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Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: S4C: Reviews (19 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the independent review of S4C announced on 7 August 2017, whether information on (a) the deadline for submitting evidence, (b) the questions on which the review is gathering evidence and (c) the contact to whom evidence should be submitted has been made publicly available online.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Heritage: Finance (19 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing finance for the establishment of a Cultural Development Fund.

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: The Minister says that three sentences longer than 10 years have been imposed in the last couple of years, but he did not say that the maximum 14-year sentence had been used. I hope he wants to signal that that maximum sentence should be used more frequently.

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: I beg to move, That this House has considered sentencing in cases of dangerous driving involving death. It is a great pleasure to serve under your wise chairmanship as ever, Mr Hollobone. As hon. Members and the Minister will know, this debate is timely, given the publication on 16 October of the response to the Government’s consultation on maximum sentences for particular driving...

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. Obviously, that is a horrendous case and a great deal needs to be done on our prisons policy. It is not for us to debate that here today, but there is much to be done to improve the current state of affairs in our prisons, and I sympathise with her constituents and their families. I want to talk about Sophie Taylor, a 22-year-old constituent of...

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: Yes I do, as a matter of fact, and I extend my sympathies to my hon. Friend and her constituents in relation to that tragic case. The case I will try to develop in my argument is that it is not enough just to get parity of sentence. We need to look at what sentences are being handed out and why, and whether justice is being served by the system, whatever ultimate maximum tariff the...

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: Justice should be served by the right sentence being given for the offence. There should also be an anticipation that offenders are likely to be caught and justice served upon them. My hon. Friend is absolutely right: if that is not clear, such offences will continue. I hope that the Minister can at least give us that figure. The public are entitled to know. When my constituent, Jackie...

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: I will give way briefly, but I want to give the Minister a chance to respond.

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: I do, and I think that there are similar concerns in relation to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. I do not advocate not having proper guidelines—we want consistency in sentencing—but it sometimes seems to victims that the sentence they are told the perpetrator is likely to get is a bit of a fiction, and that the tariff actually served is nothing like the maximum,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: When international students come to the UK, what fees are they charged, and does the Department make a profit? The charge in a case of indefinite leave to remain is £2,297, but the cost to the Home Office is just £252. What kind of a racket is being run at the Home Office?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: With the leave of the House, Madam Deputy Speaker. This has been a very interesting debate. It has, in a sense, been the First Reading of a Bill, which is an innovation on the Government’s part. Although the Bill is currently in the House of Lords, I suspect that there may be a degree of repetition when it eventually comes here for its Second Reading. However, I am sure that the...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: Perhaps we can draw an analogy with my right hon. Friend’s earlier remarks about the customs union and single market and say that the Government are seeking an adequacy agreement, but not in name on this occasion.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: I am listening with great interest to the hon. Gentleman’s speech. If he is saying that we should not participate in the adequacy arrangements, is he disagreeing with the Minister’s comments that we should have an arrangement akin to the adequacy requirements?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: First, let me apologise for my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Liam Byrne) who has recently joined our team and would normally be speaking on these matters. He is currently fulfilling a prior obligation to speak at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It is nice to have him on our team as we served together in the Cabinet Office in government, along with my hon....

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: As ever, the Minister is modest enough to accept when he makes a mistake and correct the record. There are few debates that are more important than those concerning trade, especially in the context of the decision of the UK to exit the European Union with all the impact that that could have on the UK economy. As the Minister quite rightly said, in the 21st century there is nothing much more...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: Well, at least the Minister did not claim that Jane Austen was our greatest living author—I will give him credit for that. I give the Minister and the Government credit for taking up our policy of having a transitional period with regard to Brexit to give themselves a little more time. The price of getting data protection wrong would obviously be enormous, because so many companies rely...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Digital Technology: Television (12 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the publication of the responses to the call for views by the Intellectual Property Office on IPTV set-top boxes.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Kevin Brennan: This has been an excellent debate, as everybody has said. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey), and the APPG and Lord Howarth for all the work they have done. The right hon. Member for Wantage set out the debate very well, talking about the way the arts can alter the morphology of the brain and make a real change. He called for a culture change in society with respect...


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