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Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Nick Herbert: During the debate, I learnt that 13 lawyers and activists in Tanzania had just been released on bail. They had been arrested last week and charged with the so-called crime of promoting homosexuality, which crime does not exist under Tanzania’s penal code. They were released on bail, and then rearrested. Their so-called crime was simply to challenge the country’s arbitrary ban on...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Nick Herbert: I beg to move, That this House has considered global LGBT rights. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for agreeing to this debate, which was proposed by members of the all-party parliamentary group on global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, which I have the honour to chair. This is a tale of two worlds. In one, as we saw in this House, we have seen the near...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Nick Herbert: I strongly agree with the hon. Gentleman. It is important not least because of the health and equality issues that are raised, which he will know in his capacity as chair of the all-party group on HIV/AIDS. I will come on to CHOGM shortly. There is another world, too. I am talking about a world in which 75 countries criminalise same-sex activity between consenting adults. That covers 2.9...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Nick Herbert: I thank the hon. Lady. I was coming to that point, but she has made it very effectively for me. I will draw my remarks to a conclusion because others wish to get in. My central point is that we see terrible abuses of LGBT people globally, but change can be effected, and we should not be despondent about that. In Uganda, partly because of the influence of the World Bank, which was considering...

Women and Equalities: Equality and Women’s Rights: DUP Discussions (6 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: It is good to see the Rainbow flag flying over the Foreign Office in Pride week. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that she and the Government will remain fully committed to protecting LGBT rights, both at home and abroad, where there is work still to do?

Road Infrastructure — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: “Consultation”.

Road Infrastructure — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) on initiating this debate. I will talk about the A27, which runs through my constituency. It was envisaged as a coastal highway although, as anyone who has travelled along it knows, it is too often a coastal car park. Stretches of dual carriageway give way to very congested spots that cause severe delays. Every...

Estimates 2017-18: Neighbourhood Planning (4 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: I congratulate my hon. Friend on initiating this debate and I agree with everything he has said. Is not the danger that if neighbourhood plans are undermined in this way, confidence in the whole process and the willingness of volunteers to undertake the process of putting together a neighbourhood plan will be damaged?

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: Let me start with something that I am sure hon. Members on both sides of the House will agree on: the service Southern has provided for passengers over the last more than two years has been completely unacceptable. There is no disagreement about that. Our constituents are at the end of their tethers, and the service last year, in particular, was wholly unacceptable—to the point that it...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: I strongly agree with my hon. Friend. For those who have faced such constraints on their pay over the past few years, it will stick in their throats to see an offer given to the train drivers such that their salaries for a four-day, 35-hour week will rise to over £60,000 a year. That is a perfectly generous offer. Frankly, this has nothing to do with safety at all. The Opposition have...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nick Herbert: My right hon. Friend’s question would be best addressed to the unions themselves. I think it is about control of the railways—that is what they seek. It is certainly nothing to do with safety or the interests of passengers. It is telling that since the industrial action fell away and the driver-only operation trains were successfully introduced on the line, the service has started...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Nick Herbert: I am grateful to Madam Deputy Speaker and to my hon. Friend the Minister for giving me the opportunity to speak to two amendments that my right hon. and hon. Friends and I have tabled: an amendment to Lords amendment 4 on neighbourhood plan notification, and an amendment to Lords amendment 23 in relation to the powers that may be given to local authorities to set up new towns. I have two sets...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Nick Herbert: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I know that the Government have to square the circle in that they want to see a considerable increase in housing, which is the right ambition so that we can spread opportunity in a country in which house prices are out of the reach of so many young people now and rents are correspondingly high. As I say, the Government are right to seek to address that, but...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Nick Herbert: I should emphasise that Lord Taylor made his interest clear when he moved the amendment. As for the rules in the other place, I am not aware of them, but it is the case that Lord Taylor has had in the past, if not currently, a commercial interest with one of the developers that would stand to gain from the transfer of powers that may be effected by the permissive legislation that the...

O’Neill Review — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Herbert: A quarter of all the deaths that are predicted to happen as a result of drug resistance will be caused by tuberculosis, a disease that already kills 1.8 million people a year. Does my hon. Friend agree that research and development is essential if we are to develop a vaccine to prevent tuberculosis? No epidemic has ever been fully beaten without a vaccine.

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Nick Herbert: I welcome my hon. Friend’s restatement that the Government remain committed to transparency. Will he give some kind of indication of a timetable, once his policy of registers is fully in place, by which he expects the overseas territories to be able to move to full transparency?

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Nick Herbert: I rise to support new clause 6, to which I added my name in the full confidence that I was merely endorsing what I understood to be Government policy on ensuring transparency on these matters in the overseas territories, that policy having been announced by the previous Prime Minister. I find myself genuinely puzzled, therefore, about why that is apparently no longer Government policy, and I...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Nick Herbert: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for clarifying what he said, but my point still stands, which is that we have taken action in the UK to require such publication. Why is it right in the UK but wrong in the overseas territories? That was the point I was seeking to make. Perhaps the Minister can explain. Secondly, I understand that constitutional objections have been raised to the new...

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

Nick Herbert: I strongly support my right hon. Friend in seeking to achieve fair funding, which is absolutely the right thing to do. However, there will be little help for secondary schools in my constituency, and the primary schools will actually lose out. How can that be right, given that West Sussex is already the worst-funded shire authority? Will she undertake to have another look at the draft...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Guidance on clustering of betting offices and pay day loan shops (13 Dec 2016)

Nick Herbert: I am listening carefully to my hon. Friend, and I do not want him to traduce the intention of the new clause, which is not to prevent house building, but to ensure that neighbourhood plans are protected. I repeat my earlier point: neighbourhood plans have produced more housing than was anticipated. Since he took such an interest in Sussex, I should point out that many district councils in...


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