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Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Today’s Business of the House (26 Mar 2015)

Shaun Woodward: The office of Speaker in this House is the guardian of fairness. Will the right hon. Gentleman explain how the reputation of Parliament and the fairness of this House is enhanced by his not sharing even at the beginning of this week his intention to bring about this debate today? Across the country, people look at Parliament, whose reputation has not been enhanced by many of the actions taken...

Business of the House: Hallett Review (17 Jul 2014)

Shaun Woodward: I, too, thank the right hon. Lady for advance sight of the report, and join her in remembering not only the victims of the Hyde Park bombing, but all the people to whom the right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson) referred who lost their lives in the course of the troubles. I also thank Lady Justice Hallett for a very comprehensive report. As a former Secretary of State, I accept...

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: I am very grateful because the right hon. Gentleman gives me the chance to get on the record the fact that I deeply regret that the Secretary of State did not deal with the issue appropriately raised by the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon). It is absolutely essential to continue the process in a bipartisan way. I think the right hon. Gentleman would also wish to raise this concern....

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: I wish to associate myself with the remarks made by all hon. Members about those who lost their lives in the Hyde park and Regent park bombings. They were terrible crimes on the day they were committed, and some decades later they remain terrible crimes. It is always difficult to follow Members from Northern Ireland because they speak from such extraordinary personal experience and from...

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: Dare I say that there is a fashion when former Secretaries of State, as it were, and sometimes even serving Ministers, can sometimes hide behind forms of words? I am not suggesting that to the hon. Lady for a moment. I am not aware that we discussed the words “Operation Rapid”, but it is more than possible that pieces of paper will be found on which that phrase will appear. I say...

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: It is always dangerous to extrapolate from one person’s words and somebody else’s conclusion. One talks about “an interest”, but the hon. Lady’s refers to it as a “pressure”. All I can say to her is that, if there were questions from the Northern Ireland Office, as far as I am concerned, they could only ever be questions about facts. They could not in...

Backbench Business: High Court Judgment (John Downey) (27 Mar 2014)

Shaun Woodward: Not for one moment. The hon. Member for Aldershot was kind and generous enough to say that when I was Secretary of State I always tried to deal with all these issues with impartiality. That does not mean to say that I do not think it is quite proper for right hon. and hon. Members eloquently to make cases on behalf of those they wish to represent. Whatever view Members may have, the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Shaun Woodward: The amendments deal with some extremely important principles, such as equality, but we are also dealing with the absolutely essential need to correct a gross injustice that has lived for far too long and prevented gay men and women from enjoying the same rights as everybody else. The hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) spoke extremely eloquently and this House would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Shaun Woodward: The Secretary of State made it clear that the new review will be very different from the last review, which reached conclusions that were dismissed by the Government. I can only take at face value what the Secretary of State has said. I believe that the compromise that has been found by my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston is the best way forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Shaun Woodward: I understand the spirit behind the hon. Gentleman’s question. I understand that some will see the delay to the extension of civil partnerships as unfair. However, let me be very clear that same-sex couples have no justice at all. It is not about fairness; there is no justice, because they cannot be married. It would be grossly unfair to perpetuate that injustice, especially if the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Shaun Woodward: Again, I accept the hon. Gentleman’s word. I simply ask the Secretary of State to hear what her colleagues are saying about the spirit and speed with which they wish the review to be conducted. She is far more qualified than I am to give the hon. Gentleman and the House comfort by saying how quickly it would be possible to conduct such a review and when the Government would intend to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Shaun Woodward: I accept in good faith the hon. Gentleman’s remarks. He has obviously thought about the matter in some detail, so what is the maximum time frame in which he would instruct civil servants to conduct and complete such a review, and what process would he recommend by which the Government could bring forward the proposals to ensure that same-sex couples are not obliged to wait an undue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Shaun Woodward: I do not for a moment doubt the Minister’s commitment to marriage between same-sex partners, but let me point out that her Department conducted, for the Government, a massive consultation exercise, and at the end of last year found that a majority of the public supported the extension of civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. The Government, however, were not convinced. What will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Patrick Finucane Report (12 Dec 2012)

Shaun Woodward: May I join the Prime Minister in extending an apology to the Finucane family, but may I also respectfully disagree with the conclusion he reaches from this report? My right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband) is entirely right to conclude that we should uphold the call for a full independent inquiry. I say respectfully to the Prime Minister that it might be difficult...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Fire and Rescue Services (5 Sep 2012)

Shaun Woodward: We are in no doubt that the implication of the settlement being prosecuted will be an extremely unfair distribution of lives lost. The new Minister will today, undoubtedly, be given a file basically dressed up as “Minister, this is a difficult settlement. It is one that has basically been taken. Go forward with it. We have no choice.” Knowing that the settlement, if implemented,...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Fire Service (Metropolitan Areas) (7 Mar 2012)

Shaun Woodward: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) on securing this debate. The more I listen to hon. Friends and colleagues, the more I feel that it is essential to say one thing to the Minister. He will have in front of him a brief prepared by his civil servants. As Ministers and former Ministers, we know that sometimes we are obliged to act as our civil...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Pat Finucane (12 Oct 2011)

Shaun Woodward: I have no doubt that the Secretary of State means well, but I think he is wrong. The inquiry was set up by Tony Blair as part of the peace process, and in breaking the promise that we gave, we are damaging the very foundations of that process. The independent inquiry was fair to everyone; it was fair to the family and the soldiers. Let me set out my fear. The Secretary of State has said today...


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