House of Commons

22-10-2013 10-44-00

Rory Speaks on Rural Communities

Transcript There is the possibility that those on the Front Bench will have a weary cynicism about this debate—a feeling that statistics are being thrown around, that special pleading is going on, names of councils being showered down on them, and figures of 50% or 2% and different definitions and so on being mentioned, but […]

22-10-2013 11-08-17

Rory Speaks on the Scottish Independence Referndum

Transcript I thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and my colleagues for allowing me to contribute to the debate. I feel that it is very difficult for someone who represents an English constituency to speak about this subject. I want briefly to discuss three questions. First, should there be a referendum at all? Secondly, what are […]

22-10-2013 11-00-32

Rory Speaks on Community Hospitals

Transcript I feel shy speaking in front of this extremely distinguished audience. It is impressive to take part in a debate involving people with so much expertise. I was impressed by the extraordinary confidence with which my hon. Friend the Member for Bracknell (Dr Lee) said things that we would not dare say to any […]

22-10-2013 11-03-25

Rory Speaks in Debate on Lords Reform

Transcript It is unfortunate that the debate has turned into an attack on the Liberal Democrats. This is a huge opportunity for reform. There has been a lot of talk about the 21st century and democracy, and there is an important democratic opportunity in the Bill that I hope the Liberal Democrats will lead us […]

22-10-2013 10-54-07

Rory Speaks on UK- Turkey Relations

Transcript One of the reasons why Turkey is such an exciting subject is that it is an exemplar not just for the whole Middle East, but for British foreign policy. Turkey is a strange place for us. We have a huge great embassy—now the consulate general—in Istanbul, and it would impress hon. Members. It is […]

22-10-2013 10-38-36

Rory’s Speech on Sustainable Communities

Transcript It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Weir, and fantastic to speak in the debate. Thank you for calling me. A common theme in our debate on sustainable communities appears to be the old Britain. I am surrounded by my hon. Friends the Members for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire […]

22-10-2013 10-47-53

Rory Speaks on the Union

Transcript It seems a little dry to focus on Lords amendment 18 with reference to clause 37, but it is a central issue. It is not a dry issue at all. As my hon. Friends the Members for Carlisle (John Stevenson) and for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart) pointed out, this is central to two […]

22-10-2013 11-13-24

Rory Speaks on Rural Schools

Transcript I thank the hon. Member for Copeland (Mr Reed) for securing the debate and for all his leadership on Cumbria. Central to the issue is rurality and sparse population, and if he represents the constituency in England furthest from London, I represent the constituency in England with the most sparse population. We have about […]

22-10-2013 10-41-21

Rory Speaks in Debate on Flood Defences

Transcript Rory Stewart: This is not a party political question. The Scots argue strongly that one of the best ways to deal with flooding is not to allow construction on flood plains. Will the shadow Minister acknowledge that one of the real errors of the past 15 years has been our construction policy, rather than […]