Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)
Simon Hart: I have listened carefully to my hon. Friend’s contribution. It strikes me that the element that we are not really accounting for is that dogs themselves may be worth less than five hundred quid, but their breeding potential may be worth several thousand pounds over a period of time. I wonder whether the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has an application in this area that has not yet been...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)
Simon Hart: Their offspring, however, might be worth more; that is my point. My hon. Friend might have a dog that is borderline £500 in value, but if, unfortunately, it had more than one litter a year—some unscrupulous breeders of dogs do that—for a period of years, its value to a breeder would be significant.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: Does my hon. Friend not agree that the three examples he cites are actually applicable to pretty much any weapon, and that, if we concede on that point, perfectly legitimate rifles and shotguns would be at risk of being removed from society all together?

Leaving the Eu: Upland Farming (26 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: I must visit the lovely place that the hon. Lady is describing. Does she agree that some of the attributes she mentioned are down to the passion with which rural communities pursue their country sports in those areas?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: I hope that my hon. Friend will agree that his point about Cornwall is shared in Wales, where the proposals is to reduce the number of seats from 40 to 29, which arguably would shift power from Westminster to Cardiff and so have significant consequences for devolution. The situation in Wales is similar to that in the constituency of the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: I came here with no intention of making a speech, but I was reminded by the hon. Member for Stroud (Dr Drew) of those days back in 2011 and 2012 when the coalition was in office and House of Lords reform was debated in the main Chamber in Government time. It was frustrating that there were numerous reforms with which we all agreed and would have proceeded had our partners in the coalition...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: The hon. Gentleman is right. This is not about dismissing other potential reforms. I am simply making observations about why, back in 2011 and 2012, when we had the opportunity and momentum and there was spirit behind the proposals, they failed. They failed because they spooked Members of the House of Commons, who thought their primacy was in danger of being compromised. Unsurprisingly, they...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: I take the hon. Gentleman’s point, but does he recall that when reform crashed and burned under the coalition Government, it did so because of the suggestion—almost insistence—of an elected element? That was all about the primacy of the House of Commons, so what was actually going on was reform of the Commons, because it was argued that at the moment that anyone in the House...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: We are in the rather strange and unusual situation of having a two-year parliamentary Session. If we had stuck to the normal protocol of having a one-year Parliament, the Parliament Act could have applied and the blockage could have been removed in time for us to leave the EU in March next year. The Government are at fault for having this extended Session, which has rendered the Parliament...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)
Simon Hart: It is very welcome that new technology is used in that way, but does the Minister accept that some technological improvements are dependent on decent wi-fi, mobile phone and broadband connections, which in rural areas are not yet quite where they need to be?


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