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Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : The Growth Plan (23 Sep 2022)

Bob Neill: I welcome much of the announcement, particularly the change to IR35. As the Chancellor will know, that has caused real distress and injustice to many honest, hard-working self-employed people. I also welcome the changes to stamp duty, but will he bear in mind—I am sure he does, as a Conservative—that we also believe in sound money and we must keep an eye on inflation? We do not want the...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 19 - New Agreements Amending or Replacing the Northern Ireland Protocol (20 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Dame Rosie. I am grateful to the Minister for the constructive approach he has taken, as always, and I am grateful, too, to the Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office, particularly the Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth West (Conor Burns), who is not in his place. He has been very helpful in a number of discussions...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: This has been a most useful debate. I will not press my amendment 1 to a vote tonight, because amendment 2, which is scheduled for debate on the third day of Committee proceedings, will permit the Committee to revisit the topics if matters develop. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Amendment proposed: 26, in page 1, line 3, at end insert— “(za)...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I understand what my right hon. and learned Friend is saying, and I am grateful to him. However, if there is a need to act urgently, it is likely to be many months before the Bill completes its parliamentary passage. With respect, that is a contradiction. He is actually making a compelling case for using the article 16 safeguarding procedure.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I respect what the right hon. Gentleman is saying. He referred to the importance of an objective test. Does he agree that that may not be enough for proper parliamentary scrutiny, which we must have for the regulations, and that before the Bill completes its passage in this House, the Government ought to produce the evidence base that might support the ground that he asserts—that the...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I do understand that, which is why I have made it clear from the beginning that I am as much in favour of changes to the protocol as anyone else. Of course, the protocol had provisions written into it to enable those changes to take place, and that is what we would all want to see. Let us be blunt: there will be a change of Prime Minister soon, and a change of personnel under those...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: The hon. Lady makes a fair point. Those of us who have served as Ministers know that, frankly, all Governments use Henry VIII powers. We all tend to criticise them when we are in opposition and use them a bit when we are in government, if the truth be known. But the reality is that there are Henry VIII powers and Henry VIII powers; and this is Henry VIII, the six wives, Cardinal Wolsey and...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I beg to move amendment 1, page 1, line 3, at end insert— “(za) comes into effect only in accordance with section 26(2A) to (2D);”. This amendment is linked to Amendment 2 to clause 26, which would require parliamentary approval for bringing into force any provisions of this Act.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: Amendments 1 and 2, the latter of which amends clause 26, relate to the commencement and operationalisation of the provisions in the Bill. I have drafted them in this way because of the nature of the Bill itself. We will come to amendment 2 on day three, but amendment 1 paves the way for it, so it may be convenient if I set out the thinking behind both amendments. As was debated at some...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I will be happy to talk about the essential tests of necessity, which are well recognised and well set out, as my hon. Friend knows. But the principle behind the amendment, which I will then go into the detail of, is precisely to say, “If you are invoking that doctrine, a most unusual thing to do, you ought to come to the House and set out the basis upon which you seek to do so.” The...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I will give way to the right hon. Gentleman first.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: Let me return to that once I have set out the tests, because that is one issue that, with respect to the right hon. Gentleman—I do have much respect for him—the House ought to consider on the factual basis that is set before it. The first test is that departing from the treaty is the only means available to the state party “to safeguard an essential interest against a grave and imminent...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: Forgive me, but my hon. Friend asked me to set out the tests and I am doing so. The second test is the necessity to safeguard an essential interest against a “grave and imminent peril”. The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law has helpfully provided a briefing, setting out that that imports something that very grave indeed—it is a high test—with a degree of urgency to the matter. A...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: May I set out the tests, as I was asked to? The Government need to show that this is also the only means whereby they can safeguard the interest in question. The difficulty they potentially have there is that article 13 of the protocol makes provision for a renegotiation, which most of us would think is the right route to solve these problems, and that in the event of emergency measures,...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: It does not avail us in relation to the international law test, and the difficulty with this Bill is that it is seeking to disapply parts of the protocol in domestic law, but in a way that breaches an international obligation. In any event, could it be said that all available means had been taken to rectify that potential difficulty? That comes back to my point that the Government—any...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: With respect, I do not think the amendment would put another hurdle in the way, because it would not prevent the Bill from proceeding and it would not prevent what I know my right hon. Friend wants to see, which is a negotiated settlement. By far the best thing, which everyone in this Committee wants, is for the protocol to be renegotiated. I concede at once that the protocol is not working...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I will give way to my hon. Friend, probably for the last time.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: The difficulty that my hon. Friend has is that that is an assertion. I am not sure that, as yet, we have had set out to the House the evidence base that the Government say they have and are working on. I referred the Foreign Secretary to that point on Second Reading, asking when we would see the evidence base that will set out the Government’s case and their reasoning.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: That is, of course, the fourth limb of the five-limb tests—that an essential interest of the EU member states should not be imperilled. I have to say that I do not think an essential interest is imperilled by this Bill, because it is clear that the risk of leakage into the EU single market has been minimal, even with the way the protocol is operating—or partially operating—now. That is...

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Performers and Creative Workers (11 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: If she will make an assessment of the impact of the universal credit minimum income floor on performers and creative workers with unpredictable and fluctuating earnings.


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