Results 1–20 of 531 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Ellis

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy: Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Ellis: With the leave of the House, I will respond to the debate. Needless to say, the topics chosen for discussion by any Committee are not a matter for me or any of Her Majesty’s Ministers. However, the first point to make is that the Government recognise the need to protect the reliability and objectivity of information, which is an essential component of democracy. That is why Her...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy: Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Ellis: I beg to move, That Richard Benyon, Ian Blackford, Caroline Flint, Mr Dominic Grieve, David Hanson, Mr Kevan Jones and Mr Keith Simpson be appointed to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under section 1 of the Justice and Security Act 2013. Under the terms of section 1 of the Justice and Security Act 2013, members of the Intelligence and Security Committee are nominated by...

Temporary Accommodation: Autumn Adjournment (7 Nov 2017)

Michael Ellis: This is, I think, my fifth opportunity as Deputy Leader of the House to close such an Adjournment debate. It is, in many instances, a pleasant opportunity to achieve cross-party consensus. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman), who is a member of the Backbench Business Committee and who is present now, for what he and the Committee do and for organising the debate....

Temporary Accommodation: Autumn Adjournment (7 Nov 2017)

Michael Ellis: indicated dissent.

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Michael Ellis: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) on securing this debate, his first in this Chamber. Hearty congratulations are very much in order. The debate has provided an important opportunity for us to reflect on devolution within the United Kingdom and within Scotland, and to look ahead to a stronger...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Michael Ellis: I am sorry, I do not have the time. The SNP are failures—Ruth Davidson has the right ideas. Because of devolution, key decisions about Scotland can be taken in Scotland, while Scotland benefits from the pooling of risk and resources that comes from being part of a successful and historic Union. A powerful Scottish Parliament within a strong United Kingdom offers people in Scotland...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Michael Ellis: It is vital that the new powers are used to the greatest benefit in Scotland. I have heard much concern this afternoon about that not being the case, and I expect that we will see more of this debate in the coming months, as the Scottish Government outline their plans in their budget and beyond. Of course, the question is not simply one of existing powers and how they are used. We are now...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: It is always a pleasure to be under your jurisdiction, Mr Deputy Speaker. May I start by warmly welcoming the hon. Member for Bristol South (Karin Smyth) to her position as shadow Deputy Leader of the House? I look forward to working with her on those collaborative and common-ground issues on which we can work together. I am sure we will continue to do that. My hon. Friend the Member for...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: With the leave of the House, I will, in the limited time available, answer some of these points. The hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz) asked what was meant by “reasonable”. The issue is simply this: a reasonable request means HS2 weighing up the cost of meeting a request against whether there is a genuine need for the information to be presented in the format requested....

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: I am not aware of any such plans. We are considering the issue of braille.

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: It is fair to say that all reasonable requests will be considered. It is clear and transparent that reasonable requests will be met. It is important that requests are not vexatious, and I know that my right hon. Friend does not want any doubt about that. Reasonable requests will be met, and further consideration can be given to that in due course. This is a sensible modernisation of...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: My right hon. Friend the Leader of the House is alive to all the issues that have been raised, including the localities and local communities involved. My hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) asked whether Staffordshire would be considered, and I can tell him that it will be. Question put and agreed to. Ordered, That, in respect of any bill relating to High Speed 2 that is...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: I beg to move, That, in respect of any bill relating to High Speed 2 that is read the first time in Session 2017–19 and to which the standing orders relating to private business are found by the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills to apply, it shall be sufficient compliance with: (a) any requirement under those standing orders for a document to be deposited or delivered at, or sent...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: It is a permissive power. It does not require documents to be deposited in electronic format only. If a deposit location wants all the documents in hard copy, HS2 Ltd will provide them in hard copy, but the motion allows for the electronic deposit of documentation for the HS2 hybrid Bill. Electronic documentation will, of course, make it easier for communities along the line of route to find...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: I do not accept my right hon. Friend’s characterisation. On previous occasions when there have been storage problems, nearby community libraries have been asked to store the hard copies, so I anticipate alternative mechanisms could be put in place. It should be noted that this is a permissive power. It does not require documents to be deposited only in an electronic format, so if a...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: Yes, that is a reasonable request. This is a wholly sensible modernisation of Standing Order requirements, and it is about making it easier for people to engage with the hybrid Bill process. I commend this motion to the House.

Business of the House (Select Committees): Select Committees (4 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: I agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) that it is important that financial support is sufficient for proper scrutiny, and I can assure her and the House that Her Majesty’s Government will always respect the work of the Committees of this House. It is, I think, incontrovertible that they have got stronger since 2010, and that can only be a good thing....

Business of the House (Select Committees): Select Committees (4 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: I beg to move, Motion 4—Women and Equalities Committee— That Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended by the insertion of the following line at the appropriate point in the table in paragraph (2):

Business of the House (Select Committees): Select Committees (4 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: I rise to speak to the motions on the Order Paper standing in the names of the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister, as well as of the leaders of the three largest Opposition parties. Motion 4 will have the effect of making the Women and Equalities Committee a permanent Select Committee of this honourable House. Motion 5 serves to establish the Exiting the European Union Committee in...

Animal Welfare: Easter Adjournment (30 Mar 2017)

Michael Ellis: It is a real pleasure to be the Minister at the Dispatch Box for this debate and to follow the eloquent remarks of the shadow Deputy Leader of the House, the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood (Cat Smith). In the few minutes remaining, it falls to me to try to answer some of the points raised and sum up the debate. My hon. Friend—he feels like a friend, but I should say the hon....


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