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International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is making a House of Commons speech, not a partisan speech. Can I ask him what I would have asked the Prime Minister if the Prime Minister had given way? First, will he confirm that the cut we are discussing today is 1% of the borrowing the Prime Minister described that he quite rightly sanctioned last year? Secondly, will he underline the fact that this...

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I draw the House’s attention to my interests, as set out in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. The Government have done the right thing today in ensuring that this House has a vote on this matter, and thank you, Mr Speaker, for standing up for Parliament in that respect. There is a straight choice here, as was outlined by the Leader of the House yesterday in his statement. It...

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My right hon. Friend is looking in the crystal ball, but I have read in the book: in the past 20 years, this would have happened on just one occasion. So a vote for the Government tonight is a vote to end our 0.7 commitment.

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As I said, this is a trap for the unwary and a tribute to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s silver tongue. So I shall certainly be voting against this motion and against the Government today. I shall do so with absolute conviction and profound disappointment. This is only the third time since I was elected in 1987 that I have voted against the Government,...

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My right hon. Friend is making an incredibly good point, but has he also noticed that, in the Chancellor’s outstanding policy on spending announced last November, the cut that he is referring to—this cut of 1% of the borrowing on covid last year—is the only cut that has been announced?

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I was involved in the drafting of the Act and I do not believe that that is what we intended with those clauses. Has my right hon. Friend noticed that the Governor of the Bank of England has said that the economy will have been restored to pre-covid levels by next month? Does he not think that that is a very significant indicator of why we should not be doing what the Government would like us...

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My right hon. Friend is making a wonderful speech. He refers to his longevity in the House. Does he remember how Make Poverty History galvanised national opinion? Crack the Crises is the current successor to that generation, and it is reinforced by younger people. Does he accept that once covid is over and they are able to show what they feel, they will make very clear their opposition to...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Humanitarian Aid (20 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Eritrean Government on using their ports for humanitarian supplies to be transported to Tigray in Ethiopia.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Humanitarian Aid (20 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on the viability of transporting aid through Sudan to the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Humanitarian Aid (20 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the potential merits of deploying RAF coordinated airdrops of food and other essentials into the Tigray Region in Ethiopia.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Tigray: Famine (20 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of Tigrayans who (a) are classified as facing a famine and (b) have already died as a result of famine conditions.

Channel 4: Privatisation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I understand what the hon. Lady is saying, but she must also, I think, reflect the fact that these are Government proposals. Many of us in the Conservative party are questioning them in the same way that she is and will be very interested in what the Minister has to say in winding-up the debate. She must not characterise this as a “Tories versus Channel 4” debate.

Channel 4: Privatisation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I draw the House’s attention to my interests as set out in the register. I approach this debate in a slightly less certain and more inquiring way than the very eloquent mover of the motion, the hon. Member for Wallasey (Dame Angela Eagle). I ask myself, what sort of media do we want to serve our constituents? My own experiences of the media are quite well balanced— I have suffered but I...

Channel 4: Privatisation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I hope the hon. Gentleman is not opposing this proposal on the grounds of privatisation per se, because it is for the Minister to tell us whether privatisation could add to the many points that have been raised in support of Channel 4. Will he make it clear that he would not oppose privatisation if he thought that it would benefit the objectives that we all want to see Channel 4 fulfil?

Channel 4: Privatisation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: The point is that we are looking forward. Will the Minister address two arguments? First, I made the point about Syria—

Channel 4: Privatisation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Only Channel 4 provided the seriousness that was needed on that subject. Secondly, the Minister will find that young people and people across society are accessing “Channel 4 News” in many modern and futuristic ways, so his point about Members being uninformed and looking backwards might require a little elucidation.

Channel 4: Privatisation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Will the Minister give way?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: Climate Change (28 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the COP Presidency paper entitled Priorities for Public Climate Finance in the Year Ahead, published January 2021, whether his Department is planning to changing climate funding mechanisms to encourage adaptation and resilience programmes that remove barriers to family planning and girls’...

Afghanistan (6 Sep 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Certainly the last months have seen the shattering of many illusions. Does my right hon. Friend agree that, if we are tonight to help the people of Afghanistan, millions of whom are out in the open and will not be fed, we need to ensure that the whole international community focuses on doing so through the mechanism of the United Nations and probably through the traditional mechanism of a...

Tigray — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (8 Sep 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: It is a pleasure to serve under your benign sway today, Mr Davies. I congratulate the Chairman of the International Development Committee on so ably leading this debate and on all the work that she and her Committee do. I join her in praising hugely the humanitarian actors who are in harm’s way in Tigray today. I went with Bob Geldof, who probably knows more about the situation in this...


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