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Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: ...EU. That in turn makes it difficult to convince the western Balkan six that it is worth their while implementing the kind of reforms that EU membership requires, which is creating further uncertainty and instability. There is also a big elephant in the room: there is evidence that the malign influence of Russia is exploiting the situation. In a week in which a UK citizen was murdered as a...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Gavin Newlands: ...on this issue of crucial importance to Northern Ireland just proves that they do not care enough about devolution in any part of the UK. As we debate this budget, it is hard not to notice the elephant in room: the £1.5 billion survival money the Tories have given to Northern Ireland—care of the DUP—to keep the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street. Given the current state of...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Bird: .... Until we get rid of poverty capitalism, we are not really going anywhere, and we will be talking about more and more needs for the National Health Service. The National Health Service will become even bigger unless we tackle the elephant in the room, which is poverty.

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Patrick Grady: ...through, authorising billions of pounds-worth of expenditure without any real scrutiny whatsoever. I cannot finish without talking about the other consequence for devolved institutions. It is the elephant in the room, the canary in the coal mine, or whatever metaphor we please: the dodgy deal, the grubby agreement, the confidence and supply arrangement that has propped up this weak...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Andrew Slaughter: ...being given a few minutes of the debate, and I apologise to the Minister if I am not here when he comes to reply. For that reason I will be brief and will make just three points that relate to the elephant in the room: relations with the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I wondered until the interventions whether we would hear anything about that from the hon. Member for Bolton West...

Ministry of Justice (2 Jul 2018)

Bob Neill: ...an overview, so I will come on to legal aid and access to justice issues. I will deal with the prisons and probation part of the budget first, because it is the largest element and therefore the elephant in the room in financial terms. There have been efforts to deal with this. The Ministry succeeded in getting the funding for 2,500 extra prison officers. That is admirable. It is worth...

Armed Forces Veterans (28 Jun 2018)

Peter Heaton-Jones: ...think about support for our armed forces veterans, there is a third aspect. I say at the outset that I take close notice of the Standing Orders as they relate to matters that are sub judice. It is perhaps the elephant in the room: the issue of historical prosecutions. The issue has been and is being considered elsewhere more widely, so I shall not comment on individual cases, except to say...

Select Committee on Justice: Russian Federation Activity (28 Jun 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: ...gas. That in turn gives Russia disproportionate influence in its dealings with the EU. By investing in interconnectors and integrating the energy trading market, the EU would fundamentally rebalance its relationship with Russia. Seventhly, we must address the elephant in the room: the World cup. FIFA has handed Putin a propaganda coup, and in the wake of the Skripal poisoning, it was right...

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

Jamie Stone: I am not one of the awkward squad, I trust, in the Chamber today. I hope that I am a paragon of reasonableness, but today I really must protest because my constituency is the elephant in the room. It is one of the two largest constituencies in the United Kingdom. I have the honour to represent the counties of Caithness, Sutherland—a vast county—and part of Ross and Cromarty. It is...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit Negotiations (Progress) (19 Jun 2018)

Tavish Scott: It is not news that Westminster’s processes are archaic but the elephant in the room is the point that the minister made. The decision to leave the EU has brought about the worst political and governmental crisis for many generations. Therefore, surely, is it not time for his party, for him as a minister, and for this Government to recognise that the particular need here is to put the...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers (12 Jun 2018)

Jamie Greene: ...? On justice, there is a disproportionate use of antisocial behaviour orders against Gypsy Travellers, a high use of remand in custody and cultural dislocation within the prison system. What are we doing to address those issues? Perhaps we should talk about the elephant in the room. Research by Amnesty International found that the Gypsy Traveller community receives a disproportionate level...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Energy (Community Benefit) (7 Jun 2018)

Mr Mark Ruskell: ...decisions should be made on the basis of not the size of the financial benefits that are being offered but the merits of the development and whether it is the right development in the right place. The elephant in the room in today’s debate is land reform. The best way for communities to share in the rewards of these projects is for them to own the land. If they cannot get ownership...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (6 Jun 2018)

David Linden: ...Commons on Second Reading. We see an arrogant Government blocking that by the most dishonourable means. As the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean has said, we will come here for many Wednesdays but we are probably reaching a particular point. The elephant in the room is the lack of Democratic Unionist party attendance. We all know that that party holds the key here. They are probably...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

David Amess: ..., so I salute what the Secretary of State is doing. I cannot keep up with it. Each week, each month, all the things we have been asking for for such a long time are happening. The House will be united in encouraging him. Elephants are wonderful animals. I have kept most kinds of animal, but I have never owned an elephant. We have not had room for one—although, according to my wife, I...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Caroline Lucas: Does the hon. Lady agree that another way the Government could follow both Labour and Green party policy would be to tackle extortionate rents? The elephant in the room is the need for some kind of rent controls, including rent caps, because although what is in the Bill is a welcome step forward, until we tackle the size of rent increases, we will not be able to provide the homes for the...

Economies of the UK Islands — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Peter Dowd: ...had the analysis of the symptoms, but I am not sure we have had the practical things we can all do to help those communities—I hope the Minister will address that. It falls on me, as Opposition spokesperson, to refer to the elephant in the room: eight years of austerity. Many areas have suffered disproportionately from that because of the lack of investment in those communities,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Grocott: ...and momentous decision. I cannot help being vain enough to mention just two points that I made at Second Reading about this House and its treatment of this Bill. I simply said that, in all our discussions, there will be an elephant in the room—the chasm between the spread of opinion on Brexit in this House and the spread of opinion in the country at large. I think that I can be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: ...get to a situation which genuinely acknowledges that what we are trying to do is find a decision-making process that carries everybody with us, recognises legitimate interests, but is always left with the elephant in the room, which is, “Where does the buck stop?” Clearly, the buck ultimately stops with the UK because we are a United Kingdom. That, of course, is not entirely...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I shall keep my remarks very short. I believe that the noble Lord, Lord Newby, hinted at the elephant in the room, which is respect for the clear majority who have already spoken in a once-in-a-generation referendum. He referred to the result of the referendum as being sacrosanct. Yet this amendment sticks two fingers up at the majority who voted to leave in that...


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