Results 101–120 of 2407 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Burden

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Israeli Settlements (21 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: Is the Foreign Secretary aware that just two days ago dozens of stop-work orders, which are usually regarded as precursors to demolition orders, were distributed in the village of Khan al-Ahmar, including to a primary school that serves over 170 children from local Bedouin communities? He may or may not know that the school is being visited by a large number of hon. Members from this House,...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Not wishing to be left out, I wish to draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests regarding a visit to the west bank last year, co-organised by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and Medical Aid for Palestinians and paid for by the Sir Joseph Hotung Charitable Settlement.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: rose—

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for scheduling this debate and congratulate the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne) on the way he introduced it. Debates such as this always bring out sharply differing opinions on both sides of the Chamber—that is inevitable—but in my experience there is one thing on which there has always been consensus in the...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am particularly pleased that he mentions the progressive voices in Israel, because they do exist. Among the most insidious things currently happening are the actions taken by some of the Israeli right, sadly supported by people in the Israeli Government, to silence the voices of organisations such as B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence and many others...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: It is right that the long-standing policy of this House and of Britain to support the two-state solution endures, but let us make no mistake: the chances of that solution are disappearing.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Richard Burden: I am afraid I cannot give way any more as there is not enough time. I am sure the hon. Lady will have her chance to speak a little later. What John Kerry was getting at was that if we end up with the de facto annexation of the west bank, that gives Israel a choice. It can say either that everybody living there should have the vote and rights equal to those of its own citizens, or that they do...

Prison Safety and Reform (3 Nov 2016)

Richard Burden: What concerns me is that the Secretary of State appears to think it is a brilliant new idea to establish no-fly zones for drones near prisons—apparently with a taskforce of eagles to be called in at the time, although I suspect the drone will have got in and out by the time the eagle is untethered. Does she not know that drone manufacturers have for some time had the technology to...

Apprenticeships Funding — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (1 Nov 2016)

Richard Burden: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing this debate. The Institute of the Motor Industry described the original cuts as a “car crash”. I suppose a U-turn is not a bad idea when faced with a car crash, but that organisation is still warning that a lot of employers in the motor industry simply will not be able to cope with the existing shortfall in funding and the complexity...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (28 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: I commend the hon. Gentleman for introducing the Bill, and I am pleased to hear his acknowledgment that if it is going to work, it will need to have resources behind it. Let me put this point to him about prevention. Prevention must mean what it says. I recall an Adjournment debate here when it was pointed out that a previous Conservative administration of Birmingham City Council was using...

Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts: Birmingham Pub Bombings: Legal Aid (26 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: I congratulate my hon. Friend on her speech; she speaks for all of us. I hope that the Minister will address the months since the inquest was granted in which the families have had to wait to hear about their legal aid. That simply shows a lack of respect, and an apology for that extra delay would be useful today.

Airport Capacity (25 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: You’re not doing anything!

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: The Minister ran together three things: boycotts, divestments and sanctions. Boycotts tend to be a consumer thing. Sanctions tend to be a Government thing. The issue relevant to this debate is divestment. Paragraph 3.7 of the consultation document says that “boycotts, divestments and sanctions against foreign nations and the UK defence industry are inappropriate”. Will he clarify...

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: Just for clarity, I mentioned nothing about trade with Israel. I mentioned overseas business risk and the FCO guidance relating to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. If the Minister wishes, I can quote from that guidance, but I am sure he knows what I am referring to. It is nothing to do with Israel; it is to do with illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied...

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to today’s debate. I join my right hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley (Mr Howarth) in congratulating the hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford) on the way he introduced the debate on behalf of the Petitions Committee. I will concentrate on three areas: local decision making; scrutiny of Government proposals; and how the...

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point, and I hope it is not lost in the debate. The Minister will respond to the debate, and I hope he will address that point specifically when he winds up, although I am afraid that Ministers have form here. It seems that the changes—or at least some of them, and some of what is written in the regulations and the guidance attached—appear to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (14 Sep 2016)

Richard Burden: Tomorrow I will be helping to launch a programme at the engineering company ADI Group in my constituency to boost the interest of 14 to 16-year-olds in engineering skills. No doubt the Prime Minister would like to join me in congratulating ADI Group, but will she take it from me that her words of congratulation would mean rather more if they were not accompanied by cuts of between 30% and 50%...

Schools that Work for Everyone (12 Sep 2016)

Richard Burden: The Secretary of State will know that in Birmingham grammar schools have existed alongside comprehensive schools for decades. Nobody argues that the King Edward schools are anything other than good schools, and they do collaborate with other schools. The point is, and I put this to the Secretary of State, that their existence has not changed and cannot change the life chances of the majority...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Rural Broadband (8 Sep 2016)

Richard Burden: Does the Secretary of State agree that the existence of not spots in urban areas is often the result of a combination of cock-ups, including commercial rivalries between companies, which are sometimes overlaid with developers taking their eye off the ball at the wrong time and local authorities not getting their act together? Whose responsibility is it to sort that out?


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