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Eleanor Nerina
(@eleanor-nerina)
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02/07/2019 10:58 pm  

Mr Speaker,

I move that the following amendments be made to the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, and that the House notes equivalent amendments are being made in the House of Lords.

152E. Refugee programme scrutiny (joint committee)

(1) There shall be a joint committee, to consist of six members, to join with the committee appointed by the Lords as the Joint Committee for the scrutiny of the refugee programme

(2) The committee shall consider –

(a) Matters relating to the settlement, vetting, and support of refugees who enter the UK under the refugee programme

(b) Matters relating to the impact on communities and public services of the settlement of refugees who enter the UK under the refugee programme

(3) The Committee shall report to the House on such matters as it considers appropriate, and shall have the usual authority and responsibilities, and be subject to the relevant rules and regulations, as set out in the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, that govern select committees.

Mr Speaker, this Committee will operate in line with the standard procedures of select committees of the House of Commons and House of Lords. In doing so, that means that it will be able to invite Ministers and external parties to give evidence, request documents, issue any such reports it should wish, scrutinise the government in any form it wishes, and make recommendations on government policy. Its remit is, in short, Mr Speaker, intentionally broad. That is so that the Committee can make recommendations and scrutinise the government’s action and delivery from beginning to end.

It will be able to influence and hold to account the policy making today, offering its cross-party suggestions and holding Ministers to account for theirs. And it will be able to assess the impacts later on, challenging Ministers to ensure that we have taken all evidence and viewpoints into account. It is, in that respect, an expansive committee with a significant remit, and for that reason we have not at this time set any timescale on how long it shall exist or meet for, leaving that decision to later formulations of this House at such a time as its purpose ceases to be necessary.

I would like to address directly the accusation that this committee is not enough. To that, let me make three points.

First, this Committee goes further on the scrutiny of any individual policy than ever before. This committee will have equal status, powers, and support as committees that cover the entire of the Department of Health or the Treasury.

Second, it will scrutinise and recommend courses of action through implementation and impact, not just policy development – and therefore has an expansive remit that goes beyond what was originally conceived.

And finally, we already have a committee that will make the final decisions on what the refugee programme will look like, and that is this House of Commons. As is entirely proper and right, the Government will bring its proposals – having listened carefully to what the Committee and other stakeholders have to say, and balanced that with its own assessment of the evidence and the principles – to this House in legislation, where they will be subject to debate, and vote, and amendment in the normal way. If the Opposition would like to discuss these matters ahead of that, then the government is always open to such discussions.

I commend these changes to the House Mr Speaker, and hope that they form one of the first in a number of important steps to make good on our promise to change 250,000 lives, helping human beings who have lost everything.

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department
Labour MP for Brent North (2005 - )


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Meredith Hansen-Charles
(@mhc)
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02/07/2019 11:21 pm  

Mr Speaker,

Time will be allocated for this motion.

Meredith Hansen-Charles
Cambridge
Secretary of State for Education
Minister for Women and Equalities

"Meredith Hansen-Charles...is a deity" - Kandler/The Times


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Richard
(@richard)
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03/07/2019 7:16 pm  

Order! Second reading!

Rick the Admin - The Resident Psephologist
Admin for Cabinet, PM's Office, DPM's Office, Defence, Energy, Regions, Environment, Transport, Communities, Elections, and Advisor to Labour and the Lib Dems


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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 560
08/07/2019 2:16 pm  

Mr Speaker I am glad to see this motion come before the House after much foot dragging by the previous two Prime Ministers.

It is a shame that such an important political issue has been made into a farce by two consecutive Prime Ministers, one who tried hopelessly to secure her legacy and one who was simply in way over his head with barely a clue about the policies he tried to implement. This Government launched into these plans without any international consultation, without any domestic consultation with charities and the NGOs who would know what to do, and without any idea of where they would get the refugees from, indeed the only plan that they did have was to outsource the vetting of the refugees to the United Nations, a plan so disastrous that it cost the Prime Minister his job after less than a week in post. So it is against this backdrop that I welcome the Government finally coming to its senses and offering to consult the House in a cross-party manner with an apparent spirit of compromise in the air.

Mr Speaker, it is only right that the United Kingdom pulls its weight in the World. But there is a difference between pulling our weight and diving in without a plan, that is why I welcome the Government's u-turn. They have rightly seen the error of their reckless ways, pulled the damaging legislation they had proposed, and are sitting down with all parties to work out a proper compromise agreement that puts the lives of the refugees first, not Ariadne Suchet's legacy. The Conservative Party shall engage constructively with this committee to ensure that the UK is ready for our refugee arrivals with a plan that exceeds the "who knows?" attitude that came before it.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

Prime Minister (2014)

Parliamentary Experience: Novice (25)
Media Experience: Experienced (62)
Policy Experience: Novice (29)


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Josh
 Josh
(@michael-kirton)
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Posts: 50
17/07/2019 8:35 pm  

Speaker Harman

Order! Division. Clear the lobbies!

Your friendly neighbourhood Canadian AV


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Sir Geoffrey Birch
(@sir-geoffrey)
MP for Bexhill & Battle
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17/07/2019 9:14 pm  

Aye

Sir Geoffrey Birch | Conservative Party
MP for Bexhill & Battle (2001-present)
Former MP for Northampton South (1983-1997)
Parliamentary experience: Novice (28)
Media experience: Novice (22)
Policy experience: Unknown (12)

Formerly: Deborah Carpenter, Conservative, MP for Hertford & Stortford, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer


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Brown
(@brown)
MP for Clacton
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Posts: 38
17/07/2019 9:15 pm  

Aye

Edwin Brown
Conservative MP for Clacton (2014-Present)
Shadow Minister for Business, Infrastructure, and Transport
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Policy Experience: Unknown(6)
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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 560
17/07/2019 9:57 pm  

Aye

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

Prime Minister (2014)

Parliamentary Experience: Novice (25)
Media Experience: Experienced (62)
Policy Experience: Novice (29)


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Stewart Greene
(@stewartgreene)
Active Member
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17/07/2019 10:59 pm  

Aye

Stewart Greene
Labour MP for Birkenhead (2010-Present)
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Media Experience (6)
Policy Experience (8)


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General Goose
(@general-goose)
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17/07/2019 11:02 pm  

Aye 

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


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William (Will) Conway
(@will-conway)
MP for Milton Keynes North
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 99
18/07/2019 4:25 pm  

Aye

Will Conway
Conservative
MP for Milton Keynes North (2014- )
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy,
Environment and Climate Change (2016)

Parliamentary 16
Media 14
Policy 8


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Faye Gallacher
(@faye-gallacher)
Member
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Posts: 247
18/07/2019 4:58 pm  

Aye

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Sylviane Jaubert
(@ege)
Member
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Posts: 155
18/07/2019 10:48 pm  

Aye

Sylviane Jaubert MP
MP for Cynon Valley

Formerly as The Rt Hon Ariadne "Ari" Suchet MP
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party

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Steven Andrews
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19/07/2019 5:20 am  

Aye

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

34 Policy/18 Media/23 Parliamentary


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Caroline Blakesley
(@caroline-blakesley)
Prime Minister & MP for Hammersmith
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Posts: 158
19/07/2019 2:12 pm  

Aye

Caroline Blakesley
Prime Minister
MP for Hammersmith

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Media: Unknown (17)
Policy: Unknown (18)


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