Results 101–120 of 2220 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: Drones (Safety Risks) (28 Apr 2016)

Richard Burden: Mr Speaker, you may recall that this time last month, I asked the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr Goodwill), when, after three years of working groups, we would be told what the Government were going to do about the danger of drones to civil aircraft. His answer, you will recall, left us none the wiser. This week, things became even vaguer when the Minister...

Border Force Budget 2016-17 (20 Apr 2016)

Richard Burden: May I put it to the Home Secretary that I do not think that she has yet fully answered the question asked by my right hon. Friend the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee about 100% checks on trucks? I accept the issue about flexibility, as we might have different situations in different places, but does she accept that there is genuine concern about security in ports up and down the country?...

Aircraft Noise — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (20 Apr 2016)

Richard Burden: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat) on securing the debate and, indeed, on how he introduced it. The matter is clearly of concern to many right hon. and hon. Members in all parts of the House. If I got my calculations right, 15 right hon. and hon. Members from the Back...

Aircraft Noise — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (20 Apr 2016)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is right, and I will say a couple of words about the noise ombudsman, as it is sometimes referred to, in a little while. The Government have commissioned Ipsos MORI research on public attitudes to aviation noise. If that is to inform the public debate, it needs to be published. My question to the Minister, again, is when it will be published. I also want to ask the Minister...

Aircraft Noise — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (20 Apr 2016)

Richard Burden: The right hon. Lady makes a valid point. The point I am making is that going forward we need a more comprehensive approach to such things. In appearances before the Transport Committee in February the Secretary of State and Department for Transport officials promised to publish a consultation on future airspace “soon”. What they would not say was whether the delay—and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (12 Apr 2016)

Richard Burden: The Minister will know that Israel is demolishing Palestinian homes and other structures at three times the rate at which it did so last year. I was in the region last week, with the hon. Members for Rochester and Strood (Kelly Tolhurst) and for Hazel Grove (William Wragg), and Lord Warner, and we saw that for ourselves. Given that a number of these structures are EU-supported and EU-funded,...

GPS and Heavy Goods Vehicles — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (22 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: The Minister is right that there is no easy or off-the-shelf solution to this problem, but it seems to me that the hon. Member for South Suffolk made an important point that is worth considering. While it may not be appropriate to make the use of satellite navigation systems mandatory inside HGVs, if HGVs have a system in operation, should they not be required to have one that is fit for...

GPS and Heavy Goods Vehicles — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (22 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Alan. I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for South Thanet (Craig Mackinlay) on securing this important debate. Before I address the points that have been made, it is worth recording that our thoughts are with the people of Brussels today. The security services have been bracing themselves for such an event—I guess all of...

GPS and Heavy Goods Vehicles — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (22 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: The hon. Gentleman makes a really important point. I say that with my other hat on, because as well as being shadow Transport Minister, I chair the all-party motor group. The expansion of technology in the automotive industry has made us talk about the extent to which information systems are attached to motor vehicles, but given the way things are now moving, it might be more accurate to talk...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Cabin Air Safety/Aerotoxic Syndrome (17 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I understand the reports that the Minister refers to. I do not know whether he saw, as I did, the interview that Professor Boobis gave to the “Tonight” programme, when he was at pains to say that the Committee on Toxicity was not saying that cabin air was safe when the incidents occurred. He went on to say that it had made proposals for further research that could be pursued; as...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Cabin Air Safety/Aerotoxic Syndrome (17 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I will add to the interventions now, so that the Minister can get them out of the way in one go. Could I press him a little more on the business about EASA? If I understood him correctly just now, he was saying that EASA was looking at the research that is available. The letter that he sent to the Transport Committee, as I understood it, suggested that EASA was looking not at that, but at the...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Cabin Air Safety/Aerotoxic Syndrome (17 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: Mr Hanson, I welcome you to the Chair. I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds) on securing the debate, as well as to my hon. Friends the Members for Altrincham and Sale West (Mr Brady) and for Brent Central (Dawn Butler), who supported him in his application to the Backbench Business Committee. I thank that Committee for granting...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Cabin Air Safety/Aerotoxic Syndrome (17 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I am grateful to the Minister for that information, but I want to press him on EASA’s study and its remit. His letter in November 2015 to the Chair of the Transport Committee suggests that EASA is currently looking at what equipment should be put in place to undertake cockpit and cabin air measurements in future and will report in the autumn. That is important, and I will come back to...

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I always thought that public procurement notes were meant to clarify procurement rules, but the Minister has just demonstrated the art of muddying them through his explanation of this procurement note. He said that the note is not Israel-specific; it just happens that the Minister for the Cabinet Office announced it in a Conservative party conference press release that was almost entirely...

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: Eminently flexible—with flexible rules as well, by the sound of it. My six questions have not been answered to my satisfaction, nor have the questions asked by other hon. Members. I ask the Minister to answer in writing. Motion lapsed ( Standing Order No. 10(6)).

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I beg to move, That this House has considered local government and ethical procurement. I am grateful for the opportunity to have this debate. As I look around, I see right hon. and hon. Members with very different views on Israel and Palestine, and people who disagree about what incentives or pressure should apply to either side to secure equal rights, including the rights of statehood and...

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is worth quoting directly from that Foreign Office advice, which is there to this day. It says: “Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace” and “threaten” the “two-state solution”. It goes on: “There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in...

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I understand what my hon. Friend says, but this is also about different public institutions making judgments in line with the law and their best belief of what the situation is. I hope that all public institutions would pay due regard to international law.

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: Before giving way, I just want to finish this quote from the Foreign Office advice: “This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment. EU citizens and businesses should also be aware of the potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in...

Local Government: Ethical Procurement — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (15 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: The point that my hon. Friend makes is about the fear that a lot of people have about the agenda behind this procurement policy note.


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