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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Services (10 Jul 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: Last year, as we have heard, the privatised probation services got a £342 million bail-out despite underperforming. There are press rumours that the contract will be changed again. Will the Minister give a commitment today that the privatised probation services will not get a penny more until the Government have held a review into the botched privatisation of probation services?

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: I begin by congratulating the campaigners, especially Gina Martin, who has shone a spotlight on this important issue, as has the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse). I welcome the Government’s decision finally to bring forward the legislation, but I must put on the record that the delays in getting to this point were totally unnecessary and have caused needless suffering. The...

Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton North East (Sir David Crausby) on securing this timely debate, coming as it does with the fiasco of the timetable chaos. I will not repeat what my colleagues have said. Hon. Members have dealt with the issues and challenges and with the main problems with the transport system in...

Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: That train then goes to Bolton station, in my constituency, and by that time there is no space for anyone to get on it.

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, in discussing this vital issue. On the surface, potholes and road maintenance may not sound like the most appealing or urgent of concerns. However, roads are a reflection of a country’s infrastructure and ability to provide essential services. Good roads are the lifeblood of our country. They connect communities, families,...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: I entirely agree, and I was going to come on to that point in my speech a bit further down the road. Today, our roads are unarguably in a state of disrepair that worsens by the day. A brief survey of the facts reveals that the challenges that we face will increase if the Government continue to ignore concerns.

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: I entirely agree, and I will touch on that point later. The Local Government Association recently stated that we are facing a “roads crisis”. That is demonstrated by the worst findings that the LGA has found since it began measuring potholes in 2006. The Royal Automobile Club Foundation for Motoring has found that pothole faults have worsened for the fourth consecutive quarter. An...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: Absolutely, and I will come on to that point later. The decline has been noted by drivers, with 51% of motorists saying that the conditions of local roads worsened between 2016 and 2017. Only 7% said that they had improved. An overwhelming majority—92%—attributed that to road surfaces and the numerous potholes on the roads. Most significantly, the situation is extremely dangerous...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. Of course, one of the problems is that local authorities’ budgets have been slashed consistently over the last eight years, to the point that local authorities are often left able to deal only with their legal obligations, and potholes and road repairs have to be put on the backburner. Such worries are particularly serious for cyclists, as my...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: That is absolutely correct; I cannot disagree with that. Damaged roads are also a serious concern for the elderly and for children. Some roads in my constituency of Bolton South East are particularly problematic. The potholes in Westland Avenue are so big that when it rains, the rainwater stays. That has caused damage to people’s homes. At least four families have had to be taken away...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: I will come on to the blaming of local councils, but first I will finish talking about roads in my constituency. Bridgewater Street has Maxton House, a supported home for the elderly and people with dementia, on it. Over a number of months, there have been six accidents alone on that particular road. Again, the work has not been done. A recent RAC survey found that the condition and...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: That is absolutely correct. In 2015-16, my local authority spent £6.5 million on repairing roads. It had to find that money. Continually to blame local authorities for the fact that they do not have the money is completely wrong. I do not know where the £23 billion for potholes came from, because I can assure hon. Members that none of that money has made its way to my council in...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: I am sure there are good ways of trying to repair roads, but they all require money. Even the cheaper option that the hon. Gentleman suggests requires money to be made available. The problem is that the money is not there. One of the purposes of today’s debate is to highlight to the Minister and the Government the importance of the issue. I do not know why people here seem to be in...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: So do many others, such as Burnley. Chronic underfunding has led to extremely worrying short-termism on the part of local councils. They have opted for the inexpensive, short-term solution, which of course fails to tackle the actual issue of repairing the whole road. We know that at some later point, there will be problems on that road. It does not have to be that way. I urge the Government...

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: There are many things that local authorities, working collectively, can do to try to mitigate the problems, and I am sure there are constructive ways of working, but—I am sorry that I sound like a broken tape recorder—how are they to do that? To be able to meet its legal obligations for social care, my local authority had to raise rates by 3% so it could meet the shortfall in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (5 Jun 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: The recent National Audit Office report on the courts programme says: “Expected costs have increased and planned benefits have decreased.” Given that the National Audit Office says the courts programme will now cost £1.2 billion—£200 million more than the Government previously stated—will it lead to even deeper cuts elsewhere in the Ministry of...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: May I ask the Leader of the House a very direct question that was posed by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan)? The convention of Parliament is that the money resolution has to be tabled once a private Member’s Bill has had its Second Reading. Second Reading of this Bill happened five months ago, so why has this not happened?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote (21 May 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: The Minister has come to the House a number of times on this issue, and he has accepted the fact that there have been real abuses of the Palestinian people in Gaza through the use of poisonous water, through illegal settlements and through all sorts of cruelty to the Palestinian people, yet the international community rewards Israel with billions of pounds-worth of aid and armaments. Is it...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote (21 May 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: Would it not be appropriate, instead of saying that we criticise Israel and condemn what it has done, if we actually took action over what Israel has been doing over the years?

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Yasmin Qureshi: The Minister talks about trying to use finances appropriately. My local council has had a 54% cut to the funding that it receives from central Government, which is why it has a shortfall in funding for social care. The Government have been able to find money to cut corporation tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax, as well as £1 billion for the Democratic Unionist party. Are they...


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