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Procedure for Appointing Judges — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Keith Vaz: I am most grateful to the Chair of the Select Committee for giving way. May I declare my interest, which I forgot to do earlier, as a non-practising barrister? My wife is a part-time judge. I put this to the hon. Gentleman: with the system we have now—as opposed to the old system, where the Lord Chancellor made the decision himself, and it was only men who were Lord Chancellor in those...

Procedure for Appointing Judges — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Keith Vaz: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way for a second time and enabling me to tempt him a little further. The cut-off age has deprived us of some pretty distinguished judges. Does he think we should go that step further and raise the limit from 70 to 75? Can I tempt him down that road?

Procedure for Appointing Judges — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Keith Vaz: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate, and I join him in congratulating the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) on the stunning cases that she brought over the past two weeks. Regarding diversity, the old system required the Lord Chancellor to make all the appointments of the judiciary on the advice of civil servants. Does the hon....

Arms Export Licences (Saudi Arabia) (26 Sep 2019)

Keith Vaz: The Secretary of State’s apology is welcome, but the narrative is shameful. In August this year, 236 Yemenis were killed, and the bombing raids reached 20,000. Last week a bomb fell on a mosque, and a bomb fell on a family eating their dinner. What do they put on the death certificate? Do they put “death caused by administrative error”?

Petition - Ceasefire in Yemen (24 Jul 2019)

Keith Vaz: Mr Speaker, it is a great honour to have you in the Chair at the time of the presentation of petitions on the issue of Yemen. The petition calls for the Government to pursue an immediate ceasefire in Yemen. Following my presentation, a number of other colleagues—the hon. Members for Strangford (Jim Shannon) and for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss), my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool,...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Keith Vaz: This has been an excellent and passionate debate, fully justifying the decision of the Chairman of the Backbench Business Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Gateshead (Ian Mearns), to give us time, for which we thank him. I thank the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell), the hon. Members for Henley (John Howell), for Ilford South (Mike Gapes), for Banbury (Victoria...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Keith Vaz: The hon. Gentleman is very experienced. He is a distinguished former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and his presence for this debate is extremely important. I remain puzzled, however, so perhaps he can help me with his vast knowledge of international affairs. The coalition admits that it cannot win the bombing war and the Houthis cannot win the war. People are starving. From looking...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Keith Vaz: I beg to move, That this House notes that 22 May 2019 is the 28th anniversary of the unification of Yemen, when that country emerged from a long and painful civil war; further notes that today Yemen is once again in a deep and pitiful state of conflict, having entered the fifth year of its current, tragic war; acknowledges that the most recent estimate places the death toll in excess of...

Yemen (26 Mar 2019)

Keith Vaz: I join the shadow Foreign Secretary and others in commending the incredible work of the right hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire. This is a grim anniversary. Since the ceasefire was announced, three civilians have died in this conflict every single day, and there are 110,000 cases of cholera. Three dates are essential: the date that we can have the next meeting of the Quad, the date when...

Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Uk’S Progress: Yemen (28 Feb 2019)

Keith Vaz: What is the key blockage? I know that it is very complicated and there are lots of different factors, but is there one key issue? It was prisoner swaps before. Is there something else holding this up?

Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Uk’S Progress: Yemen (28 Feb 2019)

Keith Vaz: I am most grateful to Mr Speaker for granting this debate. I am glad to see the Minister for the Middle East, the right hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt), present today, for he is a person of great knowledge and experience regarding this matter. I am also glad to see other colleagues in attendance. In a world beset by multiple crises, Yemen continues to exhaust all...

Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Uk’S Progress: Yemen (28 Feb 2019)

Keith Vaz: I absolutely agree and I pay tribute to the hon. Lady for all the work that she has done on Yemen, keeping this issue very much alive in this Parliament and elsewhere. She is right that there is no excuse for bombing medical facilities. In fact, 19,200 airstrikes have hit since those first raids in 2015. Violence is being perpetrated on all sides. A total of 267 civilians have died because of...

Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Uk’S Progress: Yemen (28 Feb 2019)

Keith Vaz: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I pay tribute to him for his work in the all-party parliamentary group on Yemen. The last time I was in Sana’a, it was with him; he took some beautiful pictures of the wonderful heritage there. He is right: these figures on assaults are even more worrying. In the middle of all this war, there are still these assaults going on. They need to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen (13 Feb 2019)

Keith Vaz: There is no doubt that the Minister has done a huge amount of work on this issue, but the key is the resumption of the peace talks. The parties last met on 18 December. When will they meet again? That will unlock the corridor and unlock the humanitarian needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2019)

Keith Vaz: I thank the Foreign Secretary for travelling to Stockholm for the peace talks, and for resolution 2452. Yesterday, however, five aid workers were killed in Yemen as they tried to de-mine parts of the country. Will the Foreign Secretary ensure that the safety of aid workers is a priority during the talks? [R]

Delegated Legislation: Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas (12 Dec 2018)

Keith Vaz: May I pursue another point raised by my right hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley (Mr Howarth)? I understand that the NHS is still paying providers, even though people do not turn up. That is a big problem. We need to look at the providers. There is a reason why people do not turn up. We need to change the system in order to make them more able to do so.

Delegated Legislation: Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas (12 Dec 2018)

Keith Vaz: It is an honour to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley (Mr Howarth), who has been an hon. Friend for almost 30 years and is a great champion for those with diabetes, in particular type 1 diabetes. I declare an interest, as a type 2 bordering on type 1 diabetic. The usual suspects are here, including my hon. Friend the Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes) and the...

Delegated Legislation: Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas (12 Dec 2018)

Keith Vaz: Indeed. Before anyone else jumps up with another name, I include all diabetics in what I am saying. The Prime Minister and others such as myself talk about diabetes, and we are not cowering in corners; we are debating it openly. Because of technological advances, we are able to do our jobs and continue with our lives in a way that was not possible when diabetes was first discovered 100 years...

Delegated Legislation: Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas (12 Dec 2018)

Keith Vaz: Of course. There is the possibility of doing that—as we do with cancer, for example, which is a much more emotive illness. Of course, people can die from diabetes complications. My mother died from diabetes complications. What I am noticing from the correspondence that I get as chair of the all-party group is that people are writing to say that their relatives have died of diabetes...

Delegated Legislation: Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas (12 Dec 2018)

Keith Vaz: Will my right hon. Friend give way?


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