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Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Chris Leslie: ...failure right from the beginning. Then of course we had the Prime Minister’s stubborn resistance to move at all on the single market or customs union; there was no sense of reading the room and trying to gauge a solution as we go forward. So we find ourselves with this deal today, but I have to say that it is not all about the backstop; some of us believe passionately that the Good...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill - Report (1 Mar 2019)

Lord Morrow: ...queue. We did not bring the Northern Ireland Assembly down, but, because of the way the Belfast agreement was constructed, one party can at any time bring the whole thing to a halt. Let us face the elephant in the room. We were told that Sinn Féin could not continue because of RHI. But there has been a public inquiry into RHI and it will make its findings known within months or perhaps...

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Chris Elmore: ...of crime”. Although that Government’s record in this area was sometimes chequered, they had at their heart an understanding that the causes matter as much as the crime. We must address the elephant in the room: why do women commit relatively low-level crimes in the first place? Lots of Members have referred to that, and I make no apology for reinforcing what they said. A six-month...

Cairncross Review (12 Feb 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...of money that it receives and at what damage or problems that causes. Secondly, I agree with the deputy Leader of the Opposition, the hon. Member for West Bromwich East (Tom Watson), that the elephant in the room is the social media companies. Adam Smith makes it clear in “The Wealth of Nations” that this kind of monopoly cartel is damaging to people as individuals and to the...

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy - Statement (29 Jan 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...responsibilities over to multi-academy trusts. Can the Minister say how schools that are not part of a MAT will be able to participate in these collaborative partnerships? Finally, there is the elephant in the room in this whole debate: teachers’ mental health, which is in crisis, with studies showing that 40% of teachers are on medication. You cannot have a meaningful policy on...

Scottish Parliament: City Deals and Regional Economic Partnerships (22 Jan 2019)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: ...East Craigs or the Gyle what they need most from public transport, they will tell you that it is the return of the number 64 bus service. However, that bus does not feature in the deal. The biggest elephant in the room is that neither the Government motion nor the Government’s remarks today recognise the current threat of a £41 million cut to Edinburgh’s budget as a result of the...

Poverty: Metrics - Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: ...they can achieve their potential of supporting their children. The principles of UC entirely support this truth. I particularly take on board what my noble friend Lord Farmer said regarding the elephant in the room and the importance of including the family. I commend all the work that he does on the reducing parental conflict programme. It is important to note that the Social Metrics...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (21 Jan 2019)

Baroness Crawley: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Smith of Basildon is right to say that this Statement really takes us no further forward. In fact, it could be summed up as the dog that did not bark at the elephant in the room. I welcome the fact that the Prime Minister has made it clear that she has no intention of reopening the Belfast agreement, especially in the light of the very serious news from...

Taxation of Low-income Families — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Alison Thewliss: ...Girl Should Be Married” in this debate. I fundamentally disagree with many of the arguments that hon. Members have put forward so well; I respect their right to do so, but they have ignored the elephant in the room, which is that lots of the stresses and strains on our society are caused by austerity, not by whether people are married or not. That is a personal choice. Tax is often...

NHS Long-term Plan - Statement (7 Jan 2019)

Baroness Thornton: ...settlements where billions of pounds have been lost, the aspirations on integration and joined-up services will be lost. The Government have set their face against tackling the social care elephant in the room and this plan, again, fails to address it. Where is the social care Green Paper? How can there be any empowerment if we do not have the staff or the expertise to deal with this? What...

Off-site Manufacture for Construction (Science and Technology Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...55—can be resolved only if the Government think about the finance required for development more generally. The £3 billion homebuilding fund is obviously a way forward, but it is a sort of elephant in the room, because the number is so extraordinarily large and the methods by which it will be achieved are so difficult to understand. I hope the department will not give up on this. Again,...

Public Bill Committee: Fisheries Bill: Fisheries statements (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Aldous: These two amendments seek to obtain clarification on what one might describe as the elephant in the room in current fisheries management—that is, the fair distribution of fishing opportunities. The current situation is one of haves and have-nots, and we have heard that what is now known as the under-10-metre sector falls into the have-nots. The Bill provides no clear forum for the four...

House of Commons Financial Plan and Draft Estimates — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (11 Dec 2018)

David Linden: ...650 to 600. It is interesting that the report talks about increased scrutiny throughout, whereas the Government are trying to reduce that scrutiny. Page 10 talks about what is probably the biggest elephant in the room: the decision to leave the European Union—well, it is not an elephant in the room, because we are all talking about it. We can clearly see that the implementation of that...

Business of the House (10 Dec 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Leader of the House has announced that we will be debating the Ivory Bill. Is not the reality that the big elephant in the room is the statement this afternoon by the European Union Council President Donald Tusk that the EU is not prepared to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement at all? So is not that the reality, and does it not show that this whole proceeding is a total farce?

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Chuka Umunna: ...of the £350 million extra per week that we were told would go to the NHS—a straightforward lie, which I will not dignify with any further attention. I want to address what is sometimes the elephant in the room: immigration. If one factor above all else was driving the vote, it was that and the issue of EU free movement. It was exploited in the most disgusting way. Remember Vote...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Bernard Jenkin: ...will change their minds as a result of what the Government may or may not publish. I think this issue has got caught up in this great dispute about our future relationship with Europe. It is the elephant in the room in the debate, and this is not necessarily the best circumstance under which the absolutist device of a Humble Address should have been exercised in the first place.

Violent Crime - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2018)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ...factors, such as the increased supply of cocaine from overseas and the spread of county lines drug dealing associated with hard, class-A drugs. However, my noble friend Lady Bertin pointed out the elephant in the room, which is middle-class cocaine use, which people seem to think is harmless and a natural thing to do on a Saturday night. It is not, it is also fuelling demand in the drug...

Scottish Parliament: Public Health Crisis (Drugs and Alcohol) (28 Nov 2018)

Michelle Ballantyne: ...families. For me, the issue is summed up by a quotation from the author Stephen King—the quotation also sums up some of what has been said in anger today. King said: “There’s a phrase ‘the elephant in the living room’, which purports to describe what it’s like living with a drug addict, an alcoholic, an abuser. People outside such relationships will sometimes ask, ‘How could...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economic Future and Economic Data (22 Nov 2018)

Tom Arthur: course with guaranteed employment at the end. I very much welcome the work that A C Whyte has undertaken in that partnership. That model can be expanded and developed. Brexit has been the elephant in the room in much of the debate. Publication of the report obviously predated the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration that is only hours old. We can already deduce and...

Fisheries Bill (21 Nov 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: The one fly in the ointment is, of course, the elephant in the room: the withdrawal deal that the Prime Minister has produced in recent weeks. Can the Secretary of State confirm that article 6(2) of the protocol relating to Northern Ireland could be interpreted to read that every EU fisheries regulation in existence will continue to be applied to Northern Ireland fishermen alone if the...

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