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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Yemen: Humanitarian Access (18 Apr 2018)

Chris Law: I welcome the steps that the Department is taking to secure continued humanitarian access to Yemen, and urge Ministers to do the same in Syria in the light of recent events. Does the Minister foresee humanitarian grounds for military intervention in Yemen, as those were apparently the grounds for action in Syria? In any event, will he confirm—unequivocally and without...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Chris Law: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, as ever, Mr Hanson. I begin by thanking those who initiated and signed the petitions that have brought this hugely important issue to Parliament today, and thanking the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for her eloquent and informative speech. From what I have heard today, all of us in this Chamber feel very moved, and we are...

European Council (26 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: Has the Prime Minister spoken to her Spanish counterpart about the need to uphold democracy in Catalonia? If not, will she do so shortly?

UK-EU: International Development (21 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: As ever, Mr Hanson, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. It is also a real pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle), who gave a very powerful speech, and to congratulate the hon. Member for Stockton South (Dr Williams), not only on securing the debate—I am glad that it is happening today, although unfortunately it is quite short,...

Leaving the Eu: Fisheries Management (20 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: All fishing communities up and down the nation will have hanging their heads in shame at this disgraceful discussion so far. The list of Tory sell-outs is endless: in the 1970s, Ted Heath said that fishermen were expendable; in the ’80s, Margaret Thatcher signed up to the original doomed common fisheries policy and consigned our fishermen to decades of mismanagement; while John Major...

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU: health and Social Care (20 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: Whether his Department has completed an impact assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the health and social care sector.

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU: health and Social Care (20 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: Well, I hope to hear some good news then. In my constituency, Dundee University and Ninewells hospital are recognised centres of biomedical and clinical research, working closely with other European colleagues and institutions. That work is threatened if the UK is outside the European research network and excluded from data-sharing and the new clinical trial system. How does the Secretary of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Student Retention: Higher Education (19 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: What steps his Department is taking to increase student retention rates in higher education.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Student Retention: Higher Education (19 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: The Higher Education Statistics Agency audit showed that 6.2% of first-time students in Scotland dropped out before their second year. That is not only the joint lowest figure on record, but the lowest in the UK. With Scotland leading the way, when will the Minister be coming north to Scotland for inspiration to enable him to think again about this Government’s failings on student retention?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) for sponsoring this most important Bill, and for his excellent and eloquent speech. His remarks were in sharp contrast to those by the hon. Member for North East Hampshire (Mr Jayawardena), who does not know the difference between a refugee and a migrant, and who clearly has not read the Bill. I also thank...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: I wholeheartedly agree with the hon. Lady, and if it had not been for those volunteers, it is likely that the number dying would have been far greater. Legal aid has not been available for refugee family reunions since 2012, which makes it even more difficult for families to reunite. A recent report by Oxfam and the Refugee Council highlighted the negative effects of those rules on refugee...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: I support absolutely every word the right hon. Lady says and I thank her for that. The Bill is about humanity. All of us are humans and all of us have been children. That is why I urge the Minister and everyone in the Chamber to support the Bill.

Burma (15 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: I thank the Minister for advance sight of the statement. It goes without saying in this House that this humanitarian tragedy has reached an unthinkable scale and the atrocities are almost unspeakable. As he knows, only last week, I visited the mega-camp in Bangladesh with the International Development Committee. The enormity of what we saw, with almost 1 million people in three or four square...

Banking in North Ayrshire (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. RBS likes to talk about the mobile vans that are going around, one of which comes into the rural part of my constituency of Dundee West. They often stay for a very short period; they have steps to get in, so those who are infirm or disabled cannot get in; and when it is raining people often have to stand waiting for half an hour to get service, so...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: In the writing of those two reports, how many young people did we have conversations with, listen to or take constructive feedback from on the reports’ conclusions?

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: I am listening to the Minister with great interest, but I am astonished and appalled that he has not once mentioned the work done in Scotland, which has devolved responsibility in the matter. Is this not a perfect opportunity for Administrations to learn from each other’s experiences and draw the best conclusions? He has not even referred to the Scottish Government’s good works...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I have been moved by some of the significant speeches across this room. I congratulate the hon. Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson) on securing this important debate and on his excellent speech. I thank him for reflecting on his experience both as a foster-carer and an adopter. As someone who is adopted, I would like to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (13 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: Solar power is the most popular source of clean energy and one of the cheapest, so why has it been excluded from clean power auctions for the past three years? Why oh why does it continue to be excluded, putting the industry at a clear competitive disadvantage?

Protection of Civilians in Afrin (12 Mar 2018)

Chris Law: The devastation in Afrin represents a new front in the ongoing and devastating Syrian crisis—a seven-year civil and proxy war that has killed an estimated 500,000 people. As we all know, the laws of war strictly prohibit attacks targeting civilians or civilian structures, unless they are being used for military purposes, yet since Turkey’s aggressive airstrikes began, the local...

International Development Committee: Burma Visas (28 Feb 2018)

Chris Law: It goes without saying how deeply disappointed I am to be in this Chamber along with my International Development Committee colleagues, when we were supposed to be on a planned flight to Burma to see the good work that DFID is doing in the area. It is also with bitter disappointment that I found out just now that Aung San Suu Kyi is personally responsible for blocking the visas for us to see...

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