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Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: There is a reason why my title has changed from Minister of State for Security to Minister for Security and Economic Crime. The Prime Minister said not so long ago in a speech that she is determined to step up the response to illicit finance in this country and target those individuals. We have put some resource behind that. We have put in place the National Economic Crime Centre, and we are...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: Tempting as my hon. Friend’s suggestion is, vilifying people who carry out the role of defending plaintiffs is not how we do business in this country. We are not Russia. Reputation is clearly important to some of those companies, and no doubt they will bear that in mind. However, everyone has a right to a defence. It is up to us to make sure that the law is in the right place to deal...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I can give the right hon. Gentleman that assurance. The key point about the unit being part of the National Crime Agency, within a policing and intelligence-led environment, is that a target-led investigation is often about bringing to bear more than just criminal charges. It is often about disruption and discouragement—using the whole paraphernalia of the state to make life difficult,...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: It is just good energy policy for any country not to be dependent on one single source, either because of political exposure or just because of differences on energy. It is really important that we always make sure that our energy policy is diverse. Obviously, our European partners have tried to do the same, and I would urge them to continue with that.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I think that, in the middle of the negotiations, that is what we are trying to do. Our relationship with Europe post Brexit is not just about taking or giving—it is still going to be a partnership. Our security will be a partnership. Our relationships with NATO and many of the countries in NATO will be a partnership. On strategic issues like energy, it is in the interests of both the...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I believe in the British justice system, and if they are innocent, they will be acquitted. I have every faith in that, so I would urge the President to hand those individuals over for a trial. They are suspects and they are innocent until proven guilty. We have obtained a European arrest warrant and submitted an Interpol red notice so that if these individuals leave Russia in future, they can...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend makes the point that the GRU’s fingerprints have been all over these types of events. MH17 was a civilian airliner travelling between Schiphol and Asia, and 200-plus people—women and children going on holiday—were blown out of the sky. It is an outrageous thing to have happened to anyone, and it seems that Russia does not want to bear responsibility for any of...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: As I said earlier, these are just mirrors of the powers that have been in force since 2000. When over subsequent years the right hon. Gentleman was a member of the National Security Council in the last coalition Government did he use his senior position in the Government to seek, as this power is so unjust, and “chilling” as he says, to undo it? Will he also please reflect on...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. On 22 May last year, I was woken from my slumber by the tragic news of the attack on the Manchester Arena: the murder of women, children and men who had been out enjoying their day and night at the arena. A member of ISIS chose to target them ruthlessly, in a way that showed total discrimination, when they were at their least...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman made that point in Committee. I was due to meet him last week. Unfortunately, because of the Salisbury issues, that meeting was delayed, but I will meet him. I have spoken to the Exchequer Secretary. The hon. Gentleman is right about some of the issues with the package for his community, compared with what has happened after other events. That is a discussion for us to have...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Gentleman’s points are well made but, with respect to him, I need to draw to a close. If it is passed, this Bill, much of which has the support of all parties in this House, will leave this House doing the right thing to keep people safe, striking the right balance with our rights and allowing us to remember those people who in the last few months and years have lost their...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I know that the hon. Gentleman absolutely means the best in making his recommendation. I certainly give him the assurance that I will take it away and look at it before the Bill’s introduction in the other place. Many of his points about giving reassurance to people are certainly valid. He accepts, I think, that there is a risk that a state that has deliberately planned to enter this...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for the tone of his comments. I am happy to give him as much assurance as he would like. I am very conscious as to the issue around the Irish border and its sensitivities. I will certainly seek to give him that reassurance in writing. If there is any further assurance that we can seek to give in relation to the PSNI, I will definitely do that. SNP Members...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I would say to them and to anyone else that the first duty of a Government is security, and it is absolutely important that we maintain that. The message to Michel Barnier is that security is not a competition; it is a partnership. I hope he will reflect that in his negotiations with this country, but I do not believe that putting it on the face of primary legislation is the best way to go...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I would be interested to know whether the hon. Gentleman could name a single Labour Minister who, during the passage of any European treaty or any other treaty, put the negotiating position—not the results of the negotiation, but the negotiating position—in primary legislation. I do not think he will find one. We do not intend to put it in primary legislation, especially because...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I will start if I may by addressing the amendments in this group. First, let me turn to the Anti-Terrorism Traffic Regulation Order. Amendments 6 and 7 respond to the debate in Committee about the provisions of clause 14, which, among other things, will enable a traffic authority to impose reasonable charges in connection with the making of an Anti-Terrorism Traffic Regulation Order or...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I agree. We have had the power regarding the Northern Ireland border, or any other border, since 2000. In theory, we able to deal with matters using a counter-terrorism stop. Over the years, I have never seen so much nonsense written about the border of Northern Ireland. I have patrolled the border. I have lived on the border. I have been on the border of Northern Ireland as the Minister for...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I can clarify briefly. If we had a line of reporting that said, in a certain week, that there was intelligence that a hostile state was seeking to come in via Heathrow airport, but we only had a certain time period, or if we had some intelligence that someone from a hostile state was coming in on a plane on a Monday through there, and we were therefore choosing to focus on those planes, that...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: Of course we listen to and respect current and former reviewers of terrorism. Lord Carlile, the former Liberal Democrat, has often had different opinions from Lord Anderson. Indeed, the current reviewer of terrorism, Lord Hill, has different views. They all do an amazing and thorough job, and they will, for example, have oversight of the use of this offence. They will be able to review the...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am sorry, but I want to press on, because I want to get to the final point and address Labour’s amendment on Prevent. I hear what the hon. Member for Torfaen says and I in no way question his motives. Since I have been the Security Minister, I have made sure that we have published more and more statistics on Prevent; they did not previously exist. These statistics enable all of us in...


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