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Results 1–20 of 1290 for speaker:Siobhain McDonagh

Business of the House (15 Jan 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: In response to a question three months ago from my right hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, North (Joan Ryan), my right hon. and learned Friend the Leader of the House agreed that the situation in Sri Lanka was such that it required a debate on the Floor of the House. I should be grateful if she reconsidered that judgment, given that 70,000 people have lost their lives since the ceasefire...

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: If fine words and knowledge could bring an end to the conflict, it would end after this debate. There are Members on both sides of the Chamber who speak far better and far more knowledgeably than I, but with every word uttered, I become more frustrated on behalf of all the UK Tamils who live in my constituency and the constituencies of other hon. Members. I become more concerned about what...

Written Answers — Health: Obesity: Surgery (10 Feb 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department and its agencies have issued to healthcare professionals on assessing patients for (a) the fitting of gastric bands and (b) other bariatric surgery.

Written Answers — Health: Obesity: Surgery (10 Feb 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have had a gastric band fitted in 2007-08; and how many of them were readmitted to hospital as an emergency within three months of surgery as a result of complications.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (Mitcham and Morden) (12 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: What steps he is taking to increase the number of apprenticeship places in Mitcham and Morden.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (Mitcham and Morden) (12 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: We are delighted that next year Merton college will have twice the amount of funding and twice the number of apprentices in training. Does my hon. Friend agree that in these difficult financial times, it is more important than ever for the Government to confirm their commitment to giving young people skills through apprenticeships?

Business of the House (12 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: Nikita is 17 years old and profoundly deaf. She moved to my constituency in September with her Gurkha family. Despite having been allocated a Connexions adviser and a social worker, and having had assessments and meetings, she still does not have the one thing that she wants: a college place. May we find the time for a debate on how effective the Connexions service actually is, and how it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: Dealing with antisocial behaviour in Mitcham town centre is a top priority for the Figges Marsh safer neighbourhood team. Can my right hon. Friend understand why Merton council officials and police officers, none of whom lives in the area, decided not to renew the dispersal zone—and without consulting local residents, local councillors or me, the local MP?

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I am grateful for the chance to debate an important matter. What is happening at the moment in Sri Lanka is an international humanitarian crisis, and the International Red Cross says that "the humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the day." Sri Lanka is, in many ways, a forgotten crisis. More than 3,000 people have been killed in Tamil areas of Sri Lanka since the end of January, and...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, as would all hon. Members in the Chamber—their constituents have brought them here. The work of the Tamil community in Britain has tried to force this issue up the list of things that the Government are considering. I have been trying to trace a number of constituents' relatives who are caught up in the conflict. Last week, I was told by the International...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. The work of the Tamil community in highlighting a cause to which people tend to close their eyes has been admirable. The Tamil community in my constituency works hard. People send their kids to university in overwhelming numbers. At this time of year, they come to my surgery desperate for places in grammar schools in the London borough of Sutton—as a...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I commend the hon. Gentleman for his contribution to the debate and this cause. I am not as worthy as him. I became involved in this matter because my constituents came to see me in large numbers. I became even more concerned about Tamil young people—UK citizens who are often well-educated and in good jobs—who were frustrated by the feeling that nobody said anything about the plight of...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: The hon. Gentleman is correct. As we know, the situation is escalating, and every day more people are dying, or are injured and displaced. Individually and together, we have needed to exert huge pressure to get the profile for the issue that we have today. The purpose of the debate is to call on our Government to exert all diplomatic efforts into ending the conflict. As the Sri Lankan...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, who has worked hard on this issue. The UNHRC reports "dire humanitarian conditions inside the area due to lack of essential goods and services like food and shelter, while medical care is said to be virtually non-existent." It adds: "The situation has worsened due to the ongoing heavy rains and winds, with most families living in flooded areas under damaged...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, and I am sure that he has seen many videos and DVDs of people in those bunkers, which have been taken by very brave people in the area. Amnesty International also criticises both sides. It has called for a truce and for humanitarian corridors to evacuate hundreds of thousands of trapped civilians, but it believes that the Sri Lankan Government need to answer...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree, but many Members, perhaps including the hon. Gentleman, have been abused and insulted by the Sri Lankan high commission in the UK. Indeed, it recently suggested that my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) has a drug problem.

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: Amnesty also says: "There has been no proper accountability for the killings that have happened in the last two years, so there is impunity for the perpetrators." Such breaches of human rights are not acceptable. Governments must live up to the very highest codes of behaviour, but the Government of Sri Lanka are not doing so. Earlier this month, I joined protesters and other MPs, many of whom...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: Yes, I agree that all sides should be included in any negotiations. As The Sunday Times reported this week, the deputy leader of the Tigers has said there are no pre-conditions to their call for a ceasefire. What was not printed in the paper, but was certainly said to Marie Colvin, is that they would abide by and accept the outcome of a referendum of the people of Sri Lanka. That goes further...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: I agree with my hon. Friend, but the unfortunate thing is that the Sri Lankan Government are tremendously successful at propaganda. I have gone around the House to ask Members from all parties to sign early-day motions asking for the suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth, but hon. Members in the Chamber would be amazed by the number of people who want nothing to do with the matter and...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Siobhain McDonagh: My right hon. Friend is right. She has worked as hard as anybody on the issue—in fact, we worked together on the whole matter. It is so frustrating that this is happening—it is almost beyond words. People are not listening, and those speaking out almost feel as if they are in a dream, and like they are shouting and no voice is coming out. As I said, that is why we have to be witnesses....


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