Results 1–20 of 1209 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Zac Goldsmith

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: I take my hon. Friend’s point about Aung San Suu Kyi, but it is not simply that Aung San Suu Kyi has not condemned the activities of the military; it is that she has actively apologised for them over and over again in interviews. Having gone from being one of the most celebrated people in the world for her courage in taking on the brutal authorities, she has become that brutal authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: This Government have promised protection to an area of ocean equal in size to India, covering Pitcairn, St Helena and much more. I think it is a source of huge pride for our country, but we are not all the way there yet, so I hope the Minister can provide an update on progress, specifically in relation to Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, both of which have been promised protection...

Clean Growth Strategy (12 Oct 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: I congratulate my hon. Friend on producing this brilliant strategy. It is brimming with ambition and full of good ideas, as we would expect from her. It is great stuff, but I just want to ask about one issue. The strategy tells us that transport emissions have been cut by 2% since 1990 compared with an average of well above 20% in all others sectors, so if we are to hit the 2050 targets, we...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy and Carbon Budget Targets (12 Sep 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: What steps the Government are taking to meet their renewable energy and carbon budget targets.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy and Carbon Budget Targets (12 Sep 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: Millions of tonnes of wood pellets from clear felling biodiverse forests in the US, Canada and the Baltic states are burned to make electricity for the UK every year. In the light of clear evidence from the old Department—what used to be called the Department of Energy and Climate Change—that that results in carbon emissions at least equal to coal, will my hon. Friend reconsider...

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

Zac Goldsmith: It is an honour and a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), who gave an extraordinarily compelling and principled speech. This is a critical Bill. We cannot logically leave the EU if we continue to subject ourselves to EU law, courts and regulators. It is for exactly that reason, however, that some Members will use the Bill as an opportunity to scupper the...

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

Zac Goldsmith: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point, which is one that I was just about to make. CAP funds have even been used to subsidise bullfighting in Spain.

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

Zac Goldsmith: No, I will not take any more interventions. Most critically, even though we apply high animal welfare standards to production in this country, we cannot apply those standards to the food we import, which means that instead of preventing cruelty, which is what we are trying to do, we are simply exporting that cruelty to other countries while disadvantaging our own farmers. We could address...

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

Zac Goldsmith: I will not. That is why a core responsibility of this Parliament and this Government is to ensure that those key EU regulations—the habitats directive, the birds directive and the sewage sludge directive—have absolute, meaningful, proper, full protection in British law. We have had that commitment, but I should like to hear it a few more times from Ministers during this debate....

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

Zac Goldsmith: I will not, because I am running out of time. First, when a state fails to implement EU law today, there are penalties, but that will no longer be the case—for obvious and appropriate reasons. However, an alternative system does need to be introduced. If the present or a future Government fail, for example, to stay within air pollution limits, it must be possible for sanctions to be...

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this important debate. Does he agree that if we want local people to engage properly in the manner he is describing, which is absolutely right, it is critical that their decisions, guidance and local plans are not overruled by remoter bodies over which they have very little control?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Human Rights (11 Jul 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: My right hon. Friend—[Interruption.]

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Maldives (11 Jul 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Maldives.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Maldives (11 Jul 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: Apologies, Mr Speaker; I am new to the House. My right hon. Friend the Minister will know that a coalition of opposition parties in the Maldives, led by former President Mohamed Nasheed and committed to democracy and to improving relations with this country, has secured a majority in that country’s Parliament. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that the regime of President...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Israel and Palestinian Talks (5 Jul 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: It is worth noting that recent polling shows that a clear majority of both Israelis and Palestinians want peace, with a clear majority in favour of a two-state solution. However, it is hard to see that happening when Hamas remains committed to the destruction of Israel. Does my right hon. Friend agree that Hamas routinely and completely lets down Palestinian people in their quest for peace?

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: On that point, my right hon. Friend will surely agree that the common agricultural policy is one of the most environmentally destructive pieces of policy in the history of policy. Repatriating the common agricultural policy gives us an opportunity to ensure that, as we dish out vast quantities of taxpayers’ funds to landowners, we get something in return, including biodiversity and...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) who made a brilliant maiden speech. I am grateful for having been here for most of the maiden speeches today. I wondered whether I qualified to make one, but apparently not. I see Mr Speaker shaking his head—this is therefore not a maiden speech. [Interruption.] Absolutely right—you...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: On that point, the housing associations in London have made it very clear collectively that they are willing and able to massively ramp up the number of homes they are building. The one thing they ask from the Government is to accelerate the release of publicly owned land so that they can do so. Is that still very much part of the agenda?

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank the Prime Minister for her statement and the reassurance that she has provided. I also take the opportunity to thank my two boroughs—Richmond and Kingston—on conducting urgent reviews and providing reassurance to residents. There will be people in positions of authority who probably fear the implications of a proper public inquiry, and there are likely to be people in the...

Airport Capacity (25 Oct 2016)

Zac Goldsmith: The Government have chosen a course that is not only wrong but doomed. It is wrong because of the million people who will suffer directly on the back of the environmental harm this project unavoidably produces. It is doomed because the complexities, cost and legal complications mean that the project is almost certainly not going to be delivered. I believe it will be a millstone around the...


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