Results 1–20 of 4670 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Philip Davies

Hereditary Peers — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: Order. I hope right hon. and hon. Members will leave quietly. This is an important debate, and I am sure we should give the right hon. Gentleman the courtesy of being heard. If Members could leave quietly it would be much appreciated.

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I am very grateful to the Minister for his explanation. We have not yet heard from my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake), the promoter of this Bill, on whether he endorsed the Minister’s points.

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for that addition to the Minister’s explanation. I absolutely accept the points that have been made. It is important that we had them put on the record, and that we teased out from the Government why they set the rules as they have. I am sure that that will be useful for people to know. Therefore, I am happy to withdraw my amendment. Amendment, by...

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I beg to move amendment 1, page 1, line 19, leave out subsection (4)

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: Let me set out from the start that these are probing amendments and I do not intend to push any of them to a Division. By anyone’s admission, this is quite a meaty Bill, running to 25 clauses, but we have had no scrutiny of it in the Chamber. It received its Second Reading on the nod, without any debate whatsoever, and here we are, with time pressing on, and we have had no opportunity...

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I very much hope that my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton will be able to confirm that, which is why I described the amendment as a probing one. I want it to be clear, on the record, that that is the case, because it was not entirely clear from looking through the Bill. I hope that my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire (Sir Greg Knight) is right—I am sure he...

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: My hon. Friend is right. She is referring to the principle of the Bill, which I absolutely support. I do not intend to do anything to stop the Bill proceeding—that is not the point. The point I am making is that we are looking at the detail, and I want to ensure that we get it right. All hon. Members support the principle of the Bill. I do not want to scupper or affect the...

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I have read the consultation, to which there were 40 responses, of which eight commented on the proposal that applications should be made only after 90 days. Some of the responses said that 90 days was too long—I accept that—but practical points on timing were made, including by the Finance and Leasing Association, which had concerns about the 90 days. The consultation response...

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: My hon. Friend makes a good point. That is why I proposed a shorter period rather than a longer one.

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Missing persons (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: Yes, that is right. If I did mislead the House, I certainly did not intend to. I thought I had made it clear that it was a maximum of four years, but if I did not, I apologise to my right hon. Friend and to the House. He is right: it is a maximum, and it does not need to be exactly that. However, that does not necessarily overcome the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (John Glen) on this Bill. He is one of the most diligent people in the House, and he is also one of the nicest. It is a pleasure to be here to support his Bill, for which I reiterate my support and note that it has support from both sides of the House. Although the Bill is, in effect, a tidying-up exercise that will not make a lot of...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: You are exactly right, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was sidetracking myself. Let me return to the principle of retrospective legislation. The Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill is, in many respects, from the same stable as this Bill. During its very short and sweet Third Reading in the House of Lords, the great Lord Tebbit made a pertinent point. He said that he had “no intention of...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: No, I am not going to defy your ruling in any way, Mr Deputy Speaker; I would never do that, as you well know.

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I suspect that you are right about my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch, Mr Deputy Speaker; he has been leading me astray for many years now. The serious and relevant point that I want to make is that the principles in many respects remain the same. I accept that there is the difference in terms of the criminal law that my hon. Friend outlines—and that you outline, Mr Deputy...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: My right hon. Friend sums it up perfectly. There are two ways of looking at this. One of them is the way he looks at it, which is that we should not pass retrospective legislation unless there is a compelling reason to do so. My hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch appears to be taking the view that we should not pass it unless there is a good reason not to. We seem to be on opposite sides...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: The amendment moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) is trying to introduce retrospective legislation, as my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire (Sir Greg Knight) said. Like my right hon. Friend, I am not naturally in favour of retrospective legislation—it is a bit like rewriting history—and I have opposed it in the past. However, as I think I...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: Exactly. My hon. Friend is right. Unfortunately, he is slightly arguing against himself. The explanatory statement, which, as ever, he helpfully printed alongside his amendment, states that it would make the repeal retrospective. Having explained that to the House, he now appears to be arguing that he would not make it retrospective. I am not really sure where that takes us.

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: I can tell why my hon. Friend was such a successful lawyer. He is now getting into legalistic lawyer jargon that is way above my head as a poor former retailer. He goes way beyond my knowledge base. I am sure he has justified that to himself, but I am not sure that I quite understand it. The “Oxford Dictionary of Law” states that retrospective legislation “operates on...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Homosexual acts in the merchant navy: repeals (24 Mar 2017)

Philip Davies: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Examples of retrospective legislation are quite interesting. The reason I chose the examples I mentioned—my hon. Friend, as ever, is on the ball and threw another one into the melting pot, although I would put it in a slightly different category—is that in effect they were trying to correct things back to what should always have been the case. I...


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