Results 1–20 of 2236 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Shailesh Vara

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Apprenticeships (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I too thank the hon. Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound) for his kind words of welcome. He and I have worked together on a number of issues, but this is the first time we have met across the Dispatch Boxes, and I look forward to constructive engagement with him and his team. On my hon. Friend’s question, this Government are committed to reaching our pledge of 3 million...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Apprenticeships (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend makes a very good point, and gives an excellent example of why it is so important that we have a devolved Assembly up and running again. Important decisions, such as the one she mentioned, need to be taken, and that is why we need the Assembly up and running as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Apprenticeships (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: May I say at the outset that I am very sorry to hear about the position of the company in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency? I very much hope that the employers will follow all the legal processes by way of consultation and everything else that needs doing as far as the employees are concerned. On the promotion of more jobs, it is clearly important that the devolved Assembly is up and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Apprenticeships (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I thank my right hon. Friend for her comments. It is very welcome news that the United States International Trade Commission unanimously agreed with Bombardier, and we very much look forward to working with Bombardier, which plays such a critical role in the UK economy, particularly in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Frictionless Border (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: We speak regularly with our counterparts in the Irish Government on a range of issues. In the joint report agreed with the EU at the December European Council, we reached an agreement that will maintain the common travel area. We also agreed that any future arrangements agreed between the UK and the EU must be compatible with the UK Government’s commitment to avoiding any physical...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Frictionless Border (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Let us be absolutely clear: we have said we will be leaving the customs union and single market. We hope in phase 2 of the negotiations to secure the best possible trade deal with the EU, but we are committed to a frictionless border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Frictionless Border (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point and is right that the reciprocal rights under the common travel area between the UK and Ireland predate either country’s membership of the EU. I can assure him that the joint report from last December contains a commitment to maintaining the common travel area arrangement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Frictionless Border (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: All the parties involved recognise that this is a difficult negotiation, but we are all committed to being flexible and coming up with innovative solutions. Our relationship with Ireland goes back centuries: trade, geography, history and so on. We have an excellent working relationship with Ireland. We hope to continue that relationship to secure the best solution possible to the issue of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Frictionless Border (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I can assure my hon. Friend that we are committed to the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK. That will stay as it is currently.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Transitional Arrangements (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has regular conversations with Cabinet colleagues on a range of EU exit issues, including on an implementation period. We recognise the importance of negotiating an implementation period that benefits the whole UK, including Northern Ireland. [Interruption.] We welcome the EU’s agreement to negotiate an implementation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Transitional Arrangements (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I say again that the United Kingdom is committed to leaving the single market and customs union and to the integrity of the constitution and our economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Transitional Arrangements (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Let me say again that the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom remains. We are in phase 2 of the negotiations, and these matters are currently being discussed. I am sure that all the parties—Ireland, the United Kingdom and the European Union—recognise the difficulty of the issue and will be as flexible and innovative as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Transitional Arrangements (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Let me just say—[Interruption]—that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will stand up to anyone and everyone when it comes to maintaining the best interests of the United Kingdom. [Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Transitional Arrangements (7 Feb 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I assure the hon. Lady that the joint report published in December this year by the European Commission and the United Kingdom makes it absolutely clear that the Belfast agreement remains intact, and all of it will remain intact.

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Shailesh Vara: May I congratulate the Prime Minister on her sheer determination and stamina in reaching the stage of having this joint report? To the extent that we do have an agreement in March 2019, and that thereafter, for many years to come, we do make payments to the EU as agreed, will she consider publishing the amount of money that we are not paying to the EU so that the British people can see the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Capital Funding (11 Dec 2017)

Shailesh Vara: Sawtry Village Academy in my constituency is in serious financial difficulty, not least because of the activities of its former head, which included building a sex dungeon alongside his office for his private use. That headteacher is now in prison, but the financial difficulties of the school remain. Will the Minister kindly agree to meet me and representatives of the school to discuss the...

Exiting the Eu: Costs (29 Nov 2017)

Shailesh Vara: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the message to the doom-mongers must be that the British public have given their verdict and expect Parliament to deliver? The doom-mongers should recognise that we are the fifth strongest economy in the world and that our population is significantly greater than that of 15 EU countries put together. It is high time that they started talking Britain up,...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Nov 2017)

Shailesh Vara: The Prime Minister will be aware that under President Mugabe, British citizens living in Zimbabwe, especially landowners, suffered considerably. Can she assure the House that as we see a new regime coming to Zimbabwe, the British Government will do all they can to persuade that new regime to treat British citizens living lawfully in that country with respect, and to give them the safety and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Lady rightly speaks of our living in a global environment, but she will acknowledge that, as has been said by Members on both sides of the House, Britain leads the way in laws for equality? Therefore, what is her concern, particularly as the Human Rights Act 1998 will remain operative?

Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

Shailesh Vara: I appreciate that events are very fast-moving, but will the British Government work closely with the African Union to try to get it to put pressure on Zimbabwe, both not to continue as an authoritarian state and to respect human rights, particularly of those from overseas, such as from Britain?


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