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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 3) Bill: Second Stage (20 Oct 2020)

Paula Bradley: ...soon as possible. We should not show lack of ambition in our planning, but, regrettably, our ambition has been tempered by our finances and the primacy of the ongoing COVID crisis. In addition, the elephant in the room is the absence of a draft Programme for Government. Ultimately, we need a draft Programme for Government so that we can consider the link between the proposed outcomes and...

RAF Valley: Funding and Employment: Jet Zero Council — [Mrs Maria Miller in the Chair] (14 Oct 2020)

Alan Brown: ...that other people do this. I agree with the suggestion about revisiting air passenger duty and reflecting the efficiency of aircraft emissions. I think the Government need to look at that. Another elephant in the room, it seems to me, is the fact that kerosene, which is used mainly for aviation, is still zero duty rated. That is unsustainable going forward for trying to incentivise the use...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Increasing the Number of Police Officers in Northern Ireland (12 Oct 2020)

Alan Chambers: ...of 7,500 was the starting point. The motion calls for 7,500 officers, but it makes no mention of the 2,500 part-time officers that were proposed by Patten. This seems to have become some sort of elephant in the room. The reason that is given by police sources is that part-time officers would need to be trained and equipped to the same standard as full-time officers. I do not accept this...

Public Bill Committee: British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill: Clause 1 - Power of the British Library Board to borrow money (30 Sep 2020)

Tracy Brabin: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Certainly, when I sit in the reading rooms of the British Library, I see international students from all over the world. The library is part of the soft power that draws the cleverest people from across the world to London, and will hopefully draw them to Leeds. I want the library to keep growing and expanding its outreach work. In many communities,...

Covid-19 (28 Sep 2020)

Steve Brine: ...to get loaded with more booze in the off-licence so that they can carry on until 3 in the morning, what does that say about the unhealthy relationship that this country has with alcohol? It is an elephant in the room and we overlook it at our peril. Finally, on the vaccine, when it comes, if it comes—and I pray to God that it does—could we please, Minister, consider the economic case...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (North of England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (25 Sep 2020)

Lord Blunkett: ...it is not working. Can we also ensure not only that the democratic process works speedily, in the way described by the noble Lord since the beginning of August, but that we sometimes address the elephant in the room? Infection rates rose during August and by the end of the month hospital admissions had started to rise. Was there any correlation with Eat Out to Help Out, which economically...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Second Reading (21 Sep 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: ...available to the courts. The Bill provides changes in the sentencing, release and monitoring of terrorism offenders. We on the Opposition Benches will not be opposing this legislation, but the elephant in the room, which has been discussed although it is not part of the Bill, is the effectiveness of the de-radicalisation programmes and the Prevent programme: they are not working...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Shaun Bailey: ...46 does provide us with such an opportunity across the UK. I get the points that have been raised about devolution and I have heard the points made by Opposition Members, but I would say that the elephant in the room, which we have missed actually, is English devolution and how that squares with this. I think of the West Midlands Combined Authority. That is an example of devolution and of...

Japan Free Trade Agreement (14 Sep 2020)

Stewart Hosie: ...want to confirm that, even with that, if all goes according to plan in GDP terms this deal will be worth less than one tenth of 1% of UK GDP—barely denting the losses anticipated from Brexit. The elephant in the room is the UK’s stated intention to breach international law and to break legally binding treaties. That is important because the Japan deal is primarily significant in paving...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2020-21 (1 Sep 2020)

...of crisis to rethink how we do things, but that is not to say that all of this will be easy. My responsibility is to make sure that we are using all the levers and resources at our disposal. The elephant in the room will always be that some of the levers, particularly those for economic interventions, are not in our hands. There will always be a real flaw in Richard Leonard’s argument if...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery Implementation Plan (12 Aug 2020)

Annabelle Ewing: ...and sustainable wellbeing economy. As welcome as the action plan is—with more detail to be fleshed out in the weeks to come, as is mentioned in the programme for government—there are two key elephants in the room, both of which stand at the door of the UK Government. First, the Benny Higgins report called for acceleration of the review of the fiscal framework that governs financial...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 and Service Rebuilding (28 Jul 2020)

Robin Swann: ...of work are being put back in place. There are a number of presentations to it in regard to work that is coming forward. That even includes members from the voluntary and community sector. The Elephant in the Room youth mental health initiative is presenting to the Committee tomorrow afternoon as well. It is about how we get all those pieces to work together and deliver the support that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Appointment of an Expert Panel to Examine Links between Persistent Educational Underachievement and Socio-economic Background (28 Jul 2020)

Maolíosa McHugh: Even Protestant schools would tell me that, rather than being a hobby horse, the transfer test was the elephant in the room. I would hope that when the report comes back, the Minister says to himself that the answer is easy: it is about having the courage to actually grasp that easy answer. In fact, if it happens to reflect, too, that the transfer test has contributed, in many respects, to...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Second Reading (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard: ...we sure that statistical tidiness makes political sense? Right now, I oppose the 2011 Act, which would have culled six Scottish seats, so of course I welcome Clause 5, but it does not address the elephant in the room: the growing perception in Scotland, Wales, and now, strikingly, in Northern Ireland—because of the Johnson frontier in the Irish Sea—that the voices of the smaller...

Covid-19: Future UK-EU Relationship (15 Jul 2020)

Antony Higginbotham: ...my constituents because of EU intransigence—as the Committee’s report also made clear, the EU needs to change its mandate if an agreement is to be reached. On a final point, we must address the elephant in the room—or, rather, those not in the room—and that is the Labour party. Looking through the list of speakers, I was, like most of my colleagues, perplexed to see that no one...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: New Clause 1 - Electorate per constituency (14 Jul 2020)

David Linden: ...electoral system, where we have Members who have majorities of nearly 40,000. So if the hon. Gentleman wants to talk to me about equal voting, we can absolutely do that, but we must not ignore the elephant in the room that is the broken first-past-the-post system. One thing that is even more illogical about this is the fact that legislation once made in Brussels is soon coming back to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Departmental Spending (9 Jul 2020)

Ben Everitt: ...review. This review should not, though, be an exercise in reslicing the cake. We need to level up local government finance—a phrase that I think may stick—but we also need to address the elephant in the room, which is social care. The rising costs of delivering social care are well known and recognised, but these costs are magnified by the unfairness of the current formula grant...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Allocation of constituencies (30 Jun 2020)

Ben Lake: ...also illustrated in some detail, the possible unintended consequences. There has been a common theme in not only the evidence sessions but in Committee discussions about the question of Wales: the elephant in the room. We cannot deny the fact that Wales, in terms of registered electors, is over-represented in this place. If we take a single UK-wide electoral quota, there is no argument....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Mental Health and Well-being after COVID-19 (23 Jun 2020)

Chris Lyttle: ...with the Minister of Education to ensure that the framework is adequately resourced. I also ask the Health Minister to meet the Northern Ireland Youth Forum and other young people involved in the "Elephant in the Room" campaign and to allocate officials and resources at his disposal to support the delivery of the substantive proposals made by that youth-led campaign. They include the...

Civil Aviation (Insurance) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (18 Jun 2020)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: ...this order? On a positive note, the order shows that we are getting some elements of our house in order to support the aviation sector during this turbulent period. However, looking to address the elephant in the room, while all these regulation changes are necessary and important, I remain concerned about the bigger picture and our progress on negotiations with the EU. Particularly...


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