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: 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 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: 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?

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)
Simon Hart: On that point, there was always a theory that if something was doctored it was slightly suspicious, but if it was vetted it was generally considered to be sound.

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission: General Election 2017 (3 Apr 2018)
Simon Hart: To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2018 to Question 132978, how many of the allegations of electoral fraud concerning the 2017 General Election of which they were made aware were then passed to the relevant police force.

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission: General Election 2017 (20 Mar 2018)
Simon Hart: To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many complaints the Commission received in relation to breaches in election law after (a) during and (b) after General Election 2017; and how many of those complaints (i) related to electoral fraud or other breaches, (ii) have been resolved, (iii) have been passed to...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)
Simon Hart: We only have to look outside this place to realise that almost every other industry in the UK has something called continual professional development. If the dinosaurs do not like being dragged into that, they know what the alternative is.


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