Results 1–20 of 6420 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Harriet Harman

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Harriet Harman: I ask the Leader of the House to look at yesterday’s Westminster Hall debate on the representation of women. It was led by a truly excellent speech from the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mims Davies), which elicited a wide consensus across the parties. There are more women in the House than ever before, and that is not just welcome; it is a democratic imperative. There are more babies...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Harriet Harman: I warmly congratulate the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mims Davies) on securing the debate and on everything she said. She told us that she dithered about filling in her application form to be the Member of Parliament for Eastleigh but, my goodness me, since she arrived here she has not dithered at all. I pay tribute to her. It is baffling to me when I hear Conservative women Members of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Grenfell Tower Fire: Advice to Landlords (17 Jul 2017)

Harriet Harman: Could the Secretary of State be more specific about the financial help that he is going to make available to councils with tower blocks, such as Southwark, which has 174? He has talked about the legal duties of councils to keep their tenants safe, and of course that is very important, but they also have a legal duty to have a balanced budget. Since the Conservatives came into government in...

Business of the House (Select Committees): Select Committees (4 Jul 2017)

Harriet Harman: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that there is of course a major issue of class inequality in this country. That is why I would like the Government to implement clause 1 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires all Government Departments and public organisations to take into account the importance of narrowing the gap between the top and the bottom in all their public policy and operational...

Business of the House (Select Committees): Select Committees (4 Jul 2017)

Harriet Harman: I thank the Deputy Leader of the House for bringing this motion to the House. I strongly support it. In particular, I welcome putting the Women and Equalities Committee on a permanent footing. I was Leader of the House back in the day, and I should have done it. I find myself slightly baffled but congratulating him on bringing it forward. All credit to the Government for doing that. The Women...

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Harriet Harman: I thank the Prime Minister for her statement. The news she has given the House today—that the cladding was indeed combustible, as testing showed—is chilling, and will be horrifying confirmation of what we all saw on our television screens; but it will be even more frightening for others. There are 58 tower blocks in my constituency, and there are thousands all around the country....

London Attacks (23 Mar 2017)

Harriet Harman: I thank the Prime Minister for her words here today, and also her words on the steps of Downing Street yesterday. At this very difficult and important time she spoke for us all, so I thank her for that. We are so proud of the bravery of PC Keith Palmer, so sad for his grieving family, but so grateful for what he did to keep us safe. I wish to add my tribute to all the police and the...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Harriet Harman: The Bill gives the House, the Secretary of State and her prisons Minister the chance to do something that should have been done a long time ago, but that is now urgent, which is to end the death toll of suicidal mentally ill people who take their own lives in our prisons. When the state takes someone into custody, we have a duty to keep them safe—their life becomes our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding: Chelmsford (20 Mar 2017)

Harriet Harman: Thanks to increased investment and the work of teachers, other teaching staff, supportive parents and the local community, standards in our schools in Southwark have massively increased, but our schools are not overfunded. Surely it cannot be right that, per pupil, we will see a cut of £1,000 per year as a result of this so-called fair funding formula. It is not fair. Whatever levelling...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. There was plenty of other such evidence that came before us on the Joint Committee on Human Rights, of which he is a very valued member. This ongoing uncertainty around the status of EU residents here is allowing greater exploitation of vulnerable EU workers. Last week, appearing before the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Margaret Beels, chair of the...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: I disagree with the right hon. Gentleman’s conclusion.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. It is not just EU nationals and their families who are worried about the uncertainty hanging over them; so are the employers for whom they work. How will our NHS find the nurses we need if they seek work elsewhere for fear that they will not be allowed to stay? It is not as if we are training them ourselves. With the cuts to bursaries, the number of...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We cannot say that we welcome them here to do such work, but use them as a bargaining chip in European negotiations.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: I will give way just once more.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: We simply cannot trade one off against the other like that. This is not an economic trade negotiation. The new clause is quite simple. It would provide that the rights of residence of EU citizens who were lawfully resident here before the referendum decision on 23 June remain unchanged. We need the clause in the Bill because the Government have been sending out mixed messages, and the Prime...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Harriet Harman: I rise to support new clause 57, which was tabled in my name and the names of other members of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, with the support of right hon. and hon. Members from both sides of the House. This is about 3 million people and their families—EU citizens whose future here has been thrown into doubt by the decision in June that the UK should leave the EU. There is...


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