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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Train Operating Companies: Sanctions (21 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: People in East Dunbartonshire experience an appalling rail service, particularly on the Milngavie line, where only 28% of trains arrive on time. Does the Minister know of any other train line on which performance is quite so poor, or could the Milngavie line be the worst in Britain?

Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (Eligibility): Article 50 Extension (20 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: I hear what my right hon. Friend says about the Brexit situation bringing people together from different parties to work together. Does he accept that it has brought people together up and down the country? In this country we now have one of the largest pro-European movements in Europe, and we will see that on the streets of London this Saturday.

Cyclone Idai (20 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe who have been affected by this terrible disaster. It reminds us of the huge need to focus on the fight against climate change. I welcome what the Minister says about how important that is, but the DFID departmental plan used to list climate change as a stand-alone strategic priority, and the...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: My right hon. Friend’s position as a former deputy Chief Whip of the Government gives the points he is making even more weight. Does he accept that, of all parts of this House, the Select Committee system is so successful largely because people leave their party allegiances at the door and work together collectively? It is one of the most respected parts of our Parliament, so it is...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy: High-quality Jobs (19 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is more than a year since the Government committed to putting as much emphasis on the quality of jobs as on the quantity. In their response to the Taylor review last February, they said: “We will…report annually on the quality of work in the UK economy…and…hold ourselves to account”. How much longer do we have to wait for the first assessment of job quality in the UK?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Welfare Support (18 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: Despite the recent funding, the levels of work allowances have still not recovered from the cruel cuts made to them back in 2015. Does the Secretary of State recognise that although the principle of simplicity behind universal credit is a good one, if universal credit is to have credibility, it needs to be funded properly?

Commonwealth Day (11 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is good to celebrate Commonwealth Day today. We are connected by 70 years of partnership and co-operation, but we are also connected by common threats such as the emergency of climate change. I welcomed what the Minister said about the blue charter to protect our oceans and, indeed, what she said to the hon. Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins) about adaptation for the states that...

Syria (11 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: I very much welcome the Minister’s commitment of these new resources to help people in very desperate humanitarian states in Syria. It is clear from what he says about the interrogation of people who return, and indeed from the Syrian regime’s refusal to let humanitarian aid through, that there is no hope of safe return for refugees in the short term at least. May I ask the Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth Form Curriculum (11 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: The 15,000 young people who protested about climate change last month in the Youth Strike 4 Climate were passionate and committed. Instead of condemning them or branding their actions as truancy, as some would do, would it not be better for the Government to review the curriculum to ensure that greater importance is %attached to the urgency of attending to the ecological crisis that we face?

Leaving the Eu: Protection for Workers (6 Mar 2019)

Jo Swinson: The Business Secretary knows, as I do, that he has Conservative colleagues who would like to see workers’ rights diluted or swept away in the name of deregulation, and—who knows?—one of them could be Prime Minister before long. Will he therefore confirm that the mechanisms he has outlined could be repealed by a future Government passing primary legislation? Is it not true that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Soft Power (26 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: Over the past three years, this Government’s chaotic approach to Brexit has shredded our international credibility and diminished our soft power. Whether Brexit goes ahead or not, there is an important job to be done to repair our international standing in the world and build alliances, so will the Minister have a word with the Defence Secretary and ask him to cut out the foolish rhetoric,...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Developing Countries (13 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the effect on the economies of developing countries of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Developing Countries (13 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: As we learned today that only six of the promised 40 trade deals will actually be in place by the end of March, it seems that the International Trade Secretary is in competition with the Transport Secretary for who can do the worst job. What assurance can this Secretary of State give to the House that we will see full impact assessments on the social, environmental and human rights impacts of...

Leaving the EU (12 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: I was glad that the Prime Minister mentioned her support for the Liberal Democrat policy of shared parental leave, but does she remember her Conservative colleagues who fought tooth and nail against it? Does she remember the Beecroft report—an extensive Conservative assault on workers’ rights that was stopped by the Lib Dems? Outside the EU, there is nothing to stop a future Conservative...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Supermarket Supply Chains: Human Rights (12 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: We all want to be able to buy food in the supermarkets without trampling on the human rights of the people who produced it. Yet less than half of all agricultural companies are complying with their requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, so what changes will the Government make to ensure that companies properly report what they are doing to tackle problems with human rights in their...

Science and Technology Committee (7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and his Committee on the production of this excellent report. Does he agree that as new technology develops, and particularly as we hand more control over to algorithms, there is an urgent need to ensure that ethical considerations are fully thought through at the design stage? In addition to the specific regulation that he envisages, we also need a more...

Venezuela (7 Feb 2019)

Jo Swinson: I very much welcome the Minister’s and the UK Government’s recognition of Juan Guaidó as the interim President of Venezuela. I think that the response by the shadow Minister was frankly astonishing in almost seeking to absolve the Maduro regime of the responsibility that it should have for this crisis in the country that is causing misery to millions. Will the Minister tell the House a...


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