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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: Hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians are under siege in Sri Lanka because of the aerial bombardment by the Sri Lankan Government. Last Sunday, the editor of the leading newspaper there was assassinated. He said, in an obituary written before he was killed, that this was due to the forces of the Government. Will the Prime Minister please use his good offices, either unilaterally...

Business of the House (15 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: Will my right hon. and learned Friend reflect on her answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh)? The Prime Minister's answer on Sri Lanka yesterday was helpful, but at the moment 300,000 Tamils are under siege because of the actions of the Sri Lankan Government. The Leader of the House changed the business this week to deal with the situation in Gaza. The...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: What steps is the Home Secretary taking to ensure that her Department passes on the good practice of some police authorities, such as what the Select Committee on Home Affairs saw on a visit to Staffordshire? The authority there had reduced greatly the amount of paperwork involved in processing particular crimes. It is important to pass that good practice on to other police authorities and,...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I have noted the Home Secretary's answer to the chairman of the all-party group on beer, my hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Grogan), but the problem is not the pubs; it is the supermarkets. Why are the Government letting the supermarkets off the hook? It is their provision of cheap alcohol that allows people to get tanked up before they go out on a Saturday evening. There is no code to...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I warmly congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his appointment as the new shadow Home Secretary. I know that he was appointed only a few hours ago, but has he had an opportunity to read the Select Committee's report "Policing in the 21st Century"? I am sure his hon. Friends have read it. The Committee's members unanimously suggested that we consider the idea of a floor price for alcohol sold by...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I congratulate the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) on his maiden speech as shadow Home Secretary and on his promotion to one of the most important jobs in opposition. He has not previously been involved in home affairs issues, but I have learned two things about him since his appointment: first, that he was born on 1 April 1962; and secondly, that in 1987 he co-authored a...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: My hon. Friend, who is a distinguished member of the Select Committee, is absolutely right. This is also about engagement; it is not just about compulsion. I hope that such engagement will be part of the process that the Government introduce in this Bill. The second issue that I wish to discuss is the accountability of our police forces. Our Government, right at the last moment, withdrew...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I am happy to join my hon. Friend in praising the work not only of the police in Northampton—I am sure that she was keen to mention Northampton—but of the police in other parts of the country where local police officers are able to engage with communities. People sometimes do not know the names of chief inspectors and superintendents, but they certainly know the bobby on the beat and they...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman for a few seconds, because he is on the Select Committee.

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. It is very difficult. Ministers have used the phrase, "Let us tackle the demand for sex." We cannot just say to people, "Do not have sex" or "Do not have sex in these circumstances." Governments should not be involved, in my view, in making such statements. The Government should be saying unequivocally that human trafficking is wrong and that the...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that point. I do lose minutes, by the way, as that was the third intervention, and so I am sorry but I cannot let my hon. Friend the Member for Slough (Fiona Mactaggart) intervene. I accept what the hon. Gentleman has said; he has been on more of those raids and has visited more brothels than I have, for legitimate parliamentary reasons, I should say. There is...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: Of course, one must be cautious in this area, but the fact is that the availability of cheap alcohol at supermarkets and the promotions that the Home Secretary and other hon. Members have spoken of today lead to people, especially young people, buying cheap alcohol from supermarkets. That does not apply to pubs, for example, where alcohol is more expensive. Surely, it is important that we...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: I am sorry to return to the theme that I explored with the Home Secretary earlier. What the Government are doing to deal with retailers is absolutely right, but the fact remains that supermarkets provide alcohol very cheaply. As a result of their promotions, young people are going in and buying alcohol. It may well be that the supermarkets are complying with the code, but the availability of...

Business of the House (22 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: Last December, in a press release, the Home Secretary told us that knife crime involving teenagers carrying knives had halved. Today, in another press release, which Sky News picked up, she informs us that the number of teenagers carrying knives has increased by 18 per cent. and that murders involving knives have increased by 10 per cent. Although the Home Secretary gave evidence to the...

Business of the House (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: May I first declare my interest by stating that I suffer from type 2 diabetes? The Leader of the House will know that on Tuesday the Government's health profile for England was published, which showed commendable progress in a number of areas, but an alarming rise in diabetes. The rate among adult males is now 5.6 per cent. and for adult females it stands at 4.2 per cent. She also knows that...

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Sri Lanka (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to promote a ceasefire in Sri Lanka since 14 January; what recent discussions he has had with the (a) German Chancellor and (b) French President on Sri Lanka; and what recent correspondence he has had with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigrants: English Language (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those who have taken the English language test for immigrants have (a) passed and (b) failed the test since its introduction.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigrants: English Language (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons her Department has decided to exempt foreign footballers bought by British football clubs from completing the English language test for a year; and what other conditions apply exclusively to footballers immigrating to this country.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigrants: English Language (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what score is required to pass the English language test for immigrants; and what the procedure is when an individual fails the test.

Written Answers — Home Department: Police: Diabetes (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) first aid training and (b) first aid training relating to diabetes is provided to police officers; how often police officers are required to complete first aid training; and which officer in each police force is responsible for ensuring that officers complete that training.


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