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Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Force: Northern Ireland (11 Jun 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place the advice given to his Department by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in respect of (a) the recruitment of Border Force officers and assistant officers and (b) applications from former members of the armed forces in the Library.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: rose—

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate as a Member of Parliament, having represented my constituency for 21 years. Listening to debates in this place, I sometimes think that when people look at me they think I have a disconnect with the people I represent. Frankly, I would not have been returned to this House for my sixth term in Parliament if I was so disconnected from the people...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I beg to differ with the hon. Lady. Research in Northern Ireland shows that since the introduction of the Abortion Act 1967 here, 100,000 people in Northern Ireland are alive today because we in Northern Ireland did not accept that law. That research has been backed up with proper scientific fact. I am proud of that pro-life position. I am proud of the fact that there are so many people alive...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. In truth, if what is proposed under this motion was to actually happen, it would have dramatic consequences for Northern Ireland. That is absolutely clear and I think even the mover of the motion acknowledged there would be a very significant gap. We need to have this debate in Northern Ireland: a reasoned debate that engages the political parties...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Equality and Human Rights (9 May 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: When veterans living in England, Wales or Scotland apply for a post with Border Force, their former service in the armed forces is taken into account, but that is not so for veterans in Northern Ireland. That is based on advice given to the Home Office by the so-called Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which claims that equality laws in Northern Ireland do not undermine the military...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland Closure: Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Shooting (21 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: My hon. Friend spoke passionately about his granddaughter Katie pursuing shooting as a sport, perhaps in competition. He may be aware that when the Commonwealth games fell through for Durban there was some talk that Northern Ireland might make a bid to host the games, perhaps supported by our neighbours in the Irish Republic. Of course, they have not yet rejoined the Commonwealth, but we look...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I would be very interested in the hon. Lady’s opinion on two key matters under consideration. First, as the abbreviation MP means Member of Parliament, does she agree that those so-called Members of Parliament who do not take their seats and involve themselves in the legislative process should not be entitled to the allowances and payments that they currently receive? Secondly, she...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: It does.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: My hon. Friend is right to press this issue with the Government. He will be aware that the website openDemocracy has written volumes about the Democratic Unionist party and donations we received in the Brexit referendum campaign, which we have declared to the Electoral Commission, and which have been found to be totally valid and to have met all the lawful requirements of the UK. I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Live Animal Exports (21 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: As the Minister has said, Northern Ireland has very high animal welfare standards, and surely we can do better than what the EU offers in terms of animal welfare standards.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: When my hon. Friend speaks of smelling the coffee and the importance to our economy of driving things forward, he will be aware that one of Northern Ireland’s many success stories in the past 14 months is the Pure Roast Coffee company in my constituency, which has struck a deal to supply coffee across China, so there is good news and we should welcome it.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: On my hon. Friend’s point about the Irish language, the DUP has made it very clear that we do not object to people speaking the Irish language or having their children educated in the Irish language. Indeed, the Government in Northern Ireland have contributed millions of pounds towards promotion of and education in the Irish language. But the fact is that when a Sinn Féin...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: May I assure the hon. Lady that the Belfast city region deal is going forward? It is being led by a consortium of local councils—Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, and some others—

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: And, of course, Mid and East Antrim. The absence of a devolved Government is therefore in no way inhibiting progress on the city deal, which is directly between central Government and local government in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: The shadow Secretary of State will know that this is not just a question of financial provision, as we will require legislation. The Democratic Unionist party is prepared to put forward a private Member’s Bill to propose such a pension for seriously injured victims and survivors in Northern Ireland. Will the Labour party support that Bill?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Religious Freedom (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that the Commonwealth Heads of Government joint communique makes reference to the right to freedom of religion and belief.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Gender Recognition: Children (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the wellbeing of children who may be permitted to change gender below the age of 18 without parental consent.

Written Answers — Home Office: Naturalisation (20 Mar 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been received from (a) Irish citizens and (b) citizens of other EU countries for British citizenship under the naturalisation rules in each of the last five years.


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