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Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Malcolm Rifkind: I strongly agree with what has just been said by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Ms Stuart). I also pay particular tribute to the impressive and remarkable speech that we heard from the hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Rory Stewart), the Chairman of the Select Committee, who explained the practical implications of our situation in a very detailed and convincing way. I...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Malcolm Rifkind: My hon. Friend helps to take me to exactly the next point I was going to make. What also enabled me to modify my concerns—to not feel the need to speak out during those few years—was the way in which the MOD addressed the difficult decisions it had to make. To a considerable extent, it tried to preserve the major improvements to our overall capability —our carrier capability, for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (3 Mar 2015)

Malcolm Rifkind: As the United Kingdom was one of the leading countries that helped the Libyan people overthrow Colonel Gaddafi, do we not have both a political obligation and a political interest to help all the democratic forces in Libya trying to create a new, decent country? While I recognise that the Government do indeed have a priority in that respect, I urge my right hon. Friend to ensure that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Ukraine (10 Feb 2015)

Malcolm Rifkind: The Foreign Secretary and I were both at the Munich security conference when Chancellor Merkel explained her position and her opposition to helping with military assistance to the Ukrainians on the grounds that, even with that assistance, Ukraine would not be able to defeat the Russians. The Foreign Secretary has repeated that observation today, but may I respectfully suggest that that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Terrorist Attacks (Paris) (14 Jan 2015)

Malcolm Rifkind: Various press reports have stated that the director general of MI5 called in his speech of 8 January for wide new powers of surveillance for the agencies. Will the Home Secretary confirm that that is not correct? In the speech, which my right hon. Friend and I attended in person, the director general expressed his main concern: “Changes in the technology that people are using to...

Overseas Voters (15 Year Rule): Foreign Affairs Committee (Hong Kong Visit) (2 Dec 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Croydon South (Sir Richard Ottaway), the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Central to the concern that the House is expressing is the question of whether the United Kingdom can reasonably be accused of interfering in the internal affairs of China. I was privileged to serve as Foreign Secretary for the final two years of British...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU: UK Membership (2 Dec 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I caution my right hon. Friend that it is rarely wise to reveal too much detail of one’s negotiating objectives more than six months before the negotiations can possibly begin. In such circumstances, one’s negotiating partners tend to give a very hostile response even in areas where they might ultimately be willing to compromise.

NHS (Ttip): Murder of Lee Rigby (25 Nov 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I thank the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition for their welcome to the Committee’s report. I also draw attention to the unprecedented support and co-operation we have had from the intelligence agencies, particularly MI5, which have provided us with all the classified material. In the 190 pages of our report, we have been able to publish for the public more such material than...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Change of Use (24 Nov 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the continued exemption of local authorities that have established an objectively-assessed need for more office accommodation through their local plan, and demonstrated a low level of vacancy in the office market, from proposed planning changes to allow offices to be converted to housing; and if he will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G20 (17 Nov 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: While I pay tribute to the many robust exchanges that the Prime Minister and other western leaders had with Mr Putin on Ukraine, has there not yet again been a failure to make clear to Mr Putin that the heavy Russian artillery and forces flooding into Ukraine as we speak will lead not just to sanctions but to economic and financial sanctions? Will my right hon. Friend not acknowledge that...

Isil (28 Oct 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: But does the Secretary of State accept that in Syria it is going to be months, if not years, before the Syrian moderate opposition will be strong enough to push back the Islamic State terrorists in the north? Is there not a fundamental gap in international strategy, including that of the British Government, if that is what they are relying on to remove Islamic State in Syria?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I listened with great care to the sensitive speech that we have just heard from the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame M. Morris), and I compliment him on his balanced remarks. I find this a very difficult issue to address, and I do not think the answer to the question that the House is having to consider is absolutely on one side or the other. It fell to me when I was Foreign Secretary to...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I will not take issue with the right hon. Gentleman on that, but I think that the boundaries are perhaps the least of the problems that we are addressing. I am saying something that has applied to British policy for generations, as it has to the policies of other countries. We recognise a state when the territory in question has a Government, an army, military capability—[Interruption.]...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I am sorry, but I do not have time. Hon. Members might not approve of that policy, but it has been pursued for many years.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: No, I am sorry. I am afraid I cannot in the time available. We are told that 135 members of the United Nations—many of which have relatively little connection with the middle east, although some have a great connection—have recognised Palestine as a state. That has had no effect. It has received 24 hours of publicity but has had no marginal, massive or significant impact on the course of...

Business of the House: Scotland within the UK (13 Oct 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: Should we not all be grateful to the Scottish National party for having called the referendum? Has it not in fact provided an opportunity for the Scottish people in the 21st century to show that they have come to the same conclusion as their ancestors in 1707 that the best interests of all the peoples of this island are to have a British citizenship in a United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza (21 Jul 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: Will the Prime Minister acknowledge that since visa controls and asset freezes have been introduced, President Putin has illegally annexed Crimea and sent in his special forces and so-called volunteers to fight with the insurgents to try to further dismember Ukraine? He has now been responsible for the missile launcher that brought down the international civil airliner. Is it not time to...

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Jul 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: The right hon. Gentleman may be unaware that there has been a European directive since the late 1990s that links economic well-being to national security issues. It has been implemented in the United Kingdom through a code of practice, which is unsatisfactory, and it is that code of practice that will now appear as primary legislation.

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Jul 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: I begin by paying tribute to the shadow Home Secretary and the Opposition for deciding to give their full support to this measure. It is always reassuring to the nation as a whole when political parties come together—we do not do it very often—on an issue of national security. Especially with emergency legislation, that has a powerful and beneficial impact, and reassures many members of...

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Jul 2014)

Malcolm Rifkind: We will have to see the context in which the commissioner made that remark, but I have read his report and he gives a clean bill of health to the intelligence agencies on communications data, which is what we are talking about here. He has answered many of the criticisms that have been made elsewhere and said that they are unfounded and unjustified. I am sure that the hon. Lady has read that...

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