Results 1–20 of 477 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Simon Hoare

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: It is a pleasure to speak in the debate and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach). Let me start, as so many right hon. and hon. Members have—[Interruption.] I have only said three words, and the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) is asking me to speed up. I mean, I was just clearing my throat, and I was just about to congratulate him on bringing...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: Oh, he does not want me to. In that case, it is a great pleasure not to congratulate him on bringing in the Bill. To please him, as a fellow Welshman—that was obviously one of his key criteria for Members taking part in the debate—I will be as quick as I can. It is important to remember, for the benefit of those the Bill seeks to protect, that there are protections in the law...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: Inadvertently, the hon. Gentleman—in his usual humble, don’t look at me, I’m pretending not to be here sort of way—has drawn attention to the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch). I know from talking to my hon. Friend the Member for Louth and Horncastle (Victoria Atkins) and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Great Yarmouth (Brandon Lewis), when he was the...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: The hon. Gentleman nods, and I note that, as does the Minister. I am also tempted to include traffic wardens, who are not always the sort of people we cheer for, but they do good work enforcing parking regulations, and they often suffer a huge amount of abuse from people who are caught. My hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) made me think about our armed forces. We have all...

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I commend my right hon. Friend and the Department for their granular approach to this tragedy—that seems the right approach. Finding the truth and identifying justice is crucial. Will he update the House on the progress on the inquiry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: May I urge my right hon. Friend to be very granular when making such sub-regional assessments, to ensure within a regional context that rural areas, not just urban areas, secure the funding that they need?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: Very recently, I met representatives of both the north and east Dorset citizens advice bureaux. I would like to put on the record my thanks, and the thanks of my constituents, for the work that that great organisation does. We discussed its campaign for a pause. I told them then that I was not persuaded by it, but that I would listen to any subsequent parliamentary debate. Having listened to...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I thought that there was a helpline for MPs to deal with all our constituents’ cases—unless it is a courtesy extended only to North Dorset.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I am most grateful to the hon. Lady, who is being enormously kind with her time. The motion calls for a pause in the roll-out. Is she going to tell us what the Labour party would do during that pause period?

Regulation of Property Agents (18 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I welcome the Minister’s statement, but I urge him to widen its brief to the practices of housing associations. In recent weeks, constituents of North Dorset have been to see me after their housing associations increased charges without any prior notice and certainly with no justification.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I apologise, Mr Owen, for arriving a little late. I know that the hon. Lady is talking about consultant surgeons, but does she agree with my constituent, Karen, who has corresponded with me to say that there is also a lack of awareness among the general practice community? The procedures are taking place and are deemed to be a success, but these other problems then present themselves and GPs...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: Realising the risk that I take by making this comparison, may I say that it is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson)? She and I served on the Procedure Committee together for some time. I listened to her speech with great attention, but I have to say in all good humour that she did a very good caricature of the P. G. Wodehouse quote that it is...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: And we’re all doomed, as I hear my hon. Friend say from a sedentary position. Let me start by saying what this important Bill is not about. I do not believe that it is a Brexit virility test. I happen to believe that voters on both sides in the referendum will want to see the Bill delivered and landed safely through our proper procedures. I gave my hon. Friend the Member for North West...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I still remain to be convinced, but I will not push that particular proposition to a Division this evening. It strikes me that the position of most speakers in this debate rather echoes what my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) said in an intervention on the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. If I heard him correctly, he said...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: It is indeed, and who in their right mind would ever criticise a lawyer? If we and the EU do not like the legal advice, and if we want somehow to disaggregate membership of the EU and of Euratom, we could possibly get some different lawyers to say something different. I must say that I am about to dash out and get myself the stiffest of stiff drinks, because I am going to do something that I...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: My hon. Friend is a doughty champion of engineering, research and innovation in this place and in her constituency, and she makes an apposite point. Anyone who wants to see Brexit a success needs to understand that we will have political processes but that the regulatory and business communities want clarity and certainty at the earliest possible point. I agree with her entirely that the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: I agree very much with my hon. Friend. It certainly shoots the fox that we will have a bonfire of regulations and a race to the bottom. I find it strange that those who have spoken against the Bill this evening have, in one breath, accused the Government of presiding over a chaotic, shambolic and uncontrolled, if not incontinent, Brexit process and have then chastised the Government for...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: The hon. Lady falls into a classic trap. I am not one who seeks to dismiss experts—as a non-expert, I always turn to experts for advice—but a concern that is wrong in fact does not become legitimate if it is raised by an expert. A person could be concerned about all sorts of things, and they could have as many letters after their name as they like, but they are not always correct....

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Simon Hoare: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. These debates often get stuck in a groove on the gramophone, the needle gets stuck and we do not knock it forward. I think it was John Maynard Keynes who said, “When the facts change, I change my mind.” A concern is raised, it is addressed, it ceases to be a concern and we move on to something else. I am not saying there will be no other concerns.

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