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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (20 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I am sure that people will be greatly reassured by what the Secretary of State has said today about animal welfare. On the back of that, will the Government commit to increase the penalties for people convicted of animal cruelty?

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: rose—

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: There are many people, including in Yorkshire, who think that HS2 is a huge waste of money that could be better spent on infrastructure projects elsewhere in the region. He was bullish about the total figure that HS2 will cost. Will he therefore put a cap on the cost to make sure it does not overrun in the way some people think? At what point does he think HS2 will become too expensive? Or...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: Has the hon. Gentleman told the Opposition Chief Whip that tonight will mark the end of procedural games in Parliament? According to my experience of being on the Opposition Benches, procedural games are one of the few things that Oppositions have at their disposal to try to cause trouble for the Government. Has the hon. Gentleman clarified with the Chief Whip that the Labour party is tonight...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: What the hon. Gentleman ought to reflect on is that the first Bill that appears on a Friday needs just 100 people to turn up to support it. He is guilty, like many other hon. Members, of complaining that a Bill did not get passed when he could not be bothered to turn up and support it. If he bothered to turn up, some of the Bills he claims are so important would get through. Perhaps he should...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I had not intended to speak in this debate, but given that the hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz) failed to answer my very simple question, it seems that we need to explore this subject a bit more deeply. Her amendment merely asks for another 13 sitting Fridays, while that tabled by the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) goes a bit further and names an additional 13 Fridays....

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her comment, but the problem with ten-minute rule Bills is that they go to the back of the queue. The Bills that get precedence are those that come out of the ballot—they are the ones that get the best slice. Of course, I understand why the hon. Member for Rhondda has tabled his amendment. Obviously, if I were in his shoes I would make the same...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: The hon. Gentleman can tell us that he is not arguing out of self-interest.

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: It is an ugly rumour but it also happens to be true: I do support the hon. Gentleman’s private Member’s Bill. It seems to me, therefore, that he does not need 26 days to get it through. This, however, might be his tactic in reserve, in case things do not go so well on the first day and he needs more days. I hope he will declare his interest when he moves his amendment. The hon....

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I think the Standing Orders are perfectly adequate. There should be 13 days for private Members’ Bills in a Session; that seems to me a perfectly reasonable number. I do not really see any justification for saying, in effect, that those who enter this ballot of private Members’ Bills in this Session deserve a better chance of getting their Bills through than they would have done...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: Just because something happened in the past, it does not mean that it was a good thing. The example that the hon. Lady has given falls into that category. If she looks at my voting record, she will notice that an awful lot of things that happened during the coalition years were not particularly to my taste. I used to vote accordingly, as the record will confirm. Praying in aid something that...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: As I have said, I think there is an argument for saying that there should be 13 days for this ballot, and that in a year’s time we should hold another ballot for which there would be another 13 days. That would give people 26 days within the Session. That would be a perfectly reasonable thing to request, and I would have a great deal of sympathy with that. But nobody in the Opposition...

Adjournment (November and Christmas): Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills) (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I am sorry to cut the hon. Lady off so early in her speech, but if she wants 13 extra days will she clarify whether she is also campaigning for another ballot to be held in a year’s time? If private Members’ Bills from the existing ballot were given 26 days, that would double their chances of success compared with an ordinary Session. That strikes me as unfair. Her proposal would...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement and applaud her for listening to the concerns that many of us have expressed about the funding formula for our local schools. At the end of the day, what really matters to schools is the budget that they are going to get. When will schools be told exactly what this will mean for their individual budgets? That is what headteachers, teachers,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: Can the Secretary of State tell me what he will do to ensure that Bradford Council builds on the brownfield sites that it has identified before it starts concreting over and building on greenfield sites in the green belt in my constituency?

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: May we have a debate on sharp practices by private car parking companies? Smart Parking has taken over the car park behind the Co-op in Saltaire and has changed the rules so that people have to get a ticket for the first 20 minutes of their stay even though it is free, when previously they did not, and with very minimal and inadequate signage, and it then introduced draconian fines of...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: Bradford is one of the biggest cities in the country and, in the last Parliament, the Government were very supportive of it being a stop on Northern Powerhouse Rail. Is it the Government’s position that they will make sure that the investment is provided to ensure that Bradford is a stop on Northern Powerhouse Rail?


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