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Covid-19: Future UK-EU Relationship (15 Jul 2020)

Antony Higginbotham: ...my constituents because of EU intransigence—as the Committee’s report also made clear, the EU needs to change its mandate if an agreement is to be reached. On a final point, we must address the elephant in the room—or, rather, those not in the room—and that is the Labour party. Looking through the list of speakers, I was, like most of my colleagues, perplexed to see that no one...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: New Clause 1 - Electorate per constituency (14 Jul 2020)

David Linden: ...electoral system, where we have Members who have majorities of nearly 40,000. So if the hon. Gentleman wants to talk to me about equal voting, we can absolutely do that, but we must not ignore the elephant in the room that is the broken first-past-the-post system. One thing that is even more illogical about this is the fact that legislation once made in Brussels is soon coming back to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Departmental Spending (9 Jul 2020)

Ben Everitt: ...review. This review should not, though, be an exercise in reslicing the cake. We need to level up local government finance—a phrase that I think may stick—but we also need to address the elephant in the room, which is social care. The rising costs of delivering social care are well known and recognised, but these costs are magnified by the unfairness of the current formula grant...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Allocation of constituencies (30 Jun 2020)

Ben Lake: ...also illustrated in some detail, the possible unintended consequences. There has been a common theme in not only the evidence sessions but in Committee discussions about the question of Wales: the elephant in the room. We cannot deny the fact that Wales, in terms of registered electors, is over-represented in this place. If we take a single UK-wide electoral quota, there is no argument....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Mental Health and Well-being after COVID-19 (23 Jun 2020)

Chris Lyttle: ...with the Minister of Education to ensure that the framework is adequately resourced. I also ask the Health Minister to meet the Northern Ireland Youth Forum and other young people involved in the "Elephant in the Room" campaign and to allocate officials and resources at his disposal to support the delivery of the substantive proposals made by that youth-led campaign. They include the...

Civil Aviation (Insurance) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (18 Jun 2020)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: ...this order? On a positive note, the order shows that we are getting some elements of our house in order to support the aviation sector during this turbulent period. However, looking to address the elephant in the room, while all these regulation changes are necessary and important, I remain concerned about the bigger picture and our progress on negotiations with the EU. Particularly...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 23 (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Fox: ...other is not. One is the banks and financial institutions, and the other is of course HMRC, which is covered in the Finance Bill but not in this. My noble friend Lord Palmer referred to that as the elephant in the room. Those two wield the power, and then we hear the tale of small creditors, small businesses, pensioners and workers eking out a return. In proposing this Bill, the Government...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: ..., which I heartily support, but this should also include potential debts hiding in the undergrowth, such as the cost of dilapidations. Is the Minister able to address the creditor who is the elephant in the room? I refer to the preferential status to be given under the Finance Act to HMRC for VAT. I understand that the argument is that the company has collected this and needs to hand it...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill (9 Jun 2020)

David Lammy: ...Opposition support. Next I will explain those areas that we have concerns with. Finally, I will explain the Opposition’s greatest problem with the Bill: not what is in it, but what is not. The elephant in the room this afternoon is the Government’s failure to announce a coherent deradicalisation strategy to go alongside the Bill. We accept the creation of a new serious terrorism...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning a Just Economic Recovery after the COVID-19 Crisis (1 Jun 2020)

Andrew Muir: ...we can continue with that. Before closing, I want to note another huge structural issue facing the future of our economy on which there has been a worrying lack of local input. It is the eternal elephant in the room: Brexit. With the additional damage of COVID-19 and the need to respond to the health crisis, an extension to the Brexit transition period is clearly required. It is difficult...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (13 May 2020)

Jamie Greene: ...spectrum at least as much as those on the other side. Yesterday, the chancellor extended the furlough scheme until October, which was welcomed by ministers today in the chamber. However, the elephant in the room is that not everyone will financially reach the other side. Many people are genuinely worried about their finances and livelihoods. We are some of the lucky ones. We cannot...

Social Security (5 May 2020)

Layla Moran: ...this economic crisis. We need to assess this allowance increase in that context and, in any case, the Government need to go further if this relief is going to have any real impact. And there is an elephant in the room that needs to be addressed: the ongoing plight of the self-employed. The limitations introduced on the employment allowance last month, most notably the restriction of...

Covid-19 - Statement (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Bethell: I would like to take my noble friend to Skipton House in London’s Elephant and Castle to see the very large room where there is a combination of the diplomatic skills of the FCO, the trade skills of DIT and BEIS, the military skills of the Army and the clinical skills of Health. Seeing all those different skills and abilities work together to deliver the kit that our health workers need is...

European Union Aviation Safety Agency - Question for Short Debate (19 Mar 2020)

Baroness Randerson: ...people’s safety” are two of the comments that stick in my mind. Ironically, the Secretary of State was the keynote speaker. He came to the stage to thin applause. He chose not to refer to the elephant in the room, omitting to mention the whole topic of EASA. He left the stage to even thinner applause. On 12 March, the Secretary of State finally addressed the issue in the Commons in...

Budget Resolutions (16 Mar 2020)

Ruth Cadbury: ...and businesses are being protected from going under with a €300 billion package. In Hounslow, after £140 million of cuts over 10 years, our council, like all local authorities, has simply no headroom available to address the covid-19 crisis in social care, in public health or through support for volunteering to ensure the safety of vulnerable people in self-isolation. In the short and...

European Union: Negotiations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (16 Mar 2020)

Baroness Wheatcroft: ...the rest of the EU through this extraordinarily difficult period, the Government absolutely should do it. The EU and the UK now have a common enemy; it is, as the noble Lord, Lord Lea, put it, the elephant in the room. It would be unforgivable for many future generations if this Government, in pursuit of an ideological Brexit, were allowed to distract themselves and the countries of the EU...

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (Expansion) (11 Mar 2020)

Jamie Greene: ...going to double its recruitment numbers in a few short months is beyond me. The people are not there and neither is the infrastructure. We are some way behind in the provision of the physical classrooms and buildings, the shared back-office systems, and the billing and financial reconciliation processes. Audit Scotland could not have been clearer on that. It said that “Any delays to this...

BBC and Public Service Broadcasting - Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2020)

Lord Puttnam: I apologise to the noble Baroness and I do not want to delay the House but there is an elephant in the room and it needs to be shot. This morning the Secretary of State said that the BBC was “an institution to be cherished.” Words matter. I know what cherished means, as does the noble Baroness, but it is not in any way possible to square that with the supposedly informed comments that...

Scottish Parliament: Whitburn Academy Be Herd Group (5 Mar 2020)

Neil Findlay: ...associated with mental health issues and encourages pupils, staff, parents and members of the wider community to be heard and to talk about their mental health. The project’s mascot, Ellis the Elephant, represents the notion of mental health being the elephant in the room. With £6,000 of funding, the group set up a health and wellbeing hub, which is a quiet and relaxing area where...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Fair dealing obligations of business purchasers of agricultural products (3 Mar 2020)

Ruth Jones: .... The Bill as it stands leaves hanging the question of who the regulator should be, and the last things anyone in the real world needs at this time are uncertainty, indecision and confusion. The elephant in the room—we spoke earlier about one elephant in the room, but this is another elephant—is our departure from the European Union. There will soon be tough and competing demands on...


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