Results 1–20 of 326 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Scully

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the second part of the debate, Mrs Moon. It has been a very constructive debate, with wide-ranging views. People have not held back and have raised very pertinent issues, and there are plenty of things for us to take away. I therefore thank all hon. Members for their contributions today. The whole point of the Petitions Committee and the...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 209433 relating to a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. As I normally do, I will read the text of the petition for the Official Report: “Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords. The House of Lords is a place of patronage...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. I will talk about the need to reduce numbers later. I will also talk about the practicalities of whether we have an elected or appointed upper Chamber, how we could reform an appointed Chamber, and the need for an upper Chamber in the first place. Should we go unicameral as New Zealand has? I will consider whether there is scope for doing that.

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. A unicameral system can work perfectly well and I have no doubt that we would survive quite happily with such a system, but the House of Lords can, and often—though not always—does offer something that is related to its composition: one advantage of having an appointed system is that we can bring in experts who can add expertise that...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that interesting point, but I am describing the existing situation, which nobody would create. We had hereditary peers in the House of Lords right up until the ’90s. The first level of reform went through under Tony Blair, but nothing was really put in its place. We are in that halfway house at the moment.

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: Forgive me. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and I will come to that point later in my speech. I was talking about when there were solely hereditary peers. I thank him very much for allowing me to correct the record. The House of Lords clearly needs to do more, however it is composed, to ensure it is representative of the country, not just by reflecting public political opinion,...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: These are obviously unusual circumstances for all manner of reasons. Brexit and the two-year Session are incredibly unusual. I have talked a lot about the fact that, in my view, the Lords have overstepped their remit. The petitioner is not talking about the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, so I will park that after this point. We need to look at the Bill as a whole. The Lords may be...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. The nub of the problem is this: what kind of reform do we want to achieve? Hon. Members who were here under the coalition Government talked about having an elected House of Lords, but they could not agree on one simple solution. The Lords are talking about reform, and I will cover that point in a second. The hon. Member for Glasgow East...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Paul Scully: This was supposed to be the light at the end of the tunnel, but that is actually a train coming fast the other way. Commuters do not want to play the blame game. They just want their trains to work now. The short-term view of sacking a franchisee overnight would really just mean the same people running the same lines with differently spray-painted trains. I want us to look back and find out...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Paul Scully: Salaam aleikum, Mr Deputy Speaker. That means “peace be upon you”. It is seemingly inoffensive and is a very traditional and heartfelt greeting in all parts of the Islamic world. I can say it here and the Ahmadiyya community can say it here in the UK. When I go to Bangladesh, I say “Salaam aleikum” as a mark of respect to Bangladeshi friends and people I meet for the...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I, too, pay tribute to Mr Speaker for throwing open his apartment last week so that 100 MPs could meet Grenfell survivors and Grenfell families. Monday’s debate on the public inquiry was humbling, and the response from the Grenfell United group was humbling, too. I met the group afterwards, and I met them on Parliament Square before the debate. They have carried out their campaign,...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Paul Scully: My right hon. and learned Friend is absolutely correct. We need to put every effort into getting these works done now. For every day that these people are in inappropriate temporary accommodation, their suffering is extended and prolonged.

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I totally agree, and I was just about to come to that. I welcome the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to his place. The Government have been listening for so long and have been responding well—I know the Prime Minister is listening—and the Secretary of State, in his own redoubtable way, will add extra energy and bring a fresh pair of eyes. He is a...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I pay tribute once again to the campaigners, and I want to explain to them and the people watching that if they have seen MPs drifting in and out, it is because of the nature of this House and of our different priorities at any given time. I hope they will have seen that the interest in the debate—we have had four Cabinet Ministers coming in and out—shows the importance that we...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I beg to move, That this House has considered an e-petition relating to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell, and I am grateful to you for that 72-second silence, which I know will be treasured by all involved. The prayer of e-petition 206722 says: “Bereaved families & survivors call on PM to exercise her powers under the...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. I know that the community have expressed an interest in doing something along those lines. There is a process in train and it very much needs to be community-based. I know the Minister will take that on board and he may say more about it. I also thank the petitioners—Adel Chaoui, Karim Mussilhy and Sandra Ruiz—and all those...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. I will discuss the make-up of panel members later, but it is right that at every level we respect and understand the diversity of the community that has been affected, in particular in North Kensington. Will the Minister tell us whether the number of additional panel members—two have been added so far—will be kept under review? It is...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Paul Scully: That is something I will touch on later, because I know those things are very important to the Grenfell community—they are the second half of their ask in the petition. In a statement, the Prime Minister highlighted the extensive nature of the inquiry. Some 330,000 documents have been received so far—many more are expected—and about 183,000 have had a first-stage review by...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Paul Scully: I join the hon. Lady in paying tribute to the Speaker. He has shown compassion at every point; many of us saw how powerfully and emotionally he spoke at the reception last week. The Speaker’s office was on to my office last week when there was talk of a possible announcement by the Prime Minister. He is really keeping a keen, close eye on developments. That is as it should be; none the...


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