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Speeches & Questions

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Withdrawal from EU (8 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: As the Prime Minister said to the House on 27 June, we must ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. We are already in contact with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments as we prepare for a new negotiation with the European Union.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Withdrawal from EU: Scotland (7 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: The Prime Minister has spoken to the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, as well as the First and deputy First Ministers in Northern Ireland. We must ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. So as we prepare for a new negotiation with the European Union, we will fully involve the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Politics and Government (7 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: The Government will consider this and other issues relating to the regulation of campaigning at referendums, following the publication of the Electoral Commission's report on the administration of the referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of European Union.

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: If the hon. Gentleman is not already in his party’s Whips Office, he probably should be, because that is a proper Whips Office wheeze. Were such a thing legally possible-I defer to others to decide whether it would be-I do not think it would pass the test of democratic credibility. Any Government who sought to precipitate their own downfall through that kind of...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: Can the hon. Gentleman expand on his thinking about why those changes would be helpful? There are different approaches, as he will appreciate. Does he believe that there is anything unclear about the criteria that must be satisfied under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act as to whether a majority has been achieved in an Assembly or Parliament, or does he have other concerns about other potential...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: I fear that I was not clear enough. I am saying that there are explicit provisions in the Bill to prevent the elections the hon. Gentleman just mentioned from happening on the same day. It will not be possible to hold an Assembly general election, for example, on the same day as a UK parliamentary general election. That is explicitly prevented in the Bill and if some future accident of diary...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: I am not saying what the hon. Gentleman fears I am saying. I can reassure him on that. The power to move things by a month already exists. It just happens to be vested in the Secretary of State. All we are seeking to do here, as part of the St David’s day agreement and following the principles set out in it, is to devolve that power from the Secretary of State to Welsh Ministers. We are...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: There has been a difference for many years between local election registers and parliamentary election registers. That is a very long-standing principle. We are not changing that. It would be possible, should the Welsh Assembly so decide, to make further changes and enfranchise other groups of people whom we would not necessarily want to enfranchise for UK parliamentary elections. At the...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: I thank the hon. Gentleman for laying out his case so clearly and so helpfully. He is right to point out that the provisions in the Bill seek to mimic the existing provisions to which his four amendments relate and to devolve the existing arrangements from the Secretary of State down to Welsh Ministers. However, he is also right to point out that this is not quite the same thing as has...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, we already run two very heavily overlapping but subtly different electoral registers for local council elections and parliamentary elections. There are different qualifications. For example, an EU national who currently lives in a British city might be eligible to vote in a local council election and not in a UK parliamentary election, so we have two...

  • Wales Bill: Power to make provision about elections (5 Jul 2016)
    John Penrose: Clauses 5 to 7 deal with elections to the Assembly and local government elections in Wales. Clause 5 concerns the power to make provision about Welsh Assembly elections. It flows from the St David’s day agreement, which states that powers relating to elections to the National Assembly for Wales should be devolved. Essentially, the clause gives Welsh Ministers an order-making power to...

  • Automatic Registration: UK Elections — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: It is a pleasure to have you looking after us this afternoon and to serve under your sure guidance, Mr Howarth. I congratulate the hon. Member for Midlothian (Owen Thompson) on bringing forward this extremely important issue. It is tempting in such moments, when the entire world is running around with its hair on fire, worrying about all sorts of other admittedly incredibly urgent, big...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Duke of York (29 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: There have been no discussions by Ministers or Government officials with the Crown Estate regarding its decision on this matter.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to state, first and foremost, the principle that all votes, no matter where in the country they are cast, should have equal weight, and that constituencies must therefore be more equal in size. Ward-splitting has for some time been part of the Boundary Commission’s work in other parts of the country, but I can confirm that it expects to be able to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: My hon. Friend is right: it is vital that people are aware of the consultation period. It is being advertised on the Boundary Commission website and will be advertised further to make sure that everybody can comment, but it is up to political parties from all parts of the House to make sure that their supporters and organisations are galvanised and submissions can be made.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Ombudsman (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The Government is making good progress and will publish draft legislation in due course.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electorate (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: As set out in our manifesto for this parliament, the Government will bring forward proposals amending the Representation of the People Act 1985 to remove the outdated 15 year time limit on overseas voting rights. Subject to the necessary Parliamentary approval, we intend to have this fully in place for the next European Parliamentary elections and UK Parliamentary elections in 2019 and 2020,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: I think the hon. Lady was supporting the principle that votes should have equal weight no matter where they are cast in the country, and I welcome her support if my reading is correct. I cannot confirm plans to alter the size and composition of the Lords, although I understand that discussions at that end of the corridor are going on fairly continuously.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The conduct of the boundary review is, rightly, a matter for the independent Boundary Commissions. The Boundary Commissions for England and for Northern Ireland plan to publish initial recommendations this autumn, and the Boundary Commissions for Scotland and for Wales plan to do so later this year.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: I am intrigued that the hon. Lady thinks she knows what has happened to individual constituencies’ electoral rolls, because the final versions will not be published for another week or 10 days. Whatever the outcome of that publication, it cannot be right that we carry on with the existing political constituency boundaries, which are based on the electoral rolls from 2001 or, in some...

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