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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 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...

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: 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: Will the Prime Minister give way?

International Aid: Treasury Update (13 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Will the Prime Minister give way?

Afghanistan (8 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I thank the Prime Minister very much for coming and making this difficult and important statement to the House today. I thank him also for what he said about the contribution that has been made by the girls’ education challenge fund, which we set up in 2010 and which has been responsible for the education of millions of girls in Afghanistan. It seems to me that his statement eloquently...

Business of the House (8 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Hear, hear.

Business of the House (8 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Is it not wonderful that the entire country is today talking about football, and not about covid or Brexit? My right hon. Friend the Leader of the House is a great and distinguished democrat, and a stalwart supporter of the rights of this House and of Parliament, so can he explain why, having announced the business today, he is sending the House off for the summer recess without a vote on the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Education and Family Planning (6 Jul 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the letter to the President of COP26 of 30 June 2021 from 66 organisations in the human and environmental health sector, if the Government will take steps to adapt UK Government supported climate funding mechanisms to encourage climate adaptation and resilience building programmes that remove...


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