John Bercow: These Chichester people seem very decent folk indeed. I think it is partly the effect of the Member.
John Bercow: Order. I want to take this opportunity—I hope the House will join me as I do so—to congratulate the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) and the other three members of the string quartet known as Statutory Instruments on their magnificent performance in Speaker’s House on Tuesday lunchtime; it was a virtuoso display of outstanding music—stirring, inspiring and admirable...
John Bercow: I admire very much the hon. Gentleman’s American tie. He is auditioning for a new role as a fashion specialist.
John Bercow: The hon. Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) is wearing an admirably bookish tie—presumably a commentary on his learning and scholarship.
John Bercow: I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that Her Majesty has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts and Measure: Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Act 2019 Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Act 2019 Church Representation and Ministers Measure 2019.
Lord Dykes: ...to go on further about. Turning to another speech, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, for his fascinating speech, with which I agreed entirely—and he said it all through the words of Boris Johnson. Because it was so good, I forgive him his temporary lapse when he said he was in favour of a soft Brexit after all to be a candidate in the European parliamentary elections, which happened...
John Bercow: Ah yes, a Lincolnshire knight in a cheerful suit—Sir Edward Leigh.
John Bercow: Order. I call Emma Little Pengelly.
John Bercow: Order. The right hon. Gentleman will not be shouted down under any circumstances. If you are shouting, stop it. You can do better, and if you cannot, it is about time you did.
John Bercow: I remind the House that I have certified that the regulations apply exclusively to England. The motion could have been subject to double majority voting: the whole House and those representing constituencies in England. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)).
John Bercow: ...to answer, and as I note from the beaming countenance of the hon. Gentleman that he is teasing me, I take it in the spirit in which he has done so and proceed to the petition in the name of Mr John Howell.
John Bercow: A bit more, but not too much more.
John Bercow: The Chancellor is a clever chap, but his capacities do not include the capacity to penetrate the minds of colleagues, especially those in competitive vote-seeking mode.
John Bercow: Thank you.
John Bercow: I am bound to say to the hon. Lady that I am not aware of any intention on the part of a Minister to make a statement on the matter in the Chamber. Certainly I have received no approach, to the best of my knowledge. I think that if I had been written to about it, I would know, and I don’t, so I haven’t. Let me say to the hon. Lady, however, that if she wishes to give voice further to her...
John Bercow: The hon. Gentleman was temporarily elevated to the Privy Council by his right hon. Friend on the Treasury Bench. He might—who knows?—regard that as an earnest of what is to come.
John Bercow: With commendable brevity, I feel sure. Neil Gray.
John Bercow: Ah yes, the man in the summer suit—splendid. Mr Barry Sheerman.
John Bercow: The hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey), who is a keen young pup in the House, is perched as though he is about to expatiate. However, I had him down as coming in on the next question. [Interruption.] He wishes to expatiate now. Well, our delight is unanimous.
John Bercow: Very helpful.