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Environmental Audit Committee (17 Jan 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank the hon. Lady for chairing the Committee and for her brilliant precis of a brilliant report. Needless to say, as a member of the Committee I fully endorse all of its recommendations and am very proud of it. I hope the hon. Lady will allow me to highlight two of the recommendations. The Government’s blue belt policy is probably our single biggest opportunity to protect a very large...

Nuclear Update (17 Jan 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: In his statement, my right hon. Friend said that the economics of the energy market had changed significantly in recent years, meaning that renewable energy could now be not only cheap but readily available. Does he share my concern that consumers will not see all the benefits of the reduced prices, given that we are bound into these exceedingly long-term and hugely expensive contracts? An...

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: The Minister mentioned the diplomatic barriers that still exist. I wonder whether he will elaborate on that. In the light of today’s news about the protection of up to 23% of the area, it seems that the arguments against full protection—displacement activity, dealing with neighbouring states and so on—are exactly the same as those against protecting 23%. Will he elaborate on what those...

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: I am trying to resist intervening too much, but before we move on from Ascension, my understanding is that the Island Council is willing to go for 100% protection but is looking for some kind of assurance from the British Government that it will not be lumbered with the costs. Has my right hon. Friend looked at that, and is he willing to give that assurance?

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s blue belt programme and the South Sandwich islands. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. Oceans cover about 71% of the earth’s surface, and around 90% of the earth’s biosphere. They contain about a quarter of a million different known species—and likely vastly more, given that so little of our...

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank my right hon. Friend very much for his intervention, and I agree with him 100%. I put on the record my thanks to him and my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin), who led the campaign in Parliament and can take a lot of credit for the Government’s current position.

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: May I ask my hon. Friend to hold off for a second? I know what he is going to ask me. The overseas territories are enormously important breeding grounds for endangered turtles, a third of the world’s albatrosses, a quarter of the world’s penguins, and the world’s largest coral atoll. In what remains to this day, I think, the biggest conservation commitment ever made by any Government...

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: Of course, I hugely welcome that announcement. I will come to that in a few moments, but my speech will first canter through some of the overseas territories and some of the work that we are doing and need to do. The move that my hon. Friend referred to puts to rest a lot of the arguments against full protection, but I will come to that, and we will no doubt have an argument in due course. I...

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: I very much take the hon. Gentleman’s point; in fact, he takes the words out of my mouth. The remaining half of the waters—not the 500,000 sq km that need full protection—would still be open to well-managed fisheries. Colleagues will have seen the case for protection powerfully made by a broad coalition in an open letter to the Foreign Secretary. It was published, I think, in the...

Blue Belt Programme: South Sandwich Islands (12 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: To suggest that we should not protect an area because it has not yet been destroyed is madness; the same argument could equally have been used against pretty much any one of the world’s nature reserves, including the national parks that are a source of pride in this country. The fact that the area has not been exploited and that an industry has not yet been able to develop there is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: When criticising a Labour Budget in 2005, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor said that the taxpayer “is entitled to be protected from retrospective or retroactive legislation.”—[Official Report, 7 June 2005; Vol. 434, c. 1139.] but through the 2019 loan charge, that is precisely what HMRC is now doing to thousands of people who acted in good faith and in accordance with the rules at...

Written Answers — Treasury: Bankruptcy: Tax Avoidance (11 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: What estimate he has made of the number of people who will be made bankrupt as a result of the 2019 Loan Charge.

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank the hon. Lady for her kind words. She is right to say that I did not mention it, but I have given three lengthy speeches about why Brexit, if done properly, would be a boon—a great thing—for the environment.

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: It is often said and has been said today, particularly by strong remainers, that we cannot possibly know why each of the 17.4 million or so people voted for Brexit. That is obvious, because there are any number of reasons why people voted leave, but we can be confident that few of them did so in the hope that we would end up with a deal like the one we are debating today. In a legalistic...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Products: Imports (3 Dec 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse is of processing and issuing a permit for the importation of a hunting trophy for species listed in Appendix I, II and III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trade Agreements: Environmental and Animal Welfare (29 Nov 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: My hon. Friend will be aware of the overwhelming support for a ban on the export of live animals after we leave the European Union, and I know he has great sympathy with that position. Can he confirm that under the terms of the withdrawal agreement that would still be possible?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: In many ways, the UK has led the agenda on wildlife protection. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we would enhance that reputation if, like France, the Netherlands and Australia, we banned the import of so-called hunting trophies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Nov 2018)

Zac Goldsmith: It has been widely reported that, fearing a backlash here in the UK, the Prime Minister personally intervened to stop the Government offering sanctuary to Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother who faces a very serious threat to her life. Will the Prime Minister take this opportunity to put the record straight and commit to doing everything this country can to offer sanctuary to that mother?


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