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Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Recommendations by GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties (24 Feb 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the work she has done to support the Bill. Does she agree that it is important that we get the multi-agency and co-ordinated approach to tackling violence against women and girls that the Istanbul convention demands? Will she work with MPs across the House to check that this integrated approach and the support services are available throughout the country, as...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Recommendations by GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties (24 Feb 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I congratulate the hon. Lady on making such progress with this important and very necessary Bill. Does she agree that it is important that people have faith in parliamentarians to carry out their monitoring role once the convention is implemented and that the actions of the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) do not help?

Commonwealth: Trade — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry) on securing this important debate. I am sure it will be the first of many debates as we seek to develop business with the Commonwealth. I come to the debate wearing two hats. First, I am a vice-chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and through...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Suicide (9 Feb 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners took their own lives by using an upended unsecured bedframe as a ligature point in each of the last five years in (a) HMP Northumberland, (b) private prisons, (c) public sector prisons; if she will take steps to ensure that all bedframes in prisons are securely fixed; and if she will make a statement.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I agreed with the right hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt) when he said that this was a debate he hoped would never happen, and a vote he hoped would never happen. I am a strong remainer, and I campaigned hard for us to stay in the EU. I still think our future would be better within it, but I recognise the result of the British people who voted for Brexit. I also...

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt), and I thank him for the interest he showed in the Durham prisons while he was prisons Minister. However, I profoundly disagree with his view that the privatisation of prisons is the answer to the problems that they are facing. Like my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), I have three prisons in my...

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: As the Secretary of State will know, many women in prison have severe mental health problems, having been subject to much abuse in their lives. Why is there so little about women in the White Paper? What is she doing to implement the recommendations of the Corston report?

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case. Durham used to have the best probation service in the country, which did an amazing job of trying to rehabilitate prisoners, but it has, alas, fallen by the wayside because of the Government reforms. Does he agree that it would be nice to see Government Members taking some responsibility for what has happened to our prison and probation system? It is...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Houses: Closures (13 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to implement adequate permanent planning protections to help pubs to remain open; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Houses (12 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will remove permitted development rights of pubs to reduce pub closures.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Houses (12 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to publish the response to the consultation on restricted covenants for pubs carried out in 2011.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Community Assets (12 Jan 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many successful registrations of assets of community value have been listed in each of the last five years; and how many of those successful registrations were pubs.

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Howarth. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (William Wragg) on securing the debate. Members in all parts of the Chamber have spoken passionately for their areas, and we have clearly been discussing a huge local issue. The Opposition do not have a particular problem with the concept of a spatial framework. Setting out a...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will the Conservative candidate have good ideas about planning? That remains to be seen. I suggest to the Minister—

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am afraid I cannot give way, because I am in my last minute. I am terribly sorry. It is important for the Minister to talk to the combined authority about how it can put together a spatial framework that better reflects what local people want and so that a system is in place to enable all aspects of the planning system to connect. We can then get the homes, jobs and infrastructure that we...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Permitted development: use clauses and demolition of drinking establishments (13 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The point I was making was that people should have access to viability assessments no matter where they live.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Permitted development: use clauses and demolition of drinking establishments (13 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: We are not against a change of use for a pub; we are against the fact that that change goes through permitted development, taking away local people’s right to have a say over what happens to the pub. The new clause is designed to remove those changes from permitted development and put them back into the planning system, which is exactly where they should be.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Permitted development: use clauses and demolition of drinking establishments (13 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I will give way very briefly to the hon. Gentleman; he spoke for a long time earlier.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Permitted development: use clauses and demolition of drinking establishments (13 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: When we are considering the future of a pub, it is really important that the local community has a say in that. In the totality of the scheme, it is rarely the case that the cost of a planning application will make the whole scheme viable or unviable in the long term. I want to speak briefly to new clause 10, which is designed to press the Minister when it comes to ensuring that planning...


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