Results 21–40 of 3844 for speaker:Ben Wallace

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: As I said earlier, this Government, the coalition Government and the Labour Government before it have, in exceptional circumstances or where there are strong reasons, not sought death penalty assurances. That has been the long-standing position of successive Governments under the OSJA. That is partly because, while we oppose the death penalty in principle, we have to balance the options on...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. MLAs, which are often operational and judicial processes, are incredibly sensitive until they are aired, such as in a case or a hearing, as we saw at the beginning of the week with the case of the two individuals in Syria. That is partly because to publicly air the details of an investigation or an MLA request and our police asking for that information,...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: One of the biggest challenges we face in our free and open democracy, where international travel is common and affordable for many people, is that that makes us vulnerable. The 900-odd people who travelled to Syria did so predominantly on scheduled flights from this country, and a number of those who have returned came via, for example, Turkey, often using flights from holiday resorts. We do...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: I understand the hon. Lady’s point about our values. As a former soldier, I have stood and upheld those values in pressing times, when the enemy or indeed the local population are very hostile; it is about us being better than them. In this specific case, however, the two individuals are not in our control; we cannot extradite them, move them or control them. This is about...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: I have to disappoint the hon. Gentleman. When the agreement on the MLA was made, it was stated clearly that if any other use of the evidence was requested, they would have to come back here to get permission for that use. The Government’s stated policy is to oppose Guantanamo Bay detention—[Interruption.] Hang on. “Any other use” covers every use they would like to...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: Yes, the hon. Gentleman can say that. This case is obviously before the courts, but it was an evidential request for a criminal trial and we followed OSJA guidance back in 2011, which is better guidance than the non-existent guidance of the previous Labour Government.

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office has published clear guidance on the Household Products testing ban, which is available on Gov.uk The Household Products Testing ban has been in place since 2015.

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The government will issue a response to the consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in due course.

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office has published guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The guidance includes information on the implementation of the 3Rs and is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/research-and-testing-using-anima ls#animals-in-science-regulation-unit-asru-guidance. The Home Office regulator for the use of animals in science has recently signed a...

Written Answers — Home Office: Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh (9 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: A review of available records (dating back to 2001) has been undertaken and I can confirm that this has occurred on two previous occasions that have been identified, under successive governments. Due to the potential to harm on-going criminal investigations or future prosecutions, and the confidentiality attached to mutual legal assistance, it would not be appropriate to share further information.

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Written Questions (9 Oct 2018)

Ben Wallace: The response for UIN 167956 was given on the 9th October 2018.

Written Answers — Home Office: Fraud (25 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: No reports are dismissed by a computer system. All reports submitted to Action Fraud are processed through an automated triage system that is designed to ensure that resources are targeted at those cases that have the most viable lines of enquiry. An automated process is required due to the large number of cases received (approximately 42,000 per month) to provide an efficient and effective...

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...


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