Results 1–20 of 2419 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

Richard Burden: In welcoming the genuine efforts that my right hon. Friend has made to bring about a ceasefire and the emphasis that he has put on the need for rocket attacks on southern Israel to cease, will he agree that at a time when the UN has estimated that the death toll stands at 884 people dead in Gaza, 275 of them children, we should now say to Israel that abiding by international law is not an...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

Richard Burden: I listened carefully to the speech of the right hon. Member for North-East Hampshire (Mr. Arbuthnot). May I make a suggestion to him, in a spirit of understanding? Although I recognise the pictures of Sderot that he painted, because I have also been there, he may benefit from going to Gaza and speaking to Palestinians there to ascertain whether he has a legitimate and genuine understanding...

Women and Equality: Automotive Industry (27 Jan 2009)

Richard Burden: I pay tribute to the efforts that my hon. Friend personally has made on this issue. Coming from the west midlands as he does, he knows that the automotive industry, and companies such as Jaguar Land Rover in particular, are part of the glue that binds together our regional economy and on which the skill base and so many jobs depend. I welcome the lines of credit and loan guarantees that he...

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Palestinian Territories (Economic Aid) (27 Jan 2009)

Richard Burden: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Martin Linton) on securing this timely debate. After the three-week war on Gaza, I had hoped to frame my contribution by looking at the long-term issues of economic development in the west bank and Gaza, because I thought that there would be a consensus around what needed to be done in the short term—around immediate...

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Palestinian Territories (Economic Aid) (27 Jan 2009)

Richard Burden: I completely agree. It is dangerous if the two ideas run together. Wars are controversial—it is in their nature—but the impact on the victims is real, and that should be our focus. I have several questions, some of which I hope my hon. Friend the Minister will be able to answer, others that, perhaps through him, people outside Parliament may be able to deal with. In today's Guardian,...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Gaza (11 Feb 2009)

Richard Burden: Given what my right hon. Friend has just said, does he share my concern at the latest report from the United Nations humanitarian co-ordinator? He complains not only that the crossings into Gaza remain closed for far too much of the time, but that Israel is still refusing entry to lists of priority items for humanitarian aid supplied by the UN. What representations are we making to Israel on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gaza (24 Feb 2009)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend has indicated that the Government will pursue, with vigour, the interception of arms going into Gaza—such arms could threaten Israeli civilians. Could he say precisely what action is being taken to ensure the protection of Palestinian civilians from Israeli attack?

Business of the House: Lord Laming's Progress Report (12 Mar 2009)

Richard Burden: As was pointed out by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Ms Stuart), there is a great need for transparency in Birmingham. While it is in no one's interest for anyone to be pilloried, it is important for Members to be kept informed of what Birmingham city council and others are doing. So far the signs are fairly good, but the council has a habit of claiming credit for...

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

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Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

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Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

Richard Burden: When the hon. Gentleman answers my question, perhaps he could start by also answering the question that my hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Mr. Hoyle) asked about whether he supports a short-time subsidy, to which I did not hear an answer. How would the hon. Gentleman's loan guarantee scheme work? Does he insist that a national loan guarantee scheme would work if it had no money behind...

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

Richard Burden: Time is short and I hope that the House will forgive me if I am a little parochial. I want to say a few words about the impact of the economic downturn on my region, the west midlands. The newly formed West Midlands Regional Committee is currently conducting an inquiry on that, and we hope to present a report before long. However, with the Budget approaching and given the severity of the...

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

Richard Burden: I know that the hon. Lady has a great constituency interest in Jaguar Land Rover as a firm that is strategically important throughout the region and beyond. Discussions have been going on for some time between the company and the Government about ensuring that support is there and that the loans from the European Investment Bank come through. It is vital that those discussions are brought to...

Amendment of the Law (27 Apr 2009)

Richard Burden: While I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend that it is important that the investment in colleges takes place quickly—before the money would be cut in the unlikely, awful event of a Conservative Government taking office—may I put it to him that there is a more pressing reason for that? The investment in colleges is vital to economic recovery, as well as being vital to training—for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Apr 2009)

Richard Burden: Eight hundred employees of the LDV van-maker in Birmingham, together with thousands more in dealerships and suppliers, face new worries today with the announcement that the company has applied to go into administration in a week or so. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that the Government will do everything that they can, proactively as well as reactively, to secure a viable owner for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Topical Questions (7 May 2009)

Richard Burden: Although I strongly agree with what my hon. Friend said earlier about the importance of not trying to conduct detailed negotiations with Jaguar Land Rover through the media, will he reflect on some of the principles involved? The first is that if large amounts of taxpayers' money is to be devoted to reducing the risks for other investors or giving them guarantees, it is reasonable to have...

White Disadvantaged Pupils (Birmingham) (19 May 2009)

Richard Burden: When people talk about Birmingham, they often refer to its diversity. Diversity means many things, but I am in no doubt that Birmingham's ethnic, cultural and religious diversity are great strengths in so many ways. If we are to address both the opportunities and challenges that diversity brings, we must understand the diversity of diversity. The ethnic mix of my part of Birmingham—an...

White Disadvantaged Pupils (Birmingham) (19 May 2009)

Richard Burden: On the point about the national challenge, does my hon. Friend agree that it is important that local authorities should modify their departmental funding streams to ensure that different areas of policy merge together in the right way? The point I am getting at is that if a major regeneration scheme is going on where there is a national challenge school it should not be impossible to get the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Constitutional Renewal (10 Jun 2009)

Richard Burden: May I welcome the wide-ranging statement that my right hon. Friend has made today? I should like to say a word or two about electoral systems. Does he agree that the statement addresses unfinished business from our 1997 manifesto? We have different options if we want to ensure effective Government, voter choice and a link between MP and constituency, and if we want to ensure that votes cast...

[Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] — Middle East (24 Jun 2009)

Richard Burden: May I take the hon. Gentleman back to the question of the Golan, which he mentioned earlier? He referred to the Golan heights. We all refer to the area as that, but in so doing, we minimise its importance. It is an 1,800 sq km plateau, where the rainfall is higher than in Damascus. It is of great strategic significance. There are more than 346,000 displaced persons from the Golan, but that is...


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