Results 281–300 of 2840 for speaker:Mike Gapes

Syria (30 Apr 2018)

Mike Gapes: Last week, members of the Foreign Affairs Committee were in New York for discussions with the United Nations Secretary-General, members of the Security Council and other UN member states. It is clear that far from ignoring the UN, our ambassador Karen Pierce and her colleagues are making prodigious efforts to get progress on Syria. The Secretary of State referred to the 12 Russian vetoes....

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister referred to the actions of previous Governments. May I remind her and my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) that it was a Labour Government, with Robin Cook as Foreign Secretary, that carried out airstrikes in Iraq under Operation Desert Fox in 1998 without a UN resolution, that it was a Labour Government that restored President Kabbah in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Funding (27 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Wait till you hear what I have got to say! There will be no Brexit dividend. The question is how we will be able to find the resources for these posts around the world, where we will have to do more bilateral work, rather than less. Is that not the reality? Is it not a fact that the Foreign Affairs Committee’s recent report pointed out that half the 50 so-called improved posts were actually...

European Council (26 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: It was reported that the Prime Minister actually stayed at the European Council meeting longer than had originally been intended. Is that a metaphor for our membership of the European Union? Given that she was there longer, did she have an opportunity to have bilateral discussions with other Heads of Government in the margins of the meeting? If so, could she tell us which ones?

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Order. Mr Gray, the Minister has made it clear that he is not giving way. He does not have to give way, so I would be grateful if you would allow him to carry on.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Dr Whitford, you have five seconds to wind up.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Order. We can do without the heckling.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Order. It is quite clear that the hon. Lady is not giving way. She is coming to the end of her remarks, so I will be grateful if people do not try to intervene when it has been made clear that she is not giving way.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Order. I am conscious of time. At least two other Members wish to speak. They will not be able to speak if there are any more interventions and if the hon. Gentleman does not conclude his remarks soon. I intend to start calling the Front-Bench spokespeople at 10.30 am.

Leaving the Eu: Uk Ports (Customs) (19 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Will the Minister confirm that the arrangements that will be agreed with the European Union will apply in exactly the same terms to the British overseas territories and specifically to Gibraltar, and that there will be no problems about that with Spain?

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister’s words were appropriate, measured and correct, and she has my full support. She mentioned dirty money from Russia. Can she look again at the role of tax havens internationally, including those in British overseas territories and Crown dependencies?

Protection of Civilians in Afrin: Points of Order (12 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I seek your advice. One year ago today exactly, on 12 March 2017, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee published its ninth report, “Article 50 negotiations: Implications of ‘no deal’”. We also published several other reports last March, on Turkey and Russia, and our second report on political Islam, responses to which were received from the...

Protection of Civilians in Afrin (12 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Foreign Affairs Committee went to Turkey in January 2017 and had meetings with President Erdoğan and his senior Ministers. It was made very clear to us that Turkey intended at some point to relocate hundreds of thousands of the 3 million Syrian Arab refugees who were in Turkey, into the areas on its border in the north and to prevent the Kurds from having a contiguous area under their...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Can I also commend the Prime Minister for her remarks? The last time we had a clear, defined, state-sponsored act of terrorism was in 2006, and she has referred to that. Can she have conversations with her predecessor, Tony Blair, who was Prime Minister at that time, about some of the issues that arose subsequent to the actions we took because it is clear that the Russians will retaliate and...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia (7 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Minister mentioned the two holy places. Hundreds of thousands—probably millions—of British citizens aspire to go or will go on the Hajj. During these discussions, will he be raising the issues about their security, and the way in which they are treated? Will he also emphasise the importance of Saudi Arabia revitalising the Arab peace initiative for a middle east peace settlement?

International Court of Justice: Foreign Affairs Committee (1 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the way he has introduced our report. This decision has been taken while we are still inside the European Union. Does he fear that, if we leave the European Union, we will have even less influence in future?

Business of the House (1 Mar 2018)

Mike Gapes: Twenty years ago, building on the work done by John Major, Tony Blair’s Labour Government were involved in intensive negotiations in Castle Buildings in Belfast. I was there as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Northern Ireland Office. Those negotiations led to the Good Friday agreement. The anniversary of the Good Friday agreement is unfortunately during the recess, so may we have a...

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Foreign Secretary attempted to make party political points earlier on. May I just ask him to go back and read a previous Foreign Secretary’s answers to me and other Members—some on his own Benches—calling for no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012? His Government—the coalition Government—refused intervention at that time. Is it not...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: I will try to be brief, because I want this Bill to get through. I believe that there is an injustice in the arbitrary 15-year rule, but there are also many other injustices in the way many British citizens living overseas are treated. My hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich (Sandy Martin) was right to highlight some of them. What is not right, however, is whataboutery and the best being the...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Mike Gapes: I will take one intervention and then I will conclude, because I want this debate to end.

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