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New Clause 1 — Judaeo-Christian tradition (16 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: That is a fair point, and I will come on to that in a moment when I talk about the potential contents of the prayer. I was saying that the practice seems out of touch with the majority of the people we represent, because only a tiny proportion of our constituents go to church. According to the 2006 Church census, just over 6% of British people go to church. In a YouGov poll in 2011, 34% of UK...

New Clause 1 — Judaeo-Christian tradition (16 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons used to give a speech about the really difficult questions that a Leader of the Opposition could ask the Prime Minister. The most difficult question that he was able to come up with was “Does the Prime Minister believe in Father Christmas?”, because whatever answer the Prime Minister gave, he would...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: To be clear, I have not lost faith in Sir Anthony Hooper as the chair of the working group. I have never said, however, that 90% of the cases have been rejected. I have said that the Post Office has recently argued that 90% of the cases should be rejected, and that that is where the breach of faith and the lack of straightforward dealing lies.

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I am new to this. In 28 years in the House, I have never needed to apply for an Adjournment debate, but the way in which the Post Office has treated sub-postmasters and Members of Parliament who have expressed concern about the matter is so worrying, and to my mind shocking, that in my final few months in Parliament it has...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I suspect that during the course of this debate we will hear all too many stories exactly like that one, with awful things happening to sub-postmasters and nothing being done about it. I have already mentioned my constituent Jo Hamilton, who pleaded guilty. She first found that there was a discrepancy of, I think, £2,000. She rang up the help desk, which told her to press certain buttons,...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend was the instigator of my first meeting with the Post Office, which was during the previous Parliament. Unfortunately he was then translated to the Cabinet, so he was unable to pursue these issues as he had previously. He is absolutely right, and I will return to his point in my suggestions, which I hope the Minister will consider.

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: Three or four weeks ago I would have given a different answer to my hon. and learned Friend’s question, but I am afraid that I no longer have faith in the scheme. Whether his constituent wishes to be in a scheme in which she may or may not have faith has to be up to her, but the Post Office certainly should not have an arbitrary cut-off point for examining such issues of injustice. I know...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I know that the hon. Gentleman was intending to have an Adjournment debate; I am very sorry that I pinched his idea and did it instead. I am grateful for his support on this issue. He has been making these points for some time. We must get to the bottom of these cases, and I am afraid that we cannot rely on the Post Office to see right. My constituent, Jo Hamilton, pleaded guilty. She had a...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: As my hon. Friend suggests, and as my hon. and learned Friend the Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) suggested earlier, it is becoming increasingly untenable for the Post Office to act as its own prosecutor without the independent look that the Crown Prosecution Service would bring. My impression is that the Post Office shares that view, and the sooner it can get rid of...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: That is a very difficult question to answer, because the Post Office pleads secrecy. It will not tell us what is happening in the mediation scheme. We asked in July how the mediation scheme was going, but it refused to tell Members of Parliament because it was all confidential.

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. When people’s houses are being repossessed, as is happening throughout the country, time really matters. The Post Office has been arguing that these cases should be excluded. It has been doing it at a stage of the process when there is not professional representation in front of the working group, because no professional advisers have appeared before it....

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: Well, yes, it has been. My hon. Friend has been working on this issue since the very beginning. Obviously, constituency cases are confidential to constituency MPs. All I can say is that my own constituent, Jo Hamilton, has been told that she cannot have a result until after Second Sight has produced its report in April. I first became concerned about her case in 2008, and this sort of time...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My understanding is that the figure is something like that, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman, who has been a key member of the working group of MPs on this issue, will be able to expand on that point when he makes his speech, because I do not know the full detail. The Post Office carried out no proper investigation into what had happened to Jo Hamilton. Julian Wilson, of the Redditch...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. and learned Friend makes an interesting point. The thing that I am worried about most is that it is often impossible to find those flaws in the software that could have caused some of these problems. Second Sight’s interim report did not find major problems with the software, but as I said at the beginning that does not mean that such problems did not exist. To my mind, the Post...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend makes an interesting, worthwhile point. I hope that Second Sight will indeed have a role to play. It is meant to be independent: that is how my hon. Friend the Minister described it in last year’s statement. I hope that its approach to documents will be equally independent. I hope that the Minister is able to assure us of that. There may be a role for the Select Committee on...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Law (10 Nov 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I ought to declare an interest because my wife is a judge who deals with European arrest warrants on a regular basis. The suggestion that there is no judicial oversight of European arrest warrants in this country is nonsense. Please will my right hon. Friend stick to her guns, because I do not want this country to become a haven for foreign criminals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: EU Budget (Surcharge) (10 Nov 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I think I am missing something here. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the only reason we are discussing the payment of an EU surcharge at all is because of the stunningly impressive handling of the economy by my right hon. Friend?

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

James Arbuthnot: rose—

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

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