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European Scrutiny: UK Exit from the EU.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP Suella Braverman MP
Suella Braverman: I have met several innovative small businesses in Fareham recently, for example the IT business Silver Lining. Many such small and medium-size enterprises would like more opportunities to work closely with the Government. What steps are the Government taking to enable greater contracting with SMEs?
Suella Braverman: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Suella Braverman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has committed to research into Tinnitus.
Suella Braverman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the roll out of the HPV vaccine to boys over the age of 13.
Suella Braverman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of amending vehicle excise duty so that the duty applicable is based on the emissions recorded at MOT tests.
Suella Braverman: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to local councils for the provision of (a) support and (b) advice to families and young people in a financial crisis.
Suella Braverman: With average weekly earnings having risen by 3.4% compared with last year, and with the national living wage set to receive its largest cash increase in April, does my hon. Friend agree that the Conservative party and this Conservative Government can rightly claim to be fighting poverty for hard-working Britons?
Suella Braverman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on regional stability.
Suella Braverman: According to Hampshire police, every town in our county has been targeted by county lines drugs gangs, and in Fareham we had some recent arrests of drug dealers. Will the Minister reassure me that Fareham will not get overlooked in the allocation of police officers as part of the new recruitment wave?
Suella Braverman: In 2018, the Government appointed Martin Forde, QC, to independently advise them on the compensation scheme, and the Government have also committed to having an independent adviser to oversee its delivery. Is the hon. Gentleman challenging the views of the independent expert who has made the recommendations, which the Government have largely followed?
Suella Braverman: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Constitution Committee: Parliament’s role in relation to the terms of Brexit.
Witnesses: (at 10:30 AM) Mr Steve Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Department for Exiting the European Union Ms Suella Braverman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Department for Exiting the European Union
Suella Braverman: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. This is not the best of three. It is not about, “You keep trying until you get the result you want.” This was a historic vote, when millions of people put their faith in democracy. To do anything other than revere that vote would undermine democracy and cause a collapse in that faith.
Suella Braverman: The Government is making progress and remains confident of ensuring a functioning statute book as we leave the EU. All statutory instruments are being published on legislation.gov.uk, and can also be found on Parliament’s tracker at https://beta.parliament.uk/find-a-statutory-instrument. The Government has committed that statutory instruments relating to EU exit will be clearly titled.
Suella Braverman: In light of Soleimani’s alliances with Hezbollah and Hamas, and now the explicit threat of revenge, does my right hon. Friend agree that Israel is exposed and faces a real risk of attack from Iran? If he does, what steps are the UK Government taking to support Israel, a true friend of the UK and of democracy, in its right to self-defence?
Suella Braverman: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The green section of the withdrawal agreement includes an express indication that, during the implementation period, we will, for the first time in 40 years, have the freedom to negotiate, sign and ratify trade agreements with third countries, opening our markets for British manufacturers, exporters and businesses, which is a surefire way of generating...
Suella Braverman: A number of UK Government ministers, including the Secretary of State for Wales and the Minister for Security, have visited Holyhead to discuss the impact of EU exit on the port. UK Government officials continue to work with port operators, key stakeholders, and the Welsh Government, to ensure that traffic continues to flow freely at ports in Wales once the UK has left the EU.
Suella Braverman: I assure my hon. Friend that I share his and the Environment Secretary’s view that, once we leave the EU, we will be able to control access to our waters by non-UK registered vessels, which will be a matter for negotiation. Access to markets for fish products will be agreed as part of our future economic partnership, just as with other goods and food products.