Results 141–160 of 1976 for speaker:Rushanara Ali

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ( 2 May 2023)

Rushanara Ali: I have two points to make. First, the right hon. Lady mentioned that she is working with international partners: can she say a bit more about when her Government will convene a meeting of the UNSC to discuss how the Burmese military are ignoring the provisional measures ordered to prevent the ongoing genocide? Closer to home, the right hon. Lady mentioned sanctions, and I welcome the...

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ( 2 May 2023)

Rushanara Ali: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bedford (Mohammad Yasin) on securing this important debate and thank the Backbench Business Committee for allowing time for us to debate this issue. As he mentioned in his opening speech, in January this year we visited Cox’s Bazar and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh with the all-party parliamentary group on Bangladesh. I declare an interest,...

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ( 2 May 2023)

Rushanara Ali: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to point out that, in the hope of securing a transition to democracy, the international community failed to see the dangers for minority groups in Burma. I think we can all recognise that that was a massive oversight, despite warnings from some of us in this House—not just in my party but in others—about the need to ease sanctions gradually rather than...

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ( 2 May 2023)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful for the support that I have had from colleagues across the board, particularly on the Labour side, on this important issue and on ensuring that our Government take action to support the cause for justice in the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. My hon. Friend is right that the UK, as the penholder in the UN Security Council in relation to...

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ( 2 May 2023)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who serves as a vice chair of the all-party group on Bangladesh and who is a powerful advocate for the Rohingya people, for working cross-party on this important issue. He is right that we could have done more and should do more, but we can rectify some of those mistakes by ensuring that we support the International Court of Justice case. I welcome the...

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ( 2 May 2023)

Rushanara Ali: I am really grateful to the hon. Lady, and I commend her for the work she does on the Committee and her commitment to this agenda, including her work on UN Women. Given that she is in the ruling party, I hope that even if Ministers do not pay attention to what we say, they might pay attention to her and her colleagues, who are making very important points with us. There is cross-party...

Human Rights in Myanmar — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (19 Apr 2023)

Rushanara Ali: The Minister has not really answered the question. When will he be able to restore funding to its former level? There is a real-terms cut. I recognise the aggregate he mentioned, which is very much appreciated, but he needs to do more to restore the funds. This is a major humanitarian crisis, and Bangladesh, INGOs and international agencies should not be left to their own devices to deal...

Human Rights in Myanmar — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (19 Apr 2023)

Rushanara Ali: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah) on securing this important debate. We are debating the human rights crisis in Burma, where ordinary citizens are being denied the most basic freedoms and rights, and the international community is not doing anywhere near enough to change the situation. It has...

Human Rights in Myanmar — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (19 Apr 2023)

Rushanara Ali: My hon. Friend will be aware that the Government’s aid budget cuts mean that the camps have seen a dramatic fall in the humanitarian assistance that the UK provides—assistance that was very welcome when these problems began in 2017. The cuts are making it much more difficult for people to survive in the camps and leaving the Government of Bangladesh and other agencies in a difficult...

Income Tax (Charge) (15 Mar 2023)

Rushanara Ali: Britain could be so much better. We have world-class universities, some of the best firms in the world, an amazing tech and life sciences sector, great start-ups and SMEs, a fantastic banking sector and people who are desperate to rebuild our economy after the damage done to our country by the Government. The Chancellor could have come up with a Budget that was about fixing the future,...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp (14 Mar 2023)

Rushanara Ali: What steps his Department is taking to support those affected by the recent fire in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp (14 Mar 2023)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the Minister for her answer and for making that important visit. She will be aware that the UN Food Programme has announced that it has been forced to reduce rations for Rohingya refugees by 17% because of wider funding cuts. Despite her recent announcement, UK aid for the Rohingya refugee crisis has gone down by just over 80% since 2020. How can that be justified when this population...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: The charge rate for rape is just 1.6%. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is down to the large-scale cuts to policing and the Crown Prosecution Service budget that conviction rates are so low and the overwhelming majority of victims are not getting the justice they deserve? After 13 years of Conservative Governments, they are allowing rapists to get off scot-free while victims suffer.

IMF Economic Outlook (31 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: The Minister talks about covid as if we were the only country to experience the pandemic. He talks about the Ukraine crisis as if the fuel costs are affecting only this country, but he fails to mention that the former Prime Minister and her Chancellor crashed the economy, and that that came on top of the uncertainties of the previous years, including the failure to get a decent deal after...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Myanmar (31 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the time taken by his Department to impose sanctions on the Myanmar military regime.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Myanmar (31 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: This week marks the second anniversary of the military coup against Myanmar’s civilian Government, who were internationally recognised. There remain many sources of revenue for the military, such as the No. 1 Mining Enterprise and the No. 2 Mining Enterprise. Many Russian and Burmese companies continue to supply arms and equipment to the military but are yet to be sanctioned. Although I...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill: Clause 1 - Minimum service levels for certain strikes (30 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this legislation is a diversion from this Government’s incompetence? Last year, they practically cost the taxpayer £55 billion because of the economic mismanagement of their Government under the former Prime Minister, the right hon. Member for South West Norfolk (Elizabeth Truss). Instead of negotiating to protect people, the Government are blaming...

Building Safety (30 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: In my borough we have the largest number of cladded blocks and we have had numerous fires, which have terrified residents. Last March, more than 100 firefighters were at the scene of one fire on Whitechapel High Street, in Houblon Apartments in the Relay Building. The building is owned by a mixture of private companies and social housing providers, and residents could not make head or tail of...

Written Answers — Treasury: Insurance Companies: Reform (25 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of a potential impact of the Government's proposed Solvency II reforms on the level of risk to the financial stability of the banking sector.

Written Answers — Treasury: Insurance Companies: Reform (25 Jan 2023)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial assessment his Department has made on the effect of the proposed Solvency II reforms on the public purse.


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