Results 1–20 of 740 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Heidi Alexander

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Alexander: The Home Secretary talked about the process that authorities follow when new intelligence becomes available about closed subjects of interest. Will she say what, if any, changes have been made to that process over the past six months?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I put it to the Secretary of State that his Government’s dogmatic insistence on pulling us out of the single market and the customs union threatens not only our future jobs, rights and prosperity, but the future territorial integrity of our country. When he looks back in a few years’ time and reflects on his role in creating this mess, how does he think he will feel?

International Trade: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: Clause 2 of the Trade Bill gives powers to Ministers, potentially for the whole of the next decade, to sort out the issue of the 60 or so trade agreements that we currently benefit from with third countries by virtue of our membership with the EU. Far from being resolved in the next 16 months, is it not the case that that issue—dividing up tariff quotas and so on, and defining a new...

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I am grateful to the Minister for his exposition of the current state of life sciences in the UK, all of which we could probably find out if we typed a few words into Google. May I bring him to one of the first questions, which is of pressing importance? What will the regulatory environment be for pharmaceutical companies that wish to get a pan-European licence in April 2019, during the...

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: Please, come on just get straight to it.

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. Mr Davies, I hope that it is not out of order to say that the Minister does not quite seem himself. If he is poorly, and my earlier remarks were somewhat curt, I apologise for them. It would help everyone here to understand the Government’s overriding objective for medicines regulations in a post-Brexit environment. Do we intend to...

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: What assessment has the Minister made of how staying in the European economic area might impact medicines regulation, were we to go down that route instead of the one the Government are current pursuing?

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) on securing the debate and on introducing the topic in such a comprehensive manner. This debate is both timely and hugely important. It is timely due to the announcement yesterday that Amsterdam is to become the new home of the European Medicines Agency...

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, but when I speak to scientists at institutions across the UK, they are already seeing the effect of last year’s referendum result in terms of EU-wide partnerships being withdrawn and being harder to secure. It would be helpful if the Minister could update us on which of the two approaches the chief executive of the MHRA talked about in July the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: My hon. Friend has issued a very timely reminder to me. If it were possible, I would like that to happen.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: Will the Solicitor General confirm whether the powers outlined in part 2 of schedule 8 and in clause 8 would allow Ministers to issue an article 127 notification under the EEA agreement?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I rise to speak to new clauses 22 and 23 in my name. I say at the outset that I will not take interventions because I know other Members wish to speak. I put on record my thanks to George Peretz QC for his help in drafting the new clauses. New clause 22 would prevent Ministers from using provisions in this Bill as the basis for withdrawing the UK from the European economic area, whether under...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I completely agree. My new clause may offer some form of compromise, which I shall set out in due course. How many of our colleagues actually understand what the Bill will do? Why do the Government want to avoid open and transparent debate? Why is there not a specific clause in the Bill that makes it clear? The answer is obvious: the Government are doing everything they can to avoid an...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I did say that I was not going to give way to anyone, so I am not going to do it again. New clause 22 would not decide on the substantive question of EEA membership, but it would guarantee that at a future moment the House could have its say. If we do not change the Bill accordingly, we will have sold the pass. Mr Hoyle, if you think the democratic arguments for the new clause are strong, I...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I hesitate to ask this question, because I have an image in my mind of the Minister rocking up to the office of my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) with carrier bags full of paper and asking him to sift through them. Nevertheless, will the Minister assure me that when the documentation is made available, it will include comparative information about the sectoral...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: rose—

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. Given what he said in response to my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes) about supporting a vote on whether we leave the European economic area, would he be willing to sign my new clause 22 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which would put that into statute?

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: The hon. Gentleman is making an excellent speech. Does he agree that the fact that the UK currently controls immigration from countries that account for 90% of the world’s population did not feature at all in the referendum campaign has led to a lot of misunderstanding about how this country’s immigration system works?

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Heidi Alexander: I say to the right hon. Member for Clwyd West (Mr Jones) that this is not a last-gasp attempt; this is the start of a fight to develop a form of Brexit that does not crucify our economy. The question of whether and how the UK should leave the European Union has dominated British politics for the past two years. The Government are paralysed by the enormity of the task, and the public are left...


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