those reasons, her clarification that those who have committed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The idea that the European arrest warrant should be left to the lottery of whether the Prime Minister gets her legislation through simply cannot be in the interests of the people of this country. Will the Secretary of State now get a grip, talk to the Prime Minister and insist that we get the European arrest warrant sorted, irrespective of the outcomes in this House next week?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Secretary of State knows that the security situation also depends on trust. When David Cameron was Prime Minister, he recognised the special circumstances of the Pat Finucane case and established an independent inquiry into those circumstances. The Supreme Court decided last week that that was a flawed process. What remedy does the Secretary of State propose, unless...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Some of the principles in this debate do not divide the House. Some are clearly matters of enormous importance. What has come through time and again is that the process of examining the competence of the budgetary process is not written into the procedures of the House, and I urge the Secretary of State to think about how we can make accountability and transparency more efficient, even in...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I have to say to the hon. Gentleman that this does not obviate the absolute necessity for this House to recognise that, whatever people’s views, we have to look at our obligations under the European convention on human rights. We have to take that on board: human rights are the human rights of a person in North Antrim just as much as they are of someone in my constituency of Rochdale in the...


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