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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: First of all, let me— [Interruption.] First of all, let me—

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: No, you lose any sense of embarrassment after a time in this job. First, let me thank the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron) for his generous words at the end of his speech—if not for his career suggestions. There are important issues in relation to climate change. In 1997, the United States appeared to be ready to sign up to the Kyoto treaty, but before we put all the blame for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: What my hon. Friend says is the Russian case, but we have said throughout, and I believe this to be true, that Kosovo is sui generis for the reasons that have been given many times over the past few years. The difficulty comes if we do not take this issue to its conclusion, which is why we asked Mr. Ahtisaari to look at it, and if we do not then act on his conclusions, we will be in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Yes, I am. One always has to be careful about taking the attitude that everything has not been achieved, therefore nothing has been achieved. In relation to the first two points, the fact is that we have come a long way on a climate change deal. There never was a prospect of concluding a treaty or an agreement at this G8, but for the first time we have the agreement from the United States...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Well, I did obviously have a discussion with President Putin about that. His view is that it is a provocation while ours is that it is something in which we have been engaged for a number of years and that it is not aimed at Russia—indeed, the very siting, in Poland and the Czech Republic, is an indication of that. As I understand it, the talks between President Putin and President Bush...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: No, I did not. I have to say to the hon. Gentleman that I am afraid I do not recognise that either as a description of our foreign policy or, more important, of the challenge we face. As I have said many times, we shall not beat the terrorist threat by conceding to it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Part of what we did at the G8 was to recommit to the aid for trade package, which is a very important part of helping the developing world. However, within the context of the G4 and representation there from Brazil and India, we shall have the opportunity to debate the case on behalf of the developing world as well. Without going into details about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I understand entirely the point the hon. Gentleman is making. I was quite heartened by the contribution of the President of Brazil at the G8, which made it clear not merely, obviously, that he wanted a good outcome to the world trade round, but that he took seriously Brazil's responsibilities in relation to deforestation. Through the December meeting, there is a chance of agreeing something...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: It was not a specific part of the discussion, but the effectiveness of transmission programmes was. My hon. Friend is right: the difficulty is that maternal transmission, as I saw for myself in Africa a short time ago, is a huge problem. More and more young people are growing up with HIV/AIDS through absolutely no action of their own. I think we still have quite a long way to go. We agreed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Of course it is. That is precisely why on the face of the agreement there is a requirement for consultation with the devolved Assemblies. Before any agreement can be concluded, there has to be consultation with devolved Government, including in respect of Libya and Scotland. All that would have been required was an inquiry from the First Minister's office and the matter would have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I think that it does assist the process. If the United States holds such a meeting—of the G8 plus 5 or perhaps with two other countries—most of the countries sitting round the table will have agreed binding targets or will be in the process of agreeing them. Most will agree with the 50 per cent. cut in emissions, so it is somewhat unlikely that the US will hold such a meeting without some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Yes, I think it is important that America does that. After all, America and Russia share some clear strategic goals, not least in ensuring a unified UN position vis-à-vis Iran. America and Russia want to co-operate in plenty of areas, and the recent statements by President Bush and the offer made at the bilateral meeting by President Putin show that they both understand that they have to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: As I said earlier, if people want America to move, and it moves, let us at least say that it has moved and try to make the best of that. This is important, and things are lot a more credible because America is saying that it will hold its own meeting with very much the people around the table at the G8. Something else needs to be said because in this debate, to be frank, countries sometimes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: It is important that we ensure that we treat people who are here fairly. We will put £1.5 billion into HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa over the next few years. However, the trouble is that if we say that everyone who is HIV-positive and comes to this country can get treatment here, we will create a real pull factor for people to come here. We must be careful about how we do this.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: The point that my hon. Friend makes is important, and I think that he is right: once an agreement is made, it is important that it is properly enforced. Personally, I think that reform of the UN Security Council is now long overdue. However, he is also right in saying that for poorer countries adaptation will be very difficult indeed, and that is why a specific part of the communiqué is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I am used to unkind souls occasionally casting aspersions on what we are trying to do, but on that point I can assure the hon. Gentleman that although it is, of course, important to discuss the issue with our European colleagues, before we get to the summit which is coming up in the next couple of weeks, there will be ample opportunity to discuss those issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I thank my right hon. Friend for that. In relation to education, it is important that we ensure that we meet the millennium development goal. The interesting thing is that as a result of the debt relief that has been given in the past few years, there are millions more children at school in Africa. If anyone ever asks, "Where does the money go to when we give debt relief and so on?", I would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Yes, that is right, and of course the whole purpose of building up something such as the clean development mechanism—for all the problems associated with it, it none the less does generate real income—is to be able to create a resource through which we can help those countries to use technology. For example, as we develop carbon sequestration or hydrogen fuel cell technology, we can share...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: It is going to be an increasing feature—let me put it diplomatically—of those summits that they involve, as a matter of course, the other five countries. It becomes very difficult—a bit like reforming the UN Security Council—to see where we draw the line, but as the Chinese economy, for example, grows over the next few years, it will become increasingly bizarre to discuss the leading...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: The protection of minority communities is an important issue. That is where Russia, for example —[ Interruption. ]


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