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Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing and Industrial Strategy (29 Sep 1999)

John McAllion: I take the view that, if there is an elephant in the living room, we should at least recognise that it is there and try to do something about it. I hope that the Scottish Executive will do the same with interest rates and the exchange rate.

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8B — Disclosure of accused's previous convictions where court allows questioning or evidence under section 275 of 1995 Act (6 Mar 2002)

Roseanna Cunningham: ...to be used in a corroborative manner, and I look forward to hearing what he says. I am bound to echo concerns that once PCs are in evidence, the point becomes moot. The famous phrase concerning an elephant in the jury room describes the situation. Matters can become difficult to disentangle, but courts must deal with the impact on a jury all the time. I was interested in the brief...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Financial Powers) (4 Dec 2003)

Wendy Alexander: The fuller accountability that I am discussing is about how we can reconcile those two aspects without penalising Scotland's poor. I come to the elephant in the room of fiscal autonomy, which is oil. In the five years of the Parliament, yearly oil revenues have varied from about £1 billion to more than £5 billion. The problem with the idea that the Scottish budget would float on oil is that...

European Affairs (10 Dec 2003)

Bill Cash: ...48 per cent. of the people of Europe now support the European Union. Listening to the Foreign Secretary, as I have done on many occasions over the past few months, I do not think he would see an elephant in the room, even if it sat on him. It is crystal clear that there are numerous dangers inherent in what is proposed under the constitution, as I explained in a letter in The Daily...

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill (22 Apr 2004)

Nigel Waterson: ...not? All things being equal, the Minister may be right and we will finish our proceedings on Tuesday. However, I am not committing myself to that, not least because of what I have described as the elephant in the Committee Room: how much more is to come? We will have eight new clauses on moral hazard, which is a very broad concept, as I gathered when I saw the last group of new clauses on...

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill: New Schedule 1 - Reviewable matters (27 Apr 2004)

Nigel Waterson: ...and has been fighting a doughty battle for some of his constituents. The chapter remains to be written as to what happens to his constituents, and those of other hon. Members. It has been like the elephant in the Committee Room that, despite everything else that we have debated, the fate of the 60,000 people remains out there somewhere. There seems to be a suggestion of some movement on...

Orders of the Day — Pensions Bill — 3rd Allotted Day: Schedule 13 — Repeals and revocations (20 May 2004)

George Osborne: ...that there is a political guarantee: if the whole PPF goes bust, the Government in power at the time will be in a difficult position if they do not support it. Throughout our deliberations, the elephant in the room was the 60,000 pensioners who had lost all or part of their pension. The elephant emerged at the last moment on Report. It was extraordinary that the Secretary of State gave...

Orders of the Day — Mental Capacity Bill (11 Oct 2004)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...what I have read. Today, my concerns have grown rather than shrunk as a result of what I have heard both from the Minister and from others on both sides of the House. The key point is that the elephant in the room in this debate is the Bland followed by the Byrne judgment, which the Bill makes no attempt to deal with. I give the Government credit—as I know that the previous Conservative...

New Clause 1 — Amendment of Companies Act 1985: limit on auditor's liability (No.1) (19 Oct 2004)

Andrew Mitchell: ...so wish. In general, the Bill is unexceptional and modest, but it does not touch on the really big question of auditor liability, even though the DTI consulted on it. The issue is rather like the elephant in the drawing room, in that the Government seem to want to ignore it. The Opposition's concerns about liability have nothing to do with the auditing profession, which, as far as I know,...

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Keith Simpson: ...by a good debate, in which colleagues from all parts of the House have spoken with passion and knowledge about defence matters. However, it is fair to say that Iraq has been with us like a giant elephant sitting in the room, and the problem, particularly for the Government, is that it is not going to go away. There are honourable divisions not only between but within political parties. I...

Health and Education (30 Nov 2004)

John Reid: ..., I will let him study that and perhaps he can explain to us next time whether the proposal has been abandoned. For 38 minutes, the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire managed not to notice the elephant in the room. At no stage, even in those last repetitive uses of the word "patient", was it followed by the word "passport". The central policy of the Conservative party, the patient's...

Scottish Parliament: Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Mar 2005)

Tommy Sheridan: ...for or against private schools. I am opposed to that because I want a presumption against private schools. I want such special schools to have the same recognition that would be given to an elephant that sits in the corner of the living room. Private schools are undoubtedly a symbol of elitism and privilege that represents the establishment in this country. Charitable status confers 80...

Climate Change (G8 Summit) (29 Jun 2005)

Norman Baker: ...by Sir Jonathan Porritt, said: "The Government's current aviation strategy is entirely unsustainable". That is a big problem, but the Government are not paying any attention to it. It is the elephant in the room. They need to get to grips with transport policy and do something with it. The SDC report also said: "Carbon emissions from road transport account for 24 per cent. of the total...

Tackling Climate Change (12 Oct 2005)

Norman Baker: ...than they thought. That is the reality. It was depressing to listen to Prime Minister's questions today, because not one MP or party leader mentioned the environment or climate change. That is the elephant in the room and we have to grasp it—if we can grasp an elephant. We have to address the issue. We cannot go on pretending that it is not there. We must do something different. I am not...

Local and Regional Government (23 Nov 2005)

Alistair Burt: ...local government today. He rightly referred to the quotation of John Banham about how the costs of restructuring are always well beyond anything that is contemplated. He put his finger on the elephant in the room: the leaked letter of the Minister of Communities and Local Government which was a ploy to divert attention from impending huge council tax increases and to set Tory against...

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Bill Cash: .... I hope that, in the course of these discussions, some common sense will eventually emerge, resulting in our not being completely constrained by the common agricultural policy. The CAP is the elephant sitting in the room. It is unnecessary to have a common agricultural policy in order to have a sensible agricultural policy. There is a difference. We must be radical in our approach to all...

Prospects for the EU in 2006 (31 Jan 2006)

Andrew MacKinlay: ...time in the interests of the United Kingdom. The problem is that the Foreign Office often dictates our European policies because Ministers for Europe are not in post for long enough. Belarus is the elephant in the room that is not mentioned in the White Paper. I urge my right hon. Friend to address the European Union's policy, which is not a sanction against the existing Government in...

Trade in Endangered Animals on the Internet (31 Jan 2006)

Mark Pritchard: ...eagle, an alligator, a dromedary, a mountain lion and a Lear's macaw. Sadly, the list goes on and on. I was very interested to hear from the hon. Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay) about the elephant in the room at the Foreign Office. That escaped my research, but I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will pass on the details to me. In August 2005, the International Fund for Animal...

Public Bill Committee: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill: New Clause 20 - Building regulations: microgeneration (9 Feb 2006)

Philip Hollobone: The elephant in the room with this Bill is the ODPM’s house building programme. Hundreds of thousands of new houses will be built in this country by 2031, and my constituency is right in the middle of one of the growth areas. There are 36,000 dwellings in Kettering borough; there will be an additional 13,100 by 2021, and between 5,000 and 10,000 will be built between 2021 and 2031. The Bill...

Public Bill Committee: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill: New Clause 25 - Local planning authorities: energy and energy efficiency (28 Feb 2006)

Gregory Barker: ...warm words—I accept that the Minister means them sincerely—but they are acceptable only if they are followed by action. As we have seen throughout the Committee’s proceedings, there is an elephant in the room; it is the obstruction of the ODPM. The Minister may be on board, and I know that he is sincere, but every proposal seems to be frustrated by the ODPM. I am sorry that that...


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