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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.

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: I thank the hon. Lady for that answer. She is obviously aware that questions surrounding changes to the rules on elections and referendums are at the heart of some of the political reform debates that are currently occurring here and around the world. Is she aware that this week, the University College London Constitution Unit, under the leadership of Professor Meg Russell and Dr Alan...

Afghanistan (11 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I thank the Secretary of State for delaying his arrival at NATO to make this important announcement himself from the Dispatch Box. I believe this is the largest deployment he has authorised since becoming Defence Secretary. I share with everybody in the Chamber a great respect for the Welsh Guards, in particular—they will be playing a significant role. Does my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Every Member of Parliament will have about 1,000 constituents who are on the autistic spectrum, and who will suffer from anxiety and often, in crisis moments, will not know where to turn. All of us here are familiar with the expression “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”. This week sees the launch of Molehill Mountain, a free, groundbreaking smartphone app which has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Former Service Personnel: Amputees (9 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: What support his Department provides to former service personnel who have had limbs amputated as a result of their military service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Former Service Personnel: Amputees (9 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: In 2011, Paul lost his left arm when injured by an improvised explosive device. He wrote about how he did not know how to go forward and did not want to leave the house, but he got everything back that the military offered him: confidence, camaraderie, teamwork and the chance to compete through an inspirational golfing charity, the On Course Foundation. Will the Minister agree to visit that...

Transforming Care Programme (5 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I appreciate that this is quite a complex area, but I have looked at some of the transition times. Dimensions—I mentioned it earlier—has estimated that its average transition time per patient is 12.5 months, which I believe is below the usual transition time. Does the Minister feel that this length of time will inhibit her from reaching her targets in 2019? Is there anything we...

Transforming Care Programme (5 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I do not know whether the Minister will accept this, but I would have thought that everybody involved in this debate actually preferred us not to aim for a target that might not be reachable, because it is the quality of the outcomes and successful transitions that we are looking for. Will she be flexible enough to say, on looking at this again, that if we cannot achieve the targets by 2019,...

Transforming Care Programme (5 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Does my hon. Friend also welcome the fact that from September this year in initial teacher training, the possibility of having a module on autism will now be included? It is something that we worked very hard for and the Department for Education responded. This is about not just the historical training, which is so important, but the future training that is coming on-stream from September...

Transforming Care Programme (5 Jul 2018)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I am with the hon. Lady in her criticisms, and in wanting some constructive developments and improvements, but I would not want her to stay at the Dispatch Box and paint a picture that is completely negative. There are some inspirational stories about people coming out of these settings and institutions after being dealt with by a caring team, who have put a particular emphasis on...


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