Results 101–120 of 11174 for speaker:Lord Clarke of Nottingham

Spending Round 2019 ( 4 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. What has this got to do with the spending review?

European Union (Withdrawal) ( 3 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Mr Speaker, you are very generous to me. I will try to be extremely brief. The right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford) has just enabled me to be briefer, because he made the key point in the last few moments of his speech when he talked about what really lies behind this Bill, from the point of view of Parliament and parliamentary democracy. We all know that we are in...

European Union (Withdrawal) ( 3 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: With great respect, I would love to debate with my right hon. Friend, and I often have, but my speech will get longer and longer once I give way. As the Speaker has not put me under the time limit, I will try to avoid giving way, to be fair to others. The reason for this motion and the underlying reason for the opposition to it is simply that the Government are insisting on pursuing a policy...

European Union (Withdrawal) ( 3 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I was astonished to hear my right hon. Friend agree that we would be perfectly all right to proceed on WTO rules. Does he accept that WTO rules will require the European Union to apply tariffs against our agriculture, fisheries and much of our manufacturing, in line with the tariffs it imposes against other third-party countries, and that WTO rules will require us to have a closed border in...

G7 Summit ( 3 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: It seems to me that the Prime Minister’s extraordinary knockabout performance today merely confirms his obvious strategy, which is to set conditions that make no deal inevitable, to make sure that as much blame as possible is attached to the EU and to this House for that consequence, and then—as quickly as he can—to fight a flag-waving general election before the consequences of no deal...

Detainee Mistreatment: Judge-Led Inquiry (15 Jul 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: (Urgent Question): To ask the Prime Minister if she will make good on her Government’s commitment, made over a year ago, to bring to the House within 60 days their view on reinstating the judge-led inquiry into detainee mistreatment and rendition that the former Government promised in 2012.

Detainee Mistreatment: Judge-Led Inquiry (15 Jul 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: You have asked the most penetrating question, Mr Speaker. I am grateful to my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister for finally producing some indication of when we might get a decision and for saying that the Government have reached conclusions. I will not repeat his precis of events, which goes back to the most firm undertakings in 2010 and 2012 that there would be a judge-led...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Hostile State Activity (15 Jul 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I do apologise to the House. It was once the only way that I entered this Chamber.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: The Conservative party has frequently won the trust of the public over recent generations because of its reputation of economic competence and responsibility. Those qualities have helped to contribute to the Prime Minister’s legacy. She will leave behind a recovery from economic crisis to full employment and economic growth. Does she therefore agree that in the present uncertainty...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Mr Speaker, I am sorry that I surprised you. I am not sure that I wrote in beforehand, but I shall endeavour to be brief. I intend to be brief because there are not many complicated issues here. The first issue to which I want to respond is the procedural point that the Secretary of State wisely tried to retreat into, citing a few constitutional experts saying how outrageous it is for the...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I will when I have finished my first point. This cannot bring down the Government. Of course, if the Government are defeated, it will be open to someone to bring a motion of confidence tomorrow. However, at present, the Government would carry a motion of confidence, so all we are doing—the majority of the House, if we do—is insisting that we want to bring some clarity to the present...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I will give way, but I am about to finish the procedural point. In fact, when we were in opposition, David Cameron asked me to chair a committee to advise him on a lot of constitutional issues—with Sir George Young and Andrew Tyrie, who have now moved on to the upper House, and others—and to make recommendations. We actually advocated, and David Cameron in opposition accepted, that we...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Governments pursue policies for which they have a parliamentary majority. I am going to be brief, so I shall not widen what I think is the very important broader constitutional procedural field. It is now argued by many people that this Parliament has no powers, really, except when it is passing legislation, and I think that that is what is contemplated here. Unless a statute is passed to...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: rose—

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I entirely understand and appreciate my right hon. Friend’s tactics in trying to address procedural and textual points in the motion, rather than addressing the main point, which is rather difficult for the Government. I do not think those procedural and textual points would be raised if, by any sad chance, we were sitting on the Opposition Benches and telling a Government we opposed that...

Interim NHS People Plan ( 5 Jun 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I welcome the Minister’s announcement that the Government are giving higher priority still to the recruitment and retention of staff in the NHS. It is an undeniable fact that there are acute shortages, particularly of nurses, in practically every part of the NHS, and we urgently need to improve our recruitment and retention. With that in mind, will he confirm that in finalising the people...

European Council (11 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: May I urge my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to stick to her commitment to lead the country through to the conclusion of the Brexit process, and to ignore some of the vicious attacks being made upon her by our more extreme right-wing colleagues? Given that my right hon. Friend rightly points out that, in the national interest, the next obvious step is to reach a settlement between the...

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My hon. and learned Friend is chopping about with various dates that he would prefer, and he keeps making the obvious point that article 50 can come to an end if and when we have support for a withdrawal agreement, which I have supported all the way through. Would not the best thing be to take some far distant date and give us a proper extension—saying, of course, that it will end...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill: Duties in connection with Article 50 extension ( 3 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: The hon. Gentleman is correct in saying that we would have to produce a reason for wanting an extension, but does he agree that the reason that would command wide support here is so that we could clarify the political declaration and develop the ideas of some sort of customs arrangement and some sort of regulatory alignment mapping out our future relationship? Does he agree that most of the...


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