Results 1–20 of 6015 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Penning

Backbench Business: Deaf Children’s Services — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (13 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. As others will do throughout the afternoon, I congratulate my former colleague—now my colleague in this House— the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick). We agree on so many things, and we agree yet again on this issue. He based his brilliant speech on the summary that the National Deaf...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: Mr Speaker, you will be aware that I have managed to secure Adjournment debates on the lack of accountability within the NHS following local consultations, so I ask the Leader of the House for a debate in Government time to alleviate the anger and concern in my constituency when consultations take place about the future of our hospital provision, or the lack of it, and are then completely...

Criminal Justice System: Veterans — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: I commend the Minister on his very accurate speech. Self-declaration is a really serious issue. Care after Combat, which is in most prisons—frankly, the big charities were not in there doing the work the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) talked about—knows that the guys and girls who go to prison, for myriad reasons, will not self-declare, even though we know they have served,...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: It is an honour to speak in this Third Reading debate. I pay tribute to the new Secretary of State for Justice—my neighbour and my roommate for many years—who has been involved in this issue for many weeks. I also pay tribute to the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. and learned Friend the Member for South East Cambridgeshire (Lucy Frazer). We normally get a fair bit...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) and I congratulate her on the tireless work she has done. I also congratulate Gina Martin, who is a brilliant campaigner: I wish she was with me campaigning on issues in my constituency. I was not here on the Friday when the private Member’s Bill was objected to, but I was conscious of it when the hon. Member for...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: I completely agree with my right hon. Friend’s vitally important amendments. Looking at the evidence of what happened in Scotland, we see that the very low number of prosecutions—as low as three, I think—was partly because the intent of the upskirting could not be proved. Instead of the offence just being, “This is wrong, let’s prosecute”, the intent had to...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: As a former Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, I stress that just because the police were not willing to take the matter forward, it does not mean that an offence has not taken place. This will be driven forward by guidance to the police, particularly from the College of Policing, and by the evidence about what is happening in Nottinghamshire. The offence is there, whether or not we...

Widowed Parent’S Allowance (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Penning: I am no fan of the European courts and I am extremely pro-marriage, but we have to live in the modern world that we live in now, and when the Government consider how to respond to this Court ruling, will they look at something called fairness and natural justice? Many people who will have been able to go to work because their partner stayed at home with the children will have then lost their...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. I think that we all tried to get this debate, which is why we are all here. One of the reasons I said to Mr Speaker earlier that I was not happy was that I wanted us to get on to this debate. We have all heard stories in our constituencies, as I am sure you have, Madam Deputy Speaker. As a country of this wealth, we should be ashamed....

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: And lock the door.

Delegated Legislation: Exiting the European Union (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman that we need to get on to talk about cystic fibrosis, but we will have time and we shall do that. Last week, I raised with you the fact that the underground car park fire exits were shut, but they were still shown as being for use in the event of a fire. You kindly offered to have a stroll round with me to see...

Delegated Legislation: Exiting the European Union (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: It is quite serious—

Delegated Legislation: Exiting the European Union (17 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: I am not.

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: I must apologise to my colleague, the now Foreign Secretary, who was so generous with his time in seeing me. I hope that the new Health Secretary will not get so upset when I am banging on his door—perhaps as much as I was on the previous Health Secretary’s door.

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: Only slight?

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: I do not want to take up too much more of the Minister’s time, but I am afraid that, in parts of the country, certainly in mine, the requirement to consult is simply being ignored. I have given the House a classic example in which an urgent care centre was closed at night with no consultation at all. It took 18 months for a bogus consultation to take place on whether it should close at...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: This is a hugely emotive issue. Yes, the excuse was that the centre was closing at night on grounds of patient safety because it could not get a GP there, but it does not take 18 months to turn round and say, “Oh, by the way, the numbers weren’t there in the first place and that’s why we had to close the centre.” That was the excuse 18 months after it had been closed...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: That is in Essex.

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: My constituents will not know what STPs are. At the end of the day, the new site is in Essex, on the east Hertfordshire border, which is nowhere near my constituency. There is no tangible benefit when the debate is about a new hospital in west Hertfordshire.


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