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Backbench Business: Russian Federation Activity (28 Jun 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: ...dealings with the EU. By investing in interconnectors and integrating the energy trading market, the EU would fundamentally rebalance its relationship with Russia. Seventhly, we must address the elephant in the room: the World cup. FIFA has handed Putin a propaganda coup, and in the wake of the Skripal poisoning, it was right for the Government to confirm that there would be no official UK...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Jamie Stone: I am not one of the awkward squad, I trust, in the Chamber today. I hope that I am a paragon of reasonableness, but today I really must protest because my constituency is the elephant in the room. It is one of the two largest constituencies in the United Kingdom. I have the honour to represent the counties of Caithness, Sutherland—a vast county—and part of Ross and Cromarty. It is a...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit Negotiations (Progress) (19 Jun 2018)

Tavish Scott: It is not news that Westminster’s processes are archaic but the elephant in the room is the point that the minister made. The decision to leave the EU has brought about the worst political and governmental crisis for many generations. Therefore, surely, is it not time for his party, for him as a minister, and for this Government to recognise that the particular need here is to put the...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers (12 Jun 2018)

Jamie Greene: ...orders against Gypsy Travellers, a high use of remand in custody and cultural dislocation within the prison system. What are we doing to address those issues? Perhaps we should talk about the elephant in the room. Research by Amnesty International found that the Gypsy Traveller community receives a disproportionate level of media coverage, of which more than half is entirely negative. Much...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Energy (Community Benefit) (7 Jun 2018)

Mr Mark Ruskell: ...should be made on the basis of not the size of the financial benefits that are being offered but the merits of the development and whether it is the right development in the right place. The elephant in the room in today’s debate is land reform. The best way for communities to share in the rewards of these projects is for them to own the land. If they cannot get ownership of the land,...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (6 Jun 2018)

David Linden: ...blocking that by the most dishonourable means. As the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean has said, we will come here for many Wednesdays but we are probably reaching a particular point. The elephant in the room is the lack of Democratic Unionist party attendance. We all know that that party holds the key here. They are probably just awaiting the right point to cave in on the Government...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Sir David Amess: ...Secretary of State is doing. I cannot keep up with it. Each week, each month, all the things we have been asking for for such a long time are happening. The House will be united in encouraging him. Elephants are wonderful animals. I have kept most kinds of animal, but I have never owned an elephant. We have not had room for one—although, according to my wife, I sound like a herd of...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Caroline Lucas: Does the hon. Lady agree that another way the Government could follow both Labour and Green party policy would be to tackle extortionate rents? The elephant in the room is the need for some kind of rent controls, including rent caps, because although what is in the Bill is a welcome step forward, until we tackle the size of rent increases, we will not be able to provide the homes for the...

Economies of the UK Islands — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Peter Dowd: ..., but I am not sure we have had the practical things we can all do to help those communities—I hope the Minister will address that. It falls on me, as Opposition spokesperson, to refer to the elephant in the room: eight years of austerity. Many areas have suffered disproportionately from that because of the lack of investment in those communities, where they have struggled. Let me take a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Grocott: ...cannot help being vain enough to mention just two points that I made at Second Reading about this House and its treatment of this Bill. I simply said that, in all our discussions, there will be an elephant in the room—the chasm between the spread of opinion on Brexit in this House and the spread of opinion in the country at large. I think that I can be allowed to make special reference...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: ...a situation which genuinely acknowledges that what we are trying to do is find a decision-making process that carries everybody with us, recognises legitimate interests, but is always left with the elephant in the room, which is, “Where does the buck stop?” Clearly, the buck ultimately stops with the UK because we are a United Kingdom. That, of course, is not entirely acceptable to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I shall keep my remarks very short. I believe that the noble Lord, Lord Newby, hinted at the elephant in the room, which is respect for the clear majority who have already spoken in a once-in-a-generation referendum. He referred to the result of the referendum as being sacrosanct. Yet this amendment sticks two fingers up at the majority who voted to leave in that...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (29 Mar 2018)

...higher for Scotland than the OBR’s are for the rest of the UK. I am not sure whether Ruth Davidson is prepared to lay the reasons for that at Theresa May’s door, but she wants to ignore the elephant in the room, which is Brexit, so let me remind her of some of the figures. It is simply not credible for a member to come to the chamber and say that they are really, really concerned about...

[Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (27 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: ...UK. It goes on and on. Credit to those hon. Members who have raised this. There is also the question of HMRC resourcing—raised by the hon. Member for Dundee East (Stewart Hosie)—which is an elephant in the room as far as I and other hon. Members are concerned. The Government launched two consultations last year on corporation tax and the digital economy, and royalties on withholding...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Desai: ...for 66 years. Indeed, the change from the British Commonwealth to the Commonwealth very much coincided with her coronation. In contemplating the future of the Commonwealth, there is an 80-tonne elephant sitting in the room that nobody has so far mentioned: can we always presume that Britain will be at the head of the Commonwealth, especially that the monarch will be at the head of the...

Public Bill Committee: Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Application of Equality Act (Services and public functions) (22 Mar 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: My right hon. Friend is making a powerful case. Does he agree that this is exactly the kind of thing we ought to have been discussing at the outset of the Bill? The elephant in the room is that the Bill seems to me, overall, to be looking backwards rather than forwards. It was developed to implement the general data protection regulation, which has been discussed over many years. We are...

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Jo Platt: ...councils. Doing so has led to the frankly astonishing reality of the National Audit Office warning that 10% of councils will exhaust their reserves within three years. For me, there is another elephant in the room: Brexit. As the Brexit process continues, local authorities are still unaware of the impact that leaving the EU will have on their finances—business rates retention, for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (14 Mar 2018)

Lord Patten of Barnes: ...principle have conceded that taking back control means this Parliament—the House of Commons and the House of Lords—having control. I have been struck as we have sat through these debates by the elephant in the room; the person who in many respects is more responsible for us being here and having this debate than anybody else: the regularly occasional leader of the United Kingdom...

Anti-Corruption Strategy: Illegal Wildlife Trade — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Rupa Huq: ...summit seems to be the answer to all our ills, but I have a series of questions for the end of my speech about specific things that I would like to happen. As my co-chair of the APPG will know, the elephant in the room—ha-ha—on all this and on the anti-corruption strategy, which thankfully has now been published, is the slowness of the UK not just to encourage but to ensure that all...

National Child Obesity Strategy - Question (26 Feb 2018)

the Countess of Mar: My Lords, does the Minister consider that there is an elephant in the room? There are thousands of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that children and young people have been exposed to since they were in the womb. Nobody seems to be looking at the effects of endocrine disruptors on appetite and obesity.


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