Alex Chalk: Does my hon. Friend agree that drugs companies need to behave ethically in pricing their vital medicines? While profit itself is not a dirty word, when it comes to cystic fibrosis treatment, profiteering is.
Alex Chalk: I thank the Prime Minister for her calibrated, proportionate and robust response. Will she join me in paying tribute to the brave British intelligence agents who serve our country? In the light of the increasingly violent and erratic approach of the Russian state, does she agree that if there needs to be a reassessment of their personal security here in the UK, that should take place without...
Alex Chalk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support the Government is offering to UK pilot licence holders in the five year transfer period for registering for an EASA licence.
Alex Chalk: Economies move in cycles. Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is a moral case for ensuring that our public finances are in a state to help the poorest in society, some of whom live in my constituency, when the next slowdown comes? Does he also agree that the Labour party manifestly failed to take that approach?
Alex Chalk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that rail companies provide passengers with the best possible ticket price for train journeys in order to eliminate the practice of split ticketing.
Alex Chalk: What steps he has taken to support and engage with businesses affected by the liquidation of Carillion.
Alex Chalk: The Carillion collapse has exposed what can only be described as market abuse by lead contractors, with subcontractors in Cheltenham suffering as a result of the failure to adhere to best practice schemes such as the prompt payment code. What steps are the Government taking to ensure compliance with the schemes and more generally to stamp out market abuse?
Alex Chalk: In considering Russia, we should never forget that, for all its geographical size, Russia’s economy is little more than half that of the UK. In those circumstances, does my right hon. Friend agree that British economic levers are far more potent than some might realise and that we should not hesitate, if the circumstances demand it, to pull them hard?
Alex Chalk: The last official survey in Cheltenham found nine homeless people, each of whom is a living rebuke to us to do more. Will the Secretary of State join me in thanking all the staff at the P3 charity who are ensuring that the £1 million social impact bond provided by central Government is being used to provide one-to-one support?
Alex Chalk: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, as a result of the steps that have been taken in the Crown dependencies, there is a far greater degree of transparency in Jersey and Guernsey than in Delaware in the United States, for example?
Alex Chalk: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to LGBT Kakuma refugees abroad.
Alex Chalk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has assessed the effect of vaping on second-hand smoke inhalers; and what steps his Department is considering to tackle those potential effects.
Alex Chalk: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to harmonise the actuarial methodology which determines the level of employer pension contributions for local authorities.
Alex Chalk: When HMS Queen Elizabeth puts to sea, it will need a fleet of frigates and destroyers to escort and protect it. Will my right hon. Friend reassure the House that the Royal Navy has sufficient vessels to perform that vital task while protecting our shores at home?
Alex Chalk: May I respectfully suggest that amendments 1 and 2 do go together? I say that because to legislate for a purpose that would provide “further accountability for, or act…as a deterrent to, the commission of a gross human rights abuse or violation” and then not to define what is meant by “gross human rights abuse or violation” would be to legislate for the bow, but...
Alex Chalk: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl, and to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury. There is no one in this House who has done more than he has to prosecute this matter. I am also grateful for the contribution from the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland. Although I am entirely sympathetic to the Magnitsky principle, there are three reasons why, on careful...
Alex Chalk: I entirely commend that intention, but I fear that in reality, the wording risks causing confusion and potentially having precisely the opposite effect. The Interpretation Act 1978 indicates that, in any event, the single includes the plural. In other words, where the text says, “the torture of a person” that is apt to include “a group of persons”. Lawyers and judges...
Alex Chalk: My overriding concern is that I do not like the drafting because it is inconsistent. Although I am very sympathetic to the Magnitsky principle, for which the hon. Lady and my right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury have powerfully advocated—I look forward to what the Minister has to say about that—this drafting has gone not just a bit awry but quite seriously awry. Creating...
Alex Chalk: In the last 15 years, there have been 340 casualties on the notorious A417 near the Air Balloon pub. There have been 148 accidents in the last five years alone. Will my hon. Friend join me in warmly welcoming the landmark of reaching the consultation stage on the shortlisted new roads scheme? Does he agree that, by backing that project, this Government are committed to saving lives on...
Alex Chalk: Will my hon. Friend join me in commending the outstanding compassion and professionalism of the community team and other professionals at the Brownhill Centre in Cheltenham, who provide such a vital lifeline for those suffering with eating disorders?