Debates between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow

There have been 7 exchanges between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow

1 Tue 22nd October 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
5 interactions (157 words)
2 Fri 22nd March 2019 European Council: Article 50 Extension
Department for Exiting the European Union
7 interactions (363 words)
3 Wed 20th March 2019 EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight
Department for Exiting the European Union
11 interactions (380 words)
4 Mon 18th March 2019 Article 50 Extension Procedure
Department for Exiting the European Union
12 interactions (691 words)
5 Thu 28th February 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Exiting the European Union
2 interactions (97 words)
6 Wed 14th November 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (70 words)
7 Thu 14th December 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Exiting the European Union
2 interactions (56 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Tuesday 22nd October 2019

(1 year, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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My hon. Friend knows that we are committed to a net zero carbon target. We are doing very well on renewables, and our success in that is the best way to reach the target.

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22 Oct 2019, 11:52 a.m.

Danielle Rowley—no relation to Lee.

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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22 Oct 2019, 12:11 p.m.

I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s enthusiasm and passion for this technology, but it is wrong to suggest that the CfD auction was a failure, or that it somehow constituted a defeat. In fact, it was extremely successful. As I have said, the price was £39 per megawatt-hour, two thirds lower than the 2015 price of £115. Obviously we are looking at interconnectors, which will be part of the solution to the issue of net zero carbon.

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22 Oct 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Anyone would think that the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) was conducting a symphony orchestra rather than chairing an august Select Committee of the House, but the eccentricity of the hon. Gentleman merely adds to his lovability.

European Council: Article 50 Extension

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Friday 22nd March 2019

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Exiting the European Union
Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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22 Mar 2019, 11:07 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman asks a number of questions and makes a number of assertions, some of which are simply not true, frankly. The idea that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has refused to compromise is an exaggeration; I do not think that is an accurate reflection of what has happened. With respect to his remarks about the meaningful vote, the Leader of the House set out clearly in her business statement yesterday that she will make a further business statement next week, which would be appropriate—[Interruption.]

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Order. Sorry, but there is a rather unseemly atmosphere in the Chamber.

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22 Mar 2019, 11:09 a.m.

I do not think it was unparliamentary language. Whether it was altogether tactful is a matter for speculation and conjecture, and people will have their own view on that. I am inclined charitably to interpret what the Minister said from the Bench; when he said that the Opposition spokesman had made statements that were “not true”, I have to assume that he was asserting that the shadow Minister was incorrect—that he was erroneous. I cannot believe for one moment that the Minister was accusing the shadow Minister of lying, because that would be disorderly.

Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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indicated dissent.

Mr Speaker
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22 Mar 2019, 11:08 a.m.

Indeed, the shake of the head from the Minister on the Treasury Bench, which will be recorded in the Official Report, testifies to the correctness of my interpretation. May I gently suggest to the Minister, who has had a difficult time at the Box this week, that a felicitous use of phrase would probably be to his advantage?

Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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22 Mar 2019, 11:08 a.m.

Thank you very much for your guidance, Mr Speaker. I would also like to stress that I was not making any assertions as to the hon. Gentleman’s moral character; I was just making a statement about my view of certain things that he said.

On the hon. Gentleman’s question about the meaningful vote, it is the Government’s full intention to bring this meaningful vote to the House. We have to have a decision, and the House has to decide whether it will vote for a deal and commit to an orderly exit from the EU or whether it seeks to maintain a stance of indecision and to continue the uncertainty.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Wednesday 20th March 2019

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Exiting the European Union
Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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That refers to circumstances that relate to EU law. There will be other points of dispute that do not involve EU law. It is clear that after the end of the implementation period the Court’s jurisdiction will be restricted.

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20 Mar 2019, 2 p.m.

There is nothing disorderly, but I must say that I am saddened to see the hon. Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) holding, until he just put it away in his pocket, his mobile telephone. I have long been conscious that the hon. Member possesses, and indeed uses, such a mobile phone. However, it does conflict very, very, very heavily with my image of the hon. Gentleman as the embodiment of tradition and as someone who thinks that the 17th century is indecently recent.

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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I admire my right hon. Friend’s brevity and succinctness.

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20 Mar 2019, 2:09 p.m.

I am sure that the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne) will regard it as the encomium of all encomiums to have tribute paid to him by the junior Minister; he may well feel so uplifted by the tribute that he wishes to have it framed. However, I say gently to the Minister that his tribute suffers from one notable disadvantage: despite its generosity, it offered no answer to the question.

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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20 Mar 2019, 2:11 p.m.

With regard to the Joint Committee, if we assume that the implementation period lasts until the end of 2020, as is set forth in the agreement, there will certainly be ministerial involvement—Ministers will be involved—in, I suspect, every meeting of the Joint Committee. With regard to devolved matters, I know that my hon. Friend, in another capacity, is an extremely active MP who represents the interests of his constituents, and he and other colleagues across the House will be fully engaged in devolved matters, as has already been the case.

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I call Mr Marcus Fysh.

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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My understanding is that the Government’s engagement with this House will be full, and as transparent as possible, in respect of decisions and meetings of the Joint Committee. I look forward to my hon. Friend’s participation in further scrutiny Committees when we have got the agreement through the House and when the Joint Committee sits.

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Order. I am most grateful to the Minister and colleagues. We now move on to an urgent question from Mr John Baron.

Article 50 Extension Procedure

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Monday 18th March 2019

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Exiting the European Union
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18 Mar 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Order. I have the greatest possible fondness for the hon. Gentleman, and I hope that he will not take it amiss if I say that while I greatly enjoyed listening to his dulcet tones, he did exceed his allotted time: indeed, he took three times his allotted time. I savoured every word, but he did exceed it. It was supposed to be a minute, and he took three.

Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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18 Mar 2019, 6:16 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman produced a whole battery of questions. He asked why we had not sought an extension. The European Council will start on Thursday; at that point a letter will be sent, and we will seek an extension. He also asked about the statutory instrument and what my vote would be. Perhaps I am part of a tiny minority in the House, but I still think that there is room for a vote on the deal. I think that that may happen, and I do not want to prejudge the situation.

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18 Mar 2019, 6:18 p.m.

I shall take the last part of the right hon. Gentleman’s question as rhetorical. I do not want to rehearse that particular matter. Suffice it to say that—as the right hon. Gentleman may know, but may not—the idea was canvassed in the House of Commons Commission, but did not enjoy support beyond, if memory serves me, one person, who was perfectly entitled to that view. I am not knocking the person who expressed it, but it was not more widely shared. I absolutely admit that if the right hon. Gentleman were himself a member of the Commission, the support for it would obviously have doubled.

Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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18 Mar 2019, 6:19 p.m.

My right hon. Friend asked, essentially, two questions. He asked how long the extension would be. That depends on whether the meaningful vote goes through. If we have a deal and if the deal goes through, we will ask for a short extension. If, for whatever reason, the vote does not happen, or is frustrated, or the deal is voted down, we will probably ask for a long extension. [Hon. Members: “How long?”] That would be a matter for the EU, and for our Government, to decide.

My right hon. Friend’s second question was about the statutory instrument. As a former Whip, he will know that such matters are for the usual channels—for the business managers in the House. I am sure that we will have further clarification later in the week.

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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I must say that, being relatively new to the Government Front Bench, it is a new experience for me to be utterly patronised by a former right hon. Friend, and with respect, Mr Speaker, I will answer the questions in the way I see fit. [Interruption.] If that does not satisfy the right hon. Lady—[Interruption.]

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18 Mar 2019, 6:26 p.m.

Order. There is a very high octane atmosphere. The right hon. Lady’s question was entirely in order—I would have ruled it out of order if it were not—but equally I say, with great respect to the Minister, that the Minister’s answer must be heard.

Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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18 Mar 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Thank you.

As I have said on numerous occasions in response to questions from the right hon. Lady and others, we have a choice: if we accept the deal, we can ask for a short extension to get through—[Interruption.] She perfectly accepts that; I thank the right hon. Lady. With regard to the longer extension, that is something we have not yet asked for, and when we do so, there will be a debate about the SI that will extend it for next week, and there will be—[Interruption.] I refuse to be patronised by the right hon. Lady and say there will be ample opportunity, as she well knows, to debate the extension of the SI next week.

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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I will give a blunt and simple answer. We will have a debate next week when the SI is determined, then there will be a—[Interruption.] That is exactly what the process will be. The hon. Lady knows that as well as I do.

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18 Mar 2019, 6:32 p.m.

The hon. Member for Corby (Tom Pursglove) wanted to ask a question, but he is now feverishly writing with his pen. I know that he will know in his head exactly what he wants to ask.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Thursday 28th February 2019

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng
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As the hon. Lady knows, I am of open disposition. I am happy to meet representatives of any industry, particularly from her constituency. I make it clear that the political declaration clearly states that the EU and UK will agree on a free trade area for goods. There is no question of having damaging tariffs, in the way she describes, on the industries she mentions.

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28 Feb 2019, 10:01 a.m.

I call Nick Smith. [Interruption.] I will give the fellow a chance in due course, but I think there may be some domestic difficulty if I do not call the Front Bench.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Wednesday 14th November 2018

(2 years ago)

Commons Chamber

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Cabinet Office
Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne) (Con)
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Q14. Will the Prime Minister join me in paying tribute to my constituent Dennis Brock, who will celebrate his 100th birthday next week? Uniquely, he has been ringing the bells at St Mary’s church in Sunbury-on-Thames for 87 years, and we confidently believe that he is the oldest bell ringer in the world. [907608]

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I call the Prime Minister. [Interruption.] Order. I want to hear about the bell ringing situation.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Kwasi Kwarteng and John Bercow
Thursday 14th December 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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14 Dec 2017, 9:37 a.m.

Order. The hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng) has been in the House for seven and a half years, and he should not be standing for a supplementary on question 1 when his question is No. 2. It is a point so blindingly obvious that only a very clever person could fail to grasp it.