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Amesbury Update (9 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: May I provide some reassurance to the Home Secretary and the shadow Home Secretary? I have known Assistant Commissioner Basu since his time as borough commander in Barnet, and he is an excellent police officer. No doubt he will be thorough in his investigation and certainly very professional. Will the Home Secretary provide me with some reassurance that Assistant Commissioner Basu has the...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: Will the Prime Minister confirm that, under her proposals, including the common rulebook, the United Kingdom will be able to ban live animal exports and introduce other animal welfare standards that our membership of the European Union currently prevents us from implementing?

Uncontrolled Shark Fishing in the Atlantic — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: I am delighted that my hon. Friend has brought forward this issue for discussion, particularly as someone who has swum with sharks around the world, including off the Minister’s coast in Cornwall, where I have swum with larger sharks. Is my hon. Friend aware that 86% of all the sharks landed in the EU are landed in the Atlantic? Brexit offers us a great opportunity not only to ensure...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. If necessary, I will certainly declare my interest, having recently visited Israel. Is he aware that Israel has the highest density of start-up companies in the world? There is one start-up company for every 1,600 people within the population. That is the basis of the economic success in the country and internationally.

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Matthew Offord: Is my hon. Friend aware that more than 500 Palestinians lost their jobs after the SodaStream factory in the west bank was forced to close after the campaign by the BDS movement? Those people will now not have livelihoods, but they will certainly have families to provide for. Does he agree that that was a disgraceful campaign against people in the west bank?

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Eddie Hughes). He is part of a small coterie of us who have sat through the whole of this afternoon’s debate, so I feel some sense of camaraderie with him. There is a lot in the Bill to be welcomed. I think I speak for many in the House when I say that any legislation that improves our constituents’ safety is...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. This is certainly not a personal attack. I can only illustrate my experience in the capital—[Interruption.]

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: I was not sure who you were speaking to, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: Whether it is the Mayor of London or any police and crime commissioner, I feel that they could all do certain things to tackle knife crime, including better community engagement, better use of stop and search, and the provision of preventive initiatives. There are several parts of the Bill which I have some concerns about. I am never convinced that attaining the age of 18 should allow an...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: Is my constituency neighbour aware that the London Borough of Barnet is one of the largest London boroughs and one of the largest net contributors to the Metropolitan police budget? This means that we do not get the police officers that we pay for. There are 736 people in Barnet per officer, whereas the rest of London—excluding the City of Westminster—has just 529 residents per...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Government’s latest impact assessment for the Bill suggests that the measure could cost them up to £6 million—not only in compensation for loss of weapons, but through the loss of revenue at Government Ministry of Defence rifle ranges?

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (26 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. Is he aware of the high committee of the “Great March of Return”, which includes Hamas, posting on Facebook a request that people bring a knife or gun to the protests? Does he agree that it is a distortion of the truth to ignore the role of Hamas in this violence?

Grenfell Tower (11 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: The Secretary of State says he has an expectation that building owners in the private sector will not pass costs on to leaseholders. I have met constituents at Premier House in Edgware who are rather concerned and would like to know what tangible and legal steps the Secretary of State will introduce to ensure that costs are not passed on to them, as leaseholders, either through a management...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Matthew Offord: This really is an appalling situation and one that we should have seen coming down the line given the history of the train operating companies. I have emails from my constituents that complain about lack of communication from Govia Thameslink. They say that the refund procedures are lengthy and difficult to navigate and that the timetable implementation has simply not worked. Will the...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote (21 May 2018)

Matthew Offord: Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar says the purpose of the violence is to breach the border and murder Israelis living nearby. Does my right hon. Friend agree that Israel not only has a right to defend its border but must do so, and that includes using military action?

Tower Block Cladding (21 May 2018)

Matthew Offord: You will recall, Mr Speaker, that in Edgware in my constituency, Premier House was recently converted from an office block into residential property, but unfortunately the cladding has remained. Many of my constituents who saved up to buy a property there find themselves in a situation where the owners of the building want to charge them for removal of the cladding. I hear the point that was...

Iran Nuclear Deal (9 May 2018)

Matthew Offord: The breadth and scope of the Iranian nuclear programme indicates that it is not exclusively for civilian use. What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the Prime Minister of Israel’s comments that Iran has already taken steps to revive its nuclear programme and is very likely to do so, particularly in 2025?

Access Rights to Grandparents (2 May 2018)

Matthew Offord: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I will not delay the House for too long on this matter, because I have spoken about it in the past. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston) on securing this debate. As I mentioned earlier, my constituent Lorraine Bushell had an event here in the Houses of Parliament, when we were...


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