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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: I welcome the Foreign Secretary's measured and comprehensive statement and pay tribute to the role that he and our diplomats in New York played in the adoption of Security Council resolution 1860. Does my right hon. Friend agree, however, that it is not just regrettable but deplorable that both Hamas and the Government of Israel summarily rejected that resolution? Is it not also deplorable...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram), and I agree very strongly with what he said. He referred to Northern Ireland, and one of the lessons of that conflict is that sometimes one needs channels for engagement with people. That need will not always arise at times of one's own choosing, but such channels are a necessary preparation for political...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: I am afraid I do not have time. Killing is still going on in Darfur and in Congo. The international community needs to engage and to be more active. We hope that when President Obama comes to office on Tuesday, he can make a difference, but let us not be misled. He is not a miracle worker. It will take sustained engagement—sustained engagement by the United States, unlike the disasters of...

Olympics: Gaza (19 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: Unilateralism is not enough. Does the Foreign Secretary agree that however welcome these temporary ceasefires, they do not necessarily mean that there will be a long-term solution? Will he urgently discuss with his colleagues in the Security Council the implications of the rejection of its resolution 1860 by both Israel and Hamas 10 days ago? Will he try to ensure that if we do get a...

Financial Crisis: That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 15299/08, Commission Communication Review of EU-Russia Relations and No. 15300/08, Commission Staff Working Document accompanying the Commission Communication Review of EU-Russia Relations; and supports the Government's policy on the future of the relationship in view of recent developments. (20 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: Is my right hon. Friend aware of today's remarks by Mr. Barroso, President of the Commission? He described the negotiations as the most difficult that he has ever had to deal with and said that neither side keeps to agreements. He also said: "Gas coming from Russia is not secure. Gas coming through Ukraine is not secure. This is an objective fact."

Financial Crisis: That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 15299/08, Commission Communication Review of EU-Russia Relations and No. 15300/08, Commission Staff Working Document accompanying the Commission Communication Review of EU-Russia Relations; and supports the Government's policy on the future of the relationship in view of recent developments. (20 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: The European Scrutiny Committee and its Chairman are to be congratulated on bringing this issue to the House. For the reasons given by the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire), I think it very important for us to watch developments in Russia very closely. It is clear that the arrogance and cockiness of the Putin period could change rapidly if the rapid reduction in gas and oil prices...

Business of the House (22 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: May we have an early debate on community cohesion so that Members of all parties can emphasise that we are one nation and that we stand together, regardless of our faiths and backgrounds? In that context, may I draw my right hon. and learned Friend's attention to two matters? First, a Respect party man, Abdurahman Jafar, is misusing the name and money of the Government-funded organisation...

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Mike Gapes: My right hon. Friend will know that the Foreign Affairs Committee is about to begin an inquiry into Pakistan and Afghanistan; no doubt he and Ministers will give evidence to us in coming months. He mentioned the Durand line. Does he agree that one of the fundamental problems in the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is that the Afghan Government do not accept that border and there...

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Mike Gapes: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that co-operation between India and Pakistan in combating terrorism is also extremely important, and that it is a tragedy that the people who carried out the Mumbai attacks—who were also responsible for the bombings in Pakistan to which he referred—have been successful in that they have managed to create a situation in which the Indian and Pakistani...

Written Answers — Home Department: Sri Lanka (10 Feb 2009)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department classifies Sri Lanka as a safe country.

Written Answers — Home Department: Deportation: Sri Lanka (11 Feb 2009)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes have been made to her Department's policy on the removal of Sri Lankan Tamils from the UK; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka (24 Feb 2009)

Mike Gapes: Can the Foreign Secretary confirm that the problem in the Security Council is not the UK Government, but the Russian Government, who refuse to support the Security Council resolution? Therefore, unlike in Gaza, we are unable to get the Security Council resolution that is so needed.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration: Sri Lanka (9 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sri Lankan asylum seekers (a) applied for asylum, (b) were granted asylum, (c) were otherwise given leave to remain in the UK and (d) were removed from the UK in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008.

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: I apologise for arriving half way through the winding-up speeches. I share the deep frustration that is felt and I, too, have constituents who are extremely angry about the situation in Sri Lanka, but I want to probe the hon. Gentleman on the process in the UN. Does he accept that unless the P5 collectively and unanimously, or at most with one or two abstentions, agree a form of words, his...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: Yesterday, I met a delegation of Iraqi Members of Parliament, representing all the diverse communities in that country, and they wanted a message sent to the British people to say, "Thank you for what you've done to get rid of Saddam Hussein and please keep supporting us in our transition to democracy." Will the Foreign Secretary ensure that the inquiry, when it happens, is not narrowly...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: My right hon. Friend referred earlier to conflict prevention. Does he share my concern that because of the pressures that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's budget is under, it has had to reallocate resources for paying international subscriptions? That includes reducing the resources available for conflict prevention in Africa, as well as in other parts of the world. I understand the...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

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Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: I am pleased that the Opposition agree with the Foreign Affairs Committee, which expressed concern when the high commissions in Lesotho and Swaziland were closed. We said that there were problems because whereas the DFID budget has increased significantly—in fact, trebled—the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had to deal with a budget that is at a standstill or is declining in real...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: My right hon. Friend has referred to DFID's report, but has he seen the human rights report produced by the FCO? It contains several pages about the work on building democracy and references to the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Mike Gapes: It is impossible, even in 17 minutes, to cover a whole continent and the issues of great importance to it. A number of issues have been mentioned in this debate, and I shall try to touch on some different ones. Africa is a continent of 50 countries, with hundreds of languages and dialects. The borders within it, drawn on the maps by colonial administrators, do not bear any relationship to the...


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