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Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (23 Mar 2021)

Angela Crawley: ...and strategic capabilities is essential, and new capacity in cyber-intelligence and space is welcome, but these increases must not come at the cost of conventional forces. I must also address the elephant in the room: Trident. At a time when the equipment plan remains unaffordable, we are increasing the UK stockpile of nuclear warheads and the UK Government might well find themselves on...

Office of Communications: Chair - Question (18 Mar 2021)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, we all remember the foundation of Ofcom, when all it was about was spectrum allocations and channel licensing—and now it has the BBC as well. However, the biggest elephant in the communications room is the urgent need for social media regulation, given its regularised misinformation and distortion of reality. Will the new chair and the ever-expanding Ofcom take on this duty, and...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (4th Day) (17 Mar 2021)

Lord Morrow: ...First, it clearly draws out the process to the greatest possible extent, making it as long as possible. Secondly, it rests upon a strategy that hopes that none of us will be cute enough to spot the elephant in the room. The truth is that, if the Government were prepared to redesignate the BBFC as the regulator for Part 3 during the interim period, while the online harms Bill is being...

Arrest of Opposition Politicians: Turkey: Union Connectivity Review (16 Mar 2021)

Jessica Morden: ...do anything about the ones that are within their remit and their gift to remedy. On this theme, a connected issue—which was not explicitly mentioned in last week’s interim report, but is the elephant in the room for Welsh passengers—is the UK’s chronic under-investment in Welsh rail infrastructure. Wales accounts for 11% of the UK rail network but receives only 2% of rail...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Welfare Support (16 Mar 2021)

Gerry Carroll: ..., adopt a strategy that is solely about partition. Partition is problematic and should be opposed, but Stormont's role in enabling and increasing poverty has to be addressed and is seemingly the elephant in the room for the Minister and her party. Karen Mullan said that her party will not support the amendment and that the Minister has already committed to the funding. She did that last...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: ...think that much more is needed. I wish only that the Government would address the major driver behind climate change insecurity, which is of course the continuing world population growth. It is the elephant in the room—I know that it is sensitive, but it cannot continue to be dodged, as it is likely to be at the coming COP 26, where it is not seriously on the agenda. There are rumours...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2021)

Conor Murphy: ...On the overall point, the Member is consistent in challenging the Executive, the Budgets over what he says they are doing to ordinary people, and me as a Sinn Féin Finance Minister. He ignores the elephant in the room, however, which is that we do not have control over those affairs, and we will not have control over them in the constitutional framework in which we currently operate. Our...

NHS Staff Pay (8 Mar 2021)

Steve Brine: We heard this weekend about nurses in particular wishing to leave the profession, so does the Minister have any figures on departures in recent years? Does she agree that the elephant in the room is not pay across the board but low pay in the NHS? Even a 10% pay rise on not very much is not very much. Do we not really need a grown-up conversation about what we pay those who do some of the...

Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (1 Mar 2021)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...out, we are going to see the demise of the high street accelerate, and we have to address that at some point. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Thurlow, for his support. As he said, we must address the elephant in the room. As the noble Lord highlighted, it is the twin problem of taxing fairly online retailers—and I wish all online retailers success—to raise revenue from them and the amount...

Pandemics and Environmental Degradation - Question (24 Feb 2021)

Lord Robathan: ...on resources, which is of course caused by demand and increasing consumption, with poorer countries understandably wanting to raise living standards to those of more prosperous countries. The elephant in this particular room is, of course, population growth. When I was born, the world’s population was approximately 2.5 billion; it is now three times that; and, by 2050, by which time I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Strategy: Consultation Update (23 Feb 2021)

Robin Swann: ...that we have had through the mental health, well-being, resilience and suicide prevention subcommittee of the Executive. On the back of Mr Lyttle's recommendation, we engaged with the group Elephant in the Room. That meeting was very productive and led to subsequent meetings with other Ministers. We will share that document throughout the Executive and ask our Education Minister to share...

Procedure and Privileges - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (22 Feb 2021)

Lord Grocott: ...know why. These elections are ridiculous; they are absurd; they are supported by no one, either in Parliament or outside, except for a handful of Members of this House. That fact, of course, is the elephant in the room in today’s debate: that without the opposition of a couple of Members—the noble Lord, Lord Trefgarne, and the noble Earl, Lord Caithness —who have used every...

Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2021)

Peter Aldous: ...response to covid-19, at a time when the pandemic is also putting enormous strain on their income. That said, there is a significant funding gap that predates the pandemic that remains, like an elephant in the room, which the settlement has not addressed. This can be properly tackled only by completing the fair funding review. Shortly before the announcement of the spending review and the...

Social Security (9 Feb 2021)

Steve McCabe: ...I welcome. I particularly support the decision to honour the triple lock and the increase in the guaranteed minimum pension credit, but it would be so much better if the Minister could address the elephant in the room, rather than risk undermining the positive steps he is attempting to take.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (8 Feb 2021)

Robin Swann: ...health challenge and its impact. We have the Executive working group on mental health, well-being, resilience and suicide prevention. When Carál was Minister, she engaged with the youth group Elephant in the Room, which gave powerful testimony to the challenges that the pandemic is posing for our young people. To paraphrase: they are so zoomed in that they have zoned out. Our young people...

Winter Homelessness Support (16 Dec 2020)

Nickie Aiken: ...home? Should we help them return home? Such matters can only be truly addressed by a deeper and honest conversation across Government, local authorities and the charity sector. For too long the elephant in the room has been the issue of the “no recourse to public funds” category and whether to suspend it—a difficult decision, I recognise, but one that does need addressing. As I have...

Procedure and Privileges Committee - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (14 Dec 2020)

Lord Shinkwin: ...the law and not continually to postpone its implementation, as we are doing in the case of hereditary Peers’ by-elections—a minor detail for some, I dare say. But I wonder whether there is an elephant in the room—in the Chamber, even—that dares not speak its name, and so large is it that it distorts all sense of perspective. This brings me to my second point. Some say, occasionally...

Scottish Parliament: Burntisland Fabrications (2 Dec 2020)

Annabelle Ewing: ...been identified by the Scottish Government and others, but calls for its reform have so far been ignored by the UK Government. That pivotal issue concerning the CFD regime clearly demonstrates the elephant in the room—that the power over energy policy lies not with this Parliament, but with Westminster. The Scottish Government has been unstinting in its efforts to support BiFab over the...

Telecommunications (Security) Bill (30 Nov 2020)

Tobias Ellwood: ...belt, one road programme. Only with greater western resolve can we design and build the secure foundations for the profound new technological world we are about to experience. I will underline the elephant in the room: what do we do about China? Unless we in the UK and collectively in the west address China’s conduct, there will be a geopolitical clash. That is inevitable and will slide...

Sport Sector: Financial Support - Statement (25 Nov 2020)

Lord Addington: ...a week is a long time in politics must be ringing very loudly in the Minister’s ears at the moment, because we have had many announcements that add to this Statement. The biggest, shall we say, elephant in the room— or dog that is not barking—is what is happening with arrangements for the upper tiers of professional football. If the Minister knows anything, now would be a good time...


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