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Written Answers — Home Office: Libya: Islamic State (20 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: Libya is a member of the Global Coalition against Daesh and, in coordination with our international partners, the UK has been working closely with the Libyan Government to tackle violent extremism in Libya and re-build those areas previously under Daesh control. Daesh is losing in Libya. In December 2016, forces aligned to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), with US Air...

Written Answers — Home Office: Unexplained Wealth Orders (14 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: Three UWOs have been applied for, and all granted, since the power came into force in January. All these applications were made without notice and heard in private. They relate to the investigation of assets totalling £22 million. Interim freezing orders have also been obtained against the properties, in London and the South East, so they cannot be sold, As the orders all relate to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (13 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: There are no plans to remove the category “severe” for procedures authorised under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, as amended in 2012 (ASPA). The regulatory system ensures that animal research and testing is carried out under controls which keep suffering to the minimum. Following EU exit, the principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) will be...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (13 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office only grants licences for animal research which is to be undertaken in the UK. The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, as amended in 2012, regulates the use of animals for research in the UK and does not apply to research undertaken in third countries.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I will start by clearing the air. I have sat through this debate from the beginning, as has the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) and indeed the hon. Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds) on the Labour Front Bench, and I have just heard the right hon. Lady’s speech. She will have heard me say at the beginning of the debate that I did not question...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The casual 21st century—it is becoming a bad habit! I apologise, Madam Deputy Speaker. There are things on which we disagree fundamentally, but my opening speech was not an attack on the Labour party or the left collectively. We can argue about our methods, but I do not doubt people’s patriotism on the left at all. I have served as a soldier with people who voted Labour,...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend may not have been present at the beginning of the debate. In my opening speech, I paid considerable tribute—as did the hon. Member for Torfaen—to the staff and clinicians, and to the paramedics who initially went to the victims’ aid. We were incredibly lucky, not only with the professionalism that we encountered in Salisbury, but because of Salisbury’s...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I have now seen the Estonian and other measures, and I would not want the hon. Gentleman to make out that they are sanctions regimes. They are a travel ban regime under which the country sets out a list of named people it will prevent from entering it. They are not sanctions regimes in the way we would understand that; they are travel bans saying, “You can’t come to our...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My commitment during the passage of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 stands. The work is ongoing, but we absolutely see the dangers and vulnerabilities of how those tools are used at the moment, and there is a lot more that can be done. I am grateful to the SNP for raising the issue with us in the House and in relation to the Criminal Finances Act. It is a niche thing: anyone who is not in...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman made a powerful point about the British Council and its excellent work. Will he join me in condemning Russia’s decision, in response to our expulsions in March, to order the closure of its activities in Russia—the very thing, if anything, that will help to lay the foundations for improved relations in the future?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I recognise the point that the hon. Gentleman made about condemning the Russian Government. I would like to put on the record the last statement by the Leader of the Opposition in his response to the statement last week, which was an opportunity to condemn the Russian state. I have just reread the response. There is condemnation about the act and the reckless use of a nerve agent and so on,...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: He could have said it in the statement.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Salisbury incident. Let me underline your comment, Madam Deputy Speaker, about the ongoing case. This is a very important case, with two suspects who have been named, and you are absolutely right that we must maintain caution throughout our discourse inside and outside the House to ensure that we do not undermine it. I ask colleagues engaging...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The assurance I can give my hon. Friend about this incident is that, throughout the whole process of the investigation as it has unfolded, we have sought expert scientific and public health advice to ensure that people who could have been at risk were not disregarded, whether or not they were in the threatened area. We felt that at Gatwick, for example, there was no threat to his constituents...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: If I may just set the scene by pressing on a bit, I will happily give way later. On 3 March, the two individuals travelled to Salisbury before returning to London after a few hours. We believe that the purpose of that was a recce. On 4 March, they returned to Salisbury by train, and they were in the immediate vicinity of the Skripals’ house between 11.58 and 13.00 on that day. We...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend makes a point in response to the horrific facts of this case. We of course seek to keep pressure on the malign activity of the Russian state—to push it back, as the Prime Minister has said—and we will keep all options on the table for doing that. For now, we are working on a number of measures, to which I shall come later, to push back Russia’s activities,...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I read the BuzzFeed allegations about the 14 deaths that that report viewed as suspicious. We have re-examined those cases, with other people looking at them—rather than only the officers who initially did the investigations, we have peer-group looked at them—and I have tested the assurances that I have had. In those cases, the investigations themselves did not throw up anything...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend is right. When we meet the people who do the job of keeping us safe every day, we find that they are honest, law-abiding, decent people of all backgrounds and all political persuasions who are determined to uphold this country’s values, which include the rule of law and the protection of rights. It is unfair to doubt them in the way that they are sometimes doubted in...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My right hon. Friend will understand that it would be wrong for me to detail conversations between our intelligence services and the Leader of the Opposition, our Prime Minister or anyone else. I regularly give briefs, in an open manner and on Privy Council terms, to some Opposition Members, including the shadow Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I give way first to the shadow Home Secretary.

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