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Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I apologise if the speakers have already touched on this; I did not pick up everything that was said from Scotland. Mark, you have written a very detailed paper, and I thank you for it. One of the very important points you make in that paper is the fact that public bodies in Wales and Scotland are already obliged to follow ethical practices with regard to employment, for example, and need to...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witness ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Andrew, you will have heard the last question in the last session, which touched on foreign policy. I made a statement that foreign policy is a non-devolved matter, but human rights is an issue that belongs to central Government, local government and devolved Government—it belongs to all citizens in a sense. Is that your view as well, and if it is, would you care to elaborate to say why...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witness ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q My question follows on from what you have just said, Andrew. The Government say they are committed to a two-state solution. We as the Opposition, and I think the British Parliament, are strongly in favour of that. However, there is great deal of concern about the conflation of Israel and the occupied territories and the Golan Heights. I believe I am correct in saying that this is the first...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Partly because our two professors are from Wales and Scotland, I want to ask about devolution. Most of would agree, I think, that foreign policy is exclusively a reserved matter, but we are not just talking about foreign policy now; we are talking about procurement responsibilities and public service pension schemes, the responsibility for which is, to a large extent, in different ways,...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q The House of Commons Library disagrees with you.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witness ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: We have a great deal of sympathy with what you have expressed to us this afternoon. One problem that many people have with the Bill is that although it was billed as a Bill to prevent BDS against Israel, it is not country-specific. It applies to all countries, including Myanmar and China, and will have a direct impact on the solidarity that is capable of being shown to the Uyghur minority. It...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witness ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q I think everyone would agree that foreign policy is a reserved matter in the United Kingdom, but there is a danger of assuming that the United Kingdom is still a unitary state, which it is not. We can talk about foreign policy on the one hand, but on the other hand we talk about procurement policy, much of which is devolved, whether that is to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Senedd or...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witness ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q I am someone who has been on record many, many times as being totally opposed to BDS, but I also respect the devolution settlements. Irrespective of the issue, is it not right for the devolved institutions to exercise the powers that they have without an overbearing influence from central Government?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witness ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Hannah, we have heard from the JLC and the Board of Deputies of British Jews that they are broadly supportive of the legislation as it stands. You have expressed your concern and reservations about it. Could you objectively give us an indication of what the feeling is among other Jewish organisations in Britain, and also among progressive voices inside Israel itself?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Thank you, Chair, and good morning to you both. Your organisations support the legislation. I have read your submissions, and it is quite clear that you are supportive of the various aspects of it. But can you tell us, hand on heart: if you had a blank sheet of paper before you, would this be the approach that your organisations would be in favour of?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q But let us say that there had been formal consultation with you before the publication of the draft legislation. Are there any specific points that you would have asked to be included in the legislation and which you do not find before you now?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: Q Could I ask just one further question? I think that both organisations are in favour of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. One thing in this legislation that is different from any other legislation that I have seen from this Government or any other British Government is that it equates the state of Israel with the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It has been suggested...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 5 Sep 2023)

Wayne David: I have been to Israel on a visit funded by Labour Friends of Israel, but that was many years ago.

Violence in the West Bank ( 4 Jul 2023)

Wayne David: We must all be extremely concerned about the situation in the refugee camp in the city of Jenin, as well as the ongoing deteriorating situation in the conflict as a whole. Israel has the right to defend itself against militant groups, but that right must be exercised proportionately and in line with international law. I am therefore very concerned that reports suggest there are significant...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (28 Jun 2023)

Wayne David: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to implement the recommendations of the second interim report of the Infected Blood Inquiry, published on 5 April 2023.

Global Military Operations (14 Jun 2023)

Wayne David: I believe the United Kingdom needs to have a military presence across the globe. I am particularly thinking about the South China sea and the threat presented by China, which has been alluded to already. I am conscious of the situation in that area, which is called the East sea by the Vietnamese, and I am acutely aware of the threat to Taiwan, which is apparently escalating. I welcome the...

Global Military Operations (14 Jun 2023)

Wayne David: The Minister is surely correct in saying that we must be prepared for a long struggle, but it is vital, of course, that the Ukrainians have a continuing supply of arms to support their war effort. Is he absolutely confident that we have the manufacturing capability and the necessary supply chains to produce the weapons required by the Ukrainians?


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