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Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Jan 2017)

Baroness Goldie: ...the core of higher education provision—perhaps doing so in a way which we have not seen before. That is to be applauded. The constitution and creation of the OfS develop a body which is not just a paper tiger. This body is given significant, meaningful and tangible powers in the Bill—powers that it will be required to deploy and use if difficult situations arise. My noble...

Privileges (27 Oct 2016)

Chris Bryant: ...the House because the Speaker’s warrant has no effect and the Serjeant at Arms has no power. The problem is that we cannot force somebody to appear as a witness before a Select Committee, which really means that we have become a paper tiger. We have become a lion with no teeth.

European Council - Statement (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Blencathra: ...agree with me—she probably does not—that the real threat we face, and the huge frightening leap in the dark, would be if we now remained in Europe? Europe has seen that Britain is a bit of a paper tiger. A few years ago we were saying that we wanted fundamental and far-reaching reform. Then we asked for very little, and I am afraid we settled for a lot less. When Europe comes...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Employment Bill: Further Consideration Stage (22 Feb 2016)

Stephen Farry: ...of regulations or, indeed, primary legislation occur. That is the most responsible way in which we can ensure that we protect people. If we get this wrong, we inadvertently raise expectations while putting in place a paper tiger that will not provide the outcomes that people are suggesting. I do not think that it is good enough for people to come here today and talk about outcomes and...

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (18 Nov 2015)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...statute book, it can be enforced through judicial review. That is the purpose of judicial review: to ensure that public authorities comply with the law. I know that my noble friend has concerns that this may be a paper tiger, but he has been an admirable Secretary of State in difficult times. He will know how difficult it is for a Government to face judicial review; he will know about the...

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean: ...it has suggested that the Government should consider that. I would be grateful if my noble friend could come back on Report, because, clearly, if the Electoral Commission is saying that this is a paper tiger, it is certainly not acceptable.

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord Lawson of Blaby: ...Parliament explaining why they are not increasing aid spending and are falling short of the 0.7% target. That is a great relief, and it will be a great relief to the people of this country. The commitment is a bit of a paper tiger. With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 8 withdrawn. Clause 2: Duty to lay statement before Parliament if 0.7% target not met Amendments 9...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2014)

Bob Stewart: ...of the forthcoming NATO summit. Again, Russia would denounce such a move, but so what? President Putin has asked for it by his actions. He would protest long and hard, but at least it would prove that NATO was not a paper tiger, as some think, and that it has teeth. I wish everyone in the House a really good recess, particularly you, Madam Deputy Speaker, because you have been so nice to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee: Reports and Memoranda of Reply (12 Nov 2013)

Michaela Boyle: ...-based work of the Audit Office in giving the Committee a strong base from which to take a bird's-eye view of government. I have been Committee Chairperson for over a year and a half now.  In that time, I have heard the Committee described in many ways as I underwent initiation in the lore of the Public Accounts Committee:  it is the watchdog; it is the Rottweiler; it is the...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 16 - Orders and regulations (26 Mar 2013)

Chris Leslie: ...own, the ring-fencing arrangements would not be sufficient. He described the creation of a credible bail-in mechanism as critical and essential to prevent taxpayers from being on the hook. When the Commission says to the Minister that Parliament needs assurances that bail-in is not a paper tiger—markets need that assurance too—the Bank of England’s role to report on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: "Exception for conflict-related offences: appeals (19 Mar 2013)

Peter Weir: ...a Bill.  They are, in effect, wrecking amendments.  What substance would be left?  Well, there would be an annual report on special advisers and a code of conduct — not even a code of appointments because that is contained in clause 6.  We would be left with a paper tiger of a Bill.  It is clear that, rather than simply gut the Bill by way of those particular...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Clause 1 — Approval of certain decisions under Article 352 of TFEU (11 Feb 2013)

Kelvin Hopkins: ...my time in Parliament, I was involved in the trade union movement, in which I have a strong interest, and my feeling is that the agency and fundamental rights in the European Union are a bit of a paper tiger when it comes to defending workers’ rights. As I said when I intervened, I want fundamental rights to be strengthened. Whether they are strengthened by legislation in this...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] (19 Nov 2012)

Margaret Ritchie: ...the central part of the campaign in recent years, and to this end the Bill is welcome. Having accepted that such an adjudicator is necessary, it is vital that it should be adequately empowered and not become a paper tiger. The adjudicator must have robust powers of investigation and enforcement to hold to account the organisations engaged in bad practice. A primary concern is that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Marie Stopes International Centre, Belfast (15 Oct 2012)

Edwin Poots: ...the criminal law, they are subject to a sentence of up to life imprisonment.  To that extent, those who are engaging in the Marie Stopes clinic would be well advised to observe the law.  Some journalists might think that the law is a paper tiger, but that is because it has been largely observed.  If some people think that they can get away with not observing the law, they...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Services Bill: Clause 5 - The new Regulators (1 Mar 2012)

Yvonne Fovargue: ...with the money they get in, which I support. Amendment 90 addresses the power to suspend, which is so important in the interim period because we do not want the Office of Fair Trading to be seen as a paper tiger and for companies to rise up and think, “I’ve got two years before anyone will act against me.” The OFT has said that it can take more than two years to...

Libya — Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2011)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: ...; it is as powerful or as feeble as its member states want it to be. When nations put national interests and primitive rivalries before collective security and collective action, NATO becomes a paper tiger in an increasingly complex and dangerous international jungle. As we can all now see, things are not over. Defections from the Gaddafi regime there will be, and the more the better-and a...

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Andrew Tyrie: ...I am about to conclude. Any new bail-out mechanism, however, may itself lack credibility in the absence of a common European fiscal policy. That is why the discovery that the no bail-out clause is a paper tiger will remain an enduring problem for the eurozone's stability, a problem from whose consequences the UK will certainly not be immune.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill: Clause 18 (19 Jan 2010)

Simon Hughes: ...different parts of the country. However, for one user in one place I would like the Minister to say whether she supports the range and variety of options that exist now, or whether she agrees that Ofgem has been a paper tiger—a toothless wonder—in trying to ensure that the utility companies serve their customers rather than themselves. There are many people, as Margaret Erskine...

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

Lord Ramsbotham: ...and insurers, who in turn have a poor understanding of the Act, leading to their inadvertently asking questions to elicit information which may result in illegal discrimination. The Act is a paper tiger in this context because the consequences of contravening it are minimal. Finally, the Act is confusing within the criminal justice system itself, among prison officers, probation officers,...

Energy Bill (7 Dec 2009)

Greg Clark: .... Initially, his response-I think it was last November, but he will correct me if I am wrong-was to summon the energy companies in to growl at them in some fierce way, but he has proved to be a paper tiger, because nothing has happened and he has done absolutely nothing to protect consumers' interests. Ofgem has today published a report that says that "customer bill increases have...


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