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Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: At times such as this it is easy to despair and say that there is no solution, but surely what is needed by the Palestinians captured by the Hamas leadership in Gaza, and by the Israelis captured by their dysfunctional political system is lasting peace, and that can come about only if there is a reactivation of the plan put forward in 2002 by Saudi Arabia and adopted by the Arab League. What...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran Nuclear Deal (15 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: When the Foreign Secretary goes to Brussels, will he explain to our European friends that this country values our defence and security partnership with our European Union partners? Will he also say positive things about whether we will be joining permanent structured co-operation—PESCO—and co-operating with the other European countries in the future?

Iran Nuclear Deal (9 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have both praised the joint efforts that have been made with our French and German partners. In the light of the impetuous, destructive, unilateralist behaviour of the US President, is this not the worst possible time for us to be leaving the European Union?

Health and Social Care: Access to Social Care (8 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: What steps he is taking to improve access to social care for people living with unmet social care needs.

Health and Social Care: Access to Social Care (8 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: Age UK says that 1.2 million older people have unmet social care needs. Is it not time that we thought about integration in a practical way, and where we have acute hospitals with land next to them, such as King George Hospital in my constituency, we start to build sheltered accommodation or intermediate care on those sites so that people can easily be transferred into and out of the beds,...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: I have been a Member of the House for 26 years and I want to begin by talking about my experience with a Conservative Government when I was first elected. In those days, Ministers were willing to meet Members personally when they had a case of somebody in difficulty. I remember a young woman who had won a newspaper competition for a free holiday in Morocco with her husband, but who had the...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Mike Gapes: Has the hon. and learned Lady seen the Financial Times today? There is an article about the test of English for international communication, which reveals that 35,000 people have had their status as students in this country revoked. In 20% of those cases, that was based on a system of voice recognition that has proved to be faulty. An estimated 7,000 Bangladeshi, Indian and other students,...

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...

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...

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...


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