Results 1–20 of 428 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Geoffrey Cox

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Geoffrey Cox: Some 30,000 unaccompanied children entered Greece and Italy last year. Are we simply to leave them there, while this great country, which for hundreds of years has had a tradition of offering asylum to those fleeing persecution, stands back and washes its hands of their fate? I do not believe that it is in the interests of this country, of its international reputation or of its moral sense of...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Geoffrey Cox: I agree with the right hon. Lady, but let us leave aside arguments of conscience and compassion. Let us concentrate on our legal obligations. I say that to the hon. Lady not because I disavow or seek to reduce the importance of the moral arguments, but because moral arguments do not always appear in the same light to everybody. The arguments about the push and pull factors that are sometimes...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Geoffrey Cox: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. It is our duty to process the children and to deal with those who have connections and family in this country.

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Geoffrey Cox: No, I must make progress, given the time. It is our duty to find those children, and I do not accept for a moment that a single person is sufficient to make our obligation effective. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) that we should be doing much more in Greece and Italy—not, I repeat, to take many tens of thousands of children, but simply to...

Policing and Crime Bill: Inquiry into complaints alleging corrupt relationships between police and newspaper organisations (10 Jan 2017)

Geoffrey Cox: My hon. Friend knows how much I return his respect, and he knows that I would normally regard him as an infallible guide to almost everything in the planet, but in this instance I think that suggesting that IPSO is dominated by press editors when its presiding spirit is Sir Alan Moses—Lord Justice Moses, a very fine judge who is vigorously and fiercely independent—is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Milk (24 Nov 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: The Government’s proposal to withdraw operating licences for approved finishing units with grazing in culling areas is causing great concern to dairy farmers in the south-west. Has the Minister assessed the impact that that measure will have on dairy farmers’ ability to sell their calves, and generally on the market for livestock in the south-west? I urge him to think carefully...

South-west Agriculture and Fishing (19 Oct 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: I can make my points to the Minister short. On farming, may I first make a plea for any priority for domestic agriculture policy to include the concept of food security? Food security has been a principle much spoken of but rejected by successive Governments, including the one in which the preceding speaker, the right hon. Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw), served so honourably and in such a...

Healthcare (Devon) (18 Oct 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: The problem with North Devon district hospital has for decades—certainly for as long as I have been in politics in Devon—been quite simple: it is a general hospital that is far out on a limb of sustainability, in terms of the range of services it offers. For decades, there has been a decision begging to be taken, but it has never had the proper, honest and frank discussion that it...

Healthcare (Devon) (18 Oct 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: Seven minutes.

Investigatory Powers Bill: Persons who may make modifications (6 Jun 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: I shall be very brief, Mr Speaker, and I am grateful to you for calling me at this late hour. I wish to address clause 25 and legal professional privilege. In what circumstances, other than the iniquity exception, will legal professional privilege be overridden? In introducing his remarks, the Minister said, I think, that there was some margin where legal professional privilege could be...

Policing and Crime Bill: Application of Firearms Act 1968 to the police: special constables and volunteers (26 Apr 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: Does my hon. Friend agree that in that situation, one way forward that the shotgun licence holder is given is to apply for a temporary permit? Yet that application is made to the same firearms department, which is already overburdened with work, and it requires the same amount of work as issuing a permanent permit. We need some mechanism such as that proposed in the new clause.

Equitable Life: Recreational Sea Bass Fishing (11 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: Does my hon. Friend agree that the fishing tackle industry, and the supply of fishing tackle, are vital to all these crucial areas? May I commend to him the Summerlands fishing tackle shop in Westward Ho!? It is a superb exponent of that particular art, and I hope that he will go and see it and buy something from it.

Equitable Life: Recreational Sea Bass Fishing (11 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: I am not a recreational angler, but I have every intention of taking it up. It sounds an immensely enjoyable pastime and one in which all Members of Parliament should partake. I do, however, have an inshore fishing fleet to speak up for, and I have to say that one thing I am depressed about as a result of reading some of the briefings for this debate is the tone that is taken towards decent...

Equitable Life: Recreational Sea Bass Fishing (11 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: I do agree. The policy is crazy, and Ministers know it. They wrestle with their consciences, they feel guilty and they try to push the envelope for the inshore fleet, but they know that the situation is untenable. They know that decent men and women with livelihoods to protect cannot go to sea for more than a few days a year and cannot cover their costs. I sympathise with my hon. Friend the...

Equitable Life: Recreational Sea Bass Fishing (11 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: No, I am not listening to a former Minister who presided over this policy and went cap in hand to Brussels begging for scraps. It is time we took back our fisheries policy. That will bring justice to the people my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall spoke for and to the decent men and women who have nothing to fish for in the north Devon fishery.

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations (4 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: On this day of all days, let me commence by striking—I hope—a note of humility. The truth is that I do not know whether the conclusion I have reached is right or wrong. I think that the problem we face in questioning our consciences in relation to whether or not our country should take this historic step to depart from the European Union is almost too big for a single individual...

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations (4 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: Not just now. I think that the Prime Minister was right—completely right—when he said to the House this week, “Do what is in your heart.” We can never be sure, if we leave the European Union, that the economic consequences of doing so will play in one way or another, but we can have faith that they will, and, speaking for myself, I have that faith. Ultimately, we must...

Personal Statement (4 Feb 2016)

Geoffrey Cox: In 2009, the House resolved that hon. Members should register all outside earnings within 28 days of their receipt, whether connected with their parliamentary duties or not. For a prolonged period last year, I very much regret that I failed to comply with that rule in respect of my professional earnings as a barrister. The House has a right to expect of its Members, particularly those on the...


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