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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

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: The words that the Minister and his ministerial colleagues, including the Prime Minister, have used against further Israeli settlement building have been very robust. What action do the British Government intend to take if those words are ignored?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. Is he aware that when I intervened on the right hon. and learned Member for Kensington (Sir Malcolm Rifkind) I was careful with my language and spoke about any borders being based on 1967, not resolutions? That is no different from that which is contained in the final page of the road map, which was endorsed by the Government of Israel,...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: I beg to move amendment (b), at the end of the Question to add, ‘, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.’ I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame M. Morris) on bringing this debate to the House. I also pay tribute to the extraordinary and very moving speech by the right hon. Member for Croydon South (Sir Richard Ottaway), which,...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: It is the Palestinian Authority that is part of the negotiations, not Hamas. I believe that the fact of the Israeli’s intemperate reaction to the very prospect of the House passing this resolution is proof that it will make a difference. The only thing that the Israeli Government understand, under the present demeanour of Benjamin Netanyahu, is pressure. What the House will be doing...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: We represent the electorate of the United Kingdom. I can tell the hon. Gentleman, having spent 13 years sitting on the Treasury Bench, that resolutions passed in the House, whether they emanate from Back Benches or Front Benches, make a difference, and this resolution will, if it is passed, make a difference.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: I have had my ration, if the hon. Gentleman will excuse me. A moment’s thought will allow us to appreciate just how ill-founded the Government of Israel’s assertion is. Israel has been occupying Palestinian land for nearly 50 years. It fails to meet its clear international legal obligations as an occupying power. In the last 20 years, as we have heard, it has compounded that...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Jack Straw: On the issue of the boundaries of a state of Palestine, surely their basis —although not their detail—is very clear and is internationally agreed to be the 1967 boundaries?

Bills Presented: Backbench Business — Select Committee on Governance of the House (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: Separation.

Bills Presented: Backbench Business — Select Committee on Governance of the House (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: It is a pleasure to follow the fourth former Leader of the House of Commons and become the fifth to speak in the debate. The right hon. Gentleman was right to draw attention to the fandango that greeted the initial proposal not to change the role of the Lord Chancellor but to abolish it—something that, as I am witness, did not quite succeed. I am grateful to those who tabled the...

Bills Presented: Backbench Business — Select Committee on Governance of the House (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: If that is the view of the Committee, I would of course come back to the House. My view, however, is that if this job is to be done in this Parliament, it must be done in practice by 12 January, or no more than a couple of weeks later. I am not standing for Parliament again, but if the House wants to pass a sort of Blackburn-max arrangement and create me as the Member for Blackburn for life,...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: Does the right hon. Gentleman also accept that the welcome decision by both parties to have a larger aid programme cannot be a substitute for money spent on the more difficult areas of intelligence and diplomacy? As our aid programme increases so too must our diplomatic programme.

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: I draw to the House’s attention the fact that I am co-chairman of the all-party group on Iran and also co-chairman of the British-Turkish Forum. I begin by echoing the sentiments expressed by my right hon. Friend the shadow Foreign Secretary to the Foreign Secretary—a great post that I hope he enjoys. I always felt it was living history, but I had echoing in my head the words of...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. The United States has gone out of its way to assist its own companies to ensure that they exploit, as widely as possible, the provisions in the sanctions regime—including those that were extended in the agreement with Iran of 24 November last year—and take up these opportunities, and western European countries are doing the same....

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: I am absolutely certain that it did, but the sanctions, led by the United States, allowed for the export from the west to Iran of agricultural products, food products and pharmaceuticals. Those concessions were exploited by the United States and western European countries. It is only the United Kingdom that has added to those sanctions, through additional, gratuitous efforts that simply hurt...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014)

Jack Straw: May I take the right hon. Gentleman back to his answer to the hon. Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt) about the position of the Assad regime? The whole House shares his view that this is an odious regime, but surely what has changed is that two years ago it was rational to assess that the Assad regime could be removed. Is that still his view?

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