Results 1–20 of 709 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ann Coffey

Catfishing and Social Media — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Ann Coffey: indicated assent.

Catfishing and Social Media — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Ann Coffey: I beg to move, That this House has considered the matter of catfishing and social media. Catfishing is a growing phenomenon. The internet has brought about many positive changes, but it has also brought the complex challenge of safeguarding people from those who want to deceive and harm them online. A catfish, as everybody knows, is a predator fish that scuttles along the bottom of the ocean...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Ann Coffey: This is a very welcome announcement, but it will mean that more cases will have to be included in the roll-out of section 28, which is due to be completed by December 2017. The sexual assault referral centre in Manchester is currently a remote site, enabling cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses by video link to the court. Will the Secretary of State consider the use of existing remote...

Housing White Paper (7 Feb 2017)

Ann Coffey: Some councils have fallen short of meeting their housing need for years because their local plans have protected the green belt, limiting the supply of land. If that is also the Secretary of State’s priority, how is he going to achieve his ambition for safe, secure homes, particularly for families who do not want to live in high-rise flats, on the scale that he has outlined today?

Statutory Sex and Relationships Education (31 Jan 2017)

Ann Coffey: Thank you very much, Sir Edward, for calling me to speak. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) on securing this important debate and on her excellent speech calling for statutory sex and relationships education, for which she has campaigned in Parliament with dogged determination for many years. Across Greater Manchester, there are many...

Statutory Sex and Relationships Education (31 Jan 2017)

Ann Coffey: We need to give more young people the chance to do that. Thank you, Sir Edward.

EU Nationals in the Uk: Cross-examination of Vulnerable Witnesses (6 Jul 2016)

Ann Coffey: Giving evidence can be a daunting process. A courtroom is not a hospitable environment for anyone but a lawyer. For most people, the surroundings are intimidating and the procedures strange. It is even harder for children and other vulnerable witnesses, who struggle with the stress of having to re-live difficult experiences in a room full of strangers. We have repeatedly heard about...

EU Nationals in the Uk: Cross-examination of Vulnerable Witnesses (6 Jul 2016)

Ann Coffey: I entirely agree with the hon. Lady. She is quite right. What we want is credible evidence, not evidence extracted by bullying. The recent spate of high-profile sexual exploitation trials have provided stark examples. One young victim giving evidence in the Telford sex gang trials was repeatedly accused of lying and being naughty, and one barrister even demanded to know whether she repented...

EU Nationals in the Uk: Cross-examination of Vulnerable Witnesses (6 Jul 2016)

Ann Coffey: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. We need to look at all the protective measures that we can employ to support vulnerable witnesses, particularly children, to give their best evidence in court. I entirely support that. The witness need not attend the trial in person, thus avoiding the many pitfalls to pursuing justice that vulnerable witnesses currently face. It must be noted that pre-recorded...

EU Nationals in the Uk: Cross-examination of Vulnerable Witnesses (6 Jul 2016)

Ann Coffey: I would be very interested in any evidence from the Scottish courts of the success of pre-recorded cross-examination. It would be very helpful to know a little bit more about that. Last year I visited the honorary recorder of Liverpool, who informed me that their experience of the section 28 pilot scheme has been characterised not only by vast improvements in the experiences of vulnerable and...

Independent Advocates for Trafficked Children — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (28 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing this important debate. On that issue, the all-party group on runaway and missing children and adults has done work on children who go missing from care and is concerned that a proper risk assessment should be made of what happens to such children and the risks that they may be opened to when they go missing. That relies on the child disclosing...

Further Education Colleges: Greater Manchester — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Ryan. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) on getting this important debate for Greater Manchester. The decisions made in the review will have far-reaching consequences for young people and employers in the region. He gave an excellent and comprehensive outline of some of the issues that we need to...

Further Education Colleges: Greater Manchester — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: I absolutely agree. That is an excellent point, which I am glad my hon. Friend has made, because I was about to make it. I put that point to the FE Commissioner—indeed, I sent him a copy of that report—and he assured me that he was on the case. As my hon. Friend has just said, however, if we are to make partnerships work, we cannot have national Government in charge of one part of...

Policing and Crime Bill: National Assembly for Wales: devolution of responsibility for policing (13 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: I wish to say a few words about new clauses 13 and 14, which stand in my name. New clause 13 would make it an offence for adults to groom children and young people for criminal behaviour, and new clause 14 would introduce a new grooming for criminal behaviour prevention order, which I would call a “Fagin order”. The new Fagin orders would ban criminal adults from contacting a...

Policing and Crime Bill: Inspection of fire and rescue authorities (13 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: My hon. Friend is right. Many people across the country have experienced that kind of unnecessary distress and trauma. Since the tabling of this amendment, on 25 May, the Law Commission issued its interim statement, “Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty”, which said that there is a compelling case for replacing DoLS and that the Coroners and Justice Act should be amended to...

Policing and Crime Bill: Inspection of fire and rescue authorities (13 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: I thank the Minister for that positive reply. When the Bill goes to the Lords, I look forward to seeing the Government’s response in amending it.

Policing and Crime Bill: Inspection of fire and rescue authorities (13 Jun 2016)

Ann Coffey: New clause 12, which stands in my name, would amend section 1 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. It would scrap the distressing rules that provide that dementia sufferers who die in care homes while subject to a deprivation of liberty safeguard are classed as being in state detention. I first took this issue up after being contacted by families who told me of their distress at having to...

Backbench Business: Children’s Homes — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Apr 2016)

Ann Coffey: I thank the Minister for his reply. He has demonstrated yet again his complete and continuing commitment to improving the lives of looked-after children. He is a very experienced Minister—I think he has been in the role for four years—and he reflects the value of having a Minister in place for that length of time. It is an idea that should be considered for other positions. I...

Backbench Business: Children’s Homes — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Apr 2016)

Ann Coffey: The Minister is quite right—in the north-west, Placements Northwest provides that information. The difficulty is getting local authorities into a more proactive commissioning role, so that their staff sit down together not only to exchange information but to say, “In five years’ time, we will need this number of children’s homes and this number of places.”...

Backbench Business: Children’s Homes — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Apr 2016)

Ann Coffey: I am always anxious to learn from Scotland’s experience, because I am a Scot, but I have been waiting to hear the hon. Lady share experiences of accommodating children in children’s homes in Scotland. What observations does she have about the children being placed in those homes, and how far those children’s homes are from their home authority? What are the Scottish...


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