Results 1–20 of 2348 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Gapes

Idlib (10 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Select Committee’s unanimously agreed report on “The Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention”, published today, says: “There has been a manifest failure to protect civilians and to prevent mass atrocity crimes in Syria.” It calls for an independent inquiry to investigate the processes that lead to and the consequences of the Government’s...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: It is a pleasure to follow my friend the Chairman of our Foreign Affairs Committee. As so often, I find that I agree with every word he said. Our Committee has produced a series of reports, to which he has referred. I have served on that Committee on and off for almost 20 years in this House, and it is very frustrating to serve on that Committee and experience a Foreign Secretary whom we know...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: But I do want to say a few words about Russia. Given the challenges to the global international order that we face and the direct challenges to our country as a result of the criminal murder in our country by the Russian state, this is the worst possible time for our country to be leaving the European Union. We need partners, allies and international co-operation. I asked the Prime Minister...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: I do not wish to go any further down that route, because I am getting signals from Mr Deputy Speaker about time. The hon. Gentleman can no doubt make his own speech when the time comes. I want to conclude by focusing on one other area, which is what the United States Administration are doing to the global order. The Chairman of the Select Committee made reference to Senator John McCain. The...

Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister referred in her comprehensive and detailed statement to co-operation with our European Union partners and the EU chemical weapons sanction regime. Can she assure me and the whole country that we will continue to work closely with our EU partners, as the closest possible security and intelligence and sanctions co-operation will be necessary whatever happens in March next year?

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Secretary of State did not mention the two British overseas territories that border European Union states. What progress has been made in the negotiations relating to Gibraltar and to Anguilla, which borders France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands?

TOEIC Visa Cancellations — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (4 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: Like me, my hon. Friend has been contacted by constituents who have been subjected to this outrageous behaviour, so he will know that many people are distraught and have had their whole futures destroyed by these administrative measures. Is it not a fact that this a bigger scandal than Windrush in terms of the number of individuals removed from the country and whose livelihoods are being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Australia: Diplomatic Relations (4 Sep 2018)

Mike Gapes: Does the recent removal of the Prime Minister of Australia have any lessons for this country?

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Secretary of State said that UK nationals in the EU will be able to “live their lives broadly as they do now”. Will he confirm that the existing rights to move freely between EU countries and to work and study in other EU countries will apply to all UK citizens currently living in France, Germany, Estonia, Poland and elsewhere?

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) on bringing this matter to us today. Is it not a fact that what the Russians and the Assad regime are doing is driving out moderate forces, forcing them away and, as a result, increasing the territory that is under the control of Daesh affiliate Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Waleed? Does that not indicate that this is not...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Mike Gapes: I have not yet had a chance to welcome the Secretary of State to his interesting post. What assessment has he made of the EU-Japan trade agreement that has just been announced? Will he take this opportunity to welcome it as a potential boost to trade for our country, and confirm that the Government are not planning to take us out of that arrangement?

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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?


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