Results 1–20 of 621 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Siobhain McDonagh

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On that point, will the Minister refer to the issue of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and the five CCGs in south- west London?

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) on securing the debate and all the parents and voluntary groups who have clearly been galvanised and got so many Members to be in the Chamber this morning. That is a real tribute to them. I will write to the Minister with my local examples of families with difficulties, but I want to bring the particular...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Thank you, Mr Owen, for calling me to speak and I also thank the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) for securing this important debate. At one stage, the private rented sector was the stop-gap for people before they owned their own home. Now in the UK, one in four families with children privately rent, which is up from one in 10 just 10 years ago. In fact, the total number...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. We both represent outer London constituencies and we are seeing rents that are completely unimaginable. I was looking for a home for a constituent who had to leave her previous home in shocking circumstances. We spoke to a very good local landlord, who told me that a one-bedroom flat in the street I was born and brought up in and where my 93-year-old...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: First, I accept the hon. Gentleman’s point about London. Our problem is that London is such an important driver for the country’s entire economy and London is getting bigger. Merton is no longer an outer London borough; it has become inner London because London is becoming Reading or Milton Keynes. The pricing out of the people who do the important jobs that we need to be done...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I appreciate what the hon. Lady says. I imagine Bath is becoming part of Greater London as well as people make ever further attempts to be able to afford the sort of home in which they want to bring up their children. I accept that most private landlords and letting agents are good people simply doing a job, but that does not solve our housing crisis. Buying to let causes problems for young...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: May I ask the hon. Gentleman what an unfettered free market, where supply is limited, does for first-time buyers and people on low incomes who have to resort to the private sector?

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: The hon. Gentleman is very generous in giving way. We can have what laws we like; if local authorities do not have the funds to do works in default if a landlord does not do them, the laws are pointless. In the last year, only 19 of the 33 London boroughs have done any works in default.

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I never thought that I would speak in a debate on Venezuela, although I am interested in what is going on. The international issues that I become involved in are normally determined by the concerns of my constituents, whether the Tamils of Sri Lanka or the Ahmadiyya Muslims. I became involved in the issues of human rights and the terrible economic conditions in Venezuela through...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: With no legal powers, funds or criteria, and with schools and Parliament not open, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is once again consulting on the closure of the hospital and the building of a new £400 million hospital in Belmont. There have been five consultations over 18 years, wasting £40 million of taxpayers’ money. Is it not time for the Prime Minister...

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: What would the Minister say to my constituent, Jonathan, who earns £37,000 a year but cannot be part of a shared ownership scheme built by London & Quadrant Housing Trust, because the cheapest one-bedroom flat is half a million pounds? My constituency is one of the cheapest in London!

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: The figures are these: home ownership among under-25s has dropped by 50%, and home ownership among 25 to 34-year-olds has dropped from 58% in 1997 to 37%. The multiplier between income and property price was 3.5 in 1997; today, it is 8.5. That is the reality. In my very brief time, I will share the story of my constituent Jonathan, who is doing well in HR. He earns £38,000, which is...

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: To give the right hon. Gentleman a picture, in my office in Portcullis House, I have Ross, who bought his own home and pays a mortgage of £600 a month, and Dan, who pays £650 a month to rent a room in a flat. For the first it is an investment; for the second it is an impediment to ever owning his own home.

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the other advantage of owner-occupation is security? In the private rented sector, where an increasing number of families with children are living, a landlord simply needs to secure a possession order for eviction. That has become the main route for the eviction of families, leading to children being insecure and living in temporary accommodation, far...

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I think that the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) read a different report from the one I read, which highlighted both successful and unsuccessful policies. We should not finish the debate without mentioning one of the most extraordinary Ministers I have ever met—Lord Adonis. His work on the London challenge is a beacon, showing what can be done. Housing is the...

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that half of 18 to 24-year-olds believe that their destination in life is based on their parents’ socioeconomic status? How depressing is that in the 21st century?

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: My hon. Friend is being very generous in giving way. Does she agree that it is not just geography but ethnicity that makes a difference? We sing long about the successes of London, but if we look at who is doing well in our schools, we see that it tends to be young people from black and Asian backgrounds, with white working-class kids still not making progress.

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Almost a century ago, the campaign to get a train station at Mitcham Eastfields began. The first questions in Parliament about a new station for Mitcham are believed to have been recorded by Hansard in the early 1930s. I myself was part of the campaign for a quarter of a century, so the House can imagine my delight in 2008 when the first train arrived from London Victoria at Mitcham...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I congratulate the hon. Member for Southport (Damien Moore) on a great speech, and I hope he gets as much pleasure from representing his constituency as I have from representing my own over the last 20 years. It seems like a lifetime ago, but just before the general election I was given the privilege of asking the Prime Minister a question about my constituent Amy, who was being made...


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