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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Lang of Monkton: ...of purpose. That is its strength, which we should not seek to undermine. It is concerned simply with the timing of the negotiations—when they start and when they finish—and no more. It is not a skeleton Bill, it is not a Christmas tree Bill and it needs no adornment. There seems to have been a tendency in recent months for us all to get ahead of ourselves, rushing our fences....

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Mims Davies: ...with some of the new clauses; they look benign and fairly honourable. The problem is that it is illogical to try to muddle the negotiations into the middle of this withdrawal Bill as if it were a Christmas tree Bill. I shall speak briefly about some of my constituents’ concerns, and set out my own view on new clause 2. I will not be supporting it because although it seems agreeable...

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...up by my noble friend Lord Puttnam and a number of other noble Lords in the debate. Instead, it merely addresses a series of relatively uncontroversial provisions. A number of people have described it as a Christmas tree Bill—in fact I think we have got as far as a forest now—on which a number of disconnected policies have been hung. We agree with that analysis. It leaves us...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Economy Bill: Offences: infringing copyright and making available right (25 Oct 2016)

Kevin Brennan: ...digital future Bill, given all the issues in play, and that that would have done away with the false division that tends to exist between the digital economy and the general economy. Instead, we have a bit of a Christmas tree Bill, on which the Government are hanging various vaguely related issues. That is what is in front of us, so that is what we must scrutinise, but the levelling of...

BHS: Industrial Strategy (20 Oct 2016)

Steven Baker: ...accept only the first clause of his three-clause social value Bill, but he kindly asked me to serve on the Bill Committee, by which time the civil service had vastly expanded it into something of a Christmas tree Bill. I very much hope that on this occasion there will be a different outcome, but it was of course a great pleasure to serve on that Committee. Competition on the merits is a...

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] - Committee (28 Jun 2016)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...compensation, but I am sure she will want to share with me two things. First, you cannot really let a Bill get through scot free. It should have one amendment, I think. If she wants to do that, here is one. It is not a Christmas tree Bill. These are not Christmas tree presents, but it is a nice, gentle little amendment which will show that we really have exercised the authority, wisdom,...

Digital Skills (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2016)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: ...broadband out, although the noble Lord, Lord Knight, is absolutely right to say that connectivity is important. However, we need the opportunity to hold proper discussions in this House. I am not suggesting that the Minister goes looking for a Christmas tree Bill to hang everything on. I promise her that we will approach it with the same discipline that we showed in achieving the five...

Enterprise Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (19 Apr 2016)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, when it was first introduced, this Bill was described as a Christmas tree Bill, as have a number of Bills from the Minister’s department. Therefore, it is a particular pleasure to receive a Christmas present at the end of the process in the form of a wholly unlooked for, but none the less very welcome, strengthening of the powers that now apply to people who have to work...

Public Bill Committee: Enterprise Bill [Lords]: Clause 35 - Restriction on public sector exit payments (23 Feb 2016)

Kevin Brennan: We have had a very exciting afternoon, as I am sure you would agree, Ms Buck. The Government have adopted what might be called the “Boris principle” on voting—namely, that they can ignore the result of the first vote if they do not like the way it came out and demand a second. We live and learn about parliamentary procedure. We obviously respect your ruling on the matter, Ms...

Public Bill Committee: Enterprise Bill [Lords]: Restriction on public sector exit payments (23 Feb 2016)

Kevin Brennan: We have had a very exciting afternoon, as I am sure you would agree, Ms Buck. The Government have adopted what might be called the “Boris principle” on voting—namely, that they can ignore the result of the first vote if they do not like the way it came out and demand a second. We live and learn about parliamentary procedure. We obviously respect your ruling on the matter, Ms...

Public Bill Committee: Enterprise Bill [Lords] (9 Feb 2016)

Bill Esterson: ...afternoon. The Government have not been short of time. I want your guidance, Mr Amess, on how to approach the matter. Have you had an indication of when the new clause—a whole new element in this Christmas tree Bill—will be tabled? How will we adequately scrutinise the new clauses? What opportunity will we have to table our own amendments, given your advice at the start on...

Public Bill Committee: Enterprise Bill [Lords] (9 Feb 2016)

Bill Esterson: ...afternoon. The Government have not been short of time. I want your guidance, Mr Amess, on how to approach the matter. Have you had an indication of when the new clause—a whole new element in this Christmas tree Bill—will be tabled? How will we adequately scrutinise the new clauses? What opportunity will we have to table our own amendments, given your advice at the start on the...

Debate on the Address: Home Affairs and Justice (28 May 2015)

Andrew Slaughter: ...and the better regulation of detention under the Mental Health Act 1983. I note the catch-all phrase that the Bill will “allow us to deliver a range of criminal justice reforms that will aim to better protect the public, build confidence and improve efficiency.” I fear that we are about to see yet another Christmas tree Bill on which a mishmash of unconnected new offences and...

Deregulation Bill: Third Reading (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, I use this opportunity for a brief moment to pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Stevenson, who, from our side, has guided and marshalled our many Front Bench colleagues, including my noble friends Lady Thornton, Lord Tunnicliffe and Lord McKenzie, through what has been called a “Christmas tree Bill”. Of course, we do not think it is quite such a Bill because it is not...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (26 Jan 2015)

Chris Bryant: ...That was part of some magic deal that was being done with the mobile telephone operators before Christmas, which has now crumbled to dust. Those amendments were foisted on the Bill—it is not so much a Christmas tree Bill as the whole of Oxford Circus, it has so many baubles on it. The truth is that the amendments that were suddenly added to the Bill were interlopers. The Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Deregulation Bill: Carry-over Extension (13 Jan 2015)

Chi Onwurah: ...for long. We will support the motion to extend the life of this rag-bag of a Bill, despite significant reservations about some of the measures in it. On Second Reading I described the Bill as “the Christmas tree Bill to end all Christmas tree Bills”—[ Official Report, 14 May 2014; Vol. 580, c. 781.]. Since then the festive season has come and gone, but the Bill remains,...

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 Jan 2015)

Paul Beresford: I think all of us accept that this very broad Bill covers some very important issues. We discussed whether it could be called a Christmas tree Bill and decided that it could not, as it is after Christmas. However, as an ethnic minority immigrant to this country, I am informed by my wife, who is English, that Christmas decorations can stay up until 6 January, so we have just made the...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Appointment of strategic highways companies (16 Dec 2014)

Richard Burden: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes an important point that should be remembered by business managers and by all parties. We are joined by my right hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich. We also served together on Bill Committees. I recall the Housing Bill Committee, when he was in the position I am now in. It is great to have him on the Committee. He will bring a wealth of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Mark Menzies: ...in the Bill, but I will focus primarily on one specific area. Right hon. and hon. Members on both sides have used various terms to describe the Bill, including a rag-tag Bill. I prefer to call it a Christmas tree Bill, given that we are in the festive season, because many things appear to have been hung on it. I will first mention one point the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Second Reading (2 Dec 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...high levels of youth unemployment. I make those points because it is necessary to set this important piece of legislation in the right context. Unfortunately, the noble Lord who described this Bill as a Christmas tree Bill has gone but that description amused me. If we get our way, it will be not just a few flashing lights and baubles but will have a bit more substance than that. If it is...


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