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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (17 October 2014)

Transparency and Accountability Bill - Second reading – John Hemming. Legislation

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — BacKBench Business — Kashmir (11 September 2014)

John Hemming: In respect of the debate in the Chamber, my hon. Friend should note that occasions such as this are part of the reason for having a Backbench Business Committee that allows Back Benchers to drive what is debated by Parliament. This debate was not allocated in Government time.

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — BacKBench Business — Kashmir (11 September 2014)

John Hemming: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. Does he agree that one of the difficulties with long-standing conflicts is that the temperature is raised by human rights abuses and that a focus on dealing with human rights abuse is not only good in itself, but assists in resolving the political problems in the long term?

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Pancreatic Cancer (8 September 2014)

John Hemming: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on taking up this issue in Parliament and the campaigners on raising the petition. Constituents have come to me to explain their concerns about pancreatic cancer. Does he agree that it is important that the campaign continues to do excellent work in raising awareness of the difficulties with pancreatic cancer?

Written Answers — Justice: Contempt of Court: Sentencing (8 September 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were imprisoned for contempt of court before each division of the legal system in each month since May 2013.

Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

John Hemming: On the question whether this is about extra money being spent, there was a court case this year, number EWCA Civ 13, in which the Secretary of State, when challenged on the lawfulness of the discriminatory elements in the regulations relating to disabled people, said that he would continue to closely monitor and adjust the implementation of the policy “to ensure that the needs of these...

Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

John Hemming: The Minister made it very clear that this is not about the elements relating to spare rooms but an argument that is contested in respect of non-dependant deductions.

Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

John Hemming: Does my hon. Friend not accept that the debate today is not about the principle of the spare room subsidy, spare room rent subsidy, bedroom tax or whatever we wish to call it, but about whether the exceptions set out in guidance—in effect, there are legitimate expectations about those exceptions, subject to judicial review—should be transferred into legislation to give people...

Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

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Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

John Hemming: Does the shadow Minister agree that because substantially what the Bill does is formalise what is currently mainly paid through discretionary housing payments, there will not be any substantial additional cost as a result of it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 September 2014)

John Hemming: Increasing numbers of British families are leaving the UK, like the Ashya King family, because they believe they will get a fairer trial in family courts abroad than in the UK. Does the Prime Minister agree that Parliament should look at the reasons for that?

Business of the House Commission: Pension Schemes Bill (2 September 2014)

John Hemming: I start with an apology to the House because I had to attend two Committees earlier so could not attend most of this debate. I refer Members to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. My company, John Hemming & Company Systems, provides software to financial services organisations, including those running pension schemes. Essentially, we are discussing how we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Child Sex Abuse (Rotherham) (2 September 2014)

John Hemming: The Jay report confirmed that some girls who had been taken into care for their own protection actually received worse protection in care. The independent reviewing officer, whose job is to protect children in care, is an employee of the same local authority and therefore not independent. Will the Government consider backing my private Member’s Bill, which seeks to establish a remedy...

Written Answers — Home Department: Police: St Helena (1 September 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what visits by UK police officers in an official capacity to St Helena have taken place since May 2010; what the purpose and cost was of each such visit; and whether the full costs of each visit were met by her Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Birmingham Schools (22 July 2014)

John Hemming: I support equal marriage, but a number of my constituents, both Muslim and non-Muslim, do not. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is very important to make a distinction between people with socially conservative views, and those who have extremist or divisive views? We must not be seen to be attacking people with socially conservative views.

Bills Presented — Energy (Buildings and Reduction of Fuel Use) Bill: Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (21 July 2014)

John Hemming: Obviously, I support the Government’s objectives and making things easier for volunteers. Have the Government made any study of what effect the Bill would have on the costs on insurance to protect people against strange litigation?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Helena (21 July 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the opening of the airport on St Helena does not lead to the development of child sex tourism in that territory.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Helena (21 July 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received about allegations of child abuse and police corruption on St Helena since May 2010; when that information was received; and what steps his Department took in response to that information.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Helena (21 July 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the Governor of St Helena has received about allegations of child abuse and police corruption in that territory since May 2010; when that information was received; and what steps the Governor took in response to that information.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St Helena (21 July 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to tackle offences of child abuse on St Helena.

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