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Results 81–100 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

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: What the shadow Leader of the House has just said is quite important. My role as spokesman for the House of Commons Commission is to provide a factual response to the queries that Members raise with me, not to drive the policy of the House of Commons Commission.

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: No.

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: To complete the clarification of my role, there have in the past been requests to hold an election among the Liberal Democrats for this post. When a party has a relatively small number of MPs, the competition for the posts that are available is not usually very extensive, and therefore the probability of an election is quite restricted. If two Liberal Democrats had wanted to perform this...

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that perhaps one way of getting the attention of Members would be to act on my earlier suggestion—in fact, it was recommended by Alison Stanley—that all Members should be required to do the Valuing Everyone programme? That would draw people’s attention to it.

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The hon. Gentleman has just noticed that the tie was perhaps not a good example to go for, but I encourage him and his colleagues, who have been assiduous in pushing the idea that the new temporary Chamber that is to be established in Richmond House should be used to test some of the different arrangements in this Chamber that he and I would like to see.

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: And they are related to the Cox recommendations.

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I apologise for being just two minutes late for the opening remarks of the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller). However, I enjoyed listening to the bulk of her contribution. Maybe it was because I arrived a bit late, but at times I felt that she was saying that no action had been taken on Cox. I agree with her that belated action has been taken on many aspects, but some progress...

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I will come to those recommendations, but if the purpose of what we are doing is to ensure that there are no future complaints about bullying and harassment, that course is part of the answer. Having attended the course yesterday, it is very clear that bullying and harassment is going on now, and that there are members of staff in particular who do not yet feel able to have that behaviour...

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I do not want to get diverted on to fire safety, but I can tell the hon. Gentleman that it is a matter that we discuss at the House of Commons Commission. Having been on the fire safety course, I am very much in favour of naming and shaming the other 600 Members of Parliament—that is probably the number at this point in time—who have not been on it. I recommend that people attend that...

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: And I am sure that is the point that the right hon. Lady is about to make.

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I thank the right hon. Lady for that intervention. She will be aware that there has been legal advice of a different nature about what action we can take. However, I agree that we need to take action. I very much hope that the meeting on 24 June is the point at which a very clear way forward will be taken and that the House will then act on that before the summer recess. I do not want to get...

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: The shadow Leader of the House is nodding as well. I think there is a collective desire to ensure that we run the Commission more effectively than has perhaps been the case so far. I am sure that all the players on the Commission will want to support that initiative. I agree that, as the right hon. Member for Basingstoke said, action has not been taken as swiftly as it should have been in...

Cox Report: Implementation (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Does the right hon. Lady agree with another of Alison Stanley’s recommendations, which is about trying to ensure that there are no further cases of bullying and harassment? She recommends that all Members should go on the Valuing Everyone training course, which I am pleased to say I went on yesterday and would thoroughly recommend to all Members.

EU/British Citizens’ Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I find it hard to contain my anger at the charlatans and snake oil salesmen who will again tonight, on television, be claiming that no deal presents no difficulties; it might present no difficulties for them. I wish to ask the Minister a specific question. In response to a letter that I sent to him, the Minister for Europe and the Americas said: “If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and...

EU/British Citizens’ Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: I would like to make it clear that I am certainly not referring to any Member of the House present in the Chamber today as a charlatan or buffoon.

EU/British Citizens’ Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am happy to withdraw; I am not impugning their integrity, but I am certainly attacking their views, which I find outrageous.

International Humanitarian Law: Protecting Civilians in Conflict — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: On that point, I and other Members here today would like something in writing from the Minister, once those discussions have been completed.

International Humanitarian Law: Protecting Civilians in Conflict — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: With regard to Syria, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the UK Government should also be keeping records of the Russians involved, so that they too may be held to account?

International Humanitarian Law: Protecting Civilians in Conflict — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (18 Jun 2019)

Tom Brake: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Bone. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) on initiating this debate. As Members will know, she chairs the all-party human rights group, and I am vice-chair of the all-party group on drones. We made a joint bid to the Backbench Business Committee, and I am pleased that we secured this debate....


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