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Results 1–20 of 400 for dominic cummings

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Industry (Support) (27 May 2020)

Willie Rennie: 4. We need to speak with one voice. What Dominic Cummings did was wrong, the Prime Minister was wrong to defend him and they are treating people like mugs. That is wrong, and we should condemn it. Everyone should condemn it. I want to ask the First Minister about the legal tourism industry. The precautionary approach will mean a longer lockdown for the sector. The industry is anxious that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (26 May 2020)

Sinead McLaughlin: ...these Budgets. We continually repeat ourselves, but I suppose that politicians are used to doing that quite regularly. This morning, one important story was largely overlooked amidst the anger over Dominic Cummings's refusal to resign, but it was a story that was much more important for businesses and workers in Northern Ireland. The British Government are nowhere near ready in the...

Census (England and Wales) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: the Conservative manifesto last year that: “We will improve the use of data, data science and evidence in the process of government.” That is a highly desirable idea, although reading Dominic Cummings’s blog over the years and looking at the antics of what one has to call the Warner brothers, Ben and Marc—one of them in No. 10 and the other working for an outside company which...

Public Services: Update - Statement (29 Apr 2020)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...about public sector workers used by Conservative Ministers and advisers until a few weeks ago. Last December’s Conservative manifesto, and even more the writings of Conservative advisers such as Dominic Cummings and Rachel Wolf, condemned the Civil Service as “incompetent” and wasteful, as ignorant about science and looking after their own interests rather than the public as a...

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies - Private Notice Question (28 Apr 2020)

Baroness Walmsley: ...sciences: public health, social science and molecular virology. Why not? Does the Prime Minister read the full minutes of SAGE? If not, who briefs him? Is it the Chief Medical Officer or is it Dominic Cummings, whose understanding of the deliberations may be very different?

Public Services (28 Apr 2020)

Wendy Chamberlain: ...the NHS tracking app, which will handle huge amounts of personal and confidential data, is going to be given to the brother of a No.10 data scientist and former vote leave employee and a friend of Dominic Cummings. If this app is to be effective, we need the buy-in from the overwhelming majority of the public. What measures are the Government taking to ensure that trust in this app can be...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Prime Minister: Email (27 Mar 2020)

Chloe Smith: I refer the Hon. Gentleman to the answer by the Rt. Hon. Member for Hertsmere (Oliver Dowden) of 14 January 2020 (PQ 1411). Dominic Cummings’ blog invited people to get in touch to discuss opportunities, and did not set out proposed recruitment processes. As this activity was not conducted by government, the Government does not hold information generated by it, including within the email...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Second Stage (16 Mar 2020)

Jim Wells: ...who is very able and very intelligent. However, he regards his role as the enforcer — the "sped" — and he exercises power that has never been seen in a western democracy before. Certainly, even Dominic Cummings — we have heard about the power that he exercises in 10 Downing Street — would be envious.

European Union: Negotiations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (16 Mar 2020)

Baroness Ludford: ...what price in terms of the social and economic welfare of the people of this country? Why should they be put at risk because of some idiotic ideological bee in the bonnet of hard Brexiters such as Dominic Cummings? Can the Minister give any other explanation? Another example of the triumph of hard-line ideology over pragmatism is the Government’s rejection, as a matter of policy, of the...

Green Economy - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: not have the time to waste on despair. If faith can move mountains, then surely it can move the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues. Perhaps it can even move Dominic Cummings, but perhaps that is asking too much. I shall finish on a positive note. I welcome the fact that the 2050 target has established Britain as a global leader, at least in its...

Ministerial Code - Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2020)

Lord McNally: ...of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment.” That is clearly no longer the case. Special advisers are now under the central direction of Mr Dominic Cummings, as the noble Lord, Lord Young, has indicated. Can the Minister say, given the power that Mr Cummings now has, whether there is any reason, other than his own contempt for Parliament,...

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

Alison Thewliss: ...of Brexit, there are many challenges yet to be dealt with. The Chancellor has kicked a range of significant policies and changes into the long grass of the comprehensive spending review to buy Dominic Cummings more time to come up with some ideas. In terms of what was announced on covid-19, we need to know exactly how these measures will translate into Barnett consequentials. The Scottish...

Income Tax (Charge) (11 Mar 2020)

Owen Thompson: ...having to compose a Budget in the face of the coronavirus and the fast-moving changes coming off the back of it, topped off with the fact that it is debatable how much say he had in it—Dominic Cummings has done a grand job in pulling this together at such short notice. There is a limit to the levers that can be pulled to prevent the economic damage that we are braced for from this viral...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 123 (11 Mar 2020)

Lord Teverson: ...than that, I find the Bill very conservative. If I were to give the Government one bit of advice—I never thought I would hear myself say this—I would tell the Minister to deliver the Bill to Dominic Cummings at No. 10 and ask him to sex it up. I think that is seriously what is required. We have an opportunity here really to make a difference. This is Brexit and we are an independent...

BBC and Public Service Broadcasting - Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: ...happened in the past. The noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, for instance, reminded us of some of the quotations from the New Frontiers Foundation document in 2004 at the time when it was directed by Dominic Cummings. It is worth reminding the House of a couple of the examples she gave. The NFF said that “the Right should be aiming for the end of the BBC in its current form”. It went on:...

Ministerial Code (2 Mar 2020)

Alan Brown: ...implementation of policies is no excuse for a Secretary of State or Minister to behave how they want or to bully and intimidate people? Also, can he confirm that the Government are not beholden to Dominic Cummings’ plans to disrupt and dismantle the entire civil service?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Prime Minister: Contracts (2 Mar 2020)

Jon Trickett: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Dominic Cummings was involved in the recruitment of Andrew Sabisky as a special adviser.

Children and Families: Early Years Interventions - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Mawson: ...are writing the new Green Paper on prevention. Local people and I shared with the civil servants the long journey of state intervention in this town and the unintended consequences. I do not know Dominic Cummings—I have never met him—but if he is really interested in the dysfunctionality of so much of the machinery of government systems and their countless interventions, he would do...

Cabinet Office: Code of Conduct for Special Advisers (27 Feb 2020)

Owen Thompson: The code of conduct says that special advisers must not involve themselves with controversy. After calling for weirdos, misfits and “PJ Masks”, Dominic Cummings hired someone who has promoted eugenics. How is that acceptable?

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2020)

Pete Wishart: May I ask the Secretary of State, and explicitly him on this question, what role does Dominic Cummings have in the Cabinet Office, and will he outline his professional and personal relationship with him?

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