Results 1–20 of 5119 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jim Fitzpatrick

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: First-tier Tribunals and Freeholders (24 Jul 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am delighted to be here this evening. There have been several obstacles to the debate taking place, but we are here none the less, and I am pleased to see the Minister in the Chamber. I secured the debate to highlight some of the things that seem to have gone terribly wrong with the property tribunal procedures. We know that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: First-tier Tribunals and Freeholders (24 Jul 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point about the advice available to individuals who seek redress in law and where they might seek it. As I will go on to explain, the playing field is not at all level in these tribunals. I hope that the Minister will comment on that later.

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: First-tier Tribunals and Freeholders (24 Jul 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: The hon. Gentleman make a good point. He is quite correct that these tribunals are supposed to be an informal means of dispute resolution, although it is thought appropriate for people to have some legal advice if they need it. However, we now regularly see highly specialist barristers and even QCs appearing for landlords before what are often part-time solicitor judges in what are meant to...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: First-tier Tribunals and Freeholders (24 Jul 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point. It is very dispiriting to see charities and other institutions that one imagines would be on the side of morality and fairness being caught up with offshore tax evaders and individuals who are unscrupulously taking money from leaseholders hand over fist and not actually looking after the building. Some institutions and individual organisations that...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak briefly in this debate. The Government have moved positively on a number of issues recently. Last Thursday, for example, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made not one but two announcements that were very welcome—albeit late, but not on his watch. First, he announced a full-scale review of approved document...

Immigration Detention: Shaw Review: Points of Order (24 Jul 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I believe that yesterday Mr Speaker received an email from a law firm, Trowers & Hamlins, which represents Octagon Overseas Ltd and Mr John Christodoulou in enforcement action against leaseholders at Canary Riverside in my constituency. The law firm asked for my Adjournment debate scheduled for later today—“First tier tribunals, section...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful to be called to make a brief contribution to this debate. I congratulate the Select Committees on their reports. I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish) for his excellent introductory speech. I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup), who made her trademark thoughtful contribution to the debate. I want to focus on the...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My hon. Friend is a well-known champion of rail freight transportation, and in his speech he made the case quite well for the construction of a national link. Were there to be a lower Thames crossing, obviously one would expect the authorities, local, regional and national, to get the biggest bang for the taxpayer’s pound, to ensure that we get the maximum benefit. I am sure that, as...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: The hon. Lady makes a very good point. The Minister may well be able to say what access there will be for both pedestrians and cyclists. We have two tunnels in east London. In the Blackwall tunnel there is no capacity for either pedestrians or cyclists, given the volumes of traffic and the narrowness of the verges. The Rotherhithe tunnel, which is even smaller and was constructed in the late...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Several colleagues have mentioned the excellent work that Mayor Khan is doing, with the low-emission zones being very much part of his strategy to tackle air quality. That is a huge priority for his Administration, so the point was well made by my hon. Friend. The A406 is a very important artery for London. I was just about to discuss the Thames itself. Not...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I commend the hon. Gentleman for being wise in not going down the route of debating Heathrow again. More Opposition Members supported the Heathrow national policy statement on Monday than opposed it.

Business of the House (28 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: In terms of the loyalty test, this London Scot always supports England—except when they play Scotland. I hope the whole House wishes the Prime Minister well in negotiations with Monsieur Barnier; it is not the best day to be in Brussels, but that is another matter. Can we have a statement from the Ministry of Justice on the operation of first-tier tribunals, especially with regard to...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: My hon. Friend is making a very important point. A matter that attracted quite a bit of controversy about 10 years ago was the number of people coming to this country as refugees or asylum seekers, from sub-Saharan Africa in particular, suffering from TB. The question to NHS England at that point was, should they be screened on entry? There was sensitivity about whether that was...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a very brief contribution to the debate. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Banbury (Victoria Prentis) who made a very good contribution. There is a bit of controversy about the Government’s solution to bovine TB, but it is a very serious issue and it does need to be addressed. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Arundel and...

Heathrow (7 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: This was recommended in the 2003 aviation White Paper and confirmed by the consultation in 2008, so will the Minister confirm that, notwithstanding the question asked by the right hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening), the Government will not be deflected from bringing forward an early vote, because it is quite clear that there is support across the House for this proposal?

Voter ID Pilot Schemes (6 Jun 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Sir Christopher. I am delighted to follow my fellow five-a-side footballer, the hon. Member for Bolton West (Chris Green). I am sorry to disagree with my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham West and Penge (Ellie Reeves), who passionately outlined her position, but as the hon. Member for Bolton West just outlined, although Tower Hamlets was not in...

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: The fourth report of the Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs, published at the end of April 2017, gave the Government until the end of last year to engage with Libya to negotiate compensation for UK victims of IRA bombs that used Gaddafi-supplied Semtex or to initiate a domestic solution. Can we have a statement from the Foreign Office outlining what progress has been made?

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: While welcoming Dame Judith’s recommendations, the new regulatory framework and the sanctions, criminal and otherwise, there is disappointment about some of the omissions this morning. The Secretary of State has done his very best to plug those gaps, but the Government have been promising to revise Approved Document B since 2011. Dame Judith recommends a revision of all the Approved...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for this brief opportunity to speak. It is a pleasure to follow the—very brief—hon. Member for Bolton West (Chris Green), who does the House a great service in giving us extra seconds. I welcome the Secretary of State to his new position. Much is expected of him and his ministerial team. He has a huge challenge in this area. The key conclusion already drawn about the...


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