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Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I want to follow on from what the hon. Gentleman was saying before the Divisions about the 10-point deduction for Crystal Palace. Could there be any exceptional circumstances in which those 10 points would be given back, bearing in mind that the club did not seek administration?

Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: Obviously, we should not be jealous of the money that comes with the skills, but is not another effect of big money in the premiership that it undermines our national teams because we have fewer players playing in top-ranking football?

Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: Does not that show the importance of the premiership seeing it as a corporate product? One can makes fun of the league system, but after all, Liverpool lost to Portsmouth, but Manchester United won five-nil, as I recall, so it can potentially change the result of who qualifies for the top four in European championship positions.

Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Sir Nicholas. It is most apposite that the debate is a 90-minute game, but it is unfortunate that you do not have the discretion to add a few extra minutes, as would happen in an actual football match. It is also most apposite that the debate is being held now, given the problems facing Crystal Palace football club. In the four...

Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. I am sure that there is nothing peculiar in politicians always wanting to support business, but these businesses employ many people. They employ not only the stars on the most significant sums a week, but ordinary working people. They, too, are important, which is why politicians should take an interest.

Professional Football (Regulation) — [Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: The hon. Gentleman mentioned American sports. Would it not be better perhaps for the premier league to copy what is done in America, by sharing revenue among clubs to ensure a healthier and more competitive league system?

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: The Regional Select Committees are an excellent initiative by the Government, and it is a shame that not all parties participate. They are a good model for Parliament, looking as they do, in a cross-cutting way, at different Departments.

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I obviously did not express myself clearly enough. My point was about Ministers not being Members of the House-a bit like with Congress in the States and the French Assembly. Being on the road is worthwhile, but that was not my point. In many ways it would be better if the Executive sat outside Parliament.

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I said that we would serve five-year terms, but that only a fifth of Members would retire every year.

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: The hon. Lady is quite right to detail the good progress that has been made, but does she not concede that it is disappointing that the Government are not willing to release more time for Members to initiate their own legislative ideas? Would it also help the scrutiny process if we had a budget office that looked at Government performance, particularly their fiscal performance, at this...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: It is a special pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Nicholas. With your extended knowledge of this place, it is particularly appropriate for this debate to take place under your guidance. I am pleased to have secured the debate and grateful to colleagues who have come to contribute. This debate could be seen as a curtain-raiser to the debate that will take place on the Wright...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I very much hope so and I am grateful for my hon. Friend's kind comments. I was inspired by yesterday evening's contribution by the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Mr. Galloway) to what was otherwise an ill-tempered, disorganised and unfortunate debate. He offers a radical agenda for this place, and as he rightly said yesterday evening, the public are looking for a substantial change...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I will probably not be as radical, although I am happy to give way.

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I am pleased that you have done so, Sir Nicholas, and I would also have been pleased to concede time from my 15 minutes. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow, and I feel privileged that he has taken the opportunity to attend, as I know that he had other competing engagements this morning. I would like to strongly endorse what he has to say. I love this place; I have...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: Before I give way to my leader, I would like to say that when I sat on the London Assembly, we had the luxury of being able to set our own culture and procedures. Moving would also have that effect.

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: I am grateful for my leader's intervention. It is a sign that independent MPs think for themselves without necessarily agreeing on a particular policy beforehand. In a Parliament full of independent MPs, the advantage would be that a debate about such issues would be held in public-this is only one small issue. My view on moving away from this place is that we could still come here for the...

Revitalising Parliament (10 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: There were three GPs; I am grateful for the prompt from my hon. Friend. The Minister's response was, "I'm sorry. This is not my responsibility; it is a matter for the primary care trust." I went to see a Pensions Minister about an appalling abuse of Allders pensioners and the response was like something from a new version of "Yes Minister": "Of course I'm terribly concerned about this issue...

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill [ Money] (9 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: But will not the saving for the national health service, in terms of the health of the young people concerned, mean that the Bill will inevitably be an excellent investment, and that we should get on with agreeing to the motion?

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

Andrew Pelling: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman give way?


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