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Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Karen Buck: While we are still on the issue of the size of constituencies, does my hon. Friend recognise that there are a number of constituencies—mostly, though not entirely, inner-city ones—in which the population is far greater than the registered population? I declare an interest here, because my own constituency has a population twice the size of the registered population. This is only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (4 Jun 2018)

Karen Buck: A few weeks ago, the Government’s chief inspector of borders and immigration said of the right to rent policy that it “is yet to demonstrate its worth as a tool to encourage immigration compliance”, that “the Home Office has failed to coordinate, maximise or even measure…its use”, and that “externally it is doing little to address stakeholders’...

Tower Block Cladding (21 May 2018)

Karen Buck: The “stay put” policy has been a recognised element of fire safety for a long time, and those of us who have thousands of residents in high-rise towers in our constituencies now want clarity from the Government. My understanding is that the London fire brigade has changed its policy for blocks with particular types of cladding, but are residents expected to know what kind of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Karen Buck: This morning I was contacted on behalf of a constituent who has an inoperable tumour on her spine all the way down to her pelvis, leaving her unable to walk and compounded by arthritis and severe depression. Her ESA has been suspended, her housing benefit has been suspended and she is now threatened with the possibility of eviction. Can the Minister help me make sure my constituent is...

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

Karen Buck: Not only is it nearly a year since the Grenfell disaster, but it is nine years since the Lakanal fire, which should have set alarm bells ringing about the weakness of building regulation. The Hackitt review is strong in its critique of regulatory failure, but it is profoundly disappointing in the strength of the recommendations it makes. I do not understand—perhaps the Secretary of...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Karen Buck: I will shortly be leaving to sit on a Committee, so I apologise that I might not be in the Chamber for the wind-ups. Like others, I praise the dignity of the survivors and families of Grenfell on what might be our last opportunity to discuss Grenfell before the one-year anniversary. I praise the ongoing fight for justice. Civic society—not just in Kensington, but much more...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Karen Buck: I am grateful for that intervention, and I believe my hon. Friend the Member for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad) will refer to that issue. I have a particular question I want to put to the Minister. I am concerned about the fact that even after the fire, housing associations in inner London, including in Westminster, and on the border, including in Hammersmith, were selling vacant properties on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2018)

Karen Buck: We must continue to have the closest possible relationship with the single market if we are to avoid taking a major hit on our economy, but time is rapidly running out for us to negotiate a bespoke new deal. What possible reason can there be for the Prime Minister not giving Members of Parliament the earliest possible opportunity to vote in this place on the European economic area?

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Karen Buck: The Minister speaks of balance, but no balance has been expressed by the US Administration, who have rightly condemned Hamas but said nothing about the carnage unleashed on civilians by the vastly superior IDF. The Minister has said that the UK disagrees with the United States Government’s position, but will he undertake to convey to them urgently the fact that their failure to be...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Karen Buck: On the subject of meeting unmet housing need, does my right hon. Friend share my shock that London housing associations are still auctioning properties on the open market in areas such as Kensington, Hammersmith, Camden, Brent and Westminster, when there is at least a possibility that some of those properties might be available to meet those needs?

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Karen Buck: As the hon. Gentleman was reading out the names of victims very movingly, one of the things that I think would have struck all of us was the diversity of people in Grenfell Tower, as is the case with North Kensington and in modern London generally. Grenfell Tower was a symbol of diversity. Does he agree that, if this inquiry is to win the public confidence of such a diverse community like the...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Karen Buck: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. On the issue of recruitment, is he not particularly concerned that if the Bar is to reflect the whole of society and is to draw more widely on people from less privileged backgrounds, black and minority ethnic backgrounds and so forth, it is essential that a career at the Bar is seen to provide a reasonable income?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 2018)

Karen Buck: Ministers will today discuss the two customs arrangement proposals first put forward last August. The first is untried and untested. The second relies on unproven technology. In any event, neither will be ready by the time they are needed, and both have been written off in Europe. Why, with just six months to go before a draft Brexit deal is signed off, are the Government still considering...

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Karen Buck: May I press the Secretary of State further on legal aid? Is it not the case that at the very moment at which people who had a perfectly legitimate right to be in this country were facing a hostile state, the means by which they could secure advice, advocacy and representation was removed from them? Will he ensure that nobody who now faces a similar situation will be denied the opportunity to...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Karen Buck: That the butcher Assad and his Russian backers hold the lives of the Syrian people cheap is evidenced by the use of not only chemical weapons, but other weapons of war, siege and barrel bombs. Does the Prime Minister agree that, whatever happened this weekend, the hideous Syrian civil war is not “mission accomplished”? Does she agree that we urgently need to do more to raise the...

Windrush Children (Immigration Status) (16 Apr 2018)

Karen Buck: Is the Home Secretary aware that there is real fear spreading through some of our diverse communities? One impact of that is that people who are entirely legitimately entitled to make use of public services are being deterred from doing so. Will she be speaking to other departmental heads in order to ensure that the message goes out, particularly in respect of the health service, that nobody...

Leaving the EU: Justice System — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (29 Mar 2018)

Karen Buck: Order. Before I call the next speaker, I remind everyone that the Front-Bench speeches will start at 1.30 pm on the dot. We can comfortably accommodate all speakers if Members restrict themselves to no more than seven or eight minutes. I call Victoria Prentis.

Opposition Day: Police Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Karen Buck: We have lost nearly a third of our police strength in Westminster. Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the saddest aspects of the situation is the loss of the safer neighbourhood policing function, which has been critical not only in fighting crime but in building the community cohesion, relationships and crime prevention work that so many of my constituents now want to be rebuilt?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Karen Buck: My right hon. Friend has made a powerful case about the risks of crashing out with no deal. Does he agree that uncertainty is a crucial factor in the NHS’s problems? Individuals want to plan their own lives, and the NHS wants to plan its staff. Many staff have said to me that they are concerned about the settled status process—when it will go live, what it will involve and whether...

Grenfell Update (22 Mar 2018)

Karen Buck: Today we learned that there has been a 64% rise in the number of families in temporary accommodation since 2010. We know that emergency and temporary accommodation is expensive, insecure and often of bad quality. Local authorities simply cannot cope alone. If this is bad for families generally, it is of course catastrophic for families who have been through the trauma of Grenfell, so why did...

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