Results 1–20 of 635 for speaker:Alicia Kearns

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Balkans: Politics and Government (18 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for the regional security of the Balkans of the (a) meeting between the President of Serbia, the President of Republika Srpska and Patriarch Porifirije and (b) planned joint Easter Assembly between Serbia and Republika Srpska.

Solar Supply Chains (16 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I met the chief executive of Solar Energy UK and asked him, “What happens if one of the companies that signs up to your solar stewardship scheme isn’t keeping itself free of slave labour? What will you do?” He did not have an answer for me, and I said, “Well, will you kick them out? Will you exclude them?” He said, “We don’t have a mechanism to do that.” So have things changed...

Solar Supply Chains (16 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy, for granting this important debate. The solar industry will play an important role in the Government’s net zero plans, with a target of producing 70 GW of solar energy by 2035—a fivefold increase on our current output. It is absolutely right that solar plays its part in increasing our renewable energy output, but the current roll-out lacks national...

Solar Supply Chains (16 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: It is early in my speech, but absolutely, I will give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Solar Supply Chains (16 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman—he is absolutely right. I tabled a very similar amendment to the Energy Bill last year, which I will touch on later. In 2021, Sheffield Hallam University published a report, “In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Solar Supply Chains”. It summarised the situation as follows: “Many indigenous workers are unable to refuse or...

Solar Supply Chains (16 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: It is no surprise that the hon. Gentleman wishes to speak in this debate because he always brings compassion, heart and a real care for human rights. He is right that if green energy is to make up such a substantial part of our future energy grid, we must not tolerate slave labour within it. As I mentioned in response to my lovely Scots nationalist friend, the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute...

Solar Supply Chains (16 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: The hon. Gentleman is correct. The UK is risking becoming a global outlier, because our international partners have taken action. As he says, the USA passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in 2021. The EU is in the process of passing legislation to block the import of goods made with forced labour. That means that we are becoming a dumping ground for these solar panels. Since June...

Iran-Israel Update (15 Apr 2024)

Alicia Kearns: My condolences, Mr Speaker, on the loss of your father. This remains a dangerous moment, yet over the weekend we saw a demonstration of unity and purpose. We saw the depth of will for normalisation and for a secure future for all peoples of the middle east. Restraint is vital if we want to build on the momentum to get hostages home to their families and to get improvements to continuing aid,...

Israel and Gaza (26 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: Yesterday the UN Security Council passed a resolution for a Ramadan ceasefire—in effect, a pause. Intrinsic to that pause was the release of hostages. Can the deputy Foreign Secretary please update us on progress to get those hostages home to safety, because the resolution was very clear that that should happen immediately? Who is enforcing the immediate release of hostages? Can he also...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Counter-extremism Centre of Excellence (26 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which Department the new counter-extremism centre of excellence will sit under.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Counter-extremism Centre of Excellence (26 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the new counter-extremism centre of excellence will take to collaborate with the (a) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and (b) Home Office on existing counter terrorism (i) programmes and (ii) operations.

Petition - Proposed Mallard Solar Plant (20 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: This petition calls on the Government to protect the rural character of Rutland and the Stamford villages, and thousands of acres of the best and most versatile agricultural land, by saying no to Canadian Solar and its use of Uyghur blood labour and no to the Mallard Pass solar plant. I thank the 3,414 people who physically signed the petition —that is a colossal number for an extremely...

Public Bill Committee: Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Bereavement) Bill Committee: Clause 1 - Shared parental leave: entitlement in the event of death of mother (20 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: We come to this place to be a voice for our constituents, and I thank the Government for supporting this Bill—including the amendments that may or may not be voted for or against. On that point around pay, I gently make the point to the Government that I fully endorse the view of my hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe that there should be pay associated with this to support those families....

Israel and Gaza (19 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: May I start by putting on the record my gratitude to the Minister for the Middle East, who made significant representations ahead of Ramadan to reduce tensions in Jerusalem and allow access to the Al-Aqsa mosque, which so far remains calm? The IPC report makes for breathtakingly difficult reading and the humanitarian situation is catastrophic, but it need not be. May I ask that we please push...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education: China (13 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had recent discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and (b) representatives of higher education institutions on the potential impact of such institutions' collaboration with Chinese higher education bodies linked to the People's Liberation Army on national security.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Humanitarian Situation in Gaza (12 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: The Foreign Affairs Committee recently returned from al-Arish, which is the staging point for aid into Gaza. It was very difficult to see thousands of trucks on that border. The Government have been clear that Israel has a legal obligation to ensure that aid reaches civilians. The last legal assessment took place at the end of last year. Can my right hon. Friend tell the House, in legal...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: Haiti is on the edge of collapse, and only 100 nautical miles away are the Turks and Caicos islands, for whose national security the UK has responsibility. Will the Foreign Office fulfil its role by requesting of the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office that we deploy HMS Trent with its defensive capabilities, deploy Royal Marine fast boats, provide assets monitoring in the sea lane, and...

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] ( 1 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I am slightly confused, because the Government are saying that this Bill protects parents too much, but those speaking against it are saying that it will criminalise parents. I am not sure where we will go, but I presume that Government lawyers know slightly more than those who are opposing the Bill from the Back Benches.

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] ( 1 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I am often asked why I fight for a ban on conversion therapy. People say, “Surely there must be some personal connection. Surely you must have some personal history,” but I do not. In fact, there is no one in my family who is LGBT; we may be the only family in the UK without someone who is LGBT. The reason I do it is because fundamentally, as a Conservative, I have a duty to defend...


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