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Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation (11 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the renaming of his Department; and which new policy responsibilities his Department will discharge after it is renamed.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: This Government are determined to leave the customs union and the single market, and so, unfortunately, are the official Opposition. The Bill would not be needed if, when leaving the EU, we were staying in the customs union. The first question to ask is therefore: why? Is it in our national interest, and will what replaces the customs union be better than what we have at the moment? We have...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: In a former life, I was the export manager for our family manufacturing business, and I was very much involved in exporting to other countries. It was certainly not the EU that stopped us from exporting—there were many other factors. Can the hon. Gentleman tell me how this Bill is going to make a difference?

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this important debate. Is it not important that the Government take away the freeze on the housing allowance cap, in order to make sure that housing benefit reflects market values, because otherwise the benefit does not keep up with the market value of the private sector?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Does the hon. Gentleman not understand that the most important thing for the EU is to maintain its integrity? If everybody would get a better deal by leaving the EU, as the UK thinks it will, everybody would leave. That is exactly why the EU wants to protect its union. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that is the first thing the EU will have in mind?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: The Minister seemed to say previously that it might not be a great thing for the UK to leave the customs union and the single market, but that we were doing it because that was the will of the people as expressed in the referendum result. Is that the only reason that we are doing this?

NHS Winter Crisis: Office for Students: Appointment (8 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Does the Minister suggest that, simply because Mr Young, under pressure, has now apologised for his dark and dangerous comments, he no longer holds the views that he has held for many years?

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. I really believe it is important to be aware of beginnings. I celebrated the fall of the Berlin wall, having lived in cold war Germany and I hoped that Russia had changed, but when I went back to Russia only a year ago, people told me that, unfortunately, Russia was facing the same threats and problems that it faced during the cold war,...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: rose—

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I grew up in cold war Germany. As I have said, these things have been going for decades. When our political group referred to Russia funding German terrorism, we were seen as paranoid fantasists, yet when the wall came down our fears were reconfirmed when the Stasi files were opened. There must be national recognition across the board, and people need to see this as a real threat.

Local Authority Housing (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: As I understand it, in the financial year that has just finished, we lost more than 12,000 homes to right to buy and rebuilt only 5,000 new council homes, so clearly this system does not work with the like-for-like replacement.

Local Authority Housing (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: The hon. Gentleman is making a good case for his local authority to be able to build more houses, although the circumstances are difficult. Does he agree that we also need to ask the Minister about the 50% of local authorities which, after being encouraged by the Government to sell off their local housing stock to housing associations, no longer have a housing revenue account? What should...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I rise to speak to amendment 120. Since I arrived in this place in June and started taking part in the Brexit debate, one thing has intrigued me: have the Prime Minister and many other remain MPs changed their minds? We all know that the Prime Minister supported remaining in June 2016. Has she changed her mind since? This is important because she and her Government use one big argument for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Is there not a deep misunderstanding among those who say they want free trade agreements but to be outside the customs union? Creating a customs border is independent of how much we actually raise tariffs, because there will still be a border and there will still be checks. However freely or not freely we trade, creating a customs border will lead to delays, checks, regulations and so on and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Will the Minister give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I thank the Minister for giving way. He is generous. As a new MP, I must say that I am very surprised about how little constructive dialogue there has been. In fact, the comment that those on the Government Benches could deal with all of this without having to deal with the Opposition was alarming. We are all here to make constructive comments, to improve the Bill and to make compromises. The...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Of course this is not going to be a second referendum. I want to clarify once and for all that it is the language of the other side to say that we want a second referendum; we want a referendum on the deal—on what is going to be negotiated. It will be a confirmation—an update—of what the people have said, because only the people can end what they have started. That can be...


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