Tim Farron: I will try to be brief, Mr Deputy Speaker, because the most important thing today is that this Bill proceeds. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil), and to all hon. Members who, unusually, are here on a Friday. This is my fourth debate on a Friday in 13 years, because this Bill matters. It is a chance and a test. It is a test of our support for the...
Tim Farron: I am sorry, but I will not give way because we need to get on. This is not a question of age, but of family. It is difficult to imagine anything more agonising for a parent than to know that they can keep some of their children safe but not all of them. It is ludicrous that that should be in the immigration rules and I welcome the commitment in the Bill to change them. Common sense is missing...
Tim Farron: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is right. It is not a simple process when it involves DNA testing and legal wrangling over birth certificates. Many Members will have seen in their constituency surgeries just how complex it can become. Leaving some of the most vulnerable people in our society to navigate the system on their own is deeply unfair. There is one last reason to commend this Bill: doing...
Tim Farron: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money his Department has spent on bottled water in each year since 2010.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people aged over 21 are encouraged and supported to access higher education.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have applied to work in a job on the restricted occupation list after waiting over 12 months for their asylum application to be processed; and how many of these applications were granted, in each year since 2010.
Tim Farron: Small businesses in Cumbria, particularly those involved in farming and tourism, were integral to the Lake district’s gaining world heritage site status last summer, a designation that could lead to a massive increase in the number of visitors to what is already Britain’s second-biggest visitor destination. Will the Government back those small businesses with the infrastructure...
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of births that take place (a) in obstetric maternity units, (b) in midwife-led units that are (i) freestanding and (ii) alongside an obstetric unit, (c) at home, and (d) in any other setting.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been built on flood plains since January 2017.
Tim Farron: Water engineers and others providing emergency support to customers around the country deserve our thanks and praise today, but there is no excuse for water companies that make huge profits being unable to provide the resilience that would have protected businesses and residents. While I am grateful for the Minister’s announcement of an Ofwat review, we do not need that to tell us that...
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that non-commercial rooftop solar cells and storage installed on public buildings are not charged business rates.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to encourage investment in domestic reprocessing of recyclable material.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the merits of implementing the EU Circular Economy Package proposals in the UK.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to stimulate demand for recycled material.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the needs of children with disabilities in Syria on the Government’s commitment to the Grand Bargain scheme for additional investment for (a) local NGOs and (b) other partners, in advance of this year's Global Disability Summit.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department is for deportation flights from RAF Northolt for failed asylum seekers in each month in 2017.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military dogs have been (a) destroyed because they are considered dangerous for public safety and (b) re-homed in each year since 2012.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond to Question 117720, tabled by the right hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale on 5 December 2017.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to Question 123846, tabled by the right hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale on 19 January 2018.
Tim Farron: Thousands of unaccompanied children at risk of trafficking and exploitation still sit in camps in Europe and further afield. Many of them have family members in the UK, so will the Minister amend the immigration regulations so that these desperate children can join their relatives here in the UK to be granted safety and sanctuary?