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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The vile online and social media abuse suffered in particular by female politicians, which was movingly highlighted in yesterday’s debate and also by events at the weekend back home in Northern Ireland, is testimony to how this must be tackled head-on. Can the Prime Minister assure us that steps will be taken to bring social media companies and platforms to account so that the wild west...

Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Nigel Dodds: I welcome what the hon. Gentleman has said and congratulate him on painting a very attractive picture of his constituency. On the opportunities after Brexit with regard to VAT, as he knows, we have been promoting that issue in respect of Northern Ireland, but there can also be opportunities right across the United Kingdom. We have heard a lot of pessimism, but there are opportunities to be...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Nigel Dodds: May I associate my right hon. and hon. Friends with the Prime Minister’s remarks on the passing of Sergeant Tonroe? His courage and valour is another example of the courage and valour of all our servicemen and women, as was exemplified in Syria at the weekend. I thank the Prime Minister for her call with me prior to the action on Saturday morning and for her statement today. Its cogent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (27 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: I too congratulate the Government on bringing together a strong, impressive and co-ordinated international response to the Russian threat, but does it not point out the need for the Government to plug the gaps in the defence budget that have been identified? We really need to match our words with our actions.

European Council (26 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: May I associate my party with the Prime Minister’s words on the courage and sacrifice of Lieutenant Colonel Beltrame and her very appropriate words on the Russian threat? Does the Prime Minister share the bemusement of many in Northern Ireland that there is so much concentration on the so-called backstop provisions when we should be getting on with negotiating the overall agreement,...

UK-EU: International Development (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing his first Westminster Hall debate on this very important subject. Does he agree that the scale and size of the UK’s contribution to international aid helps to mitigate some of his concerns? The big part that the UK plays in international aid will give us an important role on the world stage.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The Secretary of State will know that our party supports the Bill. We believe that it is right to take the power to deal with MLA pay, and to stop the proposed pay rise as agreed by the parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly. We would also ask the Government to look carefully at the situation in which Sinn Féin representatives get representative money in this place without being...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The hon. Gentleman mentions Quails, which I know very well since it is not far from where I live, but just for the sake of completeness and inclusiveness, he should also mention Fred Elliott, an excellent purveyor of meat products in Banbridge.

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The Secretary of State will know that the Assembly Commission, which comprises all the parties, recommended that she should take a power to ensure that the pay increase would not go ahead. That is the view of all the political parties in Northern Ireland. It is a sensible step, and we welcome what the Secretary of State is saying.

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The Secretary of State rightly said that this was a continuation of measures that were put in place by Simon Hamilton, the DUP economy Minister, and which saved money last year. Will the Secretary of State confirm that the Bill replicates the excellent legislation introduced by Mr Hamilton?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Discussions with Political Parties (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: Given the meeting on Monday between the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Michel Barnier, will the Minister confirm that it remains the Government’s clear position that the so-called backstop arrangement proposed by the EU Commission is something that no British Prime Minister or Government could ever agree to?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Discussions with Political Parties (21 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: I thank the Minister for debunking the notion that, as a result of the transition arrangements, somehow the Government have reneged on that pledge, and for confirming that the Government remain firmly committed to the constitutional, political and economic integrity of the UK. Will he ensure that industries such as the Northern Ireland fishing industry are protected after we leave the EU, and...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: As always, it is a pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson), who spoke with great authority and eloquence. Of course, as he said, he speaks with authority as a former Minister for Finance in Northern Ireland. He and I both have experience of serving in that office in the Northern Ireland Executive, so I totally empathise with his frustration when it...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: My right hon. Friend makes an interesting point. A very good illustration that proves his point concerns welfare reform. We were faced with a difficult situation in Northern Ireland following welfare cuts and changes to welfare benefits. The then Minister, Nelson McCausland, negotiated mitigations that helped the situation in Northern Ireland, but generally it presented a difficult position...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. When I have constituency surgeries and meet people and, like all Members of Parliament, discuss with them matters of individual concern and wider issues, what they all lament—whether they are from a nationalist or a Unionist background—is the fact that decisions are not being made. The recent lobby of this place by a large group of people...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The hon. Gentleman has made a very sensible, reasonable, pragmatic point, and, as always, he has demonstrated his strong interest in Northern Ireland affairs. I know that he speaks from the heart and wants to ensure that Northern Ireland keeps moving forward, and that is our only concern. We want to make sure that nobody across the board is detrimentally affected by the lack of Ministers....

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: I could repeat everything that my right hon. Friend the Member for East Antrim said in response to exactly the same question. [Interruption.] The hon. Lady has said, “Please don’t,” so I won’t, and if she did not understand it the first time I doubt she will understand it now if I repeat it. The fact of the matter is that we are no barrier to devolution, and neither...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: The hon. Lady is right to refer to the efforts made by the previous leader in Northern Ireland of Sinn Féin and my former leader as well and to the great efforts that were made, and there have also been their successors Peter Robinson, who led the Executive for seven years, and Arlene Foster, and Martin McGuinness during that period as well. I served in the Executive under both Dr...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: Yes, and I am sure that even 30 years ago the good people of Lisburn would have extended that same welcome to the soldiers to whom my hon. Friend refers. The fact is that when we praise the peace process and the political process in Northern Ireland, far too little praise and respect are given to the members of the Army, the other services, the police or the Ulster Defence Regiment, who over...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Nigel Dodds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw our attention to that particularly brutal slaying. It is right to remember all the victims of the troubles in Northern Ireland; it is all too easy to gloss over these events. We remember them not because we want to indulge in talking about the past but because it is important to remember the victims and to remember that their sacrifice is never...


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