Results 181–200 of 2412 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 — Transport: Vehicle Emissions Regulation (29 Oct 2015)

Richard Burden: Is not the reality, though, that Ministers’ statements are leaving motorists and people concerned about air quality none the wiser? Will the Secretary of State clear the air on one point, which is what happened at the EU Technical Committee yesterday? It was not just about setting a timetable for new cars to conform with existing emissions, was it? Did it not also involve an open-ended...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2015)

Richard Burden: Speaking about the situation in Palestine at the World Zionist Congress last week, the Israeli Prime Minister declared that Israel would have “to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.” If Israel has no intention of allowing the creation of two states and prevents Palestinians from having equal rights in one state, what is left but apartheid, and what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (20 Oct 2015)

Richard Burden: Does the Minister agree that all murders and attacks on civilians are unacceptable? That includes knife attacks on Israeli civilians and also settler attacks on Palestinian civilians that have been running into the hundreds for several years now. Will he join Amnesty International, Israeli human rights organisations and the United Nations in expressing concern at the increasing use of live...

Bills Presented — Armed Forces: Clause 13 — Local authority adoption functions: joint arrangements (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: Will the Minister ensure that he discusses this matter with his colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions, particularly in respect of child maintenance? He will know that the case I raised with him involved two grandparents who ended up getting an SGO but then split up. The grandparent who left ended up with no maintenance responsibility for the child, which he would have had if this...

Bills Presented — Armed Forces: Clause 13 — Local authority adoption functions: joint arrangements (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend mentioned special guardianship orders. I have written to the Minister about the case of Tracy Phillips in my constituency as that highlights the ambiguity in the way that SGOs are treated, affecting things such as child maintenance and so on, and how they fit into the child maintenance system. Could the report cover that, or is there some other way for the Minister and...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: There have been reports—I mentioned the one in Construction News—that say that the Hendy review has already concluded that only a fraction of the control period 5 projects are financially sustainable. Does the Minister have those reports as well? If so, how does she square them with what she has just said?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I always seem to do so in debates about infrastructure, and today is no exception. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Harry Harpham) on securing this important and timely debate, which is his first in Westminster Hall. He introduced the subject skilfully and his arguments...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: The Minister has been very clear. She will have to answer my next set of questions, and I hope she will when she sums up. Were her officials therefore not telling her what they were being told by Network Rail, or was the chief executive of Network Rail telling porkies? Looking ahead, it is not clear what remains of the Government’s much-heralded “biggest programme of rail...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: I have made it clear that there is cross-party anger about the delays to this project, and I think that anger is genuine from Government Members. I imagine that they are as concerned as Opposition Members about why something that was promised as recently as April has since been removed and about the discrepancies that appear to exist about what happened.

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: If the hon. Gentleman wants to talk about the record of the last Labour Government, I am happy to do so. There is not a lot of time.

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Midland Main Line (Electrification) (16 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: I will simply say that Labour invested more in the railways in real terms than any previous Government. I hope the Minister is able to confirm today that, whatever happened in the past, Cinderella will finally get to the ball. Ultimately, passengers in that part of the country need to know whether the full speed improvements package will go ahead, as planned. I even hope that she is able to...

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — London Black Cabs (15 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: It is good news that the Government are looking at the legislation, but it is not enough for the Minister to say that he does not know when the Government will respond. TfL is doing a review, the London Assembly is considering such matters, and Uber is growing. If the Law Commission has been meeting since 2012, when on earth will the Government make a decision about whether they are going to...

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — London Black Cabs (15 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: It is, as always, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) on securing the debate and on the contributions that he and many other hon. Members, on both sides of the Chamber, have made. I mention in particular my right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan). Like him, I suspect that this is...

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — London Black Cabs (15 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and without wanting to stray from the focus of the debate, I hope to say one or two words about that in a while. He was also right in his earlier intervention about the need for consistency in regulation across the piece, which has to be founded on principles. My right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting made the point, quite correctly, that we have a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: The right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) said earlier that when unions and employers work together, results are achieved. That being the case, why does the Secretary of State want to overrule agreements made freely between unions and public sector employees about the appropriate amount of time that should be spent on union duties?

Business of the House (10 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: Will the Leader of the House ask the Prime Minister to come to the House next week to report back on his meetings this week with Prime Minister Netanyahu? When the Prime Minister does so, will he specifically address the questions he has asked Prime Minister Netanyahu and the responses he has received from him pursuant to recommendations 2 and 5 of the United Nations Human Rights Council...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for West Midlands Police. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Crausby. I am grateful to have secured this debate. I begin by expressing my thanks to the officers and staff of West Midlands police, who do an extraordinary job under immense pressure. As the largest force outside London, West Midlands police are the people...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is right: West Midlands police really has been hit disproportionately. For example, compare West Midlands police with Surrey police, which has seen its total income fall by 12%. As my hon. Friend said, West Midlands police has already lost 23%, despite recorded crime having risen in the west midlands and fallen in Surrey. The cap on council tax rises, along with the huge costs...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: The right hon. Gentleman is quite right—that is what I touched on earlier. The fact that we start with a lower council tax base means that we are more reliant on the central Government grant, so it is much harder to mitigate or to compensate for the effect of flat-rate cuts. I will come to crime levels, particularly the levels for different kinds of crimes, in a minute.

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My right hon. Friend is quite right about that. I will mention some of the specific demands on West Midlands police in a little while, but he is absolutely right to draw attention to counter-terrorism work. In addition to the issue of council tax, the west midlands is also hit doubly hard by how formula damping works. In brutal terms, such damping prevents the region from receiving the...


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