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Spending Round 2019 - Motion to Take Note (25 Sep 2019)

Lord Fox: ...not based on the best available independent forecasts”. His colleague Rowena Crawford added detail, saying: “Based on OBR forecasts from the spring it looks like the Chancellor has plenty of room to meet his spending pledges … But growth has slowed since the spring and in reality he may have a lot less than the £15 billion of headroom he seemed to have back then”. In more detail,...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 (4 Sep 2019)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: It is the elephant in the room in every decision of this Government. I will rewind, Presiding Officer. I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I am tired of this First Minister and this Government misappropriating my vote to remain as justification for another divisive independence referendum. The choice between two unions has always been a false one and it has led to a paralysis of...

Bullying and Harassment of MPS’ Parliamentary Staff (17 Jul 2019)

Maria Miller: ...—and they are actions taken, rather than minutes of discussion. It is difficult, even for someone such as me who is interested in these issues, to stay abreast of what is going on. Is the biggest elephant in the room the need to understand who is accountable for implementing the Gemma White report? We have, of course, already had a debate about the Cox report, when the Commission had...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: ...billion in costs out of the organisation over the past 10 years, and it is right that it has done so. It has an existential challenge, in terms of competing with the commercial sector. It is a big elephant in the room, in so far as the UK media scene is concerned. Ten years ago, we could not move without every media organisation, including, funnily enough, The Guardian, complaining about...

Religious Persecution - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Elton: ...I do not want to go on, because I have been flashed at once already. I will just conclude by saying that I am delighted that the response will be cross-governmental; that is crucial. I recognise an elephant in the room—mentioned only once—which is the way a humanitarian approach to life is inhibited by our commercial interests. That is very serious. We in our faith recognise that our...

Economic Growth and Environmental Limits — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (10 Jul 2019)

Caroline Lucas: ...well show that our wellbeing is being severely undermined by environmental damage. Turning to the climate emergency, the primacy of GDP growth as the overarching priority for the economy is the elephant in the room. To quote Greta Thunberg, “Our house is on fire”, and the GDP growth obsession is the obstacle blocking the door to the emergency exit. In April, Greta visited Parliament...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Bob Stewart: The elephant in the room is the fact that Sinn Féin just does not give a damn about the Northern Ireland Executive. A year and a half ago, we were talking about making moves very fast towards having direct rule, and each time we have pushed and pushed and pushed. It is actually in Sinn Féin’s interest to continue to procrastinate and to destroy the Northern Ireland Executive. We finally...

Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...this up and bring forward proposals. There needs to be legislative change here, so why not put this in a draft Bill since we already have the proposals? I do not think anybody has picked up on the elephant in the room: the e-commerce directive. I think that is partly because it is complicated and made more difficult by Brexit. The point made by the committee is important: online...

Grenfell Tower Fire (6 Jun 2019)

Clive Betts: ...s report—on reflection she probably feels that she might have recommended that herself, and she is certainly comfortable with that recommendation, which was right. But there is a problem—the elephant in the room—how can we possibly say that it is too risky to put materials that are not of limited combustibility on new buildings, if we are happy for such materials to remain on...

Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (22 May 2019)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: ...anything that people want: Senate, Upper House or whatever. I do not want to be a Cassandra, but unless urgent action is taken the UK will fall apart. In any case, one needs to take notice of the elephant in the room: Brexit. I am very sorry not to be able to end my contribution in a happy and upbeat way, but I am afraid that I predict that, if the UK leaves the European Union, in a short...

Competition and Markets Authority: Legislative and Institutional Reforms - Question for Short Debate (8 May 2019)

Lord Henley: ...with competition and regulation working in the consumer interest. I am running out of time but I wanted to touch on what the noble Baroness, Lady Crawley, referred to as the dog not barking at the elephant in the room—a rather confusing picture but there we are. To touch briefly on EU exit, perhaps I may make clear how we believe that our competition would operate post exit. We will...

Environment and Climate Change (1 May 2019)

Peter Aldous: ...Innovative schemes have been produced locally to defend both Lowestoft and Kessingland, and it is vital that they are properly funded. Secondly, the roll-out of smart meters is in many respects the elephant in the room that no one talks about. We are not doing well enough, and we need to do better. Thirdly, we were wrong to ditch the zero-carbon homes initiative. It needs to be reinstated,...

Brexit: No-deal Ferry Contracts - Private Notice Question (1 May 2019)

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: I thank my noble friend for that question. Yes, we can be absolutely sure. Perhaps I may address the point about Seaborne, as it seems to be the elephant in the room. Not a single taxpayer pound was paid to Seaborne. The management of Seaborne perhaps made some very serious errors, but the biggest thing that happened was that its credible partner and backer, Arklow Shipping, pulled out of the...

Backbench Business: Post Office Network — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (25 Apr 2019)

Gill Furniss: ...urgent review to prevent more closures and more hardship, and the terrible tragedies of people who have set up a business in all good faith then facing financial ruin? In this debate, there is an elephant in the room. I thank the Minister for meeting me to discuss the matter privately, where I was able to raise my concerns. As we know, a group of sub-postmasters has launched a legal case...

Proportional Representation: House of Commons — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (23 Apr 2019)

Chris Heaton-Harris: ...there were more people behind me. I congratulate the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith) on the way she introduced the subject, and I welcome the Minister to his seat in this room, and to his new post as a Minister in the Department. I wish him all the very best. I stand to speak because, like my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford), I was a Member of...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security and In-work Poverty (23 Apr 2019)

Bob Doris: ...to tax credits and the move to universal credit with conditionality “bears no relation to reality.”—[ Official Report , Social Security Committee , 13 September 2018; c 10.] I return to the elephant in the room, which is the 50,000 people in work who are in receipt of universal credit and the 170,000 who are on tax credits, who are facing a managed migration to universal credit. As...

World Health: 25-Year Environment Plan (9 Apr 2019)

Sarah Wollaston: My hon. Friend is making important points about natural capital and health, and I agree with all that he has said so far. However, does he agree that the real elephant in the room is the issue of climate change and its impact on human health not only in this country, but globally? Would he like to see the Government go further and faster in planning for the long-term goals on carbon reduction...

Foreign Affairs Committee: IR35 Tax Reforms (4 Apr 2019)

Paul Sweeney: ...platform-based or gig-based working. The employer’s national insurance of 13.8% is, in all but name, a payroll tax, which firms that hire contractors do not have to pay. It is the £60-billion elephant in the room. Contractors, because of various changes over the years, pay largely proportional taxes to those on a salary, and any historical tax advantages are small compared to the chunk...

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

David Hanson: ...needed to give time for that process. The amendments, which I have only had a cursory look at, fix dates of 30 June and 22 May. I recognise that there is a problem: the European elections are the elephant in the room. When I was the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, we regularly passed legislation to establish or not establish elections in the Northern Ireland Assembly within a day...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Mar 2019)

Baroness Chakrabarti: ...Lady Featherstone, is probably woman of the match for her comments and revelations but, none the less, there is still an element of otherworldliness to our discussion. I am sorry to say it but the elephant in the room is the complete obliteration of civil legal aid, including in family law cases over recent years. People say that talk is cheap, but legislation without the fiscal changes...


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