Andrew Rosindell: What assurances can Ministers give to help taxi drivers who buy the new electric taxi before the vehicle excise duty change comes into force?
Andrew Rosindell: I advise Members that if everyone is to get a chance to speak, they need to restrict their speeches to three to four minutes.
Andrew Rosindell: Does the Minister, as an outer-London MP, agree that wherever resources are coming from—whether central Government or the Mayor of London—outer-London boroughs always get the raw end of the deal? We do not get the resources we need. Something has to be done to change the system so that boroughs such as Hillingdon, Sutton and Havering get a fairer share of the cake.
Andrew Rosindell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West) on raising this topic today. It is a vital issue that is in the interests of all London MPs, and the situation is of growing concern, particularly for Members of Parliament in the outer-London areas. In my constituency of Romford, local people are genuinely concerned about the lack of police resources for our local...
Andrew Rosindell: I would never accuse the hon. Gentleman of such activities. It was a hooligan, who was fortunately chased and caught by a member of my team. The police then arrested him, and he is now being prosecuted. I was a victim of crime, and one of my staff has also recently been a victim of crime. People entered her home at four in the morning, with bats, in a residential area of Hornchurch. They...
Andrew Rosindell: I agree with everything that my hon. Friend is saying and I agreed with a lot of what the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West) said, but one thing that has not been mentioned so far is that the Metropolitan police cover the whole of London. That does not just mean inner London; outer London boroughs also need proper resources. The reality is that far too much is being...
Andrew Rosindell: In September, I read an article in the New Statesman entitled “We Are Heading Towards a World Without Animals”. It was a shocking title for an article perhaps, but one that presents a truly horrific prospect for our world. Perhaps we need to be shocked—shocked into taking deadly seriously what must surely be one of the most profound issues our world faces today. This...
Andrew Rosindell: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and agree entirely with his comments. The author of the article does not pull his punches, stating that our planet is going through a significant change, that we are witnessing “right now” the process of widespread extinction and that humans “seem to have accepted the idea that the loss of wild animals is the sad but acceptable...
Andrew Rosindell: Does the hon. Member for High Peak wish to exercise a short right of reply at the end?
Andrew Rosindell: Order.
Andrew Rosindell: Order. There is a four-minute time limit. I call Liz Twist.
Andrew Rosindell: Order.
Andrew Rosindell: I advise Members that there is now a four-minute limit on speeches, until the Front-Bench speeches begin.
Andrew Rosindell: Is Ruth George present to move the motion? [Interruption.] I remind hon. Members that they should be here on time so that debates can begin in a timely fashion.
Andrew Rosindell: The very last thing my constituents would want is the revocation of article 50. The British people voted for Brexit, they expect the Prime Minister to deliver it, and they have every confidence that she will. Will she reassure the people of Gibraltar that no agreement will be made unless they are fully included in that agreement, and that Spain has no veto over their future?
Andrew Rosindell: I know that the First Secretary will be delighted to see that Parliament Square is now displaying the flag of every British overseas territory to welcome the King of Spain this week, including the flag of Gibraltar. Will he ask my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to remind the King of Spain that Gibraltar is British and that its sovereignty will remain paramount?
Andrew Rosindell: What steps he is taking to reduce rates of depression and suicide among former British military personnel.
Andrew Rosindell: I thank the Minister for his reply, but can he tell us more about the Veterans’ Gateway and how it will work alongside the young royals’ charity, the Heads Together campaign, to support veterans with mental health problems?
Andrew Rosindell: The Minister will be aware that motorbike and moped crime in London is on the increase. We need community officers who can deal with this problem directly, as it is an increasing issue. What are the Government doing about it? Can we please make our communities safer in this respect?
Andrew Rosindell: Does the hon. Gentleman also agree that there is another border between the European Union and the UK, and that is between Gibraltar and Spain? What is his view on that one?