Results 121–140 of 161 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Edward Argar

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations: Yemen (4 Feb 2016)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and displays his usual erudition and eloquence on this topic, as on so many others. It is vital that renewed impetus is given to peace talks to find a lasting settlement to bring stability to the country. I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Rutland and Melton (Sir Alan Duncan) and to this Minister for their work on this issue. I alluded...

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations: Yemen (4 Feb 2016)

Edward Argar: Does not the hon. Lady agree with the representative of UNICEF who appeared before the International Development Committee—chaired by the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg)—who said that he did not believe that there was “deliberate targeting” of civilians?

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Edward Argar: The Bill contains a wide range of specific provisions that are diverse in their detail but united by a common thread: a belief in business, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, as the driver of growth and jobs, and a determination to support businesses and make this country the best place in Europe to start and grow a business. Indeed, there is a determination to make this country...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Regional Growth: Midlands Engine (2 Feb 2016)

Edward Argar: One of the key drivers of regional growth in the midlands has been the success of new small businesses, which rely on getting access to telecommunications as swiftly as possible. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern about the potential impact on midlands growth due to the length of time some businesses have to wait for telecoms companies to connect them? Will he press those companies to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jan 2016)

Edward Argar: Leicestershire and the east midlands continue to be a powerhouse of jobs and growth, attracting investment from the UK and beyond, and we are rightly proud of the success of our local businesses in Charnwood. Does my right hon. Friend believe that their continued ability to attract external and foreign investment would be helped or hindered were secondary picketing to be reintroduced?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Flooding (7 Dec 2015)

Edward Argar: Floods, as we have seen, can have a devastating impact on businesses, homes and individuals. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected. My right hon. Friend’s Department has had a clear commitment to date to investing in flood prevention schemes. Will she reaffirm her continued commitment to investing in such schemes and to continuing the vital work that she has begun, which...

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Edward Argar: I commend my hon. Friend on his choice of Bill. Is he aware of the words of Richard Foster, chairman of the CCRC, to the Justice Committee? “you can be confident that there are miscarriages of justice that have gone unremedied because of the lack of that power”, Does my hon. Friend agree?

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: As ever, my hon. and learned Friend is as erudite as he is eloquent. Does he agree that, although lower oil prices are very welcome to many of us in this country, they pose a risk to the stability of countries such as Algeria, given their reliance on a particular oil price in their budgets?

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this timely and important debate and pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Bracknell (Dr Lee) for securing it. The middle east is the crucible in which were forged three of the world’s great religions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism—and it can credibly claim to be the cradle of ancient civilisations and empires, such as...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. The United Kingdom, with its historical links and understanding of the region, has the potential to play a positive role in helping to move us towards peace not only between Israel and Palestine but in the wider region more generally. The basic ingredient of a long-term settlement must include an Israel secure within her borders, recognised fully by her...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. Not only do the media have a responsibility to cover conflicts such as that in Yemen, but all of us in this House must take the opportunity to highlight the issue. I know that in the Minister we have an hon. Member of this House who cares passionately about that country. I have visited Yemen on a number of occasions, though sadly not recently, and have...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: Does my hon. Friend agree that sadly the same is true of the press’s attention to the conflict in Yemen in recent months and years? Again, they just were not looking.

Women and Equalities: Syria (26 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, just as actions have consequences, so does inaction—for Syria, a country with which I am personally familiar, for the region, and for our own country—and that extending military action in a focused and proportionate way, in tandem with a diplomatic and political effort, offers the best hope for a safer future for both Syria and the United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (24 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: The humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Yemen, a country I know well, are heart-rending. Does the Minister agree that international peace talks leading to a political settlement are the best way to bring an end to the humanitarian suffering and any potential breaches of international law in Yemen?

Bill Presented: Clause 2 — Ballots: 50% turnout requirement (10 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill does not ban or prohibit strikes, but ensures that the hundreds of thousands or even millions of people who are affected by strikes in vital public services can be reassured that there is a genuine mandate for such action?

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: It is, as always, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness (Graham Stuart) and the right hon. Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) on securing the debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend also on his leadership of the campaign, and on what it has achieved thus far. The receptiveness of the Secretary of State for...

Business of the House (5 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: I have been contacted by a constituent concerned that the abolition some years ago of the 15-year “long stop” rule for claims against independent financial advisers leaves open time-unlimited opportunities to pursue such claims. This situation applies to no other profession. Will the Leader of the House find time for us to debate this important issue of fairness and the Financial...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farm Produce (Fair Practice) (5 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: Farmers can be helped to obtain a fair price for their produce if they act as retailers themselves through, for example, farmers markets and farm shops such as the excellent Roots in Barkby Thorpe and Cook’s in Newtown Linford, in my constituency. What assessment has the Minister made of farm shops as a small part of the way in which producers can be helped to sell their produce at a...

Police and Fire Shared Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (3 Nov 2015)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend is typically generous in giving way as she concludes, and typically forceful in putting the interests of her constituents first. Does she agree that collaboration and the sharing of services amounts not to amalgamation but to an opportunity to improve services, save money and help protect the front-line services on which my constituents—all our constituents—rely?

Dementia Care Services (9 Sep 2015)

Edward Argar: I beg to move, That this House has considered dementia care services. It is a pleasure to lead this debate—the first in my name since my election—under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. It is also a pleasure to debate with a Minister whose commitment to this cause is well known, on a subject of such importance. Indeed, its importance grows daily. I am particularly pleased to see my...

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