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Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (28 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Every one of us, from our constituencies and from our daily lives, has the ability to contribute validly and constructively to the debate, as my hon. Friend has just done.

Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (28 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: I very much agree with my hon. Friend. Over the years we have had too many restrictions on our civil liberties for all kinds of reasons. I might as well tell the House that when I was a junior Minister in the Labour Government I nearly resigned when, after the Birmingham bombings, Roy Jenkins introduced what I regarded to be oppressive legislation relating to the containment of terrorism. He...

Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (28 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: rose—

Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (28 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: The hon. Gentleman was moving on to talk about Muslim women who did not speak English. That is very much widening the scope of his attack and, frankly, makes one question his motivation. Neither of my parents, who were immigrants, could ever read or write English, although they acquired some ability to speak the language. Should they have been excluded or pressed upon? They enabled me to...

Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (28 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. We can see that because my right hon. Friend is not wearing a face covering.

Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill (28 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that when some police officers are involved in a terrorist situation and are armed, they will wear balaclavas, which cover their faces completely, just as the face is covered for a Muslim woman? That aspect is covered, just as my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) has pointed out that the issue in the law courts is covered by the judges....

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted day]: Housing Benefit (26 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: The speeches we have heard from the Government Benches demonstrate very clearly that there is a Liberal Democrat-Tory world and there is the real world. The issue we are debating is the most blatant example of this Government’s total inability to understand how people live. To them, a spare bedroom is simply an unused sleeping space that must not receive housing benefit, but the many...

Business of the House (6 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Has the right hon. Gentleman seen early-day motion 1041, which stands in my name and those of other hon. Members, and concerns the persecution by the branch of Asda in Longsight in my constituency? [That this House expresses its disgust with and condemnation of the employment practices of Asda, in particular with regard to its treatment of a staff member at its branch in Longsight,...

Written Answers — Home Department: Members: Correspondence (6 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 23 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs Elizabeth Adejoke Omitola.

Gaza (Humanitarian Situation) (5 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: I once led a delegation of 60 parliamentarians from 13 European Parliaments to Gaza. I could no longer do that today because Gaza is practically inaccessible. The Israelis try to lay the responsibility on the Egyptians, but although the Egyptians’ closing of the tunnels has caused great hardship, it is the Israelis who have imposed the blockade and are the occupying power. The culpability...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Members: Correspondence (5 Feb 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 23 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Elizabeth Wheelan.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Members: Correspondence (30 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 16 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms H. Buckley and Mr C. Owen.

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day] — UNHCR Syrian Refugees Programme (29 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Madam Deputy Speaker, it is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship for the first time. My parents were refugees. They came to this country from Polish ghettos to escape religious and political persecution. Subsequently, most of their families were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust, which has been commemorated this week, but despite the trauma they were able to build new lives here....

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day] — UNHCR Syrian Refugees Programme (29 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. No one—apart from the Syrian Government and another authority to which I shall refer in a moment—can be faulted for the efforts that are being made, but the situation on the ground is exceptionally difficult. Although, as the Home Secretary has pointed out, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq have done their best to help, one neighbouring country that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Syrian Refugees (29 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: What about the 560,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, marooned by a conflict that is not their conflict and with no homes to go to? In the Al Yarmouk camp, they are dying of starvation and their food consists of grass and animal food. What precisely and specifically is being done for the Palestinian refugees?

Written Answers — Home Department: Members: Correspondence (28 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 17 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Adeel Farukh.

Written Answers — Home Department: Members: Correspondence (27 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 2 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Muhammad Asif.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Members: Correspondence (22 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 13 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Ali.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Members: Correspondence (21 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 10 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr K Joslin.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: UN Syrian Refugees Programme (20 Jan 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: While in no way setting aside the overall disaster of the refugee situation caused by the Syrian conflict, I ask the Government to pay specific attention to the plight of the Palestinian refugees in the al-Yarmouk camp, who are being slaughtered and dealt terrible blows as a result of this conflict, which is not their conflict. The Minister says that of course one of our objectives is that...


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