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Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Valerie Vaz: With the leave of the House, Mr Speaker, I will wind up on behalf of the Opposition. I know that you have been here since 9.30 am, Mr Speaker, so you must be slightly frustrated. I am pleased to see that you have had a break, although I know you have great stamina. I start by paying tribute to you, because you must be frustrated in another sense, as you commissioned the “Good...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for opening the debate. We had a Back-Bench debate on this subject on 1 February. This is the second debate, and I think, from what the Leader of the House has said, that there is going to be yet another, this time on a substantive motion. Following the breakdown of the pairing system on 17 July, Mr Speaker, you said during the urgent question on proxy voting...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Valerie Vaz: My hon. Friend has eloquently put his case for being called early to speak, so that he can get back to his family. I recall when he came down to vote with Bobby in his arms, who had just been born. It is great to see a hands-on dad. A lot of men nowadays are hands-on dads who want to be part of their children’s upbringing. We are now in a 21st-century Parliament, and we need a...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business, although we seem to be back to announcing just business for a week and a day. If not today, perhaps at the next business statement, could she give the House the recess dates for February and Easter? People want to plan. She has not made any statement about sitting Fridays either, which both I and the hon. Member for Perth and...

Business of the House (6 Sep 2018)

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

Business of the House (6 Sep 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for outlining the business for next week, but it is somewhat surprising that it is so light. In the week commencing 8 October we have business only for Monday and Tuesday, so will the Leader of the House confirm whether Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled? I do not know whether she heard the Solicitor General on “Westminster Hour” on 5...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting the urgent question, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) on successfully bringing another Cabinet Minister to the Chamber to answer a question about breaking a pair. It clearly shows the seriousness of the political situation facing the Government Chief Whip that the deputy Prime Minister has to come to answer...

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

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

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the forthcoming business, and for the debate on proxy voting, although I still feel that that could have been held next week, rather than waiting until September. I am not sure why the Opposition half-day debate was taken from us last week when business seems so light for next week. There is no specific debate on Monday, other than on...

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for her response and congratulate the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) on his urgent question on this important issue. I thank you, too, Mr Speaker, for granting it. Last night’s events do not reflect well on this House; I am sure the whole House agrees. It is time that we ensure that this is a modern workplace with modern...

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

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

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I am not quite sure whether I should thank the Leader of the House for the future business, because it is an absolute outrage that an Opposition day that was allocated for Wednesday has been taken away. Will the Leader of the House please explain why we have lost our Opposition day? This is a cynical move by the Government—a Government who are in a minority—and an abuse of power....

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I wish the Government were all ears, but they are not. It has taken them two years to agree a position, and now it seems that there may be two White Papers: the ex-DExEU Secretary apparently produced a White Paper at Chequers. So we need to know about this; we need to have a proper debate on whether the Government’s White Paper is the settled position. This is...

House of Commons Commission (External Members) (10 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I will speak to this motion, because I was on the interview panel. Dr Rima Makarem was recruited following a fair and transparent competition. I thank the other members of the panel: the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) and the Clerk of the House. I want to thank the staff for their assiduous work in setting up the shortlisting and interview process, which went...

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. In support of what my colleagues have said, can we have an indication of when we are likely to get the debate back? It is quite urgent.

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

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

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business, which I think takes us up to the recess, and for the two Opposition days. I suppose it is too cheeky and too early to ask for the Easter recess dates, but perhaps the Leader of the House could say when the next Queen’s Speech will be. Given that Defence Question Time was moved, without the courtesy of letting business...

Business of the House (28 Jun 2018)

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

Business of the House (28 Jun 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the business; we are back to a week and a day. When the Leader of the House tables a change in Standing Orders, will she give the Opposition sight of the motion? We did not have that when there was a change from three to five days in the estimates motion. There was no prior discussion through the Whips Office or the usual channels. Can she let...

Business of the House (28 Jun 2018)

Valerie Vaz: What about the Prime Minister?


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