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Results 1321–1340 of 1398 for speaker:Lord Barwell

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman's understanding is incorrect. I understand that this will be looked at on a regional basis; the work will be done in the nine regions of England and then in the other nations of the United Kingdom. The work will not be done all across the country-I think that that would be technically impossible to carry out.

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I shall make some progress, because I promised to be brief. The fourth argument advanced is that MPs will not be able to cope with the larger constituencies, and the Deputy Leader of the House has already rebutted that argument forcefully. Many Members in this House, including my two Croydon colleagues, already have significantly larger constituencies than those envisaged under this Bill and...

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I shall give way once more and then I shall conclude.

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The Bill contains criteria about the maximum geographical size of constituencies. I observe, in passing, that one member of the Australian Parliament represents a constituency in western Australia that is about the size of France, and I believe that the Australian Government provide a light aircraft to enable that to be done. In the interests of time, Mr Evans, I shall draw my remarks to a...

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: There has been hardly any discussion tonight about the existing rules. Will my hon. Friend put on record the fact that, under the rules under which the Boundary Commission currently works, county boundaries can be crossed?

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman speaks with great passion, but I am not sure what his speech has to do with the amendment. He objects to the plus or minus 5% rule, which could cause constituency boundaries to cross county boundaries, but there is nothing intrinsic whatsoever in a reduction from 650 to 600, the subject of the amendment, that would have the effect that he suggests.

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Did not the last Labour Government reduce the number of seats in Scotland, while making no changes anywhere else in the United Kingdom?

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The group of amendments that the Committee is being asked to consider poses the Government three questions: what is the rush, why have a review every five years, and do we not need to address the issue of under-registration? I want briefly to address those three questions. Before I do so, however, I want to make a point about partisanship. It is important to reflect the fact that any...

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I take your point, Mr Bayley, but some of the amendments in the group are also about the need for speed and whether the proposals in the Bill should take effect by October 2013. The point that I was trying to make in an earlier intervention is that the average size of Labour seats is significantly smaller than those of Conservative Members. That is an unfairness and it is important to correct...

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I am nervous about being drawn back into what I have just been told to move off, but I will give way briefly.

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Well, there we go. The hon. Gentleman is suggesting, with his customary eloquence, that we go even further than the hon. Member for Swansea West did. I think he is arguing that we should use the whole over-18 adult population as the basis for deciding the boundaries. Indeed, in an earlier intervention, he said that he had a significant number of asylum seekers in his constituency who,...

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: That cuts to the point of one of the amendments, which deals with the frequency with which we carry out the reviews. That is an important point, because if we had more regular reviews, they would be based on more recent data, and we would not see such dramatic changes. If we had a review every five years, we would not see significant changes in many of our constituencies.

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I will give way once more to my predecessor.

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I take that point, but my response would be that, rather than using figures that are guesstimates, we should use the actual electorate figures. We should also, however, take action across the country to replicate the work of the best local authorities to drive up representation.

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I am going to conclude my speech now; I have taken a number of interventions, and I promised that I would not speak for too long. We have just had a boundary review, for which many Opposition Members will have voted, that was based on electorate figures. None of these points about tackling under-representation were made when the orders were put through in the last Parliament to implement...

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The problem that the hon. Gentleman is trying to explain occurs under the current rules. There are plenty of constituencies in this Parliament that cross local authority boundaries. We already have and deal with the problem to which he alludes.

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman made the point that, if we go for greater electoral equality, we will have seats that cross local authority boundaries, but there are already significant numbers of Members representing seats that cross local authority boundaries. Lots of London seats cross London borough boundaries. [Interruption.] No, the London borough of Croydon is not crossed, but the neighbouring...

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Yes, there are seats at the moment that cross regional boundaries. The seat of Brigg and Goole is in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Has the hon. Gentleman seen the report by the British Academy entitled, "Drawing a New Constituency Map for the United Kingdom"? It finds that a number of factors give rise to the apparent bias in the electoral system, but that constituency boundaries were worth 18 seats to the Labour party at the last general election. He is right to say that there are a number of factors, including the...


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