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Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Schedule - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Yes, we will be pushing amendment 14 to a vote. On the legal basis, we have expressed an opinion here, but of course the Government have constant legal advice during the passage of a Bill, and sometimes that legal advice is changed or modified in the light of representations and circumstances. I hope that that will happen here and that the Government will accept the need for definitions to be...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Schedule - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I rise to speak to speak to amendment 14. As we have heard, this Bill is not country or nation specific. It applies as much to Myanmar, North Korea and China as it does to Israel. The Government say there will be exemptions; Belarus and Russia have been mentioned, but unfortunately no others, and that is one of the profound weaknesses in the Bill. There are also other non-nation...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Schedule - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I am a normal person, not a lawyer, and I am open to suggestions about what would be a legally tight definition. The important thing is that if the amendment were passed, I am sufficiently confident that His Majesty’s Government would draw up the correct legal definitions to ensure that the political views the Committee had expressed were made real. I take the hon. Gentleman’s point, but...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 3 - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I thank the Minister for her statement. I accept what she says about the Government’s commitment to a two-state solution, and so on, but that does not take away from the fact that substantive elements of the Bill, at the very least, place a serious question mark over that commitment. That is objectively true. As Opposition Members have made clear many times, we are opposed to the BDS...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 3 - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I beg to move amendment 5, in clause 3, page 3, line 10, leave out paragraph (a). This amendment removes the existing stipulation that the power to exempt a country or territory from section 1 may not be used in respect of Israel.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 3 - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: In its present form, the Bill will introduce a blanket prevention of public authorities’ ability to take into account human rights—the Government would say foreign policy—when making certain decisions. There can be exceptions; we have heard the Government mention Belarus and Russia. Yet for Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Golan Heights to be exempted, it is not...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 3 - Exceptions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: There might well be something in what the hon. Gentleman suggests. There is, to be honest, a not-too-subtle change in the Government’s emphasis and in their exposition on this matter. Equating Israel and the occupied territories is unique in any British legislation, let alone any Government statement; it questions the long-standing position of the United Kingdom supporting a two-state...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I thank the Minister for her response. First, as far as Northern Ireland is concerned, my understanding of what she has said is that the legislation will not be applicable in large part until the Northern Ireland Assembly is reconvened and has had an opportunity to discuss with central Government a legislative consent motion. That is my understanding of what she has said. Will she confirm...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Thank you, Sir George; it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I would like to speak to amendment 1 and make it clear that it is to clause 17 but there is an opportunity to discuss it at this time because it deals with the issue of devolution. As is very clear, the Bill applies to the whole United Kingdom, but for it to operate in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, certain...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Clause 2 - Application to procurement and investment decisions (12 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Many aspects of procurement and other aspects touched on in this Bill are in part devolved to the various institutions. We have a complex mosaic in the UK: the devolution settlements for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are different in several respects. Nevertheless, the overriding fact is that there is definitely an impingement on devolution powers, however they are defined in the...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witness ( 7 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Could I say that I have regularly, over many, many years, read your excellent articles in The Times and indeed elsewhere. I understand that you feel very strongly about this issue, and I personally have gone on record many times as being implacably opposed to the BDS movement. However, one worry I have is that much of the mechanism in the Bill requires exemptions, and the Government have...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witness ( 7 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Following on from that very point, your two papers make the point very strongly that the Bill contradicts, or at least strongly questions, the British commitment to international law. Could you expand slightly on that because, as we all know, the British Government are firmly committed to international law? Are you suggesting that this questions at least the Government’s commitment to...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witness ( 7 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Apart from the objections you have clearly set out in writing and orally, you make a number of comments about the poor drafting of the Bill. Could you give us a few examples of poor drafting that will lead to all sorts of unintended consequences and complications?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witnesses ( 7 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I hope so, too. I just want to ask your advice. Is it appropriate for a witness to this Committee to give evidence in the form of attacking another witness who does not have the opportunity to respond to those comments because he is not here? Surely a witness should be giving positive remarks about why something should be done, rather than criticising another witness.


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