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Health and Care Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 50 (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Black of Brentwood: ...data or monitoring, nor about building blocks, however important they are. It is about structures and obligations, and about effective integration being written into the Bill. I am afraid that the elephant in the room, identified by the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, is still sitting out there. The Minister will have seen the strength of feeling of the House. As he said, there should be further...

Scottish Parliament: National Mission on Drugs (13 Jan 2022)

Gillian Martin: ...should ever ignore that root cause, which has been many decades in the making. With the mitigations that the Government, drug and alcohol agencies and clinicians can make, it sits stubbornly in the room like the proverbial elephant. Ms Constance has said many times that she wants to throw the kitchen sink at this issue and that she will consider anything if it works. I was pleased to see...

Public Health (14 Dec 2021)

Gareth Bacon: ...the measure. On self-isolation, I think it is self-explanatory why the response is proportionate and I will be supporting the measure. The measure on entry to venues and events is the real elephant in the room; this is the one that gave me the most pause for thought. We already have to show our vaccine status when we travel overseas, but that is our choice. It is marginally inconvenient,...

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Birt: ...enjoyed by those who nurse? When I worked in government, I was struck—very much like the noble Baroness, Lady Harding—by how poor workforce planning had been in the health system. The elephant in the room is that, plainly, the Treasury bears considerable responsibility for that. There are already chronic worker shortages in care. In the next 20 years, the number of over-85s is...

Child Safeguarding - Statement (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...department yet has that plan ready? I do not expect her to be able to answer that question today, but we all deserve an answer and I hope she will write to me when she has it. Let us not ignore the elephant in the room: the funding of local authorities and, by extension, their ability adequately to fund children’s services. Both have suffered substantial cuts through the austerity...

Climate Goals: Wellbeing Economy (30 Nov 2021)

Caroline Lucas: ...I will start with the science. If we take the global climate goal of reaching net zero by 2050—leaving aside the injustice and inadequacy of that as the UK’s goal—economic growth is still the elephant in the room. During that same 30-year period, between now and 2050, the global economy is set to nearly triple in size. That means three times more production and consumption than we...

COP 26 - Statement (16 Nov 2021)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...by saying that it was “one minute to midnight” on the doomsday clock. Can the Leader tell the House what time it is now, and whether we will still have Paris? For years, coal has been the elephant in the room at these summits, so having an explicit reference in the agreement for the first time is really important. Who could not have been moved by Alok Sharma’s emotional reaction to...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Nov 2021)

Tulip Siddiq: .... It is because of them that my constituent is away from her young family. But in six years of dealing with our Government, I have become increasingly frustrated that Ministers are ignoring the elephant in the room, which is the fact that this case is now linked to the £400 million that this country owes Iran. That is not something I want to deal with, but it is the reality of the...

Shrewsbury Town Centre Redevelopment: Nuclear Power Funding (9 Nov 2021)

Gavin Newlands: ...here today, I might have prepared a longer speech. I will certainly leave plenty of time for the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead). The hon. Member for Ynys Môn spoke about the elephant in the room. With this Government, it is the mammoth in the room, such is the old-school thinking on this country’s future energy needs, and the fact the Government are utterly blinkered...

Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill (3 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: ...2035. We will have a predominantly renewable energy system, but we do need the firm power that comes from a limited degree of nuclear to support that. My second point relates to what has been the elephant in the room today, namely China’s involvement in UK nuclear power. As we debate the principle of the Bill today and scrutinise its provisions in the weeks to come, that issue cannot be...

Hospital Building Programme — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Nov 2021)

Justin Madders: ...is currently in something of a flux in a whole range of sectors, in terms of finding the right people and the right skills, and construction is not immune to that. Do the plans include any wiggle room to take account of the fact that the cost of labour and materials is unfortunately going up quite rapidly at the moment? NHS Providers said that “there are still significant questions on...

Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill - Second Reading (2 Nov 2021)

Lord Fox: ...across different research areas—which sounds quite good—and that the creation of ARIA does not impact the UK Research and Innovation’s system-wide responsibilities for R&D. This is the big elephant in the room, because however you look at it, the setting up and positioning of ARIA is an implicit, if not explicit, criticism of UKRI. For example, there have been a number of comments...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection (2 Nov 2021)

...that, if the chamber were ever to be changed, that admirable wall with the figures would receive special attention to your evolving vision, so that, as you meet, you are confronted not just by an elephant in the room but by the thousands of endangered species and habitats, looking you in the eye. In Christianity—and, I am delighted to affirm, far from uniquely or exclusively—love of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Ring-fenced Skills Fund for Northern Ireland (1 Nov 2021)

Jemma Dolan: ...to allow us to come back stronger and help to address long-standing economic issues. One massive cog that is fundamental to that, as we have spoken about, is funding. It has become a bit of an elephant in the room for the DUP at this stage, but EU funding for skills, as we have spoken about several times during the debate, has been transformative. The British Government's Brexit policy...

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Matt Rodda: ...could make a huge difference to our whole country. I turn to clause 2—I am approaching the Bill from the bottom up, which may be appropriate in the world of levelling up—which addresses the elephant in the room: what sort of childcare system do we want in this country? Much like clause 3, the clause does not seek to change current provision. I want to be clear about that to all Members...

Animal Testing — [Julie Elliott in the Chair] (25 Oct 2021)

Martyn Day: ...available.” As the limited examples that I have cited today show, non-animal alternatives are available, so my question is this: are animal testing establishments breaking the law? The elephant in the room is of course: “In the UK, no animal testing may be conducted expect for a permissible purpose enshrined in law.” In short, the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act needs to...

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...

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...


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