Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dame Cheryl Gillan

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I apologise for missing the start of the Minister’s speech. I was chairing a debate in Westminster Hall. Can the Minister assure me that the property registers and the holdings of properties will be accurate? I was recently given two lists of properties in my constituency that had been bought by HS2 Ltd, and they did not match. Properties that were missing from the second list had appeared...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I think the hon. Gentleman is very much mistaken on my support for HS2. [Laughter.]

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I remind colleagues that there is a possibility of votes in the main Chamber during our proceedings, in which case I will suspend and we will have to return. This will be the last speech from hon. Members on the Back Benches, after which we will move on to the Front-Bench spokespeople.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Does the right hon. Lady agree that the Department for Transport needs to update its national rail travel overview survey report, on which so much of its planning is dependent? It has not been updated since 2010. I received a written answer that said the Government are “currently considering updating the National Rail Travel Survey”. Does the right hon. Lady think that that needs to be...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: As my hon. Friend knows, I take a personal interest in this matter. I am sorry that I have not been here for the debate, but my parliamentary duties elsewhere have prevented me from being in the Chamber to support her. Does she agree that the precedent for this secrecy on HS2 was set when it was revealed that the main reports on the project were going to be kept not only from the public but...

Information Disclosure: Pre-trial Abuse of Process Hearings (22 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I am grateful to the Minister for the way in which she is responding. She mentioned that it is important to maintain trust in the regulatory bodies. In the light of the circumstances of this case, does she agreed that trust has been shaken? I will provide her with those details once my constituent provides them, so she may pass them on to the relevant authorities or look at them herself,...

Information Disclosure: Pre-trial Abuse of Process Hearings (22 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I agree with the Minister that victims should have priority in our criminal justice system—that is most important. She mentioned at the beginning of her response that she is working on new guidelines that will come out shortly. Could she give us a greater indication of when we can expect those new guidelines? Would there be any possibility of looking at the draft guidelines before they are...

Information Disclosure: Pre-trial Abuse of Process Hearings (22 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I beg to move, That this House has considered the disclosure of information in pre-trial abuse of process hearings. As usual, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I am pleased to welcome the Minister, who will respond. I am very pleased to have secured this debate, to raise a matter that concerns a constituent of mine, Mr Tom Perry. The Minister will be aware of...

Information Disclosure: Pre-trial Abuse of Process Hearings (22 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: In the context of the debate, the hon. Gentleman makes a very valid point. My constituent, Mr Perry, was heavily involved in the case of Caldicott School, which was heard in Aylesbury Crown court. As a pupil there in the ’60s, he and many other boys suffered very considerable and grave child abuse that has been the subject of criminal proceedings. The Minister may recall that in that case,...

Information Disclosure: Pre-trial Abuse of Process Hearings (22 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I would like to make progress. The abiding concern of those complainants, however, is that to their knowledge nothing has been done to prevent the distressing situation in which they found themselves recurring in other cases, concerning other abused children. The men involved feel rightly aggrieved about the wrongfulness of the Law Society and the Bar, and their respective regulators, holding...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The Minister is doing well in picking up on all the points. If it will be made mandatory for all developers, why do the Government not make it mandatory right now for HS2 to stop its netting?

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: Can the Minister tell hon. Members present when we can expect the Environment Bill?

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, because he ignored me when I tried to ask him to give way earlier, when he was talking about net gain. Regarding the aim of net gain, I hope that we all will observe that in some instances it is impossible. If we destroy ancient woodland, we cannot replace it: it is irreplaceable. I look at net gain with a great deal of scepticism, as I...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. Once again, I congratulate the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill) on opening the debate so well and referring to my main bugbear, HS2. When I looked at the petition, of the 355,631 signatures, 1,162 came from my constituency, and 5,454 people from an area covering Aylesbury, Buckingham, Wycombe and Beaconsfield signed the...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The hon. Lady will know that I often have a great deal of difficulty getting any information about HS2 out of the powers that be, but I continue to press because I do not believe we should give up. I have only been at it 10 years, trying to scrutinise the project. I hope I have another 10 years to go. HS2 was clear in its statement about the bird netting: “The netting was installed under...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The hon. Lady makes a powerful point, and I shall let it stand, but I should certainly be interested to see where the route lies and where the path takes us. There is no doubt about it: 20 years ago, after I became the MP for Chesham and Amersham, one of the great joys in the Chiltern hills was the reintroduction of the red kite. One of the great pleasures,—if the hon. Lady would like to...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on opening the debate and I thank everyone who signed the petition. I think he must have read my speech, but the point bears repetition. Does he agree that the Government are the offender here, since HS2 is a Government project, so it is important that the Minister and her Front-Bench colleagues listen carefully to what environmentalists require so that...

Business of the House (9 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: To channel the spirit of my inner right hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Sir John Hayes), somebody once wrote: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Will the Leader of the House congratulate the 82 Members of Parliament who attended the training programme on autism awareness last week? I was proud...

Refugees in Sri Lanka (9 May 2019)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: The Sri Lankan economy has recently benefited from increased tourism, particularly through cruise ship visits. Can the Minister assure me that he keeps the travel advice for British citizens on Sri Lanka under constant review? How can he ensure that our visitors to Sri Lanka continue to contribute to its economy?


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