Debates between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May

There have been 7 exchanges between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May

1 Wed 3rd July 2019 G20 and Leadership of EU Institutions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (307 words)
2 Wed 5th September 2018 Salisbury Update
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (341 words)
3 Mon 16th July 2018 NATO Summit
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (136 words)
4 Mon 16th April 2018 Syria
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (225 words)
5 Wed 14th March 2018 Salisbury Incident
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (165 words)
6 Mon 12th March 2018 Salisbury Incident
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (230 words)
7 Wed 6th September 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (398 words)

G20 and Leadership of EU Institutions

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 3rd July 2019

(1 year, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 1:44 p.m.

We continue to put pressure on the United States on the climate change agreement, and to raise with it the importance of the issue. As far as we are concerned, the NHS will never be privatised. We will continue to ensure that decisions about public services are taken by UK Governments, not by our trade partners, and future trade agreements will not alter that. Indeed, the President himself made it clear, following his visit to the United Kingdom, that the national health service was not part of that trade agreement.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 1:44 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for her leadership on environmental matters and on tackling climate change. Yesterday, the all-party environment group heard from Lord Adair Turner that although Britain makes only 1.5% of global emissions, our influence abroad is massive, not just because we are a world leader in tackling climate change here, but because of the possibility of green tech jobs and investment in the United Kingdom economy. Does my right hon. Friend understand that that is a real legacy of hers? I hope that future Governments will commit further to this.

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 1:45 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for that, and for the work he has done on environmental issues in his ministerial roles. He continues to champion these issues. I absolutely agree with him. There are those who say that we can either have economic growth or tackle climate change. That is a false dichotomy. Tackling climate change is about developing new types of job, new technology, and new areas of employment for our economy. Already, something like 400,000 people are employed in, effectively, the clean growth economy—in renewable energy and so forth—and we will see many more such jobs being created. The message that we need to take around the world is that this is about future economies, and future employment and jobs.

Salisbury Update

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 5th September 2018

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Sep 2018, 1:40 p.m.

As I said in my statement, this was not a rogue operation. It was almost certainly approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state. The hon. Gentleman raises the possibility of an inquiry to look into this. Obviously, the police investigation into what happened at Amesbury is ongoing. As I said, this is now a single investigation, and there is no further line of inquiry beyond the two individuals who have been named in relation to the attack on the Skripals and on Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was affected by that as well. Obviously, we will want to take steps to ensure that we learn appropriate lessons from this. In relation to bringing the individuals to justice, I repeat that if they do step outside Russia, we will strain every sinew and do everything we can to bring them to justice in this country.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard

The revolting regime of President Putin that has so impoverished and abused the Russian people has many fellow travellers and useful idiots in the Parliaments of those we assume to be our allies, including the European Parliament. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the very professional diplomatic efforts by her Government that took place after the attacks need to be continued with full vigour to ensure that our allies remain onside and understand what a terrible crime has been committed against one of their allies?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Sep 2018, 1:40 p.m.

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. I would also say that this confirms that those of our allies who stood by us and took action after March were right to do so. There were those who were sceptical, internationally as well as within this Chamber, about the role of the Russian state at the time, but the evidence that has now been produced shows absolutely the culpability of the Russian state. I hope that in the international arena we will now see countries that have exercised a degree of restraint in their approach recognising the role that Russia has played in this and acting accordingly.

NATO Summit

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 16th July 2018

(2 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Countries that do not meet the 2% target at the moment are stepping up and increasing their spending. They went away with a very real sense that this is not just a long-term plan, but that there is an urgency in them doing this.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Next year, more than 600 parliamentarians from across the NATO alliance will visit London. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a very important opportunity for Britain to show that we are absolutely a global nation and that our commitment to the alliance moving forward is absolutely at the heart of what we believe?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2018, 2:30 p.m.

My right hon. Friend makes a good and important point. He is absolutely right that this is an opportunity for us to show global Britain and to show our absolute commitment to NATO for the future.

Syria

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 16th April 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
16 Apr 2018, 5:28 p.m.

Well, I say to the hon. Lady that, last Tuesday at the United Nations Security Council, there was going to be a proposal and resolution that would have enabled a proper investigative mechanism to be re-introduced to look at the use of chemical weapons and at what chemical weapons were available in Syria and held by the regime and at their capabilities and to be able to ascertain accountability for those chemical weapons. That draft resolution was vetoed by Russia.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Apr 2018, 5:28 p.m.

Does my right hon. Friend agree that, in the coming days, weeks and months, the image that we must hold in our minds is of children coughing up their lungs? Does she understand that many of us, from all parts of this House, want an Executive, when they are planning such a limited operation, to act in the full knowledge that if they do not and if they try to lay the matter before the House at great length, we will not only put at risk the operation, but possibly put at risk our airmen and complicate working with our partners?

The Prime Minister - Hansard
16 Apr 2018, 5:29 p.m.

I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend. He is absolutely right that, when we think about this issue, we should hold in our minds the horrific suffering of children and others in Douma as a result of the use of these chemical weapons.

Salisbury Incident

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 14th March 2018

(2 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
14 Mar 2018, 1:44 p.m.

The right hon. Gentleman makes an important point—one that others across the House have made—about the extent to which Russia uses its energy and the finance it provides to influence and have an impact on countries in receipt of it. I assure him that we will continue to discuss with the EU not just our energy security but the wider energy security issue.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
14 Mar 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Many Members of this House and the other House are members of multilateral parliamentary organisations, such as the Council of Europe and the NATO parliamentary assembly. Does my right hon. Friend agree that one way we can get behind her leadership and the Government’s position is by getting the message across when we attend events and explaining the Government’s policies, what has happened and why our allies should support us?

The Prime Minister - Hansard
14 Mar 2018, 1:45 p.m.

My right hon. Friend has raised an extremely valuable point. I welcome his suggestion and would encourage him and other Members who are members of those multilateral organisations to do just that.

Salisbury Incident

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 12th March 2018

(2 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
12 Mar 2018, 6:04 p.m.

As I said earlier, we do not comment on individual cases—the hon. Lady is absolutely right about that. On national security, we regularly monitor and update the actions taken to protect people and premises here in the UK based on the threat as we perceive it at the time.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
12 Mar 2018, 6:05 p.m.

As someone who has campaigned for a Magnitsky law and who was a member of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Public Bill Committee, may I say that the Opposition amendments, though well intentioned, were flawed and can be improved on? I am extremely grateful for the co-operation of Ministers and hope that the discussions will be fruitful. Will my right hon. Friend reflect the need for our allies abroad to understand that this could easily have happened in a provincial town in France, Germany or any other country, and that we are looking for action as well as warm words of support?

The Prime Minister - Hansard
12 Mar 2018, 6:05 p.m.

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, a supporter of the Magnitsky law, for highlighting the point I was trying to make earlier, which is that if amendments are to be added to legislation, we need to ensure they are workable. We need to get the amendments right. On his point about our allies, he is absolutely right: we should point out to people that this could have happened anywhere, in any provincial town or city like Salisbury.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Richard Benyon and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 6th September 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
The Prime Minister - Hansard
6 Sep 2017, 12:22 p.m.

In relation to the error made by the Home Office, every single one of those individuals was telephoned with an apology. [Interruption.] It should not have happened in the first place, but the Government did telephone with apologies. As I explained in my first answer to the right hon. Gentleman, however, there is a reason for wanting to control migration. It is because of the impact that net migration can have on people, on access to services and on infrastructure, but crucially also because it often hits those at the lower end of the income scale hardest. I suggest he think about that impact, rather than just standing up here and saying what he has. It is important that we bring in controls, but we want to continue to welcome the brightest and the best here to the UK, and we will continue to do so.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Hansard

Q3. I know that my right hon. Friend will be as alarmed and angered as many people are at the decision of the Northern Ireland judicial authorities to reopen the so-called legacy cases involving past and present members of the armed forces. These cases have been investigated meticulously and represent just 10% of deaths in the troubles. A line really needs to be drawn. Does she agree that it is wrong to single out any group for this kind of investigation and that the hundreds of thousands of people who served in Northern Ireland should feel appreciated for the difficult job they did and not be hounded into old age by such investigations? [900626]

The Prime Minister - Hansard
6 Sep 2017, 12:24 p.m.

We are unstinting in our admiration for the role that our armed forces played in ensuring that Northern Ireland’s future would only ever be decided by democracy and consent. The overwhelming majority served with great distinction, and we do indeed owe them a great debt of gratitude. As part of our work to implement the Stormont House agreement, we will ensure that new legacy bodies are under legal obligations to be fair, balanced and proportionate, which will make sure that our veterans are not unfairly treated or disproportionately investigated and reflect the fact that 90% of deaths in the troubles were caused by terrorists, not the armed forces. Of course, as my right hon. Friend will appreciate, however, the investigations by the Police Service of Northern Ireland are a matter for it, as it is independent of government.