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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southeastern: Rolling Stock (16 Mar 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Southeastern on its compliance in delivering a minimum train length at all times on the Hastings Line, Paddock Wood Line and Maidstone East Line.

Burma (15 Mar 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Let me first apologise, particularly to my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone), for the fact that the Foreign Affairs Committee will not be presenting its latest report to the House this week, because no time has been allotted for Backbench Business. Let me also declare an interest: my father is among those who are currently training Burmese lawyers, and is serving as one of...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I thank the Prime Minister for her impressive leadership. I associate myself—unusually—with the leader of the Liberal Democrats in calling for greater use of unexplained wealth orders. Will the Prime Minister also use the tools at her disposal to expose the wealth of the Putin family, given that $300 billion or more has been stolen from the Russian people by that man? We should...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: This, if not an act of war, was certainly a warlike act by the Russian Federation, and it is not the first that we have seen. Some in this House have stayed silent or decided to join the information warfare that that state is conducting against us and our allies, but we have seen it invade countries in the east, attack allies and attempt to kill Prime Ministers. Even now, it is backing the...

Government Policy on Russia (6 Mar 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty’s Government’s policy towards Russia.

Government Policy on Russia (6 Mar 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is good of you to have accorded this urgent question. I welcome my right hon. Friend’s tour of the world and of the various abuses from Russia that we are dealing with at the moment. Though it is, as he rightly says, too soon to point fingers at Moscow regarding what happened in Salisbury, it is quite clear that we are seeing a pattern in Russian behaviour....

International Development Committee: Burma Visas (28 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am very pleased that the Minister is in his place, because his work on the question of Burma has been impressive over these many months. The work of the ambassador in-country, Andrew Patrick, has been extremely impressive. None of this is down to his failure at all; indeed, I am sure that he could not have done more. This is a very distressing scene. I am, however, torn between the desire...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: We are coming up to the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement—an agreement that allowed the people of this nation, wherever they live in these islands, to have their own identity and yet be citizens of the United Kingdom. That agreement also locked in three conditions. The first was that the agreement could change only with the agreement of the citizens of Northern Ireland. The...

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I was going to wait, Mr Speaker.

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Many hon. Members wanted to ask questions early, so I was going to wait and allow them to do so.

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Thank you for your patience, Mr Speaker. I am extremely grateful. I welcome my right hon. Friend’s response to the urgent question. May I share with him the disappointment that I am sure many Conservative Members feel as a war continues and Stop the War does not protest outside the Russian embassy, but stays silent about the brutality that we are seeing? My right hon. Friend rightly...

Foreign Affairs Committee (22 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: When you do those introductions, Mr Speaker, I keep waiting for you to say “No hesitation, repetition or deviation”, but I am afraid I cannot make that commitment today. This is the third report by the Foreign Affairs Committee this Parliament, and I am proud to present it to the House. I think it addresses an important aspect of our foreign policy that, sadly, has often been...

Foreign Affairs Committee (22 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I welcome the contribution of my hon. Friend, which he is, to the report—it was a full Committee effort to which everyone contributed enormously—and thank him for reminding me of an area I have not covered. The Foreign Office, of course, has an important role to play. We have supported one of the parties militarily and are an extremely close ally of the Turkish Republic. It is...

Foreign Affairs Committee (22 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I welcome the Minister’s words. Very few of us here do not respect enormously the work of the Minister for the Middle East. His work, influence and knowledge of the region is second to none.

Foreign Affairs Committee (22 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I very much welcome the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s work, and the hon. Gentleman is right that that is an excellent forum for discussion. However, I should say that the Turkish Government have not only the right, but the duty to protect their population against terrorist attacks and, if they feel threatened, it is incumbent on them to take action. I would much rather see both parties...

Foreign Affairs Committee (22 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am extremely grateful for my hon. Friend’s kind words. I have been clear since the time that I was elected to chair the Committee that I answer to the whole House, not just the Committee. I therefore feel that it is my responsibility and not a choice—it is simply a duty—to respond to the House and to be available to respond on anything that we have covered. My hon. Friend...

Foreign Affairs Committee (22 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Part of the evidence that we received was that Kurdish regional autonomy has been a matter of great debate even within the Kurdistan region itself, and it is not absolutely clear that full independence is sought. There has been an enormous amount of debate about that and indeed some evidence pointed to the fact that greater autonomy in the Republic of Iraq was indeed what most were looking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iraqi Elections (20 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My right hon. Friend is a noted expert on the region, and it is a pleasure to see him representing Her Majesty’s Government in the middle east, but can he bring a little clarity, which the FAC asked for, on the difference between the YPG and the PKK? We received evidence after evidence that there is indeed no real difference, yet Her Majesty’s Government are supporting a group...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I cannot be alone in being a man in this House whose partner has an extremely important job of her own. She sits as a supreme court judge in France, and that takes her away from home, so I have childcare responsibilities, too. Indeed, I have a one-year-old baby—funnily enough, she does not look after herself. When we are talking about equality, I absolutely understand the emphasis on...

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