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0.7% Official Development Assistance Target (8 Jun 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Of course, what he says has been reinforced by every single member of his party who serves in the House, and it is the point that my right hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough, a former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, was making: if we turn this expenditure on and off in this way, the taxpayer does not get proper value for money. Nor is...

0.7% Official Development Assistance Target (8 Jun 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I very much hope that my hon. Friend will stay for the whole debate so that he hears the views across the House. I am sure that will be both instructive and interesting for him. Mr Speaker, the way the Government are behaving strikes at the heart of our Parliament, as you set out from the Chair yesterday. We cannot secure a meaningful vote. Had we been able to do so yesterday, as I intimated...

0.7% Official Development Assistance Target (8 Jun 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: The right hon. Gentleman makes a good and useful point, and the decisions made on the SDRs will be extremely helpful. We come, finally, to the essence of all of this. Because of the way the development budget is configured, these terrible cuts are falling first and hardest on the humanitarian sectors. Let me just mention four of them. The first is girls’ education. The Prime Minister has...

0.7% Official Development Assistance Target (8 Jun 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and he puts it enormously eloquently. I end my remarks by saying that that story from Karamoja in northern Uganda has lived with me from the day I saw those things. I will be thinking of those children in this debate and I urge my right hon. and hon. Friends to think about them as well.

Official Development Assistance (7 Jun 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I seek leave to propose that the House should debate a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely the matter of the 0.7% official development assistance target. I seek this emergency debate today because, for reasons that Mr Speaker has clearly set out, the much anticipated debate over a technical amendment—new clause 4—to restore the 0.7% target through...

Speaker's Statement (7 Jun 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Further to your statement, of course I completely accept that you are the referee on these matters, and that is that, but the Government Front Bench are treating the House of Commons with disrespect. They are avoiding a vote on the commitments that each of us made, individually and collectively, at the last general election on a promise made internationally,...

Covid-19: Government Handling and Preparedness (27 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Surely it cannot be in anyone’s interests, least of all those who are mourning loved ones, for the mob to descend and judge and preoccupy my right hon. Friend at this point in the pandemic. The Government have made clear that there will be a full public inquiry, and that is when hindsight can and should prevail. Now, surely, it is in all our interests that he gets on with his work, bringing...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Buildings (24 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has for the future use or disposal of No. 36 Whitehall, formerly the Paymaster General’s Office; when it was vacated by its last public service occupants; what the annual cost to the public purse has been of the building in (a) rates and (b) maintenance; what estimate he has made of its (a)...

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Liam Byrne). We do not agree on everything and I have spent the past two years working hard for his opponent, Andy Street, who was elected last Thursday, but I thank him for what he said and for what was a decent and fair...

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: The right hon. Gentleman knows very well my strong support for the 0.7%. The point that I am making is that the damage being done to Britain’s reputation, quite apart from the damage to the poorest people in the world, is very severe indeed. I worry that the Treasury does not fully appreciate these factors. The Chancellor generously gave way to me earlier and I asked him whether he would...

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: Do those concerns include the issue of the 0.7%, on which my right hon. Friend and I have not always agreed in the past?

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My right hon. Friend has just given us the excellent news that the economy should have rebounded by the end of this year. He and I have discussed on a number of occasions the importance of international development. In view of that, can he confirm to the House today that he will restore the 0.7% target at the end of the year when the economy has so recovered?

Covid-19 Update (12 May 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: The whole House will welcome the tone and content of what the Prime Minister has said today, and in particular his proper commitment to the transparency of the inquiry, learning everything we can from the past. There are 3,500 people across my constituency who are involved in the hospitality sector, and many businesses have invested their own money in making covid adaptations to ensure the...

Post Office Court of Appeal Judgment (27 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend is a very good Minister and the Government have, of course, inherited this problem, but, as a House, we have to recognise that this is a grotesque breach of the human rights and civil liberties of up to 555 litigants—our fellow citizens. It is right up there with the acts that we quite rightly complain about in some foreign countries. There may well be inadequate Post Office...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Cancer: Screening (27 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help reduce waiting times for cancer screening and testing in Sutton Coldfield.

ODA Budget (26 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs if he will make a statement on reductions in the overseas development assistance budget.

ODA Budget (26 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: When Germany will now exceed the 0.7% target, France is now pledged to hit it and the US is increasing aid spending by $15 billion, why is Britain, chair of the G7, breaking its promises to the poorest and the election manifesto commitment on which we were all elected, and which this country previously has so proudly upheld? Do the Government understand that the aid cut to Syria undermines...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: When my right hon. Friend visited the west midlands earlier this week to meet our brilliant Mayor, Andy Street, was he aware that the Mayor has increased sevenfold the investment in transport, and we now have 108 shiny new carriages for the cross-city line? What advice does he have for my constituents in the royal town of Sutton Coldfield on 6 May?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 30 - Construction industry scheme (20 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I should defend our hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake). He is not an accountant; he is an estate agent.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 30 - Construction industry scheme (20 Apr 2021)

Andrew Mitchell: I want to make a few points, principally on amendment 77. Perhaps I can start by saying that I do not agree with the Opposition spokesman, who has just addressed the House so eloquently, that the Government have been slow to tackle tax abuse and tax fraud. I should, at the outset, draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I think the...


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