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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?

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?

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: 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: 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 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 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 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.

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.

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...

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 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 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...


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