Results 181–200 of 11174 for speaker:Lord Clarke of Nottingham

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (11 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My hon. Friend firmly confirmed that the vote on the deal would come tomorrow. He did not actually mention the event, if it is defeated, of the vote on Wednesday on whether or not we leave with no deal, and, further to that, the vote on Thursday about delaying article 50 if, indeed, the House rejects no deal. I hope that that was a mere oversight and that my hon. Friend is not going back on...

Eurotunnel: Payment ( 4 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: It is always a pleasure to see my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, although rather a surprising one on this occasion. The usual reason for settling an action is to minimise your losses when you are obviously on a loser in defending it, but I am relieved to hear that this was done in order to ensure the safety of medicines. As we are on that subject, can he...

Privatised Probation System ( 4 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: In the field of justice policy, as in the field of health policy, arguments are being reduced to a notion that if the public sector provides a service it is automatically better than if the private sector does so. That is completely irrelevant and just a lazy substitute for producing any real ideas on what can be done to improve rehabilitation. I am very attracted by the Department’s idea...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the EU (27 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I listened with care to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster’s response to the five principles at the end of his speech. Did it seem to the shadow Minister that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster disagreed with any of the five principles? I do not disagree with any of them. My right hon. Friend tried most of the time to demonstrate their compatibility with the political agreement....

Uk’S Withdrawal from the EU (27 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: With the greatest respect, I think the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) and the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) is absolutely key to understanding what the Prime Minister said yesterday. I entirely understand that my right hon. Friend is retreating, as the Prime Minister does, to the argument that the aim...

Leaving the European Union (26 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: May I congratulate the Prime Minister on accepting that we are not remotely ready for the chaos of a no-deal departure on 29 March? I agree with her that no deal at any time would bring very damaging medium and long-term prospects for the British economy and our wellbeing. I will continue to vote for any withdrawal agreement that she manages to get with the other EU countries, but I doubt...

Deprivation of Citizenship Status (20 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: When I was Home Secretary, I did not deprive anyone of their citizenship, and although the power is necessary, it is being used with ever increasing frequency. Every patriotic British citizen has to accept that we have fellow citizens who are extremely unpleasant and have very unpleasant and dangerous ideas. We deal with them through the rule of law—international law and domestic law. Some...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Impact of Proposed Deal (20 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: It is perfectly obvious to all those involved in the negotiations, both the British negotiators and the EU negotiators, that if Britain were to leave the EU with no deal, it would be disastrous for the British economy in the medium to long term and extremely damaging to the economies of many EU countries, particularly those nearest the UK. Does the Minister accept that it is rather silly to...

Honda in Swindon (19 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I accept, as the Secretary of State does, Honda’s statement that Brexit played no significant role in the decision. We must avoid a childish debate every time there is an industrial announcement, whereby one side or the other leaps on how far Brexit has been involved in complex decisions. However, the fact remains that when I served at the Department of Trade and Industry under Margaret...

Northern Ireland Backstop (19 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I understand the dangers of a running commentary, but I have a little difficulty understanding by what process we have reached this point. As far as I can see, the serious negotiations are with the Democratic Unionist party and the European Research Group in my party to see what modifications to the withdrawal agreement we have negotiated they will accept. Ministers then go to Brussels to...

Northern Ireland Backstop (19 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Backstop (19 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: It is a genuine point of order. In the course of the exchanges, two Members of Parliament on the Government side of the House made reference to a civil servant, Sir Oliver Robbins, who they obviously regard as some sort of political enemy, although he is a non-political civil servant. They not only repeated newspaper rumours about what he was supposed to have been overheard saying, but they...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: That could all be solved if the whole UK stayed in the customs union and had the same regulatory alignment. Why does the right hon. Gentleman not accept that?

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: The hon. Lady is arguing articulately for the scheme she put forward and persuaded me to join her in recommending. Does she agree that one thing causing the chaos today is that the remain element in this House are not all pursuing the same end, because they all have their own preferred route, and the leave people in the House, on both sides, are divided in the same way? The system she has put...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: The hon. Gentleman has reminded me of the party manifesto, on which I apparently I stood and which is binding on me, at the last election. I have never seen this document. It was produced some time during the campaign, rather obscurely, and I read about it in the newspapers. No copy was ever sent to me and I have never met a constituent who bothered to get a copy or read it. It had one...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: We have moved to yet another of these almost weekly engagements, at which we are told that historic decisions are about to be taken, a meaningful vote is on the verge of emerging and all is going to be clear. Every time we do that, one immediately encounters an appalling shambles—that is the only way to describe the position of the Government and of this Parliament, and I am sure that is...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I think I agree with that; I cannot give an off-the-cuff response to my right hon. Friend’s detailed procedural point. Eventually, yes, we will have to legislate, first to gain time, and secondly, to get the necessary resolution of these problems in the long-term interests of this country.

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Government and Parliament can at any time produce legislation to reform previous legislation because the circumstances have changed. The idea put forward by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State that the Government are now bound by what they passed on article 50 and by the withdrawal Act, and cannot possibly contemplate amending that Act or asking us to vote again on article 50, is,...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I will give way to my right hon. Friend—my best friend among all these arch-remainers, who are otherwise my political allies in the House, day in, day out, though they all voted against the agreement. They are still threatening to do so, because they do not want to leave. They think there should be a people’s vote. Then there was a faction of people who were not content to vote for the...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I will not give way any more. I have great respect for my hon. Friend, so I hope that I will not be too disparaging of his views—he and I fundamentally disagree—but lots of people want to speak, and I cannot give way as if I were a Front-Bench spokesman. That is not possible. That is the wrong group to pursue. The Brady amendment, which I voted against, is meaningless; it rejects the...


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