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Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I am delighted to be a sponsor of the Bill and to support it. I congratulate the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) on introducing it. I pay tribute to the work of the British Red Cross and others who have done a great deal to assist in this matter. I was a member of the Conservative party when Ted Heath, rightly, admitted Asian refugees from Uganda. I am proud of...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: The hon. Gentleman is entirely right. Any delay in any kind of tribunal case causes pressure and hardship, and makes for less effective justice. The longer things drag on, the harder it is to ensure that evidence is good and genuine. It is particularly harsh in cases such as these. For all those reasons, I hope hon. Members will support the Bill. If they do not feel they can support it, or...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech, a great deal of which I agree with. I recognise that the Government have done a great deal in many areas. One of the policy changes in the Bill is really quite modest: it is to make it easier for those who have fled in fear, as he said, to get around the very difficult and onerous requirements to provide documentation in order to access legal...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: Will my honourable cousin give way?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: There is compelling evidence that diasporas enrich all parts of countries, and indeed Chambers. Probably every Member of this House has had the good fortune to go to a higher education institution, including some very distinguished ones, and every one of those, in every part of the UK, has at some point or other been enriched by academics who arrived in this country as refugees, whether...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I have a lot of sympathy with what has been said by the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry). I will put my case slightly differently and, perhaps, a little more succinctly. I take the view that this country made an error. It was a democratic error, but it was an error. And because we are democrats, we have to live with the...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: My right hon. Friend makes an entirely fair point. We should do that, because there is going to be an administrative cost that will ultimately be borne by consumers and taxpayers. The industry itself has done analysis of the costs in some areas of financial services. For example, the wholesale banking industry estimates that if there is regulatory fragmentation, it is likely that $30 billion...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point. An obvious example are goods that are sold with an insurance policy attached, which is a classic case of an area in which we are world beaters. Once we start to disentangle one part of the financial ecosystem, then we of course damage the whole lot, whether in trade with the EU or elsewhere.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: My right hon. Friend is making a very important point. As the Chancellor set out, those costs are many billions of pounds. One example is the proposed relocation of clearing houses, with an effective cost of some £25 billion a year. Does my right hon. Friend agree in addition that it is critical to have continuity for the legal instruments that underpin financial services, and that...

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman is back in the House after a brief gap. I hope he will take part in further debates. Given what he has said, does he agree on the importance of the point made in the Justice Committee report, that restorative justice must always be victim-led—the victim’s choice at all times—and that there must be proper professional support right the...

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I will do my best to be naturally short. [Laughter.] I congratulate the hon. Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) on securing this debate on an important subject. I will start where the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) began, which is how victims are treated once a crime has been committed....

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: That is absolutely right. That is a most important matter. The chair of the Parole Board himself, Professor Nick Hardwick, to whom I pay tribute for his openness with us, recognises that the current rules are not as he would wish them to be. They sometimes make it hard for the Parole Board to be as transparent as it would like to be, for the benefit of either the victim or the general public....

Fire Safety and Cladding — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (6 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I congratulate the hon. Member for Croydon North (Mr Reed) on securing this debate on an important issue that affects my constituents in Bromley. Let me say something about the tone of the debate. It appears that there have been failings in relation to regulation, perhaps partly because technology has moved on and awareness is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Work Experience (6 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: The Secretary of State’s speech this morning and his emphasis on more use of release on temporary licence is extremely welcome and constructive. Will he bear in mind, though, that the Through the Gate programme currently involves careers and employment advice being given only towards the very end of a prisoner’s sentence, whereas all the evidence suggests that that should happen...

National Planning Policy Framework (5 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s confirmation to our right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) that these reforms will not diminish the national policy protection for back gardens. Perhaps he will remind the Mayor of London that any amendments he proposes to the London plan are subject to that national policy.

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: May I congratulate the Prime Minister on the pragmatic tone of her statement and her speech, which fits the natural tenor of our party, as well as our country? May I also congratulate her on her recognition of the importance of civil judicial co-operation in this matter, but will she accept that, consistent with the findings of the Justice Committee in the last Parliament, the Lugano...

International Court of Justice: Foreign Affairs Committee (1 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his statement, and to the Select Committee for its work. Does he agree that this is particularly disappointing because the United Kingdom has historically had an immensely high reputation in international law and international tribunals, and has some of the most experienced and highly regarded international lawyers, of whom Sir Christopher Greenwood is...

Business of the House (1 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I can tell the hon. Gentleman that good lawyers are always available, even at short notice. So far, much of the debate about the European Commission’s draft withdrawal agreement has centred on its effect on Northern Ireland, but hidden away in one of the footnotes is, regrettably, a restatement that Spain would have a veto on the application of either a transitional or a final agreement...

Leveson Inquiry (1 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: I agree with the Minister about section 40 because I have seen the impact that that would have on local papers such as the New Shopper in my constituency. However, I do not agree with some of the personalised attacks upon him. May I bring the Minister back to the second part of the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) about the amended terms of Leveson?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (1 Mar 2018)

Bob Neill: This week of all weeks, rail passengers want up-to-date information about delays and cancellations, but Southeastern’s website has failed to provide any live-time updates in any single rush hour this week, today included. Will Ministers bear that in mind when the franchise comes up for renewal?

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