Results 141–160 of 5152 for speaker:Jo Swinson

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Developing Countries (13 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: As we learned today that only six of the promised 40 trade deals will actually be in place by the end of March, it seems that the International Trade Secretary is in competition with the Transport Secretary for who can do the worst job. What assurance can this Secretary of State give to the House that we will see full impact assessments on the social, environmental and human rights impacts of...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Correspondence (13 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effect of the contract for offsite screening of incoming mail to the Houses of Parliament on the ability of Members to receive next-day mail.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Correspondence (13 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will investigate delays experienced by Members receiving incoming mail.

Leaving the EU (12 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: I was glad that the Prime Minister mentioned her support for the Liberal Democrat policy of shared parental leave, but does she remember her Conservative colleagues who fought tooth and nail against it? Does she remember the Beecroft report—an extensive Conservative assault on workers’ rights that was stopped by the Lib Dems? Outside the EU, there is nothing to stop a future Conservative...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Supermarket Supply Chains: Human Rights (12 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: We all want to be able to buy food in the supermarkets without trampling on the human rights of the people who produced it. Yet less than half of all agricultural companies are complying with their requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, so what changes will the Government make to ensure that companies properly report what they are doing to tackle problems with human rights in their...

Science and Technology Committee ( 7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and his Committee on the production of this excellent report. Does he agree that as new technology develops, and particularly as we hand more control over to algorithms, there is an urgent need to ensure that ethical considerations are fully thought through at the design stage? In addition to the specific regulation that he envisages, we also need a more...

Venezuela ( 7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: I very much welcome the Minister’s and the UK Government’s recognition of Juan Guaidó as the interim President of Venezuela. I think that the response by the shadow Minister was frankly astonishing in almost seeking to absolve the Maduro regime of the responsibility that it should have for this crisis in the country that is causing misery to millions. Will the Minister tell the House a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sanctions: EU Action ( 7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 5 September 2018, Official Report, column 169, what progress the PM has made in pushing for new EU sanctions regimes against those responsible for cyber-attacks and gross human rights violations.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( 7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to her oral contribution of 5 September 2018, Official Report, column 169, what progress she has made in working with international partners to empower the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to attribute chemical weapons attacks to other states beyond Syria.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration Controls: National Security ( 7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Home Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2018, Official Report, column 169, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new power to detain people at the UK border to determine whether they are engaged in hostile state activity on the security of the UK.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty ( 4 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is alarming to see how, piece by piece, the security architecture that was assembled to keep us all safe after the cold war is being dismantled. Looking ahead to the NPT—treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons—review conference next year, how can the UK help to foster a shared understanding among all major powers in the new world order that rules and restrictions on nuclear...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Evan Mawarire ( 4 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart to ensure that Evan Mawarire is given a fair trial in accordance with international law.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Zimbabwe: Politics and Government ( 4 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) South Africa, (b) Botswana, (c) Namibia and and (d) Malawi on the situation in Zimbabwe.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Zimbabwe: Detainees ( 4 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart to ensure that individuals detained by the military and the police during the recent unrest are given a fair trial in accordance with international law.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mali: Armed Conflict (31 Jan 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports that climate change is exacerbating conflict in Mali; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2019)

Jo Swinson: UK corporation tax was already the third lowest in the G20, yet this year the Government are spending more on an unnecessary corporation tax cut than it would cost to end the cruel benefits freeze. Politics is about choices. Can the Chancellor not see that when the poorest are suffering, a race to the bottom on corporation tax is the wrong priority?

Business of the House (Today): Proxy Voting (28 Jan 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is obviously a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies), who gave a characteristic speech. I recall my suggestion during the urgent question, when I said that the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) might be seeking a pair for this evening and I thought the hon. Gentleman might have been up for that, but he is here instead. What I would say is...

Venezuela (28 Jan 2019)

Jo Swinson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes) on securing the urgent question. Maduro is presiding over a corrupt regime after rigged elections and is inflicting misery on his own people. He has no legitimacy. While the shadow Foreign Secretary suggests that recognising the democratically elected president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, would be interventionist, does...

Proxy Voting (22 Jan 2019)

Jo Swinson: (Urgent Question): To ask the Leader of the House of Commons if she will make a statement on the obstacles to introducing proxy voting in Parliament.

Proxy Voting (22 Jan 2019)

Jo Swinson: First, I absolutely share in the congratulations that the Leader of the House is sending—I am sure from the whole House—to the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) on the birth of her gorgeous baby boy, Raphael. I thought that things were pretty bad when, back in June in the heat wave, I was 10 days past my due date, but the Government’s response to the House’s...


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