Results 121–140 of 2225 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

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.

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

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is quite right. Parliamentary scrutiny of this matter has come down to a number of us having to ask questions—to which we have had not very detailed replies, I have to say—and to this debate. We had to apply for a debate in Westminster Hall to get any parliamentary scrutiny of this matter at all.

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

Richard Burden: I am afraid that my hon. Friend’s experience rather mirrors mine and that of a number of other hon. Members.

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

Richard Burden: I have no idea about that, but if the hon. Lady thinks this is not a very significant public procurement note that merits parliamentary scrutiny, I wonder why the Minister for the Cabinet Office took the trouble of announcing it in a press conference with the Prime Minister of Israel on 17 February. On 16 December, I asked the Secretary of State for International Development whether she...

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

Richard Burden: I am very happy for that to happen. I give the Minister notice that there will be six questions on which I am seeking answers. Did Ministers really take the view that public institutions should not have the same rights and concerns as private institutions when it comes to good business practice and corporate social responsibility? What was it that Ministers were trying to outlaw? The public...

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

Richard Burden: I should say in answer to my right hon. Friend that I honestly do not know. That is the whole point—the Minister has to answer these questions. The wording of the Conservative party press release would certainly indicate to me that that kind of thing would be outlawed, but the Minister has to give specific answers today to these specific questions. That is important because it simply is...

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

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about that; that could be a seventh question for the Minister. The Minister no doubt spoke to his right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office before this debate, so perhaps he knows why his right hon. Friend decided to launch this public procurement note not in a statement to the House or under any House procedure, but in a press conference...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: The UK Airprox Board investigated 23 near misses between aircraft and drones in six months last year. Of those, 12 were deemed to involve a serious risk of collision. The British Airline Pilots Association wants the Government to run tests on what would happen if a drone were sucked into an engine or hit a windscreen, and the Government have had a working group on the matter since 2013. So...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: On a different but also topical subject, I was in Kent yesterday talking to businesses that had felt at first hand the traffic chaos surrounding 32 days of Operation Stack last year. I know that the Government are consulting on lorry parks and junction improvements for future years, but what are they going to do to prevent a repeat of last year’s scenes from occurring in 2016? I am not...

Road Routes to the South-West (1 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I congratulate the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish) on securing this debate and indeed all the hon. Members who have contributed to it. They have demonstrated the widespread concern that exists about the need for improved road infrastructure in the south-west. That concern has existed for decades, including concern about a second route through from London to sort out the...

Road Routes to the South-West (1 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: I will come on to some of the history around this issue in a little while, so perhaps the hon. Gentleman can just be a little patient on that point. I will just offer apologies for my right hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw). I heard his name come up before. He takes his duties as a member of the Health Committee very seriously and it is meeting at this moment. The A303 has...

Road Routes to the South-West (1 Mar 2016)

Richard Burden: It is absolutely true—in fact, I think the hon. Gentleman said so in his opening remarks—that the history of these roads, across successive Governments, is riddled with changes of mind, delays, inquiries, and further delays and further inquiries. If I understood his opening remarks correctly, the important thing now is to interrogate the Government over the current plans, and that...

Business of the House (25 Feb 2016)

Richard Burden: If the Leader of the House casts his mind back to business questions on 28 January, he may recall that on that occasion he failed to answer a request from the shadow Leader of the House for details of how he would arrange for parliamentary scrutiny of the changes that the Cabinet Office was intending to introduce to local government pension rules and procurement guidelines for public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (23 Feb 2016)

Richard Burden: May I press the Foreign Secretary further on the answer he gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts)? Is there anything in World Trade Organisation or other rules that fetters a public institution’s ability to act on the advice that the FCO puts on its website, which my hon. Friend quoted?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Crime Commissioners (22 Feb 2016)

Richard Burden: Given the Home Secretary’s reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield), has she seen the statement from the Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner to his police and crime panel on 2 February in which he says of the new funding formula: “It is expected that this will transfer funding from the urban areas to more rural areas and...


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