Results 21–40 of 1025 for speaker:Richard Drax

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: The irony is not lost on me in this debate that every single one of us in this place wants the same thing. Normally when the whole House agrees on something, I think that something is wrong, but in this case I have no doubt that the whole House is right: we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. What we are debating today and arguing about in this place is how we can get there in the...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: That point has been raised several times, and I totally agree that the tax receipts from investment in oil and gas play a huge part in our economy. I might have this wrong, but as I understand it these companies will face 50% corporation tax and a 35% windfall levy. I would be grateful if, in his summing up, the Minister could say whether that is true. I am not an expert in the industry, but...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I hope my hon. Friend and I can be corrected by the Minister because, as the House has just heard, the tax rates are punitive. If we are going to do this for all the common-sense reasons that the Minister and the Government say we should, why on earth are we raising taxes to such a point that it discourages and disincentivises all those who need to spend hundreds of millions of pounds, or...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: rose—

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. He has spoken for an awfully long time and I suspect he is coming to the end of his speech so that Back Benchers can participate. Not one idea has he put on the Floor of the House about what Labour would do were it to take over from us.

Defending the UK and Allies (15 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I commend my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary for his excellent and wide-ranging speech this morning, in which he rightly pointed out that we face dangerous times. Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that, while how we spend defence money is important, it is vital and without doubt that defence needs a great deal more money—more than 2.5% and these arbitrary...

Defence: Defence Jobs ( 8 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: One decision that my hon. Friend could make to support defence jobs is to retain HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark. Will he reassure the House, the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy and the armed forces that these two vital ships will be kept in operation and not mothballed?

UK-Rwanda Partnership ( 6 Dec 2023)

Richard Drax: Does my right hon. Friend agree that all these human rights laws were simply not designed for the massive problem of illegal, mainly economic migration that we face today, and that a review is urgently needed?

Sentencing Bill ( 6 Dec 2023)

Richard Drax: I will concentrate in my speech on two issues: first, sentencing; and secondly, suggestions to stop reoffending, particularly among the young. This is not a catch-all but just an idea, which could come with other ideas. I welcome the parts of the Bill that will ensure those who pose the greatest danger to society will be locked up and off our streets. The end of the automatic 50% remission...

Legal Migration ( 4 Dec 2023)

Richard Drax: I commend my right hon. Friend on at last tackling an unsustainable issue, but was he, like me, a little concerned that two very high-ranking officials were unable at a parliamentary Committee to answer basic questions on migrant issues? Will he assure me that this will not happen in future and that he will push through these five excellent points forthwith?

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity ( 8 Nov 2023)

Richard Drax: Pageantry is one of our country’s greatest strengths, with yesterday’s state opening of Parliament reaffirming our standards and values to the world. I am proud of our royal family, our country and our democracy. It saddens and concerns me that a significant minority do not share my views. Some of them plan to march in London during this Remembrance weekend, which is a time reserved for...

Defence: UK Obligations to NATO (11 Sep 2023)

Richard Drax: I send my condolences to the Secretary of State. As my right hon. Friend knows, membership of NATO requires an expenditure of 2% of GDP. This is an arbitrary and paltry figure bearing in mind the threats that we all face. What discussions is he having with other NATO partners, many of which are not even spending the 2%, to increase their spending on defence?

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Sep 2023)

Richard Drax: In the short time I have, may I introduce a slight note of caution? I was impressed by the almost Tiggerish performance by the Minister—he is very persuasive on this Bill—but what concerns me is what is guiding Government policy and, dare I say it, the policy of many in this House. The Climate Change Act 2008, and the further legislation in 2019 when our Government increased the cut in...

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Sep 2023)

Richard Drax: It is. I have read many articles, not least by Mr Bean who, as we know, is a car expert. He wrote a very good article in The Guardian about why we are not quite ready for battery cars. If my wife or daughter is travelling from A to B, I want her to get there safely, as she can in a petrol or diesel car, without having to wait in a petrol section for some minutes to recharge her car, which...

Illegal Migration Update ( 5 Sep 2023)

Richard Drax: I thank my right hon. Friend for the very helpful telephone calls I have had during the summer concerning the Bibby Stockholm barge, which is in Portland port in my constituency—something that the majority of us oppose, as he knows. We do not have any migrants on board due to the legionella problem, and I understand that the Government are facing various legal actions, not least from the...

Prime Minister: Engagements ( 5 Jul 2023)

Richard Drax: I associate myself with your comments about the NHS, Mr Speaker. My constituents in Weymouth and Portland and I are getting a little tired of being told that placing a migrant barge in our port is in the national interest. It is neither in the national interest nor in ours. The barge, designed for 222, will accommodate 506 illegal migrants, already testing our overstretched resources. It was...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: New Clause 4 - Domestic top-up tax to apply from 31 December 2023 (20 Jun 2023)

Richard Drax: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on amendment 20. The only certainty that the Opposition can offer to businesses is that taxes will be so high that businesses will fail—that is about the only thing the Opposition can do. So far as this measure is concerned, can she tell the House what the Americans think of the idea? Where are they in their thinking?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: New Clause 4 - Domestic top-up tax to apply from 31 December 2023 (20 Jun 2023)

Richard Drax: On the Government Benches, we get tired of hearing from the Opposition Benches about taking taxpayers’ money. This is money the poor taxpayer is having to pay in the first place and should not be taxed on. So far as pensions are concerned, surely the aim for all of us is to have, if we can afford to, sufficient money to live free of the state and off the state at the end of our years,...

Points of Order (15 Jun 2023)

Richard Drax: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I wonder if you could help me. As you may know, a barge is due to come to my constituency at the end of this month to house 506 migrants. The port—a private port—has been paid a considerable sum of money. In response to a written question to the Home Office, I had a written reply saying that it was commercially confidential and we could not know the...

Armoured Cavalry Programme: Sheldon Review (15 Jun 2023)

Richard Drax: I commend the Minister—a conscientious Minister, if ever there was one—and his predecessor, my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk), to whom we have spoken on many occasions in the Defence Committee, on which I sit. I know that they are just as alarmed by this as we all are. We have to learn the lesson about attention to detail. On our visit to General...


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