Results 1–20 of 2258 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Burden

Yemen (11 Jun 2018)

Richard Burden: The Minister, once again, has said there can be no military solution to this conflict, but would not an attack on Hodeidah mean a military solution is precisely what the coalition is intending to impose, irrespective of the cost in human lives? If he is not able to secure the guarantees he has been seeking on access to Hodeidah and humanitarian supplies, what action will the UK Government...

Airports National Policy Statement (5 Jun 2018)

Richard Burden: Connecting the regions and nations of the UK to opportunities and markets abroad has to be about more than how much they can have routes through a national hub in the south-east—however important that national hub is. Does the Secretary of State agree that airports such as Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and East Midlands for freight are international gateways in their own right, not...

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 May 2018)

Richard Burden: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh), on securing this debate and the powerful way in which she has introduced it. I apologise to hon. Members, the shadow Minister and the Minister: I must get back to my constituency for an engagement later this afternoon, so depending on how long this...

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Richard Burden: The clean air strategy says that during the transition to zero emission vehicles “we will ensure the cleanest conventional vehicles are driven on our roads.” The Secretary of State will know that most people buy second-hand cars, not new ones. Under changes introduced by this Government, vehicle excise duty rates for used cars registered after March 2017 make no distinction...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Richard Burden: Consumer incentives will have to be part of the package that we hope will incentivise the shift towards zero emissions. The Government have scaled back both the plug-in car grant and the grant available for the home charging of electric vehicles. Does that not send out a confused signal, if we are trying to encourage people to make that shift?

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Richard Burden: I start by declaring an interest; I chair the all-party parliamentary motor group, which receives support from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Motorsport Industry Association and the RAC Foundation. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) on his comprehensive tour of the challenges facing the UK’s automotive industry and...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote (21 May 2018)

Richard Burden: (Urgent Question): To ask the Foreign Secretary if he will make a statement on the decision of the UK Government to abstain from voting on the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council held on 18 May, calling for an independent investigation into recent violence in Gaza.

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote (21 May 2018)

Richard Burden: Last Tuesday, the Minister assured the House that he endorsed calls for an international, independent and transparent inquiry into the appalling events unfolding in Gaza, yet when United Nations Human Rights Council resolved on Friday to set up a commission of inquiry to undertake precisely that kind of investigation, the UK failed to join 29 partner countries and instead abstained from the...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Richard Burden: The respected Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem said yesterday that the use of live fire against demonstrators in Gaza “evinces appalling indifference towards human life on the part of senior Israeli government and military officials.” If Israeli human rights defenders can see that, is not the White House’s response, absolving Israel of all responsibility for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Arms Exports (15 May 2018)

Richard Burden: What steps his Department is taking to monitor the use of arms and arms components exported from the UK to Israel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Arms Exports (15 May 2018)

Richard Burden: When, in a written question, I asked the Foreign Secretary to investigate the uses to which sniper rifles and other weapons exported under licence from the UK to Israel were being put, I received from the Minister a reply which stated: “We do not collect data on the use of equipment after sale.” Does that answer not mean that the Government do not have the first idea whether UK...

Backbench Business: Channel 4 Relocation — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Richard Burden: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) on securing this Backbench debate. When launching “4 All the UK”, the chief executive of Channel 4, Alex Mahon, said: “As a public service broadcaster with diversity in its DNA, Channel 4 has a unique ability to reflect our society. This...

Rohingya: Monsoon Season — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Richard Burden: The picture that my hon. Friend is painting accords absolutely with what the Select Committee on International Development saw when we visited Cox’s Bazar in March. However, I want to take her back to the monsoon and the action that needs to be taken now. She has already made the point that strengthening the shelters and shacks will simply not be enough to protect them against the...

Home Office Removal Targets (26 Apr 2018)

Richard Burden: Thank you, Mr Speaker, I will do my best. Is not the problem that a culture of tunnel-vision suspicion has been encouraged in the Home Office? Only last week in my constituency, that culture led officials to attempt to remove a man who had come to this country legally on a multi-entry visa, to be with his wife who had just been through a difficult pregnancy and termination. He had booked a...

GKN (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burden: The Melrose takeover of GKN was approved by 52% to 48% after 20% of the company had been snapped up by hedge funds. The Secretary of State has heard calls from both sides of the House for those with short-term interests to be excluded from making decisions on takeovers and for the public interest test to be expanded to include questions about research and development. He has rejected those...

Yemen (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burden: The recent ghastly attack on the wedding party is not the first atrocity on civilians. Markets, schools and hospitals have been hit by coalition airstrikes in a civil war that has already claimed 10,000 civilian lives. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) said, that has created a humanitarian crisis in which a child is dying from a preventable disease every 10...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Birmingham Pub Bombings: Legal Aid (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burden: What recent representations he has received on legal aid for families of the victims of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Birmingham Pub Bombings: Legal Aid (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burden: As public funding has been made available to the coroner to appeal the judgment of the High Court on the naming of suspects in relation to the Birmingham pub bombings inquests, should not parity of representation be made available to the families of the victims of those bombings, to defend that same High Court judgment? If legal aid is not available to the families, why does the Minister not...


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