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Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: I have some questions for all the witnesses about the anti-slavery commissioner. The function of the proposed anti-slavery commissioner is restricted to galvanising law enforcement and identifying victims. Should the commissioner also have responsibility for victim support?

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: I think part of the answer to that question has sort of pre-empted what I am going to ask next about the independence of the commissioner. I want to ask all three of you so I might as well roll these three questions into one. Do you think that, as it is laid down in the Bill, the commissioner is sufficiently independent from Government? Clause 34(4) says that the commissioner’s...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: Kate, do you want to add anything?

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: Do you think clause 34 does not offer the anti-slavery commissioner the independence that they would require for them to do the job properly?

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: I want to ask both witnesses a couple of questions on the anti-slavery commissioner. The functions of the proposed commissioner are restricted to galvanising law enforcement and identifying victims. Should the commissioner also have responsibility for victim support, do you think?

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: Do you think the commissioner’s role is sufficiently independent from Government, as laid down in the Bill?

Points of Order (8 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, I raised a point of order about a ministerial visit to my constituency of which I was not given prior notice. The hon. Member for Stockton South (James Wharton) was also at the visit without informing me in advance. The hon. Gentleman said in the House last night that his role “was to drop off my hon. Friend the Minister”.—[...

Point of Order (7 July 2014)

Phil Wilson: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I seek your guidance. The Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the hon. Member for Great Yarmouth (Brandon Lewis), visited the new Hitachi factory in my constituency this morning to make a Government announcement. He was joined by the hon. Member for Stockton South (James Wharton), but neither of them informed me of their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: European Council (30 June 2014)

Phil Wilson: Saturday’s Financial Times editorial said: “Europe’s leaders should look beyond Mr Cameron’s ineptitude”. Does the Prime Minister agree?

Bill Presented: First World War (Commemoration) (26 June 2014)

Phil Wilson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Newark (Robert Jenrick) on his maiden speech, which I thought was excellent. I, too, welcome him to the House. The first world war affected virtually every town and village in Britain. In every community there stands a memorial to those who lost their lives fighting for their country. In my constituency of Sedgefield, it is no different. From Hurworth on...

Petition — Kidnapped Nigerian school girls (5 June 2014)

Phil Wilson: The petition was organised by the pupils of Sugar Hill primary school in Newton Aycliffe in Sedgefield in my constituency, where they managed to collect 212 signatures. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Sedgefield, Declares that 200 Nigerian school girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram and further that the Petitioners believe that more could be done internationally to ensure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: New Rolling Stock (8 May 2014)

Phil Wilson: Does the Secretary of State agree that there is great potential for the rolling stock for High Speed 2 to be built by Hitachi in my constituency in the north-east of the England, creating hundreds of direct jobs and thousands in the supply chain, and is he aware that Hitachi built the original bullet train almost 50 years ago?

Amendment of the Law (25 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: rose—

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: rose—

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: If what the hon. Gentleman is saying is true and he has the answer to everything we did wrong, why did the current Chancellor—the then shadow Chancellor—agree with our expenditure plans in 2008?

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Phil Wilson: I will first touch on the housing market and the role of housing benefit, and then move on to the Government’s proposals for pension reform, because they are linked. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility report, the largest driver in the growth of housing benefit has been a growing case load in the private rented sector. The share of housing benefit spend in the sector is...

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