Virendra Sharma: Order. Please confine your speech to International Men’s Day and not to violence against women and girls.
Virendra Sharma: Before we begin, I remind Members that they are expected to wear face coverings when they are not speaking in the debate, in line with current Government guidance and that of the House of Commons Commission. I also remind Members that they are asked by the House to have a covid lateral flow test twice a week if coming on to the parliamentary estate. This can be done either at the testing...
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when his departmental board last met; and when his Department plans to publish minutes of board meetings held since December 2016.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) role and (b) responsibilities the Medical Technologies Directorate will have in supporting the (i) uptake and (ii) use of innovative medical technologies.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) operational and (b) total cost is of the Medical Technologies Directorate.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of (a) members, (b) roles and (c) other responsibilities of the Medical Technologies Directorate.
Virendra Sharma: I am so glad to hear that the Minister has recognised the best practices in many local authorities, including mine in Ealing. With such best practice, the number of forced marriages and honour-based abuse will be reduced. I am glad to be the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on honour-based abuse, and we promote that best practice. Can I ask the Minister if he is looking to make...
Virendra Sharma: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is about not only passing this Bill, but raising awareness? On forced marriages and other institutions, we need to go to the education system and all other participating institutions to promote the law, so that the children in schools are fully aware of their rights. That is the way forward, as Members have said.
Virendra Sharma: Does my hon. Friend agree that forced marriages and honour-based abuse are interlinked with child marriage, which has become child abuse?
Virendra Sharma: I thank the hon. Member for giving way; she is always very generous with her time. She is making strong points this morning, and I congratulate her on her hard work to bring this Bill before us. My own mother married at 16. She was a kind and clever woman, but without formal education. Her gift to her daughters—my sisters—was to offer them access to education and not to marry them off...
Virendra Sharma: I just want to say that the hon. Lady is not the only one who has been married for so long. I have been married for longer than her, though only by a few months.
Virendra Sharma: Is it related or on something else?
Virendra Sharma: The Opposition spokesperson was asking for some clarifications from the Minister.
Virendra Sharma: Yes.
Virendra Sharma: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 68, in clause 68, page 38, line 41, at end insert— “or persons appointed under subsection (3A).” This amendment is linked to Amendment 67. Amendment 69, in clause 68, page 38, line 41, at end insert— “(4A) Before making an appointment to the Subsidy Advice Unit, the CMA must seek the consent of the...
Virendra Sharma: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 64, in clause 65, page 37, line 27, at end insert— “(7A) The CMA must arrange for a copy of a report prepared under this section to be laid before the Scottish Parliament, Senedd Cymru and the Northern Ireland Assembly.” This amendment would require the CMA to lay a copy of its reports before the devolved parliaments and assemblies.
Virendra Sharma: Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Members are expected to wear face coverings except when speaking, unless exempt, and to maintain distancing as far as possible. This is in line with current Government guidance and that of the House of Commons Commission. Please give each other and members of staff space when seated and when entering and leaving the room. Members should...
Virendra Sharma: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 61, in clause 65, page 37, line 12, leave out “fifth” and insert “third”. This amendment would require the CMA to conduct its first review under the section in the third year after commencement. Amendment 30, in clause 65, page 37, line 14, leave out “five years” and insert “one year”. This...
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of British nationals who (a) are in and (b) are wanting to leave Afghanistan as of 9 November 2021; and what estimate her Department has made of the number of British nationals who were in Afghanistan before August 2021.
Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of ash trees felled in the last period for which data is available.