Results 161–180 of 4104 for speaker:Shailesh Vara

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. We are leaving the European Union as four nations. It is absolutely clear that the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will not in any way be compromised. In our negotiations with the European Union, we speak as the United Kingdom, not as any specific one of the four nations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: First, I congratulate the hon. Lady on her appointment to the shadow Northern Ireland Office team. We look forward to working with her in a constructive way. It is important that we speak up for Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union. The hon. Lady talks about tourism. More people visit Northern Ireland now than before. They are spending more money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Northern Ireland has proven itself to be a top destination for inward investment from companies from the rest of the UK and also from overseas. Over 900 companies worldwide have invested in Northern Ireland, and I welcome this week’s announcement that PA Consulting will be creating 400 new jobs in Belfast. I firmly believe, however, that Northern Ireland can do even better, and we continue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: One of the fastest routes to a strong economy is through a healthy, growing export economy. The Northern Ireland Office is working with Departments across Whitehall, including the Department for International Trade, to maximise UK Government initiatives such as the GREAT campaign and the recently launched export strategy to promote exporters and help them to realise their potential. My right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I am delighted to be able to give some very good news to the hon. Lady: in July US company Allstate, which is one of the many companies that are investing in Northern Ireland, opened Northern Ireland’s largest single office development for 15 years, investing £30 million. Allstate employs around 2,200 people in sites in Belfast, Derry and Strabane so, notwithstanding the present...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Sporting Events: Representation (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The people of Northern Ireland have a proud history of sporting achievements gained while representing both the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is for individual athletes, subject to the rules of their respective sport’s governing body, to decide which country they wish to represent. This Government are wholly supportive of this choice being maintained.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Sporting Events: Representation (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: First, I pay tribute to the hon. Lady, who I know has taken a passionate interest in this subject; we have talked about it before. She will of course be aware that Northern Ireland has won serious medals at the Commonwealth games for boxing. The issue itself is a devolved matter, and is also an issue for individual athletes and their governing sporting bodies to take up. As far as the boxing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Sporting Events: Representation (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: As I say, if people have the merit to represent their country, there is no reason why they should not, subject to the rules of the governing body of their sport.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Political Parties: Northern Ireland (4 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: There is a range of legislation that sets out the rules for donations and loans, credit facilities and securities given to political parties in Northern Ireland. The Electoral Commission regulates compliance with the permissibility rules and has published detailed quarterly data about donations and loans in Northern Ireland since July 2017. The Government remains committed to reviewing...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Stormont House Agreement (25 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The UK Government has approved over £180 million of funding for shared and integrated education and housing. This funding will go towards Tranche 1 projects including the construction of three shared education campuses, three integrated schools and will allow 17 project proposals to be developed. £140 million of this funding is for the Strule Shared Education Campus. The UK Government and...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Political Parties: Northern Ireland (25 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Government has been clear that following the introduction of the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018, we intend to review the operation of the broader framework for donations and loans in Northern Ireland once the regime has fully bedded in. As a matter of good practice we will engage with the Electoral Commission to review...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Political Parties: Northern Ireland (25 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Northern Ireland Office officials held a number of discussions with the Electoral Commission on a range of electoral issues including donations and loans over this period. In addition, the Electoral Commission has written to the Minister responsible, Lord Duncan of Springbank, on one occasion and a meeting to discuss this and other issues is being arranged.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Government (25 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Restoring devolution remains a top priority for this Government. We are committed to redoubling UK Government efforts to restore the Executive, and continue to keep a range of options under review.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Cannabis: Medical Treatments (23 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Northern Ireland Office officials are in regular contact with Department of Health Northern Ireland officials to ensure that, following a recommendation from the expert panel, appropriate licences are in place which allow patients to be treated with cannabis-based medicines. It would not be appropriate for me to discuss the specific circumstances of certain individuals.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Political Parties: Northern Ireland (23 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The reporting arrangements brought into force by the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 and which apply to donations and loans to Northern Ireland parties from within the UK also apply to Irish donations and loans to Northern Ireland parties. In order to make a donation Irish citizens must be eligible to obtain an Irish passport,...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (16 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: As the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 4 July, she has had a number of meetings with party leaders and Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly that have included discussion of MLA pay and does not feel it appropriate to make public the contents of private meetings.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (10 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has received no written representations from the political parties on the issue of MLA pay, and is carefully considering all the issues and will set out the next steps on this matter in due course.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (10 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: It would be a matter for the political parties to give their public position on the issue of MLA pay. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is carefully considering all the issues and will set out the next steps on this matter in due course.

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The House will recall that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said in her opening remarks that this Bill is a limited but necessary intervention in Northern Ireland in the continued absence of an Executive. The Bill will put her Northern Ireland budget statement earlier this year in March on to a legal footing and provide the necessary certainty and legal authority for Northern...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The families have the daily worry and concern of their loved ones going out to make sure that the rest of community can get about safely, and it is quite right that they too are recognised and acknowledged. May I take this opportunity to welcome the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) to his post? I add my good wishes to...


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