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Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Elizabeth Truss: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am not speaking in this debate because I love smoking, although I have voted against every single smoking prohibition since I have been a Member of Parliament. I am speaking today because I am very concerned that the policy that has been put forward is emblematic of a technocratic establishment in this county that wants to limit people’s freedom. That is a...

Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Elizabeth Truss: I will not give way to the hon. Lady—[Hon. Members: “Oh.”] I will not give way. I will give exactly as much opportunity as the Opposition gave me to talk about my private Member’s Bill, which I shall come on to later. The problem is that the instinct of this establishment, which is reflected in cross-party consensus in the Chamber, is to believe that it—that the Government—is...

Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Elizabeth Truss: They are the health police, and people are concerned about this. They want to be able to make their own decisions about what they eat, what they drink and how they enjoy themselves. If the hon. Gentleman does not understand that, I suggest that he starts listening to the public. What I also find extraordinary is the fact that almost four weeks ago I put a private Member’s Bill to Parliament...

Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Elizabeth Truss: No, I am not giving way to the party that filibustered on my Bill and stopped us taking action to protect children. That was a disgrace.

Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend makes absolutely the right point. There are double standards in this debate. My view is that it is absolutely right that we protect the under-18s from these potential dangers before they have full decision-making capability, but we should allow adults to exercise that freedom. It seems to me that the medical establishment, the national health service and others working in the...

Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Elizabeth Truss: I certainly do not support the liberalisation of those drugs. We know that people who become addicted to heroin and cocaine are a huge danger to other people and to their families; it destroys society. That is not the level of danger that tobacco poses, so those are very different scenarios. I will come to my conclusion, because I know that a lot of people want to speak in the debate. What I...

Gender Recognition ( 6 Dec 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her statement. I agree with her that the law concerning sex and gender needs to be clarified, which is why later this afternoon I will present a private Member’s Bill to do just that. First, the Bill will make it clear that single-sex spaces and sex as defined in the Equality Act 2010 are on the basis of biological sex, and secondly, it will protect...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Taiwan (26 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 187963 on Department for Education: Taiwan, if she will identify which minister represented her Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in 2022; and if she will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented her...

Security Update (11 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: These are extremely worrying reports about the level of infiltration of Chinese-supported forces into our democracy. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we need to recognise that China is the largest threat, both to the world and to the UK, on freedom and democracy? Does he not agree that the Government should designate it as such?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Taiwan: Foreign Relations (11 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190783 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Taiwan: Foreign Relations, if he will identify which minister represented his Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e)...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Taiwan: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (11 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, whether he plans to take diplomatic steps to support Taiwan’s application to join CPTPP.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: China: Taiwan (11 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of (a) a blockade and (b) an invasion of Taiwan on the economy.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Taiwan (11 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2023 to Question 187965 on Department for Transport: Taiwan, if he will identify which minister represented his Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023 ; and if he will identify the (i) job title and (ii)...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Taiwan (11 Sep 2023)

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 187962 on Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Taiwan, if she will identify which minister represented her Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023; and if she will identify...


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