MIL-OSI UK: Former HS2 Chairman and Transport Minister questioned by Committee

Source: British House Of Lords News

21 January 2019
The Economic Affairs Committee follows up on its inquiry, The Economic Case for HS2, in a one-off session with Sir Terry Morgan, recently resigned Chairman of HS2 and Crossrail, and Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Witnesses
Tuesday 22 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
At 3.35pm
Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Former Chairman, High Speed 2 and Crossrail
At 4.30pm
Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Clive Maxwell, Director-General, High Speed and Major Rail Projects Group, Department for Transport
Dr Nick Bisson, Director, HS2 Phase 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Department for Transport
Likely questions
Can HS2 be delivered within the £56 billion budget?
Will the speed be lowered and the number of trains an hour reduced to ensure the project is finished in time and on budget
Would a London terminus at Old Oak Common rather than Euston really save £8 billion on the cost of HS2?
Is the recent reduction in the growth in demand for long-distance rail travel a concern for the business case for HS2?
Is it right that HS2 is being prioritised over improvements to local and regional services in the north of England?
Does it undermine the case for the project’s objective to rebalance the economy that the main beneficiaries of overcrowding relief on the West Coast Main Line will be London commuters?
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MIL-OSI UK: Legal experts questioned on non-disclosure agreements

Source: British Parliament News

21 January 2019
The Women and Equalities Committee holds the third evidence session as part of its inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in discrimination cases.

Purpose of the session
The Committee will question legal experts with direct experience of dealing with employee discrimination complaints, and with knowledge of how NDAs are used in such cases.
Areas likely to be covered include:
how NDAs are used when settling discrimination cases and why they are so widely used in this way
accessibility of good legal advice on individual NDAs
the role of lawyers in preventing misuse of NDAs
whether the use of NDAs should be banned or restricted to prevent misuse
what safeguards and systems could be implemented to prevent misuse.
Witnesses
Wednesday 23 January 2019, Committee room 8, Palace of Westminster.
At 9.50am
Kiran Daurka, Discrimination Law Association, and Partner, Leigh Day
Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC, Director, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
Jane Mann, Partner and Head of Employment Group, Fox Williams LLP
Julie Morris, Employment Solicitor and Head of Personal Legal Services, Slater and Gordon
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MIL-OSI UK: “We can make Progress,” Prime Minister sets out Brexit next steps

Source: British Parliament News

21 January 2019
Following the Government’s defeat in the ‘meaningful vote’ last week, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the Government’s next steps for the Brexit process.

In her statement, the Prime Minister spoke of conversations since the loss of the ‘meaningful vote’ with the Leaders of other parties and back-benchers across the House of Commons. She criticised Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to participate and called on all MPs to work together to deliver Brexit.
The Prime Minister remained clear that she would not support a second referendum, and that she did not believe there was a majority in the House for one. She also refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit, stating that she remained committed to delivering a deal in advance of Article 50’s expiration on March 29th 2019.
Concluding her statement, Mrs May said she had identified three key changes to which could secure Parliamentary support for a deal. She said firstly that her Government would be more “flexible, open and inclusive” in engaging Parliament in their negotiations with the EU. Secondly they would embed protections on worker rights and environment, and finally that they would work to ensure that the Norther Irish border issue is resolved in a way that both the EU and UK can support.
The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn responded on behalf of his party. He said;

“There is a clear majority in this house to support a deal in principle and to respect the referendum result. But it requires the Prime Minister to face reality and accept her deal has been comprehensively defeated”.

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MIL-OSI UK: Prime Minister announces next steps for EU withdrawal

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21 January 2019
Following the Government’s defeat in the ‘meaningful vote’ last week, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the Government’s next steps for the Brexit process.

MPs voted in favour of an amendment to the business motion for the ‘meaningful vote’ which called for the Prime Minister to make a statement three sitting days after any ‘meaningful vote’ was lost. As the vote was lost on Wednesday – and last Friday the House did not sit – today is three sitting days on from the defeat.In her statement, the Prime Minister is expected to lay out how the Government intends to proceed now that the Commons voted against the Withdrawal Agreement last week. The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn is expected to respond on behalf of his party.
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MIL-OSI UK: Government update on security situation in Northern Ireland

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21 January 2019
Following recent events in Derry/Londonderry, the Northern Ireland Secretary, Karen Bradley, is to update the House on the security situation.

On Saturday 19 January 2019, a car bomb attack was carried out in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, is to update the House of Commons on the security situation in Northern Ireland.The statement is expected to commence following the statement from the Prime Minister on the next steps for the EU withdrawal.
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MIL-OSI UK: Home Secretary questioned again about citizens’ rights after Brexit

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21 January 2019
As part of their follow-up work on citizens’ rights after Brexit, the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee again hears from the Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, and Mr Glyn Williams, Director-General of Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System Policy and Strategy Group, Home Office.

Witnesses
Tuesday 22 January in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
At 2.30pm
The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary
Mr Glyn Williams, Director-General of Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System Policy and Strategy Group, Home Office
Background
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is being questioned by members of the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee on Tuesday 22 January in a follow-up session on citizens’ rights post-Brexit.  The Home Secretary gave evidence to the Committee on 21 June 2018 where assurances were given about the UK having a welcoming attitude to EU citizens who live in the UK, and that lessons were being learned from the Windrush scandal.  
This follow-up session will focus on advertising and promotional materials for settled status, process, documentation and trials, eligibility criteria, reciprocal arrangements and no deal preparations. 
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MIL-OSI UK: Work of the National Security Adviser examined

Source: British Parliament News

21 January 2019
The oral evidence session on the Work of the National Security Adviser due to take place on 21 January has been re-scheduled. The session will now take place on Monday 28 January at 4.15pm in Committee Room 4A.

Witness
The Committee will take evidence from Sir Mark Sedwill, National Security Adviser, at 4.15pm in Committee room 8 on Monday 28 January.
Purpose of the session
Likely topics for discussion include:
changing threats to UK national security
the outcomes of the National Security Capability Review and Modernising Defence Programme
countering hostile state activity.
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MIL-OSI UK: Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay MP questioned on Brexit

Source: British Parliament News

18 January 2019
The Lords EU Committee discusses Brexit with Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP.

Witness
Wednesday 23 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
At 4.00pm
Rt Hon. Stephen Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Topics
The Committee will question the Secretary of State on Brexit, with topics including:
Possible changes to the Withdrawal Agreement that was rejected by the Commons on 15 January;
Government ‘no deal’ preparations;
UK engagement with the EU and other 27 Member States;
Government thinking on future UK-EU relations
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords examines Trade Bill

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18 January 2019
The Trade Bill begins its committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, in the Lords on Monday 21 January.

Members are expected to discuss the prevention of customs arrangements at borders, international trade agreements and territories forming part of a customs union with the UK
Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour) has proposed an amendment that the committee’s report is not received until the government has presented to both Houses proposals for a process for making international trade agreements once the UK is in a position to do so independently of the EU, including roles for Parliament and the devolved legislatures and administrations in relation to both a negotiating mandate and a final agreement.
If agreed to this amendment would mean that the bill would complete its committee stage in the Lords but not progress to report stage until the government’s proposals are received.
Lords second reading: Tuesday 11 September
Baroness Meyer (Conservative), made her maiden speech.
Members discussed a range of subjects covered by the bill including border arrangements in Northern Ireland, continued participation in the European medicines regulatory network and Free Trade Agreements.
Trade Bill summary
This bill aims to: 
Ensure the UK can implement any procurement obligations arising from the UK becoming a member of the Agreement of Government Procurement (GPA) in its own right.
Assist with the implementation of UK trade agreement with assisting partner countries.
Establish a new body, the Trade Remedies Authority.
Allow HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to collect information confirming the number of exporters of goods and services in the UK.
Establish a date sharing gateway between HMRC and other public and private bodies.
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee concerned about future of Human Rights Act post-Brexit

Source: British Parliament News

18 January 2019
The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has exchanged correspondence with the Government about clarifying the wording of the Political Declaration regarding the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

The EU Justice Sub-Committee wrote to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke in December in the context of its work on citizens’ rights. The Committee sought clarification about a change in wording between the draft and final versions of the Political Declaration regarding the UK’s relationship with European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The reply from Edward Argar MP, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, was received last week. The Government’s response again pledged an unchanging commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms, but it did not explain the reason for the change in wording in the Political Declaration.  The letter ended with a reference to revisiting the Human Rights Act once the process of leaving the EU is concluded, and the Committee is concerned by the lack of assurances about the Government’s commitment to the Human Rights Act post-Brexit.
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