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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Article 50 Negotiations (20 Jun 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: Are any conversations going on with the taskforce with regards to the extension of the article 50 period? If so, will the Minister reiterate that that would be rejected totally and out of hand?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: Today, 123,000 individuals will visit community pharmacies across Northern Ireland. As the Prime Minister knows, the pharmacies are the front door and shop window of the health service, so telling them that the best way to solve their problem when they have a shortfall of more than £20 million is to write to a defunct Assembly is not an answer to their problem. What is she able to do for...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: Does that not identify a huge flaw in this entire debate? Some 98% of all abortions carried out in the United Kingdom are carried out on pregnancies that could continue to full term. They are not inconvenient—or rather, they are not foetal abnormality cases or crisis pregnancies. They are unwanted pregnancies, and the provision that the hon. Gentleman is now saying should be introduced...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: Is the Secretary of State travelling to the point in her speech at which she acknowledges that what we are debating is not about Northern Ireland, because what is in front of us is a proposal that would fundamentally change forever the rules governing abortion across the whole United Kingdom? That should not be done in the heat of the moment following something that happened in a foreign...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: The hon. Lady will of course know that when the Assembly debated this matter in 2016, it totally rejected the proposals she is making to the House. Does she agree with me that removing sections 58 and 59 means there would be no regulatory framework whatsoever in Northern Ireland to govern legal abortions. A massive hole would be left in the law in Northern Ireland, and there would be no right...

Proposed Media Mergers (5 Jun 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement, particularly his most welcome comments about protecting Sky News. Will he assure us that Comcast will be put through the same rigorous tests that others have been put through? Will he also assure us that we are going to see not more tunnel but some light at the end of...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I add to the record our commendation to the Committee Chairman for doing a splendid piece of work. He has brought together some very difficult issues into a single report that was unanimously agreed by the Committee. It was incredibly difficult work. The Committee endorses several political actions with regard to how committees should function in the current Assembly, even though it has...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (23 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: The hon. Lady is not persuading me with the comments she is making on the Bill. Part of the Bill—about preserving 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland—was very attractive to me and to my party, but the accusatory claims and allegations that this is anti-democracy are really turning me off supporting the Bill.

Fuel Laundering (22 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I really appreciate the level of engagement that the Minister is offering—both with himself and officials. Will he arrange for the Chancellor also to be engaged in the discussions, so that we can ensure that he appreciates how seriously we want this matter to be addressed?

Fuel Laundering (22 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I want to draw the House’s attention to a serious problem on a serious scale. It is a problem run by organised crime gangs across our country, yet it appears to many that the Government are lackadaisical or so distracted by other matters that they are not that concerned by it. I want to address the issue of Government concern, because they ought to be concerned as this crime is costing...

Fuel Laundering (22 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. The Government’s very conservative estimate of what this crime amounts to is largely down to the lack of resources being directed at tackling it, as measured by the small amount of arrests and convictions, and to the fact that the current Government strategy of markers has failed because the markers do not work as well as the Government...

Fuel Laundering (22 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. We hear much debate about Brexit and the hard border, and how it must be frictionless and customs must be harmonised. Every gangster who is engaged in this operation in Northern Ireland and this level of crime, many of whom are senior Sinn Féin supporters and other senior paramilitaries, believes in a hard border on this one, because they...

Fuel Laundering (22 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: If we start to go down that line, the costs are in many ways incalculable. We need to bear that in mind. The Organised Crime Task Force recounts a case study of an organised crime gang that evaded duty of more than £3 million. It had laundering plants in 13 locations, at one of which the police seized approaching £300,000 in cash. They also seized 72,000 litres of illicit fuel that...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Comcast (17 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the broadcasting standards set out in the Enterprise Act 2002, if he will make an assessment of adequacy of Comcast's (a) compliance and (b) customer service record in the (i) UK and (ii) US in relation to that company's bid to take over Sky Plc.

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I think the point that the hon. Gentleman is emphasising is that so many armed service personnel in Northern Ireland acted to the highest standards and showed massive restraint in the face of being terrorised, whether at Warrenpoint, Ballykelly or Narrow Water. We should look up to our soldiers and be extremely proud of the way in which they conducted themselves over decades of service.

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: These issues are only sensitive among a very narrow band of people who did not give a toss about the life of any soldier in Northern Ireland.

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: How can soldiers on duty be equated with terrorists and death squads? That appears to be what is happening here. There is a confusion and a bringing together of those two groups. They are being dealt with as one single group, and we therefore have an amnesty for all. That is, of course, abhorrent and immoral. How do we deal with that?

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: The right hon. Gentleman is making a very compelling argument—one that I am not turned off by—but when I read new clause 18 dispassionately I see that it offers me a consultation process with parties in Northern Ireland and an Assembly that is not functioning. It offers me very little, although it promises me something. In new clause 23, the Government from the Dispatch Box today...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Ian Paisley Jnr: I know that the right hon. Gentleman thinks that people in Northern Ireland can be treated with the back of his hand with comments like that, but I should make it clear that the Northern Ireland press were exempt from proper scrutiny by Leveson. That is why people feel aggrieved. Many Members whose phones were hacked, like myself, were completely ignored by that process. Now, perhaps, we will...

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