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Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: Before we begin, let me say that Members can take your jackets off if they wish; I am certainly going to take off mine. Please switch all electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings, but you can finish the ones that you have—I am feeling lenient. We will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper, then the motion to enable the reporting of...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Table (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The deadline for amendments to be considered at the first line-by-line sitting of the Committee is Thursday 30 August.

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Table (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: Perhaps we will come back to that, if necessary.

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Table (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: Copies of written evidence will be made available in the Committee room.

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: I rise to present a petition by 88 constituents from Ilford South, the lead signatory being Ms Sansel Smith. Similar petitions were presented by the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell) on 4 July, but I was unable to get this petition to him at that time, so I am presenting it today. The petition reads: The petition of residents of Ilford South Constituency, Declare that the “Home...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Foreign Affairs Committee’s latest report, “Global Britain and the Western Balkans”, was published last Friday, ahead of the fifth annual western Balkans summit, which took place in London on Monday and Tuesday. The summits are part of an intergovernmental forum called the Berlin process, which brings together the leaders of six western Balkan countries—Albania, Bosnia and...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: Russia does have historical connections with this part of the world, but it is also important to recognise that we are talking about independent states that have the right to determine their own direction of travel. Russia wants to weaken the European Union and stop its enlargement. What Russia is trying to do—it tried to do this explicitly in Montenegro—is change the internal politics of...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: As I said in my statement, the British Government were among the first to recognise Kosovo as a state, which happened in 2008. The reality is that although more and more countries around the world have recognised Kosovo, there are some problems. Some EU countries have still not recognised it and that, combined with Russian weight and its veto within the United Nations system, has meant that...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Government announced at the London summit that they would increase funding to the region to £80 million in 2020-21 and double the number of UK staff working in the region on security issues affecting the UK. I have already mentioned organised crime, and we are involved in the Balkans organised crime observatory, which is being launched jointly with the Austrian and Norwegian Governments...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: We took evidence from the British Council. It is actively engaged in the western Balkans, and I am sure that that will continue. As for security, several countries in the region are already members of NATO, and the Republic of North Macedonia—I must get the name correct—received a positive response at the NATO summit, which is good news. British military personnel are already engaged—I...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: I just thank the Minister and all my colleagues for their contributions. We look forward to receiving the Government’s response.

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: My speed-reading skills are not perfect, but I only noticed two references to the overseas territories: one on page 96 and one in the conclusions. What does this White Paper mean for British overseas territories? Does it mean that they, and particularly Gibraltar, will be treated in exactly the same way as the UK during any transition period?

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister has been struggling quite cleverly within the constraints of her self-imposed chains and red lines. Would it not be a bit easier for her if she acted in the way that Clement Attlee acted in the 1941 crisis and we worked together in the national interest to deal with this crisis? Carrying on as we are will not succeed, and she knows it.

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I was in a position 25 years ago where I was told by the Chief Whip, “I’d be very happy for you to be there when your daughter is born, but be here on Monday night because we’ve got an important vote on Maastricht.” The birth of my child was therefore going to determine whether I was breaking the whip or not. Pairing is not satisfactory in...

Amesbury Incident (5 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The St Petersburg troll factories and the RT propaganda channel are already gearing up to spread misinformation. Could we not at least do a little bit more to expose this? In particular, would Members of all parties in this House not appear on Putin’s propaganda television channel?

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: In the southern part of Syria at this moment, over a quarter of a million civilians are being bombed and attacked by Russia’s air force and the Assad regime. Is it not time we had another debate in this House on the crimes that are going on in Syria and the failure of the international community, including this country, to do anything about it?

June European Council (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister referred to the discussions with NATO’s Secretary-General, which are welcome, and mentioned Russia’s failure to implement the Minsk agreement and the extension of EU sanctions against Russia. Was any concern expressed about what President Trump might do in his bilateral meeting with President Putin and about the danger of him selling out Ukraine and therefore European...

Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: Just over 10 years ago, the then Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, came to the House and apologised for the fact that his predecessor, Jack Straw, had misled Select Committees, including the Foreign Affairs Select Committee when I chaired, it, and that in fact the United States had rendered people to Guantanamo via Diego Garcia, a British territory, having lied to or misled the British...

Exiting the European Union (28 Jun 2018)

Mike Gapes: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and his Committee on an excellent report. He mentioned that there are only 21 months after the end of March next year for the so-called implementation and transition period; in fact, the report points out that there will be European Parliament elections and a new Commission and the real time for real negotiation in that period will be about 15 months. Is he...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Mike Gapes: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (John Woodcock) on once again assiduously doing his job as a constituency Member. He asked a question of the Minister which was not answered: what is going to happen with regard to Euratom, particularly if we crash out with no deal? Can the Minister assure us that we will continue to be in Euratom through the transition period...

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