Results 1001–1020 of 1025 for speaker:Richard Drax

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (29 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: Morale among the prison officers in the two prisons in South Dorset is at an all-time low. Will the Minister reassure me that their rights will be upheld as well as the prisoners’ rights?

Backbench Business: Coastguard Service (24 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: Mr Crausby, I will launch straight in. Thank you very much indeed for calling me and I offer my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton) for securing this debate. I pay tribute to all those who work in the rescue services, and I welcome the Minister to Westminster Hall today. As a former soldier and firefighter, if anyone knows what we are talking about and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Peacekeeping Operations (24 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of future levels of demand by his Department for assistance from the armed forces for (a) evacuation of UK nationals abroad and (b) assistance to foreign government in civil emergencies; and if he will make a statement.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 (21 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: It is a privilege to follow the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy). First and foremost, my thoughts extend to our armed forces policing this no-fly zone and to their families. Our stated purpose is to save lives, and I am delighted that we have taken such a high moral and legal stand. I, like many here today, hope that we succeed in that worthy aim, and I commend the Prime Minister...

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 (21 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that, if we had delayed such action any longer, which he wanted to do so that we could debate it in the House, people would have died?

Written Answers — Defence: Army: Manpower (17 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the size of the Army following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Royal Assent: European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (16 Mar 2011)

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School Crossing Patrols (Dorset) (16 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: Forgive my voice, Mr Weir. It is a bit croaky, so I will try to speak up. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Annette Brooke) for securing this debate. It is an excellent topic that affects Dorset. My constituency is more rural than hers, and its nature, topography and make-up demand that lollipop men and women should stay. Many of my local schools are...

Charitable Healthcare Providers (Value Added Tax Relief): Clause 10 — Parliamentary control of certain decisions not requiring approval by Act ( 8 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: It is a privilege to follow my hon. Friend the Member for South Swindon (Mr Buckland). I, too, pay tribute to the Minister for Europe; if the debates have confirmed only one thing in my mind, it is that he and I are poles apart. For me and many of my constituents, it has been sad to watch a once-proud sovereign nation hand over more and more powers to Europe. This federal beast grows bigger...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Libya and the Middle East ( 7 Mar 2011)

Richard Drax: If we have no aircraft carriers, which are needed to implement a no-fly zone, from which base would rescue helicopters for downed pilots fly?

Backbench Business — [20th Allotted Day]: Voting by Prisoners (10 Feb 2011)

Richard Drax: I have heard the word "rights" used a lot this afternoon, but surely equal weight should be given to the word "responsibilities". If someone behaves irresponsibly-criminally-they should lose those rights. My right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General said that he is angry about this issue, and the Prime Minister has been quoted as saying that it makes him feel sick. I suggest a...

Backbench Business — [20th Allotted Day]: Voting by Prisoners (10 Feb 2011)

Richard Drax: My hon. Friend is much more learned than I am, and he makes an interesting point. Finally, I shall touch on the mechanics of giving prisoners the vote. How will we do it? Will we canvass prison cells? Will we knock on each door and ask, "What can we do to get you to vote for us?" Might murders and rapists affect the outcome of an election in a marginal seat? It sounds ridiculous and it is...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — Onshore Wind Energy (10 Feb 2011)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to serve under you, Mr Walker. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire (Andrea Leadsom) for bringing this excellent debate to Westminster Hall. I represent the people of South Dorset, which includes East Stoke, a lovely village situated between Wareham and Wool. An application was made there for eight wind turbines, although the number has now been...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — Onshore Wind Energy (10 Feb 2011)

Richard Drax: I agree. The argument put to me by the wind company was that wind turbines can be taken down in a day. I suppose that there is a certain argument that a nuclear power station cannot be taken down in a day. It takes decades, so in that sense the statement is true; but there is still a huge concrete plinth stuck in the ground. My argument is that rather than looking at the issue from a balanced...

Vote on Account 2011-12 — Home Office: Police Funding ( 8 Dec 2010)

Richard Drax: May I say what a privilege it is to follow the hon. Member for Walsall North (Mr Winnick), a distinguished Member of the House? I must say that I agreed with much of what he said. I also thank the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) for his eloquent opening of the debate. The hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) made the point that law and order is a top...

Safe Standing (Football Stadia): European Union Bill ( 7 Dec 2010)

Richard Drax: How interesting that the poor old mouse has taken such a lot of stick tonight. Several hon. Members have used the expression "mouse of a Bill." It is a mouse that the EU cat will play with, mutilate and consume. I have heard the words, "judicial reviews," "written constitution," "competences," "vetoes," "referendums," "advocate-generals," and "ratchets." That is the language of the...

Safe Standing (Football Stadia): European Union Bill ( 7 Dec 2010)

Richard Drax: I apologise. I am happy to retract that statement. To our Government's credit, they have attempted to prevent the ratchet clauses with the referendum lock. That is a seemingly elegant solution that, as I said, will give power back to the people. However, if we look at the Bill more closely, we will see that there is plenty of wriggle room. I, for one-there are obviously many others-am unhappy...

Bill Presented — Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Import, Sale or Distribution) Bill: Backbench Business — [4th allotted day] — Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Sep 2010)

Richard Drax: I apologise for not being here at the start of the debate. I wish that I had heard the speech by my right hon. Friend the Member for North East Hampshire (Mr Arbuthnot), the Chairman of the Select Committee, but I was at a ministerial meeting. Like other hon. Members, I have been impressed and illuminated by what I have heard from Members on both sides of the House. As a former soldier and...

Bill Presented — Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Import, Sale or Distribution) Bill: Backbench Business — [4th allotted day] — Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Sep 2010)

Richard Drax: As I have already hinted, and as I shall now say bluntly, the reason the bean counters are in is partly, dare I say it, because of those who are now on the Opposition Benches.

Bill Presented — Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Import, Sale or Distribution) Bill: Backbench Business — [4th allotted day] — Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Sep 2010)

Richard Drax: I entirely concur with my hon. Friend. On nuclear submarines, I entirely concur with my hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), who made a very eloquent speech on the defence of our submarine-based nuclear deterrent. It is essential. We have four boats. To non-service personnel, let me explain that four boats are never in the water at one time; at least two, perhaps, will be...


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