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Written Question: 17th January, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many higher level environmental stewardship agreements have completed 10 years and of these how many have had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five or more aftercare visits.
 
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Written Question: 17th January, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the merits of the proposal from the Government of Anguilla for a customs union and common travel area with St Martin.
 
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Written Question: 15th January, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to receive the high conflict practice pathway from Cafcass designed to provide guidance to practitioners on cases of parental alienation.
 
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Written Question: 15th January, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of data available to his Department on the prevalence of parental alienation.
 
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Oral Contribution: 14th January, 2019

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Capita’s Army recruitment contract.
 
 
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Oral Contribution: 9th January, 2019

George Orwell said:

“Freedom of the press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticise and oppose.”

I will offer three reflections on that statement in three minutes, but before I do so, I congratulate Mr Whittingdale on his exposition, which demonstrated his typical clarity and brevity. Whatever our political differences, he and I have always shared an enthusiasm—a love, even—for freedom of the press.

That is my first point: the decisions we make in this House matter. In our nation we are lucky to live among only 13% of humanity who enjoy freedom of the press. The vast bulk of the world does not. When we make decisions, as we did last year about whether there should be punitive damages on news organisations that did not sign up to a state-approved regulator, those decisions matter, because dictators around the world look at what we are doing. I am proud that our party changed its policy and our deputy leader said that never again would we advocate that...