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Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: As the Secretary of State has outlined, this Bill will provide the legal framework for establishing a domestic nuclear safeguards regime. Nuclear safeguards are essential obligations to ensure that work and materials for civil nuclear do not get transposed into work or preparations for military nuclear, and that is done under the umbrella of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Arguably, the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Clearly, the Secretary of State was not listening to what I was saying. If he displays some patience, he will hear a bit more about my thoughts on the Bill’s contents. Euratom was agreed to as a body and a treaty before the EU treaty came about, and to that extent it is, arguably, separate from the actual formation and operation of the EU. That of course is the subject of fierce legal...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: It certainly would be helpful for the House to hear about the discussions that have been taking place between the Government’s legal advisers and the Government. The Library has helpfully provided a number of solicitors who have disputed the point that the Secretary of State puts forward. There is legal discourse going on that disputes the fact that Euratom and the EU are intrinsically...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I earlier urged the Secretary of State to display a little bit of patience. If the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) did the same, he might hear some of the answers he requires in the remainder of my contribution. Subject to legal debate, it certainly may have been possible—had the Prime Minister not taken the unnecessary step of specifically including Euratom in her...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The hon. Gentleman would do well to keep up. I have mentioned several times that there is a current legal discourse regarding this very issue. Perhaps he should refer to that.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I will just make some progress, if I may. We have to be clear that the measures set out in the Bill are just a part of the process of disentangling ourselves from Euratom and replacing its provisions with satisfactory alternatives that allow the UK’s nuclear industry to continue working smoothly in conjunction with its international partners and not to face a cliff edge of uncertainty....

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The point I am making is that there is legal uncertainty. Sadly, the Prime Minister firmly closed the door on the Euratom position, when it could have been left open. We could have passed this Bill through Parliament while questioning whether the legal position on Euratom membership was as the Commission states.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I will make some progress, if I may. The Government stated in their notes on the Queen’s Speech that the Bill to be introduced on the future of safeguarding would also “protect UK electricity supplied by nuclear power”. This Bill clearly does not do that, which is perhaps why that claim has been dropped from the description of the Bill. But the challenge centrally remains,...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Let me take the Secretary of State on a little journey. If he listens carefully, he might see how dangerous the scope of certain parts of the Bill might be. The explanatory notes indicate that regulations under clause 1 will be subject to the affirmative procedure only “on first use”. It would be helpful if he confirmed that that wording is actually a terrible mistake, that he...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question, but we are talking about very important arguments regarding the machinery of this House. If he will let me conclude my remarks, he might learn something very important. Eventually, we had to use an Opposition day motion to revoke the regulations. The House agreed to it, only for the Government to refuse to accept the result after telling their...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I am sorry that I am boring the right hon. Gentleman, but if he listens to the rest of my contribution perhaps his question will be answered at the end. Perhaps that will keep his attention. The job of a legislature is to legislate. The Bill is effectively a blank cheque handing that job over to Ministers. I hope that the Minister will give an iron-clad guarantee that the Government will not...

Iran: Vauxhall (Redundancies) (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders) for securing this urgent question. As we know, Vauxhall has announced that 400 jobs are potentially to be lost at the Ellesmere Port plant, only a few months after being bought by PSA Group. The Opposition warned at the time that Vauxhall’s UK plants and the 40,000 people employed in the wider supply chain...

Retail Energy (12 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. Just two years ago, the then Prime Minister criticised Labour’s energy price cap policy, saying we wanted to live in a Marxist universe. Well, we certainly are in strange political times, that’s for sure. It has taken an extraordinary amount of time to get to this stage and enormous pressure from the shadow...

Race Disparity Audit: Bombardier (10 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. Following a complaint by Boeing, on 26 September the US Department of Commerce ruled that Bombardier had benefited from state subsidies and imposed a 219% tariff, and on 6 October it found engagement in below-cost selling and imposed an additional tariff of 80%. This decision has catastrophic ramifications for Bombardier,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: On 27 June, the Secretary of State failed to confirm to me that he would legislate for a price cap to deliver to 17 million customers the £100 saving promised by the Prime Minister if Ofgem did not propose such a cap. On 3 July, Ofgem announced its plans, which fall short of the Prime Minister’s promise, and later stated that a cap is really a matter for Government legislation. I...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I am saddened that the Secretary of State is non-committal, because at the same time as we have rising prices, power distributors recently made an average yearly post-tax profit of 32%, paying out share dividends of £5.1 billion. For water, the situation is even worse, as over the past decade companies have made £18.8 billion in profits, paying out £18.1 billion of that as...

Taylor Review: Working Practices (11 Jul 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: When the Prime Minister took office last year, she stood on the steps of Downing Street stating that she was on the side of working people. Despite that rhetoric, the Conservatives have been in government for seven years and in that time have done very little for working people. They have presided over a lost decade of productivity growth. They have implemented the pernicious Trade Union Act...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I know that I am against the clock, so I will be as quick as possible, but I want first to thank all Members who have taken part today. In particular, I thank those who have given their maiden speeches: my hon. Friends the Members for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi), for Warrington South (Faisal Rashid) and for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Gerard Killen), and the hon. Members for Chichester...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Price Cap (27 Jun 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: As we have heard, various media outlets have reported recently that senior Cabinet members were lobbying for the Conservative price cap manifesto commitment to be dropped. Indeed, the Secretary of State’s recent letter to Ofgem was silent on the price cap element and, when questioned last week, the Prime Minister refused to confirm unambiguously that the price cap would be upheld. Will...


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