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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Counter-extremism (4 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: What steps he is taking to tackle extremism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Counter-extremism (4 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: In the light of the Parsons Green attack, which was committed by a refugee who had been fostered in my constituency, what steps is my right hon. Friend taking directly to make sure that the public feel safe when going about their daily business?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am grateful to you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this very important debate. We have had a to-ing and fro-ing about the merits of nationalisation, the merits of privatisation and all the rest of it, but what has struck me about the debate is the hypocrisy, I think, that I have heard from many Opposition Members. It is a strong word, used by my right hon. Friend the...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I will withdraw it, although if you were to look at the record, Mr Deputy Speaker, you would see that the word had been used earlier in the debate, so I was just repeating it, but we will leave it there.

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Thank you very much, Sir, for your very mild and modest rebuke. I find it extraordinary to hear speaker after speaker look to the network in France, in Germany and in other countries and say that things are operating well there, when clearly, if one understands anything about the EU competition policy or the single market, the whole drift of EU regulation in the rail network has been away...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point that goes to the slight craziness of a lot of our debate. It is clear to me that the partnership with the private sector has put far more investment—billions and billions of pounds of investment—into the network than would have been the case if it had remained under public ownership. We all know the budgetary pressures. We all know the...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Everyone in this Chamber realises that the franchise system is not perfect, and I freely admit that. However, compared with what was operating before under the nationalised system, we have seen massive improvement in terms of investment and a doubling of passenger journeys since 1995. Under the old system, one of the principal jobs of Government was, in effect, to manage this huge industry....

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My hon. Friend and I served together on the Transport Committee for three years, and his speech is compelling and highly knowledgeable. Does he feel that nationalisation should be part of the solution to the problems we face?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: rose—

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: How does the hon. Gentleman square his statement that there is too much political interference in the rail network with his party’s stated desire to nationalise the entire network? It does not make any sense.

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I spoke about Grenfell Tower in the Westminster Hall debate on Monday, and wish to reiterate some of the remarks I made then. This is a very important issue for Government Members. For too long, we have hidden behind technocratic debates and technocratic assertions of how much money we have spent or whether the sprinklers were in the right place. I think too few Members on the Government...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I fully endorse what has been said about that. One of the difficulties and sadnesses of this whole process has been that although the Government have given with one hand, what they have granted has been perceived as having been given slowly, grudgingly and reluctantly. A situation like this is all about hearts and minds. As a Government and a party, we have to bend over backwards to ensure...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am very pleased to follow the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders), who made some interesting remarks. We also have to mention in the debate that the housing crisis, such as it is, is a localised crisis; too often in this Chamber we feel that London and the south-east represent the whole country. The housing crisis is particularly acute in the south-east, in...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: If the hon. Gentleman had been paying attention to my speech, he would have heard me say that this was a highly localised problem. I made it clear that the position with pricing was acutely felt in constituencies such as mine. I cannot speak for his constituency, but in the context of the south-east, my constituents tell me that the abolition has been very welcome.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I fully agree with my hon. Friend’s sentiments. The abolition of stamp duty for first-time buyers was an example of the Government trying to help people—perhaps not in the constituency of the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell), but certainly in constituencies such as mine—and it was widely appreciated. People were very happy to hear that that was what the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: USA: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: What recent assessment he has made of the UK’s diplomatic relations with the US.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I suggest to the Minister that it is absolutely vital that victims, the families of victims and the wider community have some faith in the process in terms of finding the truth, and that we as a Government do all we can to give buy-in and credibility to the people, who are the most important piece of this whole problem and tragedy.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I had not intended to speak in this debate, but I have lived in London all my life. I am 42 years old and of a west African background. My mother, who still practises as a barrister at the age of 74, had one or two relatives in Trellick Tower, which is near Grenfell Tower, so I spent time there as a boy. One of the things that is missed about this whole debate is that that location, Notting...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I cannot talk about the circumstances in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency, but clearly housing is a need. Specifically, however, I want to talk about this tragedy and its location, and about how resonant it was. I do not have much time, so my final remarks are addressed to colleagues on the Government Benches. This is an incredibly emotive and resonant issue. In many of the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak tonight as I spoke in this important debate at an earlier stage—on Second Reading. I was pleased to hear the speech from my hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison), who gave a good, comprehensive analysis of why civil nuclear power and the nuclear industry are so important, not only to her constituency but to the country as a...


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