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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The whole House will support what the Prime Minister said about the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen during her visit to the middle east last week. Will she continue to provide the maximum amount of pressure to lift both the humanitarian and the commercial blockades, and use Britain’s good offices at the United Nations to secure a resumption of some sort of political peace...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I will not take up much of the House’s time, Mr Deputy Speaker. This has been a most useful debate. I think that there is agreement across the House on two key things. First, the British Government must do everything they can to ensure that the blockade is lifted, because it is a breach of international humanitarian law. It is a collective punishment beating for the 27 million people...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: This debate is, above all, about the humanitarian consequences, and the UN Secretary-General has said that Saudi Arabia is, through the blockade, in breach not only of resolution 2216 but of international humanitarian law. I say to my right hon. Friend, who is a long-standing personal friend of more than 30 years, that I think he may be in danger of having misled the House earlier in his...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful for the Prime Minister’s powerful words in Riyadh last night, which my right hon. Friend has just read out. Those words will be welcomed on both sides of the House. This is the nub of the argument he is trying to address: I am sure the House feels that the extent of the crisis and the Government’s response are not equal. I have no prescription for the political...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I beg to move, That this House has considered the current situation in Yemen. I am extremely grateful to Mr Speaker for granting this debate. There is rapidly rising concern in Britain about what is happening in Yemen and the part that Britain is playing in this crisis. There is deep concern that an almighty catastrophe of biblical proportions is unfolding in Yemen before our eyes, and a...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The right hon. Gentleman is right in every syllable of every word that he has just said. I hope to set out both the extent of the problems that he has identified and what I think the British Government can do to assist in their resolution. I was talking about those I met when I was in Yemen and about the Houthis. There is an idea that persists that Yemen has been captured by a few thousand...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The point I have just been making is that the Houthis are responsible for violence and for disappearances. In the few sentences before I gave way to him, I was making clear precisely what the position is in respect of the Houthis. The fact is that they are in control of large parts of Yemen and they will not be easily shifted. During my visit, I was also able to travel to Sa’ada in the...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: If we are able to detain the right hon. Gentleman for the rest of my remarks, I will directly address many of the points that he has made. The Saudi pledge to open some ports for urgent humanitarian supplies does not come close to feeding a population reliant on commercial imports for 80% of its food. The best analogy for Hodeidah is the equivalent of the port of London; 80% of all that...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend is partially wrong. The two critical ports are Hodeidah and Saleef, for the reasons that I have explained. Shipping is not being allowed to enter those ports in an unfettered way. I want to be very clear about this. Humanitarian support without commercial imports coming into the country—especially food, fuel and medicine—will condemn millions of Yemenis to certain...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Gentleman will, however, accept that where a blockade specifically targets journalists to stop them from coming in, it is reasonable to assume that the regime in control has something to hide, which it does not want journalists to see. After all, if there were nothing to hide, presumably journalists would be allowed access. The 25 humanitarian agencies that wrote to the Foreign...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I give way to the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), who leads the all-party group on Yemen.

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: Well, I will now turn directly to the position of Saudi Arabia, whose impressive Foreign Minister, Ahmed al-Jubeir, generously came to the House of Commons on Tuesday this week to speak to the all-party group, as the right hon. Gentleman has just said. During the course of the conversation, during which the right hon. Gentleman and I were pretty forthright, he asked for advice, making it...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I strongly agree with my hon. Friend that blockading weapons—from any country, but certainly from Iran—is the right thing to do, but I am condemning without reservation a blockade that is likely to lead to the famine and death of very large numbers of people. The price for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of continuing on its current path will be certain failure and utter humiliation,...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: If my right hon. Friend will give me an undertaking that it is totally untrue that any serving British officer has been engaged with the targeting centre in Riyadh, or in any other part of Saudi Arabia, to try to assist in ensuring that the targeting is better, I will of course withdraw my remark.

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I want to be absolutely clear about what my right hon. Friend is telling the House of Commons today. There is no question of any serving British officer being engaged in instructing and assisting —certainly to ensure that international humanitarian law is observed—with the programme of targeting that is being carried out by the Saudi air force?

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: If my right hon. Friend gives me such an undertaking, I am happy to withdraw that very specific point. I have never called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, because the kingdom .is surrounded by enemies and is wealthy. Saudi Arabia is absolutely entitled to defend itself, and we as its friend and ally are entitled to sell it weapons as long as we do so in accordance with one of the...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I agree that it is important for these incidents to be investigated, and investigated impartially, because otherwise the investigation will carry no credence. I have completed the speech that I intended to make, but I think it worth adding that I have steered away from a debate on an arms embargo, because I think it would have taken our eye off the critical ball. We must see an end to this...

Yemen (29 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I seek leave to propose that the House should debate a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely Britain’s engagement with Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Today we are witnessing an almighty catastrophe of Biblical proportions unfolding in Yemen, in which Britain is dangerously complicit. Britain is respected throughout the world for bringing hope and relief to...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: Does my right hon. Friend not think that the Opposition have a brass neck to intervene on her in that way? They criticise the Government for not cutting the deficit faster, yet on every single occasion when they have been invited to support the deficit-cutting strategy they have voted against it.

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