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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.

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: I hate to press the Minister on this, but a self-letting landlord is not required to lodge the deposit with a third party. The requirement is only to insure the deposit. They can keep the cash in their own account and, at the end of the tenancy, deduct money from that cash and challenge the out-of-pocket tenants, who are often university students, to come and get it back. We need to look at...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) on securing this debate this morning. There are many good landlords, but it is clear that there are some pretty shocking ones as well. It is in the interests of good landlords to get a grip and ensure that the bad landlords and letting agents are pushed or driven out of the market. It is perfectly reasonable...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: That is a very important point. At the time, the tenant may agree with the landlord that something was damaged before they moved in, but there is no guarantee that the landlord will fix it and then in 12 or 24 months’ time—this is particularly prevalent in student accommodation at universities—try to charge the tenants again for it. Of course, the landlord is often in an...

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: Before I call the Minister, may I ask her to leave a minute or two at the end for Mr Umunna to sum up?

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: Mr Dromey, you have until exactly quarter past 2.

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: We have a little extra time, so I will allow each shadow Front Bencher seven minutes, which will give the Minister a little longer, if she requires it. I call Mr Stephens.

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Charles Walker: This is a one-hour debate. As colleagues know, there will be five minutes for the two Opposition leads and 10 minutes for the Minister. If the contributions of Back Benchers were to end a little earlier, I would be inclined to allow six minutes to the hon. Members for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) and for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey), but it may be just five.

Petition - Removal of Greenfield Sites in Bulkington from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan: Lea Valley Greenhouse Glass Industry (18 Jul 2017)

Charles Walker: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. He said that the application will be considered on its merits. As it currently stands, it will be considered by Hertfordshire County Council, which is both the owner of the contract and the determiner of the contract. It is impossible for anyone in my constituency, and I believe in the constituencies of Epping Forest and Harlow, to imagine that the...

Petition - Removal of Greenfield Sites in Bulkington from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan: Lea Valley Greenhouse Glass Industry (18 Jul 2017)

Charles Walker: It is a great pleasure to lead this Adjournment debate on the Lea valley greenhouse industry. You know, Madam Deputy Speaker, because you represent a large part of it, what an industry it is. There are 350 acres of glass greenhouses in the Lea valley—a magnificent sight to see. The industry employs 2,500 people and has a turnover of £500 million a year. Let me put some more numbers...


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