Results 1–20 of 754 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bridget Phillipson

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The recent Public Accounts Committee report on cyber-security emphasised the considerable skills gap that the Government and wider society face in tackling the issue. Is it still the case that there is no minimum standard of competence for civil servants entrusted with a cyber-security role? What steps are the Government taking to increase the number of suitably qualified experts?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: EU Referendum Campaign (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission has published two reports that include its assessment of the rules on campaign funding for the EU referendum. The commission has also completed investigations of issues with a small number of campaigner spending returns, none of which related to impermissible donations. It is continuing to consider issues with some campaigners’ spending returns, in line with its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: EU Referendum Campaign (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission is aware of media reports that allege that there could have been Russian involvement in the EU referendum. These cover a wide range of alleged activities that are beyond the commission’s remit. Any allegation with evidence that a registered campaigner accepted impermissible donations from Russia would be investigated in line with the commission’s enforcement policy,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: EU Referendum Campaign (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He will know that the 381 electoral registers are maintained by different electoral registration offices across the country, and it is not currently possible to interrogate them collectively in order to identify duplicate entries or voting in more than one area. The commission will be happy to work with the Government to consider potential solutions to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Election Expenses and Political Donations (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The Electoral Commission continues to regulate the rules on UK political finance in a way that is fair and proportionate, focusing on helping parties to comply with the law. Since 2013 the commission has been calling for changes to improve enforcement and sanctioning of the political finance rules. It has recommended increasing the maximum penalty it can impose and extending its enforcement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Election Expenses and Political Donations (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The hon. Gentleman is right to make it clear that the Electoral Commission is of the view that the maximum fine of £20,000 could well be seen as the cost of doing business. The commission has called for an increase in the maximum penalty it can impose on political parties and other campaigners. It is of the view that the penalties should be more proportionate to the income and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Emergency Proxy Voting (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission has recommended changes to the qualifying circumstances for appointing an emergency proxy since 2011. It recommends extending the qualifying circumstances to include those who have unforeseen caring responsibilities or who have experienced the death of a close relative. In its September 2016 response to the commission’s statutory report on the 2015 general election, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Emergency Proxy Voting (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I am sorry to hear about the circumstances that the hon. Gentleman described, and the way in which they affected his constituent. I can assure him that the Electoral Commission is still of the view that there is a gap in the emergency proxy provision, and remains concerned about the need to enhance the accessibility of the process by extending the qualifying circumstances. I am sure that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Emergency Proxy Voting (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission is collecting information from returning officers about their experience of the 8 June general election. I am sure that it would also welcome the views of my hon. Friend, should he wish to share them with representatives of the commission, either in writing or through a meeting, which I am sure they would be happy to attend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Emergency Proxy Voting (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that different arrangements relating to identity are in place in Northern Ireland. However, any concerns about possible criminal activity would be a matter for the police force, and I suggest that he encourages anyone with evidence of criminal activity to report it to the police.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Voter Registration and Boundary Commission Review (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The Electoral Commission this week published a report on electoral registration at the June 2017 UK general election. It highlights that online electoral registration resulted in a record electorate of an estimated 46.8 million people. The commission’s report argues that further modernisation is required to reduce the impact of large numbers of duplicate registration applications, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Voter Registration and Boundary Commission Review (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The current review of parliamentary constituencies is a matter for the boundary commissions, but the Electoral Commission has previously recommended that Parliament and the Boundary Commission consider whether it would be more appropriate to base reviews on electoral data taken from the registers used for elections, rather than from the register published on 1 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Voter Registration and Boundary Commission Review (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I am sure that the Electoral Commission will take heed of the hon. Gentleman’s suggestion. It takes seriously any suggestion that an individual might have voted twice, but so far there is little evidence of widespread abuse in the recent general election. As he says, it is possible in certain circumstances for people—including students and MPs—to be lawfully registered to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Voter Registration and Boundary Commission Review (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I am more than happy to take up my hon. Friend’s suggestion. He is a doughty campaigner on this issue, and I am sure that he will continue that work now that he is back with us in this place.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Voter Registration and Boundary Commission Review (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: It will be for the Committee and its new members, when it is constituted, to consider the best way of examining the issues. We all want to ensure that registers are as complete as possible, that people are not missed out and that there is no reduction in the number of people registered to vote, so that the boundary commissions can consider parliamentary constituency boundaries based on the...

Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Regulations (Compliance) (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: Prior to the general election, the commission produced detailed guidance for political parties to help them comply with their statutory reporting requirements. The commission also engaged with a number of parties to discuss our arrangements for compliance. Its advice service for parties was available and well used throughout the campaign. The commission will publish parties’ spending...

Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Regulations (Compliance) (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that. He will know that political parties that spend over £250,000 at the general election have six months to send audited spending returns to the commission, and they will need to include details of all party spending on campaigning at the election. It is a potential offence under the Representation of the People Acts for there to be paid canvassing...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I join the right hon. Lady in paying tribute to our brave servicemen and women. I welcome her announcement about UK humanitarian aid, but what specific funding will be offered to women and girls who have been subject to the most unimaginable sexual violence of Daesh? We must do more to support them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO: Estonia and Poland (10 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: One of the biggest threats facing all NATO member states is the growing sophistication and volume of cyber-attacks. What collective action are the Secretary of State and his colleagues taking to counter that threat?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (4 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of GPs.


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