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Results 1–20 of 3000 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

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: rose—

Speaker’s Statement: The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: Thank you very much indeed, Madam Deputy Speaker. Although I wish the House were completing the necessary Brexit legislation today, it is always a particular pleasure and, indeed, a responsibility to speak on the important subject of the NHS. I, too, start by thanking every member of NHS staff —including two members of my own family—for what they do. The pressures on them are unrelenting,...

Speaker’s Statement: The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: It is even worse, then. Some trusts are paying up to 16% of their income on PFI payments. We really must learn from that and do much better.

Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: Does the hon. Lady agree that one easy early win would be to do something quickly about engine idling? All of us could turn off our engines when stuck in traffic and at traffic lights. It costs nothing, and we could do it now.

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: “This cannot be right.” Those were the words of Dr Jackie Sebire, the assistant chief constable of Bedfordshire police, after her officers had spent four to five days trying to find a 16-year-old boy who had gone missing from his unregulated accommodation in Bedfordshire. Her officers had spent an enormous amount of time and effort to return the child to a provision that was inadequate,...

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and I will go on to call for exactly what he has just highlighted to the House. Many of these homes also have adults up to the age of 25 in them, and we know that drug taking is prevalent in many of them. We know that a young man on bail for knifepoint robbery was placed in a home with 16-year-old girls. We know that two girls were placed alongside a...

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: More data is always good. I will come on to suggestions about what local authorities need to do. In 2018, the top six locations for episodes of missing persons accounted for one quarter of the overall number of missing episodes in Bedfordshire. Of those 1,049 episodes, 779—three-quarters of the total—came from these unregulated settings. The Centre for the Study of Missing Persons at the...

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend is absolutely right; like him, I am a huge admirer of Dr Krish Kandiah, and I will say a little bit about that charity and what it can do later in my remarks. In three of the unregulated homes that I visited in September with the police, only three out of the 17 children there came from Bedfordshire. All the other children were from other local authorities. They had all gone...

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: I completely agree; that is another reason for more regulatory oversight, which I will call for. Perhaps this issue needs to come up in planning policy as well. Central Bedfordshire sends very few of its own children out of the area. As a Bedfordshire Member of Parliament, I am simply not prepared to accept this wholly unacceptable diversion of police resources caused by other local...

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Why should the duty of care fall only on the police and not on the sending local authority or on the home itself? She makes a pertinent point. It is also completely unacceptable how little information is shared between sending and receiving local authorities, and between sending and receiving police forces. All local authorities have a statutory duty to...

Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds (15 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: I look forward to working with Members of good will on both sides of the House to get this right. This is not a party political issue, and we just have to get it right for children, for police forces and, frankly, for the taxpayer. Sending police forces do not notify Bedfordshire police of the criminal records of the children concerned. One young arsonist was sent to my constituency without...

Amazon Deforestation — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (7 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend is making an extremely well-informed and powerful speech. Could he tell us a little more about what enthusiasm there is in the Brazilian Government for adopting a scheme similar to GROW Colombia in Brazil? Would that be part of the answer, to make Brazil see this issue as global as well as Brazilian?

Amazon Deforestation — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (7 Oct 2019)

Andrew Selous: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to mention Brazil, but I understand that it is responsible for about half the deforestation of the Amazon, and that countries such as Bolivia and Peru are also significantly involved. For accuracy, could he include those countries and all others that are involved in this important issue in his remarks?

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) (9 Sep 2019)

Andrew Selous: In normal circumstances, parliamentary democracy serves our country well, but in the past two and a bit years, I have been ashamed of the behaviour of this Parliament—a Parliament in which, as academic analysis by the Library points out, 409 out of the 650 constituencies had leave majorities. That was on an 80% turnout—far higher than any turnout we are elected on at a general election....

Building Safety (5 Sep 2019)

Andrew Selous: Does the Secretary of State agree that building regulations can allow us a triple opportunity to build zero-energy bill homes—the homes of the future—quickly and affordably, reduce poverty and reduce greenhouse gases?

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Andrew Selous: Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has a capital bid approved by the Department of Health and Social Care. Will the Prime Minister ask the Chancellor to look favourably on it?

Speaker’S Statement: Business of the House (25 Jul 2019)

Andrew Selous: May I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend on his new appointment? He is already looking like an old pro in the position. May we have an urgent debate on serious deficiencies in the enforcement of minimum wage legislation? A carer in my constituency is owed £63,000 in unpaid minimum wage, despite the Care Act 2014 requiring Luton Borough Council to have an effective monitoring process of the...

Local Housing Allowance and Homelessness — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (24 Jul 2019)

Andrew Selous: Can I take the Minister back to the point about mortgage lenders and difficulties in lending to people on benefits? Will his officials have a look at what has happened in France recently? My understanding is that, certainly in previous years, the French Government set up a system for people on benefits and low incomes to get on the housing ladder in association with a number of French banks....

Local Housing Allowance and Homelessness — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (24 Jul 2019)

Andrew Selous: The right hon. Gentleman is making a very powerful and moving speech. Of the 90 people who died, is he aware how many had drug issues at the same time? I absolutely accept that decent housing helps people to get over drug problems, but does he know the proportion that were involved with drugs?

Local Housing Allowance and Homelessness — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (24 Jul 2019)

Andrew Selous: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey, in this really important debate. The hon. Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma) is absolutely right: this is a very key issue. Unless we get housing right, it will not be possible to deal with so many of the other issues that concern us, in the context of eradicating poverty, improving life chances, improving education and...


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