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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Engagement (5 Sep 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: The Secretary of State will know that four out of the five political parties eligible to be in the Executive would join the Executive tomorrow. It is one party—Sinn Féin—that is holding the people of Northern Ireland to ransom. Is it not therefore time for the Secretary of State to start ensuring that decisions affecting my constituents and those of my right hon. and hon....

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I commend the hon. Gentleman for what he is sharing with us, which is the reality of the situation. Does he agree, however, that it is not just about the veterans attending that dinner? It is about the young men and women who are looking in on what is happening, considering joining our armed forces and doing what many of us have done in the past—stepping up to the plate and serving the...

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: The comments by the leader of my party were directed specifically at the legacy proposals for Northern Ireland. To legislate for a statute of limitations on the narrow ground of Northern Ireland would not in our opinion be appropriate, because it would exclude deployments in the Gulf war and Afghanistan. It needs to be done on a UK-wide basis. My party would be supportive on that basis, but...

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: To echo the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson) and for the sake of clarity, this debate is not between two sides that want an amnesty. For the record, the DUP does not support an amnesty for anyone connected with Northern Ireland. We do support a statute of limitations, which is not an amnesty. This House should never equate the men and women who stood on...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: My hon. Friend will not be aware of this, but I and some of our senior colleagues from the DUP recently had a security briefing from the Chief Constable, who indicated that the threat from paramilitaries is not just one of organised crime, as some on the republican side now pose a very potent threat to national security and are engaged in planning acts of terrorism in Northern Ireland. That...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: I wrote recently to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs about the food processing grant scheme in Northern Ireland. The scheme has been of significant benefit to food producers in other parts of the United Kingdom, but has not yet been implemented in Northern Ireland. The permanent secretary and his team responded by saying: “At this point in time, DAERA has no...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: My right hon. Friend, and the Secretary of State and her Minister, might be interested to know that we have been waiting several years for the introduction of a weight limit in Hillsborough village in my constituency. Heavy vehicles are damaging the conservation zone and the historic Georgian buildings in the centre, but the village cannot be afforded the protection it needs because we now...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: On that point, may I appeal to the Secretary of State, particularly in relation to education? I know from talking to schools in my constituency that the additional funding we envisaged would go to the frontline and the chalk face—to the schools—is not seeing its way through. It is being used to plug gaps in the Education Authority’s budget, not in schools’ budgets....

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.


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