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  • Oct 21, 2014:
  • Oct 15, 2014:
    • Opposition Day - [6th Allotted Day]: NHS Services (Access) (15 Oct 2014)
      David Ward: I was not going to intervene on the hon. Gentleman, but I sympathise with him, because Labour activists in my area have been campaigning against the closure of a treatment centre when all that happened, in fact, was that the contract came to an end. Hard work is now going on to make sure that the provision continues in another form. The big campaign was that this was about cuts and closing a...
    • Leeds Bradford International Airport (15 Oct 2014)
      David Ward: My hon. Friend mentions Apperley Bridge, and everyone here is familiar with the dreadful Greengates junction. This is all a false economy, because we now have to invest a huge amount of money to address the jams occurring in those areas. If we invested in a rail link, we might be able to save money that would otherwise have to be spent on clearing up problems caused by those traffic jams.
    • Oral Answers to Questions - Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Oct 2014)
      David Ward: The Palestinian ambassador, Mr Hassassian, has described Monday's vote on the recognition of the Palestinian state as "a momentous vote". Indeed it was. He has also said: "Now is the time for the UK government to listen to its democratically elected parliament and to take decisive political action by recognising the State of Palestine and upholding its historical,...
  • Oct 13, 2014:
    • Business of the House: Backbench Business - Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)
      David Ward: I congratulate the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame M. Morris) on securing the debate, which is so important. As a young man, I backpacked around Israel and had a wonderful time. I stayed at various hostels-in Ein-Gedi, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat. I swam in the dead sea and went to Masada. I loved the place and its people and I wanted to return. I went back and spent time working...
    • Business of the House: Backbench Business - Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)
      David Ward: Indeed-how could they? I support the motion for many reasons, but I will state three. First, for the Palestinians to turn away from the men of violence, they need hope, and this motion represents a degree of hope for them. Much is made of the failure of Hamas to recognise Israel, and we know about that, but let us imagine the sense of despair that ordinary Palestinians must feel at the...
  • Sep 26, 2014:
  • Sep 11, 2014:
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: I will not require all the time, but I thank the Minister. I thank everyone who has taken part in and attended the debate. I think that it has been of value and, personally, I found it interesting to hear the different views. I believe that the debate has been conducted, with a few exceptions, in the right spirit. I regret that some of the speeches that I have heard today were written before...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. It would be completely wrong to start this debate without reference to the recent devastating floods in Kashmir. Much of the area either side of the line of control has been devastated. The press reports that are coming in on an hourly basis paint a grim picture. We hear of substantial loss of life on both sides of the line of...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: I echo the hon. Gentleman's words about Raja Najabat Hussain. There are also many others who have stuck at this issue for a long time. I will focus on self-determination a little later. This debate is long overdue. Thousands of parliamentary questions have been asked about Kashmir in the House of Commons, but I believe that the last time there was a comprehensive Kashmir-dedicated...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: Indeed; the Backbench Business Committee has proven to be extremely valuable because we can raise issues that may not seem to be vastly important but are none the less important to focus on for particular groups. I am reminded of the hon. Member for Rochdale (Simon Danczuk), who secured an Adjournment debate on the Kashmiri involvement in the census. Without these debates, we would not have...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: I regard human rights abuses as being a constant cause of conflict. As I will mention later, we have had periods of calm and progress, but then something happens that freezes that good progress. Often, that is because of the abuse and violations that have taken place. The prevailing view on this debate-certainly in India and, from what I have read in the press, in the Indian high...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: I was approached by someone who said that the separatists should be fully engaged in the elections.
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: I raised the issue of participation in elections. The answer was that the elections are not trusted and that there is no confidence in them being fair.
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: What hon. Members are saying is simple common sense. That is the reality of the situation. We cannot go on pretending that things are how we would like them to be. The reality is that India and Pakistan will not give up what they believe to be their right to certain parts of the former princely state. It is ludicrous to continue to believe that that will happen. If that is the case, we must...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: I am not suggesting that. As I said earlier when discussing mediation, we should certainly not be forcing a solution; I do not see that as a part for us to play. However, we have close and strong links with those countries, and I believe we have some part to play. We should acknowledge that and find out what that part is. The hon. Gentleman talked about trust; this period of distrust, this...
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: Well, that is one view. We have a role to play and our task is to find what the role can be. I will come on to that later.
    • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] - BacKBench Business - Kashmir (11 Sep 2014)
      David Ward: My doubt is whether some people want a solution. We have a part to play, but I will come to that. In 2009, an opinion poll conducted by Chatham House provided more evidence, if that were needed, that the views of people on either side of the line of control differ widely on a range of issues. Wide differences also exist among the views of people from district to district, not only among those...