Results 1–20 of 3340 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Selous

Business of the House (11 Oct 2018)

Andrew Selous: May we have an urgent debate on how an insurance company, such as Hastings Direct, can get away with selling a £15,000 car that it neither owned nor insured? A great injustice has been done to one of my constituents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling and Walking (11 Oct 2018)

Andrew Selous: What recent steps his Department has taken to promote cycling and walking.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling and Walking (11 Oct 2018)

Andrew Selous: If we are going to get half of all children cycling to school, as happens in the Netherlands—that can be compared with the paltry 3% here in the UK—so that we can cut pollution, congestion and obesity, can we ensure that all new roads and housing estates have safe cycle infrastructure designed into them, as it is more expensive to retrofit later?

Modern-day Slavery (9 Oct 2018)

Andrew Selous: I welcome the fact that child advocates are coming to some areas of the country, but I find it curious that the Government seem to roll out a range of public services in only some areas of the country. We should evaluate the roll-out and, if it is worth doing, we should do it everywhere.

Modern-day Slavery (9 Oct 2018)

Andrew Selous: Centuries after Wilberforce abolished the slave trade, it is a disgrace that around the world today some 27 million people are in modern slavery. I have had three big instances of it in my constituency on Traveller sites. In the first, 24 people were released from slavery. Some of them had been there for a decade or more, and 19 of them were British citizens. It is horrendous. The NHS in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentences: Reoffending Reduction (9 Oct 2018)

Andrew Selous: Would not the effectiveness of all custodial sentences be increased if we reduced the number of prisoners who were released on a Friday night when no public services are available for them, often leaving them to fall into the hands of the local drug dealer and go straight back into a life of crime?

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.

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