Results 101–120 of 1281 for speaker:Chris Evans

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Chris Evans: I know this is a strange thing to say, but most people who reoffend were released on a Friday when there is no access to services such as housing, social security or whatever. What is the experience in Scotland? Has anyone considered the days on which prisoners are released?

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Chris Evans: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on securing this important debate. With our prisons stretched to breaking point, it is important to have a mature and considered debate about penal reform in the country. From statements made by the Prisons Minister, the hon. Member for Penrith...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Feb 2019)

Chris Evans: I am sure that the Prime Minister welcomes the news that Instagram has pledged to crack down on images of suicide and self-harm. However, there are growing online communities that glamorise, encourage and normalise eating disorders, preying on vulnerable people who are going through extremely personal and private battles. Will she agree to meet me and other organisations and charities to...

Missing Persons Guardianship — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Feb 2019)

Chris Evans: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. It is rare to be in a debate in Parliament where we feel that the whole House is coming together on an issue that affects nearly everyone. A quarter of a million people will go missing each year. Many of them will be found, but the families left behind are in no man’s land. I will start with a bit of history. Like the hon....

Missing Persons Guardianship — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Feb 2019)

Chris Evans: As we know, the hon. Member for Salisbury (John Glen), who first promoted the Presumption of Death Act 2013 as a private Member’s Bill, is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. I wonder whether the Minister discussed this emotive issue with him in the hope that we can bring the financial services to the table.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officer Safety (5 Feb 2019)

Chris Evans: I recently met someone who trained to be a prison officer and left the job after six months. He told me that the three months of training left him ill-equipped to deal with the violence and intimidation, and to deal with prisoners with mental health problems. The Secretary of State will know that this is not an isolated case—it is widespread. What is he doing to improve training for prison...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: I find myself in the happy position of agreeing with everything the Minister has said. His critique of what is going on with short sentences is spot on. I know there are hon. Members on the Opposition side who would be interested to meet with him and talk about a way forward, and I hope we can get those meetings in place. I only regret that the debate was only half an hour; I think we could...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effectiveness of short prison sentences. It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on boxing and a steward of the British Boxing Board of Control. I have called this debate because I...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: The hon. Gentleman makes a pertinent point, which I will elaborate on later. There are numerous examples of people in the system with substance abuse issues, who cannot get into substance abuse rehabilitation or overcome their problem, who then find themselves outside, and get back into the system. I will develop this argument more as I go on and I will be happy to take another intervention,...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: In the case of non-violent crimes, especially those committed by women, there is a real argument to make about that. I cannot quote the figures off the top of my head, but I understand that large number of women who are locked up have been victims of domestic violence. The courts need to accept that and think about it when they are sentencing women in the future. As I said, 95% of the prison...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: The hon. Gentleman hits the nail on the head. This is all about building confidence in community rehabilitation sentencing. Somebody said to me earlier in the week that if somebody’s house gets burgled, they want to feel that people have been punished. However, community sentencing is seen as the soft option. As this debate goes on over the next few months, we have to be talking about...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: I absolutely agree. From the contributions that we have had so far, the tone of the debate makes me think that we are going to produce something that will inspire confidence. I welcome all the interventions we have had so far; it has been good. The hon. Gentleman is right. Coming from a small country like Wales, I find amazing that we have the highest prison population in western Europe. I...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: When it comes to boxing there is evidence. I could cite a huge number of champions, from both sides of the Atlantic—some famous examples—who found themselves in trouble and used boxing to turn themselves around, because of the discipline that the sport taught them. The Government need to take those ideas on board, and provide support for boxing clubs, which tend to be at the bottom of the...

Short Prison Sentences (29 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: Yes. The trend in the past 20 years has been that prevention is better than cure. The NHS is getting success in encouraging people suffering from obesity to go on to fitness and diet programmes. There is some success from that approach, and it could be transferred to the Prison Service. If people with energy have time on their hands, sport can fill it. In research published last year by the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit: Finance (25 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the public purse his Department has allocated to the National Crime Agency's Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit.

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Violence (25 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of recent reductions in police numbers on police forces' responses to domestic violence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Severn Bridges Tolls (23 Jan 2019)

Chris Evans: May I begin by associating myself with the comments that the Secretary of State made about Steffan Lewis? As his local MP, I always admired and respected him, and his passion for Wales will be greatly missed within the Assembly. It is a loss to Welsh political life. The closing of the tolls at the M4 bridge creates massive opportunities. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Domestic Violence (27 Dec 2018)

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect homeless women that have suffered domestic violence.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Accidents: Fees and Charges (21 Dec 2018)

Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the amount recovered from third party insurers for NHS treatment under the NHS Injury Recovery Scheme in the last two financial years.


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