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The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: My hon. Friend is making an extraordinarily powerful point. We should all be familiar with the point that during the transition, the military retained 25% of control in the Myanmar Parliament. The commander-in-chief is no fan of Aung San Suu Kyi, so she is in an extraordinarily difficult position. Yes, we would like her to speak out more, but we must also recognise that in the longer term the...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: As Bangladesh is a fellow Commonwealth country, does my hon. Friend agree that we should have some kind of Commonwealth response in the light of Bangladesh’s appalling amounts of additional work to feed and provide hospitality to these fleeing people?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. She has talked of a tide of misery. Alas, the tide of misery does not just flow across the Bay of Bengal from Rakhine to Cox’s Bazar; it also flows from Rakhine down to Malaysia and other countries, where we have seen horrific evidence of the trafficking of the Rohingya people. People come down from the Bay of Bengal and pick them up in...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: The hon. Lady makes an extremely good point about nationality, except that the British Government have shown to the Government in Nay Pyi Taw evidence kept in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office referring to a Muslim population in that part of what is now Burma going back many hundreds of years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (17 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: A hundred years ago this month saw the start of the Russian revolution, which unleashed misery and purges against millions of Russian people. Although we are right to remind future generations and younger people about the evils of the past, for example through Holocaust Memorial Day, does my right hon. Friend agree that we owe it to the younger generation to educate them about the warped and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: What are the chances of getting the Chennai Six home by Christmas?

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Following the recent German elections, power has moved from Berlin to Paris, so will the Prime Minister remind President Macron of the importance of being a good neighbour to the United Kingdom, because post Brexit, France will still be our neighbour, tens of thousands of French people will still want to visit and study here, and vice versa; we will still want to co-operate on environmental...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: I asked earlier about the number of prosecutions and was told 15,000. I then asked about the number of custodial convictions, so I wonder whether the Minister has some idea of that figure.

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: I am listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman. Does he not agree that a lot of these people are intrinsically cowardly, and that they would not do to our faces what they think they can get away with when they are sitting in their little attic room typing out abuse in the middle of the night, knowing that we do not know who they are?

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: Something is rotten in the state of Britain. I underline that opening remark by highlighting and referring to what the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine) has just said in a remarkably concise and powerful speech, in which I found nothing to disagree with. I stand here this afternoon as one who has fought six parliamentary elections, the first being in 1997—in that...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I do not want to be party political at this point, but I would just say this: it is also incumbent on us to say the right things and to behave in the right way, and it is regrettable when we have people such as Len McCluskey and the shadow Chancellor seeking to cherry-pick which laws of the country should be obeyed, and encouraging, at times, civil...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: This is not really a political point, but I also feel tremendous sympathy for my friends on the Opposition Benches—and I do have friends of long standing on the Opposition Benches—who have come under horrendous criticism from the Momentum movement in their own party. Some of that has been absolutely vile, and I feel extremely sorry for them, having to operate with that going on as...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for the Opposition spokesman to make unfounded allegations against a former Member of this House, who is not here, without any warning and—to underscore what we are debating—to repeat unfounded allegations that she may or may not have read online or as reported in another paper?

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: Can my hon. Friend tell the House how many successful prosecutions there have been for any of these crimes?

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: Much of the objection to new development in East Devon and elsewhere in the country is based on the inappropriateness of design and the fact that new developments often pay no attention to the local vernacular. What can my right hon. Friend do, particularly with the large house builders, to make sure that designs take into account the local vernacular, to make sure we have good design and to...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: Does my hon. Friend agree that, at a time where there is uncertainty in the business community, not least because of Brexit, talking about raising corporation tax and taxation generally, as the Opposition are doing, is a mammoth disincentive for companies thinking of relocating and growing their business here at this dangerous time?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: My hon. Friend is making some extremely good points, but the one thing he has not mentioned, which we have to address as a matter of urgency, is productivity.

Hurricane Irma: Government Response (12 Sep 2017)

Hugo Swire: I am sure that we will all welcome Labour’s latter-day conversion to our responsibilities and obligations to the British overseas territories, but many of the islands that are worst affected in the Caribbean are also part of the Commonwealth family. Has my right hon. Friend or one of his ministerial colleagues yet spoken to the secretary-general of the Commonwealth to see if there could...


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