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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for Businesses and Entrepreneurs (11 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: Does my hon. Friend agree that keeping the VAT threshold at £85,000 demonstrates that the Government are firmly on the side of west Oxfordshire’s small businesses?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: I welcome the extra £1 billion for the armed forces that was announced in the Budget. Does my right hon. Friend agree that only this Government’s sensible management of the economy has made that possible?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Funding (10 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: What steps his Department is taking to ensure fairness in the allocation of funding to local government.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Funding (10 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: Fifty per cent. of Oxfordshire County Council’s budget is spent on social care. Many of the things that my constituents discuss with me, such as potholes and school funding, are directly or indirectly related to local government funding. What steps are being taken to ensure that regional differences are addressed so that rural areas like West Oxfordshire get the funding that they need and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (10 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: Plans for the Oxfordshire Cotswolds garden village will see 2,200 homes built near Eynsham on the A40—an already congested road—in west Oxfordshire. Can the Minister pleasure assure me that garden villages are indeed free-standing settlements with their own schools and GP provision and that their connected infrastructure upgrades happen before, not after, the new homes are completed?

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: It is an honour to speak in this important debate and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison), who made some excellent points, all of which I agree with. It is worth restating the fundamental issue that we are dealing with, which is the clash between Parliament, as a sovereign institution and the highest court in the land, and the right of the...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who, as always, makes an excellent contribution. It is normally the case that the client has the ability to waive legal advice if they wish, but, in the case of Government Law Officers, there clearly is another layer to that, and their position is of enormous importance. The Government’s amendment is the correct, cool, calm way to look at this matter. We are...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. In the middle of a negotiation, in any discussion that by necessity is high profile and tense, any disclosure of advice that might undermine a negotiator is clearly to be regretted. The Commission will have its legal advice, and we might like to see it, but there is a good reason why we cannot see it and why the Commission should not be able to see...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: That is an excellent point.

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman for making that point. Of course, he has considerable experience in those matters, but we are dealing here with a wholly different consideration. He deals with circumstances in which he has been subject to a court order, which brings me precisely to my point. No doubt he will say to me that Parliament is a court—it is the high court of...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: The hon. Gentleman is right—he makes a good point— but he is referring to something wholly different. He is referring to disclosure, not the waiving of privilege. Any Member—[Interruption.] I am sorry, but they are wholly different concepts. I did not wish to sound patronising to the hon. Gentleman, but, as any lawyer—including those on the Front Benches—will realise, legal...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Robert Courts: And he is here today. He answered those questions with absolute honesty and candour, strikingly so, and he made a number of points on which Members will be reflecting. I apologise for summarising those points, but essentially, with regard to the backstop—he will correct me if I am wrong—there is a risk that it may be indefinite. When I asked him about it, he kindly agreed that that was a...


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