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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Broadband: Rural Areas (31 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: For the households in Pembrokeshire in my constituency that have been told they cannot get broadband, the roll-out coverage is not 95%; it is zero. Will the Minister provide assurance that he will keep working with colleagues in the UK Government and Welsh Government to see that we connect up the whole of Wales?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Even though these forecasts do not look at the Government’s preferred outcome, does my hon. Friend not agree that the data they contain, however imperfectly, do underline the importance of building a bespoke deal around maintaining customs union-style arrangements and ensuring as great a level of access as possible to the single market?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (30 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Given that more than a year has now passed since the Hendry review reported on the potential contribution of tidal lagoon technology, when does my right hon. Friend think that Ministers will be able to respond positively to that report and give a green light to this important environmental technology?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: The UK has the second highest level of household debt in the G8. On our high streets, loan sharks are masquerading as household goods stores. Does the Minister agree that we have a rather unhealthy addiction to consumer debt in this country?

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Does my right hon. Friend agree that sad occasions such as this demonstrate the importance of the strength and resilience of our model of pension protection? They also serve to underline the real importance of not allowing individual directors who might have put at risk employees’ pensions to walk away from their responsibilities. Will he assure the House that the investigation by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: What recent assessment the Government have made of the implications for his policies of Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: More than a year since we re-established diplomatic ties with the Iranian Government, Iran continues to develop its weapons programme, continues to fund regional terror groups and proxies, and continues to crack down on human rights campaigners. What positive fruit can we expect this year from our closer ties with the Iranian regime?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Crabb: Ahead of Emmanuel Macron’s first visit here as President next week, will my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary reaffirm the importance of a continuing, deep and close relationship between the UK and France? Does he agree that the relationship must get stronger after Brexit, not weaker?

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Stephen Crabb: There has been a lot of focus on the uncertainty in sectors such as banking that have contingency plans for relocation. For many farmers, however, the decision is not one of relocation; it is about whether they stay in the industry at all, and we need good farmers to stay in the business. I urge my hon. Friend to work with colleagues at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Stephen Crabb: I congratulate the Prime Minister on the skill and pragmatism she has shown in steering a course to this point. Does she agree that the very positive response of business over the weekend underlines the importance of maintaining an approach that is both pragmatic and ambitious? Those are the qualities on which we need to stay focused if we are to land that free trade deal with the EU.

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Stephen Crabb: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this discussion demonstrates that no workable solution to the border conundrum will satisfy the purists, wherever they stand in the debate? Does he therefore agree with the point made by Bertie Ahern and William Hague in recent days that the way through this is to show a much greater appetite for using technology-based solutions—[Interruption.] Does...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Stephen Crabb: British non-governmental organisations are now the largest recipients of grant funding through the EU’s ECHO humanitarian programme, precisely because they are very good at what they do. Will the Secretary of State look at ways of continuing a relationship with ECHO once we leave the EU, so that our NGOs can have stable funding to continue to do their important work in fragile states?

EU Exit Negotiations (13 Nov 2017)

Stephen Crabb: How much detail does my right hon. Friend expect the deal to include on our future trading relationships with the EU? Does he share the view communicated to the Select Committee several times last week in Brussels that this deal is actually separate from the free trade agreement that will come later, and which will take longer and be more difficult to agree than the interim deal we are...

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration (25 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: I add my congratulations to those that have been offered to my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Dr Offord) on securing this timely opportunity to debate the beginnings of one of modern history’s most remarkable stories: the rebirth of the state of Israel, the Jewish state. The Balfour Declaration was described by Winston Churchill in 1921 as “manifestly right”, and we can...

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration (25 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: All states in the international system should, I believe, work together for the realisation of the two-state solution. That should be the objective of our foreign policy. If anything, the lack of recognition by so many UN member states and the resurgence of a vile anti-Semitic ideology around the world underscores again the need for the Jewish homeland.

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration (25 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: My hon. Friend makes an important point about recognising that the country that will take the primary responsibility for defending the state of Israel is the state of Israel itself. We should defend that principle. At this centenary moment we can with sadness observe—and we have this afternoon observed—that we have yet to see the completion of the vision for the establishment of a...

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration (25 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: My hon. Friend is being generous in taking interventions, and the point he is making is extremely important. Does he agree that one of the most striking things for someone who visits Israel, and has the opportunity to speak in private both to Palestinians and Israelis, is the sense of regret and tragedy on both sides about the decline of engagement and economic interaction, and the fact that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporate Tax Evasion (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: One way that companies avoid tax is, of course, by employing people illegally. We still have too many illegal jobs in our economy in sectors such as construction. So will my hon. Friend and his colleagues resist those calls that are floating around to place new and additional burdens on legitimate work, and instead redouble their efforts at enforcement through HMRC to root out illegal work in...

European Council (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the progress achieved at the Council meeting demonstrates again that there is a weight of logic on both sides, both ours and the EU’s, that lends itself to a deal being done? Will she reassure the House that in the important weeks ahead every ounce of effort will be marshalled right across members of her Government to achieve that end?

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Stephen Crabb: I intend to speak briefly because I know that many other colleagues want to speak. I am grateful to you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me so early in the debate. I congratulate my good friend the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant). He is a friend—sometimes, a critical friend—and we have worked well together on numerous issues over the years. It has been particularly good to...

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