Results 1–20 of 104 for speaker:Robert Courts

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: Let us be quite clear about one or two things. First, contrary to what has been said, it is quite clear that the Conservative party did not lose the election. With 56 more seats than the Labour party, the Conservative party quite clearly won the election. Secondly, while the Conservative party does not command an overall majority on its own, the Government quite clearly command the confidence...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: It is an honour to contribute to this historic debate, and to follow the hon. Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds), who made an impassioned contribution. I would like to start with a sober analysis of what the Bill is really about. It is about an overall approach. It is essential for a smooth and orderly exit from the European Union and provides the continuity that is needed for...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: I warmly welcome the Secretary of State’s statement, with its ambition to increase the Royal Navy’s platform numbers and our export possibilities. The hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) mentioned the Rothesay class, which of course evolved into the excellent Leander class that was operated by eight navies worldwide because it was so adaptable and provided an excellent...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments (5 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a great pleasure to speak in a debate that is, as we all know, enormously important. I spoke in detail about the effect of poor broadband in my constituency on Second Reading, but I now want to make two brief points about events which occurred during the recess and which illustrate precisely what I have spoken about in the House on so many occasions. Kernahan Service is a garage on one...

Korean Peninsula (5 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: Does the Foreign Secretary agree that Britain, with its close and established ties with the United States and its strengthened ties with Japan, is in a unique position to bring together regional players to achieve the sort of regional solution that we need in order to avoid the regional instability that none of us in this House wants to see?

Grenfell Tower and Building Safety (5 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: I am sure that all Members will have been shocked by the revelation that 1,000 fire doors were found to be missing from towers in Camden. Does not this raise wider questions about the maintenance of premises in Camden and other areas by landlords who should know better?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: Michel Barnier has said that his “state of mind…is to reach an agreement” with the United Kingdom. In the Secretary of State’s experience, is the good will that is required to reach a negotiated settlement present?

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Robert Courts: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I join the chorus of congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish) on securing this essential debate. I have been interested in the topic ever since childhood, when my father, who worked for a house building company—I declare an interest—took me to see Poundbury, the village in...

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: I thank the Secretary of State for his detailed statement, and for having kept the House so fully apprised of recent developments. I am horrified to hear that some housing associations have not yet, despite requests to do so, sent in samples for testing. Is the Secretary of State considering taking any further action? Perhaps the time has come for naming and shaming, for example.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: What assessment he has made of the opportunities available for the farming industry after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Farming (20 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: One of the most promising opportunities after we leave the EU will be to expand the range of markets available to our farmers, but that will come with corresponding challenges. Will the Minister please explain what the Government propose to do to open the new markets that will be available to the farmers of west Oxfordshire while maintaining our high standards, which are not always observed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: Farmers in west Oxfordshire welcome the Government’s assurance that CAP funding will be guaranteed until 2020 and for structural schemes for the lifetime of the scheme. Could the Government give further assurance as to what assistance will be given to farmers who plan on a five-year cycle?

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) on securing this extremely important debate. I also welcome him to the House, because it is so important that we have Members with his experience to bring first-hand knowledge of the issues that we are discussing today and throughout our deliberations. My...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way, and to the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) for securing this crucial debate. My hon. Friend is making some important points, and I want to add one. An important human right is that of legal representation to ensure access to justice. One of the most horrifying aspects of both Nazanin and Kamal’s cases is the absence...

Free Childcare (18 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: As the parent of a one-year-old, I am very grateful for this scheme as I find my way through the challenges of parenthood. I am sure that many others will feel the same. Will the Minister please tell the House what testing was carried out prior to the launch of the system, and how many parents were involved?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Avoidance and Evasion (18 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: Will the Minister confirm that due to steps taken by this Government, the top 1% of people now pay 27% of income tax, and that that is a higher proportion than under the previous Labour Government?

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend makes an important point about attendance by some Labour Members. Perhaps she saw the coverage of last Tuesday’s Westminster Hall debate on managing the public finances, which was attended by a great many Conservative Members and almost no Labour Members.

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: I return to the question of the skill of our pilots in avoiding civilian casualties wherever possible. Can my right hon. Friend please confirm that that extends to the selection of hot and cold targets, so that targets can be changed even at the last moment to avoid those casualties?

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: I am very grateful to the Minister for his comments about high-rise buildings. Will he clarify whether the testing and the regulation-reviewing that the Government are undertaking also extend to other buildings that may be affected, such as schools and hospitals?

Balancing the Public Finances — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan—it is the first time I have had the opportunity to do so. I will keep my remarks very brief because I know a lot of hon. Members want to speak, and I will try not to repeat things that others have said already. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) on securing the debate, which is of...


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