Results 1–20 of 157 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Oliver Dowden

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

Oliver Dowden: I join the Minister in agreeing that such settlements are not in any way conducive to peace, but does he agree that what is required in the end is a negotiated settlement involving the other countries in the region? That will inevitably involve an element of land swap, which the Palestinians have accepted in the past.

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Businesses in my constituency are concerned about outcomes, particularly the frictionless movement of goods across Europe and the mutual recognition of standards, rather than membership of particular institutions. Will the Prime Minister reassure me that, during the second phase of negotiations, those outcomes will be the Government’s priority?

Hurricane Irma: Government Response (12 Sep 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Does my right hon. Friend agree that we owe the British overseas territories a special duty of care and that when it comes to long-term reconstruction DFID should be prioritising the interests of those territories, which previous Governments have failed to do?

Armed Forces: Thameslink (19 Jul 2017)

Oliver Dowden: I should also highlight Thamestink, which is the campaign group in my constituency. I would be grateful if the Minister could extend the invitation to that group as well.

Armed Forces: Thameslink (19 Jul 2017)

Oliver Dowden: May I begin by thanking you for your chairmanship, Mr Bailey? I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for St Albans (Mrs Main). I know what a doughty campaigner she has been on this topic. My remarks are only intended to echo some of the points she has made, and indeed some of the points made by the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes). I should begin by declaring an...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Thank you for finding time to accommodate me, Mr Hollobone. I apologise for my lack of proper notice. I want to talk briefly about the case of Mr Foroughi, whose son is a constituent of mine. I have been involved extensively with the campaign that we have run jointly with the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) to secure the release of Mr Foroughi and others. There are many...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Oliver Dowden: I pay tribute to the hon. Lady for securing the debate. She is well aware of the circumstances in Iran of Mr Foroughi, whose son is a constituent of mine; both families have been working very closely together. She makes an eloquent point about the humanitarian treatment of the detainees, in particular the medical treatment. Does she agree that it is not just that they should get treatment but...

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

Oliver Dowden: The shadow Foreign Secretary is very dismissive of her leader’s description of Hamas and Hezbollah as friends. I have to say to her that a great many of my constituents, many of whom are Jewish, are deeply worried and troubled by the prospect of someone who aspires to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom describing those two Jew-hating terrorist organisations as his friends. I...

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

Oliver Dowden: I, too, welcome my right hon. Friend to his place. Further to the interventions of my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy), many of my constituents were deeply upset and offended to see the flag of Hezbollah flying on the streets of London at the recent al-Quds rally. What can the Government do to stop this representation of a Jew-hating terrorist organisation? Can...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Oliver Dowden: May I begin by congratulating those new Members who have made excellent maiden speeches today? I wish to join other Members in paying tribute to the many people who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster. I also pay tribute to my constituents, particularly those who, through Borehamwood synagogue, have made an extraordinary effort in fundraising and in the provision of goods and services to help...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Oliver Dowden: The Prime Minister has talked about the national interest and the need for cross-party support. Does she agree that for her excellent proposal of a commissioner for extremism to work it requires the engagement not just of Government Members but of Opposition Members, if we are to stamp out the evil ideology of extremism that drives terrorism in this country?

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Oliver Dowden: While seeking to protect and enhance workers’ rights, will the Prime Minister also seize the opportunity afforded by leaving the European Union for greater sectoral deregulation so that businesses are able to create wealth and prosperity, which we all need and upon which our public services ultimately rely?

Iran’s Influence in the Middle East — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (22 Mar 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Mr Foroughi’s son is a constituent of mine. Many Members have raised his case, and I thank them for doing so. There is near unanimity among Members of this House that Mr Foroughi’s father should be released. Surely that would be a sign of Iran’s engagement with the international community, particularly given that he has already served more than half his sentence, and so...

European Council (14 Mar 2017)

Oliver Dowden: The Prime Minister rightly talked about the need to reassure EU nationals in this country. Does she agree that the biggest reassurance we can give is that their rights will remain completely unaltered until this House chooses to change them?

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Does my right hon. Friend think that the £500 billion worth of additional spending proposed by the Labour party would do anything to increase or reduce the deficit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Residency Rights (6 Mar 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Does the Home Secretary agree that we can reassure EU nationals that their rights to remain in this country are guaranteed in our law and that it would require an Act of Parliament, at the very least, to remove those rights?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Infrastructure Development (28 Feb 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Does the Chancellor agree that alongside large-scale investment in infrastructure, such as the Thameslink upgrade, relatively small amounts of money on local roads and station facilities can rapidly improve journey times and therefore boost productivity?

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Oliver Dowden: Thank you again for your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I thank all hon. Members for their contributions. I hope that everyone agrees that this has been a useful debate not only in drawing out the powerful experiences of NHS workers suffering assaults, but in getting greater clarity about the extent to which a new offence is needed and what that offence might look like. I thank the Minister for his...

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Oliver Dowden: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 176138 relating to attacks on NHS medical staff. It is a pleasure to make these introductory remarks under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. The petition highlights the rising problem of attacks on NHS staff, an issue with which I am very familiar from my constituency work. Indeed, local GPs recently raised it with me in my surgery in...

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