Results 1–20 of 314 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dawn Butler

EU Referendum: Energy and Environment (12 Jul 2016)

Dawn Butler: On the subject of insecurity in investment, National Grid has said that fuel prices are about to rise as a result of the Brexit result. My “Prepay Rip Off” campaign showed that consumers were being overcharged to the tune of 1.7 billion a year. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is important that the Government outline what they are going to do to ensure that consumers are...

Teachers Strike (5 Jul 2016)

Dawn Butler: I received a message today from Nicola, a teacher—I am sure her class is not full of twins—who said that she is trying to work out how to fit next year’s class of 34 into a room with furniture for just 28 children, while also making leaving cards for four members of staff. What does the Minister have to say to Nicola?

Courts and Tribunals Fees (4 Jul 2016)

Dawn Butler: Does my right hon. Friend concur with trade union reports, which have found that women and black and Asian people have been particularly affected by not being able to afford the fees?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunal Fees (14 Jun 2016)

Dawn Butler: What recent progress he has made on the review of the effect of the introduction of employment tribunal fees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunal Fees (14 Jun 2016)

Dawn Butler: So we still await the official report from the Government, but it is obvious that tribunal fees have affected the number of cases being brought, especially by women. In 2013 there were 18,398; in 2015 there were just 6,423. Will the Minister elaborate on those figures? Will he also elaborate on the multiple cases brought by men? Were those men from the private sector or the public sector?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2016)

Dawn Butler: The former Justice Secretary was warned that cuts in legal aid to domestic violence victims were “grossly unfair” and “harsh”. That is why the Court of Appeal shot them down. In response, the Government decided to do a survey, which had a very limited timeframe for being filled in. Do the Government think that that was a reasonable way to show that they take the...

BBC White Paper (8 Jun 2016)

Dawn Butler: On the subject of independent producers, after the last debate we had on the BBC I thank the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy for helping to secure the recordings of “The Real McCoy”. I hope to have a special screening in Parliament with a Q&A with some of the original cast in the not too distant future, and I hope that both the Minister and the Secretary of State...

BBC White Paper (8 Jun 2016)

Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend talks about the Secretary of State micromanaging the BBC. Is she as disappointed as I am that, although there is a lot of micromanagement, there is not much micromanagement to make sure that there is more diversity at the BBC in respect of its programmes, producers and so on?

“Educational Excellence Everywhere”: Academies (9 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: I feel rather embarrassed for the Minister as the Government tried to sneak through this U-turn during one of the most racist campaigns that we have ever seen in the capital. Toby Young admitted that he had been arrogant and regretted criticising teachers, state schools and local education authorities. Will the Minister acknowledge that the teachers, the Labour party, the students and the...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: We have just heard about the land held by TfL, and Labour Members are seeking guarantees that houses built on TfL land will be properly affordable for people living in London. There is only one person who has guaranteed that that will be the case: my right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan). If the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) wants to ensure that affordable...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: I will not give way now as I want to get into my stride. My hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck) and I were in the Members’ Tea Room not long ago exchanging really sad stories about our constituents. It was heartbreaking for us to share those housing stories. More than anyone else on the Opposition Benches, we need to ensure that the Bill is right for our constituents...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: I am a London MP. It might be difficult for Members who are not London MPs to understand how difficult and how unaffordable it is to live in London, but that is why London MPs make the points they do. It may be of interest that Londoners will be voting on Thursday in what is almost a referendum on the housing crisis in London.

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: The Minister was talking about amendment 47. The important principle of the Khan amendment is that if a council sells social housing, it should replace it in the same area. On starter homes, it would be really great if the Minister could confirm that starter homes in my Brent constituency will be no more than 190,000, because that would change the whole tone of this debate.

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: Will the Minister please clarify what “higher-value properties” means? How much?

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: One of the Lords amendments refers to the principle behind the Khan amendment, which is that when a unit of social housing is sold, another must be built in the local area in which the sale took place. Does the Minister agree with that?

Trade Union Bill: Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme (27 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I am grateful to the Minister for allowing me to speak. He says that it might be pointless to have a review and all the other various stages, and I agree with him. A review of the technology is pointless, because it already exists. It has already been mentioned that the Conservative party has used the technology and, as a previous programmer, I can tell the Minister that it already exists and...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: After being at the Council of Europe last week and hearing representations in relation to the claims made by Save the Children that 26,000 children have gone missing, and hearing other countries talk about what they are doing in regard to those children, I can say that we are not doing as much as we should be doing. To say that we will not pass this amendment will be embarrassing for us as a...

Homelessness: Edmonton (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for raising very important issues with regard to homelessness and accommodation for families and individuals. As she says, councils must do more to ensure that accommodation is not overcrowded.

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) and the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant) on securing this important debate. I wish to talk about two things: optics and solutions. The optics of what we do are very important, both in this place and in the BBC. There is the saying, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Sometimes,...

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