Results 1–20 of 557 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Drax

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Richard Drax: The decision to leave the EU in its entirety has been made, and any other consequence will be a betrayal of that vote. Is it not right and logical that a no-deal option has to be on the table in the event that we are forced, through bad negotiation and lack of will on the other side, to stay in an organisation that we voted to leave?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: This is the second day on which I have sat listening to many good speeches on this topic, but I cannot help but feel that during some of them, irony sits heavily in the air; we have heard about “scrutiny”, “democracy”, “democracy of the people” and “functioning democracy”, but where has democracy been for the past 44 years? Where has it gone...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: I agree with my hon. Friend, and I will come to that very point.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: I will not give way again, because many other Members wish to speak. However, I shall address that point later, because I served on the European Scrutiny Committee in the last Parliament. From listening to the speeches, one would think that this country, Great Britain, was incapable of passing laws. What on earth is wrong with this great place, which we are selected to represent—our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: As my hon. Friend says, even if those debates had happened, the legislation could not have been changed. Where were all these loud voices? Where were you all over the past 40 years? Why did you not question what was being imposed on our country and our constituents? Where were you?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: No, I will not give way—absolutely not! I do not have time and I am enjoying myself. I am representing my constituents and my country. I am speaking up, at last, for Great Britain, and not for a bureaucracy that is going horribly wrong. The great thing is that when the Bill returns to the House, we can scrutinise it—we can do our job. That is what we are here for. The Scottish...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Korean Peninsula (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this dramatic rise in the threat should send a powerful message to our NATO allies to meet their spending commitments?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: My hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) has rather stolen my thunder, because I was going to ask a very similar question about business. What feedback is the Secretary of State getting from businesses across Europe that they want to continue trading with us? It seems to me that the bureaucrats do not and want to punish us, but the business community I speak to wants to do...

Petition - Continuation of Local Bus Services in Congleton Constituency: Future of the NHS (20 Jul 2017)

Richard Drax: I am listening carefully to the Minister. Would it be naive to say that what we want to see is matron, in the form of Hattie Jacques, back on the wards and to hand far more administrative work, if that is the right phrase, back to clinicians, with whom it originally lay?

Petition - Continuation of Local Bus Services in Congleton Constituency: Future of the NHS (20 Jul 2017)

Richard Drax: It was totally unguarded. I am extremely grateful, as I am sure all clinicians and all those who work in the NHS in Dorset will be.

Petition - Continuation of Local Bus Services in Congleton Constituency: Future of the NHS (20 Jul 2017)

Richard Drax: Before I start my speech, may I thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Speaker and all the office staff, the police and everyone else who takes care of us here? I wish them all a very happy summer recess, when they all go off on their holidays. We are extremely grateful for all that is done. First, I thank and praise all those who work in the NHS, especially those on the frontline. Secondly, it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Richard Drax: The brave men and women of our armed forces put themselves in extremely challenging situations in their efforts to keep us all safe. We therefore owe it to them to do all we can to support them and their families when they have completed their service. I warmly welcome the launch of the “Defence people mental health and wellbeing strategy” yesterday, but will my right hon. Friend...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Richard Drax: I thank my right hon. Friend for listening to the consultation. Dorset has been historically underfunded for many years, so we are all extremely grateful for her announcement today. I have two questions. Can she guarantee to me that special needs will be met and properly funded? Also, I am afraid that I, too, do not agree with the apprenticeship levy; will she consider looking at that again?

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Drax: It is a genuine pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I also congratulate my new colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont), on his excellent maiden speech. Well done; brilliant! Violence driven by hatred and intolerance have blighted our country in recent weeks, and the ghastly fire at Grenfell tower has...

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Richard Drax: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that if the cladding is found to be illegal and other research finds that other towers have been similarly clad, the public inquiry will extend its remit to look at investigations into all towers that are similarly clad?

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (26 Apr 2017)

Richard Drax: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 26 April.

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (26 Apr 2017)

Richard Drax: In 2015, a group called the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory incredulously drew up a plan to disband MI5, disarm the police and scrap our nuclear deterrent. Would my right hon. Friend allow anyone who endorsed such a plan to write her manifesto or, indeed, serve in her Cabinet?

Delegated Legislation: Primates as Pets (24 Apr 2017)

Richard Drax: I am listening very intently to my hon. Friend. Is he saying that the law is already sufficient to deal with this problem? If that is the case, why are more and more monkeys being kept in these conditions, and why is Dr Cronin having to rescue more and more of them as the years go by?

Delegated Legislation: Primates as Pets (24 Apr 2017)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to be here to see off another day, Mr Deputy Speaker. At the outset, I wish to thank Dr Alison Cronin, the director of Monkey World, the international primate rescue centre in my constituency, which assists Governments around the world to stop the smuggling, abuse and neglect of primates. Her time and input into this debate have been invaluable. It seems barely credible in...


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