Results 1–20 of 1551 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Charlie Elphicke

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: It is great to have you in the Chair, once again, Mr Deputy Speaker. The contributions to this debate on both sides of the House have been interesting and wide-ranging. On one level there is the political aspect, and I challenged the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon), the shadow Minister, to say whether there was any question to which his answer was not more money. I also...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend hits on a key concern that I have about the cabinet system in local government. When I was a councillor, we had committee chairs, and we had all parties round the table, having to justify what action they were going to take. There was immediate accountability. The cabinet system has taken that away too much.

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I have listened carefully to what the hon. Gentleman has been saying, and it seems to me that his answer to every question is, “Send more money.” My question to him is: where is the money going to come from?

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. It goes without saying that the work of the police in keeping us all safe and secure is so incredibly important. They deserve our thanks for all their work. One of the cornerstones of our way of life and our society is that our police forces are independent, professional and do their job in line with their duties. We should all be proud of what they...

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I will finish in a moment, but I will first give way to the hon. Gentleman. I cannot resist giving way in order to listen to the points he makes.

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I am, as ever, very tempted by the hon. Gentleman. I think that 10% is pretty much at the bottom of the table. [Hon. Members: “No, it’s not.”] It pretty much is. Places like Gwent, at about 42%, are very high up. Indeed, Durham is at 12%.

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I will not take a further intervention, but I will say that Kent has been dealing with its reserves and is minded to continue to be very efficient in that way.

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I will take an intervention from the hon. Gentleman.

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that point. I gently point out to him that the average reserve level is 15% overall, so Kent is well below the average. The PCC is saying that he can continue to manage as things are for the next year, but that in due course this opportunity is going to be exhausted and there will need to be greater scope—and of course there will. That is important,...

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I am listening carefully to my right hon. Friend. I agree completely that he was right to reject the representations from the Opposition that proposed cutting police funding by 10%. Will he tell the House something about the reserves held by forces, because a number of them seem quite substantial?

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: My right hon. Friend says that the right level for reserves is about 5% of revenue, but Gwent police’s figure is 42% and that for North Wales police is about 24%. Does he know any reason why the reserves of those police forces are quite so high?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: What progress has been made on restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Does the Secretary of State agree that in normal civil society a party that wins an election comes together and forms a Government, and parties that do not win an election and do not want to be in government go into opposition and hold that Government to account. Have we not now reached the stage in Northern Ireland where normal civil society ought to be operating?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Deputy Speaker. May I also welcome you back to your place? You are much loved in this Chamber, and you have been deeply missed. The best thing to do with these forecasts is not to hand them to the Brexit Committee but to put them in the nearest waste bin. I will explain why. I backed remain in the referendum, partly on account of the Treasury’s...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am looking at the forecast of 500,000 more unemployed, and it relates to the beginning of 2018. The Treasury produced a little chart showing just how bad it would be, how joblessness would rise and how if people did not vote the right way they would lose their jobs and be visited by recession. Under the second category—“severe...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Again, my hon. Friend makes a forceful point, and they are not just in the Treasury. The shadow Secretary of State—a knight of the realm, I should add—was kind enough to come down from St Pancras to see us in Dover recently. Grandly, he came down to tell the people of Dover that we ought to retain the benefits of the single market and the customs union. Everyone understood what he...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I will not give way as I have given way twice already. The Treasury analysis was wrong in the first place. The Treasury did not predict containerisation or innovations such as the internet. We are about to have an automation revolution, with cars driving themselves, and a revolution in solar power, which will reduce our unit energy bills, and this country is well placed to become much more...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way. Is it his party’s policy to remain in the European Union’s customs union—yes or no?


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