Results 1–20 of 3886 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Brake

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: What safeguards should the British Government apply before resuming funding for military training in Myanmar?

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: rose—

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: This is something that the Minister’s office will not have to leak to Guido Fawkes. Does the Secretary of State accept that some of the consequences of crashing out of the EU will be: destabilising the lives of millions of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU; gridlock at our ports; and a loss of investor confidence in sectors as varied as the creative industries, the...

International Investment (17 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: On the subject of companies developing dual-use technology, can the Secretary of State confirm that as well as introducing powers to stop those companies from falling into foreign hands, he will ensure that they will still be able to recruit workers from the EU? Those workers will often not be particularly well paid, as they might be graduates working in start-up companies. Also, will he...

Iran: Points of Order (16 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On Friday, I emailed the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’s office at 12:08. The email was acknowledged by his office at 12:21. At 15:03 precisely, my letter was on the Guido Fawkes website. Mr Speaker, you may be aware of Guido Fawkes, and I am sure that he will get pleasure from the fact that I am mentioning his website here today, but...

Iran: Vauxhall (Redundancies) (16 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I urge the Minister to redouble her efforts to support staff. PSA flagged up concerns over the competitiveness of this plant. Can the Minister explain how the competitiveness of this and other UK car plants, which rely so heavily on just-in-time production, will be maintained, let alone enhanced, post-Brexit, once more burdensome customs rules kick in, risking turning just-in-time production...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: Is the hon. Gentleman able to clarify for me whether that is one of the data exchanges that are subject to the European Court of Justice rulings to ensure safeguards for those exchanges of data? If I am correct, how does he see that relationship continuing with the UK post Brexit?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman’s excellent Committee had an opportunity to look at the contingency plans that would be necessary for all the valuable databases he has set out, should the UK crash out of the EU in March 2019.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I thank the Minister for so generously giving way. I just wanted to press him on the point that he made about the engagement that will happen at a technical level. In practice, does that mean that our standards will be maintained in tandem with those in the EU, and that therefore there will be no difference between the two?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: The Minister is being very generous with his time. I am sure that he is aware that the people of Gibraltar are concerned about the impact of the disruption of data flows. Gibraltar holds many data servers, and people there are very concerned that there might be longer-term impacts on their businesses. Can the Minister say anything about that?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I thank the Minister for giving a detailed response. I just wanted to put on record my interest in relation to Gibraltar so that it is not missed.

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: Will the Leader of the House make time available for a debate, which I suggest should be led by the Cabinet Office, to enable Ministers from different Departments to set out the costs of Brexit? They could set out, for instance, the cost of the contingency plans, the cost to the 50 different sectors set out in the sectorial reports that we are not allowed to see and the cost of the Nissan...

International Trade: Car Exports (12 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: The Secretary of State has just said that he wants the Government to be judged by their actions. Can the Minister tell us what the cost of the Nissan deal was, whether deals have been struck with other car manufacturers, and whether the Government have set aside a large budget to ensure that other sectors can continue to export successfully?

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: rose—

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I thank the Minister for giving way. He might be about to come on to this. I welcome the fact that the Minister—as I said earlier, I greatly respect him—has met the families. I posed the question about whether the Foreign Secretary would meet them. Given the circumstances, it would be entirely appropriate for him to meet them. Will the Minister raise that with the Foreign Secretary?

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I raised the issue, which I hope the Minister will respond to in the last three minutes, of how the Government will ensure that human rights concerns are embedded in the cornucopia of trade deals that they will be negotiating.

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: I would like the hon. Gentleman’s comments on what British businesses should be worried about in trading with Iran—particularly their employees going to Iran—if the Iranians are examining people’s social media in the way he has described? What is the potential risk to them?

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: It is a pleasure to take part in the debate. There is one organisation that I have been a member of longer than I have been in the Liberal Democrat party, and that is Amnesty International. Iran is of great to concern to Amnesty, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) on securing a debate on it. It is sad that many hon. Members will also have...

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Tom Brake: Of course I join the hon. Gentleman in condemning that; in fact I was not aware of it, so I am grateful to him for drawing my attention to it. I am sure the Minister will respond to that at the end of the debate. The right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet correctly mentioned the Baha’is. We know that they suffer persecution in Iran, whether targeted at Baha’i businesses or at...


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