Results 101–120 of 1025 for speaker:Richard Drax

Illegal Migration Bill ( 7 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: I concur with my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), who proved that deterrence works—of course deterrence works. I commend the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister for tackling this difficult issue. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that, particularly when it comes to economic migrants, there is plenty of room for the wealthy west to do more in...

SEND and Alternative Provision ( 6 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: I thank my hon. Friend for her statement, which I am sure will provide some reassurance to many of my constituents who have voiced their frustration with the whole SEND system. Dorset Council does its best, but problems have been identified in diagnosis prior to SEND support, particularly for those with autism. On a related matter, we were delighted to hear that a special school for 14 to...

Civil Service Impartiality ( 6 Mar 2023)

Richard Drax: This is about impartiality and trust, and it saddens me to see the deputy leader of the Labour party, the right hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Angela Rayner), who is in such a senior position, defending this in the way that she did. If the rules have not been followed and a lengthy period of time—that is, two years—has not elapsed, Sue Gray has had access to highly confidential and...

Police Grant Report ( 8 Feb 2023)

Richard Drax: Let me make a very quick and rather cheeky observation: it may be useful if the police got those people in Merseyside before they had to follow them all the way to Dorset.

Police Grant Report ( 8 Feb 2023)

Richard Drax: Before I give my brief speech, I want to pay tribute to President Zelensky. What a touching, poignant and remarkable speech it was, and how courageous of him to come here. I very much hope we do exactly what he wants to support him and his vulnerable nation. First, I pay tribute to Dorset police, which is a wonderful force that does a fantastic job of keeping us all safe and catching...

Charter for Budget Responsibility ( 6 Feb 2023)

Richard Drax: If I might paraphrase, Treasury officials have Ministers by the short and curlies, which is perhaps not the best position for them to be in.

Sport in Schools and Communities (10 Jan 2023)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Mansfield (Ben Bradley), and hugely reassuring to see two very competent Ministers on the Front Bench listening to every word we say. It is also a pleasure to follow all the other excellent speeches that have gone before. I am delighted to be called to speak in this debate because throughout my school days sport was a crucial outlet...

Industrial Action (10 Jan 2023)

Richard Drax: Coming back through Heathrow recently, I spoke to someone who works there who praised the armed forces for the incredible job they did covering Border Force, and told me how the process worked without any problems at all, and what a sad reflection it was on the public service that they could not do the same thing. Does my right hon. Friend agree that Opposition Members, the unions and many...

Small Boats Incident in the Channel (14 Dec 2022)

Richard Drax: What an unpleasant question. I thank my right hon. Friend for her statement. I praise the emergency services and commiserate with all those affected by this terrible drowning at sea. May I pick up on a point from my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton)? He rightly says we have to stop this on the beaches if we cannot stop it before. My right hon. Friend...

NHS Industrial Action: Government Preparations (12 Dec 2022)

Richard Drax: I find it regrettable, as I think most people do, that Opposition Members continue to use the NHS as a political football. This is about the care of patients, and if Opposition Members do not think that Government Members care about patients, they are living in another world. My hon. Friend is doing a great job. We all accept—even the shadow Secretary of State does—that the NHS needs a...

Defence: Cost of Living: Armed Forces Personnel (12 Dec 2022)

Richard Drax: The cost of living crisis is no doubt affecting all those in the armed forces, and so, too, will the call on them to help out during all these strikes. Will the Government reward those who so generously give of their time? I know they are assigned to work over Christmas and new year, but are there any signs of some sort of reward or thank you to those who, yet again, have been called on to...

Support for British Farming — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (23 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Gary, and to follow the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael), and all hon. Members, in particular my hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Simon Jupp), whom I thank for securing the debate. It is also a pleasure to see the Minister in his place. I have been promoting him since I got here in 2010; I have been...

Support for British Farming — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (23 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: My hon. Friend has taken the words out of my mouth. In the dying moments of my speech, I will talk briefly about badgers and beavers, since I am slightly concerned about their presence in small Dorset rivers. What we all want, and the public demand, is cheap food. If we as farmers are to produce cheap food, we need help—not to grow trees and all the other green things, although I totally...

Autumn Statement Resolutions - Energy (Oil and Gas) Profits Levy (21 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate, Madam Deputy Speaker. I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. During equally challenging times in the late ’70s, our party’s logo was a torch. The image then was clear: it was to bring light where there was darkness, hope where there was despair, and aspiration where there was desperation. My goodness, do...

Autumn Statement Resolutions - Energy (Oil and Gas) Profits Levy (21 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: Two per cent. for defence is simply not enough; 3% is far nearer the target. It was 5% in my day, and all the kit is much more expensive, so 3% is the minimum that we need to spend. Will my right hon. Friend tell the House when we will look at this again? I believe there will be another review of the review. When will that take place, and when will we have the Government’s final decision on...

Autumn Statement (17 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: I have huge sympathy for my right hon. Friend. We are facing severe financial challenges for the reasons he explained so well, but Members on both sides of the House are promising to spend billions and billions more pounds. I remind the House that it is the private sector, and hardworking people through their taxes, who pay for Government expenditure. Does my right hon. Friend agree that...

G20 (17 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: Having just returned from Ukraine with the Defence Committee and my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary, I must tell the House how movingly grateful the Ukrainians are for all the support we give, and in particular to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister for his outstanding leadership of this country in fighting the Russian aggression. However, there are shortages of food, ammunition...

Levelling Up Rural Britain ( 9 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: It is a genuine pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Miriam Cates) and to listen to her excellent speech—all the speeches have been excellent, I must say—and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Selaine Saxby) for securing this debate. I see that two of my colleagues from Dorset are here and longing to speak, so no doubt they will...

Asylum Seekers Accommodation and Safeguarding ( 7 Nov 2022)

Richard Drax: Much has been made of the safeguarding of illegal migrants, which I think all Members of the House would agree with, but we are not talking about the safeguarding of our citizens. Thousands of people are coming here and we do not know their backgrounds. My right hon. Friend is being forced to put them into hotels because there is nowhere else for them to go. What guarantee can he give to all...

Western Jet Foil and Manston Asylum Processing Centres (31 Oct 2022)

Richard Drax: I welcome my right hon. Friend to her place and thank for her all the courageous efforts that she is making to deal with a very difficult problem. Opposition Members’ answer is “Let them all in.” That is totally, totally unacceptable. One solution, surely, would be to return these illegal refugees to the countries from whence they came, if indeed that is possible—to Albania, for...


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