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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (11 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: What plans he has to tackle household debt.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (11 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: According to the Money Advice Service, the proportion of people in Greenwich and Woolwich who are over-indebted is higher than both the UK and the London averages. I know from my advice surgery that a significant amount of that is down to the behaviour of rip-off lenders. What more will the Government do to clamp down on predatory lending?

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate, and I very much welcome the fact that we are having it. I suspect that many right hon. and hon. Members, particularly those who took part in its Committee stage, will share my view that the year-long passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 was perhaps the most demanding legislative exercise that Parliament has undertaken in recent...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend makes a good point. It will be difficult, which is why it is imperative that the Government bring back a negotiated agreement at the earliest opportunity. I hope that Ministers will confirm that it remains the Government’s intention to do so after the October EU summit. If the passage of the withdrawal Act is anything to go by, the Bill may be in trouble time-wise.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: Yes, I do welcome today’s announcement from the TUC. We have been clear that in the event of no deal, all options must be on the table. As I think I said in a debate just before the summer recess, we have to remember what no deal would mean: it would be a complete failure, in two years, of the Government’s entire Brexit policy. In that situation, as I am sure my hon. Friend...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I am going to make a little progress, if that is okay. Let me turn to the relationship between the proposed withdrawal agreement Bill and the recently enacted European Union (Withdrawal) Act, which received Royal Assent on 26 June. Arguably, the most striking feature of the Bill that is the subject of the White Paper is the extent to which it will modify the European Union (Withdrawal) Act...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman is right, but it is an inconsistency of the Government’s own making, because they chose symbolically to repeal the ECA in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, and in this new Bill they are going to unpick the very legislation that we passed because, as paragraph 60 of the White Paper makes clear, the ECA will be “saved” for the duration of the...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I am well used to the hon. Lady asking questions that are slightly out of left field, but I fail to see how the Opposition can give an opinion on whether we will back a deal about which we do not know the full details and which is still being negotiated. We will faithfully apply our six tests when the deal comes before us, as we all hope it will. The political gimmickry must stop, and when we...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As I shall come on to say, we need urgent, rapid progress on this issue, given the time constraints that we face. Many Brexiteers—although, I must make clear, not all—continue to belittle the Irish border issue on the grounds that it is a problem that has been exaggerated by nefarious Brussels bureaucrats or those at home who seek a close future...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. In fact, over recent weeks I have seen some of the most ardent Brexiteers—people who wanted to take back control of our borders, incidentally—saying that they would just leave the border completely open. They are not going to be the ones who erect infrastructure. I welcome the fact that the Prime Minister has made it clear that because we...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I hope that the Minister will agree with us on this. We want a political declaration that is extensive, precise and substantive. When this House votes on the final deal, it must have a very clear signal of what the future relationship will be like—not a vague statement that allows us to crawl over the line to 29 March next year without any sense of where our relationship will end up in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Peace Process: Israel and Palestine (4 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the peace process in Israel and Palestine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Peace Process: Israel and Palestine (4 Sep 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: In response to the cruel decision taken by the Trump Administration to cut US funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the German Government have pledged to increase their financial support for the agency. Will the Minister commit his Government to do the same, so that Palestinian refugees do not suffer as a result of the President’s decision?

Health and Social Care: Mistakes in Healthcare (24 Jul 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: In a recent report, Healthwatch Greenwich drew attention to the fact that many local GP practices are still wrongly refusing to register patients, often vulnerable ones, unless they have ID or proof of address. What more can the Minister do to ensure that each and every GP practice is following the Department’s guidance?

Exiting the European Union: Access to EU Markets (19 Jul 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: Fears that the schism at the heart of the Tory party is driving the country towards a no deal Brexit are once again on the rise, and it is clear that the new Secretary of State is stepping up preparations for such a scenario. Will he therefore tell the House what specific advice his Department is giving to the financial services sector on how to prepare for a EU departure without a deal?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar (4 Jul 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its population represents a step change in the nature of the occupation. The Minister has recognised that it could well deal a fatal blow to a two-state solution. As he has said, representations making the case to his Israeli counterparts clearly have not worked. Does he accept that this is the moment for a fundamental reappraisal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (26 Jun 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: What representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the proposed demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village in the West Bank.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (26 Jun 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: In his discussions with his Israeli counterpart, has the Minister made it clear that the forcible transfer of communities under occupation in area C, such as Khan al-Ahmar, would constitute a breach of international humanitarian law and, furthermore, effectively end the prospect of a viable Palestinian state?

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The media inevitably focused on the personalities involved in the Cabinet row over a customs backstop last week, but it is the detail of that policy that really matters, so I ask the Minister a very simple question: are we to take from the fact that the Secretary of State and his other two colleagues are still in post that the Government’s position is not to accept, under any...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: Not really an answer, Mr Speaker. Last week’s backstop paper only dealt with customs, but we know that a solution to the Irish border issue requires agreement on far more than that; it requires full regulatory alignment on goods to facilitate all aspects of north-south co-operation. Does the Minister accept that, and will the Government be making the case for full regulatory alignment...


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