Results 1–20 of 677 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Adam Holloway

Lower Thames Crossing (28 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: I appreciate the constructive way in which my hon. Friend and the other Ministers have approached this since the decision was made, and, as I said, Highways England is being very decent, but I must return to my earlier point. How is a road that will reduce congestion at Dartford by only 14% still about traffic mitigation? It is not about sorting out Dartford; it has morphed into an issue of...

Lower Thames Crossing (28 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Will the Minister give way again?

Lower Thames Crossing (28 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: I greatly appreciate it. Honestly, I love my constituents, but if I thought it was right to put the crossing there, I would man up, look them in the eye and say, “I am really sorry, but this is the correct decision.” Under any Government, including a Labour Government, I would say, “This is the right thing to do.” However, it is not about that. It is blindingly obvious...

Lower Thames Crossing (28 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for selecting this matter for debate. I am very sorry that the Chamber has just cleared, because if Members had stayed, they would have heard how a historic opportunity to fix the M25 at Dartford—as we know, it is broken there—has been missed, therefore condemning our constituents to another two or three decades of gridlock at Dartford. I guess that the...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Once someone from, for instance, Syria finds safety in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon, however—[Interruption.] Wait. However crowded or unpleasant that might be, when they then decide to move further into Europe, they are making a choice. I would make the same choice, but at that point they are a migrant exercising their free will, and they are therefore qualitatively different from the...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Is this not a no-brainer? The pull factor is the fact that people get to stay in Britain and Europe. If people did not get to stay in Britain or Europe, we would not have this complete mess and we would be able to look after people properly in their own regions.

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: This is absolutely preposterous. The fact is that these very long journeys, which sometimes last many months, cost a great deal of money and most are organised by people smugglers. These are the relatively privileged few; we should be concentrating on the many.

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Many of the people in Calais come from war-torn areas such as Syria and Iraq. Indeed, shortly before the general election, I went with my former interpreter to the city of Mosul for about three hours and had a look around. As we approached the city—we were about 20 km away—we saw a great caravan filled with women in black and children. There were very few men. I remember seeing...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: Well, yes, I accept that, but we must be careful to do what is right for as many people as possible, rather than for the people who are most visible to us. We should not just do what makes us feel good. We must stop creating a “pull” for people to make these very long journeys.

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: I thank my hon. and gallant Friend for his intervention. The reality is that this was some time ago, and that there were very, very few children. What I found in my week-long stay at the Sangatte camp was that the refugees were mostly fit young men. I would do exactly as they did—they had sold bits of land in Kurdistan or wherever else and were coming to England. The reasons why that...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Adam Holloway: I have great sympathy with what the hon. Lady says, but I have also seen these kids in the camps. We should be doing everything we can for the many, not for the relative few. [Interruption.] It is true. We should not just do what makes us feel good. There are millions of refugees in the middle east who need as much help as we can give. We cannot settle them all in the UK; we must do what we...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Adam Holloway: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Adam Holloway: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, although the proposed ban is clearly completely absurd, there is something quite refreshing about a politician actually doing what they said they would do before they were elected? The ban is ridiculous, but it is a reaction to the chaos caused in the middle east by previous generations of politicians, which in my view is far worse than anything that Trump...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Absolutely. I completely accept what my right hon. Friend says about Ministers, but I do think that Highways England’s mind is probably closed. That was well demonstrated by the fact that the so-called consultation we had, which 49,000 people answered, did not, I think, even mention option A.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Would my right hon. Friend also commend it to those officials that they answer the questions of Mr Steve Gooding, who is the director of the RAC Foundation, and a former very senior official at the Department for Transport? He and the head of another very large motoring organisation have concerns that this has morphed from something just about roads and transport into something much wider. Mr...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: rose—

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Absolutely. However, I urge the Minister to have a look—this is in my file, but I cannot find it now—at how the criteria have changed. They were originally about the capacity to rescue the constituents of my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) and everyone else from sitting in the traffic, but they are now about all sorts of other things, including wider economic...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: The Minister talked about affordability, value, resilience, safety, minimum impact and capacity, and then mentioned the long term, but what is desperately needed now is capacity. Option C does not provide the capacity that is needed right now by the tens of millions of people who are suffering in traffic queues. Once we have sorted out capacity, by all means let us go for some of those other...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I am extremely sorry that the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West (Rob Marris) did not get his way and see the previous debate continue for a further three hours, because that would have given me time to actually write a speech. It is a bit of a disaster, but I am sure that my hon. Friends the Members for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) and for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price) will be delighted.


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