Results 221–240 of 5477 for speaker:Hugo Swire

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: My right hon. Friend is clearly right. I see that on 21 February, in a topical question, I asked that there be a moratorium on any asset disposals until such a review is complete. That question was answered with tremendous agreement by the Foreign Secretary. Let us have a moratorium until we decide what our global footprint will be, and let us have no more selling off of properties until the...

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: To continue that theme, if we are to have any credibility, and ultimately if we are to maintain our seat as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is it not ever more important to stamp what the United Kingdom stands for around the world, and redouble our commitment to NATO and other organisations?

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: I am listening closely to what my right hon. Friend is saying. I believe that even some former French colonies are represented in the French Parliament, unlike here. At the end of the day, it is worth remembering that France has Francophonie; they look with envy at the Commonwealth, which is an organisation that they are unable to replicate. They rather wonder at it. I very much hope that my...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: If one permanent member of the UN Security Council carries out a targeted assassination in the country of another, surely it is time for the UN Secretary-General to launch an immediate inquiry.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Illness: Devon (12 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP fit note episodes there were for mental and behavioural disorders in the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group in the last two years.

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: I suspect that the majority of tourists do not go to Malé because it is only atoll in the entire Maldives that is dry. My point is that many atolls are many miles away from Malé and would be difficult to get to in a crisis. Further, the fighters who have gone to Syria and Iraq do come from the remote areas because, as I said, they have been radicalised through the mosques, the internet and...

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: I am extremely grateful to have secured this Adjournment debate on the topical and important issue of the current political situation in the Maldives. On 1 February, the full bench of the Supreme Court in the Maldives ordered the retrial of cases against nine political leaders, including former President Mohamed Nasheed, labelling their trials politically influenced. The Supreme Court also...

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: I give way to the hon. Gentleman— I suspect that I know which angle he is coming from.

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: This is the great dilemma of the Maldives. It is, on the one hand, an Islamic country, but on the other it is host to many hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, on whom it depends and who should be free to practise their own religion, even if they are on holiday.

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: My hon. Friend is of course absolutely right and I shall go on to say something about this. I very much see the former President Mohamed Nasheed having a role in the future of the Maldives, along with others who have sometimes been his political opponents. My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There have been murders of prominent liberal bloggers and journalists, too. In late September last...

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: Indeed, and two of the surrounding countries, Sri Lanka and India, are members of the Commonwealth. I will say later in my speech that, although I believe much needs to be done before the Maldives comes back into the Commonwealth, its proper place is back in the Commonwealth family. President Yameen’s unconstitutional behaviour has seen him arrest three lawmakers and instigate a witch hunt...

Business of the House: Maldives: Political Situation (6 Mar 2018)

Hugo Swire: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Unfortunately, there can be no pretence that democracy is alive in the Maldives at the moment. The Maldives Government also continue to condemn foreign criticism of their actions—no doubt they will now be criticising my right hon. Friend for his intervention—asking members of the international community not to chastise them publicly, and to visit the...

International Development Committee: Burma Visas (28 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: Having seen what has been going on in Rakhine, albeit a few years ago, I can say it is imperative that we continue to assist the Rohingya people in their hour of need. I urge the Minister formally to summon the Burmese ambassador to the Foreign Office to explain how seriously this House takes the fact that the Committee cannot go there to oversee what is the biggest bilateral aid programme in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: Reducing tourism VAT to 5% after we leave the European Union would create an extra 121,000 jobs and £4.6 billion in revenue to the Treasury over 10 years. It would be a great boost not only to our great cities, but to our great coastal towns, such as Exmouth, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton in my East Devon constituency. Will the Chancellor commit to looking again at this issue as we leave...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: East Devon (26 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes that have access to superfast broadband in East Devon.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: East Devon (26 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses that have access to superfast broadband in East Devon.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Agriculture: Education (21 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how his Department is promoting land-based colleges in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plants: Conservation (21 Feb 2018)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that effective biosecurity measures are in place to protect flora in the UK.


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