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Business of the House (18 December 2014)

Jack Straw: Around 15,000 British citizens in my constituency are of Pakistani heritage, and the atrocity earlier in the week has been profoundly shocking to them and the whole United Kingdom. I know that they will be grateful for what the right hon. Gentleman has said, and for the sympathy and condolences expressed. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) and the Leader of the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Devolution (Implications for England) (16 December 2014)

Jack Straw: First, may I give the Leader of the House a spot of advice? He should not go on too much about the Conservatives’ record on devolution. When he was leader of the Opposition, his policy was to oppose devolution to Scotland and to Wales and a Mayor of London. On a more consensual note, does he accept that the fundamental problem is that England is so dominant within the Union of the...

NHS (Ttip): Iran (Nuclear Talks) (25 November 2014)

Jack Straw: I draw the attention of the House to the fact that I am co-chairman of the all-party group on Iran. The Secretary of State’s characterisation of negotiations with the Iranians as tough, complex and painstaking sounds all too familiar. I have every sympathy with him and commend him on his work. All of us want to see a satisfactory deal, but does he accept that there is a danger, if this...

NHS (Ttip): Murder of Lee Rigby (25 November 2014)

Jack Straw: First, I commend the Intelligence and Security Committee report, as the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have done. I also echo what the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary have said about the extreme difficulties that the intelligence and police services face when there is an expectation of success in respect of every investigation. These agencies, and the police, have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G20 (17 November 2014)

Jack Straw: On the crucial issue of tax avoidance, could the Prime Minister say whether he is satisfied with the attitude and progress being made by Mr Juncker in respect of the scandalous behaviour by Luxembourg when he was its Prime Minister?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Communications (11 November 2014)

Jack Straw: The Secretary of State was generous enough to offer an apology to the House for what happened between 2006 and 2012. That was very generous, not least because he was not in his current office at any time in that period. I was in his office for three of those six years, and I feel that it is appropriate for me to offer an apology for what happened on my watch. On that matter, I have...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: I wish to reinforce the thanks of all of us to the Backbench Business Committee for agreeing to this debate, and I thank all 15 Members who have spoken in this thoughtful and valuable debate. There is common ground on the importance of Iran and on Israel’s entirely legitimate concerns, as a small and potentially vulnerable country in the region, to protect its own security—the...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: As the Minister knows, I am absolutely with him and the Foreign Secretary on the issue of our being able to re-equip the embassy. On the visa service issue, however, does he understand the high suspicion that exists that our foreign policy is, to a degree, being blocked by the Home Office, and that what the Home Office is demanding is evidence of a greater willingness to allow returns than...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

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Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: The truth is that EU trade with Iran has more than halved overall, and ours has absolutely plummeted. Meanwhile, from a base of close to zero 10 years ago, the United States has been pushing up its trade in a straightforward, ruthless and mercantilist way. It has not allowed diplomatic niceties to get in the way when its trade is legal, but it has discouraged legal trade by UK entities.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: The hon. Member for South Norfolk (Mr Bacon) and I are grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for agreeing to the debate. The hon. Gentleman and I are joint chairmen of the all-party parliamentary group on Iran. Flagged on today’s Order Paper is the report on Iran from the Foreign Affairs Committee, published in July. I know that the whole House will be grateful for that. The...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. I was heavily involved after President Khatami reached out to the United States in the moment of need. Iran provided significant practical help, without which it would have been far more difficult to remove the Taliban and to retake Kabul. Iran got no thanks for that, however. It was unnecessarily rebuffed by the United States at the time, as it was...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: I have seen that quotation before. One of the truths about the Iranians is that they have a history of sticking to the letter of what is agreed while trying to make that agreement as accommodating to themselves as possible. They are not the only country to do that. However, it was Hassan Rouhani—now President Rouhani—sitting across the table and leading the negotiations, and I...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: I think there is. For example, we can look at the human rights record under President Rafsanjani, and it got better under President Khatami. As long as President Khatami had power and authority in the extraordinary and very competitive power game that takes place in Tehran, he was able to do things. Moreover, the level of media freedom these days is infinitely greater than it was under...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy) (6 November 2014)

Jack Straw: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman and I recognise the support he gives on this issue. I do not generalise between Russia and China; they have similarities, to the extent that they refuse to accept obligations, but they differ. These days we can see in China a real determination by many elements of its Government better to impose a rule of law. Going back to what I have said, those who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Abuse Inquiry (3 November 2014)

Jack Straw: Will the Home Secretary follow up the—in my view—very sensible suggestion from her right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), the former Attorney-General, that the net should be cast more widely on this occasion, and that the search for a chair should extend to jurisdictions abroad that are similar to ours?

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (29 October 2014)

Constitution: The Office of Lord Chancellor. 10:15 am; Room 1, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: (at 10.30am) evidence will be heard from the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP, Attorney General, 2010-14; and Baroness Scotland of of Asthal QC, former Attorney General, 2007-10; and (at approximately 1.15pm) from the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, 2007-10

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: European Council (27 October 2014)

Jack Straw: On migration from the European Union, may I ask the Prime Minister to name five towns which, in his view, have been swamped by it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Foreign National Offenders (Removal) (22 October 2014)

Jack Straw: May I remind the Home Secretary that, although it is true for certain that we did introduce the Human Rights Act, the Conservative Opposition—she was in the House at the time I think—supported that Act on Third Reading and wished it well. The Conservatives may have had second thoughts since then. Secondly, notwithstanding the Human Rights Act, the numbers of people now being...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (21 October 2014)

Committee on Standards: Standards Review Sub-Committee: The Standards System in the House of Commons. 1:30 pm; The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: David Howarth, Reader in Law, University of Cambridge, Laura Sandys MP, Rt Hon Mr James Arbuthnot MP and Rt Hon Mr Jack Straw MP

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