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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 not...

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 is...

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 Northamptonshire may...

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 settlements”...

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...


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