Results 1–20 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rehman Chishti

Persecution of Christians and Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Oct 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the Minister for that response, and I also thank colleagues. People of all faiths or beliefs and none have the concept of forgiveness, and I ask for forgiveness for going on for longer than I should have at the outset. I can only do my job as envoy because of the fantastic work of parliamentarians pushing it at every level, and constituents. The first question I asked at the Foreign...

Persecution of Christians and Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Oct 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I beg to move, That this House has considered progress on the Bishop of Truro’s independent review on persecution of Christians and freedom of religion or belief. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, and I am grateful to Mr Speaker for granting me the opportunity to have this Westminster Hall debate. As colleagues from across the House know, I led on the...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Rehman Chishti: Like my right hon. Friend, I fully support the Bill going through. He mentioned the Daesh-inspired extremism. Does he agree with me that the first duty of the state is to protect its citizens, and the legislation that has been put through this Parliament on counter-terrorism has been designed with that in mind, irrespective of creed, colour or background? What I have seen with the Prevent and...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Rehman Chishti: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Rehman Chishti: With regard to the appropriate checks and balances and the need for authorisation to be proportionate and necessary, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it would be wrong to straitjacket our agencies? There needs to be discretion. Our country works with judicial discretion, whereby judges can depart in exceptional circumstances. Without knowing what will come, it would not be appropriate...

Belarus: Presidential Elections (24 Sep 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I very much welcome the Foreign Secretary’s statement. His commitment to human rights is nothing new. When we both came to the House, we sat on the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and I remember him being a champion on these matters across the board. My right hon. Friend knows of my interest in religious freedom, on which I have worked with him. Freedom of religion or belief is a basic,...

Covid-19 (22 Sep 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the Prime Minister for all his hard work during these difficult, challenging times to keep us all safe. He will be aware that I have put forward two private Member’s Bills to improve mental health care provision for all, supported by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This morning, I spoke to Professor Allan Young from King’s College London, who raised with me real concerns about...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 11 - Modifications in connection with the Northern Ireland Protocol (21 Sep 2020)

Rehman Chishti: It is a real pleasure and a privilege to follow the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), for whom I have huge admiration and respect. I sat in this Chamber on 2 December 2015 and listened to his speech on countering Daesh in Iraq and Syria. He took a principled position then, as the shadow Foreign Secretary, and it was one of the best speeches this House has heard. I also...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 11 - Modifications in connection with the Northern Ireland Protocol (21 Sep 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I can confirm that when on the Sunday I conveyed to the Government my concerns with regard to aspects of the Bill and said that on Monday I would be resigning as the Prime Minister’s special envoy for freedom of religion or belief because of real concerns about aspects of the Bill, no one at all from No. 10 ever said that the Whip would be withdrawn; instead, they said that they understood...

Channel Crossings in Small Boats (2 Sep 2020)

Rehman Chishti: From my time on the Home Affairs Committee, I understand that we have evidence of individuals coming into Serbia from Iran because there was a visa waiver: from Iran they go into Serbia, from there they go to France, from France they go to the channel, and from the channel they go to Kent in my part of the country. I understand that loophole has now been closed, so how and through what...

Covid-19 (1 Sep 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. My question today is about support for people with mental health conditions during covid-19. One of my constituents, Nicola Kulawsky, went missing just over a week ago. Thankfully, she was found within four days. During 2018 and 2019, there were approximately 176,000 reported incidents of people going missing. Charities such as Missing People...

International Trade: Free Trade Agreements: Freedom of Religion or Belief (18 Jun 2020)

Rehman Chishti: What steps she is taking to ensure that freedom of religion or belief is included in negotiations on free trade agreements.

International Trade: Free Trade Agreements: Freedom of Religion or Belief (18 Jun 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the Minister for that answer. He knows that I lead for the Government on freedom of religion or belief as the Prime Minister’s special envoy and on taking forward the Truro report. The Minister also knows, from our previous work when I was a trade envoy covering Pakistan, that there was a GSP plus—generalised system of preference—trade clause which meant that human rights had to...

Economic Outlook and Furlough Scheme Changes (16 Jun 2020)

Rehman Chishti: Like many small and medium-sized enterprises around the country, Copper Rivet Distillery in Medway transformed its business overnight during the crisis, working day and night to help with the provision of personal protective equipment, including sanitiser. Many of these small businesses will face economic hardship as the new normal arrives, with cheap and often subsidised imports. Will the...

Public Order (15 Jun 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I join the Home Secretary in paying tribute to our amazing police officers for their courage and their bravery in keeping us all safe. On far right activity, does she agree with the words of the head of the Metropolitan police anti-terror unit, who says that the far right is the “fastest-growing terrorist threat” facing our country, and if she does, what specific steps are we taking to...

Prime Minister: Engagements (6 May 2020)

Rehman Chishti: Like other colleagues, I am absolutely delighted to see the Prime Minister back at the Dispatch Box. I congratulate him and Carrie on the birth of their child. My constituent, Jackie Potter, recently lost her husband, Ashley, who was 64. The family would like to bury Ashley with a small church service, applying social distancing. If Ashley were to be cremated, that would happen, but as he is...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: Support for Businesses (4 May 2020)

Rehman Chishti: What steps his Department is taking to support businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: Support for Businesses (4 May 2020)

Rehman Chishti: Local businesses in Gillingham and Rainham have asked me to ask the Minister to clarify what help is being given to those self-employed business owners and partners who earn over the £50,000 threshold. Some of those businesses cannot furlough any or some of their staff, and business interruption loans still need to be paid at a later date. Will the Minister clarify what support is available...

Covid-19: Repatriation of UK Nationals (29 Apr 2020)

Rehman Chishti: Through the Minister, may I thank the FCO team for all its fantastic work in bringing back my constituents from Fiji, New Zealand, India and Pakistan? I also know that 10 chartered flights have taken place from South Africa. However, I have an 80-year-old constituent just outside Johannesburg, who was supposed to have come back to Rainham on 4 April. She has been told by her tour operator...


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