Nigel Evans: Before I call Helen Goodman, let me say that Members may, in view of the Ascot weather, remove items of clothing as they deem appropriate.
Nigel Evans: When we talk about the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, are we putting the cart before the horse? Surely we need to focus on UK-EU customs arrangements so we know exactly where we are. We buy 850,000 German cars every year, and £3 billion of flowers and bulbs from the Dutch. Irrespective of what Wetherspoons did yesterday, we still drink more Champagne than the French and...
Nigel Evans: As someone who has witnessed the vaccination, via the Department for International Development, of many babies under a tree in Uganda with the International Development Committee, may I say what a privilege it has been to chair this debate? Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered the economic effect of vaccinations in developing countries. Sitting suspended.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations contained in the report, Desperate for a Fix: Using shop theft and a Second Chance Programme to get tough on the causes of prolific drug-addicted offending published by the Centre for Social Justice on 6 June 2018.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals are complaint with the Accessible Information Standard.
Nigel Evans: Nobody could accuse the Secretary of State’s Department of rushing this decision; it has been made very carefully and cautiously, as it should, because Sky is well loved. I fought the Pontypridd by-election in 1989, which was the first by-election to be broadcast on Sky TV, so I have great fondness for the organisation. Sky has clearly weathered better than I did at the Pontypridd...
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain have been rejected as a result of evidence included in previous applications being classified as expired.
Nigel Evans: We witnessed the precarious conditions in which many of the refugees are living in Cox’s Bazar; it was quite appalling. If the monsoon is devastating for the region, will my right hon. Friend redouble his efforts to ensure that land is made available, as well as emergency housing? Pushing them on to an island is totally unacceptable.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the World Health Organisation on Taiwan’s non-participation in the World Health Assembly later this month.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation on facilitating Taiwan being an observer at the 2018 World Health Assembly.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of whether the benefits system is providing adequate financial support for young cancer patients and their families.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department when procuring services from external suppliers measures the risk of human trafficking taking place during the provision of such services; and what plans his Department has to reduce that risk.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to take steps to help SMEs understand the different regulatory environments of Commonwealth nations in order trade with those economies.
Nigel Evans: Since we are talking about the international community, let me correct something I said earlier. I said that Iran and parts of Somalia have executed people for being gay, but it is actually Iran and Saudi Arabia. Does my hon. Friend agree that the prospect of people being executed simply because of their sexuality is something that we in this House should fight against?
Nigel Evans: It is a pleasure to follow three excellent speeches, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) on securing the debate. It is a pleasure also to see the rainbow flag flying from Government buildings today. That is not a token; it sends a signal. I hope that the Minister will be able to ensure that when Pride week comes, the rainbow flag will fly from high commissions and...
Nigel Evans: Absolutely. During Pride week a lot of the premier league teams wear rainbow laces, and that is superb, but it would be fantastic if in the 21st century more footballers were able to come out as who they are. I attend a lot of conferences with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and I have great pride in telling people that we have more out gay MPs than any other Parliament in the world. That was...
Nigel Evans: That is breaking news, and it is absolutely superb. My hon. and gallant Friend has just told us what his views were in the past and what they are today. If he can make that progression, I rather hope that the Archbishop of Canterbury is listening and that he, too, can make that sort of progression, so that Christians in this country can enjoy a big day just as Harry and Meghan will on...
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to take account of Comcast’s existing interests in news outlets in the UK, its reciprocal arrangement with ITN, the distribution of CNBC and its significant equity interests in Euronews, Buzzfeed and Vox Media when assessing the effect of its bid for Sky on media plurality in the UK.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department when procuring services from external suppliers measures the risk of human trafficking taking place during the provision of such services; and what plans his Department has to reduce that risk.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to use bilateral trade negotiations as an opportunity to reduce modern slavery by proposing the inclusion in trade agreements of provisions on that issue; and whether the Government plans to implement indices and metrics to monitor changes in the risk of modern slavery taking place in that context.