Results 1–20 of 316 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matthew Pennycook

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to wind up for the Opposition and to see you in the Chair, Mr Gapes. I join other hon. Members in congratulating the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) on securing this debate and on the considered way in which he framed the issue. The Labour party has continually made clear that we want to seek a deal with the European Union that secures all the benefits of the...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I disagree, because I do not see a transitional arrangement on those terms as an extension of membership; we would lose our voting rights and our representation in the European Parliament. However, that is the only transitional arrangement on offer, and the one that the hon. Gentleman is suggesting is not a serious possibility. Also, as I have said, it would involve two points of disruption...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: In a sense, the hon. Gentleman reinforces my point, which is that the realistic debate that we should be having is about the EEA/EFTA option. I do not think that the other options are particularly practical or desirable, for a variety of reasons, so that option—the EEA/EFTA one—is what we should concentrate on. When it comes to the EEA/EFTA model, the Opposition recognise that it...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The Opposition’s policy is that a full customs union with the EU remains on the table; it should be an option that we explore, and I will come to the reasons why. Despite the advantages that EFTA provides, it also has some inherent limitations. One of the most serious, which we have to grapple with if we are going to seriously consider and debate the advantages of the EEA/EFTA model, is...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: Well, they might be. I think there is a range of opinion out there about it; I have spoken to a number of different people with different views. The hon. Member for Wimbledon said that he had spoken to the ambassador and the professor himself. I note the comments of the Norwegian Prime Minister in August last year, when she said that the UK joining EFTA, even for a temporary period, would be...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I am. The issue should be for Parliament to decide, and this option should not be taken off the table. The Government need to give serious consideration to it or at least to provide time for debates about the pros and cons to allow us to explore why—if they have—they have ruled it out.

NHS Winter Crisis: Grenfell Tower (5 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The New Capital Quay development in my constituency is just one of hundreds of private freehold developments across the country where cladding has failed and where the freeholder in question—Galliard Homes in this case— has washed its hands of all responsibility for interim fire safety measures and remedial works. Does the Minister agree that it cannot be right for leaseholders...

Exiting the European Union: Fundamental Rights (1 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: During our consideration of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in Committee, concerns were repeatedly raised that critical environmental rights and protections could be cast aside as we exit the EU. If the Government are serious about raising, not lowering, those rights and protections after Brexit, why have they so far failed to introduce an ambitious new environment Bil, but are instead,...

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Deputy Speaker. I should like to add my sentiments to those that have been expressed to you today. It is very good to see you back in your place. Huge numbers of my constituents, including me and my family, depend on local metro train services on the south-eastern rail network for work, for leisure and as a means of accessing the wider transport network...

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. There has been a long-standing tension on the network between metro trains and the longer services, and it often feels as though the suburban services and those who use them get a raw deal. I think that it is fair to argue, although the Minister might disagree, that the record of successive operators of the franchise since privatisation in 1996 has...

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. She is absolutely right that, along with reliability, capacity and overcrowding are the No. 1 concerns of passengers in my constituency. It strikes me as odd, as I am sure it does her, that many of the platforms in our constituencies have had money spent on them to lengthen them, yet they will still not be receiving 12-car trains, even under the...

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I have to disagree to the extent that the thrust of my argument is that I am concerned that we will not get that from the next franchise, but the hon. Lady is right that it must be the aim. My constituents understand that the network faces challenges, including rising passenger demand as well as complex and ageing track, junction and signal infrastructure, but they expect services to be...

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: If the hon. Lady will forgive me, I will not, because time is short and the Minister has to wind up the debate. At the very least, the Department should guarantee that the service standards delivered by the new south-eastern franchise match those that would have been delivered by London Overground. My fear is not only that the new franchise will not match those standards, but that it could...

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Far too much is made of the problems that undoubtedly exist at the throat point at Lewisham. Those problems do not ground the proposed service revisions under the franchise specification.

Petition - Family Re-Unification for Refugee Children: ST Patricks Primary, Troon, and Symington Primary: South-eastern Rail Franchise (24 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend is a mind reader, because she anticipates my next point. Viewed in the context of the Department’s serious and significant underestimation throughout this process of the scale of development and projected population growth in the area—my hon. Friend raised the point at the time of the consultation—the service revisions are of real concern and I ask the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I absolutely agree; and the unpicking of, or wheeling back from, some of the progress we felt had been made in the Florence speech is one of our concerns. The Bill before us was drafted before the Florence speech, but rather than amend the Bill to reflect the evolution of Government policy outlined by the Prime Minister in that speech, the Government chose instead to fashion a legislative...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman tempts me down an avenue that has nothing to do with the point I am making, which is that it remains unclear why the Government tabled three exit day amendments to their own Bill which have sown further confusion. We do not know why they did that—whether it was driven by Tory party management considerations or some other reason. The effect of those Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I agree, but what I would say—and why I would urge Members to support this amendment—is that it need not require the amendment of this Bill to allow the facilitation of transitional arrangements on the same terms in addition to the provisions that the right hon. and learned Gentleman is right to say will be needed in that further Act of Parliament. We still believe that it should...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I rise to speak to new clause 1 and amendments 2 and 1, which stand in my name and those of my right hon. and hon. Friends. As you are aware, Mr Speaker, this remaining group contains a significant number of important issues, and while I want to spend time talking to each of our three amendments, I am conscious that time is limited, so I will endeavour to keep my remarks as brief as possible....


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