Results 1–20 of 2062 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Mitchell

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Centres (10 Jul 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: May I offer my hon. Friend very warm congratulations on his promotion to Minister for the armed forces? As a distinguished and senior officer in the reserve, is he not perfectly placed to make decisions on reserve centre closures?

Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation (5 Jul 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Lady is right to zero in on the humanitarian situation and to pay tribute to those that are on the ground, such as Oxfam. I had the pleasure and privilege to see it doing quite remarkable work earlier this year. Does she share my concern about the situation we have with the port at Hodeidah where the cranes have been disabled? The Americans have supplied new cranes, but they cannot...

Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation (5 Jul 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: May I very strongly endorse what the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) said? The Minister, who has great experience of these issues, is here from the Foreign Office. If Britain is able to take action at the United Nations, not only will that hopefully avert the catastrophe of a famine in this day and age, but it will get the Saudi Arabian kingdom off a terrible hook. It is...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), who always speaks a good deal of sense on these occasions. I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, and I should like to thank my constituents for so generously returning me to represent them in this place for a fifth time. This is clearly going to be...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend has got that absolutely right. Indeed, that is very much the point I am trying to make. My suggestion to my right hon. and hon. Friends is that we let our negotiator get on with this task without undue noises off. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union clearly has the skills and experience to deliver the best deal. I am sure that we should...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend is making, with great eloquence, the point I am trying to make: we need to have a national debate. We cannot continue with this sticking plaster approach on all these matters. Let me conclude my remarks, so that others can get in, by ending on a consensual note. It would be churlish of this House not to recognise the effective election campaign waged by the Leader of the...

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I should make it absolutely clear that no one regards al-Qaeda with greater abhorrence than me. The point I was making was that in this particular conflict there are some very uneasy alliances against the Houthis.

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: To be absolutely clear, the Saudis are preventing the replacement cranes from getting into Hudaydah, in spite of the fact that the Department for International Development urgently needs these cranes in order to unload vessels carrying aid, medicine and food.

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The point I was making is that in attacking al-Qaeda, the Americans attacked an element that was fighting the Houthis. They attacked an element that was, in that instance, on our side of the conflict.

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: It is hard to believe that many arms are getting through because the country is completely blockaded, by land, sea and air, by the Saudis.

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), with his customary eloquence, has put the case extremely well. The last time the House debated Yemen, I was in Yemen, visiting Sana’a and Sa’dah, so I have an opportunity to update the House on what is happening there. I pay tribute to the extraordinary work that the United Nations and its leader there, Jamie McGoldrick, are...

Yemen (28 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The Minister will perhaps make this clear, but my understanding is that the Saudis have agreed not to use any of the cluster munitions that were sold by Britain to Saudi Arabia in 1986. Another inconsistency is that, recently, we have heard that the Americans launched a bombing attack on al-Qaeda in Yemen, but al-Qaeda is fighting on the same side as us against the Houthis. The internal...

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments/Ministerial Code (20 Mar 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. In considering such matters, is it not extremely important that the House always seeks to attract the widest possible cross-section of people, including retaining the services of those who have held high office? Is it not also a matter of regret that, for the first time in my 30 years on and...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: New clause 6 is an important probing amendment. I very much look forward to hearing what the Minister says before I decide whether to vote for it. One of the most important aspects of the Bill is tackling corruption and standing up for openness and transparency. The Government deserve enormous praise for the work that they have done—landmark work, really—not only here but in the...

Criminal Finances Bill: Unlawful conduct: gross human rights abuses or violations (21 Feb 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: I, as a signatory of new clause 1, can be very brief because my right hon. and hon. Friends, and indeed Opposition Members, have made the case with such eloquence on what is known as the Magnitsky amendment. It seems to me, as such a signatory, that the Government have listened. The Minister has quite rightly heard the cross-party voice on these issues and tabled new clause 7, and I certainly...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (21 Feb 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: Today, once again, the ghastly prospect of famine stalks the world in four countries with which Britain has very close and long-standing historical connections: Yemen, north-east Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. Will the Foreign Secretary ensure, perhaps through the co-ordinating mechanism of the National Security Council, that every sinew of government is bent to address and combat this...

Housing White Paper (7 Feb 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: There is much to be welcomed in the White Paper. It is essential for us to build new communities and new homes, but to build them in the right places. I am also pleased that the Government have decided not to relax the green belt rules further. The Secretary of State has rightly described those rules as sacrosanct. However, does he understand the deep anger that is felt throughout Sutton...

Backbench Business: Midlands Engine — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: May I confirm, as everyone will agree, that in moving from Yorkshire to the midlands my hon. Friend has been promoted?

Backbench Business: Midlands Engine — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. HS2 is not about speed; every day 4,000 people stand on trains going into and out of Birmingham.


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