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Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Stephen Flynn: ...to have a full exemption from rates until the end of this financial year, in contrast to the supposed party of business on the Government Benches. However, there is one huge issue—a massive elephant in the room—that I was astonished that the shadow Chancellor did not talk about. Indeed, very few Members in this Chamber have spoken about the issue: the obvious difficulties caused by...

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Stephen Flynn: ...to have a full exemption from rates until the end of this financial year, in contrast to the supposed party of business on the Government Benches. However, there is one huge issue—a massive elephant in the room—that I was astonished that the shadow Chancellor did not talk about. Indeed, very few Members in this Chamber have spoken about the issue: the obvious difficulties caused by...

Social Care in England - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, it appears that the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, is not here; I am next in the queue. I begin by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, for this debate. I will talk about the elephant in the room, which so far has attracted very little discussion: the privatisation of social care and its consequences. The noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, briefly touched on some of the...

Social Care in England - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, it appears that the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, is not here; I am next in the queue. I begin by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, for this debate. I will talk about the elephant in the room, which so far has attracted very little discussion: the privatisation of social care and its consequences. The noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, briefly touched on some of the...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Impact on Supply Chain and Labour Market (30 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: ...survey revealed that 39,000 businesses across the UK believe that Brexit has been by far the most significant factor in the disruption of importing and exporting. As trading patterns change, the elephant in the room is China. Since the second quarter of 2020, the UK has imported more goods from China than from any other country, and China is now one of the UK’s top five import partners....

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (23 Sep 2021)

Colin Smyth: Yesterday, the First Minister visited Prestwick airport, where the elephant in the room was the future of the airport itself. The chief executive of Edinburgh Airport has said that Prestwick is “doomed”. More than six months after a preferred bidder was chosen, can the First Minister tell us whether the sale of Prestwick is going ahead? If it is, when will that happen? Will that sale...

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Sammy Wilson: ...under the state aid rules. Lest people think that this is just an issue for Northern Ireland—they may say, “Well, tough! That was what happened with Brexit.”—let me say that this is the elephant in the room and the issue has not been addressed in this Bill. Those state aid rules apply to trade between Northern Ireland and the Union, but any subsidies to a firm that operates through...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Second Stage (20 Sep 2021)

Pat Catney: ...the legislation passed as soon as possible, and I thank the Minister for bringing it forward. Other Members have stated how important it is that the legislation be passed. Some have called it the elephant in the room. I was elected here about four years ago, and, for three years, this place sat empty. That was not my choice. Rather, it was forced on me. A lot of legislation is being passed...

Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits (15 Sep 2021)

Holly Lynch: ...local service providers. This is a double blow, coming at exactly the wrong time for families and for the economy. Universal credit is an in-work benefit, and the prevalence of low-paid work is the elephant in the room here. I have long campaigned for an end to the youth rates of the minimum wage, which devalue work undertaken by young people. The Labour party would put a stop to that...

Health and Social Care Levy Bill (14 Sep 2021)

Mike Penning: ...going to get is a refurbished Victorian hospital in the middle of Watford. That is not the answer. The trusts need to do what they are told. I will touch on one other area—dementia—which is the elephant in the room, and which my hon. Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Ruth Edwards) mentioned. There is a lottery for our constituents and our loved ones when we are trying to sort out the...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Kevin Stewart: ...make it easier for people to find and apply for roles in care. We are also issuing targeted communications to nursing and social work students to encourage them to join the workforce. However, the elephant in the room—if anybody wants to talk about this to any care providers, please do so—is the amount of staff who have left because of Brexit and folk returning to their home nations....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Second Stage (13 Sep 2021)

Joanne Bunting: ...to see the Minister nodding when Mr Weir also referenced that. For me, however, what is most significant about the modern slavery provisions of the Bill is how clause 16 highlights something of an elephant in the room. The 2015 Act, as proposed to be amended by the Bill, would still address only statutory support for victims during the period when they are in the national referral...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccine Certification Scheme (9 Sep 2021)

Craig Hoy: ...killer was ravaging our care homes and indiscriminately killing our friends and family members. The stakes were simply too high not to take unprecedented action. However, let us not dodge the elephant in the room. No liberal Conservative such as I am would have handed those fundamental freedoms to the state in any other circumstance or on a never-ending basis. The question that we must...

East Midlands Economy — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Sep 2021)

Toby Perkins: ...Mansfield (Ben Bradley) for securing the debate because it is an incredibly important one. I enjoyed the case he made for the need for investment and focusing that on Toton. However, there was an elephant in the room during his speech and that is HS2. I do not believe that the plans he outlined are credible without HS2. He seemed to be making the case that the infrastructure can happen...

UK Emissions Trading Scheme: Wales (13 Jul 2021)

Ben Lake: ...framework that treats each nation as an equal partner in our climate efforts. The scheme has brought coherence to one element of our combined efforts to achieve net zero. There is, of course, room for improvement. I draw the Minister’s attention to concerns expressed by the Green Finance Observatory: “The elephant in the room is that offsets are fundamentally not about mitigating...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council Summit (6 Jul 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: ...Minister Simon Coveney, and maybe the Taoiseach as well, raised the issue of the protocol, and rightly so; they were speaking about current political developments. It would have been to ignore the elephant in the room for it not to be mentioned at a summit of that nature, given the implications that Brexit has on our people, our economy and wider society. It was appropriate that it was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031 (29 Jun 2021)

Stewart Dickson: ...Northern Ireland has fallen dramatically behind on mental health care. What engagement has the Minister had with the mental health strategy developed by the youth mental health steering committee's Elephant in the Room project and the specific recommendations that it made on mental health and young people?

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jun 2021)

Baroness Mallalieu: ...election after all that effort—and the result we know. Of 100 rural seats that Labour held under Tony Blair, only 17 remain now. Yet under successive Governments, nothing has been done about the elephant in the room—and I am sorry to say to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Etherton, that I do not agree. In this country, every year, 40 million farm animals are slaughtered without...

Transport Decarbonisation Plan (16 Jun 2021)

Alexander Stafford: ...carbon. In the strategy that is hopefully coming up, we need nature-based solutions and, potentially, carbon capture and storage. That needs to be at the heart of the strategy. We cannot ignore the elephant in the room: there is oil still in electric vehicles. I commend the Minister for the work the Government have already done on critical minerals and hydrogen. However, without further...

Public Bill Committee: Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill: Clause 1 - Compensation payments to customers of London Capital & Finance plc (15 Jun 2021)

Peter Grant: ...of the Financial Conduct Authority in relation purely to LCF. If the Government constantly remind us that the sale of mini-bonds was not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, surely the elephant in the room is: why on earth not? The Government will, I know, refer to the principle of caveat emptor. It is correct that anyone making an investment has a responsibility to ensure that...


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