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Public Bill Committee: Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: “Appropriate consent” to adult transplantation activities: England (12 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Mr Wilson, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I rise to support the amendments in the names of the hon. Member for Coventry North West and the Minister. I rise only briefly to say that I am a convert. Originally, when I was Secretary of State for Wales, I was not convinced that an opt-out system would be beneficial. I have changed my mind; when the facts change, one should, as...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way, particularly as she is reading out some of the PR speech that I have heard before from Ministers about how marvellous HS2 is. Has she carried out an economic impact assessment on my constituency of Chesham and Amersham? Can she tell me exactly how we will benefit or what damage will be done to the economy? Can she give me detailed figures to show...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I welcome yet another Minister for HS2 to the Front Bench. The turnover in Secretaries of State and junior Ministers responsible for this project at the Department for Transport has been regular, to say the least. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) because he made many of the points that I...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The Minister is shaking her head, but I would like better clarification on that issue. It is depressing not only that the legislation is being halted and is slipping but that there are setbacks in the civil works. The initial costs for the main civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 are £1 billion over budget. That will lead to delays in starting the works. Seven...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I understand the hon. Gentleman’s perspective. My father, having worked in the steel industry in Sheffield, would acknowledge that many businesspeople north of the Watford gap will prioritise the cross-Pennine links over HS2. On the point that the hon. Gentleman is making, I argued in the initial stages that if we were going to do to this project to unify the United Kingdom, it should...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Although our colleague praises the fact that a lot money has been spent on compensation, the truth of the matter is that many of our constituents have had to fight tooth and nail to get the value of their properties, and in fact are losing out overall because it will be HS2 that capitalises on their properties. They have lost their homes and, in some cases, their livelihoods.

Integrated Care — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (6 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Before I call the Minister I remind him, although I am sure he knows, that we like to leave two minutes for the Member leading the debate to make her closing remarks. I call the Minister.

Integrated Care — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (6 Sep 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I remind colleagues that interventions are meant to be short. I hope Members will be able to keep them a little briefer.

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (23 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The UK is a proud member of the Council of Europe, which has made the abolition of capital punishment one of its main priorities. It has been fighting for 30 years to outlaw the death penalty, and it now wishes to extend that to countries with observer status at the Council of Europe, including Japan and the United States of America. Will the Minister confirm that he will support that policy...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. It is also a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), who leads the Labour delegation in the Council of Europe in an exemplary fashion. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (John Howell) on obtaining this timely debate. I am looking forward to hearing what my right...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: That is one of the confusions that has arisen, because the rules and regulations about what happens to a country that is in Russia’s position are unclear. I think that Secretary-General Jagland has a great deal of work to do to clarify the position, because the Russians coming back to the ad hoc committee has caused a great deal of consternation among many of our colleagues and not...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The unilateral withdrawal of the funds that are important for running the Council of Europe and the Court is to be deprecated, and I should like those funds to come back, but I do not believe we should give in to the current blackmail. We need to stiffen the resolve of the Council of Europe and of Secretary-General Jagland. Money should not be more important than the democratic principles by...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: My hon. Friend is indeed making a powerful speech. Does he welcome Georgia’s being at the forefront of some of the discussions at the recent NATO conference and of a report from the special committee? Does he also agree that we ought to get on with allowing Georgia into NATO?

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I regret the atmosphere in which this urgent question is taking place. I have just spent nine months sitting on the Independent Commission on Referendums under University College London’s Constitution Unit looking at what is wrong with the rules on referendums, and looking specifically at financing. A member of the Opposition party also sat on that commission. We have looked at the use...

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I welcome the NATO-Georgia commission declaration that was made following the summit, about the ongoing dialogue with Georgia. As Georgia has reaffirmed its determination to achieve NATO membership, does the Prime Minister know whether any progress was made on timetabling the delivery of the membership action plan to Georgia?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Air Weapons Review (16 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The targets for those who use air weapons are not only people. Last year, the RSPCA had 900 calls about attacks on animals. Is the Minister considering increasing the penalties for people who are caught and convicted of that heinous crime?

Visit of President Trump: Policing (12 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I commend the work of our police and the way in which they keep us safe, no matter what demands are placed on their time. I particularly commend my police force, the Thames Valley police force, which has a lot of extra duties in guarding not only politicians and visiting politicians but also our royal family. It does that without complaint and in an exceedingly good fashion. I am pleased to...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: It is with great sadness on both sides of the House that we reflect on how some people from the Windrush generation have been treated and seriously let down by our immigration system, whether it has been a Labour, a Conservative or a coalition Government in office. I am pleased that the Minister is now trying to bring transparency and compassion to this area, but will she confirm that people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (12 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Pursuant to the question asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman), I remind the Minister that HS2 will go through Buckinghamshire and the Chiltern hills. Is she aware that we are contemplating applying for national park status for the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty? That would help to protect what ancient woodland and trees are left after...

The Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, Representing the Speaker’S Committee on the Electoral Commission, Was Asked: Referendum Rules (12 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what proposals the Electoral Commission has for changing the rules on referendums.


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