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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Women and Children’s Education (18 Apr 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Sadly, parents in developing countries are sometimes persuaded to give up their children to orphanages on the promise of a good education. The charity Home for Good told me this morning that the Australian Parliament is looking at measures to tackle orphanage trafficking as part of its modern slavery legislation. Does DFID have any plans to amend our legislation similarly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating Team England on winning the second largest tally of gold medals at an overseas Commonwealth games, as they return on Saturday to Birmingham, which will be the next host of the games?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the young British artist Hannah Rose Thomas and the charity Open Doors? Together they organised the current exhibition in our Upper Waiting Hall to draw attention to the plight of Yazidi women, 3,000 of whom are still in captivity and subject to some form of the slavery that my right hon. Friend has fought so hard to combat.

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Will the Minister give way?

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Over 43 years an awful lot of Ministers of different political persuasions have looked and looked at this. Will the hon. Lady join me in appealing to the new Minister who is picking the issue up for the first time to look at it with fresh eyes? Everyone who has filled her role comes to the view that it needs to be put right, but every fresh start is more pain for the families concerned.

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The hon. Lady is making a very good point. There is an absurdity to any argument that justice should be means-tested, in the sense that property prices are so significantly different around the country that there is an in-built disadvantage for some parts of the country. I do not know whether the Minister knows what the average property price is in the west midlands, but the average home in...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for securing this debate so that we can show our concern as MPs for the families, who still have no closure. The early-day motion tabled by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) has garnered, as far as I know, 21 signatures across the House. It emphasises that the Chief Coroner has called not once, but twice—and recently—for...

Future of the Commonwealth — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on securing the debate. We are on the eve not only of CHOGM—for the first time in 30 years it will be held in this country—but of the Commonwealth games. As a recently appointed non-executive director of Commonwealth Games England, I want to dwell...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The hon. Lady makes a very persuasive point. I do not know whether she has read this book, but if colleagues have not done so, I was profoundly moved by reading “My Name is Leon”, which was turned into a film. It is told from the perspective of a child aged nine in the system. It certainly altered my understanding of what it feels like for them. The risk aversion that is built...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I am grateful to you, Mr Howarth, for allowing me to speak, and I repeat my apology. The late arrival of the Chubb security engineer detained me—unfortunately that is a feature of modern political life. I want to share some of the findings from a roundtable that I chaired yesterday. It was arranged by the charity Home for Good, and attended by practitioners involved in all aspects of...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I could not agree more. An important point that came out of the roundtable was that evidence must exist to help to support the fact that people of faith who offer their homes for good—for fostering—often prove to have greater “stickability”, and tend to stick with a child through thick and thin until they are launched into the world as an independent adult. I would...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: My hon. Friend, who is very knowledgeable about this matter, makes an extremely valid point. The issue is about opening our minds, removing barriers and preconceptions about why people cannot foster, and looking at the best solution for the child. I know that there is pressure on time, Mr Howarth, and I do not want to delay the Minister’s response to the debate, but I just want to...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I apologise for arriving slightly late for the debate. We had a roundtable on faith and fostering yesterday, and I hope to get a chance to contribute on that later. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the challenges is that people of religious backgrounds feel that that is perceived as a barrier to their genuine intention to offer a home for good for children who need it in fostering,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: On International Women’s Day, I would like to be a bit more consensual and ask the Minister to applaud the campaign by our female colleagues to give up plastics for Lent and the Church of England’s initiative on practical suggestions for something that we can do on every one of the 40 days. Has the Minister given up something plastic for Lent? Will she join us in writing to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Investors Group (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church Investors Group manages a total fund of £17 billion, approximately £8 billion of which represents the Church Commissioners’ assets. The commissioners have discharged their stewardship responsibilities for a long time by voting on issues including executive remuneration and climate change, and, most recently, adding to the criteria gender diversity on boards, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Investors Group (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: That is one of the stewardship responsibilities, and commissioners will vote against chairs of companies if they are assessed as not having made sufficient progress in addressing climate change. I am pleased to be able to share the good news that when a resolution was filed by the Church Commissioners and the New York State Comptroller asking Exxon to report on how its business model would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Wi-Fi and Broadband (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England recently signed an accord with the Government to enable churches to improve broadband and mobile connectivity, particularly in rural areas. It sets out how the Church can collaborate with providers to help to achieve that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Wi-Fi and Broadband (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: My hon. Friend’s constituency has seen a significant improvement in broadband coverage, which is currently at 95.5%—up from 19% in 2010. However, there are undoubtedly not spots, and I encourage her to get churches to contact Church House to find out how they can avail themselves of this new opportunity. In this accord, the Church has reached agreement with broadband providers to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Wi-Fi and Broadband (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: My hon. Friend is doing a good job of demonstrating to the whole House the difference it can make when we, as Members of Parliament, make our constituents in not spots aware of this new agreement. If Members have churches with tall towers or spires, these can be used to bounce the broadband signal into existing not spots. The example, on International Women’s Day, of the church he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Wi-Fi and Broadband (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England has put its entire assets at the disposal of the Government to help crack the problem of the not spots—that includes its churches, its schools and its land, where necessary. For example, we can beam a signal from a church spire to the brow of a hill—the land may belong to the Church—down into the next village, which does not have a signal, and thereby...


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