Results 1–20 of 757 for speaker:David Linden

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (20 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I have experience of the Boundary Commission for Scotland; there is a particular estate in my constituency and the commission was considering changing the boundaries. The problem that I found in that case was that the Boundary Commission for Scotland reported and the Government took a certain amount of time to consider that report. Is there not a danger here that, although the right hon....

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (20 Jun 2018)

David Linden: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen, and to see you back in the Chair. I shall be brief, because we have had quite a lot of debate this week. It has been a pleasure to spend Monday, Tuesday and today with the Minister and the shadow Minister. It is apparent to me that one of the most pressing and gripping issues is parliamentary and constitutional reform,...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (20 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I have a lot of respect for the right hon. Gentleman, but that is probably just parliamentary gymnastics in action. When the House of Commons divides and the opinion of the 650 or so Members, who are sent here to represent their constituents, is tested, the Government cannot say, “On these particular votes the House of Commons’ voice can be heard and somehow respected, but those...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: Will the Minister give way?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. She talks about reform of the House of Lords and cutting the number of MPs in this House. The Bill received a Second Reading on Friday 1 December 2017. Since then, how many new Conservative peers have been put into the House of Lords?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson), who recited G. K. Chesterton —that is a new one and I might try it tomorrow in the Public Bill Committee. I have the distinct pleasure of leading on this Bill for the Scottish National party. Although I am thoroughly enjoying our standing engagement to meet on a Wednesday morning to discuss a...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: No, the Government have essentially treated the Bill like the bins: they have put it outside and are waiting for it to fester. We all believe that Parliament is taking back control—that we are leaving the European Union and this is going to be a sovereign Parliament. On 1 December last year, Parliament gave the Bill its Second Reading and the House resolved that it should go into...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I fundamentally object to the number of MPs being cut from 650 to 600. My view is that we could cut 59 MPs from this Chamber by Scotland being independent, but until such a time as the people of Scotland vote for that in a democratic referendum, I believe that this House, which is taking back lots of powers from the European Union, should have MPs who are able to scrutinise the Government. I...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: The hon. Gentleman is right, but the presentation Bill that he queued to introduce under Standing Order No. 57 was defeated—it was objected to —so there was not actually a way to get it on the statute book. I do not agree with some of the tactics deployed, when it suits them, by what some in this place have dubbed “the awkward squad”. Over the weekend, the hon....

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: We all remember the photographs of the former Government Chief Whip, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Democratic Unionist party. I don’t know; maybe it was a coincidence that it was announced that £1 billion was going to Northern Ireland on the same day that the confidence and supply agreement was signed. I am no expert. The way in which the Government continue to deal...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. One of the reasons that the Government, under the current regime, are putting through so many private Members’ Bills is because they skip over the ones that they do not like. In the case of the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan), his Bill was 13th in the queue. The Government just decided that they did not like it, so they went to the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

David Linden: The Leader of the House seems to be saying that one of the reasons why the Government will not table a money resolution is the amount of money the Bill would cost. I do not know whether she is inadvertently misleading the House, but the reality is that tabling a money resolution does not mean the law will pass. What then happens is that the Bill can be considered in Committee, on Report and...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

David Linden: The Minister will recall the point in my speech about Members of the House of Lords who perhaps do not still have all their faculties. The Government have spoken about provisions that have been put in place to allow people to retire; what provisions are in place to ensure that people in the House of Lords are actually still able to do their job?

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

David Linden: It is as ever a pleasure to serve under your Chairmanship, Mr Walker. I look forward to doing so again on Wednesday next week. I commend the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) for opening the debate, and thank the 116 constituents of the centre of the universe that is Glasgow East who signed the petition. I left huge amounts of space in my notes for summing up the contributions...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his remarks. I think the Liberal Democrats had a similar position as well, but I am afraid that an appointment to the House of Lords is like a political drug. Once someone starts doing it, they will just keep going. The idea that somehow these political parties will be self-regulating on this question is not one I take very seriously. The House of Lords makes a...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, because I think of my hon. Friend the Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford), who was a breast surgeon for 33 years. She makes an enormous contribution to the House of Commons in health questions and in health legislation, but she still had to go to the electorate of Central Ayrshire on two occasions. I back the hon. Gentleman’s argument that we have...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

David Linden: I would not want the hon. Gentleman inadvertently to mislead the House. Perhaps he will put on the record the fact that there are still 92 hereditary peers.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

David Linden: In the 1990s, there was a referendum on devolution and every party, including my own, except the Secretary of State’s party, campaigned for a yes vote. Scotland rose to the occasion after that yes vote, including the Conservatives. One of the proudest moments that all of us in Scotland had was watching those new MSPs for the first time process up towards the General Assembly of the...

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

David Linden: My Easterhouse constituent, Mr Tabogo, is currently in an immigration detention centre near Heathrow airport, with the idea of moving him back to Cameroon where he will face a military court. As a result of his being removed from Scotland, he does not have access to legal aid—a similar position to people in Northern Ireland. May we have a statement in Government time about this...

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

David Linden: Mr Speaker, the Secretary of State’s departmental colleague, Lord Callanan, wants to “scrap the working time directive, the agency workers’ directive, the pregnant workers’ directive and other barriers to actually employing people”. Which one does the Minister think should happen first?


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