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The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field), who has done so much over many years to advance the cause of people on welfare. There has been recognition over a great many years about the complexity of the system that people need to access for the support they need. In 2010, the then Secretary of State asked for an estimate of how many benefits there were. The...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: Will my hon. Friend reflect on the nature of his constituency? Some constituencies have a great many people earning a great deal of money, but that is not reflected in all constituencies.

Nuclear Sector Deal — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (11 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen, and to follow the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness (John Woodcock), who highlighted many important areas. He focused especially on jobs. We ought to have a good distribution of quality, secure jobs right across the country, and the energy sector in the north-west of England is vital for providing such jobs. I appreciated that on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Fishing (11 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: What assessment he has made of the opportunities for the Scottish fishing industry after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Fishing (11 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it will take many years to build the Scottish fishing fleet back up to full strength, but that that would never happen if the SNP got its way and kept us in the common fisheries policy?

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: Hot, dry weather is normally something to be celebrated, but it has led to, and sustained, a huge fire on Winter Hill overlooking my constituency. I pay tribute to the contribution of the fire brigade in controlling the fire, but may we have a debate on the contribution of the voluntary sector, and especially the Bolton mountain rescue team, in dealing with this crisis?

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Green: Like my right hon. Friend, I grew up in Liverpool in the 1980s and have a particular sensitivity to the problems caused by unemployment. Both the jobcentres that serve my constituents are fully supportive of the roll-out of universal credit, so will she maintain her focus on rolling out universal credit as the best way to help people into work and to help people in work?

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

Chris Green: I thank the Minister for such a positive speech and for dealing with so many of the issues that came out during the debate. It has been an incredibly positive debate about the relationship between the United Kingdom and Israel, and about our trade, covering everything from agriculture to medical technology, and on to the fourth industrial revolution. I will highlight something the hon....

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

Chris Green: I beg to move, That this House has considered UK-Israel trade. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. Before I came here as a Member of Parliament, I worked in the mass spectrometry industry for nearly 20 years. The great pleasure of that was travelling across the world, from Cuba to Taiwan and so many places in between. It was an absolute delight in 2001 and 2002 to do...

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

Chris Green: I agree entirely. Israel has attracted talent and is creating its own talent within the country. That relationship is improving around the world and it is yet to do so, and we ought to be taking advantage of that as we look to the future. Trade has been increasing and improving for almost a decade and there are no signs of it stopping or slowing down. Britain is, after all, Israel’s...

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

Chris Green: Those are incredible statistics and they show the innovative and entrepreneurial nature that so many Israelis have and the culture that the wider society embraces. As I mentioned and as has been highlighted, Israel is renowned as the start-up nation—a true high-tech start-up powerhouse. Israel is widely viewed as a desert country with few natural resources, which is perhaps one of the...

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

Chris Green: I agree entirely; my right hon. Friend is absolutely right. That highlights the connectivity and relationships that underpin so much of high tech, culture and the arts. The necessity of adapting and developing solutions to the challenges Israel faces is a key part of its impressive start-up ecosystem. The culture of entrepreneurship and striving to achieve is reflected in the fact that there...

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

Chris Green: I have been practising, but I understand that there is a convention against singing during debates.

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

Chris Green: As a traditionalist, I will adhere to the convention. It is no surprise that the first bilateral tech hub was launched by the British embassy in Israel in 2011. The UK-Israel tech hub is one of the first of its kind to promote partnerships in technology and innovation between the two countries. It has generated 175 tech partnerships in deals worth £85 million since it was established,...

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

Chris Green: I wholeheartedly agree. As a Greater Manchester and Lancashire MP, I certainly want the north-west of England to participate in this tech revolution, and Northern Ireland certainly should as well. I was born in Ballymena, so I have a personal interest in that. Other success stories that spring to mind include the landmark £1 billion agreement between Rolls-Royce and El Al in 2016, and I...

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

Chris Green: I think we ought not to bind ourselves. Any trading relationship or ongoing process evolves over time, and we need to keep an open mind in any ongoing negotiations. Both sides of that divide here should seek an ongoing negotiation because, for example, there might be the possibility of land swaps. We in the United Kingdom ought not to put down lines in the sand. The Minister may develop that...

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

Chris Green: I did not quite catch all of the hon. Gentleman’s question. However, I would not want, in this room, to set in stone anything that will evolve over time.

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

Chris Green: Absolutely. The impoverishment of people, whether in the Palestinian territories or in Israel, is one of the drivers of violence. People who do not believe that they have a future sometimes turn to violence. We ought to ensure that, so far as possible, the whole region becomes increasingly economically successful.

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

Chris Green: I think it is a disgrace. Forcing people to be unemployed and kicking them out of their jobs is appalling and damaging to them, their families and the wider communities.

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

Chris Green: I will move on from this particular point; hon. Members from both sides of the House have had an opportunity to explore it. I understand that the existing EU-Israel association agreement will form the basis of a future trade deal, but that there are great opportunities for further collaboration, particularly in the agriculture sector, in which Israel excels.


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