Ian Austin: I am sure I speak for all members of the Foreign Affairs Committee when I say how much we are looking forward to scrutinising the work of our new embassy in the Maldives. What assessment have the Government made of the human rights of Palestinians living under the brutal dictatorship of Hamas, which routinely imprisons people without trial, tortures them, executes people and is reported today...
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian National Authority signed in 2015 has been extended; and if she will place copies of all ministerial correspondence with the Palestinian Authority amending that agreement in the Library.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department last made an assessment of the Palestinian National Authority's adherence to the principle of non-violence set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and that authority; and if she will make a statement.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date her Department last made an assessment of the Palestinian National Authority's adherence to its human rights commitments set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and that Authority; and if she will make a statement.
Ian Austin: It is clearly absurd to put into this position the representative of what has become, under Putin, a criminal enterprise that has looted Russia, impoverished its people, and locks up and murders its opponents at home and abroad. What assurances can the Minister give us about what would happen to the sharing of information, access to databases and all the other arrangements that exist between...
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether provisions will be made for sleep-in shift payments in the upcoming green paper on social care.
Ian Austin: It is not just schools in Dudley that have been inadequately funded. The area overall will have lost over £100 million by next year. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s spending power has been cut by 20%, while Surrey, which the Chancellor represents, has actually had an increase. Why is he treating Dudley so unfairly?
Ian Austin: Which I am interested in.
Ian Austin: What assessment he has made of trends in the level of new homes provided for social rent since 2010.
Ian Austin: There are thousands of households languishing on Dudley’s waiting lists. I meet families every single week who are desperate for a home of their own. Funding for new affordable homes has fallen from over £4 billion in 2009-10 to less than £500 million last year, and the amount of social housing built for rent is actually falling to its lowest level since the war. In that context, what...
Ian Austin: Does the Secretary of State agree that the establishment of the new all-party group on the national holocaust memorial, which is chaired by the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) and me, is very much to be welcomed? Is it not fantastic that so many Members from both sides of the House came together, at a time when antisemitism is on the increase, to establish this group and that we...
Ian Austin: Is not it incredible that earlier we had a discussion about the terrible situation in Gaza in which the word “Hamas” was not mentioned once? Is not it the case that the only way in which that terrible situation will be alleviated and improved is through progress being made on a peace process, and that the only way that that is going to happen is when Hamas lays down its weapons, stops...
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the use of artificial intelligence on levels of employment; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how often (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held meetings with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in the Department of Work and Pensions on skills gaps and needs; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the use of artificial intelligence on skills and training; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase driver awareness of the dangers of overtaking (a) cyclists and (b) other vulnerable road users without leaving sufficient space.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the inclusion in driver education on road safety of up-to-date visual tools and materials, including virtual reality films, to ensure that people are made aware of their driving from the perspective of other road users.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of promoting virtual reality road safety awareness films as an educational tool for drivers.