Results 1–20 of 4432 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Caroline Spelman

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The United Kingdom has historically imported 50% of the sugar that we consume on preferential terms from developing countries, and it is then refined by Tate & Lyle. Will the Secretary of State reassure the House that the jobs, both at home and abroad, that depend on that agreement will be given proper consideration in the Brexit negotiations?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The idea of a five-year supply plan in relation to an itinerant population is a difficult one. As the hon. Gentleman will have heard earlier, we have seen a doubling in the number of illegal Traveller incursions in the west midlands since 2011, and in my own green-belt constituency, which has provided 26 additional pitches, we have seen a doubling in the number of illegal travelling...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Forgive me for interrupting, but will the Minister give the House the sense that he appreciates that this is not a static situation? In the west midlands, for example, the number of unauthorised incursions has doubled since 2011. This debate takes place against the backdrop of an increasing problem, not a static fact.

Coventry City of Culture — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Caroline Spelman: In the presence of my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster), who was a member of Coventry City Council, I would point out that Coventry lost out under the structure of Advantage West Midlands. The Minister has spoken about investment; does he agree that the absolute commitment of the new Mayor of the West Midlands to back the bid, and that the region should get behind...

Coventry City of Culture — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I congratulate the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham) on securing this debate. It is exciting for all of us to know that Coventry has made the shortlist and is now in a five-way race to win this title. I declare my interest in that part of my constituency is covered by the diocese of Coventry, so I have many reasons to visit the city on a regular basis. As the hon. Gentleman...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Environmental and Animal Welfare Standards (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I do not envy the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the task of transcribing legislation, because 80% of what it deals with is at a European level. However, is it not the case that there are important stakeholders, such as the water industry, that are quite clear that they want the whole canon of legislation to be transcribed as it is into national law?

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Fuel Poverty (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: First of all, may I congratulate the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South (Bridget Phillipson) on her appointment to her role representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission? I thought she did a very good job of answering the questions. Seventy-five per cent. of churches collect food, 38% provide volunteers, 29% help to manage a food bank, and 21% distribute...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Fuel Poverty (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Christians Against Poverty is proactive in trying to tackle the underlying causes by offering free debt advice and financial education programmes, for example. The charity has just appointed Dickens Heath church in my constituency to provide those courses over a wide region, so I suggest that the hon. Lady may like to approach it about doing the same in Bristol.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Fuel Poverty (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I am quite sure that the Bishop of Llandaff will focus on the needs of people who may suffer from food poverty in her diocese, but I of course congratulate her on her appointment.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Fuel Poverty (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: As Members of Parliament, it is important that we address the underlying causes. I had a letter from the Trussell Trust just last month, which said that people “may be reassured to hear that, on average people are only referred to Trussell Trust foodbanks two times in a 12-month period”, and that the model is “designed to help people in a crisis”. As Members, we need...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Rural parish funding is primarily the responsibility of the individual diocese, but the Church Commissioners have made available national support under the strategic development fund. To date, the fund has provided £34.6 million for 32 projects in 25 dioceses.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church is committed to doubling the number of people entering training by 2020, and it has made very good progress with the push on training ordinands. Since 2014, we have seen an increase of 14% in the numbers training for priesthood, and my hon. Friend may be interested to hear that there has been an above-average number of women—14%—and that 25% of that cohort is under the...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: It is important to see in balance the progress that has been made by the Church. At the Synod, important decisions were made, including on tackling homophobic bullying in Church of England schools—the Church is the largest provider of education in this country—and on taking steps to ban trans and conversion therapies; that was voted on in the Synod. The fact that the Church is...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: As I said, the Church has set itself a target—that is the important thing—of doubling the number of people entering training by 2020, and it is making progress by increasing the numbers coming into training. It is perhaps worth noting that the Church has changed the ways in which people can train for the priesthood. They can train by residential course, as is traditional, but they...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Obviously, I have sympathy with anyone who loses their job, but with the greatest respect, those facts are not quite correct. On 2 October 2016, the dean announced his retirement, and he did not leave the deanery, and was not asked to leave it, until the following February, giving him six months’ residence—

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Those are the facts I have been given. I think we should try to leave this term on a happier note, so I conclude by wishing all colleagues a very welcome recess.

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Mosul was home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the region, but religious minorities suffered dreadfully at the hands of ISIS. What can DFID do to ensure that such minorities are able to return to their place of origin?

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way, as I know time is tight. Precisely on bridleways, close to urban settings there is a terrible dearth of them and they do not connect up. I think it is the fact that they are seen as multi-purpose—for pedestrians, cyclists and even motorised transport as well as horses—that leads to great reluctance on the part of landowners to...

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. Does he agree that one of the problems is that most drivers are unaware that they should not pass horses any faster than 15 miles per hour? They are often just guided by the speed limit, thinking that it is okay. Would he commend the work of the British Horse Society, which has advocated raising greater awareness of the speed at which one...

Persecution of Christians: Role of UK Embassies — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Thank you, Mr Hanson, for calling me because I omitted to put in to speak last night, for which I apologise. It was an oversight, but one that I should not have committed. An interesting cross-section of Members of Parliament is in attendance to support my hon. Friend the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) who, as chair of the all-party group on international freedom of religion or belief,...


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