Results 1–20 of 1570 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Cairns

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Middle East (14 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: Quite understandably, events in Egypt overshadowed the announcement made by the Israeli Government on 4 February, which was welcomed by the Quartet the following day, of significant security easement on the west bank and-a little contrary to what the Foreign Secretary has just said-some easement of the blockade on Gaza. Does he accept that although those actions are not a substitute for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: In the past few weeks, the Government have rebranded antisocial behaviour orders as criminal behaviour orders, renamed control orders as terrorism prevention and investigation measures, and rechristened curfews as overnight residence requirements. Does the Prime Minister not realise that no amount of rebranding will disguise the fact that a Government preparing to cut police numbers by 10,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: EU Council and North Africa (7 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: As the Minister of State in the Scotland Office at the time, and as Mr Megrahi's constituency MP, I strongly agree with the Prime Minister that Mr Megrahi should have spent the rest of his natural life in prison. Does he agree with me that however ill-considered and ill-judged phrases like "our game plan on Megrahi" may be-had anyone approached me with such a game plan, I would have told them...

Business of the House (3 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: Such is the enormous concern among those on both sides of the House about the Government's plans to close many of our coastguard stations that yesterday's Westminster Hall debate was completely oversubscribed and many hon. Members did not get the opportunity to speak. Given that, can the Leader of the House schedule a longer debate on these plans, which are greatly concerning many of our...

Coastguard Service (2 Feb 2011)

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Coastguard Service (2 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: I congratulate the hon. Lady on making such a powerful case. Another recent high profile incident was the running aground of a nuclear submarine off the west coast of Scotland. Clyde coastguard agency, which is based in my constituency, has, in addition to all the commercial pressure she mentions, the responsibility of being the home of our nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed deterrent. Her...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Network (1 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: The Foreign Secretary has spoken of the need to strengthen the UK's diplomatic, strategic engagement with Syria-a point he reiterated a few moments ago. Will he take this opportunity to stress to the Syrians how important it is for them to butt out of the internal affairs of Lebanon? Does he agree that any new Lebanese Government who see Syrian-backed Hezbollah gain even greater importance...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2011)

David Cairns: A couple of months ago, the Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato asked me to raise in this Chamber the issue of the persecution of gay men and women in that country. Last week, David was beaten to death in his home in Kampala. Will the Foreign Secretary join me not only in condemning the murder, but in calling on the Ugandan Parliament and Ugandan politicians to cease the hateful and vile...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gulf Countries (14 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: It was the worst kept secret in foreign policy that the nation feared most by the Arab states of the Gulf is not Israel but Iran; we did not need WikiLeaks to tell us that. Given that that is now out in the open, is there an opportunity to forge a new consensus-one that would embrace the countries not just of the EU but of the Gulf region-to convince everyone of the absolute necessity of...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: I will let the Minister catch her breath and I appreciate that we are really up against the clock. She says that there will be a position paper in the spring. Does she envisage that that will lead to a full new HIV strategy, or will it just remain a position paper?

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: That might be the best cheer I get all day. I welcome you to the Chair, Mr Leigh. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this important debate. I also thank Mr Speaker for allowing this debate on HIV services in the UK to take place on world AIDS day. I have been in Parliament for nine years, but I am still ignorant about how debates are selected-whether there is a lottery or...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who was a distinguished and long-serving Minister at DFID. In a sense, it is a false dichotomy to say that there is an AIDS epidemic in the UK and an AIDS epidemic in Africa and never the twain shall meet. One of the largest at-risk populations in the UK is the African community--people who come from Africa and are HIV positive, or those who contract the...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: I am happy to give way to a vice-chair of the all-party group on HIV and AIDS.

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: The hon. Lady is right. I was saying that the messaging should not go exclusively to gay men and to people in the African community. There must be a message for everyone, but the messaging needs to be differentiated. There will need to be different messages to different people, within relative constraints. I hope that the Minister will deal with her point. There is concern. I am of the...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: Yes, I am doing myself down here. I am of the generation that came to adulthood when the virus was making its first big impact, so those messages really stayed with me. I wonder whether that is the same today, particularly, although not exclusively, for young gay men of 17, 18 or 19. We cannot be squeamish about this issue. We must speak a language that they hear and will listen and respond...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: I am happy to give way to another vice-chair of the all-party group.

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: The hon. Lady makes an excellent point. I think that it was my right hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Frank Dobson), when he was Secretary of State for Health, who introduced automatic testing in pregnancy. If we look at the graph, we see that the tail-off is quite astonishing: once opt-out testing was introduced for pregnant women, the numbers of babies being born...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. He has far greater knowledge of these matters from within DFID than I have. If what he says is true, clearly it is a very worrying development. I was fortunate enough to meet some members of the HIV/AIDS team in DFID a few weeks ago. Whether or not the team is smaller than it used to be, it is certainly very committed. I also met some DFID workers when I was...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. The new agency has real potential to make a difference. We are all relieved that some of the world's appalling, oppressive, anti-women regimes that were muscling in have been set to one side, which will allow the agency to focus on the issues that he mentioned. A saying that we hear over and again now in Africa is that the face of the epidemic is...

HIV (1 Dec 2010)

David Cairns: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. He represents an area that is not only largely rural but on the borders of Scotland and England, which brings me to the point that I mentioned at the very beginning. I imagine that many of his constituents will be accessing HIV services in Carlisle, for all sorts of reasons, but partly due to the stigma still associated with the condition. They do not want...

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