Results 81–100 of 1025 for speaker:Richard Drax

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrants: Portland ( 3 May 2023)

Richard Drax: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has carried out a risk assessment of asylum seekers' welfare (a) on board and (b) off the proposed barge accommodation centres.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Housing ( 3 May 2023)

Richard Drax: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the planned staff to resident ratio is for the Biddy Stockholm barge in Portland Port (a) in the day and (b) at night; and what assessment she has made of the capacity of local (i) police and (ii) other emergency services to provide relevant support to staff and residents at that site.

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrants: Portland ( 3 May 2023)

Richard Drax: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Biddy Stockholm barge which will house asylum seekers in Portland Port, Dorset is as advertised designed to accommodate 222 people; and how that vessel will accommodate more people than that figure.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sudan: Emergency Situation ( 2 May 2023)

Richard Drax: Several constituents, mainly with military backgrounds, and I were concerned to hear of British citizens being beaten and robbed on the way to the airport to get out of Sudan. Being an ex-soldier, I would have thought that our military forces, who are superb, would be sent out to escort those citizens to the airport. Did that happen, or were British citizens told to get to the airport with no...

Asylum Seeker Accommodation: South Dorset (26 Apr 2023)

Richard Drax: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. I know that the debate is not easy for him, and I appreciate that. As he rightly said, the Home Office is now talking to all the bodies it should have been speaking to, but that is not the point. The point I am making is that all that should have happened before he imposed the plan on us. At least we could have then had an honest and frank...

Asylum Seeker Accommodation: South Dorset (26 Apr 2023)

Richard Drax: The reason that people object is simply that we do not have the resources to cope with this. The Minister is putting a potential landmine into a highly restricted port, where young men will be trapped in a barge for many hours a day, with a few being let off God knows where. Where are they going to go, Minister? What are they going to do? What happens if they do not come back—a telephone...

Asylum Seeker Accommodation: South Dorset (26 Apr 2023)

Richard Drax: Can the Minister confirm that this Stockholm Biddy—I think that is what it is called—is designed to accommodate 222 people, as it is according to the internet, and will be taking 506? How will the barge be refurbished to accommodate these young men? How many rooms will be in fours, sixes or twos to accommodate that huge number?

Asylum Seeker Accommodation: South Dorset (26 Apr 2023)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to speak in the House tonight, and I am delighted to see the Minister in his place, with whom I have had a few words. I apologise to him, because he has had a hard day already, but I am afraid it is going to get even harder in the next few minutes. Stop the boats—stop the boats! Following today’s debate, the timing of my Adjournment debate could not be more apt and...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (29 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: Every time my late father—bless him—heard me speak, all he said was, “Too long, Richard,” so on that basis I shall be brief. It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for East Ham (Sir Stephen Timms). I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I will speak, probably for no more than five minutes, about the corporation tax rise and the international...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (29 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: Raising corporation tax from 19% to 25% is a 31% increase. That figure is not often used.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (29 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: Can the Minister tell the House how many countries have signed up to this mad, mad move?

Illegal Migration Update (29 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: Land-based reception camps in the right place have to be the solution. Does my right hon. Friend agree that, if we look at what has happened in hotel so far with illegal migrants, we have had issues with local residents, disappearing children, sexual assaults and so on, and that putting these people on boats or barges, where the problem will be exacerbated tenfold, is totally and utterly out...

Antisocial Behaviour Action Plan (27 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: When we travel into our great cities and towns, we see mile after mile of graffiti. The message is clear: abandon hope all ye who enter here. Can my right hon. and learned Friend tell the House that the perpetrators—the so-called graffiti artists—will be tracked down and made to clean up the mess they make, and be seen to do so publicly?

Oil Spill: Poole Harbour (27 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the oil spill in Poole harbour.

Oil Spill: Poole Harbour (27 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: Thank you very much for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker. I thank my hon. Friend for her statement. This unfortunate incident has occurred in one of the most beautiful and fragile ecosystems in my constituency. It is not just my constituency that is affected, but those of other Dorset MPs, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Sir Robert Syms), who is here in the...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation - Income Tax (Charge) (16 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: I welcome the hon. Member for West Lancashire (Ashley Dalton) to the House, and I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. We are the party of low taxes, or we are nothing. It is a core Conservative value that we believe people should keep more of their money. In that regard, I commend the Chancellor for scrapping the pensions allowance. It is rather...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation - Income Tax (Charge) (16 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: I will not, because we do not have time and others wish to speak. Because of pandering to the green lobby and unachievable targets, oil and gas companies face punitive tax rates such as the 50% corporation tax rate and a 35% windfall levy. As the war in Europe has reminded us, energy security is paramount. Over-reliance on supply from overseas has left many countries—not just...

Integrated Review Refresh (13 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: The velvet glove of diplomacy must cover the iron fist. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that even 2.5% of GDP on defence will simply not be enough to give the Foreign Office the support it needs to do its job?

Defence: UK Military Capability (13 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: Madam Deputy Speaker, may I say how nice it is to see you back in your place? It is a very great pleasure. I commend my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary and his excellent Front Bench team, because I know for a fact that they are fighting for every single penny they can get. However, as has been said, and I must agree, £5 billion is not sufficient to ensure that our core armed forces...


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