Results 141–160 of 863 for speaker:Matthew Pennycook

EU Exit Day Amendment (27 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I agree with the hon. Gentleman to the extent that we have to do everything possible to avoid a disastrous no-deal exit. This SI does not do that; the extension agreed by the European Council and the UK does it. This SI ensures that our domestic legislation aligns with what has already been agreed and that we do not create legal confusion. It is certainly the case that no one, including those...

EU Exit Day Amendment (27 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I think the hon. Gentleman would agree with me that the original draft of the Bill did not include the date. The reasons why the Government put it in and the actions of the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) in again helpfully coming to the rescue, I will leave to the hon. Gentleman and his view of what happened at the time. It follows that, if the House votes against this...

European Council: Article 50 Extension (22 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to make a statement on the extension to the article 50 process agreed at the European Council summit on 21 March.

European Council: Article 50 Extension (22 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question? However, given the significance of what was agreed in Brussels yesterday evening, the Government should have made a statement to the House this morning, instead of requiring us, once again, to drag Ministers to the Chamber. On Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister made a divisive speech from Downing Street, in which she chastised...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) on securing it. The Joint Committee has attracted a significant degree of attention over recent weeks in relation to its role in the operation of the Northern Ireland backstop, but as the right hon. Gentleman made clear, it is important to remember that the...

Clydesdale Bank and Smes: Points of Order (19 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. You will know that once a statement has been made under section 13(4) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, a Minister of the Crown must make arrangements under subsection (6) for a motion in neutral terms to be moved within the period of seven Commons sitting days, beginning with the day on which the statement is made. As you will be aware, such a...

Written Answers — Department for Education: John Roan School: Inspections (19 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when Ofsted plans to carry out a monitoring inspection of the John Roan secondary school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on securing it. It is particularly interesting that the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has been given the task of responding. As he rightly admitted, he, like the Secretary of State, voted against the Government’s motion on Thursday. He has...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Pharmacy: Finance (15 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in Category M prices and the single activity fee on the financial sustainability of community pharmacies.

Written Answers — Treasury: Mortgages: Islam (14 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many high street banks offer Islamic mortgage services.

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to wind up this debate for the Opposition. It has been a good debate. It was opened by the Environment Secretary, who made a powerful case for why a no-deal Brexit should be opposed, and by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer), who, as always, rose to the occasion with his usual rigour and honesty. We have had passionate...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I shall do my best, Mr Speaker. There is no such thing as a managed no deal, despite the protestations of the more cavalier Members on the Government Benches. It is a myth, and that is why the idea of no deal as an act of national liberation is so misleading. Not only would the Government in all likelihood lose control of events in a no-deal scenario, but they would inevitably end up...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I will not give way, because I want to ensure that the Secretary of State for International Trade has sufficient time. It is yet another example of the misplaced confidence that has defined the approach of hard-liners on the Government Benches. Just like the notion of a cost-free, no-deal exit, it is a fantasy. That is why so many Government Members, including many members of the Cabinet,...

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: As the right hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Sir David Evennett) mentioned, rolling stock is key to reliability. The rolling stock on this line is, I think, 25 years old or more. Is the Department working with the operator to introduce new rolling stock in the near future?

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. There have been two extensions to the franchise; the latest, I think, takes us up to 22 June. Does he agree that our constituents at least deserve to know pretty soon who the new operator will be, so they can have some confidence that, going forward, that new operator is going to improve the service?

No-deal EU Exit: Public Sector Catering (5 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The Minister will know from the no-deal impact assessment summary that one particular concerns is that, despite communications from the Government, there is little evidence that businesses are preparing in earnest for a no-deal scenario. Does the Minister have a sense of whether the public catering industry suppliers and providers are responding to the Government’s call to prepare...

No-deal EU Exit: Public Sector Catering (5 Mar 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to make the winding-up speech for the Opposition with you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on securing this important debate. As other hon. Friends have said, she does a huge amount of work in this area, not least through her chairpersonship of the all-party parliamentary group on school...

A Better Defence Estate (28 Feb 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: More than 4,000 of my constituents signed a petition opposing the closure of Woolwich barracks, evidence of precisely the bond that the Minister and other hon. Members have mentioned. The Minister knows that the decision to dispose of the site was finely balanced. In the light of the decisions he has announced in his statement today, may I urge him to consider another adjustment and revisit...

Exiting the European Union: Article 50: Extension (28 Feb 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: During yesterday’s debate, the Minister for the Cabinet Office clarified that, in the event of the House voting on 14 March for an extension to the article 50 process, the Government would be required to bring forward legislation and that the House would have a chance to approve whatever final extension length might be agreed with the EU. I have a simple question for the Secretary of...


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