Results 1–20 of 533 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Walter

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Robert Walter: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Angus (Mr Weir). If he had his way, he would not be around in this House to benefit from our long-term economic plan. When I made a speech last week I said that it would probably be my last, so this one can be regarded as an encore. I am delighted to speak in support of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor’s Budget, which I think is superb....

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): European Commission: National Parliaments (10 Mar 2015)

Robert Walter: This may be my last contribution in the House, after 18 years here. I have always believed that we are, to coin a phrase, in Europe but not run by Europe. I have always believed that one can be a good European but a pragmatic European who believes that this debate goes beyond red, yellow and green cards, and so on, as the hon. Member for Blackley and Broughton (Graham Stringer) said. I...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Robert Walter: I do not know whether the hon. Lady received the same letter as I did on 19 December from the Secretary of State for Business. It said: “And the new Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, has also stated explicitly that ‘public service, including health, education and water management, are not on the agenda.’”

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Robert Walter: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Warley (Mr Spellar), who has made a convincing argument in favour of this trade deal. I support the motion of the hon. Member for Swansea West (Geraint Davies) because I, too, am a democrat and I believe in parliamentary scrutiny. I believe the European Commission should ensure the regular publication of documents on the state of the...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman may be aware that the United Kingdom is a party to some 90 international trade deals that involve the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. Does he know how many cases the United Kingdom has ever lost using the mechanism?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB (17 Jul 2014)

Robert Walter: The Minister will be aware of the disappointment and anger among the farming community in Dorset that the badger cull was not extended to Dorset this year despite the support of both the former Secretary of State and the Prime Minister. Will the Minister reassure the farming community in Dorset that DEFRA is on-stream to roll out effective control of bovine TB in Dorset next year?

Bills Presented — Finance Bill: Cost of Living: Energy and Housing (5 Jun 2014)

Robert Walter: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen). I agreed with some of the things he said, particularly that this Government will be judged on their record—I am very happy for the Government to be judged on their record at the general election. He mentioned shopping in England, but he should not be too embarrassed at taking his bags with him. I take my bags to...

Bills Presented — Finance Bill: Cost of Living: Energy and Housing (5 Jun 2014)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman is very perceptive, because I have Nathan Gill’s name written down here and I was going to mention him in a moment or two. I want to continue briefly talking about Nigel Farage, because in UKIP terms he is quite moderate. What concerns me most, when listening to many UKIP members and supporters, is that they use the word Gypsy, which is for them Roma, which means...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Ukraine (13 May 2014)

Robert Walter: The Kremlin, the leading members of the Duma and the Russian media have consistently sought to undermine both the authority and the credibility of the interim President of Ukraine and the Government in Kiev. Given that Russia is a member of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Council of Europe, both of which will be observing the elections next week, what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ukraine (4 Mar 2014)

Robert Walter: My right hon. Friend has alluded to the danger of Crimea becoming yet another frozen conflict. When Russia occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia, thousands of ethnic Georgians had to flee their homes and cross the border. What steps does he believe the international community should take to protect the rights of ethnic Ukrainians and Tatars in Crimea?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (4 Mar 2014)

Robert Walter: Does my right hon. Friend agree that those who campaign for us to leave the European Union would be turning their backs on a free trade area constituting some 40% of the productive wealth of the world, and that we would be unlikely to negotiate similar terms outside the Union?

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Supplementary Estimates 2013-14 — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Managing Flood Risk (3 Mar 2014)

Robert Walter: Looking at the empty Opposition Benches, I wonder whether that UKIP councillor had a point—even if the point was wrong—about God moving in mysterious ways, and whether flooding does not affect Labour constituencies. Like those of many hon. Friends, towns and villages in my constituency were flooded before Christmas and are still flooded. Just last Friday, I was in the village of...

National Insurance (Renaming): Backbench Business — Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (25 Feb 2014)

Robert Walter: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey) and the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards) on securing the debate. I want to start by saying that I believe in free trade. I subscribe to the goal of global trade that is both free and fair. Achieving that goal, however, is a slow and grinding process. In my view, it will be many decades...

National Insurance (Renaming): Backbench Business — Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (25 Feb 2014)

Robert Walter: As always my hon. Friend asks an incisive question that deserves an answer, which is that if we successfully negotiate this deal—which is with another 20% of the world—it can only be advantageous to open up those markets in the United States, Canada and other countries to UK businesses. There are other deals under discussion and in place that would mean that we would be more than...

National Insurance (Renaming): Backbench Business — Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (25 Feb 2014)

Robert Walter: The right hon. Gentleman has talked about the benefits for the Untied Kingdom of the TTIP negotiations. Has his all-party group considered how the UK would fare if it had to negotiate a similar deal with the United States outside the European Union?

Backbench Business — Arms to Syria (11 Jul 2013)

Robert Walter: I echo many of the sentiments expressed today; any decision on arming rebel forces must rest ultimately with Parliament. I want to stress that this type of decision cannot be taken lightly. I have visited refugee camps in Turkey and talked to those who have fled for their lives, and I believe we need a chance to scrutinise the situation carefully and to consider the consequences of our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Geneva Conference on Syria (18 Jun 2013)

Robert Walter: Iran and Russia have consistently supported the Assad regime. Given the recent reports that 4,000 republican guards are to be deployed to Syria, is it not even more important that Iran’s presence at the conference is taken seriously? They are part of the problem and therefore part of the solution.

European Union Documents: Syria (EU Restrictive Measures) (21 May 2013)

Robert Walter: I welcome this evening’s debate on the Council’s decision and commend the Government on securing the flexibility that we and other countries need to step up the pressure on the Assad regime. I am especially pleased that the Council document explicitly sets out the humanitarian context that underlies our rationale for action. The urgency for a political or, reluctantly, a military...

European Union Documents: Syria (EU Restrictive Measures) (21 May 2013)

Robert Walter: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. I want to make a point about the international community’s responsibility, and that includes the Gulf states. If the scale of the humanitarian needs continues to outstrip the support available, the risks will only soar. The pressure on Jordan’s already scarce water, energy and education resources is enormous. Approximately 40,000 Syrian...

European Union Documents: Syria (EU Restrictive Measures) (21 May 2013)

Robert Walter: I am very conscious of the time limit that you, Madam Deputy Speaker, have placed upon me and so will take no more interventions. There was a conference in January at which $1.5 billion was pledged. The Foreign Secretary reported yesterday that payments have now reached 71% of the amount pledged, but that is still nearly half a billion dollars short. I think that we can be proud of honouring...


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