Results 1–20 of 187 for speaker:Alex Burghart

Gosport Independent Panel: Publication of Report (20 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I congratulate the Secretary of State and the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) for getting us to this point. I was deeply concerned to hear in the Secretary of State’s statement that Ministers had been given advice not to proceed with this independent panel. Is the Secretary of State convinced that Ministers are now receiving better advice?

Business of the House (7 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: Please may we have a debate on the future of the car industry, which is so important to my constituency?

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Minister for his comments, and I thank all my colleagues for coming and defending the interests of their constituents. I hope that I made my point in defending the interests of the archaeological community, and that the Minister and all the interested parties do everything they can to ensure that the inherent value of the archaeology of the Stonehenge world heritage site remains...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I beg to move, That this House has considered proposed road alterations around Stonehenge.

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: Thank you very much, Sir Graham; it is a pleasure to serve under your careful and kind direction. I know that it is slightly unusual for an MP from Essex to call a debate on improvements to a road that is not in Essex; indeed, the A303 does not run through Essex and Stonehenge is not within Essex. So I apologise to Members who represent constituencies in the area around Stonehenge that are...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I give way to the chair of the all-party parliamentary archaeology group.

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his remarks and will turn in a moment to what we do not yet know about Stonehenge.

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for that excellent point. There is no doubt that a tunnel under part of the site will protect that very part. Notwithstanding the concerns that have been raised about toxic gases that could be released by tunnelling through chalk—not something I am fit to comment on—I believe that part of the site will be preserved by digging deep down for a tunnel. However,...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments. I am one of those people who have sat on the A303 on a hot summer’s day in stationary traffic with an agitated child in the back and a wife looking at me as though to say, “We should have taken a different route.” The last time I went on the A303 in summer, we were in stationary traffic for two hours because the President of...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for those remarks. As I said to my hon. Friend the Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray) a moment ago, I fully understand the need for some form of road improvement in the area. All I am asking for is an assurance that we are doing everything in our power to protect the archaeological environment.

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I think I made it clear to my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison) that I am not a road engineer. I am a simple Member of Parliament with a historical and archaeological bent. The experts should find a means of answering such questions. It may be, for all I know, that they have already done so, but from the information that I have seen and that has been made...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. I was on my way to Cornwall when President Obama so rudely interrupted my holiday, so I appreciate my hon. Friend’s point. My third and final point is broader. It is about the nature of world heritage sites and us, and it goes beyond what I have been saying about the Stonehenge site. We all know that we are bound by the world heritage convention...

Personal Independence Payments (4 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that she is considering simplifying the PIP assessment forms to make the process of applying for the benefit less stressful for people?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driverless Vehicles (25 May 2018)

Alex Burghart: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport of 14 May 2018, Official Report, column 99, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic with the (a) testing and (b) use of fully autonomous vehicles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Alex Burghart: A recent report by the Select Committee on Work and Pensions showed that there are massive gains to be made by deploying assistive technology to help people with disabilities into work. What are the Minister and her Department doing to extend this technology to people who need it?

Freedom of Speech: Universities — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 May 2018)

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I rise to speak as a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and it is a pleasure to do so. I have greatly enjoyed my brief time on the Committee, and I thank and congratulate our Chair, the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman), on her leadership and on bringing together an important and...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords] (14 May 2018)

Alex Burghart: I am sure that the House will be delighted to hear that I do not intend to speak for long on this important Bill. As Members on both sides of the House have acknowledged, this is an essential piece of legislation that allows for a smooth and orderly transition out of the EU and gives the Government a degree of wiggle room to take account of how the negotiations pan out. The Bill will...

Tributes: Baroness Jowell: Schools That Work For Everyone (14 May 2018)

Alex Burghart: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for saying that selective schools will have to prove that they are improving access for the most disadvantaged pupils. Will he also look into how we can make progress on the proportion of children just on the other side of the free school meals line, who have been found to be under-represented at selective schools as well?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Unemployment: Young People (14 May 2018)

Alex Burghart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2018 to Question 131803 on Unemployment: Young People, if he will provide the same figures for children of the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities.


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