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Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Mark Hendrick: ...it might be or it not being sold hard enough. The second big issue is one that colleagues have touched on, which is the question relating to a sixth-generation fighter. That has to come, and the elephant in the room seems to be who we collaborate on that with. The Chair of the Defence Committee mentioned that we need to see integrational capability, which we are not getting a great deal of...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (16 Nov 2017)

Stella Creasy: ...issue on all sides, but the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) and my constituency neighbour the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) have hit upon the elephant in the room. What will the sanctions be if somebody is found to have behaved inappropriately in a workplace—to have sexually harassed a member of staff, a journalist, or another MP?...

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: ...life. That does not happen enough. CAFCASS officers, social services and other people should hold many more discussions with children about how they see the situation and what their experiences are. The hon. Member for Fareham did not allude to the big elephant in the room—legal aid—although my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas) did mention it. There has been a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: ...what we want EU law to do and how we want it to be interpreted, depending on transition, or indeed when we have completely gone, and on the extent to which we wish to be in comity with EU law. This is the elephant in the room, and it will have to be debated at some point as the Bill goes through, because some of it does not have to do with transition but has really to do with an entire...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: ...of the four parts of the UK could be ascertained; without proper consideration of the views of the Scottish and Welsh Governments; with the means of ascertaining the views of Northern Ireland unavailable; and with the elephant in the room, of course, being the need to explain precisely who speaks for England—something that is always unconsidered or unspoken in this place. What we do...

A Manifesto to Strengthen Families - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Farmer: ...published shortly after Labour came to power, did not shrink from addressing family instability, to Labour’s great credit. However, policy proposals to tackle relationship breakdown within it were largely abandoned and family stability became the elephant in the room of social policy, despite it being a root cause, as well as an effect, of poverty. It hits the poorest the hardest,...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: ..., or will most likely have, some experience of supporting someone with dementia, whether a family member or friend, or a constituent whose family has contacted us for support or a neighbour. Let us not ignore the elephant in the room. Local authorities have faced crippling cuts to budgets owing to the Government’s austerity-driven agenda. My local council, Kirklees, is currently...

Backbench Business: Carbon Capture and Storage — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: ...moment there is not enough evidence to set a net zero target. However, I would caution the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland. If he is successful and gets a promise about an installation, there is an elephant in the room. It is not the white elephant of Hinkley Point, which I will refer to later; it is the elephant that is Peterhead, where there was a shameful decision...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Bob Neill: ...that while we talk a great deal about the need to preserve regulatory equivalence and other means of achieving access to the single market once we have left it, data sharing is, to some degree, the elephant in the room and is often not spoken about. The director of one of London’s leading accountancy and consultancy firms described it to me as a huge issue that needs to be tackled....

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Oct 2017)

Baroness Ludford: ...to provide continuity with the Data Protection Act 1998, but whether or not as a result of this innocent, no doubt valuable, choice, it seems to me that some confusion is thereby created. First, there is the fact that the GDPR is the elephant in the room—unseen and yet the main show in town. You could call it Macavity the cat. The noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, dubbed the Bill Hamlet...

Scottish Parliament: Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (5 Oct 2017)

Graeme Dey: ...-making power to include or exclude animals that become the subject of genuine doubt as to whether they are wild. Members will want to reflect on her wider response on that, in due course. I will continue with the theme of definitions. Perhaps the biggest elephant in the room—I suspect that will not be last pun we hear this afternoon—was the omission of a definition of...

Children: Gambling Advertisements - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...on personal relationships, health and society. It is a public health problem which needs attention and resources, and until we do this, we are simply applying a sticking plaster to a rather grievous wound. There is an elephant in the room, in that, until we get the review we are in the dark as to what the Government intend. I commend the Secretary of State for calling for this review and I...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Mims Davies: ...; we want all our Members of Parliament, from whatever party, to bring experience and ability to the table. My speaking notes are telling me to move on to motherhood—I was going to call that “the elephant in the room”, but I am not sure that is terribly flattering. I want to talk about balancing politics with motherhood. I am really grateful to those, both in the room and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Stuart McMillan: ...for investment.” Not even the Tories could attempt to claim that people in CBI Scotland are SNP flag wavers. The programme for government is big on ambition and ideas and will deliver a better Scotland. However, the elephant in the room is the utter shambles of the Brexit process that is being led by the hapless and hopeless in Whitehall. The early signs from the Brexit negotiations...

Local Government Finance - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2017)

Lord Desai: ...a variety of sources that his party has been proposing over the years—local income tax and various other things—but we are not taxing the most valuable asset local authorities have. It is like the elephant in the middle of the room: we know that when we talk about that we are going to talk about every little bit—business taxes and this and that. At some stage, one of the...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Andrew Percy: ...what happened at this election—in which I was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse, my staff were spat at and my boards and property were attacked—is that the abuse has been politically motivated. The elephant in the room is that it has been motivated by the language of some of our political leaders, when they accuse people of one political side of murder, and when they dehumanise...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Daniel Zeichner: ...about this subject. For those of us who are not so close to the industry, I will talk about the scientific and some of the legal issues, some of which have already been raised, but there is an elephant in the room: to many of us, it seems as though the debate is being driven by what many of us see as the Prime Minister’s longstanding antipathy towards the European Court of Justice....

Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation (5 Jul 2017)

Rory Stewart: That is a challenge for me, and I would love to take it on. Let me try to touch on some things in the remaining five minutes. The one thing that I unfortunately cannot touch on—the elephant in the room—is arms sales. There is a serious legal proceeding looking exactly at the question that has been posed by everybody here: whether the UK Government were, as we believe, in...


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