Results 1–20 of 2878 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Pat McFadden

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Pat McFadden: I have sympathy with the Secretary of State because he has to come here every month to report on negotiations that resemble the holding pattern at Heathrow airport, where the planes go round and round but never actually move forward. May I return him to this crucial issue of no deal? Members of his party have spent the past two or three days touring TV studios saying that they are relaxed...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Pat McFadden: I want to make a few points about illegal Traveller encampments and the impact they have on constituencies such as mine. I should say at the outset that I do not accuse the whole Traveller community of taking part in illegal encampments or in pitching caravans where they should not; I am sure that many do not do that and are frustrated with the reputational damage done as a result. But that...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Pat McFadden: The hon. Lady makes a good point: the costs are often private as well as public. My constituents also asked about the costs of the clean-up and, again, why local council tax payers should have to pay them. They asked what could be done to secure the site from a repeat of the experience and who would pay for that. When the Travellers eventually moved from Prouds Lane, they went to East...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Pat McFadden: The Minister has been patient with interventions. I will keep this brief, because I hope to catch your eye later, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is the Minister’s position on the law that what he has read out is good enough? I would counsel him against reaching that conclusion. The point is that the law is not good enough. It is too slow and too expensive, and the people who pay the cost are our...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Pat McFadden: Further to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie), which—with respect to the Prime Minister—was not about the Gina Miller case but about Government legal advice, can she tell the House whether the Government have received legal advice that article 50 is revocable?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Pat McFadden: The Bill attempts to incorporate into domestic legislation the body of European Union law that has built up in the 44 years since we joined the EU. The stated purpose is to provide the country with continuity and certainty on what our statute book will contain on the day when we leave. Yet the purpose of leaving the EU is to depart from the laws incorporated by the Bill, otherwise there...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Pat McFadden: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is, of course, correct that we have had some of these debates before. The criticism does not stop with the House of Lords Committee. The Hansard Society says that “the Bill will strengthen the…executive, not Parliament”. Its report on the Bill says: “the broad scope of its…powers, the inadequate constraints…on them, and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Pat McFadden: With consideration for other speakers, I will press on. In fact, most of the orders made under the proposed powers, far from being elevated into some kind of special sifting and debate procedure, will go through on the negative resolution procedure, with little or no debate. On one level, I sympathise with Ministers. The outcome of the Brexit negotiations is so uncertain—in fact,...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (7 Sep 2017)

Pat McFadden: The purpose of any transitional arrangement is, as the Secretary of State said, to avoid a cliff edge, and to give continuity and certainty to the UK economy. But the Chancellor and the Trade Secretary published an article last month saying that during any such period the UK would not be in the single market or the customs union. What is the purpose of a transitional arrangement that...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Pat McFadden: On the financial settlement, does the Secretary of State believe that the European Union is blackmailing the UK?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Pat McFadden: In her Lancaster House speech, the Prime Minister said that the UK would be leaving the single market. Will she tell the House whether that red line on the single market also applies to any transitional agreement or implementation period that might be agreed for the period after March 2019?

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (12 Jul 2017)

Pat McFadden: What assessment have the Government made of the effect on radiotherapy for cancer patients of their decision to withdraw from Euratom, given that the Royal College of Radiologists said this week that half a million scans a year are done using imported radioisotopes and that thousands of patients could be affected by this decision?

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Pat McFadden: This Queen’s Speech shows the extent to which Brexit will dominate our legislative agenda. We have the repeal Bill, and Bills on trade, customs, fisheries, agriculture and more. No matter what outside events may say, we now have a single-purpose Government and a single-purpose legislative programme. The Prime Minister called the election because she said that she could not get Brexit...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Pat McFadden: rose—

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

Pat McFadden: How can the cut-off date be earlier than the date we leave the European Union, given that EU citizens are living and working here legally at the moment and that the rights and obligations we have as members continue up until the day we leave, even through the article 50 negotiation process?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Pat McFadden: When she was Home Secretary, the Prime Minister made a decision to weaken the surveillance powers of the police and intelligence services by abolishing control orders. Will she now accept that that decision was a mistake? Will she review it, and will she strengthen the powers of the police and intelligence services as they do their very difficult task of monitoring suspects who may have the...

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