Results 161–180 of 2139 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

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 Mar 2015)

Richard Burden: I am not going to try to match the Minister’s quotations, but, for the benefit of those following the debate, I want to get absolutely clear the commitments that have been given. Would I be right in thinking that there are three? First, that new contracts will make scanning mandatory, with no delay, and so will not be preceded by a review—

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 Mar 2015)

Richard Burden: Secondly, that a review will apply to existing contracts and the Minister will write to all Members present with a timetable, which will be placed in the House of Commons Library; and thirdly, that the requirements will be extended to cats. Will the Minister give some idea of the timetable for that final commitment?

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 Mar 2015)

Richard Burden: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Halton (Derek Twigg) on securing this debate, and the more than 100,000 people who have so far signed the petition calling for Harvey’s law. As my hon. Friend said, it shows that democracy can work and can have an impact, and that people power can get concerns heard in this place. To that extent, congratulations are also due to the Backbench...

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 Mar 2015)

Richard Burden: I will try to think of a witty response to that, but for the moment it is failing me. It is really important that hon. Members have spoken up on behalf of not only the human race’s best friends, but pet owners. As the debate has shown, the public care deeply about pets and are concerned about their well-being. I understand that about 9 million households in the UK own a dog, and the...

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 Mar 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend makes a good point. All I would say in response now is: please do not get me started on broader issues concerning the Highways Agency. The Minister and I had numerous discussions about the Highways Agency during consideration of the Infrastructure Bill recently, and I fear that I would be stretching your patience too far, Mr Rosindell, if I got on to some of those points now....

Gaza — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (25 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: I congratulate my hon. Friend who secured the debate. I spent four years with him on the Select Committee on International Development trying to avoid having to pronounce the name of his constituency. I will not mess that up by making another attempt now. I have to say that I was a little confused by my hon. Friend’s contribution, because he started off talking about the need to move...

Gaza — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (25 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: I am not aware of that particular organisation. I am aware that the Israeli Government have queried the figures compiled by a number of respected international organisations. I assume that that is what my hon. Friend is referring to. Operation Protective Edge and the war last year was an appalling thing, but the real tragedy of Gaza is what goes on. It means that farmers can be shot and are...

Gaza — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (25 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: No, there is no time to take any more interventions. That to me means that we need something a bit more than saying that Hamas must demilitarise if we do not want to allow these things to carry on. If my hon. Friend is right to say that Hamas uses the population of Gaza as pawns, as playthings, what on earth would be the incentive to demilitarise in that situation? What would cause it to do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Local Government Finance (10 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: From a seaside town, we move to an inland city that also has great needs that are not being met by the settlement and the policies of the Government. I wish to say a few words about a specific issue affected by the settlement imposed on local authorities like mine, and then to make a few points of more general significance, particularly as regards Birmingham. I was in Birmingham this morning,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Local Government Finance (10 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: Yes, I will, but this will have to be the only time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Local Government Finance (10 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: I said I would give way only once to the hon. Gentleman, but I will give way again. He has looked at the figures for my constituency, so let me ask him what has happened to long-term unemployment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Local Government Finance (10 Feb 2015)

Richard Burden: The hon. Gentleman has perhaps missed the fact that there was a worldwide recession at that time, as a number of my hon. Friends have had to remind Conservative Members. Another theme in the hon. Gentleman’s statistics is that when Labour was power before the worldwide recession, there were 25 young people in my constituency out of work for more than a year. There are now five times...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Schedule 3 — Transfer schemes (26 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: Toward the end of his remarks, the Minister praised members of the Bill Committee and adopted a consensual approach, so perhaps I shall start in the same vein. I, too, thank all those who have contributed to debate on the Bill as it has gone through its various stages. In particular, I add my thanks to Labour’s team in the other place for the improvements they sought, and in some cases...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 13 — Cycling and Walking Investment Strategies (26 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: Time is clearly short, so I will be as brief as I can be in having to cover a wide range of amendments and issues. The Minister began by mentioning the walking and cycling issues covered by the amendments and new clauses. For too long, walking and cycling have been an afterthought in transport policy, given attention only when the end of the list is reached and the tick needs to be put in the...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 13 — Cycling and Walking Investment Strategies (26 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: I should like to press the Minister to clarify Government amendment 116. From what he has said, it seems that the intention is to put the TUPE principles into the Bill. The amendment contains the words “constructive dismissal”. It seems to me—this is certainly the advice we have had—that that is inappropriate. Will he look again?

Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (26 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: Mr Speaker, I completely endorse your point about the Minister being an extraordinary specimen of humanity, which we commented on in Committee on many occasions. I will not detain the House long, but may I say a few words? I welcome what the Minister said about the Committee stage, which was conducted maturely. There are still differences that we will debate today—fairly sharp ones in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Investment Strategy (22 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: I do not know whether the Minister has a prepared answer for this one, but may I take him back just a few weeks to the launch of a poster showing a road smoothly stretching out into the distance which was discovered to be a German road full of potholes that had been airbrushed out? Is that why he and other Ministers are trying to airbrush out the fact that spending for local road maintenance...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Arms Trade (20 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: But will not the Foreign Secretary accept that what undermines the UK’s credibility on these matters is the charge of double standards? In relation to Bahrain, it has been estimated that 54 people have been arrested just this month. There is no consistency between our arms sales policy and our human rights policy. Will the Foreign Secretary not accept that we need to address that more...

Business of the House (15 Jan 2015)

Richard Burden: May I support what the shadow Leader of the House said about having two days on Report for the Infrastructure Bill? When it came before the House on Second Reading, the Bill already covered areas that required great scrutiny such as shale gas, Highways Agency reform and zero-carbon homes. Since it has been in Committee, new amendments have been tabled on mayoral powers, reforms to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Gaza (17 Dec 2014)

Richard Burden: What recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.


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