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Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I want to take the Minister back to how we counter the Russian threat to security in this country and elsewhere. As Secretary of State for Energy in March 2015, I used powers never used before to force the sale by LetterOne of its North sea oil assets. This was in the context of Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Following the terrorist outrage in Salisbury, are the Government looking...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: Will the Minister give way?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: The Minister is absolutely right; I found that the legal issues around the use of such orders requires a little bit of time, and I have sympathy with him on that point. However, can he at least reassure the House that the Government are absolutely determined to use unexplained wealth orders and other powers to chase down dirty money and stop Britain being used as a haven for it?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: The Minister is describing a situation where the people who wish to do our country harm are very creative and have very expensive advisers to quickly get round the rules. Can he assure this House that the economic crime unit that he described in a previous answer to me will, within the law, be as creative as possible to chase down these people?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: As Secretary of State for Energy, working at the EU Energy Council, I helped the European Commission to draft Europe’s energy security strategy, which is very much aimed at reducing Europe’s dependence on imports of Russian fossil fuels. That is good for climate change and good for security. Can the Minister assure the House that after Brexit, that level of influence on...

Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: England’s most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, said yesterday that the police were now “taking up the slack of other public services that are struggling to deliver.” Will the Home Secretary, ahead of the Budget, argue for not just more cash for the police but extra cash for the NHS so that it can collaborate with them, especially when it comes to people with mental...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: In his opening remarks, the Minister rightly reminded us of the terrorist outrages that have been inflicted on our country and our people. The response to those outrages brings the whole House together, and I know that the Minister and his colleagues do their very best, along with the skilled people in the security services, to keep us safe on a daily basis. On Second Reading, I explained to...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I am happy to reflect on that. As I said to the Minister in an earlier intervention, as a member of the NSC I was often asked to sign warrants to go after some of the most wicked people and in each case I was impressed by our security services and the systems of accountability. I signed every single warrant put before me because it was very clear that the powers were proportionate and...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I rise partly because I have been encouraged by the speech made by the Chair of the Select Committee, the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill). He made the point that this issue is central to the Brexit negotiations, so the House is grateful to the Labour Front Benchers for tabling new clause 1. I also rise because although the Government wish to sign up to some new...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: May I take the Minister back to the point about spies from other countries and people from other security forces, whether from Russia or elsewhere? In my time in Government when I was occasionally asked, as a member of the National Security Council, to sign off warrants so that the security services could search bags, tap phones and so on—even at very short notice—it was clear to...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman and he should know that I have a lot of respect for him. Therefore I would ask him gently if he would go away and look at the words of David Anderson, QC, just two years ago, on an almost identical amendment. That very respected independent reviewer of terrorism legislation said that this type of amendment would not work and was not needed.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: Across the House, we share a determination to tackle terrorism. Seventeen years ago today, I was visiting my grandmother. She was watching the television and she showed me what was happening in the appalling attacks in the United States. We in this House also know about the atrocities that happened just 100 yards away on Westminster Bridge recently. So we all want to ensure that we can do...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I am just going by what the Minister has tabled today. David Anderson, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said in 2016 of a very similar proposal that “this offence would not be worthwhile for the UK.” He also complained about the burden of proof being “on the honest and worthy to show entry into the prohibited area for a legitimate purpose.” He...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I am grateful to the Minister for trying to clarify the situation, but I will let others in the House read the words on the amendment paper and reach their own conclusions. In my opinion, there is a serious concern that the definition is not wide enough and that there will be, as Amnesty International and others have said, a serious chilling effect on independent inquiry. Let us remember that...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: Can the Minister say where else in British law it is an offence to be located somewhere, rather than to act in a certain way in that place?

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: Because they have done something wrong.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: The Minister said a few moments ago that it will be for the prosecution to show that a person does not have a reasonable defence, but that is not what new clause 2 says: “It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that the person had a reasonable excuse for entering, or remaining in, the designated area.”

Victims Strategy (10 Sep 2018)

Edward Davey: I warmly welcome the Minister’s statement. Many of the promises the Government are making today have cross-party support. I am sure the Minister will recognise that without adequate funding to put them into practice, many of those promises will be empty. In the 50 pages of the victims strategy, I counted what looked like a commitment to £60 million of new funding. Is that it, or...


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