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Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (15 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: Last week, the Chancellor made what at the time was a very funny joke about a Chancellor of the Exchequer sacked just a few weeks after a Budget. Does he, in retrospect, agree with Lord Lamont that this was a rookie mistake?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: What discussions he has had with Ministers in the Republic of Ireland on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: The Secretary of State will know that, at the time of the Good Friday agreement nearly 19 years ago, the European Union played a role alongside the Irish and British Governments. Does he envisage any role for international support to maintain the institutional frameworks, particularly the all-Ireland institutional co-operation that has been so important over recent years?

European Council (14 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: The practice and experience in complex negotiations, such as in Northern Ireland, is that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. Does the Prime Minister agree that that will be the case here? If so, and given that she said that no deal is preferable to a bad deal, how can British citizens living in EU countries or EU citizens living in the UK believe that there will be any resolution...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (13 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: In the Foreign Secretary’s introduction to the debate today, we heard his typical bluster, lack of detail and “winging it” approach, which augurs very well for his forthcoming visit to Russia. His speech gave a complete fantasy view of what is likely to happen to our international trade. We were told that we were going to get a trade deal with the United States, yet the Trump...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (13 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case about the hollowing out of the FCO’s budget. On the question of linguists, has she seen the report on Russia from the Foreign Affairs Committee that we published last week? It describes the lack of expertise in the FCO for looking at Russia. Does she agree with me and the Committee that the FCO needs more resources if we are to confront and...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (13 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: rose—

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (13 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: The Foreign Secretary has mentioned the British Council. As he knows, the British Council will no longer receive any funds from the British Government. At the same time, there are continuing pressures on our diplomatic missions around the world as a result of the budget crisis with which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had to deal. Can the Foreign Secretary tell us how many additional...

Turkey: Human Rights and the Political Situation — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend stresses the importance of the UK’s relations with Turkey. The Foreign Affairs Committee is carrying out an inquiry into that subject, and I was in Ankara with other Committee members in January. I hope that when we publish our report in a few weeks’ time, we will have the opportunity to debate it in Parliament properly and at length.

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend has referred to the Conservative manifesto. That was the same manifesto that committed the Government to staying in the single market. The lesson, surely, is that Conservative manifestos are worth nothing, not even the paper they are written on.

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech. He mentioned the former Chancellor’s remarks, and the Government’s position is clearly that immigration is the priority. The Government’s target of a reduction to 100,000 seems a bit strange, however, given that the forecasts in the Red Book are based on the assumption that 185,000 migrants will come into this country in 2021; that is the...

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council (28 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: I would be really grateful if we did not prolong this speech because the Minister has just a few minutes left to respond. Although Sir Hugo has permission to speak, he is not speaking on behalf of the Government. I want the Government to have the opportunity to speak and I would therefore be grateful if there were no interventions and we came to the Minister as soon as possible.

Intellectual Property: British Economy — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: Order. Motion lapsed ( Standing Order No. 10(6)).

Intellectual Property: British Economy — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: Order. I hope to call the Front-Bench speakers just before half-past 10, so that there will be sufficient time for the winding-up speeches.

NHS Shared Business Services (27 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: I understand that large numbers of patients in north-east London were affected by this failure of the service. How many of my constituents were affected, how many of them were cancer patients, and how many would have been subjected therefore to an inordinate delay in receiving referrals for treatment? Can the Secretary of State give that itemised breakdown to all Members of Parliament who...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: Last month, I had the privilege of being on a delegation to Israel and Palestine. We met a group of young Palestinians and young Israelis on the MEET project—Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow— who are working together on IT and technology. That is surely the way to build the trust that my right hon. Friend talks about.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: The hon. Gentleman must be a mind reader, because I was just coming to that point. When the Government proposed the European Union Referendum Bill in 2015, after the general election, they did not initially include any wording relating to Gibraltar. That came in only because of the strenuous efforts of a number of Conservative Back Benchers, including my parliamentary neighbour the hon....

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: A stitch-up, as my right hon. Friend says, which John Smith certainly did not agree to. When I first entered this House in 1992, I had many happy hours and late nights debating the Maastricht treaty. I can recall—some of the faces on the other side of the Chamber are still there—taking interventions from seven or eight Conservative Members late at night on that issue. For that Bill, we...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: I do not wish to give advice to the other place, because it is possible to get into trouble if we do that. I simply say that it is fortunate for democracy and accountability that there is an opportunity for the other place to give more consideration and time to these matters, without being subjected to programme motions in the same way as we are. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Mike Gapes: Yes, I am happy to give way to my colleague on the Foreign Affairs Committee.


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