Results 1–20 of 1886 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Ottaway

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: European Council (23 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: In his Bloomberg speech the Prime Minister set out five core principles for a 21st-century EU. If he has had a chance to look at the current European Commission work programme, he will have seen that, contrary to what the Leader of the Opposition has just said, there has now been significant movement towards these principles, particularly on migration and the single market. Does my right hon....

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I enjoyed listening to the hon. Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn). It is 32 years since I first came to the House and made my maiden speech on defence and this is probably the last speech that I will make in the Chamber, but during those 32 years, I have never agreed with a word that he has ever said. None the less, I enjoy listening to him.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: Perhaps I can start again. What is behind this debate, I think, is a fear of cuts. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron), who is a valued member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, on bringing this debate. I agree with much of what he said during his opening remarks, except for the points that he made about intervention. It is a debate that we have had...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I used the figure of 20% for effect, rather than for any serious argument. On the defence budget in the context of NATO, the same point applies. Russia is now spending heavily. I believe that nearly a third of its federal budget is being spent on defence, though no one is arguing that we are going to see Russian tanks rolling across the central European plain in the foreseeable future. With...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I give way, for the last time.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I hang on every word of the reports of the Defence Committee. They are authoritative, powerful and impressive. The Chairman of the Defence Committee was once a valued member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and might follow the Foreign Affairs Committee in instigating debates on our own reports, through the Backbench Business Committee. The focus now may be on the Baltic states. We are right...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: There is no doubt about that, but the point that I and others make is that the threat is not static and we have to keep adapting. The second great threat that we face arises from the instability in north Africa. We have seen the flow of boat people coming across the Mediterranean. The drip has grown to a trickle, the trickle is becoming a stream, and 100,000 people are projected to reach...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East Peace Process (3 Mar 2015)

Richard Ottaway: Does the Foreign Secretary think that peace will not be forthcoming until Hamas renounces violence and can speak with a single voice? In Israel, we have seen the emergence of a moderate centre ground. Does he think that either condition is going to happen?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Richard Ottaway: Further to the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Sir Gerald Howarth), how would the hon. Lady deal with a farmer who was elected to Parliament? Most farms are incorporated, so the farmer would be a director. He would make a contribution to agricultural debates. If the motion is accepted, what advice would she give the farmer? Should he retire? Does he sell the farm? What?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Feb 2015)

Richard Ottaway: Following the Chancellor’s significant commitment to London last week to create half a million jobs, build 100,000 new homes and invest £10 billion in transport infrastructure, does the Prime Minister agree that this is not just a long-term economic plan for London but, in stark contrast to other parties, which only offer London a mansion tax, is a commitment to make London the...

Isil: European Council (23 Feb 2015)

Richard Ottaway: Russia is ignoring all the rules of the international community. The Russians are unreliable and cannot be trusted. Does my right hon. Friend feel that the diplomatic process has been exhausted? If the answer to that is yes, will he confirm that financial sanctions will be not only extended and deepened, but broadened to cover not just individuals, but the country as a whole?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: Just for the record, I went to a secondary modern school.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr Straw). He and I have sparred over this issue for the best part of a decade, but I welcome the clarity of his remarks. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) on securing the debate. On his very last point about political advantage, I could not agree with him more. This was a...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I will not give way to the right hon. Gentleman because I know exactly what he has to say and I will let him give his conspiratorial twaddle to the House in his own time, rather than mine. [Interruption.] I am sure he will let the House know shortly. In the inquest conducted by Lord Hutton, he concluded that Dr Kelly took his own life. Although the case for war may have been exaggerated, he...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: The hon. Gentleman is right—we have been debating these things for a long time. He neatly leads me into the final part of my speech, which is the appearance of Sir John Chilcot before the Foreign Affairs Committee next Wednesday, when, I hope, we can establish answers to such questions. I want to give him a chance to put the record straight. Sir John Chilcot is a distinguished public...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: That is a fair point and I will have a look at my hon. Friend’s request. I do not make a promise but clearly, the Cabinet Secretary and the role of the Cabinet Office are highly relevant to all this. I want to give Sir John an opportunity to answer the questions. Whether he chooses to do so or feels able to do so is a matter for him. In conclusion, what we want to try and find out is...

Yemen (21 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I welcome the question of the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) and agree with the sentiment contained in it, as well as with the Minister’s response. I welcome his tone. The Minister says that our embassy remains open, but can he assure me that if the situation deteriorates measures will be taken to get our staff out and to protect them? Finally, there are media reports...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: I share the Prime Minister’s disappointment over the delay to the Chilcot report, particularly given that the issue in 2009 was whether it would be published in time for the 2010 election, let alone the 2015 election. Does the Prime Minister agree that the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Committee to Sir John Chilcot to give evidence to us, not to point the finger of blame, but to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Turkey: EU Accession (20 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: On the last point, is the Minister aware that Turkey has had more cases referred to the European Court of Human Rights than Putin’s Russia? Also, if Turkey wishes to be taken seriously, it must become a more reliable ally. Will he press Turkey to make its bases available to coalition aircraft and to control its border with Syria much more tightly than it is at the moment?

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Gibraltar (8 Jan 2015)

Richard Ottaway: One traditionally at the end of these debates politely says what a great debate it has been. I thank all my colleagues for their contributions because it has been an excellent debate, but I have to confess that I am left with a feeling of disappointment about where we have got to with the debate. Concerns have been expressed about aviation, maritime activities and incursions, and border...


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