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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: My right hon. Friend is making an important point because he is exposing the very fact that, despite the fine occupant of the Front Bench today, one cannot be 100% certain of the quality of the procedure that is being carried out from the ministerial office. This House is fundamentally the custodian of the public purse and the taxpayers’ money, and we must be absolutely certain that no...

Oman, Uae and Iran (11 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: I must pay tribute to my right hon. Friend for the amount of effort that he has put in in the region—not only in the UAE and Oman, which are of course great friends of ours, but in Iran, where the situation is of course very difficult. He listed many of the people he met and kindly told us what he asked of them, so will he perhaps enlighten us as to what they asked of him?

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: Unusually, I join my right hon. Friend Mr Duncan Smith and my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke)—[Interruption.] Chingford, forgive me. I join my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe in welcoming the Prime Minister’s achievements this weekend. Will she have spent as much time as...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: To suggest that DWP workers, who work with such integrity and courage in Tonbridge and other areas around my constituency, do not speak out when they are asked is to malign them. These are people with integrity and courage who work incredibly hard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court System: Modernisation (5 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: What steps he is taking to modernise the court system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court System: Modernisation (5 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: As co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on public legal education and pro bono, I was wondering whether my right hon. Friend had made any assessment of how the online process will save many people who go to small claims courts from unnecessary stress and hassle when all they are often trying to do is resolve a simple money claim.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: What does my right hon. Friend think can be done to make sure that community sentences are not just robust and effective but are seen as such?

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: If you will forgive me, Mr Deputy Speaker, I will talk about this country for which I hold a deep affection, having studied Arabic there just over 20 years ago. It is a country of great richness and great culture. In many ways, it is absolutely the heart of Arabia. It is there that the camel was domesticated, which allowed the colonisation of the rest of Arabia. So it is, for most Arabs, very...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: The hon. Gentleman, who certainly is a friend, is of course absolutely right. The actions of the Iranian Government over the past few years of the Khomeini-ite dictatorship have been taken to destabilise many areas of the middle east. If one looks at Oman today, one can see the actions of Iranian-backed insurgencies. If one looks at Bahrain today, one can see violent insurgencies, rather than...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: My right hon. Friend is making an extremely powerful point about the nature of Iran’s arming of the Houthis. Does he not, however, accept the research by Conflict Armament Research that clearly points out that weapons from Iran have come through Yemen and are now being used against Saudi Arabia? He makes the absolutely valid point that Saudi action is only further encouraging such...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: First, I wish to take a brief moment to correct the record: the economy is growing, unemployment is falling, our friends are investing, and the country is doing well. Opposition Members will be astonished to hear that, however, because all we see from them is darkness, while all we on the Government Benches can see is light. Still, ’twas ever thus. While we are on the subject of light,...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: My hon. Friend—I do consider him a friend—will know extremely well that I think the UK’s generous position towards the defence of Europe is not only important, but a matter of our own self-interest. Our frontier should start not at Dover, but at the furthest extents of our allies and ships. In ensuring that we have a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and that our...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: My right hon. Friend knows extremely well that before 2010 that was exactly where it was met from, because it is an ongoing operation. I urge the Treasury to look very hard at doing so again to ensure that the flux in funding that comes with an expensive programme such as the nuclear deterrent is maintained by the whole of Government. It is, after all, a strategic programme, not a military...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (27 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: What progress he has made on bringing the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier into service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (27 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is now a sense of urgency? Not only are we planning a global future for ourselves, which will require a greater presence around the world, but with the royal wedding coming as early as next year, and with the absence of the yacht Britannia, is there not a possibility that the new prince and princess will require something to sail around the seas?

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: The hon. Lady is making a very important point about democratic accountability in Northern Ireland. Does she agree with the suggestion made by some that the pay of Members of the Legislative Assembly should be suspended until they manage to get together and form the Executive?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (21 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the situation in Yemen very much points to the fact that we have a failed Iran policy? We have a capital in Tehran that is taking British hostages, that is developing missiles, that is threatening its neighbours and that is destabilising the region, and our policy is what? There is none.

Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

Thomas Tugendhat: I welcome the Foreign Secretary’s statement. Has he by any chance asked our own military command to engage with the chief of the general staff of the Zimbabwean armed forces, and encourage him to put troops back into barracks and allow a democratic process to take place?


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