Results 1–20 of 4202 for speaker:Andrew Murrison

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine (13 Sep 2018)

Andrew Murrison: The Minister will be aware that the bay of Seine is not the only potential flashpoint in the waters of European Union member states. What assessment has he made of the potential for other issues of this sort arising elsewhere? In particular, what is he doing about the Voisinage agreement between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, which, as I am sure he appreciates, has real...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend: the resilience of the people of Salisbury is remarkable. One group that he has not mentioned—I am sure that it is inadvertent—are the healthcare workers who were involved, particularly those at Salisbury District Hospital. The rapidity with which an extremely unusual set of symptoms was diagnosed accurately at the hospital was truly...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I very much support everything my hon. Friend is saying. Does he agree that, in retrospect, it was perhaps a bit premature to abolish, as part of the strategic defence and security review in 2010, the joint chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear regiment, which was created in 1999? He will have noticed members of our armed forces on the streets of Salisbury recently, and if there were...

Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I thank the Prime Minister for the Government support that has been given to Wiltshire in its recovery phase. It continues to be much needed. The apparent ease with which two GRU operatives were able to enter this country will fill people with alarm and suggests continued vulnerability. Accepting the difficulty of detecting agents such as Novichok at our ports and airports, what can be done...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Andrew Murrison: On 27 June, Mr George Hamilton, the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: “We do not know who is leading the multiagency response to the land border”. What has been done to give clarity in the weeks since he made that statement? In particular, what proportion of the uplift to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs...

Trade Policy (16 Jul 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement. What reassurance is he able to offer those who say that the inclusion of agri-food in the common rulebook is a sop to farmers in southern Europe and a snub to potential partners in places such as north Africa and Latin America?

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

Andrew Murrison: What was my right hon. Friend’s reaction to the bold new security partnership with the European Union to which she referred, and to the possible cessation of the UK’s leadership of EU initiatives such as elements of the European Defence Agency, the Battlegroups, and Operation Atalanta?

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his amendments, but does he agree that we need to tread very carefully, as there are important principles of law here? Our armed forces do not want to be aside from or above the law; they uphold the law. Does he also agree that under the military covenant our armed forces must suffer no disadvantage—that is the test—but that in that important...

Sustainable Fisheries (4 Jul 2018)

Andrew Murrison: We will need a growing and sustainable workforce if we are to land more of our own fish, yet approximately half those who undertake the difficult and poorly paid work done by crew on board fishing vessels are from outside the British Isles. What will be done to ensure that we have the workforce that we will need to rely on if we are to land more of our own fish?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: Nobody doubts the hon. Lady’s commitment to our armed forces and to NATO, but her leader has one signal virtue, consistency—it is a virtue in a politician. He has not changed his mind on anything since the 1970s. What then are we to make of an individual who only six years ago said that NATO was a “danger to world peace” and that it was “a major problem”?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: On the issue of the Brussels summit, while it is true that NATO is inestimably more important in collective defence than the European Union, Europe’s nascent defence capability has nevertheless shown itself to have some utility. When we leave the European Union, what will our response be to things that have worked, such as Operation Atalanta and the EU battle groups, of which the UK has...

Gosport Independent Panel: Publication of Report (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I was a junior doctor at the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, which is just around the corner from the Gosport War Memorial Hospital, so I know that hospital fairly well, and I also know that the people of Gosport will be disappointed and distressed by this, since they very much value their community hospital. Does the Secretary of State agree with me that there is an issue about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: The technical note published on 7 June spoke of free trade agreements that could be entered into that would not affect any temporary customs arrangements. What discussion has the Secretary of State had with the parties on specifically what form those free trade agreements might take and who they might involve?

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I congratulate my right hon. Friend, whose commitment to our NHS is very clear. Does he agree with me, however, that the Commonwealth Fund indicator that really matters concerns clinical outcomes, some of which he referred to in his statement, and on that the news is not good? Will he do everything he can to make sure that the increased funding he has announced today is absolutely dedicated...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I shall be very brief. Like my hon. Friend the Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray), I did not intend to speak in this debate. I will start by declaring an interest. My home and a small piece of land that I own runs down to the A303, although much further west than Stonehenge. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart) on his speech. He did a great...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: My hon. Friend should not be at all sorry that he does not come from Wiltshire. Those of us who do are very grateful to him for taking the interest that he has. Does he appreciate that the sensitivity of the matter is demonstrated by the fact that we are going to the extraordinary expense of constructing a tunnel past the stones, which will undermine, so to speak, archaeology that may be...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: My hon. Friend is being very generous. Would he acknowledge that there is a clear and present danger, not only to people who live and breathe in villages such as Chitterne, with the rat-running that currently goes on, and Chicklade, which sits along the route of the A303 and is blighted by that road at the moment—their lives are being adversely impacted by the A303—but to the...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to present to the House our third report of this Session, entitled “Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland—dealing with the deficit”. As you will know, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Northern Ireland Executive collapsed in January 2017, since when there has been no effective ministerial decision-making process at Stormont. I...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He is, of course, absolutely right. We practically say that on every single line of our report, because it is vital that we understand the tenets of the Good Friday agreement. It has a unique status. It was a remarkable achievement and is, of course, held dear in the hearts of those who have benefited from it over the past 20 years. Anything that is done...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend—of course I do—although we have to understand that David Sterling and his civil servants, who have done a remarkable job, should not be put in the invidious position of having to make decisions or feeling that they have to do so because there is no Minister, and then finding that the High Court judges that what they have done is ultra vires....

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