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Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 December 2014)

John Hemming: I have visited the new food bank in my constituency and the one in Sparkhill, just outside my constituency. Both are Trussell Trust food banks and both do excellent work. I congratulate the people who work in them. I have done welfare rights for about 25 years, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to send people in crisis somewhere where they can get emergency food aid. The Trussell Trust...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 December 2014)

John Hemming: One aspect of that is that people such as myself who were unable to refer anyone to a food bank before can now do so. I have always seen people in a state of crisis—[Interruption.] No, I have seen people in a state of crisis, and the Trussell Trust also confirms that this was happening in 2000. Let us look at an example involving habitual residency. I think that the House is united in...

Points of Order (17 December 2014)

John Hemming: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Eugene Lukjanenko-Soifertis is a concert pianist. I have here a copy of the draft agenda of the European Parliament committee on petitions, dated 11 November. At item 15, Mr Lukjanenko-Soifertis petitioned the committee. I have attempted to table an early-day motion referring to what happened at that petitions committee—

Points of Order (17 December 2014)

John Hemming: No. I do not think that I have been told not to refer to the fact that Mr Lukjanenko-Soifertis is a concert pianist or to the agenda. I have, however, been told not to refer to what happened at the European Parliament’s petitions committee, despite the fact that it is available on the internet and can be looked at very easily. I am not allowed to refer to what happened in a motion. I...

Points of Order (17 December 2014)

John Hemming: I thank the Speaker for his advice. In fact, the matter is to be discussed in the Procedure Committee later today, which is why I wished to raise this point of order to clarify the issue specifically in respect of petitions before that meeting took place.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories (15 December 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2014 to Question 216865, what estimate he has made of the cost of obtaining the information requested; and on what basis that estimate was arrived at.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: British Overseas Territories (8 December 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question 215721, if she will place in the Library the calculation which found that the cost of providing the information requested in that Question was disproportionate.

Written Answers — Home Office: Young Offender Institutions (8 December 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when responsibility for secure institutions for children, including approved schools, transferred away from the Home Office to other Government departments; and to which other departments and bodies that responsibility was transferred.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories (5 December 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports or assessments have been commissioned by the UK Government on child protection proceedings in the British Overseas Territories between 2000 and 2005; when each such report or assessment was commissioned; which jurisdiction was the subject of each such report or assessment; and which external agency undertook the...

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 December 2014)

John Hemming: Does the hon. Gentleman share my view that international humanitarian law and its enforcement would be a good step forward?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories (1 December 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports or assessments have been commissioned on child protection proceedings in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies since 1994; when each such report or assessment was commissioned; which jurisdiction was the subject of each such report or assessment; and what external agency was used in each case.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: British Overseas Territories (1 December 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports or assessments have been commissioned into child protection proceedings in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies since 1994; when each such report or assessment was commissioned; which jurisdiction was the subject of each such report or assessment; and which external agency was involved in each case.

Backbench Business: Historical Child Sex Abuse (27 November 2014)

John Hemming: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Rochdale (Simon Danczuk) on calling for and securing this debate. Progress has been made; we now have a panel to look at the wider issues relating to child sexual abuse. I am pleased that Ivor Frank, a barrister who has himself been in care, has been appointed to the panel. I did get Michael Mansfield to agree to chair the panel, but I have not yet...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Contempt of Court: Sentencing (24 November 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many cases of imprisonment for contempt of court in January 2014 there has been no published judgment on Bailii.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Contempt of Court: Sentencing (24 November 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to take steps to implement the recommendation contained in paragraph 48, subsection iv of 2014 EWCA Civ 1477.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children (17 November 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will issue guidance on the age threshold at which and for what period leaving one or more children alone or in charge of another child at home is an advisory issue, a child protection issue or a criminal offence.

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Law (10 November 2014)

John Hemming: Last time the previous Question was moved, I voted for it. On this occasion I will vote against it. The difficulty is to work out what the Opposition feel they will achieve from this. Although there is always an argument about the Executive lumping together lots of decision into one vote, one of the more complex questions is when the Executive are bound by a motion of the House. It was...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Attendance (10 November 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 in accordance with the families test as recently announced by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Petition — Acocks Green Post Office (Birmingham) (3 November 2014)

John Hemming: The petition is from 573 residents of Acocks Green. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Acocks Green and customers of the Post Office in Acocks Green and others, Declares that the Petitioners oppose the proposed move of Acocks Green’s Post Office branch from 1100 Warwick Road to 1131 Warwick Road; further that the proposed new location has fewer serving hatches, a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Abuse Inquiry (3 November 2014)

John Hemming: Leah McGrath Goodman, an American journalist, was banned from entering the country by the UK Border Agency, as a result of which she was prevented from investigating child abuse in Jersey. The allegations involved a senior UK politician. I hear what the Home Secretary says about terms of reference, but the terms of reference would exclude investigation of an issue that falls into two...

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