Results 161–180 of 800 for in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Matthew Pennycook

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Policies (15 Jul 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The Department’s own statistics make it clear that last year’s average refusal rate for entry visas from Nigeria was 37%, and almost 44% for entry visas from Ghana, compared with an average refusal rate of only 12% across all countries. Can the Minister explain to my west African-born constituents, whose family members, friends and ministers of religion are being refused visitor visas in...

Exiting the European Union: No Deal: Preparedness (27 Jun 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: In the finest traditions of this Government, the Brexit Secretary used an interview in The Times today to publicly air his frustrations with colleagues from the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy at their unwillingness to waste yet more public money on ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit. In the same spirit of openness, can the Minister tell the...

European Council (24 Jun 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: It has already been mentioned that the intransigence of just four countries held up an EU-wide commitment to binding net zero emissions targets by 2050. Can I press the Prime Minister to expand on what she thinks it would take to change the minds of those four recalcitrant states, and can she say a little about what she will do in advance of this weekend to ensure that a handful of...

Net Zero Emissions Target (12 Jun 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I join others in welcoming the legislation, but does the Secretary of State genuinely believe that the machinery of government is currently organised in such a way as to facilitate the type of ambitious policy response that we will need in this Parliament in order for the target to have credibility? He will know that we used to have a clean growth inter-ministerial group, but no such body now...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The International Development Secretary recently said that he wants to double the UK’s current £1.1 billion commitment to the UN green climate fund. As the UK is yet to do so, will the Minister who has temporary responsibility for our engagement with the UN climate talks assure us today that it is the Government’s intention to commit additional money to the fund?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 5 Jun 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: Of the many collective challenges we face, none is more essential—more urgent—than climate breakdown. The legislation required to commit the UK to phasing out carbon emissions entirely by mid-century is simple and has almost certainly been drafted, and this House could pass it in a matter of days. This issue is simply too pressing to wait for later this year or a future Administration....

Exiting the European Union: Leaving the EU: Expenditure (16 May 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: In an op-ed in The Sun on Saturday, the Brexit Secretary argued that “it would be inexcusable for the Government to not use the coming months to continue to prepare” for no deal. Indeed, based on his answers today, no doubt he would like to accelerate those preparations. However, as the public know, given that they get advance sight of pending public rows in their morning newspapers, the...

Buildings with Acm Cladding ( 9 May 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: This announcement is long overdue, but it is nevertheless welcome. On a number of affected sites in my constituency, such as the Durkan-owned Babbage Point development in west Greenwich, the building owner has the necessary planning permission but is dragging their feet, with the significant cost of a permanent waking watch being passed on to leaseholders. I noted what the Secretary of State...

Environment and Climate Change ( 1 May 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: In the short time I have, I want to make three simple points in support of the motion. The first is that it is essential that this House formally declares an environment and climate emergency. I listened to the Environment Secretary, and I do not believe that he formally committed the Government to doing so, but he did recognise that the situation that we face is an emergency—by contrast...

Climate Change Policy (23 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I join others in acknowledging the progress made under successive Governments, but the truth is that, unless the status of emissions reduction is raised in this Government, and the UK’s response to climate crisis is driven vigorously from the centre so that all Departments are forced to act, we will continue to fall short. With that in mind, how well prepared does the Minister think the...

South-Eastern Rail Franchise (23 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The franchise specification promised extra capacity, new rolling stock, greater frequency of trains and 15-minute Delay Repay, but my constituents will now not see those improvements for at least another seven—perhaps 12—months. What specifically is the Department going to do to improve services for passengers on Southeastern throughout the period of the franchise extension?

Climate Action and Extinction Rebellion (23 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The Minister will know that over half of the UK’s planned carbon reduction is tied up in some way or another with EU regulations and that EU agencies are key to enforcement. Assuming that the Government’s new office for environmental protection is ever established, will it have a climate change enforcement remit? If not, why not?

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The motion before us is a straightforward one. I note the Solicitor General’s remark that he did not want to be here, but the more pertinent point is that we should not have found ourselves here. When Parliament voted overwhelmingly to give the Prime Minister the authority to trigger article 50 and begin the negotiations, we never expected that we would be in this position two years later....

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. Conservative Members tell us that we have had no influence whatsoever throughout the duration of our membership but that if we stay in we will be able to exert influence in a way that is wholly irresponsible for the functioning of the Union.

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: The honest answer is that we all know that 30 June is not a particularly realistic proposition and that the Prime Minister was forced to propose that date more for reasons of party management. She has, in a sense, contracted out the decision to the EU. We would expect the Government to accept any reasonable extension that goes beyond 30 June, with the proviso that if this House approved and...

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend. Events have clearly overtaken us since the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 was first conceived, with the Prime Minister having already written to the President of the European Council indicating her intention to seek an extension until 30 June. As I have said, we wholeheartedly support the Government’s efforts to secure one; indeed, that is...

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I will give way one final time, because I know that many Members wish to speak.

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman that this is a failed strategy. As I will come on to say, for any viable proposition to be accepted, there has to be real movement from the Government. It was on that basis that the Opposition agreed to substantive talks with the Government in the national interest. As you will be aware, Sir, a further round of talks is taking place as we speak, and we...

Exiting the European Union (Sanctions): Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 ( 9 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: I am not going to give way again. Finally, honesty is also required about the obligations that any extension beyond 22 May might entail. That includes being honest with ourselves and the public about participation in the European Parliament elections, abiding by a duty of sincere co-operation, and any other reasonable conditions that the EU might set. There is no question but that the House...

Brunei: Loan Charge ( 4 Apr 2019)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend makes an important point. One of the most iniquitous aspects of this is the fact that the promoters of these schemes are not being pursued. Does he know of any who have been prosecuted to date?

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