In Parliament

From the 3rd May, Parliament dissolves for the election. Every seat at the House of Commons becomes vacant until 9th June and no Parliamentary business takes place. 

You can read Theresa's speeches and appearances in Parliament before dissolution below. For up to date news on Theresa's campaigns after dissolution, please see the News page. 

Animal Welfare: Sentencing | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her priority to extend the maximum sentence which the courts can impose for offences involving animal cruelty.

 

Tax Avoidance | HM Treasury | Written Answers

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised through measures to tackle aggressive tax avoidance by large companies since 2010.

 

Highway Code | Department for Transport | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review the Highway Code to examine whether to introduce a universal duty to give way when turning and conduct further research into applying such a rule at traffic light junctions.

 

Microbeads | Oral Answers to Questions - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Commons debates

What progress her Department has made on its plans to ban microbeads from certain products.

 

Change of Use | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on (a) local infrastructure and (b) human health of the conversion of offices into small flats from 16 square metres in size.

 

Microbeads | Oral Answers to Questions - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Commons debates

What progress her Department has made on its plans to ban microbeads from certain products.

 

Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Commons debates

Cleaning up the nation’s bus fleet is an important part of tackling air quality, but does the Secretary of State agree that smaller companies such as Southgate & Finchley Coaches in my constituency will need time to adapt, particularly where the cleanest vehicles are not yet available on the second-hand market?

 

Iraq: Christianity | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Iraqi Government on the importance of protecting the religious freedom of Christians in that country.

 

NHS: Land | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the proceeds of any land sale by the NHS are subsequently used in the local NHS in that area.

 

NHS: Land | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on enabling NHS bodies to retain ownership of land and property that is not needed for healthcare purposes but could potentially derive a rental income.

 

Great Northern Railway Line | Department for Transport | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to support plans to introduce four trains an hour through New Barnet and Oakleigh Park on the Great Northern Line when the December 2018 timetable is introduced following the completion of the Thameslink programme.

 

Animal Welfare | Commons debates

Both are good ideas, and I hope the Minister will respond to them when he sums up.

 

Animal Welfare | Commons debates

I wish to thank the Backbench Business Committee, my hon. Friend Neil Parish and the EFRA Committee for putting animal welfare on the agenda in Parliament today. I have found it distressing to listen to the brutal examples of animal cruelty we have heard about, particularly those detailed in the speech by Anna Turley. I emphasise that animal welfare and action to prevent animal cruelty is a very high priority for many of my constituents, who contact me regularly about this. I warmly and strongly support the campaign for stiffer maximum sentences for those who abuse animals, act with unnecessary cruelty or otherwise fail to comply with our animal welfare rules in this country.

 

NHS: Buildings | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish Sir Robert Naylor's review of the NHS estate.

 

Ambulance Services: ICT | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using intelligent conveyancing systems to assist ambulance services in taking patients to the most appropriate hospital; and which ambulance services in England do not operate such systems.

 

Northern Ireland: Political Developments | Commons debates

None of us in this House should underestimate how incredibly difficult it is for Northern Ireland’s leaders to find common ground on issues such as legacy and identity, which have been the cause of tension and division for decades, but does the Secretary of State agree that, if they can find a way to bridge those last divisions, they will have the gratitude and support of the vast majority in Northern Ireland, who want devolution to work and play its part in moving Northern Ireland forward towards a brighter and better future?

 

NHS: Standards | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cost-benefit analysis his Department has carried out on the NHS (a) Quality and Outcomes Framework and (b) Quality, Innovation, productivity and Prevention programme; and if he will place a copy of all such analysis in the Library.

 

Criminal Proceedings: Mental Illness | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that people with mental health conditions receive fair treatment in the criminal justice system.

 

Israeli Settlement Goods | Oral Answers to Questions - Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates

The main aim of the boycott movement is to delegitimise the state of Israel, so will the Government continue to strongly oppose it?

 

Bus companies: limitation of powers of authorities in England | Bus Services Bill [Lords] | Commons debates

Obviously, I do not want to go back over the whole debate we had on this, but there is a range of ways in which the bus sector is very different in London, not least the fact that Londoners pay millions of pounds in congestion charges, which support the bus network. That is one of the major reasons why bus services in London are different from those in the rest of the country; it is not necessarily the regulatory structure that makes the difference.

 

Bus companies: limitation of powers of authorities in England | Bus Services Bill [Lords] | Commons debates

I assure the House that my contribution on this important Bill will be brief.

 

Bus companies: limitation of powers of authorities in England | Bus Services Bill [Lords] | Commons debates

I am afraid I am about to conclude, but the right hon. Gentleman will get his chance very soon.

 

Antibiotics: Drug Resistance | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans the Government has made in the event of an anti-microbial resistance pandemic; and if he will place a copy of those plans in the Library.

 

Education Funding Agency | Department for Education | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Education Funding Authority receives value for money when purchasing sites for new schools.

 

Social Services: Finance | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the additional funding for social care announced in the Spring Budget 2017 will be divided between the NHS and local councils.

 

London Attacks | Commons debates

I too send my sympathies to all those bereaved or injured in yesterday’s horrific attack. As we reflect on what happened, we must ask if it is time to consider whether the police who guard sensitive sites known to be of interest to terrorists, such as Parliament or airports, should routinely carry personal protection weapons, even when those officers are not part of the units formally tasked with armed response?

 

Medical Research and Development (Israel) | The Secretary of State Was Asked | Commons debates

In his trade discussions with the Israeli Government, will the Secretary of State convey the House’s sympathy for and solidarity with Israel, which has so often suffered the same kind of terrorist attack as we suffered in this House yesterday?

 

Topical Questions | The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked | Commons debates

Will the Secretary of State make every effort to ensure that women are involved in the huge programme of rail infrastructure upgrades we are currently undertaking as a Government?

 

Railways: Females | Women and Equalities | Written Answers

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on encouraging women to pursue careers in the rail industry.

 

Iran's Influence in the Middle East - [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates

I certainly agree that part of the explanation for the situation is the failure of western policy in the middle east over recent years. Now people across the region are suffering the consequences.

 

Iran's Influence in the Middle East - [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates

I congratulate my hon. Friend Dr Offord on his speech, which painted a terrifying picture of the activities of Iran in the middle east, so this is a timely debate. I would also like to mention my entry in the register of interests concerning a recent visit to Israel and the west bank. On that visit, almost everyone our group met commented on the real alarm felt in Israel about Iran’s increasingly assertive regional ambitions. As the debate has shown, that anxiety is by no means confined to one country; Iran and its proxies are now heavily involved in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

 

Iran's Influence in the Middle East - [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, about 2,000 women a day are arrested for failing to comply with the compulsory dress code. In 2014 there was a spate of acid attacks against young Iranian women by people apparently motivated by what they viewed as an insufficiently rigorous approach to compliance with the rules on dress. The response of the regime was lacklustre, and those responsible have not been caught. Furthermore, the UN special rapporteur on Iran recently reported that women continue to be sentenced to death by stoning.

 

Clinical Commissioning Groups: Pharmacy | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require clinical commissioning groups in England to include a representative of local pharmacists on their governing boards.

 

General Practitioners | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require clinical commissioning groups to transfer areas of work from GPs to pharmacists where there is evidence that such a transfer would be more efficient.

 

School Funding Formula | Oral Answers to Questions - Education | Commons debates

A group of parents I met on Friday asked whether the funds that were saved as a result of the Government’s change of heart on forced academisation could be used to support schools currently facing funding pressures.

 

Broadband: Chipping Barnet | Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to improve access to high-speed broadband in suburban areas such as Chipping Barnet.

 

Sri Lanka: Christianity | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government on the (a) rights of Sri Lankan Christians to practise their faith and (b) attack on a prayer centre in Paharaiya in North West Sri Lanka on 5 January 2017.

 

General Practitioners: Females | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out whether returnship support announced in the Spring Budget 2017 will include measures to encourage women to return to medical practice as GPs.

 

Crime: Taxis | Home Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes have been committed by drivers of private hire vehicles in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

 

Political Developments | Oral Answers to Questions - Northern Ireland | Commons debates

The Government and the police have disclosed unprecedented amounts of information about the troubles, some of it extremely sensitive. Does the Secretary of State agree that some information is so sensitive that it can never go into the public domain because if it did, it would put lives at risk?

 

Engagements | Oral Answers to Questions - Prime Minister | Commons debates

I welcome the support on business rates being given by the Budget to local high streets, which are so crucially valued in places such as my constituency of Barnet. Does the Prime Minister agree that we can give more help to small businesses if we secure the international agreement we need to ensure that all big businesses pay their taxes?

 

Palestinians: Terrorism | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on alleged payments to convicted terrorists.

 

USA: Intelligence Services | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US Administration on the effect on UK security of leaks from US intelligence agencies.

 

Transitional Arrangements | Exiting the European Union | Commons debates

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it will be important to encourage co-operation between the regulators during any transition period for financial services, to ensure that we have an orderly transition to the new arrangements with Europe?

 

O’Neill Review — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] 

Does my hon. Friend agree that it is vital that we heed the O’Neill review’s recommendation that antimicrobial use in farming must reduce if we are to address the frightening consequences that he is outlining? In particular, we need to move away from intensive farming, which is reliant on the prophylactic use of antimicrobials.

 

Roads: Greater London | Department for Transport | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to (a) Transport for London and (b) London boroughs to repair potholes.

 

Cycling: Safety | Department for Transport | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2017 to Question 58192, if he will set out recent and planned future changes in the driving test for HGV vehicles to increase safety for cyclists.

 

Animal Welfare | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her Department's policy to ensure that maintaining high standards of animal welfare is a priority in future trade negotiations on food and agriculture.

 

Anglican Church (South Sudan) | Oral Answers to Questions - Church Commissioners | Commons debates

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Church, which is flourishing in South Sudan, can play a really valuable role in helping to distribute aid and support to all those affected by the famine there?

 

General Practitioners: Recruitment | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made to date on recruiting 5,000 more GPs by 2020; and how many additional GPs he estimates will offer services in the Chipping Barnet constituency.

 

Bus Services Bill [Lords] | Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill | Commons debates

I warmly welcome this opportunity to debate bus services in the Chamber; we too seldom have an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the bus network for millions of people and to acknowledge the crucial role bus services play in our public transport system.

 

Police: Greater London | Home Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to maintain police teams dedicated to each ward in Greater London.

 

Air Pollution: Greater London | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle high levels of air pollution in Greater London.

 

Police: Greater London | Home Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are serving in (a) Greater London and (b) the Borough of Barnet.

 

Local Housing Provision | Oral Answers to Questions - Communities and Local Government | Commons debates

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle high levels of air pollution in Greater London.

 

Livestock: Exports | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to introduce a ban on the export of live animals for slaughter.

 

Agriculture: Antibiotics | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to discourage farming methods which lead to the overuse of antibiotics.

 

Local Housing Provision | Oral Answers to Questions - Communities and Local Government | Commons debates

Is it not vital that key decisions on housing targets in a local area are made by councils elected by local people?

 

Reoffenders: Greater London | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what trends there have been in reoffending rates in London since the reform of the probation service and the introduction of community rehabilitation companies.

 

Taxation: Electronic Government | HM Treasury | Written Answers

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 57196, when his Department will publish its response to the consultation on Making Tax Digital.

 

Taxation: Electronic Government | HM Treasury | Written Answers

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to make available the free software from HM Revenue and Customs to enable compliance with quarterly reporting obligations being imposed under the Making Tax Digital programme.

 

Cyprus | The Secretary of State Was Asked | Commons debates

Will my right hon. Friend agree that third-country guarantees should have no place in a new settlement for Cyprus, because Cypriots should be able to determine their own future without the threat of external military intervention?

 

Cyprus | The Secretary of State Was Asked | Commons debates

What steps he is taking to support the negotiations for a settlement to re-unite Cyprus

 

Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Work and Pensions | Commons debates

Does the Minister agree that it was important to introduce the cap on out-of-work benefits to deal with the excesses of a system that used to see a single household being given £100,000 a year in housing benefit?

 

Overseas Aid: Christianity | Department for International Development | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make it her policy to encourage the involvement of church groups and other Christian organisations in the delivery of overseas development projects and programmes.

 

Iran: Capital Punishment | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Iranian Government condemning the use of the death penalty in that country.

 

Trade: Australia | Department for International Trade | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions he has had with the Australian Government on preparations for opening trade talks.

 

Conduct of negotiations | European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill | Commons debates

I wonder whether my hon. Friend shares my concern. I think that the threat to the UK nuclear industry is not this Bill but the fact that the Leader of the Opposition wants to shut down the nuclear industry in this country, including, of course, Sellafield.

 

Efficiency Savings | Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster | Commons debates

Will my right hon. Friend introduce reforms so that different parts of the public sector can share data more easily, which will significantly improve efficiency?

 

Engagements | Prime Minister | Commons debates

As we prepare in this House to take back control over our laws on agriculture, will the Prime Minister agree to use Brexit as an opportunity to strengthen, not weaken, the rules that safeguard the welfare of animals?

 

Young Offenders | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to implement the recommendation in paragraph 87 of the Review of the Youth Justice system in England and Wales, published in December 2016, on reducing the period before which childhood convictions become spent.

 

Immigration: EU Nationals | Home Office | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to simplify the process for applications for permanent residence in the UK for EU nationals who live in the UK.

 

Exiting the Eu: New Partnership | Commons debates

I urge the Secretary of State to give priority to the matters in chapter 6 of the White Paper on securing the rights of EU nationals. I have in mind a constituent who is an EU national and who has sadly been receiving cancer treatment for many years. I am anxious to be able to give her certainty as soon as possible that she will continue to have access to the NHS.

 

Engagements | Oral Answers to Questions - Prime Minister | Commons debates

In light of the fact that most of the countries covered by the Trump ban have a total bar on the admission of Israeli citizens, should the protestors not be calling for that ban to be lifted as well?

 

Security | Oral Answers to Questions - Northern Ireland | Commons debates

Is not the job faced by the police in Northern Ireland to keep people safe made harder by the tendencies of the Northern Ireland courts to let terrorists out on bail, sometimes only weeks after an original arrest?

 

Probation: Greater London | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the HMI Probation report of 15 December 2016 entitled Quality and Impact inspection: the effectiveness of probation work in the north of London, what steps she is taking to tackle the issues raised on probation services in (a) Barnet and (b) north London.

 

Breast Cancer Drugs | Commons debates

I was profoundly moved by the case of my constituent, Rosalie Marshall, who sadly is suffering from breast cancer. She told me that she finds it hard to understand why the NHS can spend such significant sums on conditions which, frankly, are not life-threatening and sometimes seem to verge on the cosmetic, and yet not give priority to vital drugs like Kadcyla. Surely something is wrong, and savings could be made in other parts of the NHS that would more than pay for Kadcyla.

 

Support for Agriculture | Exiting the European Union | Commons debates

Will the Minister ensure that the new system of farm support rewards the highest standards of animal welfare?

 

Industrial Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions - Wales | Commons debates

One of the most important themes of the Government’s industrial strategy is the determination to ensure that all nations and regions of the UK can benefit from economic prosperity. An important aspect of that is science and research, which I hope the Minister will agree offers real potential for businesses in Wales to prosper and create jobs.

 

Industrial Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions - Wales | Commons debates

What discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on ensuring that the Government’s industrial strategy benefits the whole of the UK.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

I beg to move, "That this House has considered animal welfare standards in farming after the UK leaves the EU."

It is a pleasure to open this debate under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. High standards of animal welfare are one of the key hallmarks of a civilised society. I take this opportunity to thank all the Chipping Barnet residents who regularly contact me about the issue, setting out their concerns. In this country, we have a long and proud tradition of protecting animals, often taking action many years before other countries follow our lead.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

My hon. Friend raises an entirely valid point. It takes me back to my days when I was a Member of the European Parliament. I consistently raised concerns about the inconsistent implementation and enforcement of animal welfare rules. As he points out, that often disadvantages UK farmers, who tend to take them far more seriously than their counterparts in some other countries.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

That is a concern. One of my worries is that so many consumers buy products that are not domestically produced and not subject to our animal welfare rules without recognising or realising the extent of the cruelty that sometimes goes into producing them. We need to look afresh once we leave the EU at the rules and transparency of production method labelling, because that may help to deal with the problem that my hon. Friend describes.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

One of our goals should be to end zero-grazing for dairy cows. Research by Compassion in World Farming indicates that as many as 20% of UK dairy cows rarely or never graze outside. I fear that industrial systems that keep cattle indoors all year round simply are not capable of delivering high welfare standards, no matter how well managed they are. Evidence suggests that it is essential for cows to be able to access pasture to engage in normal behaviour, including the exercise needed for bone and muscle development. A review of the scientific literature by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that cows that are not kept on pasture for at least part of the year were at increased risk of lameness and disease.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is no point having rules unless they are properly enforced. It is vital to see all countries subject to the rules enforce them properly.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

One of our goals should be to end zero-grazing for dairy cows. Research by Compassion in World Farming indicates that as many as 20% of UK dairy cows rarely or never graze outside. I fear that industrial systems that keep cattle indoors all year round simply are not capable of delivering high welfare standards, no matter how well managed they are. Evidence suggests that it is essential for cows to be able to access pasture to engage in normal behaviour, including the exercise needed for bone and muscle development. A review of the scientific literature by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that cows that are not kept on pasture for at least part of the year were at increased risk of lameness and disease.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

Absolutely. There should be a long process before changes are made. However, I hope the hon. Gentleman will have noted from my speech that one of the tools at our disposal is positive incentives—ways of rewarding farmers whose welfare standards are high, when we allocate farm support payments. I am not always necessarily talking about changes in the rules or things of that nature. In certain situations we may use incentives rather than penalties. However, a change in the law to introduce a ban is justified in relation to live exports.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is no point having rules unless they are properly enforced. It is vital to see all countries subject to the rules enforce them properly.

 

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming | Backbench Business | Westminster Hall debates

That is well worth considering. A number of constituents have contacted me about it. One has to be certain that there are effective ways of monitoring that CCTV, but we should give serious consideration to further strengthening animal welfare protection in that area.

 

Holocaust Memorial Day | Kashmir | Commons debates

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we are immensely lucky that there are brave individuals—including my constituent, Mala Tribich—who survived the horrific experiences he is talking about and are prepared to speak out about the horror they experienced? If we hear at first hand what happened, we can learn the lessons so that we can all work to make sure that nothing like that ever happens again.

 

Access for All | Oral Answers to Questions - Transport | Commons debates

The McNulty report said that the rail industry had to do more to operate efficiently and bring down costs. Will the Minister say what he is doing to persuade the rail industry to do that in relation to step-free access, so that it can be extended to more stations, such as New Barnet?

 

Northern Ireland: Political Developments | Commons debates

Does the Secretary of State agree that, although an election looks highly likely, it should be possible to come up with a rigorous, transparent and comprehensive way to investigate the overspend of the RHI that does not have to involve the break-up of the coalition, an early election or the First Minister standing down?

 

West Bank: Illegal Settlements | Oral Answers to Questions - Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates

Will the Secretary of State agree to meet me and colleagues to discuss our grave concerns about resolution 2334, which my constituents believe will make peace in the middle east harder to achieve by imposing a complex set of preconditions that the Palestinians will use to avoid serious engagement in negotiation?

 

Christmas Adjournment | Leasehold and Commonhold Reform | Commons debates

I want to detain the House briefly to talk about HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme, an important issue I think we should reflect on over the Christmas period. Before doing so, I draw the attention of the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests as a recipient of rental income from property.

 

Antimicrobial Resistance | Oral Answers to Questions - Health | Commons debates

Will the Government commit themselves to ensuring that their strategy will include discouraging the use of intensive farming, given its overuse of antibiotics which contributes to antimicrobial-resistant problems?

 

Security (Northern Ireland) | Oral Answers to Questions - Northern Ireland | Commons debates

People who give information to the police about terrorist activities have saved many lives in the past, and continue to do so today. Is it not entirely wrong to claim, as some groups do in Northern Ireland, that any case that involves an agent somehow also involves police misconduct?

 

Rail Infrastructure (Train Operating Companies) | Commons debates

I warmly welcome efforts to create greater integration between those who run the tracks and those who run the trains, but will my right hon. Friend acknowledge that a one-size-fits-all model would not be the right one, because certain lines are so heavily used by diverse operators that such a degree of integration would be difficult to achieve?

 

Prisoners: Rehabilitation and Work | Oral Answers to Questions - Justice | Commons debates

A constituent of mine has a criminal record but has been a law-abiding citizen for over 40 years. Should there not come a time when she is able to move on and no longer has to explain to prospective employers the mistake she made when she was much younger?

 

New Southgate Cemetery [Lords] | Commons debates

I rise to urge the House to support this Bill to give new powers to the owners of New Southgate cemetery in my constituency. As things stand, within 10 years we will run out of burial space there, or we will come close to doing so. There is now a widely held view that the only way in which the public can continue to have affordable, accessible cemeteries is if we make better use of existing burial space.

As we have heard, public burial authorities in London already have some powers to lift and deepen existing graves that were last used 75 years ago, in order to create more space. The Bill would simply give to New Southgate cemetery broadly the same rights as those already afforded by Parliament to public burial authorities in London.

 

New Southgate Cemetery [Lords] | Commons debates

One of the reasons I support this Bill is that using our existing burial space more efficiently will relieve the pressure to create new cemeteries elsewhere in my constituency—something that is likely to encroach on green-belt land, substantially detracting from and damaging the local environment.

 

New Southgate Cemetery [Lords] | Commons debates

Is it really unreasonable for land set aside to accommodate the dead to occasionally be sold off to accommodate the living?

 

HMRC Penalty Surcharges | Oral Answers to Questions - Treasury | Commons debates

I must press the Financial Secretary on that point.

 

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates

Will the right hon. Gentleman join me in condemning the meeting that his former party colleague Baroness Tonge hosted in the House of Lords, at which the discourse was anti-Semitic? Will he condemn that meeting and his former colleague?

 

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates

I welcome the opportunity to take part in this important debate, and I thank my hon. Friend Caroline Ansell for securing it. I am a long-time friend of the state of Israel and am proud to be so. I am pleased to say that a significant number of my constituents have been in contact with me about taking part in this debate, and I welcome their input.

 

Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - International Development | Commons debates

I welcome the work the Secretary of State is doing to ensure that UK aid to the Palestinian Authority does not directly fund payments to terrorist prisoners, but will she assure the House that she is doing everything possible to ensure that they do not indirectly fund such payments by freeing up resources that would otherwise be spent on day-to-day PA activities?

 

HS2 Update | Commons debates

Does the Secretary of State agree that the massive improvement programme for our railways—not just HS2 but the existing network—is a fundamental part of the Government’s programme to deliver economic success and economic rebalancing?

 

Article 50 | Commons debates

Some 105 years ago it was a Liberal Government who established the supremacy of the elected over the unelected Chamber, so would it not be a scandalous state of affairs if Lib Dem peers were to use a parliamentary vote to frustrate the will of the people of this country?

 

Topical Questions | International Trade | Commons debates

Will the Secretary of State let us know whether, in his discussions with countries that have trade agreements with the EU, those countries have indicated their interest in continuing such arrangements with the UK when we leave?

 

Orgreave | Oral Answers to Questions - Home Department | Commons debates

I welcome the Secretary of State’s decision. While public inquiries can be successful in some instances, too often they cost huge amounts of money, take many years to complete, and do not even answer the question that has been asked.

 

Commencement | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

I wholeheartedly subscribe to the sentiments that my hon. Friend the Minister expressed at the start of his remarks about local councils and communities making decisions. How is that reconcilable with the position in London, where, although borough councils have important powers in this policy area, they can effectively be overridden by the Greater London Authority? If we were really localist, would we not be pushing decisions on housing down to our borough councils?

 

Restrictions on power to impose planning conditions | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

It is a pleasure to take part in this Committee under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I have what amounts more to an intervention than a full speech. I spoke about this clause on Second Reading and received some useful reassurance from the Minister, but now we have the more relaxed circumstances and timings of a Committee, I would like to reiterate broadly the importance that many of my constituents place on matters relating to the protection of habitats—that includes bats and newts—and landscape and flooding. 

 

Financial Services: UK Withdrawal from EU | HM Treasury | Written Answers

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on transitional arrangements for financial service providers to minimise disruption to financial markets during and after the process of the UK leaving the EU.

 

Financial Services | Exiting the European Union | Commons debates

What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on financial services and negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

 

Financial Services | Exiting the European Union | Commons debates

Will my right hon. Friend make securing agreement on a transitional period for financial services an urgent priority for Brexit negotiations to avoid the risk that firms feel they have to start making decisions to change their businesses now based on a worst-case scenario because compliance obligations mean that they cannot wait to see what the final deal will look like?

 

Rail Electrification | Oral Answers to Questions - Wales | Commons debates

Is it not a scandal that during its 13 years in government, Labour failed to electrify a single mile of railway track in Wales?

 

Engagements | Oral Answers to Questions - Prime Minister | Commons debates

Why attempt to build a new runway at Heathrow when we could deliver one at Gatwick in half the time, for half the cost and with a fraction of the environmental impact?

 

Examination of Witnesses | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

Q Obviously the key concern that has been raised by some of the campaign groups, such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England, is that local authorities are being driven to propose green belt development because they cannot meet their targets and they cannot make the duty to co-operate work. So in order to avoid the risk of having their local plan rejected altogether they are putting forward green-belt or greenfield developments. What is the incentive on a local authority—on the other end of a duty to co-operate —to accept somebody else’s housing targets? I do not see how the duty to co-operate can work effectively if you are saying that local authorities have to somehow persuade their neighbours to accept their housing needs. I would be grateful if you could explain how the duty to co-operate is supposed to work.

 

Examination of Witnesses | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

I would very much like to ask Matt Thomson about one of the points made in your recent report, “Safe Under Us?” about housing development on the green belt. Obviously our planning rules say that such development should be made only in very exceptional cases, but I am alarmed by the research that CPRE and the London Green Belt Council have done, which seems to suggest that inspectors are now deeming general housing pressure and housing need to be sufficiently exceptional to justify green belt development. Could you expand on that?

 

Examination of Witnesses | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

Part of this has been covered by John Mann’s questions, but just to be clear, it seems to me there are far fewer neighbourhood plans in big cities than elsewhere. It would be useful to understand from you what you think the main cause of that is. Is it because it is very difficult to identify a community small enough to be viable for a neighbourhood plan within a bigger urban area?

 

Examination of Witnesses | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

Thank you. That is helpful.

 

Examination of Witnesses | Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Public Bill Committees

I possibly take a slightly different view from my colleague of newts and bats. There is some anxiety about the Bill, probably based on a misunderstanding of what the changes on pre-commencement conditions actually involve, so this discussion is very helpful from that point of view. I have constituents who are keen to see local authorities retain the power to ensure that proper surveys are done in relation to wildlife and archaeological heritage. From what I understand from the debate on Second Reading and from what you have said today, the planning authorities will retain the power to impose conditions of that kind; there will just be a change in how that is done to ensure that it involves the developer at an earlier stage and does not necessarily have to happen right at the start, before the whole process has begun.

 

Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Next Steps in Leaving the European Union | Commons debates

I warmly agree with my hon. Friend’s sentiment and commend his hedgehog campaign.

 

Neighbourhood Planning Bill | Next Steps in Leaving the European Union | Commons debates

Finding a way to build the new homes we need while ensuring that we safeguard our green spaces and protect the character and quality of life in our urban and suburban neighbourhoods is one of the biggest challenges we face in modern Britain. We clearly have to respond to the concerns of the many young people who are finding it difficult to buy or rent the homes they want in the places where they want to live. In my view, however, it is also crucial that we do all we can to protect our open spaces, which play such an important role in the towns and cities of this great country of ours. As an MP representing a constituency that includes substantial areas of green-belt land, I am very much aware of how important it is to maintain full green-belt protection. I welcome the fact that the Bill is entirely consistent with that aim. It is crucial to prevent the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas, to conserve wildlife habitats and to provide crucial opportunities for outdoor health and sporting activities.

 

Oral Answers to Questions - Prime Minister | Commons debates

Will the Prime Minister give her full and enthusiastic support to President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci as they reach a crucial stage of their negotiations, which we hope will deliver a negotiated settlement for a free and united Cyprus?

 

Digital Economy Bill | Commons debates

I would be very grateful if my right hon. Friend outlined how the reforms—for example, to prevent abuse of the wayleave system—will reduce the costs of providing infrastructure, so that places such as my Chipping Barnetconstituency can get full access to fast fibre broadband?

 

Schools that Work for Everyone | Commons debates

My anxiety with some of the proposals is this: the Secretary of State rightly focuses on areas of economic and educational disadvantage, but without any kind of local catchment area how can we guarantee that new selective schools will benefit the communities in which they are situated?

 

Eyesight: Surgery | Department of Health | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure high quality care is provided in the refractive eye surgery sector.

 

Sewers | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent the pollution of urban waterways caused by the misconnection of household drainage pipes.

 

Online Hate Crime | Oral Answers to Questions - Justice | Commons debates

What action are the Government taking to combat online anti-Semitic hate crime emanating from extremist groups on campus?

 

Terrorist Attacks | Oral Answers to Questions - Home Department | Commons debates

I congratulate the Home Secretary on her new role. Does she agree that the Investigatory Powers Bill is essential if the intelligence services are to retain their existing capability to collect communications data, which is crucial in detecting terrorism and serious crime?

 

Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Treasury | Commons debates

I congratulate the Chancellor and his new team. Do they agree that we need a broad coalition of countries around the world if we are to ensure that big businesses start to pay their taxes? Will he give his full support to the work in the OECD, the G20 and the G7 that started at the G8 summit at Fermanagh in 2013?

 

Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Communities and Local Government | Commons debates

I warmly congratulate the Secretary of State on his appointment. Will he guarantee to the House that during his tenure as Secretary of State there will be no dilution whatever to the vital protections of the green belt?

 

Northern Ireland Office: ICT | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

Since 2010, my Department has spent £3.96m on information technology and equipment, including IT support and maintenance. This represents expenditure up to the end of the 2015-16 financial year.

 

Police: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

There is currently 1 PSNI officer per 273 of the population in Northern Ireland.

 

Cross Border Cooperation: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

attended a Security Interface meeting on 4 July 2016 with Clare Sugden MLAMinister of Justice for Northern Ireland, representatives of PSNI and senior representatives of the Department of Justice. We received an update on the work of the Joint Agency Task Force. The Task Force has presented its first report to the meeting of Justice Ministers in the framework of the Intergovernmental Agreement on co-operation on criminal justice matters, with an update on operational activity undertaken to date.

 

Stormont House Agreement | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

We are making significant progress in the arrangements to establish the Independent Reporting Commission (IRC) by the end of this year. We are working with the Government of Ireland to finalise the detail of the international treaty which will establish the Commission and I propose to bring forward supporting regulations on the appropriate immunities and privileges as soon as possible after the Treaty is signed.

 

Stormont House Agreement | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

I have regular discussions on implementation of the Fresh Start Agreement with the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland and the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I attended a review meeting on implementation of the Fresh Start Agreement on 29 June 2016 with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland. I have not had any recent discussions with the Northern Ireland Policing Board on implementation of the agreement.

 

Stormont House Agreement | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

I have regular discussions on implementation of the Fresh Start Agreement with the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland and the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I attended a review meeting on implementation of the Fresh Start Agreement on 29 June 2016 with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland. I have not had any recent discussions with the Northern Ireland Policing Board on implementation of the agreement.

 

Stormont House Agreement | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

We are making significant progress in the arrangements to establish the Independent Reporting Commission (IRC) by the end of this year. We are working with the Government of Ireland to finalise the detail of the international treaty which will establish the Commission and I propose to bring forward supporting regulations on the appropriate immunities and privileges as soon as possible after the Treaty is signed.

 

Terrorism: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The PSNI will receive Additional Security Funding totalling £160m over this parliament. Over the next 5 years £2.5 billion will also be invested in the Security and Intelligence Agencies to create a bigger more capable global security and intelligence network. This is significant funding. It matches the severity of the terrorist threat, it demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the brave men and women in the police and intelligence agencies, and it is helping to keep people safe.

 

Stormont House Agreement | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

I have regular discussions on implementation of the Fresh Start Agreement with the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland and the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I attended a review meeting on implementation of the Fresh Start Agreement on 29 June 2016 with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland. I have not had any recent discussions with the Northern Ireland Policing Board on implementation of the agreement.

 

Northern Ireland Office: UK Withdrawal from EU | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The outgoing Prime Minister has been clear that the negotiation for Britain's future relationship with Europe will need to begin under a new Prime Minister, and we now need to look at all the detailed arrangements. In the meantime, Departments continue working to deliver the Government agenda.

 

Community Policing: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

I meet the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on a regular basis to discuss a range of security issues. Community-based policing in Northern Ireland is an operational matter which rests solely with the Chief Constable.

 

Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

I met representatives from the Police Federation of Northern Ireland (PFNI) in December 2015 to discuss a range of issues. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland also met the PFNI in March 2016. Levels of recruitment are an operational matter for the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

 

UK Withdrawal from EU: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The Prime Minister and I have held a number of discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government, including the First and deputy First Minister and the Taoiseach, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan. The Prime Minister has said that the Government ‘must ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. So as we prepare for a new negotiation with the European Union, we will fully involve the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments’.

 

Northern Ireland Office: Pay | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

My Department has not made any payments to officials as an additional incentive for working overtime on top of their normal overtime payments during any of the periods you have specified.

 

Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The first tranche of integrated education funding of approximately £47 million was agreed between the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive in March this year. The funding will assist the development of three shared education campuses at Limavady, Moy and Ballycastle, and three integrated school projects at Braidside, Drumlins and Roe Valley.

 

Aviation: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The Government had hoped to announce a decision on airports capacity this summer. Any announcement on airports capacity would have to be made with the House in session and we cannot foresee an announcement until at least October. The Government is committed to delivering the important infrastructure projects it has set out, including delivering runway capacity on the timetable set out by the Airports Commission’s report.

 

UK Withdrawal from EU: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The Government will make sure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced as we prepare for negotiations to exit the EU.

 

Borders: Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The Government is determined to do everything possible to get the best deal for all parts of the United Kingdom and to make sure that Northern Ireland’s interests are protected.

 

Bill of Rights: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Office | Written Answers

The Government has held discussions on the proposed Bill of Rights with all of the devolved administrations, including the Northern Ireland Executive, and will continue to do so.

 

Northern Ireland Security Situation | Northern Ireland Office | Written Ministerial Statements

This is the ninth statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland and the second statement to this Parliament. It covers the threat from Northern Ireland Related Terrorism, rather than from international terrorism, which members will be aware is the responsibility of my Rt Hon Friend the Home Secretary, who updates the House separately.