Results 181–200 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Penrose

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Border: Use of Technology (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: I am very happy to repeat what I said earlier: nobody, on any side—not just the police, as this is much more broad than that—wants a hard border in Northern Ireland. Ultimately, that is the best guarantee that there will not be one.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Border: Use of Technology (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: All I can do here is go back to the Prime Minister’s point of order after the votes last night, where she explicitly said that she was going to take the decisions that had commanded a majority in Parliament back in not only reaching out to people who tabled amendments yesterday, but in her discussions with the EU. I am sure that none of us would want to rule in or out any particular methods...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Border: Use of Technology (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: I can do better than that. The Prime Minister, in her comments last night, already made the point that she wishes to discuss all these things with the EU. I would regard it as immensely promising if such a team were indeed already working on it from the EU’s side.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Border: Use of Technology (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: All I think I can do is repeat my earlier comments. After examination, there are no currently available, off-the-shelf solutions, which is why the political declaration says that new solutions will be required. I would not want to rule out what those will be and what they will include or not include at this stage, because clearly they will need to be innovative.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Rural Hospitals: Public Transport (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: As I am sure my right hon. Friend is aware, public transport in Northern Ireland is a devolved issue. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 allows Northern Ireland Departments to continue to deliver public services in the absence of a functioning Executive. There are ongoing discussions on all these issues, including services to hospitals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Rural Hospitals: Public Transport (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: My right hon. Friend is pursuing one of the energetic and effective campaigns that have become his signature in Parliament. I believe that he is also pursuing the issue at Welsh and Scottish questions. I am sure that many of us have a great deal of sympathy with the case he described, but changing the policy in Northern Ireland to deal with it is best done by a functioning Executive at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Rural Hospitals: Public Transport (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: The difficulty that everybody faces at the moment is that all budgetary allocations have to be done on a business-as-usual basis. To make more fundamental changes and reforms—to modernise anything in any devolved area—requires the Stormont Executive to be sitting. I share the hon. Gentleman’s desire for change, but the answer, I am afraid, is that we have to get Stormont working.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Supporting Business (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: At the autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced £350 million for a Belfast city region deal to boost investment and productivity, and the opening of formal negotiations for a Derry/Londonderry and Strabane city region deal. Furthermore, late last year, I was delighted to announce a £700,000 investment in Randox, a County Antrim life sciences company. That investment, through the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Supporting Business (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: I can confirm, as I have already mentioned, that the Derry/Londonderry and Strabane city deal discussions have begun, following my right hon. Friend the Chancellor’s announcement, and I am sure that everybody here hopes they will progress speedily and successfully.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Supporting Business (30 Jan 2019)

John Penrose: I keep coming back to it, but Parliament voted last night and a democratic consensus has been reached. We all need to respect that decision.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: May I start by paying tribute to my predecessor in this role, my hon. Friend the Member for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara), who has been typically generous and helpful with his time and efforts during the handover? I am sure that everyone on both sides of the House will agree that we all owe a vast debt of gratitude to the heroism and bravery of British servicemen and women who were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: I understand and empathise with the hon. Gentleman and his constituents. In fact, as I visited the former Massereene Army barracks in Northern Ireland last week, I paused to pay my respects at a local memorial to two former Army engineers who were killed in 2009. There are many such memorials to individual acts of heroism or tragedy scattered not just across Northern Ireland, but around the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: Having been in the job for three and a half weeks, I am afraid that I do not have the precise number, but it was very many and the tragedy was huge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: I will gladly go to that memorial.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: Britain is a global trading nation and is about to become more global, so we want to promote the strengths of Northern Ireland’s business community to a global audience. So far, I have visited CM Precision Components in Downpatrick, the Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Randox in Antrim, Coca-Cola in Lisburn, Queen’s University Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine in Belfast and many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: I completely agree that things would be hugely improved by a functioning Assembly and Executive. I have been in this role for only a couple of weeks, but, as a former businessman, I have been hugely impressed by the economic progress since the Belfast agreement. Northern Ireland is open for business and we want the whole world to know.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: In the meetings that I have held so far, I have been hugely impressed by the skilled and stable workforce in Northern Ireland. I have also been impressed by its world-leading research—for example, in the precision medicine centre that I visited at Queen’s in Belfast—and by the strong sectoral abilities in cyber-security, life sciences and aerospace. We are doing a great deal and we need...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: The short answer is yes. If the hon. Gentleman brings me the details, I will be delighted to discuss them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: As I understand it, city deals vary from place to place. They are situation and location specific almost by definition, so there is not a particular standardised approach to any one of them. They are tailored and deliberately so. I am afraid that that is what inevitably happens. With any luck, some other city deals, perhaps in other parts of Scotland, may conform more closely to what the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: My hon. Friend, the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, is absolutely right to point out that these are devolved matters and that they need to be taken forward by a devolved Assembly and Administration—the Executive. We want to encourage all sides to get going again, because, clearly, these issues are important to the people of Northern Ireland and need to be addressed.


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