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Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: I want to pick up on the hon. Gentleman’s point about democracy, because more recently than Second Reading, a motion was put to the House on 19 June. The House was given a clear choice about whether to allow this Committee to make progress on the Bill without a money resolution. Notwithstanding predictions about what the House might do in future when it is given the Orders in Council,...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: I am reflecting on this from memory, so I hope the Committee will forgive me if I have not got it quite right, but I think the hon. Gentleman is putting a gloss on the way that this process perhaps worked in the past. I seem to remember that in 1968 the then Prime Minister, Lord Wilson, brought forward to the House a set of boundary proposals that were not advantageous to the Labour party and...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: With the greatest respect, the boundary commissions gave their final proposals to the Government only on Monday. The Government could not have drafted the Orders in Council until they received those proposals. They could not have anticipated that the draft proposals would remain unchanged, and I do not think they remain completely unchanged. Drafting legislation is a complex process. Only...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: I will keep my remarks focused, given that we are considering only the motion to adjourn, and respond specifically to a couple of remarks from the Bill’s promoter, the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton. He said that the purpose of the original boundary proposals brought forward when my former right hon. Friend David Cameron was Prime Minister was to rig the system in favour of the...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: If I follow the hon. Gentleman’s logic through, that does not really work, because of course if we had a money resolution—I know we do not—we would be debating the Committee stage of the Bill here, but that would just then be repeated all over again, because the Committee stage would be done on the Floor of the House too, so the time would be wasted. I suggested to the hon....

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: Again, I speak just for myself. My point is that the Government would not agree to take the Bill back on to the Floor of the House now. It would be a two-stage process. The Government have made the commitment already; the Minister made that last week. I do not know whether she will speak today—I am not sure she would have much to add, so I, for one, would not be disappointed if she did...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: As I said, I do not speak for the Government but it seems to me that that might be a sensible way forward. We are now in the short return in September and have almost run into the conference recess. There is obviously a period before we return on 9 October—we would reconvene on 10 October—to talk again. There is a little bit of time before we rise. It is sometimes difficult to...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying that last point. I referred to that in a previous sitting. Ministers cannot unduly delay matters but they clearly have to go through the proper process and ensure that the orders are correct. I want to ask the Minister a question about what she said on process. In a previous sitting, I brought up the subject of where these issues are debated. There...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: Before the Minister sits down, may I press her on one matter that I hope will be helpful to the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton? Picking up the point that the hon. Member for City of Chester made, it would be sensible for the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton to consider talking to the Government about a motion to discuss the substance of the Bill on the Floor of the House. That could...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: It is very good to see you in the Chair after the summer recess, Ms Dorries, and to see colleagues back to discuss the Bill. I have just been reflecting—just looking at the motion to adjourn—on what we were talking about when we broke up for the summer, and it might be helpful if I update the Committee, having had a look at the information from the Boundary Commission for England....

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: Of course, as the hon. Gentleman knows, the Government are indivisible and all Ministers speak for the Government, so wherever the report ends up in Government, the Government collectively will be in a position to reflect on the contents and then set out the next steps. As I said, it would be unreasonable to expect the Minister to be able to do that today, not having had the chance to reflect...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (5 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: Of course, I also associate myself with the remarks that you made about the hon. Member for Coventry North East and her recent bereavement, Ms Dorries. When the hon. Gentleman says that things will happen “irrespective” of what the House decides about the boundaries, of course it is not irrespective. If the House decided to go with the proposals the boundary commissions are going...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Mark Harper: May I remind the Minister that in the December joint report on article 50, the EU agreed that the United Kingdom would make sure there was unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the rest of the United Kingdom in all circumstances? Reports over the summer suggest that Mr Barnier appears to be devising creative solutions to try to get around the commitment that he made....

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: Without wishing to embarrass my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay, people need to understand that the only thing that keeps him as a Parliamentary Private Secretary is the thought of being able to come to this Committee every Wednesday. This Committee and the colleagues in Committee keep him serving in Her Majesty’s Government. We are all doing our bit to keep him here.

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: I am grateful for your guidance, Mr Owen, but Members will be pleased to hear that I did not intend to take them through a 13-year whistle-stop tour of my parliamentary career, tempting though that is. Let me make a few remarks very much connected to the motion to adjourn. I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on securing a private Member’s Bill slot in his first year in...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: The hon. Gentleman has made that point before. I think I am right in saying that the legislation that sets out how the Boundary Commission process works puts some pressure on the Government to bring forward proposals as soon as is practicable, so there is some legal force for doing that. I confess that I do not know what the other three boundary commissions will do, but certainly the Boundary...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: I just want to pick up the point about Parliament taking back control and the democratic point. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that, on 19 June, the Labour party tabled a motion asking the House whether we should debate the content of the Bill, notwithstanding the fact that there is not a money resolution. The House gave its clear view that we should not do that until there is a money...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (11 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: I will not delay the Committee for long. I wish to put on the record the fact that I am sorry that I could not attend last week. I was heartened to note, however, that the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton made the point that I would have made if I had been here. I am grateful to him and thank him for enabling me to be present in spirit, if not in the flesh.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Investment Strategy (5 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: I listened very carefully to what the Minister said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for The Cotswolds (Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown). The A417 missing link road scheme is important to all Members of Parliament for, and the county of, Gloucestershire, so I welcome what the Minister said and urge him to follow through on his commitments to my hon. Friend, and remind him that we will all be...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Mark Harper: First of all, it is a great pleasure to see the Minister in his place and, frankly, I congratulate him on taking an intervention and on giving us a lesson in how debate is conducted, unlike the hon. Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson), who speaks for the Opposition. As we think about our relationships with Israel, may I just ask the Minister to ensure that we look for opportunities,...


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