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International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I associate myself very much with the words spoken by the Minister just now in paying tribute to all those people in DFID who give of their best in the work they do across the world. I thank the Minister for his comprehensive comments and pay tribute to him and the Department for the work that they do across the world. I thank...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I am coming to my hon. Friend. I would like to concentrate on three points that were made. The first, which was made by quite a few hon. Members, including the hon. Member for Dundee West, was the huge humanitarian crisis that we face now. It is probably the biggest that we have faced since 1945 and responding to it presents challenges for every Government. The second point was made by my...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I beg to move, That this House has considered the UK’s contribution to international disaster relief. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. It is quite timely to be debating this issue today on the back of data released last week by the OECD showing that the UK was one of only six countries to meet its commitment to spending 0.7% of its gross national income on...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I am receptive to that argument, but I do politely disagree with my hon. Friend. I will speak about that in more detail later. I believe that we in this country have a duty to help struggling economies to build new partnerships, support fledgling democracies and help to put an end to disease, hunger and extreme poverty. I am convinced that our development budget is a crucial part of securing...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I would suggest that that is a question for the Minister rather than me.

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I do. It is clear to me that without a strong Navy we could not have delivered the £92 million of aid that the UK contributed to the response following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, nor could we have deployed the 2,000 UK servicemen and women who spearheaded our aid relief. Without a strong Air Force, the RAF would not have been able to deliver aid to mountainous Nepal following the 2015...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I could not add anything more. My hon. Friend is absolutely right; George W. Bush’s reputation there is almost in adverse relation to his reputation in this part of the world. Concerns have been raised in this House and elsewhere about how our aid budget is focused on responding to disaster, rather than prioritising disaster preparedness so that countries are better equipped to help...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: This is becoming a running theme—I could not agree more strongly. It is sheer common sense that providing funding to countries at an elevated risk of natural disaster will reduce the need for British aid in the future and slow the pace at which it needs to be delivered to be effective. The people of the UK are rightly proud of this country’s tradition of responding to disasters...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Andrew Bowie: The attractiveness to many of the two-weekly payments of UC are obvious, but does my right hon. Friend share my concerns that the Scottish Government’s decision to offer this to my constituents and other people across Scotland will leave those who choose it to be worse off than claimants in the rest of the UK?

Modernising Defence Programme (25 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I wish you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and the Secretary of State a very happy Burns day. Tomorrow evening, I will be addressing a Burns supper in the wardroom of HMS Nelson. When I stand up, will I be able to confirm that the review will remain in the sole command of the Secretary of State and that, in conducting it, he and his staff will be fully aware of the critical importance of our senior...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Many Members on both sides of the House, myself included, have expressed concern about the future of our national defences. Of course, the fact is that this Government will always take the right long-term decisions to protect our national security, so will my right hon. Friend assuage those concerns and assure the House that this approach will continue?

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I have been called much worse, Mrs Moon. I may be wrong—forgive me—but I did not hear anyone in this Chamber, the House of Commons or anywhere else say that we should go back to the days when we ruled India or that we should rule the waves and bring back the empire. That is simply not what we are debating.

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: The difference between those two referendums is that the one on our membership of the European Union was legal, whereas the one on Catalonia’s membership of Spain was not legal in any way. It was an illegal referendum, as has been recognised by the European Union and the United Nations.

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It is a genuine pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending a conference at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris, along with other young and nearly young politicians across Europe. Among the attendees were representatives from En Marche! and Les Républicains from France, liberals from Spain, conservatives and liberals from Poland...

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I would be delighted to.

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I absolutely accept that. That was the case at the time, of course, but the people of Scotland went to the polls in 2014 in the full knowledge that a referendum on our membership of the EU was on the table. It was January 2013 when David Cameron made his speech at Bloomberg stating his intention to hold a referendum on our membership of the EU if the Conservatives secured a majority at the...

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: It will come as no surprise to the hon. Gentleman that I tend to reflect more favourably on the result this year, when 13 Scottish Conservatives were returned to this Parliament and, sadly, the Scottish National party lost 21 seats to various Unionist parties. As much as I would like to continue that debate for the entire evening, I must carry on. In June 2016, 17.5 million people voted to...

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Andrew Bowie: I do not advocate, nor do I think anyone in the Government advocates, crashing out. The negotiations are ongoing, and what we want out of the negotiations is key to our getting a good deal from them.


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