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Energy Prices: Support for Business (22 Sep 2022)

Julian Smith: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s package, which is already having an effect in North Yorkshire—Angus Fire, in the small town of Bentham, emailed this morning to thank him for this rapid intervention—but may I ask how quickly businesses in rural areas such as North Yorkshire will hear of the Government’s intervention for off-grid customers?

Northern Ireland: Cost of Living Increases (7 Sep 2022)

Julian Smith: I welcome the new Secretary of State. I hope he has had time to savour those moments of ecstatic relief upon realising, as a former Chief Whip, that he no longer has responsibility for the Tory parliamentary party. Northern Ireland has unique energy needs: a reliance on heating oil, different regulation, a preponderance of small businesses and very low disposable incomes. Will the Minister...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Julian Smith: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Julian Smith: Just on a point of clarification for the Committee, if the Northern Ireland Assembly is not up and running, the provisions in the Bill state that when the consent vote comes, the Assembly will be recalled and there will be a vote on that consent. I say that just so there is no lack of clarity for the Committee about the current provisions within the consent mechanism.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Julian Smith: On durable solutions, does my right hon. Friend agree that the only durable solution is for the EU to listen to what my right hon. Friend the Member for Lagan Valley (Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson) articulated about the needs of Unionism and for a British Prime Minister, in place from September, not to go moaning to their counterparts, as has happened over the past two years, but to grip the...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “the Troubles” and other key expressions (29 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: I also pay tribute to Members of the DUP, SDLP and Alliance—the Northern Ireland parties—who have represented their constituents who are very much at the centre of the issue. They, as well as the Opposition, worked together with those on the Government Benches this afternoon.

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “the Troubles” and other key expressions (29 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this issue is also important for attracting the right people to be chief investigator and lead the unit? If the Government do not confirm that legal commitment to investigations, that will have a net effect on the types and quality of people who will be attracted to come in and do the work that we need them to do.

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “the Troubles” and other key expressions (29 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: I have two points to make before the Minister concludes. This issue of “review” and “investigation” is not just semantics. In the case of Operation Kenova, we have seen that when it has been asked to review cases, it has led to some limits on the information that it could receive, whereas if it had been asked to investigate a case, that has given it much more scope and much more...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “the Troubles” and other key expressions (29 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: On amendment 115, may I refer to a role that I had in a previous life? My understanding is that the Opposition and the DUP are planning to press the amendment to a vote this evening. I am concerned for my hon. Friends, because voting against the exclusion of rape from the scope of immunity is not a place where they want to be. May I urge the Minister and the Whips Office to look before 7...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “the Troubles” and other key expressions (29 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: I have letters in front of me to rape victims declaring that they are victims of troubles-related activity. Where do the Minister’s words leave victims who have received letters stating clearly that they are troubles-related victims, and how do they avoid their perpetrators being able to seek an amnesty?

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “the Troubles” and other key expressions (29 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: As the Minister is aware, victims are incredibly upset and retraumatised by the Bill. Often, they feel uninvolved in the process. As well as consulting the House, what thought have the Government given to reigniting a discussion with victims during proceedings on the Bill?

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Jun 2022)

Julian Smith: It is a pleasure to speak after the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson). Powerful and legitimate arguments are being made about the legal basis of this Bill, and I am sympathetic to them. Whatever the motivations and goals behind the Bill and whatever the reasons why we are at this point, it is important to look at what is practical and most likely to succeed...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill (24 May 2022)

Julian Smith: Will the Minister commit to having another look at the five-year pipeline of inquests so that the Government can assure anybody who has been promised an inquest that those inquests will actually go ahead?

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill (24 May 2022)

Julian Smith: The issues that the Bill seeks to address are some of the most sensitive and challenging in our nation’s history. Drawing a line under the past in Northern Ireland is a challenge successive Governments here have sought to address. As we have heard, recent work has been based on agreement between the UK and Irish Governments and the Northern Ireland parties, with a commitment that law and...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill (24 May 2022)

Julian Smith: I agree with my right hon. Friend’s point. The widows of RUC members, and other victims, are at the centre of our thoughts as we debate the Bill today. Lawyers, victims’ groups, Liberty, Amnesty International, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and experts at Queen’s University also fear that the proposals will not meet the requirements under article 2 of ECHR and will breach...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill (24 May 2022)

Julian Smith: I am sorry; I will not give way. Above all, consent builds trust, which in turn increases the acknowledgement required for resolution. In 2010, when the right hon. David Cameron made his statement on the Saville enquiry in this place, he spoke about the long commitment and service of those who served in Operation Banner but, at the same time, he acknowledged the wrongs of that day. Bloody...

Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Mar 2022)

Julian Smith: I commend the Prime Minister’s response to the Ukrainian crisis, but people across the country are genuinely concerned by our response on refugees—by the bureaucracy and the tone of our response. He has shown with vaccines that Government change comes from the very top. I urge him to look again at resetting our policy and taking control of a more humane approach to those women and men...

Ukraine: Urgent Refugee Applications (8 Mar 2022)

Julian Smith: The Minister has talked about training new decision-makers. How many are being trained today? What discussions have taken place with retired decision-makers and caseworkers, and what discussions have happened across Government with other people who are used to making decisions on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, to assess how they could assist with this issue?

Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill: After Clause 3 - Transitional Provision (7 Feb 2022)

Julian Smith: I support the amendment that will ensure that the Bill has immediate effect. That is a positive one, as is the new clause outlining the transitional arrangements that mean if the Bill gains Royal Assent this week, the powers in it, and in particular the provisions to allow for a longer caretaker Administration, will kick in seven days prior to Royal Assent. That means they will apply from...

Northern Ireland Border (3 Feb 2022)

Julian Smith: I support the Government’s negotiations with the EU on improving the protocol, but will my right hon. Friend clarify that for the civil servants in Northern Ireland who are implementing the current rules his letter still stands? We cannot be a country that agrees an agreement and then does not stand behind it. In the absence of the Executive, which looks to be in a difficult position today,...


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