Results 281–300 of 5477 for speaker:Hugo Swire

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Hugo Swire: Regrettably, more than a faint whiff of opportunism hangs over this urgent question, and others will question the wisdom of having this discussion at all. Does my right hon. Friend not agree that it is incumbent on each and every one of us in this House to pay very close attention to what we may or may not be about to say, because the Iranians will be watching these deliberations and we do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

Hugo Swire: Great unhappiness continues to surround the issue of pensions and the WASPI women, many of whom have come to see us in our constituencies. I believe that there will be a debate next April on a private Member’s Bill on the matter. Given the continuing accusations and counter-accusations about whether people were told about the changes, does my right hon. Friend agree that such a debate will...

Israel: Meetings (7 Nov 2017)

Hugo Swire: The spotlight is on the proceedings and behaviour of all of us in this place as never before. What people want is transparency and accountability. Does my right hon. Friend not agree that it is time, finally, to address the issue of privileged access, lobbying and funding if we are not to have this repeated time and time again? Does he not agree that all organisations involved in active...

Balfour Declaration (30 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Of course it is right to mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration, but as we have already heard, we often concentrate too much on the first part of the declaration at the expense of the second. Does anyone really believe that the statement—the very clear statement—that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Type 26 Frigates (25 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will name one of the new City Class Type 26 frigates HMS Exeter after Devon's capital city.

Rail Links: South-west England — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: I fully understand that the hon. Gentleman is concentrating mainly on Dawlish and the Plymouth to London line. Will he also take the opportunity to support the existence of, and continuing investment in, branch lines such as the Avocet line, which plays a vital role between Exeter and Exmouth in my constituency?

Raqqa and Daesh (24 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: We should reject the language coming out of Russia comparing the bombing of Raqqa to the bombing of Dresden. None the less, the result is not dissimilar. Will my right hon. Friend try to rectify a wrong that has so often affected us in the aftermath of such events by calling for a donor conference and showing British leadership, so that we can start to rebuild Raqqa and what little remains of...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Did the Committee look at the issue of the driver passing some kind of driving test? Is it envisaged that the whole “Highway Code” system will change? Will somebody getting a licence to drive an autonomous or a semi-autonomous vehicle have to sit a completely different test, and if so, when will it be phased in?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: But is not that exactly the same in other areas of the industry, such as driverless trains?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that, during the transition stage when we move to electric autonomous vehicles, there will be a period in which a goodly percentage of the population will retain normal diesel or petrol vehicles? How will we divide up the streets? If every single parking space in an urban area is given over to electric charging, will that prevent those who do not need to...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Let me elaborate further on the point about charging versus non-charging. On domestic charging, the whole point with an electric car is that a person can feed back some of the electricity into a meter overnight and make some money. What happens if they have parked off-street and plugged their car into a meter? If they want to feed back some of their charge overnight, will there be a way of...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that this country manufactures more automobiles than the whole of Italy. Does he not think that that manufacturing can go on when we change from the combustion engine to the electric vehicle?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2017)

Hugo Swire: Five ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Exeter after Devon’s county capital, the first in 1680. Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be entirely appropriate if one of the new frigates continued that great tradition?

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 Rakhine—

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?


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