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High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Lady did not welcome me back.

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I beg to move, That this House has considered Government policy on surrogacy. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David, and a delight to see my current favourite Minister and favourite shadow Minister in their places. Having flannelled them, I am sure that the debate will receive a very successful response. Surrogacy is an issue that I came to by accident, having watched a...

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and will come on to the issue of surrogacy arrangements in the United States. Nobody would question that surrogacy arrangements in that country operate in the best interest of the child, but they operate on a wholly different basis to surrogacy arrangements in the UK: they operate on a commercial basis, which many of us would not want to see here....

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I entirely agree. I will say more later, but there is a debate in the surrogacy community about the nature of payments and whether its basis should be altruistic or commercial. Throughout the process, the view of the all-party parliamentary group on surrogacy, which I formed with other hon. Members, has been that we must maintain the altruistic basis of surrogacy in the UK. There are others...

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: It is absolutely the case that we need updated legislation. We welcome the arrangement of Tom Daley and his partner, Dustin Lance Black—I have just remembered his name; I am not very good at remembering actors’ names—because they are two loving parents who have created a loving family. They are a good example, because they demonstrate better than anyone, or as well as anyone, how loving...

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely; I could not agree more. That is exactly what we are calling for in the draft legislation, on which we hope we will receive support from both Front-Bench spokespeople. Although we want to avoid the commercial arrangements that exist elsewhere, we want a consultative focus on what payments should be considered legitimate in that surrogacy arrangement. In fairness, the Law...

Education: Student Finance: Students from Low-income Backgrounds (20 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: As a working-class lad who went to university and who voted against the tripling of tuition fees, I urge my hon. Friend to ignore the class warfare of the hon. Member for Coventry South (Zarah Sultana). Was not the one thing I was wrong about in that 2010 vote that it would put working-class kids off, because the evidence is that it has had the exact opposite effect?

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: At the end of this month, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the nation will come together once again to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme for this year is “Stand Together”. Does my right hon. Friend agree with the Holocaust Educational Trust, which says that, welcome though they are, signatures in books are not as valuable as action? Will he commit to more...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Funding: Crime and Disorder (13 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: It is with great regret that Humberside’s Labour police and crime commissioner allowed Winterton police station to close. In contrast to that, Conservative-run North Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils have funded a very innovative safe and sound grant to help elderly residents to stay safe in their home with free security. Is not the real challenge that simply not enough...

Treasury: Frontline Health Services (7 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: The extra billions for the NHS are to be welcomed, but the real challenge in Goole, Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals is a backlog in capital. Can my right hon. Friend assure me that, come the Budget, there will be capital funding to ensure that our hospitals can be upgraded?

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Consular Support: UK Nationals Overseas (5 Nov 2019)

Andrew Percy: Mr Speaker, you might be from the wrong side of the Pennines, but it is a delight to see you in the Chair and for impartiality to be returned to that office. As we continue to expand our consular network overseas, may I urge the Minister to look at the proposal that I recently wrote to the Prime Minister about with regard to a permanent consular post in Atlantic Canada, not only to support...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Textbooks: Middle East (5 Nov 2019)

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provided guidance to the authors of the Pearson Edexcel textbook, The Middle East: Conflict, Crisis and Change, before publication of that book.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: My intervention was somewhat long, so I thought I would make a speech to make a small contribution to this debate. I absolutely welcome the fact that we are going to have a general election. It is a sadness, in a way, that this Parliament has not been able to run its full term, particularly given that the last one also ran for only two years. This Parliament has not been able to run its full...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: No, I am in the middle of this point.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: If the hon. Gentleman will give me a moment to let me finish my point, I will then give way to him. We have seen consistently throughout that people who did not vote for Brexit and are on the other side of the debate consistently tell Brexit voters what it is that we voted for, and they think they have the right to interpret what—

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: I am responding to a speech made in the Chamber, Sir Lindsay, and directly to a point that was made.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: That is exactly the point. It is saying that the people who voted remain knew full well what they were doing, but Brexit voters were misled, they were a bit daft, they were lied to and, uniquely, they could not see through it.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: No, I will not give way to the hon. Lady. Some want to talk about promises made in a referendum campaign about whether people would be poorer or richer afterwards, but I am afraid we will take no lectures from the SNP on this matter.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Andrew Percy: Indeed, that is absolutely true, but, as I have said, in fairness to SNP Members, their position on wanting to cancel Brexit is at least a consistent one, and one on which they stood in the 2017 general election. We also heard this in the intervention by the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas), who again suggested that there was some sort of fiddling in favour of leave. This is why this...


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