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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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Fuels: Renewable Sources (28 Jan 2016)

Richard Burden: I really do need to press the Minister a bit further on this. Recently, British Airways postponed its GreenSky project to establish a facility to produce advanced biofuels for aviation here in the UK. While the issues involved in that are no doubt complex, will the Minister listen to the increasingly widespread warnings from those involved in aviation that inaction and lack of clear policy...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Child Prisoners and Detainees: Occupied Palestinian Territories (6 Jan 2016)

Richard Burden: The Minister, in reply to my hon. Friend, said that he wanted to reflect on the five points that she made. He also said that a follow-up delegation will go out in February. May I ask the Minister, through my hon. Friend, to indicate whether he thinks that there should be a full debate in the main Chamber on this issue after that? Clearly, there is a great deal of interest in this issue and a...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Palestinian Territories (16 Dec 2015)

Richard Burden: Surely the Secretary of State will be aware of the guidance on the Foreign Office website, which warns UK companies thinking of investing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the “legal and economic risks” if they engage in “financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements and other economic activities in Israeli settlements or benefitting Israeli...

M6: Road Congestion (10 Dec 2015)

Richard Burden: Over the summer, roads to the channel ports ground to a halt, lorry drivers who were stuck in their cabs needed emergency water to drink, and local businesses were hit as Kent villages near the motorway network were cut off. The Chancellor’s announcement of a new lorry park may be a step in the right direction, but it will not keep the traffic moving of itself and it falls well short of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Dec 2015)

Richard Burden: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 9 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Dec 2015)

Richard Burden: The Chancellor will know that, as Christmas draws closer, people who are having difficulty in making ends meet will not experience much good will in the season of good will if they fall into the clutches of loan sharks as they try to buy presents for their families, so why is he choosing now to cut the budget of the Birmingham-based England Illegal Money-Lending Team by a third, although it...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Richard Burden: We all know in our heart of hearts that this debate is not about certainties, but about judgment. I am talking about finely balanced judgment on which the lives of people depend both here and in Syria. What we do know is that defeating Daesh requires strategic action across a number of fronts. We have to take them on ideologically, tackle the causes of their rise, and thwart the grubby...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Richard Burden: I am afraid that there is no time, because there are many others who wish to contribute. That is not what these airstrikes are about. We have been told that they are about degrading Daesh capabilities and communications, which is certainly an important objective. We have also been told that that means not a generalised bombing campaign, but the use by the RAF of sophisticated weapons to...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Airports Commission: Final Report (26 Nov 2015)

Richard Burden: I congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr Mathias) on securing the debate, and thank the Backbench Business Committee for allowing the debate to take place. I thank, too, all the Members who have spoken today, but I will not attempt to go through all their contributions. If I had done a scorecard, I think we would have seen that 12 Members were broadly against Heathrow, and 10 were...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Airports Commission: Final Report (26 Nov 2015)

Richard Burden: I would like to, but there is not time. Aviation will not stand still in that time. Businesses will still need new routes to connect with existing and emerging markets. New aircraft such as the A350 and the B787 offer new possibilities for the economics of expanded point-to-point travel. If we are serious about rebalancing our economy, we must ensure that those routes are not simply dependent...

Women and Equalities: Syria (26 Nov 2015)

Richard Burden: I thank the Prime Minister for the considered way in which he has approached this statement. If I have understood him correctly, he thinks that the UK’s participation in the existing military action in Syria would fulfil two functions. First, it would disrupt ISIL’s communications to guard against terrorist threats here. Secondly, it would buy time for forces on the ground in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: G20 and Paris Attacks (17 Nov 2015)

Richard Burden: May I join the Prime Minister in expressing cautious optimism that the Vienna process could advance the prospects for a sustainable peace in Syria? That is important not only because of the huge numbers who have died there and the millions who have been displaced; the horrors of Paris and Beirut remind us of its importance in defeating Daesh. May I emphasise the importance of there being a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Police Funding Formula (9 Nov 2015)

Richard Burden: In response to my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Mr Winnick), the Minister said he hoped West Midlands would be treated fairly, but is he not aware that under the existing funding formula, which he is maintaining, West Midlands has been hit abnormally hard with cuts of over £100 million in five years? What is he going to do over the next period while he has the pause to...


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