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Israel and Palestine: United States’ Proposals for Peace - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for securing this debate, but I have to say that there is an elephant in the room. I am about to speak of things from my own direct personal experience over the years. By the early 1990s most of the Arab states were tiring of war. This did not necessarily include the PLO but, gradually, prospects for peace began to improve, until there were talks...

NHS Funding Bill (Money Bill) - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Feb 2020)

Baroness Brinton: ..., about the lack of public trust in the Government to deliver what many people believe that the NHS needs to survive. It is their beloved NHS and they want it to survive. As others have said, the elephant in the room in this Bill is the lack of any clarity about the funding of social care. Most experts and non-experts alike recognise that some of the most severe pressures on the NHS are...

Cairncross Review - Question for Short Debate (6 Feb 2020)

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle: ...ownership reform comes up a number of times in the report, but, so far as I could find, it is not mentioned in the government response. The Media Reform Coalition in 2014 described this as the “elephant in the room”, and the Cairncross report engages with it in a number of places. The noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, referred to the local media concentration, but in national media we have...

Release Under Investigation (5 Feb 2020)

Louise Haigh: ...police bail where necessary to protect victims, particularly in cases of violent of sexual offences. We look forward to engaging fully with the consultation in the coming weeks and months, but the elephant in the room is the crisis in the criminal justice system, and this consultation alone will not fix that. The problem is rooted in the utter mess the governing party has made of criminal...

Beer and Pub Taxation — [James Gray in the Chair] (5 Feb 2020)

Stephen Flynn: ..., which is expected to save 392 lives over just five years. We certainly support the reform of beer excise duty, but we need to look at taxation holistically and in terms of public health. The elephant in the room is the fact that great swathes of our hospitality sector rely primarily on the work of EU nationals. In Scotland, roughly 11% of EU nationals work in the hospitality sector. They...

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (4 Feb 2020)

Lord Ricketts: ...remark in paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes which says that, should the UK lose access to the EAW, a statutory instrument could be made to designate some or all EU members. This has been the elephant in the room throughout this debate, but it appears only very briefly in the explanatory material. I think it deserves a little more explanation. There is a lot of useful detail about the...

Innovation in Hospital Design: Local Housing Allowance: Homeless Young People — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Will Quince: ...Department to chat through some of those issues at greater length with officials, as appropriate. I will try to cover as many of the issues as I can in the time left. First, we have to address the elephant in the room, which is the root cause of this issue: in parts of our country, we have massive supply and demand issues. The hon. Lady’s constituency is an example of that; my own...

Global Britain (30 Jan 2020)

Ruth Cadbury: ...supported by the UK export system, when complete, will dump 69 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. The Environmental Audit Committee said in the previous Parliament that this is “the elephant in the room undermining the UK’s international climate…targets”. I also concur with the shadow Secretary of State about the atrocity of awarding export licences in respect of arms...

Growth Strategy — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Jan 2020)

Anneliese Dodds: ...relation to VAT. I would encourage Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to look at that as the tax collection authority—if it has the resource to do so, which is a significant issue. On IR35, the elephant in the room is that our unemployment regulations are not calibrated with tax regulations; definitions are not the same in the two systems. I have not seen the kind of grasp of that issue...

A Green Industrial Revolution (15 Jan 2020)

Caroline Lucas: ...justice are at the heart of the climate issue, and the UK is failing on both counts. We must also be clear that the primacy of GDP growth as the overarching priority for our economy is the elephant in the room. Our house is on fire and that elephant is blocking the door to the emergency exit and devouring our efforts to decarbonise. Take the IPCC report that tells us that we have to reach...

Middle East: Security (7 Jan 2020)

John Baron: ...is that there has been a lack of a co-ordinated, overarching peace process, particularly now that the Iranian nuclear deal is dead. Does my right hon. Friend agree that from our point of view the elephant in the room is that we need to spend more on our defence and diplomacy—raise that expenditure—in order not just to send a very clear signal to the world that we are going to better...

Scottish Parliament: Food Insecurity (17 Dec 2019)

Annabelle Ewing: ...and right across Scotland—in energy-rich Scotland—is absolutely unacceptable. Although cross-party working, commissions, studies and meetings are all very well and good, we must deal with the elephant in the room, which is that the only way that we can tackle decade upon decade of systematic Westminster neglect and the generational poverty that we see as a result is to secure the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Jenny Gilruth: ...has the best interests of the industry or my constituents’ livelihoods at heart. The Government’s motion makes direct reference to Brexit and, when it comes to trade, we must not ignore the elephant in the room, as the Tory amendment has done. I remind members about InchDairnie Distillery, which is 38 miles from here. Its creation would not have been possible without the European...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: ...EU offered and Theresa May rejected—is totally incompatible with the Good Friday agreement. The election may well flush that out, both in the Province and across the rest of the UK. Perhaps the elephant in the room, which I think the Explanatory Notes and the Library Note say has nothing to do with this Bill, is Brexit. Although technically it has nothing to do with it, there are clearly...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Caroline Lucas: ...is, however, an even more fundamental problem with the Bill—a glaring omission. I refer to the economy, because if we are to truly turn around our relationship with nature, we must confront this elephant in the room: the current economic system, where the environment is too often just an afterthought, and the wellbeing of people and nature comes second to the pursuit of economic growth....

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

John Baron: ...to leave in June 2016. However, I also accept that compromises are required in any negotiation. Although I have qualms about the transition period to December 2020, they are manageable. For me, the elephant in the room was always the backstop. It alone could have trapped the UK indefinitely in a structure of the EU’s making. It alone could have denied us Brexit. It alone could have...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Farmer: ...’s declaration that this country will become, “the best place to start a family and send your kids to school”.—[ Official Report, Commons, 14/10/19; col. 19.] Family breakdown is the elephant in the room of social policy. In 2016, the DWP’s family stability indicator found that only 58% of all 16 year-olds still live with both birth parents. The proportion was much lower in low...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Layla Moran: ... the right hon. Member for Guildford (Anne Milton), who I know shares my passion for public services. We are doing this in the context of a potential general election, and we have to address the elephant in the room: what will happen if we go ahead with a no-deal Brexit, or indeed any Brexit at all. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that if we go off the cliff edge of no deal, we...

Spending Round 2019 - Motion to Take Note (25 Sep 2019)

Lord Fox: ...not based on the best available independent forecasts”. His colleague Rowena Crawford added detail, saying: “Based on OBR forecasts from the spring it looks like the Chancellor has plenty of room to meet his spending pledges … But growth has slowed since the spring and in reality he may have a lot less than the £15 billion of headroom he seemed to have back then”. In more detail,...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 (4 Sep 2019)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: It is the elephant in the room in every decision of this Government. I will rewind, Presiding Officer. I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I am tired of this First Minister and this Government misappropriating my vote to remain as justification for another divisive independence referendum. The choice between two unions has always been a false one and it has led to a paralysis of...


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