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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: I have been a constituency MP for the last seven years, and since the roll-out of universal credit, I have seen more people come to my advice surgeries with problems about getting their universal credit, and that includes people who are working.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: Sale of Puppies (17 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: It is great that my hon. Friend has secured this Adjournment debate. I have received many letters on this issue, and I want to let the Minister know that it is a real matter of concern for many of our constituents. I thank my hon. Friend for raising it.

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Some years ago, I secured a Westminster Hall debate in which I said to the Government that although we had been told that there had been a transition to democracy in Burma, its military and junta were still carrying out rapes, murders, systematic discrimination and persecution against the Rohingya people. I said then that we should not have lifted sanctions and been supplying arms to Burma;...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: But there has been systematic abuse of the Rohingya people for years. The fact is that Governments around the world—not just ours—and also the UN have been approached about this issue, but nobody has taken any notice. More recently, things have gone to the extreme. More than half a million people are now in Bangladesh. The situation in Myanmar is such that those people will not be...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: I agree entirely, which was why I said at the start of my speech something that I think no one else has said today. I said, with respect, that our Government have not done enough. We saw what we could achieve when we invaded Iraq and when we intervened in Libya, and I am not even asking for military intervention. We could do more to stop the situation in Burma. Myanmar is not a rich country....

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Years ago, when I raised this matter in Westminster Hall, I said that the sanctions should be maintained, that military assistance should be stopped, and that the sale of weapons from across the world to Burma should be stopped. People need to get together and talk. I do not believe for one minute that if the richest countries in the world said to the Burmese generals, “Stop doing...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Bolton at Home supports 600 households, as well as providing 2,500 sheltered places. It says that the extra money it receives is used to provide support, assistance and advice to many elderly people who have a lot to deal with, such as mental health issues. In the long term, providing such housing saves loads of money as well. So, when money is being considered, Bolton at Home would like...

Violence in Rakhine State (5 Sep 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Violence in Rakhine State (5 Sep 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Thank you for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker. I am a little disappointed by the Minister’s response, as he started by suggesting that somehow the Rohingya Muslims and these people had caused this to occur. He must be aware that for a number of years there has been the systematic rape, murder, burning and beheading of people from the Rohingya community. If it is suggested that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Victims and Witnesses (5 Sep 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Prior to the introduction of the Prisons and Courts Bill in the previous Parliament, no research had been carried out into the effects of virtual justice reforms on witnesses—victims or defendants—or the extent of expected savings. Will the Minister guarantee that research into these key areas will be done and published in advance of the Bill being brought back to the House?

Grandparents' Rights: Access to Grandchildren (25 Apr 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I thank the hon. Member for Northampton South (David Mackintosh) for bringing such an important issue before Parliament. His speech set out the various considerations associated with this sensitive issue. Grandparents can enrich the lives of children and provide support to parents trying to balance work and home life. They can...

Grandparents' Rights: Access to Grandchildren (25 Apr 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: That is a helpful way to deal with these things. Arbitration or mediation has been found to work in many scenarios—whether for the divorce settlements of couples who are separating or for access to children, even if the person is in employment. We could explore that option, which is not expensive and is much more straightforward. As I said, I am sure that if legal professionals and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence: Legal Aid (25 Apr 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: The Ministry of Justice committed to reviewing the domestic violence evidence requirements for legal aid. That was a clear admission that the scheme was not working and was not fair. Since the passing of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, the family courts have become more adversarial. Should the Minister not admit that the withdrawal of legal aid for so many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Extremism in Prisons (25 Apr 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: These units will affect only a small section of the prison population, but the rising lack of safety in our prisons is itself a potential breeding ground for extremism. Has the Secretary of State considered the extent to which that environment of violence has contributed to extremism?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Extremism in Prisons (25 Apr 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: It is understood that the prisoners designated for these separation units will be able to appeal against that decision, and their places in the units will be reviewed every three months. Given the Court of Appeal’s recent decision that denying legal aid to many prisoners is unlawful, will these individuals have access to publicly funded legal advice?

Visible Religious Symbols: European Court Ruling (15 Mar 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: A person’s ability to do 99.9% of jobs, including that of security guard, is not affected by whether they wear a skull cap, headscarf, turban, cross, mangalsutra or tilaka. Can this ECJ judgment be rejected in domestic law to prevent confusion among employers about its having any bearing on this country? As G4S receives public funding and is discriminating against people, can its...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Sometimes we hear Government Members and the Prime Minister herself talk as though when Labour was in power, we did nothing for health, education, children, the homeless, older people and other vulnerable groups, but let me take the six Conservative Members who are sitting in the Chamber on a trip down memory lane. In 1997, when hospital waiting lists were more than three years, people were...

Child Abuse Offences (Sentencing) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (13 Mar 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon, and to respond to the debate. As my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) said, it gives no one pleasure to talk about this issue, but so many children have, regrettably, been sexually abused, and are being abused even now. I pay tribute to the family of April Jones for their strength and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Mar 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Everyone agrees that early years education is crucial for the welfare and future of our children. However, nurseries in my constituency tell me that the funding for 30 hours of free childcare is not sufficient, and many of them will be forced to close. What steps will the Prime Minister take to ensure that those nurseries do not close?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Reoffending Rates (7 Mar 2017)

Yasmin Qureshi: Reoffending now costs us £15 billion annually, as the Secretary of State just said. A recent report by Her Majesty’s inspectorate of probation noted that not enough is being done to help prisoners to prepare for life outside prison, due to a “combination of unmanageable caseloads, inexperienced officers, extremely poor oversight”. The service was rated as four-star...

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