Live Animal Exports (Prohibition) Bill - 2nd reading – Theresa Villiers.
Theresa Villiers: It is an honour to take part in the debate on such a serious subject. Later this month, I shall be attending the annual commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day hosted by Barnet Council in the quadrangle of Middlesex University, as I have been doing for many years now. This is a really important occasion for us in Barnet because we take huge pride in being a diverse, inclusive borough, made...
Theresa Villiers: What action is the Minister taking to ensure that no taxpayers’ money from DFID ever ends up in the pockets of convicted terrorists?
Theresa Villiers: I welcome the opportunity to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Chris Davies). It is also a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish), on introducing this debate on the Committee’s welcome and thoughtful...
Theresa Villiers: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor on his new role and thank him for coming so swiftly to the House on this solemn matter. It is shocking and unacceptable that victims learned of Mr Worboys’ impending release from TV coverage. I welcome his assurance that that will be investigated and reform will be considered, but can he tell us the size of the problem? How many...
Theresa Villiers: The Mayor of London has something over half a billion pounds in reserves. Does the Minister agree that some of that should be spent on strengthening police resources in my constituency?
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Iran to reform its legal system to tackle the problem of people being charged with offences that are far more serious than their actions.
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Iran on the appeal by Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani against his 10-year prison sentence and two years in exile.
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Iran on the case of Nasser Navard Goltape.
Theresa Villiers: In deploying the substantial new resources for counter-terrorism, does the Minister agree that the police should include a strong focus on cyber-crime because of the harm and disruption that terrorists could do with this form of activity?
Theresa Villiers: Insecure working practices at Uber enable the company to engage in a pricing policy that many of my constituents consider to be predatory and designed to drive out competition. What more can the Government do to improve working practices at Uber and ensure fairer competition between taxis and private hire vehicles?
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government has plans to mark the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor.
Theresa Villiers: Will the Secretary of State ensure that the Government support Scotland’s efforts to be at the forefront of the clean energy and technology industries, which are crucial to our future economic prosperity?
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how funding announced in the Spring 2017 Budget to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 has been allocated.
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Russian counterparts on the detention of Tatars involved in human rights works in Crimea.
Theresa Villiers: The Government have embarked on the biggest upgrade programme for our railways since the Victorian era. What role can that play in addressing the pressing need to improve our productivity in this country?
Theresa Villiers: Will the Government ensure that their aid focuses on projects to improve sanitation and infection control to reduce the need to use antibiotics, as part of our global commitment to tackle antimicrobial resistance?
Theresa Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage farming methods which reduce the use of antibiotics.
Theresa Villiers: That was certainly the stated intention when the charter was originally drafted, but the judicial activism of the ECJ has seen the scope of the charter expanded. Essentially, what we are talking about is the division of power between our courts and our legislature. I do not believe that we have the national consensus to deliver such a significant change to our constitution as to enable our...
Theresa Villiers: Of course, the key expansion as far as the United Kingdom is concerned was the confirmation by the European Court of Justice in the Åklagaren v. Hans Åkerberg Fransson case that the charter did actually apply to the United Kingdom and that the opt-out that was supposedly obtained by Tony Blair was not valid. That brings me to my final reason for scepticism about the charter and the...