Canlyniadau 121–140 o 396 ar gyfer speaker:Brendan Clarke-Smith

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Once again, I think it has been made clear that we should not respond to speculation. Private discussions are exactly that and we have come here today to deal with the facts. The facts are that the Home Secretary tendered her resignation for a breach of the ministerial code and that policy issues are something for another time.

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Although I may have already said that I cannot speak on behalf of other Ministers, I think my hon. Friend will have seen the Prime Minister’s letter to the Home Secretary in which she was thanked for her work. As well as the huge policing operation for Her late Majesty, there is the other work that she has been doing, such as clamping down on illegal immigration and keeping the British...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: If the hon. Gentleman believes that such a breach has occurred, there is a set process for referring it, but I do not think that we should be commenting on speculation. As we saw in the press this morning, there are many stories about the Lobby last night. I was in the Lobby and certainly did not see what I believe other people have been saying they saw. Rather than commenting on speculation,...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I thank the hon. Lady for her question, but—once again—we are not here today to discuss specific policies, we are not here to discuss gossip, we are not here to discuss rumours and we are not here to discuss what people think did or did not go on yesterday. This is a completely different issue: we are here to discuss the resignation of the Home Secretary for a breach of the ministerial...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Although I cannot discuss policy, I will that this Government have shown compassion. I point not just to the aid that we give abroad, but to the Homes for Ukraine scheme and to what we did before that with Syria and with Afghanistan. This country has a proud history of welcoming refugees. That will continue. The Government have been committed to it and will continue to be committed to it. I...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I remind the hon. Gentleman that appointments are a matter for the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has outlined what she expects from the conduct of Ministers, and when she has changed her appointments she has done so swiftly. She has been very clear that she expects us to work together towards our growth plan to deliver for the people of this country. That is why she has taken the actions...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The proof is in the resignation letter of the former Home Secretary. She herself outlined the reasons why she resigned from her position. She has been very clear about the ministerial code and about which areas of it she has breached. As we have said, other matters are to be treated separately. Once again, we are here today to discuss why the former Home Secretary resigned; we are not here to...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I am happy to pass that question on to those at the Home Office so that they can provide the hon. Lady with the information she seeks. Of course, we remain committed to safeguarding children, whether they are in this country or those that this country has received.

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I think I covered this earlier, but I am happy to repeat what I said for the hon. Gentleman’s benefit. Having this information in a personal email account and then sharing it outside Government does constitute a clear breach of the code. Members may wish to look at sections 2.14 and 2.3 if that would be helpful, but the Prime Minister has been clear that the security of Government business...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is important for documents to be kept secure. That is why such material is kept separate from personal emails and so on. This is something that Ministers—including me, as a new Minister—are always reminded of: we are given a big thick rulebook that we have to read. We have made it clear that when there are breaches, there is a method for reporting...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I absolutely do have that strong and decisive leadership, and it was strong and decisive leadership that received the resignation of the former Home Secretary and then appointed another Home Secretary on the same afternoon. As the Prime Minister has made very clear, she wants to move forward. She wants to move quickly to deliver for the people of this country. That is why appointments have...

Departure of Previous Home Secretary (20 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: If increased immigration is the SNP’s policy, that is for them. In our policies, we have been clear that we want to attract the brightest and best talent to this country while making sure that we have a firm but fair immigration system. Today is not a day for policy, but I am pleased that we have replaced the Home Secretary swiftly and that we are able to continue the good work that we are...

Port of Dover: Border Controls (18 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ali, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Mrs Elphicke) for securing today’s debate. She has been a tremendous campaigner on this issue since her election, not just in her constituency but nationally. It is something that has certainly been raised in my constituency many times, and I am grateful for the contribution she...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Urban Areas: British Overseas Territories (18 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The creation of new cities, and the publication of the updated list of cities on 29 August, celebrates the rich and diverse communities which make up not only the United Kingdom, but also the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. Local communities have often taken the initiative to celebrate their city status, and periodically Ministers and Members of the Royal Family have also...

Early General Election — [David Mundell in the Chair] (17 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: As always, it is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Mundell. I thank the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) for bringing this debate before us. The nation and the world face the challenges not just of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, but of recovering from the covid-19 pandemic. Putin’s war has caused a global economic crisis, with...

Early General Election — [David Mundell in the Chair] (17 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: We need to look at interest rates around the world, the strength of the US dollar and inflation rates around Europe. Curbing inflation is important to us, and I will come on to that and what the Chancellor is talking about today. Families were facing bills of up to £6,000 this winter. Tesco, which has been mentioned a lot today, says, “Every little helps”, but we think we can do better...

Early General Election — [David Mundell in the Chair] (17 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The hon. Member makes a good point. Of course, all political parties will at times have disagreements. One of the things that makes me such a proud Conservative is the broad church of our operation, and I believe that it is that broad church that allows many of my colleagues with differing views to come together with shared values. That is why Conservatives, who have been elected and given a...

Early General Election — [David Mundell in the Chair] (17 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: People want stability and certainty, and that is also what the markets wanted, which is why we have acted decisively. The Prime Minister has been clear and has acted pragmatically. She has appreciated when things have not worked and has changed tack as a result. That is a sign of a strong Government, and I fully support the Prime Minister in those efforts. The hon. Member for Midlothian said...

Early General Election — [David Mundell in the Chair] (17 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: I bring the hon. Gentleman back to the point that we are in an ever-changing world: nobody expected the covid-19 pandemic or what Vladimir Putin has done in Ukraine. I take the point that circumstances change, but people want stability—they want to be able to support their families and pay their bills—and we believe that supporting the devolved Governments, working together and protecting...

Early General Election — [David Mundell in the Chair] (17 Hyd 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Over the summer, Members will have heard the Prime Minister speaking with great passion about protecting the Union. The £18 billion of annual funding for the Welsh Government is the largest annual amount in real terms since devolution began, so those were not just words but actions. I can also point to the £121 million in levelling-up funding for 10 projects, the £790 million of...


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