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Results 181–200 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Brake

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Apprentices (28 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I commend the right hon. Gentleman for his work to raise the profile of apprenticeships in the House. He will know that the House intends to increase the number of apprentices from 14 to 38 by the end of May. He will also be aware that that does not hit the 2.3% target, which the House intends to do by 2021.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Apprentices (28 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I am afraid that my briefing on the subject has no information on that, so I will write to the hon. Lady to confirm the rate. Hopefully she will be satisfied with the rate House apprentices receive.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Apprentices (28 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. He may be aware that the House works with Amazing Apprenticeships, an organisation that goes out nationally to 3,500 schools and colleges. Among other things, it is creating a short film about what happens in the House, which I hope has a positive impact on his diversity concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Plymouth Gin: Mayflower Commemorations (28 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: The House of Commons catering service does not currently stock Plymouth Gin, but will seek to stock some for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Plymouth Gin: Mayflower Commemorations (28 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that. He may be aware of moves within the House to look at the availability of alcohol in this place; I am not sure whether the House will want to entertain the idea of double or triple-strength gins. However, he has put his point on the record and I will take it back to the catering services, including whether they want to stock the double or triple-strength...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Plymouth Gin: Mayflower Commemorations (28 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I assume that it is in order for me to respond very briefly, Mr Speaker. Clearly, the right hon. Gentleman has put on the record his concerns about how the process works, but he will also be aware that Members do at least, through the guest beer option, have the possibility of bringing their own specialist beers to the House.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (27 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I am happy that we have got this far in spite of the Government’s attempts to derail the process, but I am sad that we are having the first attempt at this sort of dialogue 1,007 days after 23 June 2016. I am pleased that the tone has been broadly positive, with people setting out their views on the different options before us. However, I must speak strongly against motion (B)—the...

Business of the House (27 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: Further to the intervention from the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey), does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that given that the Government have spent over 1,000 days on getting to where we are now, it would not be unreasonable for the House to have one more day to try to resolve this matter?

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill (Changed to Healthcare (European Economic Area and Switzerland Arrangements) Bill): Power to make healthcare payments (26 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I am sorry that the Minister was not able to join us at St Helier Hospital yesterday. I understand the reasons for that perfectly, but I hope that he will back the plan for the hospital. The Minister mentioned the international scope of the Bill. Does he accept that that was a mistake in view of the concerns that people have expressed about, for instance, the opening up of the NHS in future...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act (25 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I commend the right hon. Lady for the position she has adopted, which I know has come at some personal expense. Equally, I commend the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley). Is the right hon. Lady as angry as I am that the advocates of hard Brexit—those who led the campaigns that were fined many tens of thousands of pounds for lying and cheating during the referendum—are very rarely here...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act (25 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the Prime Minister. After her Mini-Me Trump act last week, it would have been appropriate for her to come to the House today—or indeed last week—to apologise for the words she used. She has chosen not to do so, however, and I really do regret that. I also regret the fact that clarity does not seem to be her strong point. She said in her statement...

European Council (25 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: Today, I went to an excellent cross-party briefing organised by the Cabinet Office on the subject of no deal—something that I would recommend that those who advocate no deal attend. It set out the extensive damage that no deal would do to the United Kingdom, so will the Prime Minister finally allow this House to pass a binding motion that rules out no deal?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Train Operating Companies: Sanctions (21 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: What powers he has to sanction train operating companies for poor performance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Train Operating Companies: Sanctions (21 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: The Minister will be aware, as will anyone here who is a Southern commuter, that for the past three years Southern has been let off the hook again and again. He will also know that, from next month, train operators will switch to “on time” as a target. Southern is currently hitting that target only 72% of the time. At what point will he call for the company to be sacked?

Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (Eligibility): Article 50 Extension (20 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: At Prime Minister’s questions, the Prime Minister accused the House of navel-gazing on the subject of Europe, which is rich from a party that, for the past 30 years or more, has spent all its time navel-gazing—some might say digging around in its navel or, indeed, picking the scabs of Europe. That has left us in the current position. It has always been about the Tory interest in relation...

Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (Eligibility): Article 50 Extension (20 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: Absolutely. I thank my right hon. Friend for that. We expect that this Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people will be coming into London on the people’s march. If we are sitting on Saturday, as the Speaker has indicated might be possible if the Government want us to sit then, I am sure we will able to sit here and listen carefully to those people’s chants of, “Stop Brexit.” That is...

Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (Eligibility): Article 50 Extension (20 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: I am unsure whether the right hon. and learned Gentleman is aware that today is the International Day of Happiness. Does he agree that one way of making both sides of the Chamber happy might be to have a people’s vote on the Prime Minister’s deal that included the option of staying in the European Union? We can then all be happy, including him.

No-Deal EU Exit Preparations (20 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: It is essential that the largest businesses, and indeed the trade associations that depend on them for information about the progress that is being made on the rollover trade deals, are kept fully informed. Can the Minister explain why the Department for International Trade stopped the roundtables with large businesses?

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: Will the Minister explain precisely, for the benefit of Members on both sides of the House, what input Members will have in advance of any meetings of the Joint Committee?

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Tom Brake: The Minister says that he answers questions in the way he sees fit, but I think the House would say that that is not at all. If he cannot think of a reason for a long extension, who does he expect to come up with one?


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