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Honda in Swindon (19 Feb 2019)

Richard Burden: Brexit may not have been the direct cause of Honda’s announcement, but, to echo the wise words of the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), does the Business Secretary agree with me that it is an absolutely key part of the context in which Honda and other major car manufacturers are making decisions on where to invest in the generations of vehicles that will transform...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Richard Burden: After awarding the contract to Seaborne Freight, the Secretary of State boasted to the House that he was backing a British start-up. I tabled a written question to his Department asking whether it was his working assumption that any ships operated by Seaborne would operate under the British flag. Why were his Ministers, in the answer I received on 14 January, unable to give a straight yes or...

Seaborne Freight (11 Feb 2019)

Richard Burden: On successive occasions, the Secretary of State has assured the House that he carried out full due diligence tests of this contract before he awarded it, but I for one am none the wiser about what those due diligence checks consisted of. Today, will he answer the question that he failed to answer when he last appeared before the House on this matter? In April last year, Seaborne Freight...

Police Grant Report (5 Feb 2019)

Richard Burden: May I press the Home Secretary a little more on these figures? I am talking about the support that local forces get from his Department, not what is being passed on to local council tax payers. The West Midlands PCC has estimated that simply to stand still West Midlands police force needs an increase in excess of £24 million. As the additional amount the Home Secretary is putting forward is...

Nissan in Sunderland (4 Feb 2019)

Richard Burden: When it could soon cost less, in terms of tariffs, to import a car to the EU from Japan than it will to export a new car from the UK to the EU in the event of a hard Brexit, is it not easy to see just what impact Brexit uncertainties have on decisions like this? Could not the Government minimise those uncertainties—first, by jettisoning the customs union as a red line for the Government...

Equitable Life: Maintained Nursery Schools (31 Jan 2019)

Richard Burden: I congratulate my hon. Friend and the all-party parliamentary group on the excellent work that they have done so far. The figure of 64% is striking in this context: 64% of nursery schools are in the most deprived parts of the country, and 64% of nursery schools face a deficit unless the Government change course. Do those two identical percentages not indicate that nursery schools need a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UN Aid to Palestinian Refugees (22 Jan 2019)

Richard Burden: Does the Minister agree that the announcement by the Israeli authorities that they plan to close UNRWA schools in East Jerusalem is a direct attack on the welfare of Palestinian refugees in two refugee camps there, including 3,000 students? I welcome the Minister’s increased funding for UNRWA, but will he commit to support the renewal of UNRWA’s mandate later this year?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Richard Burden: I first declare an interest: I chair the all-party motor group, which receives support from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Motorsport Industry Association, and the RAC Foundation. Yesterday, I attended the first meeting of the development partnership that has been established by the Business Secretary in response to the announcement that Jaguar Land Rover will cut 4,500...

Seaborne Freight (8 Jan 2019)

Richard Burden: In April 2018, Seaborne Freight issued in writing an investor briefing that claimed: “Detailed port agreements with Ramsgate and Ostend negotiated and agreed”, but it is now clear that no such agreements exist to this day. Indeed, the Mayor of Ostend has given an interview in which he said: “A start-up in March is simply impossible. There is currently no agreement with Ramsgate and also...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration (8 Jan 2019)

Richard Burden: In an area such as mine where UC has already been rolled out, if somebody on legacy benefits who has more than two children reports a change of circumstances, they are told they must migrate on to UC only then to be told that because they have more than two children that migration cannot take place. By the time they have been told that, their housing benefit and council tax benefit and other...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (7 Jan 2019)

Richard Burden: May I put it to the Secretary of State that for a company that has no idea how long the delays due to a no-deal Brexit will be to trucks vital for its export and import business, it is not a lot of comfort to be told that the Government have issued a multi-million-pound contract to a ferry company with no ships, or to be told that it will have an airport to park its trucks in when they cannot...

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Richard Burden: The Minister has made very clear, on several occasions, that he thinks that the best way of avoiding the no-deal situation that he does not want to see is to vote for the deal. Does he accept that his preferred “best way” may not—indeed, is unlikely to—come to pass? Is he really telling the House that if, in his view, the best is not possible, the extent of his ambition, and the...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Richard Burden: The Chancellor is making a very good case about what would happen if there were a no-deal Brexit. Indeed, in his opening remarks he described it as an act of “uncertainty and economic self-harm”. Given that the companies he has talked about, which depend so much on just-in-time deliveries in the motor industry and elsewhere, are most worried and concerned about the prospect of a no-deal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Dec 2018)

Richard Burden: The Home Secretary will be aware that West Midlands police force has lost 2,000 officers since 2010. He may not be aware that last week, a Conservative councillor in my constituency, which is next door to his, suggested that the response to rising crime should be for local communities to have a whip round to fund private security patrols. Does that represent Government thinking?

Yemen (21 Nov 2018)

Richard Burden: Coming from the city of Birmingham, I can tell the Foreign Secretary that it was particularly chilling to read the report from Save the Children that said that 85,000 children under five have died in the past three years—the equivalent of the entire under-five population of Birmingham. While it is obviously critical to lift the siege on Hodeidah to make sure that much needed humanitarian...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Richard Burden: The thing that struck me while listening to the Chancellor on Monday and to Government Members today is the yawning chasm that exists between the picture they paint and the reality for my constituents—the people who come to my office for help day in, day out. The reality of their lives is illustrated as well as anything else by the numbers who are currently turning to food banks. Several...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

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Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Richard Burden: Will the Secretary of State recognise the real concerns expressed to him by the automotive industry about the contradictory and confused signals coming out of Government in relation to fiscal policy and vehicle excise duty? Is there not something wrong when the system as it is at present penalises worst the cars that are the cleanest and most CO2 efficient? In the next few months, as he and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Sep 2018)

Richard Burden: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Sep 2018)

Richard Burden: I endorse what the Secretary of State said in tribute to John McCain. May I put it to him that one of the most disreputable aspects of President Trump’s decision to end United States funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency is the fact that he dressed it up as part of a grand negotiating strategy towards what he calls the deal of the century, when in reality that decision is...


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