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EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: Paragraph 24 states that “all EU citizens lawfully residing in the UK” by 31 December will be able to stay. Can the Secretary of State give the House and those 3.5 million European citizens an assurance that that commitment from the Government will still hold in the event of us leaving without a deal? Yes or no?

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (23 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: The Minister just referred, in quoting the code, to the absence of assurances. What the Home Secretary wrote in the letter to the US Attorney General was that he was not even going to seek assurances. Therefore, the question that has been asked by many Members still holds: why have the Government decided to breach a long-standing policy against the death penalty in all circumstances in this...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: UK Relations With EU (19 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at what time on 12 July 2018 a copy of the White Paper entitled The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union was available on the gov.uk website.

Exiting the European Union: Access to EU Markets (19 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: The Secretary of State will be only too well aware that, without an agreement on a backstop for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, there will be no withdrawal agreement. The technical note on customs arrangements that the Government published last month was only half a backstop because, as the paper itself acknowledged, it would need to have added to it something on...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: May I begin by apologising to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, to the Secretary of State and to the shadow Secretary of State for not being present at the start of the debate? As Mr Speaker was aware, I was questioning the Prime Minister as a member of the Liaison Committee on the subject we are debating here now. I listened to the speech by the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr Baker) and respect the...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: I am sure that those with whom the hon. Gentleman worked will appreciate that, but there are particular civil servants who appear to have been singled out for his criticism, which I think is unfair. When we hold elected office as Ministers—there are many in this Chamber who have had that experience—it is our responsibility to take decisions and to lead. If things go wrong, we...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: I will be delighted to answer the hon. Gentleman’s question when we have a deal—[Interruption.] We do not have a deal. We have a proposal. It is an opening bid. The time for the House of Commons to make that judgment, as the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) said, will be when the House takes the final decision. At that time, the hon. Member for East...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: I will not allow the hon. Lady to get away with putting the responsibility for the difficulties that the Government and the governing party are in, which are of their own making, on those of us on the other side of the House.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: I am not going to enter into that debate, either. The fundamental truth is that those in Brussels look at the chaos on the Government Benches, created by the efforts of Conservative Members of Parliament, and that weakens our ability to get a deal that is in the national interest. I do not know whether the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) voted in favour of the customs union amendment...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: I answered it. I do not know how the hon. Lady voted yesterday, but the customs union amendment would have been a way of providing much greater certainty to those with whom we are negotiating. On Northern Ireland, the White Paper basically says nothing more about the backstop, and the reason why we do not yet have a withdrawal agreement is that there is no backstop proposal. All the...

Trade Bill: Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (17 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. What is going on?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Finance (17 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the average funding per pupil in (a) 11-16 schools, (b) sixth forms and sixth form colleges in the state sector, (c) sixth form schools and colleges in the independent sector and (d) higher education in the latest year for which information is available.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Motor Neurone Disease (17 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of changing her Department's policy so that people over the age of 65 who have motor neurone disease can apply for personal independence payment and be eligible for a motability car; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Eritrea (17 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the Eritrean Embassy on their policy on issuing Eritrean passports to citizens who have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: My hon. Friend speaks with great experience on these matters. Does he agree that small businesses may not be able to accommodate the additional costs he mentions from tariffs, rules of origin—we discussed those earlier—and customs declarations, which may exceed the profits they make on the goods they sell? Small and medium-sized enterprises would be most adversely affected by a no...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: On the important issue of rules of origin, which my hon. Friend has just raised, we have heard the argument from some people is that it is not a problem. If it is not a problem, then why do the Government, in paragraph 23 of the White Paper, state that the UK is proposing “no routine requirements for rules of origin between the UK and the EU”?

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: The Prime Minister rightly said in her statement that the United Kingdom is “unconditionally committed” to Europe’s security, but over the weekend President Trump described the European Union as a “foe” and the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Europe can no longer completely rely on the White House. Does the Prime Minister share that assessment and,...

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: May I say to you, Mr Speaker, that I hope a new principle has been established today that, in future, Members of the House will receive copies of White Papers at the same time as members of the fourth estate? In welcoming, genuinely, the Secretary of State to his post—a post that has many challenges—may I suggest that he organise a briefing for Members of the House, with...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Pakistan (11 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of non-settlement applications from Pakistan were processed within (a) three weeks, (b) six weeks and (c) 12 weeks in each of the last three years; and what proportion of settlement applications from Pakistan were processed within (i) 12 weeks and (ii) 24 weeks in that same time period.

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrant Workers: Industrial Disputes (11 Jul 2018)

Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases in each of the last five years a Tier 2 visa holder has had their leave to remain terminated as a result of taking industrial action in their place of work.


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