Results 181–200 of 682 for speaker:Alicia Kearns

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I thank all my right hon. and hon. Friends throughout the House for taking the time to contribute to today’s debate. We too infrequently get to hear the views and wishes of our friends—our family—from the overseas territories. I hope that everyone in the Gallery today has felt heard and listened to, and that we have given voice to some of the issues—I definitely tried to cover an...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: He mentions Montserrat. There is currently no working ambulance on the whole of Montserrat, as the only ambulance on the island is currently broken down. Could my right hon. Friend say how we can get an ambulance out there, using the ODA budget or by some other means? Alternatively, perhaps colleagues could reach out to local organisations to see if anyone has an ambulance they could donate....

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I touched briefly on this in my speech, but I want to make it clear that every overseas territory has fully complied with the sanctions that this House has placed as a result of the renewed illegal invasion of Ukraine—every single one—so while I agree that there is progress to be made in other areas, in this area we should give them full credit: they have stood behind us on that.

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: My hon. Friend touched on the officials. May I put something on the record and ask his advice, as a learned friend? Recently, there was a controversy where a senior civil servant of the Foreign Office was lambasted and publicly named in the media as having undermined British sovereignty in Gibraltar. Does he share my unease that individuals in this House, or perhaps those associated with...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: Does my hon. Friend share my concerns that the Argentinian Government’s current rhetoric regarding the Falklands, funnily enough, falls in an election year, and is it not utterly abhorrent that a politician would use individuals’ right to determine their own futures for their own political gain?

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I appreciate that many right hon. and hon. Members are making the point that we should have Members of Parliament for the overseas territories in this place, but it is important to reiterate that that should happen only if it is the wish of the overseas territories. When the Foreign Affairs Committee spoke to them, many said that they would not want that. I am not dismissing the argument, but...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: One thing I did miss out earlier was that in 2019 our Foreign Affairs Committee said that there should be an overseas territories Committee of the House of Commons, made up of members of the Select Committee chaired by my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill), and of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Defence Committee, and the Environment, Food and Rural...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: My right hon. Friend has referred to Anguilla. I failed to mention this earlier, but 80% of its water is lost because the infrastructure is so old. Surely it should be a priority for the Government to ensure that the water infrastructure is rebuilt to prevent the appalling amount that is lost while water is being transported around the islands.

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I beg to move, That this House is committed to upholding the interests of British Overseas Territories and their citizens; recognises the special historical, cultural, and social bonds that bind the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories; and calls upon the Government to ensure that British Overseas Territories citizens’ rights as British citizens are upheld, to defend the sovereignty and...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I am sure a number of colleagues plan to talk about that in their speeches, so I will make progress with my own points so that colleagues will not have their speeches cut short. Our debate today is one not of a paternalistic House of Commons, but of a body of representatives that recognises that within families there are responsibilities but also great opportunities. Today, I will set out...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct. We may not always agree, but on that we absolutely do. I am sure that if Mr Speaker was in the Chair, he would be entirely in support of the hon. Gentleman’s point, because he is the Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar —I am sure he will reward the hon. Gentleman later this afternoon. Education is key, and another issue is that should OT...

Overseas Territories (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I agree entirely with my right hon. Friend, who was of course formerly the Minister with responsibility for the overseas territories. I know that during her tenure, the overseas territories felt incredibly respected and, crucially, heard. They do not want to be listened to; they want to be heard. I thank my right hon. Friend for all she did in her time in that role. Although it is difficult...

Ukraine (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I welcome the delivery of Storm Shadow, because we must do all we can to even the odds for our Ukrainian friends who face a well-armed terrorist state. However, I am concerned that at this point, we have not managed to suffocate Putin’s war machine. Yes, we need to deliver military aid, but we also need to make sure that we suffocate the finances that allow Putin to continue to wage this...

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Disclosure of Information (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has on situations where HMRC discovers a secrecy provision has been violated for one of the UK's tax information exchange agreements; and whether HMRC keeps a record of such violations.

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Disclosure of Information (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications HMRC has received from people asking to redact their information from the UK’s tax information exchange agreements in the last 10 years.

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Disclosure of Information (11 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an estimate of the approval rate for (a) individuals and (b) companies that apply to HMRC to have their information redacted from the UK's tax information exchange agreements on human rights grounds.

Sudan ( 2 May 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I welcome the incredible evacuation effort to get so many out and also the effort from so many of our allied countries. I thank the Sudanese Government, who will have played a large role in helping us get people out. I thank ambassador Giles Lever, who has been the subject of a great deal of media attention and attacks in the past few days, but who over the weekend worked tirelessly to help...

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: China and Hong Kong (28 Apr 2023)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times tax information has been exchanged with (a) the People’s Republic of China and (b) Hong Kong under (i) Common Reporting Standard and (ii) Exchange of Information on Request agreements in the past year.

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Data Protection (28 Apr 2023)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what protective measures are in tax information exchange agreements to safeguard the financial data of UK-based diasporas at risk of transnational repression.


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