Debates between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt

There have been 8 exchanges between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt

1 Tue 22nd January 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
3 interactions (155 words)
2 Tue 27th November 2018 Ukraine-Russia Relations 3 interactions (215 words)
3 Tue 4th September 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
3 interactions (234 words)
4 Mon 21st May 2018 Gaza: UN Human Rights Council Vote 2 interactions (111 words)
5 Tue 15th May 2018 Gaza Border Violence 3 interactions (130 words)
6 Wed 17th January 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (94 words)
7 Wed 29th November 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (139 words)
8 Wed 11th October 2017 Iran: Human Rights 2 interactions (216 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Tuesday 22nd January 2019

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Jan 2019, 12:01 p.m.

I think both states are extremely conscious of the impact of any of their decisions on Syria. We have engaged regularly with the United States as it works through its process of withdrawal to make sure it is manageable and to make sure that everyone remains focused on the importance of continuing the global coalition against Daesh. That contact is constant with Turkey and with the United States.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con) - Hansard
22 Jan 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Will my right hon. Friend condemn the role in Syria of Iran, a regime that is terrorising its people at home and many across the region, including in Syria?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard

The actions of Iran in supporting the Assad regime and the way in which it has conducted a civil war against its own people have caused deep concern. Iran can improve its position only if it does not support such a regime and if it encourages a full part in the political process to see a reformed Syria.

Ukraine-Russia Relations

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Tuesday 27th November 2018

(1 year, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Nov 2018, 12:59 p.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for mentioning the Foreign Secretary’s appearance at the holodomor event; it matters greatly to the United Kingdom and the Foreign Secretary, which is why he was there. The hon. Gentleman’s message of support to the families caught up not only in this detention but in others is well made, and it will certainly be conveyed to them. On support for governance, we are already providing £11 million to support reform in Ukraine through the good governance fund, and there are a wide range of programmes to help Ukraine drive forward governance, economic and political reform, and promote greater accountability and transparency. All that will help to make sure that the election process is exactly what this House would expect.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Nov 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Sadly, Ukraine suffered hugely at the hands of the Russian and Soviet authorities in the last century, including through the unspeakable cruelty of the holodomor. Does my right hon. Friend share my sense of sadness that in the modern era, when we really all should know better, Ukraine is again on the end of unjustified violence and aggression from Russia?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Nov 2018, 12:59 p.m.

My right hon. Friend’s concerns are echoed throughout the House. The support for Ukraine in its present difficulties is well expressed both by Members and the actions of Her Majesty’s Government.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Tuesday 4th September 2018

(2 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard

The experiences in Gaza and the crisis we have seen over the summer have different roots and causes. It is essential that all those who are contributing in any way to the violence in relation to the process desist and find a way through to the peace opportunities that are there. We deeply regret the loss of life, and it is essential that all sides respond to that. Also, the violence that comes from Gaza towards Israel is making negotiations very difficult.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers - Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Sep 2018, 3:20 p.m.

Does my right hon. Friend agree that recent rocket attacks by Hamas demonstrate, once again, that they are the biggest roadblock to peace in the middle east, frustrating the sincere efforts made by Israel to try to secure a peaceful future for the region?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Sep 2018, 3:20 p.m.

Both the rocket fire and the incendiary devices that have come from Gaza have certainly made this difficult for Israeli politics, because a great deal of damage has been done in the area, which encourages people to demand that their Government protect them and keep them safe. As we know well, there are difficulties on all sides. Our concern has been that the problems in Gaza have made it more difficult for the negotiations, which we all anticipate following the US envoy’s reports, to get started. That is why we urge a restraint on violence and that the talking going on all through the region bears some fruit.

Gaza: UN Human Rights Council Vote

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Monday 21st May 2018

(2 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

I very much welcome the Government’s decision not to back a resolution that was one-sided and biased against Israel. Will the Minister urge the UNHRC to desist from adopting these heavily one-sided resolutions as they have done so many times in the past?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
21 May 2018, 4:15 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend. We have made our position clear about the HRC on a number of occasions. We have expressed concern that elements of the HRC’s work have been clearly biased against Israel and that detracts from the other good work that it does. We will continue to maintain that position, but equally, if this inquiry is not the right vehicle, there must be another.

Gaza Border Violence

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Tuesday 15th May 2018

(2 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
15 May 2018, 1:06 p.m.

I respect B’Tselem. As the hon. Gentleman will know, we share the concerns about the use of live fire. This is an issue on which we are not in agreement with the views of the United States of America.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con) - Hansard
15 May 2018, 1:06 p.m.

We can all agree that an effective peace process is vital if we are to avoid tragedies of the kind that occurred yesterday. Will my right hon. Friend acknowledge that Hamas is a serious roadblock to a peace process, and condemn it for that?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
15 May 2018, 1:07 p.m.

It is clear from the allegations and evidence that there is likely to have been extremist exploitation of the perfectly proper march. It is for that reason that an independent investigation must cover all aspects. Those who have contributed to extremism and deaths do indeed need condemnation.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Wednesday 17th January 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
17 Jan 2018, 11:49 a.m.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has a unique role in protecting and providing essential services for 5 million Palestinian refugees. We are deeply concerned about the impact of potential cuts in US funding on stability in the region, and about the continuity of UNRWA’s vital services. We will go on supporting them.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
17 Jan 2018, 11:49 a.m.

What action is the Minister taking to ensure that no taxpayers’ money from DFID ever ends up in the pockets of convicted terrorists?

Alistair Burt Parliament Live - Hansard
17 Jan 2018, 11:49 a.m.

It just does not. We do not give aid to terrorists, and the Palestinian Authority knows that.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Wednesday 29th November 2017

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
The Minister of State, Department for International Development (Alistair Burt) Parliament Live - Hansard
29 Nov 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Support to protect women and girls, whether in relation to education, sanitation or refugees, has been a significant part of the work DFID is doing. We are constantly in contact with UN agencies about what more can be done both for women in conflict and for women in developing countries, and that is a major part of DFID’s programme.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con) - Hansard

T3. Will the Government ensure that their aid focuses on projects to improve sanitation and infection control to reduce the need to use antibiotics, as part of our global commitment to tackle antimicrobial resistance? [902649]

Alistair Burt Hansard
29 Nov 2017, 11:55 a.m.

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Reducing the transmission of infection is an effective way of decreasing the need for antibiotics. Our approach is to strengthen national health systems to address infection prevention and control, and this includes hygiene and sanitation in health facilities.

Iran: Human Rights

Debate between Theresa Villiers and Alistair Burt
Wednesday 11th October 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Westminster Hall
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Alistair Burt Hansard
11 Oct 2017, 10:58 a.m.

I want to conclude, because I think that my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet needs a moment to speak as well. I thank colleagues for continuing to raise this matter. I hope that at the beginning of my remarks I gave a sense of how we are trying to deal with this difficult issue: we will continue to raise matters and we will not neglect them. Progress in Iran may well be slow, but we want it to be certain to fulfil what we believe are the hopes and desires of the Iranian people.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers - Hansard

I thank the Minister for his speech today. I very much take on board the complexity of the process, which he has described as not only holding the Iranian Government to account on their human rights record, but trying to guide them towards a better future on these matters.

The one point I would leave with him is that I hope he will look again at the issue of the 1988 mass killings. They happened, they were a terrible crime and not enough attention has been given to them. There is a strong case for an independent investigation and I hope that he and his colleagues in Government will give that their most serious consideration.

Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(6)).