Results 1–20 of 2488 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Herbert

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Herbert: I agree with what the right hon. Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge) said and with what my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) said in welcoming the measures in this Bill. I would go further and welcome the steps that the Government are taking to tackle corruption. However, I also agree with the right hon. Lady and my right hon. Friend that we need to go...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Herbert: I agree with my hon. Friend that it is necessary for us to show leadership, and I will say more about the support that we will need to give to the overseas territories in that respect. A number of arguments have been advanced as to why it is not a good idea to require the overseas territories to introduce public registers. The first is that others will take advantage, and that criminal...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Nick Herbert: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) on securing this debate. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for granting it. This is an important issue, particularly in rural constituencies such as my own. My constituency of some 250 square miles in West Sussex consists only of small market towns and villages—there are no large towns. If one of...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Nick Herbert: The hon. Gentleman has anticipated exactly what I was going to say. If the post office premises become the location of the only banking services in a village or small market town, we must ensure that they are suitable, and the Post Office needs to ensure that that is the case when it identifies premises. It must also ensure that the banking services can be provided. The online systems have...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Nick Herbert: Yesterday I was at a planning inquiry in my constituency. It should have been a situation in which a planning inspector signed off a neighbourhood plan produced by a village, but the process has in fact been stopped because of incompatibility with the local plan. It has to be said that the neighbourhood plan had not started quickly enough; nevertheless, it has been stopped. In response to...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Nick Herbert: Where possible, we need to respect neighbourhood plans. Of course the local planning authority retains the position of a strategic planning authority, but we should not allow developers to bust neighbourhood plans by cynical means, which is what has been happening. It is important to note that the housing that is now being built in West Sussex is far in excess of the level that was envisaged...

Backbench Business: Town and Village Plans (30 Jan 2018)

Nick Herbert: Does my hon. Friend accept that the undermining of a referendum by failing to observe what the referendum has decided is, in its own way, just as damaging at a local level, in relation to a neighbourhood plan, as it would be at a national level if a decision made in a national referendum was not observed by the authority concerned?

Backbench Business: Town and Village Plans (30 Jan 2018)

Nick Herbert: First, I say to the Minister that this is not about opposition to housing. In West Sussex as a whole, when I was first elected, the draft south-east plan proposed an amount of housing far below what is now being built under the new system. The objectively assessed need for West Sussex produces 66% more houses than the draft south-east plan, and the new formula will produce nearly double the...

Petition - Cross-Border Contracting of Taxis: Same-sex Marriage: Bermuda (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Herbert: Before my right hon. Friend finishes, will he say what his assessment is of the likelihood that the Supreme Court in Bermuda will revisit this position? As he has suggested, a very anomalous position is being created between the rights of some gay couples who were married under the existing provision and those who will not be allowed to do so in future. Did not the Supreme Court itself say...

Gatwick Airport: Growth and Noise Mitigation (10 Jan 2018)

Nick Herbert: When?

Gatwick Airport: Growth and Noise Mitigation (10 Jan 2018)

Nick Herbert: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher, and I congratulate you on your elevation. I welcome the initiative of my hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat) in calling this debate. As he explained, the background to it is a significant increase in the number of flights to and from Gatwick airport. Since 2013, the number of flights has...

Gatwick Airport: Growth and Noise Mitigation (10 Jan 2018)

Nick Herbert: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend. Only he could introduce phrases such as “screaming banshee” into a debate. He draws my attention to another point. Part of the increase in flights from Gatwick has been in long-haul flights, which are a relatively new development and mean much bigger planes. Even if the newer planes are less noisy, residents and groups such as Communities...

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?


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