Results 41–60 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

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I am sorry, but I do not have time. This amendment attempts to bind the UK Parliament for a UK-wide issue. That breaches a pretty important precedent: that we try, at least, to work on a cross-community consensual basis when it comes to Northern Ireland because the sensitivities and the risks are so great, so significant, that it would be irresponsible and dangerous to play political games in...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: Voters will conclude that this is a clever piece of procedure that pretends to care about democracy, but in reality is trying to prevent a decision that has already been taken from ever happening at all. One hour having elapsed since the commencement of proceedings on Lords amendments, the debate was interrupted (Programme Order, 8 July). The Speaker put forthwith the Question already...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I agree with the comments made by a number of colleagues on both sides of the House that this was originally a very simple three-clause Bill to change just two dates, and it is now garlanded with baubles; it is a Christmas tree with tinsel, twinkling lights and a honking great star on top to boot. That said, the Government are willing to accept most of the Lords amendments requiring reports...

Northern Ireland Motorsport Taskforce Report (15 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I congratulate the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) on producing the report, with an awful lot of help from the various bodies that were involved in its creation, and also on organising the debate. He has made it clear just how many people and organisations across Northern Ireland, both in the motorsport racing sector and in industry, have contributed. He has managed to harness...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Extension of period for forming an Executive (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I should probably start by formally begging to move that clauses 1 to 4 stand part of the Bill. If I do not say that, bad things will probably happen and we will not get to the important part of our proceedings. I begin with the four amendments tabled by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), which would require the first progress report under clause 3 to...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Extension of period for forming an Executive (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I hope that the commitments I have just made and the words I was able to adduce have reassured the right hon. Member for Belfast North and his colleagues, and that on that basis they will be willing not to press their amendments. I think we are in agreement on the issue, but I am sure they will intervene on me if not. Finally, let me turn to amendments 21 and 22, to which my hon. Friend the...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: Absolutely. This is also a free-vote issue, so if this passes a vote it will go into law and become part of primary legislation. Ministers would be bound by it and Government would proceed. People should be aware that many of the same concerns that I expressed about new clause 1 apply to new clause 10, so there may be issues.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I will give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford), and then to the hon. Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly), but then I must make progress.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I am not sure that I have time, but I could go through other technical concerns. That is only one of the potential issues—there are broader points that would need to be fixed. But the question is whether or not the House is interested in the principle here, I suspect, on a free vote.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: As I mentioned in my response to new clause 1, it is entirely probable that it would not be possible to achieve this by October at all and, when we made those changes more broadly for the rest of the UK in previous years, that was done by primary legislation, not secondary legislation. The hon. Lady makes a valid point. I wanted to make sure, as people reach principled decisions on an issue...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: No, I think I can probably reassure my right hon. Friend on that, but I would reaffirm to him that there are real technical concerns about the new clause and that those will have to be fixed. He is broadly right on the broader point that a very simple Bill, which is only supposed to change two dates, has ended up with a very large number of other amendments attached, so he has a broader...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I will give way once more, and then I really must make progress because I do want to get through my speech.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: As I understand it, if we repealed that, yes it would. However, I think the point has been made elsewhere that that is not necessarily the route we have to go down because those sections have already been dealt with in different ways for the rest of the UK. I do not want to revisit the substance of this, particularly as it has been debated extensively already, so with everyone’s permission,...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: Dame Eleanor, I had probably better not try your patience by going through them all. We have accepted a fairly large number of reporting requirements and we are happy to report back to this House on that basis. With my hon. Friend’s indulgence, I will perhaps go through the individual amendment numbers with her separately afterwards. With that, I draw my remarks to a close.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: This has been a difficult debate because it has laid bare some fundamental differences in approach. It has been, predominantly, a respectful debate between people who have strongly held and highly principled views on opposite sides of some very important and tricky cultural issues, but it has laid bare some fundamental differences of opinion and divisions in our society, in the Chamber and in...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: That is a rare intervention from an Opposition Whip. I am delighted to hear that, as I am sure Labour Members are too. There will be free votes on issues of conscience on both sides of the House. As I will set out, the Government are willing to accept some of the amendments on reporting commitments where Members do not wish to withdraw their amendments. However, most of those amendments ask...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: If the hon. Lady will possess her soul in patience, I will come to that important point later; I want to take matters in the order in which they arose in the debate, but I will come to that—I am sure that she will pull me up if I do not. I hope that a proper oral statement is an acceptable alternative to appropriating large swathes of parliamentary time to debate individual issues and...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: Yes, I absolutely accept that there is great concern that by creating one list of amendments today we will, by omission, leave out some very important things indeed. I am afraid that is inherent in the frustration, which I referred to at the start of my remarks, about the fact that the Northern Ireland Assembly has not sat for well over two years now. I am afraid that frustration will only...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: Amen to that, Mr Speaker. I think that is the only way to follow that one. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound). It is perhaps not his swansong—in theory, he has another couple of years before the end of this Parliament, should we run to full term—but he has been a wonderful adornment and one of the funniest Members of Parliament for a long time. We...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

John Penrose: I agree absolutely with the first half of the hon. Lady’s sentence. The sense of frustration and concern is not confined to Members on both sides of the Chamber this afternoon and evening, although that has been palpable; it extends right across all communities in Northern Ireland and she is absolutely right to make that point. On the pay of MLAs, I gently remind the hon. Lady that my right...


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