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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...

Persecution of Christians: Role of UK Embassies — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Fiona Bruce: ...the case. In Nigeria, for example, I had to fight for someone from a leading Christian organisation to get round the table at a meeting with non-governmental organisations that DFID had organised. It seemed that there was an elephant in the room with regard to civil disturbances that DFID simply did not want to address: religious freedom. That must change.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Doctors and Nurses (4 Jul 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: ...’s amendment, because—as usual—Labour Members have told us a lot about how they want to spend the money, without having the faintest idea of where it will come from. He is ignoring an elephant in the room: if we had followed the spending plans we campaigned for in 2015, the NHS would have £2.6 billion less this year, which is the equivalent of 85,000 fewer nurses.

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Drax: ...of the Board of Trade during the election. He has much to sing about and all of it encouraging. To ensure that our overseas exploits are a success, we really must secure our finances back home. The elephant in the room is our massive debt of about £1.9 trillion. The interest alone to service this elephant is circa £47 billion—just imagine what we could do with that money. I...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Dominic Grieve: me that Brexit was, without the slightest doubt, the single key issue in how the election was conducted, the reasons behind it and, indeed, the inconclusive outcome, which was in one sense unsatisfactory. It is the elephant in the room; it is the man on the stair who wasn’t there. Even when people sought to discuss other issues, in truth it all came back to the anxieties and...

Digital Economy Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (26 Apr 2017)

Rupa Huq: Northern Ireland will be achieved as soon as possible. Let me now say something about Lords amendment 34. Throughout the Bill’s passage through the House of Commons, we have consistently returned to the elephant in the room: beneficial ownership and transparency in the United Kingdom’s overseas territories and Crown dependencies. I do not want to restate all the...

Brexit: United Kingdom-Africa Trade and Development - Question (25 Apr 2017)

Lord Lea of Crondall: Does the noble Lord accept that the elephant in the room in this debate is a country called China? China is growing very fast in Africa and says quite explicitly that it thinks it very important that the main Chinese relationship will be with the EU. Instead of saying that everything in the garden will be lovely, would not the Minister find it more useful to think how the constructive...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (18 Apr 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: ...made. Decisions are more likely to stick and to be adhered to if they are good decisions in the first place. I want to talk about a few things, including a few things that are actually in the Finance Bill. The elephant in the room, which was not talked about enough at the Budget, is Brexit and its impacts. My hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (George Kerevan) covered a lot of that....

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...list of categories mentioned by the Minister in his response to me on the last group of amendments, and perhaps he could say something about that in his reply. To some extent, SMEs have been the elephant in the room: they have not been referred to in our consideration of the Bill to anything like the extent they should have. They will play a very important part in apprenticeships—in...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2017)

the Earl of Cork and Orrery: ...halved since inception. The Type 31 frigate—perhaps you could call it the other half of the Type 26—is still a figment of the collective imagination. I could start on the Astute class submarine programme, but embarrassment for my old service forbids further comment. The elephant in the room is clearly social spending in all its forms. While most would agree that such spending...

Treaty of Rome: 60th Anniversary (21 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: ...among those nations. It is little wonder that the EU was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2012 for its achievements to date. That is worth reflecting on as well. This weekend, there will naturally be the elephant in the room of European cohesion, given that the anniversary comes just before the triggering of article 50 by the UK Government. I am sure that that will be in people’s...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Climate Change Plan (16 Mar 2017)

Mike Rumbles: ...what it wants to achieve. I will concentrate on the report of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, of which I am a member, and within that, I will focus on transport. For me, the biggest elephant in the room is the colossal amount of carbon emissions that will occur as a result of the Scottish Government’s aim of cutting air passenger duty to encourage more flights....

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Bilimoria: ...them. We as a House did the right thing from the point of view of morals and integrity by voting to give a unilateral commitment to EU nationals that they would have the right to stay. I am very disappointed that it was not agreed to by the other place. Brexit, the elephant in the room, got one mention by the Chancellor. It got barely a mention. Leaving the single market. Then the Prime...

European Council - Statement (14 Mar 2017)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I listened carefully to the Leader of the House repeating the Statement, and I am grateful to her for doing so. It must have been a strange meeting because there really was an elephant in the room. The one thing we most need to talk about with our European partners is what everybody else sitting round that table is thinking about but nobody is talking about—Brexit. I welcome...

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