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Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill (6 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does the Minister agree that in that situation it would be open to any Member of this House to ask a Minister or the Prime Minister at the Dispatch Box whether he or she considered it to be a matter of confidence and then what followed from that would bear that out?

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill (6 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Is it not also the case that, if there were a vote in the Commons that many considered to be a confidence vote, but the Government refused to accept that, it would be open to the official Opposition to table a confidence motion, in which there would be no doubt whatsoever?

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 3 - Restriction on evidence or questions about complainant's sexual history (5 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I wonder if the shadow Secretary of State has forgotten that when he was a Minister in the Department for Constitutional Affairs, Labour voted for rapists to serve less of their sentence in prison. In fact, section 244 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 now requires all prisoners to be released after just 50% of their sentence is served. Prior to that point, those sentenced to four years or...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill: New Clause 1 - Harassment in a public place (5 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does my hon. Friend agree that many abortion clinics are co-located with general hospitals, which could curtail the rights of trade unionists and health workers to demonstrate outside their own hospital?

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill: New Clause 1 - Harassment in a public place (5 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I thank the Minister for that reassurance. The other two items I want to discuss were underlined by the points made by the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) about lining up with wokeism rather than with the hard-working people who find their lives disrupted in the workplace, when travelling to work or, indeed, in their communities. I commend the Government...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill: New Clause 1 - Harassment in a public place (5 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Lady agree that when she talks about “the people”, that would include the people whose lives are disrupted, who cannot get to work, who experience all the points that I made in my remarks? They are the people as well and they want to get on with their lives.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill: New Clause 1 - Harassment in a public place (5 Jul 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I will try to lead by example in that regard. Part 1 of the Bill increases the penalty for assault on an emergency worker from 12 months to two years. Many other key workers are on the frontline, too. Indeed, shopworkers have borne the brunt of much of the abuse about mask wearing and social distancing in stores, on top of the existing problems associated with...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 69 - Poaching of game (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I am pleased to hear what the Minister has said and I am satisfied that the Government take this issue seriously—not just because of the words that I have heard her say now, but also because I was contacted by the office of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who has asked me for a meeting on the strength of the new clauses. It makes a nice change for Cabinet...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 69 - Poaching of game (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 69 - Poaching of game (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: The new clauses would strengthen the powers of the police and the courts to tackle the thorny and persistent problem of illegal hare coursing. Hare coursing is a form of poaching whereby offenders trespass on private land in pursuit of hares with dogs, but that is not simply about taking one for the pot. Rather, it involves high-stakes illegal gambling, as dogs are pitted against each other...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 63 - Offence of requiring or accepting sexual relations as a condition of accommodation (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I am sure the Minister will be aware that, in many cases, this is not a deal that the tenant would have at the outset. It is when they fall behind with the rent that a proposition is made to them, so it is a choice between eviction or succumbing to this situation. In that case, the woman is in a very pressurised situation.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 43 - Offence of interference with access to or provision of abortion services (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I was going to make a similar point to that made by the hon. Member for Rotherham. Is it not the case that many local authorities find the process complex and expensive? Will the Minister consider providing a toolbox or other assistance to local authorities to enable them to do this in a way that does not put them outside their comfort zones in the areas in which they have been working?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 43 - Offence of interference with access to or provision of abortion services (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I thank the Minister for those assurances. Would it also be the case that where an abortion clinic is in a general hospital, the measure could unintentionally prevent people from protesting against the closure of a ward or a service, or trade unionists protesting about a particular aspect of their employment rights?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 31 - Maximum sentence for publishing the identity of a sexual offences complainant (24 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does my hon. Friend agree that he is probably coming as close as he can—within his pay grade—to making that commitment?

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 26 - Duty to collect and publish data relating to number of offenders who receive a custodial sentence and are parents of children, or pregnant, at the time of their sentencing (22 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: The hon. Gentleman is making some very valid points and no one should underestimate the effect on a child of having either parent sent to jail. He talks a lot about “a primary carer”. As a parent, I see myself as sharing the care of our children. Is he assuming that in every case the woman would be the primary carer, or does he consider in these days of equality that it would be for the...

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 9 - Rental of high performance vehicles (22 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I am a member of the all-party parliamentary historic vehicles group, and I am a little concerned that many older vehicles that may be hired—for example, vintage Bentleys—cannot be fitted with a black box, which might prevent those vehicles from being enjoyed by people who perhaps want to hire a little of our history.

Public Bill Committee: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 9 - Rental of high performance vehicles (22 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: I thank the hon. Lady for her generosity in giving way. I understand the problem she has identified. However, the Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 litre 4x4, for example, which families might hire to pull a caravan on a holiday or to go on a trip, would fall into that category. I am a little worried that many people who are not part of the problem might be drawn into additional cost and the difficulties...

Grouse Shooting — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: May I say at the outset that to ban grouse shooting would be an act of environmental, ecological and economic vandalism—not to mention a gastronomic disaster for many people in this country? Two thirds of the North York Moors national park is in my constituency—my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) has the bulk of the rest—and 79% of the North Yorkshire...

Grouse Shooting — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Jun 2021)

Robert Goodwill: Does the hon. Lady agree that those two are not mutually exclusive?


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