Results 1–20 of 652 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Chalk

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: As I understand it, the Opposition’s position is that there is no chance of the deal’s being improved and therefore the Government should have the vote now, but if that is the case, there is even less chance of Labour’s alternative deal being approved. That means that with every passing day, the inexorable logic is that Labour is becoming an accessory to no deal. Does the hon. Gentleman...

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: I strongly respect my right hon. Friend, but if there were to be a second referendum and remain were to narrowly win, does she seriously think that that would draw a line under the European issue? Is it not far more likely that it would rumble on—and rumble on for a generation?

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [Lords]: Authorised court and tribunal staff: legal advice and judicial functions (12 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is getting perilously close to suggesting that judges will do justice when they are inside a court, but will be incapable of ensuring that justice is done when they are outside a court, on the procedure rule committees. Will she make it crystal clear that judges will always, in all circumstances, want to do justice, and can be trusted to do so?

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Statutory Obligations on Ministers (11 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: It is vital that the House has its say on this crucial issue, so I am grateful for the Minister’s assurances, but 21 January is nearly six weeks away. Does he agree that that should be a deadline, not a target? If this matter can come back before the House, it should. We need to resolve this at the earliest possible opportunity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: On Saturday in my constituency I met Tom, a student at the University of Gloucestershire, who shares my concerns that online digital marketplaces, social media companies and search engines should pay their fair share of tax. What steps are being taken to ensure that they do precisely that?

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: Are not the public entitled to a grown-up acknowledgement across this House that the issue of the backstop affects both policies? Whether it is the Prime Minister’s proposal or, indeed, the Opposition proposal to stay in the customs union or outside the single market, both require a backstop. Does she agree?

Select Committee on Education: Section 21 Evictions (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Gentleman knows how fond I am of him and his remarks, but his slightly party political point tempts me to intervene. This debate is about whether it is right to update the 1988 legislation. Does he accept that his party was in power between 1997 and 2010 but declined to do so? Does he agree that we ought to consider the matter in a more cross-party, consensual and reasonable way,...

Select Committee on Education: Section 21 Evictions (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: It is a pleasure to say a few words with you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck) for her excellent speech. I had not intended to speak in this debate, but I wanted to say that I find it very powerful, and I personally am persuaded that this is something we need to look at again. I should declare an interest: my brother, my sister and I are...

Select Committee on Education: Section 21 Evictions (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is making a powerful speech, and the examples she is giving emphasise why it is important to re-examine the balance in this area; she has made that argument powerfully. Has she made any assessment of what the potential impact could be on the pipeline of available housing? I am always mindful in this place of the law of unintended consequences. I would be interested to hear her...

Select Committee on Education: Section 21 Evictions (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: I am entirely persuaded that landlords who issue a notice in a cynical, cruel and egregious way—in an almost deliberately upsetting way—should not be in a position to do so. The difficulty is in what an appropriate pretext or legitimate reason to seek to end a tenancy is. Can the hon. Lady say more about how she would crystallise and identify what amounts to a good cause?

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: In fairness, the right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and it is perfectly legitimate to shine a light on the issue of the backstop, which causes a lot of us concern, but can he help me to understand something? Under his proposal, if the United Kingdom were to remain in a customs union, would there not still need to be a backstop in any event, because we would be outside the single...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: In its November survey, local homelessness charity P3 recorded two rough sleepers in Cheltenham—that is two too many, of course, but it is a dramatic reduction on the previous year. Does my right hon. Friend agree that that shows the value of social impact bonds that provide vital one-on-one support to people with complex needs, and will she support and congratulate the vital work of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am sorry to trouble you with this, but in the course of proceedings yesterday, you gently rebuked me for intervening from a sedentary position on the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas). You went on to suggest that there had been general shouting and braying, and the Gloucestershire Echo is now reporting that I was admonished by you for...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: It has been said more than once in this debate that this is the high court of Parliament. My constituents, and anyone else watching the debate, might assume that that is some historic nicety or arcane expression, but it is far more important than that. In the context of these proceedings, this court has the ability to achieve the conviction, punishment and disgrace of one of our number....

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: Respectfully, that is not right. My hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford said at the time: “I am deeply unclear—are you asking for publication of the final advice or of any legal advice in full that has happened during the entire negotiation? [Interruption.] With due respect, I am being asked for my vote regarding the motion on the Order Paper. Are you asking for what is on the Order...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: Respectfully, that is no answer at all.

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: It is no answer at all; absolutely not. To take an analogy, if the prosecution were to bring proceedings against the hon. Gentleman for an alleged crime and if the court were satisfied that the proceedings were bad through duplicity or lack of clarity, the court would stay those proceedings because they would be improper proceedings. That is what has happened here. There are real concerns...

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: Scotland’s power and influence are best projected as part of the United Kingdom; that is the view of Government Members. There are lessons from history. Before the Act of Union, in the 1690s, the Kingdom of Scotland sought to establish a colony in Panama under the Darien scheme, and that did not work very well. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is as a Union that we have been able to...

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

Alex Chalk: Does the Minister agree that Britain’s diplomatic punch is assisted by the fact that we have people of the highest calibre representing our country overseas? The Foreign Office continues to attract such high-quality people, and that is to this country’s great benefit.

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