Results 1–20 of 10703 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Timms

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: I join the Home Secretary in those tributes. I asked the Immigration Minister in the House last week to offer students whose visas were cancelled for allegedly cheating in TOEIC—Test of English for International Communication—English tests a new secure test to see whether they can resume their studies. Her reply was: “It is, of course, an issue that we are considering very...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: In 2014-15, more than 40,000 overseas students lost their leave to remain in the UK because an American testing firm alleged that they had cheated in their English language test. Many of them were plunged into great hardship. It is now becoming clear that a significant proportion of those allegations were without foundation. Will the Minister now offer those students who, remarkably, have...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Church Building (12 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress the Church of England is making on building new churches in London.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Church Building (12 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the right hon. Lady confirm that the Church of England is now building its first new church buildings in London since the 1950s to accommodate not decline, which is widely understood to be what is going on, but a very sharp increase in the number of people attending public worship?

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Universal credit was a good idea, but the problems we are seeing in our constituencies are very significant. The Trussell Trust told us in its briefing for this debate that when universal credit is fully rolled out in an area, demand for food banks in that area goes up by 52% in the following year compared with 13% in areas where universal credit has not been fully rolled out. I noticed that...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. If people are forced to depend on an advance right at the beginning of their claim, they are by definition plunged into debt right at the start. I am pleased that the Secretary of State has I think told us today, in response to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field), that she will look at the repayment periods and, hopefully, offer a...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: I agree with everything that my hon. Friend is saying. She has already quoted the National Audit Office report. From that quotation, does it not sound to her as though the NAO’s view is that this project should be paused and fixed?

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Prime Minister has opted, finally, for a high degree of alignment with the European Union—she is right to have done so. The Government and the EU intend that the UK will stay in the large number of international agreements with countries outside the EU covering trade and other areas, but that will require agreement from those non-EU countries. What progress has there been so far in...

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: For eight years Parliament’s only reliable information about the status of universal credit has come from the National Audit Office. Ministers have consistently responded with denials and cover-up statements that, as the Secretary of State has acknowledged this week, were simply untrue. Might her apology herald a new openness about the very real problems with the universal credit project?

June European Council (2 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Prime Minister has recognised that, in the national interest, we will need to continue to recognise the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in a number of areas after the end of the implementation period at the end of 2020. Does she agree that data privacy regulation is one of those areas—she has acknowledged the importance of that—and that Europol is another? Will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Vulnerable Claimants (2 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: One of the concerns raised by the National Audit Office is that the Department does not really know who the vulnerable claimants are, and particular problems are being caused by the very long delay before people are entitled to their benefit. The right hon. Lady’s predecessor took an important step by reducing the minimum wait from six weeks to five. Will she commit to taking that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (2 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: A Minister suggested earlier that the policies of the Labour Government had not reduced poverty. Are Ministers not aware that child poverty was reduced by 800,000 over 13 years thanks to the policy of the Labour Government? Are they also aware that it is now rocketing?

Exiting the European Union (28 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: May I ask my right hon. Friend about the section of the report dealing with the financial settlement, from paragraph 58 onwards? The House and the country have been given the impression that we are going to make a very large payment of up to €40 billion to the European Union on condition that we secure a favourable agreement about our future trading relationship. How likely is it that...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: I want to express rather more support for the Bill than the hon. Member for The Cotswolds (Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown) did, but I will comment just on the elements that deal with corrosive substances. I particularly welcome clause 5, as others have, which creates the new offence of having a corrosive substance in a public place. A year ago on 21 June, in our borough of Newham, Jameel...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State has explained that clause 1 bans the sale of corrosive products to under-18s. I support that, but some of us think the age limit should be at 21 rather than 18. Would he be open to an amendment along those lines? What is the reason for setting the limit at 18, rather than a higher age?

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: Is it not the truth that Airbus has done a great public service by injecting much-needed frankness and realism into this debate, and will the Secretary of State commend it for being willing to do so?

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: When the former Secretary of State was assuring the House that universal credit implementation was going well, it was the National Audit Office that told us what was really happening. Its reports have never been shoddy and have never been scaremongering. They have embarrassed Ministers—that is true—but they have proved to be truthful. The Secretary of State will recognise many of...

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on all her work on this issue and on her speech. A large group of my constituents are affected in exactly the same way as others, but let me first say this. I was a Minister with tax responsibilities on four separate occasions. It is an important principle of our tax system that, once a mistake has been identified and...

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Stephen Timms: Will the hon. Lady give way?


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