Results 81–100 of 5477 for speaker:Hugo Swire

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Birds: Conservation (19 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has given to planning authorities on the use of nets by developers to prevent birds nesting in trees.

Speaker’S Statement (18 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Most people who watch our deliberations are watching with increasing amazement. They do not understand the nuances of the twists and changes with which we go about our business here. To many of them, what we are doing at the moment makes very little sense at all; they want to get on with things. May I ask you, Mr Speaker, as the custodian of the reputation of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Birds: Conservation (18 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) effectiveness of nets used by developers to prevent birds nesting in trees.

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union (14 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Interesting and diverting though it is to listen to the internal wrangling of the Scottish independence argument, might it be possible to persuade the SNP spokesman to remember what this debate is meant to be about? [Interruption.]

Modern Farming and the Environment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (12 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: What more does my hon. Friend think that we and the Government can do to encourage the positive ecological effects of beekeeping? It seems to be incredibly important in plant pollination, among other things.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories: Honours (12 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) steps his Department has taken, (b) guidance his Department has issued and (c) discussions his Department has had in the last 12 months on the rules and regulations surrounding the award of honours by British overseas territories.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Military Decorations (12 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what regulations there are to enforce rules on the wearing of non-British approved orders with military uniform when representing Her Majesty the Queen and the Government on official business; and what sanctions exist when those rules and regulations are violated.

The Modern Commonwealth: Opportunities and Challenges (7 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: “Hear, hear” to the concluding statements of the hon. Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods), with which I completely concur. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge). I would like to think that it was our joint time in the Foreign Office that gave us a deep respect and a certain understanding of the Commonwealth. Being Minister...

The Modern Commonwealth: Opportunities and Challenges (7 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the most welcome developments in the Commonwealth’s expansion in the past 70 years is that its members now include countries that have no historical links with the United Kingdom, such as Mozambique and Rwanda?

School Funding — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (4 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: Will the hon. Lady give way?

School Funding — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (4 Mar 2019)

Hugo Swire: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to raise those inequalities, but does she concede that this Government have tried to do something about fairer funding? In our part of the world, in Devon, there has been an increase, but we are still chronically underfunded. Every child in a Devon school gets £304 less than the national average, so we lose out on £27 million per year. Under a previous...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (26 Feb 2019)

Hugo Swire: The stability of Lebanon is vital to the wider security situation in the middle east. It has taken Prime Minister Hariri nine months to put together a Government that reflects all the different complex denominations and sects in Lebanon, including several Ministers from Hezbollah. What discussions have the British Government had with Prime Minister Hariri or the Lebanese Government about the...

Business of the House (14 Feb 2019)

Hugo Swire: May we have a debate in Government time to establish the roles and rights of Parliament versus the courts in a policy on returning foreign fighters and so-called jihadi brides, the threats that they pose to national security and the economic consequences to the British taxpayer? And while we are at it, now that 10% of the prison population in the United Kingdom is made up of foreign national...

Economic Growth: South-west — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Feb 2019)

Hugo Swire: I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South West Devon (Sir Gary Streeter) on securing the debate and publicly congratulate him—I think this is the first time I have been able to do so—on his well deserved knighthood. I know that several organisations in the south-west are watching our debate with keen interest. My hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and...

Venezuela (28 Jan 2019)

Hugo Swire: Our thoughts must be with the people of Venezuela at this extremely difficult time, and they must also be with our embassy staff. Caracas is already a very dangerous capital. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that everything will be done to ensure their safety? Furthermore, will he look at reinstating the Foreign Office budget that allowed regional ambassadors to meet in the region at least...

Northern Ireland: Security Situation (21 Jan 2019)

Hugo Swire: This is a reminder that there are those still at large in Northern Ireland who choose the bomb over the ballot box. I join in all the tributes to the PSNI and the emergency services for yet again doing such a great job. This is nothing to do with Brexit at all, but the geographical location of Londonderry reminds us of the existence of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of...

Leaving the EU (21 Jan 2019)

Hugo Swire: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to reject ruling out no deal. May I also say that for those of us like me who did not support the Government’s withdrawal agreement on the basis of the backstop, if she can return from Brussels with something that is legally enforceable on this one area, I believe that she will carry most of the House with her?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Hugo Swire: I would have liked to have been able to support the Government’s motion. I voted remain and I certainly have deep concerns about this whole process. I have looked at the whole issue of the backstop, and I have been consistent in this respect, which was why I tabled an amendment, which was not selected. Indeed, my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison)—the Chair of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Hugo Swire: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the non-selection of the amendment in my name and the amendment in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison), the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, makes harder the Government’s challenge this afternoon to convince those of us who are still concerned about the implications of the backstop?...

International Development Assistance (Palestinian National Authority Schools) (8 Jan 2019)

Hugo Swire: I rise to oppose this Bill and start by drawing the attention of the House to my chairmanship of the Conservative Middle East Council. The British Government have already agreed to a proper review of the Palestinian curriculum that is due to report by September this year. Surely, it makes sense to wait for that investigation to run its course and only then to consider—when we have seen all...


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