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Written Answers — Home Office: Fireworks (16 Nov 2017)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to reduce the nuisance caused by fireworks; what plans she has to reduce instances of nuisance and abuse; and if she will make a statement.

Ukrainian Holodomor — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Charles Walker: I thank the Minister for indicating to the Chair that he will be writing to the hon. Lady. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered the Ukrainian Holodomor. Sitting suspended.

Ukrainian Holodomor — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Charles Walker: Mrs Latham will get two minutes once the Minister sits down.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Empty Property (2 Nov 2017)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government's guidance on abandonment of properties under the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 is planned to come into force.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Domestic Appliances: Testing (1 Nov 2017)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the introduction of mandatory portable appliance testing for residential properties.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Letting Agents: Fees and Charges (1 Nov 2017)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans for the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 relating to client money protection to come into force.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Politics and Government (30 Oct 2017)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on self-determination for the Biafran people in the Eastern Region of Nigeria.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Politics and Government (30 Oct 2017)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has made representations to the Government of Nigeria on the treatment of Biafrans living in the southern region of that country; and if he will make a statement.

Regulation of Property Agents (18 Oct 2017)

Charles Walker: Will the Minister meet me and representatives of the three deposit protection schemes and of Shelter to discuss how we can better protect tenant deposits and put tenants in the driving seat when it comes to choosing the scheme that looks after their deposit?

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: This entire debate is a dead letter because the best the Opposition could hope for is an equal number on a Bill Committee, and in the event of a tie, which most votes would be, the Bill would remain unamended anyway, so none of their proposals would be carried.

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: You will know, Madam Deputy Speaker, that as Chairman of the Procedure Committee, I am not afraid to cross swords with my Government. I have been the Chairman of that Committee for five years, and we have had several run-ins. For the record, I will go through them. We had a run-in over amendments to the Queen’s Speech and the bouncing of Parliament over the election of the...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: Politics is show business for ugly people, and I am a frustrated actor. Try as I might, however, I cannot work myself up into a lather about this. I would love to be furious with the Government—I really would—but I cannot be. I get angry very quickly and blow up, and I make some spectacular apologies, but I cannot get too wound up about this. If the House will indulge me, may I go...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: Of course; forgive me. I was only a small child at the time—I was in shorts. The only time the Wilson Government did not have a majority on the Committee of Selection was when the Labour Chairman, Hugh Delargy, died. From 4 May 1976 Labour’s majority on the Committee was restricted for three months, until 6 August. The majority was then restored after the House wrung out the...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: I give way, but there is an “Aha” here.

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: Lots of things are said, but we are looking at what happened, and the fact of what happened is that for the entirety of the Wilson/Callaghan Governments—well, for all but three months, so not quite the entirety—the Government of the day had a majority on the Committee of Selection: when they were a majority Government and when they were a minority Government, at times. It is...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: I will in a moment, because I have a lot of time for my friend opposite. It could well be that the Selection Committee, under the chairmanship, I suspect, of my hon. Friend the Member for North Herefordshire (Bill Wiggin), that noted free spirit, will decide on many occasions that the balance should be equal, so I still do not understand why we are getting so exercised about this. I now give...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: That should absolutely be for the Committee to decide. It is not impossible that its Chairman, who will want to work with all Members, may decide that there should be an even number of Members on Bill Committees. That cannot be ruled out, and it is entirely possible. Let me say, in conclusion, that there is a lot of sound and fury around this issue. I know the Opposition Chief Whip, and I...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: The hon. Lady knows that that is far above my pay grade. I do not think that secret deals have been done, but I do know this: the Government have commanded a majority in the House on the basis of the 17 votes connected with Government business. I have been good-natured this evening, because I want the debate to be good-natured. I take being Chairman of the Procedure Committee incredibly...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: Nothing that the right hon. Gentleman has said is objectionable. I will not be joining him in the Lobby, but not because I find what he is proposing objectionable—I just happen to disagree with it.

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: I am glad this debate is providing us with an opportunity to revisit the agreement. I suspect that I would not be in order if I were to respond to that intervention, so I think the best thing for me to do is to thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and the House for being so generous, and to sit down.


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