Results 41–60 of 1801 for speaker:Peter Grant

Covid-19: PPE Procurement (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: My colleagues on the Public Accounts Committee are at an important evidence session this morning, otherwise I have no doubt that many more of them would be here. The report on PPE contracts, which was unanimously agreed by the Committee earlier this year, stated: “At no point was consideration given to the extent of the profit margin that potential suppliers would be taking on payments for...

Transport: Spending Priorities: Autumn Statement (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: What assessment he has made of his Department’s spending priorities in the context of the autumn statement 2022.

Transport: Spending Priorities: Autumn Statement (24 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The Republic of Ireland is facing exactly the same global economic impacts as the United Kingdom, but the recent Irish Budget was able to increase support for transport across the southern part of that island. In contrast, the real-terms cuts we will see in the coming years will have a direct impact on transport spending in England and, significantly, in the devolved nations through the...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: If the Secretary of State is so convinced that there is a substantial anti-independence majority among today’s people of Scotland, will he agree to publish in its entirety all the polling done at our expense by the Scotland Office? If not, can we assume that the reason the Government are desperate to avoid a referendum is that even their private polling tells them that, this time, the...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: If the Secretary of State is so convinced that there is a substantial anti-independence majority among today’s people of Scotland, will he agree to publish in its entirety all the polling done at our expense by the Scotland Office? If not, can we assume that the reason the Government are desperate to avoid a referendum is that even their private polling tells them that, this time, the...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: If the Secretary of State is so convinced that there is a substantial anti-independence majority among today’s people of Scotland, will he agree to publish in its entirety all the polling done at our expense by the Scotland Office? If not, can we assume that the reason the Government are desperate to avoid a referendum is that even their private polling tells them that, this time, the...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 2 - Extension of sunset under section 1 (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The Minister’s clarification in response to my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute’s questions has been about as clear as mud. On the basis of that response, I sincerely hope that my hon. Friend will stick to his guns, move his amendment and push it to a vote. Either the Minister genuinely does not get devolution, or she gets it and is trying to roll it back, because the whole...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I do not want to detain the Committee much longer, but I cannot support clause 1. It is not just about me not accepting that this Parliament has the right to take my people out of an international union that they voted to be part of. It is about the fact that even if we accept that there is no way back into the European Union—even if we accept that Brexit has to be a process of...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The Government have admitted that, even before we decide on clause 1, three important parts of what the Minister described as a fundamentally important clause need to be amended, because the Government got it wrong. How can we be confident that, in less than a year, 4,000-plus statutory instruments will be amended, revoked or replaced without similar mistakes being identified when it is too...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: Before the comments from the hon. Member for Walthamstow, the Minister thought she was winning the argument. She said that there was nothing unusual in legislation having to be amended by the Government in Committee. That is exactly the problem. It is not unusual; in fact, it is almost inevitable. It is happening so many times in this 23-clause Bill, which runs to 30-something pages, but we...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I will ask question that the Minister chose not to hear. The Bill runs to 37 pages, and we do not know how long the Government have taken to put it together, but we know that they had a month between First and Second Reading. In that time, at least 15 mistakes were identified in the Bill, because the Government themselves have tabled 15 amendments to correct mistakes in a Bill of 37 pages....

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I may be mistaken, but I distinctly remember being a member of the European Scrutiny Committee in this place for several years. The explicit job of that Committee was to scrutinise proposed EU legislation and to express whether it, on behalf of Parliament, was content for Ministers to either support that legislation or oppose it. It was not the fault of the European Union that very often that...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I am possibly anticipating what will be said later, but for clarification will the hon. Member confirm that retaining all this EU legislation in domestic law does not in any way prevent the Government from deciding that they want to legislate for a greater level of workers’ rights or environmental protection than is currently the norm throughout Europe? They would only need to repeal this...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I note that the hon. Gentleman’s incredulity is almost as great as mine with respect to a Minister who a minute ago said that we can deal properly with 4,000 bits of legislation in just over a year, but then said that the Government cannot take stuff from their own dashboard and transpose it somewhere else. Am I correct to think that, essentially, the purpose of the amendment is to give the...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I have a great deal of sympathy with amendment 90, but amendment 91 seems to be telling the devolved Administrations how to do their job. Does the hon. Gentleman not think that if we want to allow the devolved Administrations to decide whether to vote for a particular piece of retained EU law, we should also leave it to them to decide the process by which they do it?

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: I put it to the Minister that rejecting the amendment very much affects the devolution settlement. It means that the priorities on which the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland civil service work will no longer be those set by their democratically elected Parliaments and Governments, but the policies set by the UK Government. Angus Robertson made it clear that the Scottish Government believe...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: The Minister has tried heroically but unsuccessfully, I am afraid, to argue that this arbitrary deadline will not place enormous strain on a civil service that is already under enormous strain. Can she look at it from the opposite direction? Can she explain why it would be bad to set an absolute deadline of 2026? If Departments and Ministers are able to sort things out by the end of 2023,...

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunset of EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation (22 Nov 2022)

Peter Grant: My recollection, which may help the hon. Member on his first point, is that Angus Robertson said they had not had a chance to begin to quantify the amount of legislation. He was saying not that it was because there was not very much but because there was so much of it. Can the hon. Member be clear as to what Labour’s current position is? If a piece of retained EU law related exclusively to...


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