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Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Eric Joyce: Half a century ago Mr Harry Ewing, a predecessor of mine as Member for Falkirk, described Falkirk as an iron town. He meant that in a worldwide sense, I think. The Carron Company was established in 1759 and sat at the forefront of the industrial revolution, and for over two centuries the iron industry defined the Falkirk area, feeding Glasgow’s shipyards and much else besides. Falkirk’s...

International Mining Industry (8 Sep 2014)

Eric Joyce: We go from one important debate on a primary industry—farming—to another. I want to say a few words for the next short while on mining, a subject that gets too little attention in the UK. Like the shipping industry, we rely on mining for pretty much everything we use daily, but it is invisible to most of our constituents and most consumers. We do not mine that much in the UK, although it...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2014)

Eric Joyce: I have two issues that I will put together as seamlessly as I can. I might not be as seamless as the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr Amess) because I plan to breathe a couple of times. A little while ago, there was an issue in my constituency and the surrounding area involving the Grangemouth refinery. It was a sad story and there was much tumult locally. I will not bore Members with the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Sovereignty: Scotland (23 Jun 2014)

Eric Joyce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any UK citizens would involuntarily lose resident citizenship as a result of Scottish independence.

Written Answers — Defence: Sovereignty: Scotland (10 Jun 2014)

Eric Joyce: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces would lose their jobs as a result of Scottish independence.

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Political and Human Rights (African Great Lakes) (13 May 2014)

Eric Joyce: The hon. Gentleman is making a first-class speech, if I may say so. What he says about the requirement for transparency is absolutely true, and the UK is currently signing up to the extractive industries transparency initiative. It is fair to say that many of these deals in the past have involved middlemen who take off huge amounts of money and subsequently sell on to extractive industry...

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 Apr 2014)

Eric Joyce: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cleethorpes (Martin Vickers), who like you, Madam Deputy Speaker, me and every other Member is on a permanent quest for knowledge and self-improvement. I thought I would help that along by saying a few words about the extractive industries transparency initiative, for which I sit on the multi-stakeholder group in the UK. I am happy to say that...

Christmas Adjournment (19 Dec 2013)

Eric Joyce: I want briefly to talk about eating disorders, a subject that I have become aware of in detail recently and which deserves a lot more time. I have done a wee bit of research, and although it might have been discussed at length in this place, I do not know that it has, so I think it deserves more time. I will briefly mention it now, and then perhaps go away, do a bit more research and come...

Christmas Adjournment (19 Dec 2013)

Eric Joyce: No way. I cannot believe that level of cynicism, to be perfectly honest. We all research our subjects well before speaking. I recently became aware of several such cases in the UK, including in the English health system—I am not simply talking about my own constituency, in Scotland, where this is a devolved issue. The number of young people suffering from eating disorders, particularly...

Bills Presented — Driving Whilst Disqualified (Repeat Offenders) Bill: Mesothelioma Bill [Lords] (2 Dec 2013)

Eric Joyce: Members on both sides of the House have made excellent speeches and I will not repeat their points, except one. The Minister will be used to hearing about the 75% figure and the timings. A close family member of mine died from mesothelioma a few months ago and I got the chance to reflect on it with him over a period of months while he could still speak. It was my brother, Ray, who talked a...

Extractive Industries (Developing Nations) (29 Nov 2013)

Eric Joyce: I want to take this opportunity to say a few things about the extractive industries, particularly those across the world. Many of our constituencies have an interest in such industries, but it is not necessarily the biggest interest across the whole of our country. In Scotland, of course, most Members have some interest in the oil and gas industries, because of assets in the north or the...

Extractive Industries (Developing Nations) (29 Nov 2013)

Eric Joyce: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. We often fail to make a distinction between the developing world of China, Russia and the former Soviet states, and the developing world of impoverished states in Africa and elsewhere. Without wishing to digress—you would pull me up for doing so, Madam Deputy Speaker—it is true that China and Russia have different cultural and transparency...

Grangemouth Refinery (23 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: Is the Secretary of State aware—I am sure he is—that people who work for big powerful multinationals need effective, intelligent trade union representation? Sadly, that is the last thing that people in Grangemouth have had for the past few months. Today we have heard a lot of personalising—who owns INEOS and so forth—but at the root of all this is Unite’s placing a petty party...

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: I do not dispute my hon. Friend’s earnestness and his argument, but can he imagine a situation in which the UK Prime Minister is held responsible by the ICC for some terrible cataclysm? Does he think that we would agree to send the UK Prime Minister to The Hague?

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way again; this will be my last intervention. Kenya will not be isolated, because all the African Union countries will come out of the ICC and it will fall apart. Who knows what will happen soon? I hope that it does not happen, but the risk is that the Kenyans, the Ugandans, the Tanzanians, the Rwandans—most of the African states—will, very sadly and...

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: Countries that are not members, such as America.

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: I am conscious that some hon. Members on both sides of the Chamber know quite a lot about this subject and have shown great interest in Africa, particularly Kenya, over the years. Some of what I say will not be news to them, and will be well known to the Minister, but it is important to set the scene and to say a few things that may seem obvious to some, but not to others observing what is...

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his important intervention, which goes to the crux of the debate. I will explore some aspects of the decision that sits with the ICC, but it is becoming a political issue. Of course it is right to hold people to account, but things happen in the world, in Africa and, historically, closer to home, and sometimes a choice must be made between justice and peace....

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. It is true that when we think about Africa, politics and governance, we tend automatically to think about corruption. Corruption in many parts of Africa and of course in Kenya must be dealt with in every possible way. We must encourage the authorities to do that, and I think the authorities in Kenya, as in most African states, are willing to...

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — International Criminal Court (Kenya) (9 Oct 2013)

Eric Joyce: The hon. Member is absolutely bang on. His intervention was very thoughtful and considered, and he is absolutely right. The difficulty at the moment is to get past what is a very dangerous phase for the ICC. If the ICC gets it wrong and if the international community gets it wrong in respect of Kenya, the ICC will fall apart; I do not think that it will continue, in a meaningful sense, in...

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