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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: My hon. Friend’s remarks fill me with hope. He seems to accept that this debate is about a point of principle, rather than—as some might think—delaying Brexit, which is absolutely not what it is about. Does he agree?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I know that my hon. Friend has been on his feet for 50 minutes. We should be happy to have another 50 minutes, because he is doing brilliantly. He has just mentioned Euratom. As he knows, amendment 300 was signed by more Members than any of the other amendments. I hate to keep asking him to come back with proposals on Report, but will he give a commitment that the Government will at least...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: The implications of leaving Euratom, some of which have already been identified the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire, also extend to our nuclear industry, which provides 20% of this country’s energy. At the moment, we simply cannot move nuclear material around unless we are members of Euratom. So when we leave Euratom, we will have to have, in effect, a Euratom-style arrangement to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: The hon. Lady and her Committee have published an excellent 45-page report this morning, and I read it when it was hot off the press. It makes all the points that I want to make about the need to have as close an association as possible with Euratom, particularly in regard to safeguarding. What worries me about the Office for Nuclear Regulation is that, while the will and desire are there,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: The hon. Lady is entirely correct because Austria is an anti-nuclear state, and there is some suspicion that some difficulties may emerge if the matter is not wrapped up before the Austrian presidency. The amendment’s purpose is to provide parliamentary scrutiny of the important process of replicating the effect of a treaty that nobody wanted to leave. My challenge to Ministers is to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I am very grateful, Mr Amess—[Hon. Members: “Sir David Amess.”] I am so sorry. I should remember that nearly everyone who is speaking in this debate has a knighthood. I am very grateful, Sir David, for the chance to speak in this important debate. It has been extraordinarily interesting and, actually, enjoyable. I want to make a brief detour on amendment 7, because the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Yes, it has stimulated my hon. Friend.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I can barely stand up again, because I am slightly overwhelmed by the outbreak of consensus. I shall end this section of the speech with some unashamed flattery, as I look at the triumvirate of titans on the Treasury Front Bench: three Ministers for whom I have the utmost admiration, including my constituency neighbour, the Solicitor General, my hon. and learned Friend the Member for South...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: My cup runneth over.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I bow to my right hon. and learned Friend’s wisdom and experience on that point. I am a consensus merchant and simply thought there might be a way forward, but I totally understand that votes might have to be exercised tonight in order to stiffen the Government’s backbone to provide a solution. But nevertheless it has always been the case proposed by my right hon. and learned...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Ed Vaizey: If they can justify it, of course. The second part of my remarks, which will be as brief as possible because so much time has been taken up, is about amendment 300, standing in my name, which has the largest number of signatories of any amendment to this Bill. I am astonished that only four of them are Conservatives, but I think that reflects the standing in which I am held in my own party; I...

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I hate to interrupt the Minister’s flow as he is getting stuck into the STP, but as time is running out, will he prevail on his officials to write to me after this debate and answer two questions? First, when will the next tranche of capital funding be available for GP surgeries in Oxfordshire? Secondly, what engagements could his Department facilitate between Assura, myself and the...

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: For the record, I am laughing because I have never heard of a church praying for sense from a clinical commissioning group. That highlights the parlous state that we find ourselves in.

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Robert Courts) on securing this important debate. He spoke with verve and passion; in fact, throughout his speech I was grateful that I was never prosecuted by him when he was at the Bar, because I would not have stood a chance. He made his points cogently and those were...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I am immensely enjoying my hon. Friend’s speech, not least as I have discovered that the one person in the country who went to the polls on 23 June specifically to get us out of Euratom also happens to be a Member of this House. It is a remarkable coincidence. If I may probe his argument, does it not have a weakness, in that if he is saying that so many members of the EU want to...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I am always further intrigued by the arguments of people such as my hon. Friend, who imply that we could do nothing outside Europe when we were members of Euratom. However, we got the Chinese to invest in Hinkley while remaining members. How did our membership prevent us from co-operating with other nuclear states?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about this important Bill, which is the first step to picking up the pieces from our withdrawal from Euratom. I am also grateful for the numerous briefings I have received from the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Richard...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Three things. First, I hope that the all-party group will get a response from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Secondly, the mood of the House is that we want a letter from the Health Minister, don’t we?

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Thirdly, everyone who has attended today and so brilliantly contributed to this debate is now officially a member of the all-party group. So let us carry on and we will invite the Health Minister and the Arts Minister to our first meeting. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered the effect of the arts on health. Sitting adjourned.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of the arts on health. It is a great pleasure to appear under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries—obviously with some trepidation, as I know that you are a hard taskmaster. I hope that we can exchange messages on WhatsApp afterwards, about how well I have done in this afternoon’s debate.


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