Mark Pritchard: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Mark Pritchard: My right hon. Friend is being generous with her time. I do not agree with her, although I do respect her opinion, but does she accept that she may be asking for another precedent to be set? She sat in Cabinet and will know that documents can be sensitive, official, secret or top secret. Might this amendment not open the Pandora’s box for every Cabinet paper marked from sensitive to top...
Mark Pritchard: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give way?
Mark Pritchard: May I commend the right hon. and learned Gentleman for his courage and bravery in standing up for his own alternative arrangements, which of course include a second referendum? I just wonder how he is getting on with that in his own party. More importantly, does he believe a second referendum would increase or decrease investor and business confidence in the United Kingdom?
Mark Pritchard: The Foreign Secretary will know that the self-governing regime and the Arab-Christian coalition in the north-east of Syria are under huge pressure from the Assad regime. What is the Government’s latest thinking on the safe haven plan of President ErdoÄan of Turkey?
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance her Department has allocated to Turkey in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2019; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Pritchard: May I reach out to the Opposition? As the joint chairman of the all-party group on the abolition of the death penalty, I, like the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds), did have some concerns. However, I have addressed them with the Minister, who has listened. I think the Government have listened and I appeal to the shadow Minister and the Opposition Front-Bench...
Mark Pritchard: The shadow Minister, rightly, gave a litany of examples where the Government have set out to abolish the death penalty worldwide. The SNP spokesman has referred to assurances on ISIS cases and other assurances. Given that we heard from the shadow Minister that assurances have been sought previously, I am a little puzzled about why that should change.
Mark Pritchard: To help the House and to help me—I need all the help I can get—could the hon. Gentleman perhaps give an example of where assurances have not been sought in such cases?
Mark Pritchard: rose—
Mark Pritchard: I am grateful to the shadow Minister for giving way. Despite the fact that this is about not extradition, but data exchange and that it is heinous crimes that will incorporate this provision, does he accept that the threshold for the death penalty, both at state and federal level, is actually far higher—the bar is higher?
Mark Pritchard: rose—
Mark Pritchard: I am very grateful. The hon. Gentleman is being more than generous. On the issue of assurances, does he also accept—I know that he thinks logically—that if those assurances were given and were not actually fulfilled, future assurances would obviously not carry the same weight as previous assurances that were carried through?
Mark Pritchard: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mark Pritchard: The Minister may have heard of Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, which is now closed, but is he aware of Telford Plaza in the borough of Telford and Wrekin, which is very much open, and is the largest letting in Telford and Wrekin in the last decade? It is 112,000 square feet over 13 floors, and many HMRC staff are employed there. Would he care to visit that centre of excellence, when he can find...
Mark Pritchard: Before I put the Question, I thank the hon. Lady for her thanks. It is always wise to thank the Government and Opposition Whips. I had not noticed that it was the first time on a Committee for so many colleagues. It has been an absolute delight, because everybody has conducted the business so professionally. I put on record my thanks to my co-Chairman, the hon. Member for Dudley...
Mark Pritchard: Before I call the shadow Minister, the Minister was perfectly in order to say Lord O’Shaughnessy and the next time she wants to, there is a variety of options for referring to the other place. That is perfectly in order.
Mark Pritchard: We have modernised, finally.
Mark Pritchard: With this it will be convenient to discuss clause 5 stand part.
Mark Pritchard: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 53, in clause 5, page 4, line 16, at end insert— “(3A) Before the Secretary of State makes any regulations under subsection (3)(b) above, the Secretary of State must— (a) publish a full implementation strategy, outlining how local authorities and other responsible bodies will be resourced to process applications...