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Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank| the Leader of the House for her statement and for her leadership of the group. We started this task on 14 November and worked on it until 29 January, and it felt like a long time. All credit must go to the staff, who heard our discussions and made sense of our ramblings, queries and questions. The result is this document, which I think makes some sense. When the new scheme is...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: Will the Leader of the House please give us the forthcoming business?

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business and ask again about the date that we will rise in July. Obviously, people need to plan their lives. I know that the Government are focused on Brexit, but will the Leader of the House explain the European Research Group? Does she know whether it will be publishing any sectoral analysis or impact assessments, or is it another secret...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I associate myself with the remarks made by my hon. Friend the Member for Luton South (Mr Shuker), Mr Deputy Speaker. It is good to see you in your place. I say to my hon. Friend: that is what a feminist looks like. I also thank my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) for co-sponsoring this debate, along with the right hon. Member for Basingstoke...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: Will the Leader of the House update the House on the forthcoming business?

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for setting out next week’s business. A robin in the Chamber, a blue blood moon and Roger Federer winning the Australian open—but I will not mention the thing that you were not very happy about, Mr Speaker: Swansea beating Arsenal. Oh dear. I thank the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh), the Backbench Business Committee and other...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for her comprehensive speech about this very important issue. I was pleased to learn that the two motions tabled in her name are amendable; I had previously thought that they were not. I agree with her that we need to take action immediately, and I feel that amendment (b), tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier), will...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I will come to the issue of what will happen about a debating Chamber on this site, but I am afraid I must tell the hon. Gentleman that the link might be broken through factors beyond our control. We would be forced to leave if there were a fire, or any other act of God. I thank the former Leader of the House, the right hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr Lidington), who did try to find time for a...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we cannot bind future Parliaments, but I disagree with his other point. I think that when he has heard the rest of what I have to say, he will recognise that that is not the case. The second issue is that there are new threats. Security, as well as safety, is now a key factor. While work is taking place in Norman Shaw North, Norman Shaw South and Derby...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: The hon. Gentleman sums it up perfectly, and I cannot add anything more to that. The governance of the project is another major area of concern. There will be a sponsor body and a delivery authority. We had a very helpful seminar, which we might be able to set up for Members. It looked at the two successful projects of Crossrail and the 2012 Olympics and how the sponsor body and the delivery...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: As with everything, we do delegate things to people—we do delegate things to professionals. I am pretty sure it would be impossible for 650 Members to have their say on how this place operates. That is why we have the delivery authority and the sponsor body.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I cannot look into the future, but I will address those points later.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me his resumé. Perhaps he is suggesting that he should be on the sponsor body. Actually, it is the delivery authority, which has the experts on it, that will be accountable to the sponsor body. The sponsor body will have Members on it, and they will be the custodians and guardians of the project.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I absolutely agree with the right hon. Gentleman. Those two amazing projects have been, and continue to be, delivered.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: The delivery authority, with its experts, will carry out the day-to-day work. They are the experts in every aspect. Members here have other jobs to do, and they will be on the sponsor body. However, the delivery authority will be accountable to the sponsor body. As I have explained, Sir David Higgins is an absolute expert at this, and he ensured that both the projects that have just been...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: May I just finish addressing some of the issues that have been raised? Some Members have asked whether we could move one Chamber at a time. Anyone who has visited the basement, as many Members have, will have seen all the wires and pipes. When the new technology was put in place, it was a patchwork effect. For example, the wi-fi was just slapped on, alongside the pipes. Those systems run...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I agree. I cannot add anything further to that.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: The asbestos is just one aspect of this. We are talking about much more than that. We are talking about electrical cables, water pipes and all sorts of things including the telecoms system, so it goes well beyond just the asbestos. May I just say for the record that the place is safe? We would not allow people into the building unless the accounting officer was convinced that members of the...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: That is absolutely right. As we have seen from Crossrail and from the Elizabeth Tower project, we never know what we are going to find. The Elizabeth Tower had structural issues, which is why the costs increased. With Crossrail, they actually found bodies. We do not know what they are going to find under here. There might be the odd monarch or two, or perhaps the odd Member or two following...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Valerie Vaz: Yes, Boris’s mummy. [Laughter.] Not another Johnson! Although people say something similar about me, too. Blacklisting has been mentioned, and some Members referred to a certain company that may have been involved with the Elizabeth Tower project. That would be a matter for the delivery authority, but things clearly need to be tightened up because blacklisting is against the law. The...


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