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Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 2) Bill: Requirement to amend definition of ivory (4 Jul 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Could my hon. Friend give the House any indication on timing for the consultation process?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 2) Bill: Requirement to amend definition of ivory (4 Jul 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: This is a very important debate. In listening to speeches from across the House, I was struck by the fact that I had never seen the House so united in terms of the purpose and seriousness of this legislation. The real differences—if there are differences—are about the manner of dealing with this and how we get the best results. That is very encouraging. If one were to look at the...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Will my hon. Friend take an intervention?

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am delighted to speak in this debate, and, like a number of people, I have had the honour and privilege to sit through the vast proportion of it. The debate has been well conducted, with a lot of speeches touching on a number of important issues. The issue of knife crime and murder in our capital city of London is highly relevant to the Bill. Let no one pretend that what is happening in...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As I suggested, there is a social context that gave birth to the Bill—a huge increase in violent crime and fatalities in London. The two things, as I said, are related. If the Government are trying to address the issue of knife crime and fatalities in our capital, it is beyond my imagination to understand why .5 calibre guns should be banned as proposed in the Bill. I am delighted that...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: That is a legitimate point. I hope that many of these difficulties and anomalies will be ironed out in Committee, because the Bill as drafted raises some interesting questions and, dare I say it, has a number of holes. Broadly, we have to accept that something had to be done. The new spate of acid attacks is largely unprecedented. I understand, as a point of history, that in the 19th century...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I didn’t say anything.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I just want to intervene on my hon. Friend to say that I was simply making a personal remark to myself; I was not addressing the House. I am very pleased that my hon. Friend is focusing on the issues related to the Bill that apply directly to the capital.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My hon. Friend uses the phrase “weapon of choice” among criminals. Is it not an irony that the criminals’ weapons of choice are already banned and are held illegally?

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Given the intelligence we have received that the Mayor of London is doubling his PR budget, what role does the hon. Lady think he can play in trying to address the urgent problem in this city?

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for calling me in this important debate. I am very pleased to follow the hon. Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion). I am also very pleased that the right hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) is in his place, because he made a number of remarks about my position on Heathrow expansion. I have always supported Heathrow expansion—that must be said...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: rose—

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: rose—

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: rose—

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: rose—

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I want to ask the hon. Gentleman about a point I made in my speech. We cannot pretend that there is not a criminal element to this. What would he say to people who suggest, perhaps misguidedly, that changing the rules would bolster this criminal activity?

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Having visited Libya and having been to Italy and seen migrant camps in Sicily and other parts of the south of Italy, I can provide the hon. Gentleman with some assurance on this point. I cannot cite chapter and verse with numbers, but there is a narrative that there are lots of unscrupulous people exploiting children. One need only look at the results of the Italian election. I am not saying...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am grateful to be called to speak in this hugely important debate. I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) and wish to pick up on several of her remarks later. She said very movingly that how we treat this subject reflects who we are as a people and the kind of culture and civilisation that we represent. As the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar...


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