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Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: Like many in Northern Ireland, I am saddened that we have come to this impasse which has created the issues we are trying to solve. There are so many problems that need to be faced, but we will not face them or solve them by trading insults or abuse. I will attempt to be as positive as possible and I will avoid that well known pastime in Northern Ireland called whataboutery. I pay tribute to...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: The record will show that the right hon. Gentleman referred to a murder in a bar and the only murder in a bar was that of Robert McCartney. I was active politically in criticising both the murder of Jock Davison and the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: I am being heckled here.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: We risk getting into whataboutery. In fact, we are probably deeply into whataboutery. I just want to put on the record that at the time I was very critical, publicly and aggressively, of the murder of Robert—

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker, but allegations were made and I felt that I had to refute them. I will leave it at that and perhaps sort it out with the right hon. Gentleman privately. [Hon. Members: “Ooh!”] We can sort it out over a cup of tea.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: I am not a violent man, Madam Deputy Speaker. Moving on, we are in this situation because of a failure to face a new reality. Some may not agree with me, but the difficulties and the fiasco around the renewable heat incentive triggered a sequence of events that spun out of control. People out there want answers and they feel that they deserve them. Many of those who want answers are not...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: Name him.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: I am not here to represent Sinn Féin, and I do not think I will ever want to be, but is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that all of us should have turned a blind eye to the crisis over the renewable heat initiative and done nothing? To my mind, he ignores the fact that this crisis was triggered by a serious issue of confidence that needs to be dealt with and resolved. Other things...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: May I remind the Prime Minister that Northern Ireland voted 56% remain? Indeed, my own constituency voted almost 70% to remain. With respect, may I warn her about the Trojan horse being pushed out to her in the form of honey words from Members on the Bench behind me? The Prime Minister says that the interests of all nations and regions of the UK will be taken into account in the negotiations....

Northern Ireland: Political Developments (28 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. He says progress was made on how the parties might come together to represent Northern Ireland in negotiations to leave the EU. Does he accept that the impact on Northern Ireland of leaving the EU was a key issue in creating instability and in the election but a peripheral issue in the talks, and it must be addressed directly and urgently? Can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Tourism (15 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: Does the Secretary of State accept that tourism has the potential to make an even more significant contribution to the Northern Ireland economy, particularly in deprived rural areas? Will he take steps to ensure that adequate resources are invested in the Northern Ireland tourist board and in Tourism Ireland to ensure that we have a product and that we market it?

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (13 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to resettle child refugees in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (13 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were resettled in Northern Ireland under the Dubs amendment in the last 12 months.

Exiting the European Union: Farming Sector (9 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: What discussions has the Minister had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on the free movement of goods? That will be a particularly important issue for the agricultural sector after the UK exits the EU, because many farms in Northern Ireland straddle the border and much of the produce of those farms transits the border a number of times—for example, milk sometimes crosses it...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (9 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: The Secretary of State will be aware that the principle of consent was the cornerstone of our Good Friday agreement and settlement in Northern Ireland. What assessment has he made of the Taoiseach’s comments recently in Brussels when he said that that consent principle would have to be embedded in any future agreement between the UK and the EU?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Taxation: Multinational Companies (6 Mar 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to implement provisions in the Finance Act 2016 to require (a) multinational enterprises and (b) UK subgroups of multinational enterprises to provide annual country-by-country tax reports to HM Revenue and Customs.

Informal European Council: Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) (6 Feb 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: Does the right hon. Gentleman not understand how serious this issue is? Does he not understand that he will not have a UK if he keeps going on with arrogance, with intolerance and with insensitivity? We spent 30 years getting a peace process together. We do not want to see any more dead bodies. Quite simply, what is going on here, with the intolerance that some Members are showing, is scaring...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum (6 Feb 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will respond to the report from Freedom From Torture, Proving Torture, on its findings on the level of certainty required by her Department for asylum seekers to prove that they have experienced torture.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Military Intervention (3 Feb 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 21 July 2016, HCWS125, whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of whether the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has committed any breaches of international humanitarian law.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum (3 Feb 2017)

Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the training module developed for asylum caseworkers has been fully implemented.


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