Mr Gavin Shuker debates with Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

There have been 3 exchanges between Mr Gavin Shuker and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Tue 5th November 2019 Oral Answers to Questions 3 interactions (81 words)
Tue 26th June 2018 Oral Answers to Questions 7 interactions (78 words)
Tue 17th October 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 7 interactions (47 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Tuesday 5th November 2019

(10 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrew Stephenson Portrait Andrew Stephenson - Parliament Live - Hansard

The UK is a world leader on tax compliance, with one of the lowest tax gaps in the world. The UK was a major sponsor of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project and has adopted many of the recommendations. The Government also introduced the diverted profits tax, which came into effect on 1 April 2015 and counters the contrived arrangements used by some multinationals to divert profits from the UK.

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Ind) Parliament Live - Hansard

T4. As the first Gavin Shuker MP to be called under your tenure, Mr Speaker, may I, too, offer my congratulations on your elevation?For 10 years in this place I have repeatedly raised with the Foreign Secretary and his predecessors the appalling human rights abuses in Kashmir. Further to our recent disappointing exchange of letters, can he give one single example of actions he has taken in robustly challenging the Indian Government’s revocation of article 370 of the Indian constitution? [900326]

Dominic Raab Portrait Dominic Raab - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Nov 2019, 12:22 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman has been a stalwart champion of human rights and has indeed taken a very close interest in foreign policy in relation to this region. He asks what we have done. As the Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for South Derbyshire (Mrs Wheeler), said earlier, fundamentally the issue of Kashmir needs to be resolved between the two parties, but we never duck the issue of human rights in any country. I have raised the issue of human rights in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi Foreign Minister and, particularly in relation to detentions, blackouts and internet blockages, with the Indian Foreign Minister. We will continue to do that because it is absolutely important. Even with some of our closest partners, we need to be able to have those candid conversations.

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Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Tuesday 26th June 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Matthew Pennycook Portrait Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich) (Lab) - Hansard

7. What representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the proposed demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village in the west bank. [906041]

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) Hansard

16. What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on prospects for the peace process in Israel and Palestine. [906050]

Kevin Hollinrake Portrait Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) (Con) - Hansard

19. What the policy of the Government is on a two-state solution in the middle east. [906053]

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Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Jun 2018, 11:59 a.m.

When I made a statement about that, I drew attention to the point the hon. Gentleman mentioned in the first part of his question about how it might possibly be construed. In relation to the second part, if there is further development in that area, it does indeed call into question the viability of a two-state solution.

Mr Shuker Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Jun 2018, noon

Does the Minister accept that the forcible transfer of Khan al-Ahmar would effectively bisect the west bank and make the price of peace that much higher? Does he also accept that the refusal of the British Government to recognise a state of Palestine makes it harder for the human rights of the Palestinians to be heard?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Jun 2018, noon

I am not sure about the second part because we do raise issues of human rights, particularly in relation to settlements and the like. On the first part, yes, the concern about the location of Khan al-Ahmar—its close proximity to E1 and the possibility of development there being a bar to contiguity—is indeed a concern for the whole of the international community. It is still possible for any demolition not to go ahead.

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Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Tuesday 17th October 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Gerald Jones Portrait Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) (Lab) - Hansard

9. What recent representations he has made to his Myanmar counterpart on the treatment of the Rohingya people. [901179]

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) Hansard

12. What recent representations he has made to his Myanmar counterpart on the treatment of the Rohingya people. [901183]

The Minister for Asia and the Pacific (Mark Field) Hansard

The Foreign Secretary spoke to Aung San Suu Kyi on 7 and 17 September. I met her in Naypyidaw in Burma on 27 September, and the Deputy Foreign Minister at the UN General Assembly on 20 September. We called for an end to the violence in Rakhine state, a safe return for refugees, full humanitarian access, and, most importantly, implementation in full of the Annan Commission’s recommendations.

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Mark Field Hansard
17 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his thoughtful question. What is going on in Rakhine is a human tragedy and a humanitarian catastrophe. When the UN lifted sanctions in 2011, it was trying to encourage a road towards democracy, which has obviously happened with the election that took place only 18 months ago. With hindsight, one might argue that these sanctions were lifted prematurely. However, a lot of Burma watchers would say that the sanctions did not have a huge effect. There was not a great deal of money from the Burmese military in western bank accounts in the way that applies, for example, to sanctions for Russia, China and elsewhere.

Mr Shuker Hansard
17 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights described what is happening in Myanmar as

“a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

I happen to agree with him. Does the Minister?

Mark Field Hansard
17 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.

As I said, it is a humanitarian catastrophe out there. Sadly, this increasingly appears to be an accurate description of the situation. It is now essential for the Burmese authorities to enact the positive measures that were announced by the State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday evening. They include the establishment of a new civilian-led body to oversee refugee returns and the development of Rakhine into a state in which all communities can live together sustainably.