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Petition - Provision of Adequate, Ring-Fenced Funding for Mental Health Services: UK Flight Ban: Sharm El Sheikh (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: My parliamentary aide had the holiday of a lifetime in Sharm El Sheikh; after all, it was her honeymoon. I join the hon. Gentleman in highlighting the great bonus of the flights to home-grown tourist operators. If it is safe to do so, we should request their restart. We should encourage the Egyptian Government to continue their great protections for the human rights of Christians and those of...

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Lady on bringing this forward. I am chair of the all-party parliamentary group for healthy homes and buildings, and therefore this is a very important issue for me. We are doing an inquiry at the moment looking at noise, acoustics, heating, windows and finish so that we have homes that are habitable for this day and age. Does she agree that being environmentally...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: Will the minister give way?

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I thank the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) for presenting the case so well. I will refer to many of the things he mentioned, but purely from a constituency point of view. The issues to do with ESA, DLA and PIP appeals that Members have referred to come into my office every day of the week. On my staff I have a lady,...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, which will be mirrored by me and everyone else in this Chamber. Indeed, I do not see how anyone could have a different opinion. We see the reality in our offices every day. The vicious cycle continues. Although it might look good on paper for the decision makers to meet their quotas, it does not look good to the doctor who has to care for the...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I absolutely agree with that. The evidence is very clear from the overturning of cases at tribunals. There are people who have complex medical conditions, who are obviously unwell, and there are even wards of court where the court has decided a person is unable to look after their financial affairs, and yet the ESA writes to the person and all of a sudden we have myriad problems. Delays in...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: It is nice to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie, for the first time, I think. I thank the hon. Lady for securing the debate. In her speech so far, she has not mentioned the parental right of women prisoners to have their children visit them. It is important to have that in place, as well as a dedicated strategy for dealing with children’s access to their mothers in prison. I am...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support allies in the Middle East to counter destabilising activities of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Palestinians: Overseas Aid (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what mechanisms her Department uses to ensure that UK aid does not fund radicalisation in the Palestinian Territories.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: African Swine Fever (13 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the spread of African swine fever; and if he will make a statement

Petition - Oundle Library: Mental Health Provision: Children and Young People (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Lady on bringing such an important issue to the House at this time of the day. Taking into account reports that mental health problems affect about one in 10 children and young people and that 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early stage, does she agree that it is time not...

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: Sir Edward, it is always a pleasure to speak in Westminster Hall and I thank the hon. Member for North West Norfolk (Sir Henry Bellingham) for bringing this issue here for consideration. A firm train of thought seems to be emerging today—that good cause lotteries can do a lot of good work. None the less, the topic is a very emotive one and at the outset I will say that I firmly believe...

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and that would be the thrust of my argument, as well; indeed, it is possible that many of us in this Chamber share his opinion. But how can we support such causes throughout the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? In my opinion, today the debate should focus on how we can better regulate these society lotteries to...

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: There is certainly an argument for that, and I think we are all committed to ensuring that the vast majority of the money that people give goes to the good causes that we wish to see receiving the money. If we can achieve that, I believe we will be on our way.

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: My hon. Friend makes a very important point in this debate today and the Minister will obviously take note of it—

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: So we look to the Minister, as we always do, for a comprehensive response to the debate. It is always good to see her in her place and we deeply appreciate her interest in this matter. Businesses should not reap the benefit of charitable rates and tax exemptions if the charitable project itself is not reaping the benefit of people’s charitable endeavours. For that reason, I am...

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: There we are. We just have to spend extra money. I thank my hon. Friend for his helpful comment. Many would wish to contribute to the Health lottery and similar charitable causes through the lottery societies if they were given the opportunity. I put on the record that we are keen to be a part of that process. Perhaps we could do it in the same way as everybody else, using the methods that...

Domestic Violence Refuges: Funding — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) on bringing the issue forward. Her passion about the subject is obvious, and I thank her. The issue is one that we are all too familiar with in my constituency office, and I expect that is true for all those taking part in the debate. A woman, often with young children, comes in asking for help with housing, yet the marks...

Domestic Violence Refuges: Funding — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: I thank my hon. Friend and colleague, and will come on to some of the Northern Ireland figures, which are important. On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales. Domestic abuse-related crime is now 10% of total crime, and I point out to the Minister the impact and the anomaly in financing. The figure is an increase of 2% since the previous...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Dec 2017)

Jim Shannon: Northern Ireland has people with very good basic digital skills, but a quarter of business owners in England lack confidence in their basic digital skills. What is the Department doing to provide help for smaller businesses to fill this skills gap on the UK mainland?


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