Results 1–20 of 6030 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Drew

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I always love a bit of history, but to bring us up to date, in all those previous reorganisations and structural changes, there was time to make changes partly because the British Government were deciding things for British farmers. Will the Minister assure us that the transition period must respect the importance of these changes, and that there must be support for those who will suffer if...

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: The problem is that those who might have come here in the future will not do so and we are now into the second year in which they would have been making such arrangements. What inducement is there for someone to come here, when effectively they have been told for two successive years they are not wanted, rather than go to other parts of Europe, as they are now?

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I am very pleased that, yet again, we are in this place debating food and farming. I am even more pleased that the Minister is here, because otherwise I would not have been able to ask him the questions I want to ask him. I am sure he will try to answer them. The Chair of the Select Committee, the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton...

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: Again, I am not an expert on the farming industry per se, as the hon. Gentleman is, but having talked to those who know about, I know that the lamb market—Welsh lamb, in particular—is very vulnerable. I made the point that New Zealand would no doubt be keen to expand its exports to this country, but I was proven wrong in the sense that New Zealand can already export 200,000 tonnes...

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: That is, of course, a real threat. I refer to the Government’s response to the Committee’s report. At paragraph 6, on “Regulations and Standards”, the Government cited the Prime Minister in her Mansion House speech, saying that “the UK will need to make a strong commitment that its regulatory standards will remain as high as the EU’s.” I should damn...

Brexit: Trade in Food — [James Gray in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: The PPS can do it!

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I was out of this place for a few years and many things have improved, but one of the things that has not is the standard of IT receptivity and accessibility. I know that this is not the Leader of the House’s responsibility, but will she talk to the House authorities to try to get a decent IT system in this place once and for all?

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

David Drew: Does the Minister accept that animal welfare and environmental protection are extremely important to British agriculture? What guarantees will the Government put in place to make sure that there is no diminution in that regard? He need not take my word on this—he can take the word of the National Farmers Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jun 2018)

David Drew: The average length of time that a Stroud constituent has to wait to go to the Gloucester and Cheltenham centre for a PIP appeal is now 41 weeks, and the wait for an employment and support allowance appeal is 31 weeks. During that period of time constituents are now losing Motability cars and suffering enormous hardship. Will the Prime Minister promise to get a grip on this and make sure this...

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: My worry is that whatever pressure we come under in this place and outside, our role in another referendum would be even more dangerously vulnerable, because of the nature of that debate. The right hon. Gentleman said earlier that it would be a better debate. I wish I believed him, but I think it would be a worse debate.

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Austin. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist), who introduced this debate very fairly, walking on eggshells as she did. I congratulate the petitioners, because it is right and proper that Parliament has the opportunity to debate these issues. I am delighted to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hornsey and Wood...

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: That is a wonderful notion, but what will come out of the negotiations, if anything, will be a complicated settlement. We could end up with no deal. That would be a disaster, because I fear we would then move towards free trade deals with Lord knows who. We have got a debate on Thursday on agriculture, which is my area of responsibility on the Opposition Front Bench. If we do not negotiate...

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: We always argue whether it is “referenda” or “referendums”, but I will stick to “referendums”. The problem with what my hon. Friend suggests is that I envisage a very close result again, whichever way it goes.

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: Of course, the Scottish referendum had a 40% benchmark, which derailed the whole process for Scottish devolution for a time, so there are ways in which we can play tricks, but that is a problem. I do not think we can play tricks anymore. I think the general public will see through it and will feel let down. We are going to take a lot of stick over the coming weeks and months—dare I say...

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I was just on my peroration there, but I will give way.

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I agree with my hon. Friend. It would be helpful if parliamentarians had the evidence to start with, so that we could make up our minds. The public will not read it and make a decision. They will base their decision on prejudice, which is what we, effectively, catalysed in the debate that took place in the previous referendum. So, please, Parliament, reassert authority, hold the Government to...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

David Drew: The right hon. Gentleman is making an excellent speech. Will he also accept the connection between TB and conflict? In the parts of the world where TB is rife—including South Sudan, which I know very well—conflict is adding to the complexity for people suffering from disease.

Environmental Audit Committee (7 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I congratulate my hon. Friend on another excellent report. I am a bit surprised there was no contribution by the green investment bank, now the Green Investment Group. The bank was set up by Government to look at sustainable investment. I know it has been privatised, but surely it has some ongoing role in trying to get sustainable investment. Will my hon. Friend comment on what has happened...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (7 Jun 2018)

David Drew: In the responses to “Health and Harmony”, the two areas of greatest concern were the impact of the withdrawal of the basic payments scheme on smaller farmers and tenant farmers, and the transition period. What discussions has the Minister had with the Treasury about extending the transition period, given that that must be the right way to approach this?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Middle East (7 Jun 2018)

David Drew: Earlier this year, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was shut to visitors because of some pressure that the Israeli authorities were putting on because of land changes. Will the right hon. Lady make sure that, through her dialogue with our Church, she talks to the Israeli authorities to make sure that that church is kept open, because visitors want to visit it?


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