Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Egyptian Government on the arrest of 25 Ahmadi Muslims in that country on the grounds of their religion; and if he will make a statement.
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of local authorities provide radio aids hearing technology to assist deaf children in educational settings.
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money had been collected and held by the Treasury Solicitor from unclaimed estates in the last five years.
Siobhain McDonagh: I will not take much time, but I have some suggestions. It is the over-75s who are mainly going to A&E. They are more unwell than they used to be. Why do we not get volunteers with medical experience to phone up people on every GP list and make sure that the over-75s are okay? They could urge them to turn up at the GP as soon as they become unwell, and not to wait until they reach a state...
Siobhain McDonagh: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.
Siobhain McDonagh: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In answer to my question on behalf of my homeless constituent, Ava, who is also a foster carer, the Prime Minister appeared to suggest that there was some doubt that she would be deregistered as a foster carer because of her poor homeless accommodation. I confirm that she has been deregistered for that reason. How will I put that on the record?
Siobhain McDonagh: Ava has been a foster-carer for years. When her privately rented home failed the inspection for an electrical certificate, which she needed to continue fostering, her landlord evicted her because he did not want to do the repairs. Now Ava and the kids are living in temporary council accommodation in a converted warehouse in the middle of a working industrial estate in Mitcham. The council...
Siobhain McDonagh: This time last year, my single, a Band Aid cover named “National Living Rage”, rocketed up the Christmas charts, highlighting the plight of workers and the national scandal of low and unfair pay in Britain. There are many matters of sincere importance to be discussed before the forthcoming Adjournment, but this Christmas there are perhaps few as critical, heartbreaking and...
Siobhain McDonagh: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. Consider Sarah’s family, who live in temporary accommodation in Mitcham. They will not have a Christmas dinner because they have no facilities to be able to cook one. They will not have a Christmas tree because their room does not fit anything other than the bed that the four of them share. They will not have any presents because every penny...
Siobhain McDonagh: The hon. Gentleman will be aware of the great many churches that do a huge amount to provide night shelters at this time of year. My own church, Christ Church in Collier’s Wood, is part of a group of churches that provides a hostel from November through to January. As a person of faith, it is great to see that action, but it is also a desperate thing to be happening.
Siobhain McDonagh: Order. We are grateful to the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) for withdrawing his right to sum up at the end of the debate, so the shadow Minister and the Minister have until 4 o’clock.
Siobhain McDonagh: Order. May I just inform Members that there are about six people who want to speak? If you could consider limiting your contributions to five or six minutes, that would get everybody in.
Siobhain McDonagh: Last week I raised with the Leader of the House the possibility of having a debate on the position of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, particularly the three who were sentenced to death because of their beliefs. Now we understand that Captain Muhammad Safdar, the parliamentarian who raised the issues that led, the day after, to the Ahmadis’ imprisonment, is about to visit the UK. May we have...
Siobhain McDonagh: The hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) might have Downton Abbey in his constituency, but at the heart of mine, Mitcham and Morden, is one of the biggest working industrial estates in south London. It is home to dozens of businesses—from scaffolders to skip yards, and from builders to brick yards. Among the lorries, vans, skips and fumes is a converted warehouse housing 84 families...
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on ensuring its representation at personal independence payment appeals in the last 12 months.
Siobhain McDonagh: May we have a debate on the plight of the Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, particularly Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed, who have been sentenced to death simply because they are Ahmadi Muslims and therefore offend against the blasphemy laws?
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what proportion of personal independence payment appeals his Department is represented.
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on representation at personal independent payment appeals in the last six years for which figures are available.
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes have been made in the criteria for assessment of the mobility component of personal independence payment for those with mental health benefits.
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what proportion of personal independence payment appeals his Department is represented by barristers.