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Results 161–180 of 5539 for speaker:Andrew Selous

Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I know that the Minister cares deeply about these issues. The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee is right when she draws attention to the unfairness of the formula, which has been unfair since damping was brought in in 2004. Four hundred people turned up to a meeting with the police in my constituency just a couple of weeks ago. That should give my right hon. Friend an indication of the...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: The difficulty is that planning permission tends not to align with the red line of legal land ownership on a map. The difficulty for really good local authority officers, who want to have good enforcement, is that the law is not fit for purpose, however well-intentioned it may have been. I have really good officers who try endlessly to get this right, and it is really hard under current law.

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I am delighted to hear that the Minister is engaging with the Gypsy and Traveller community, but does he not accept that there might be adults in the community who quite like the current system because it gives them quite a lot of freedom, and that it is actually the children who are missing out? Children might not stick their hands up and say that they want to be in school full time, but we...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I will try to make this my last intervention. Is it not possible for a local authority to plan for enough houses for everyone in an area so that there is one general housing needs assessment that provides enough accommodation for everyone? Some 76% of Travellers live in houses built from bricks and mortar anyway. There is nothing in their culture that prevents that from happening while...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: indicated assent.

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: Given the extra time we have tonight, I am happy for other Members not only to intervene, but to make their own contributions after I have spoken, because the Minister will still have plenty of time to respond to all the concerns expressed around the House. I am extremely proud to represent an area that has successfully integrated different nationalities over the years, resulting in good...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: As always, the hon. Gentleman makes an important point. We should always deal with such issues with humanity, decency and respect, but we also need to see equality under the law. As I am sure he would agree, the two are not mutually exclusive, but he makes a welcome point. My main concern is with current planning policy, which allows many Traveller pitches in some areas when others have none...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend makes several good points, including on the Irish option, and I will touch on both that and the vehicles issue. I am grateful to him for telling it as it is in his constituency. Is the current Government policy working well for the Travellers themselves? Thanks to the Prime Minister’s race disparity audit, we now know that pupils from a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller or Irish...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I am pleased my hon. Friend mentions that, because it is a good example of how we are failing Travellers with this ridiculous system. I have come across water tanks containing green slime, heating systems that do not work and hot water systems coming up through the toilet. It is just unbelievable. I have seen raw sewage going into ditches from caravans in which children are living. We are not...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: The police do need more powers—Bedfordshire police have asked for them, and I will talk about that shortly. My hon. Friend makes a good point, but we can also do better with the overall policy, which would lead to better outcomes for Travellers and settled residents.

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend illustrates well the issues in his area. In mine, the travelling season goes on for a few months yet, but those issues are common to my area and, I am sure, those of many other Members. Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire police want one overall planning policy for everyone, with true equality for all under the law and everyone’s human rights being protected.

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: A Labour council, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, has done very well with a temporary stopping site, which I will mention shortly, but integration rather than separation and segregation is the way forward towards better outcomes for everyone, as I have said a number of times. The policy of segregation and separation has demonstrably failed. We need to build the homes that everyone in...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I particularly welcome the hon. Lady’s intervention because—I say this to my hon. Friend the Minister—there are many Members from all parties who realise that this is a serious problem and want a humane, decent and fair response to it.

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I am particularly grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point, because as I said earlier and will say again—it needs to be said many times in this debate—there are many decent, law-abiding Travellers who want to do the right thing and pay their way, who clean up, and who are respectful of the local community and, indeed, contribute hugely to it. The sadness is that that is not the...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point. I am afraid I have horror stories from some of my constituents who are regularly driven at by people coming out of some of the Traveller sites. Bedfordshire police do their very best to help with a limited and severely stretched budget, but they cannot always get there to assist people in some of these rural communities. As it is for many...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Asbestos: Drinking Water (10 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the latest advice is that he has received from Public Health England on the risks of ingesting asbestos from drinking water which has been pumped through asbestos pipes.

Children in Need: Adulthood (6 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman shares my concern about a gap on the part of Ofsted, which I think is discriminatory. I understand from Bedfordshire police that there is no Ofsted inspection of children’s homes for 16 and 17-year-olds. The schools of children in mainstream education are inspected by Ofsted. Does he agree that there is a gap, and that we need proper regulation in this...

Integrated Care — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (6 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: The hon. Lady used the term “village hospital”, as well as the term “community hospital”. “Village hospital” is a new one to me. Could she elaborate on what it means?

Integrated Care — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (6 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: It is a pleasure to contribute to this important short debate this afternoon. As has been said, for most of our constituents, this world of ICPs and various other acronyms is a bit of an enchanted forest or secret garden that they do not really understand—they just want their healthcare to go on being delivered properly and professionally—but it does of course matter. I completely agree...

Written Answers — Treasury: Personal Taxation (6 Sep 2018)

Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of raising the personal tax allowance from £11,850 to £12,500.

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