Results 161–180 of 2260 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

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...

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...


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