Results 1–20 of 3592 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Cheryl Gillan

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: My hon. Friend’s personal visit cannot be repeated by all of us who have read about the situation. Is there anything we can do to get aid more quickly to where it is needed? The speed of response seems to be one of the big problems in helping people on the ground.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: Four minutes is certainly not enough. I congratulate my hon. Friend and her colleagues who went out to see the suffering for themselves. I received a delegation in my constituency from my local imam because so many of our Muslim populations in this country have been appalled by the reports that have been coming back. I thank my hon. Friend on their behalf for what she has done, and for acting...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I congratulate the hon. Lady on her speech, with which everybody in the House will agree. I hope she will be encouraged by a statement put out at last week’s plenary session of the Council of Europe by the Political Affairs Committee, of which I am a member, condemning the action and calling on all 47 Council of Europe member states to help with the humanitarian relief effort and to...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: While the Minister is discussing correspondence, she may not have the answer to what, for me, is a crucial question—the detail of the self-assessment framework that is sent to the top-tier councils. She will remember me mentioning that we know that one local authority has a 125-week waiting time. I appreciate that she will not have the detail here, but will she undertake to write to me...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I will try not to take up too much time. I welcome the Minister to her place and look forward to hearing how she responds to the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous). I add my congratulations, which I am sure will be echoed around this Chamber, to him on securing this important debate. I am proud to be...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: As a former Secretary of State for Wales, I welcome all the initiatives taken in Wales on this matter. An earlier intervention indicated that Wales had only recently introduced an autism strategy, but in fact Wales introduced an autism strategy back in 2008, before the Bill was introduced, so they are to be congratulated on taking that original initiative—I am not proud; I will learn...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: We are entering the period of reviewing the implementation of the 2009 Act. It will shortly be the 10th anniversary of the Act as well, so it is important that that is followed through on a cross-party basis. I assure the hon. Gentleman that the Government will certainly be, and are already being, held to account.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I agree with the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) that this Bill is merely an enabling piece of legislation—a process whereby we can achieve what the country asked us to do. As I understand it, the Government are willing to consider changes in Committee. I hope that they will look at his amendments, and also perhaps mine. I am sure that all my colleagues here, like me,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I am sure that the Secretary of State knows that the Welsh economy could be damaged by careless talk about Brexit. The public narrative from the Welsh Government is often alarmist and could even scupper future foreign investment. What can my right hon. Friend do to reassure potential foreign investors that Wales is open for business and remains a first-class destination for foreign investment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Sep 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: Tomorrow is World Duchenne Awareness Day, which highlights this devastating muscle-wasting condition that affects young men such as my constituent Archie Hill. If, as anticipated, the current development of a more reliable newborn screening test goes ahead, psychological support must be readily available to any affected family. Will the Prime Minister assure families, and Muscular Dystrophy...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I know the Minister appreciates the fact that people with autism are disproportionately represented in the custodial system. Notwithstanding the issues at YOI Feltham, it was in fact the first prison to receive autism-friendly accreditation, and the governor and staff there report that that contributed to a diminishment in violence levels across the whole estate. Some 20 prisons have...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank the Secretary of State for coming to the House to make a statement on this important project at this late time of night—I am willing to discuss HS2 with him any time of the night or day. He has put a great deal of confidence in the contractors he announced today, to which he is awarding £6.6 billion of taxpayers’ money. However, just by...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: Taxpayers are.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Points of Order (17 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your advice, because today the Government have announced—they have certainly been all over the airwaves—£6.6 billion of contracts on HS2. When such a large amount of taxpayers’ money is being spent, it seems to me that the Minister should come to the House and make a statement. I appreciate that the urgent question, the...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Rail Electrification: South Wales (13 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I congratulate the Secretary of State on moving ahead with the electrification of the rail line into south Wales and through Swansea. I remind him that the electrification of the railway as far as Swansea was announced by a Conservative Secretary of State, and that the Labour Government did not electrify a single inch of the rail lines in Wales to improve the Welsh economy.

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: Will the Minister tell me what the appeal process is if HS2 Ltd does not deem a request to be reasonable?

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: The House will not be surprised that I rise to my feet to talk about this small motion, but colleagues sitting alongside me may be surprised to learn that I rise to welcome it. As a veteran of the hybrid Bill process, I can say that there is no doubt that it is arcane and has tremendous problems with its practices and procedures. My constituents, and many constituents of other hon. Members,...

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: It is clear to me and many others who are involved with the project that HS2 Ltd needs to improve not only its consultation processes but its communications processes, which are still appalling in many instances.

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: The hon. Lady makes a good point. I am keen to ensure that, in a process that is so inequitable, with the state against the citizen and the citizen receiving very little help, we impress on Ministers and HS2 Ltd that there are people who need assistance to navigate and understand these documents. I feel passionately that they need to have that assistance. Had the hon. Lady seen people who are...

Business of the House (6 Jul 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: I am sure the Leader of the House agrees that the House would want an early debate on any Government programme where the costs are rising, and it does not look as though it is good value for money for the taxpayer; where senior personnel are leaving, and the governance of it is deteriorating; where procurement processes are breaking down; and where the technology is being overtaken by other,...


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