Results 1–20 of 1491 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Halfon

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Halfon: Last year, I was in Harlow town centre at a street stall, as I usually am on Saturdays, to speak to constituents. Completely unexpectedly, a man who I know to be from the left came at me screaming, “Go back to Israel.” It happened so quickly that I was unable to take a photo. However, I know that anti-Semitic acts like this, unthinkable a few years ago, are becoming increasingly...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Halfon: My hon. Friend puts it exactly right and sums up, in essence, much of what will be debated today. I have been amazed to see guards outside synagogues. The shadow Minister mentioned schools. I remember being at a synagogue where the rabbi said to the Jewish people inside, “Please do not congregate outside when we finish the service because you might get abuse or something even...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Robert Halfon: I sincerely thank my right hon. Friend for making sure Britain stands up against these chemical weapons attacks. Did she see the investigation in The Times on Saturday, which shows that a number of senior academics across universities, including Sheffield and Edinburgh, are disseminating extremist Assad propaganda? The Times describes it as “an insult to the victims of a depraved regime...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Apr 2018)

Robert Halfon: For a number of years, businesses, shopkeepers and residents in The Stow, in Harlow, have been blighted by antisocial behaviour. We saw the tragic murder of a Polish man in 2016, and only last Saturday youths were spraying CS gas, forcing shops to shut. I welcome the extra police in Essex, but will my right hon. Friend have urgent talks with the police and crime commissioner in Harlow and do...

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: I am hugely grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate, and I again congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan) on her work in this area. I particularly want to pay tribute to the work of organisations that support autistic people, such as PACT for Autism in my constituency of Harlow. It started off as a small charity, but...

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: We have heard all sorts of stories about exclusions in schools, and I think there is a wild west of exclusions out there. This is why our Committee is looking into it and undertaking an inquiry, and we have heard what my hon. Friend has said.

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. I will mention this later, but when my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham opened the debate, she talked about the increased training that is taking place, and the Government are doing a fair bit to try to change this situation. As I have said, our Committee has heard that the number of exclusions is rising and that increasing...

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on leading this debate. As a distinguished former Cabinet Minister, she could be drinking piña coladas in her garden in Amersham, yet she dedicates her life to helping with autism. Is she aware that autistic children are four times more likely to be permanently excluded than other children?

Education Committee (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: When the Prime Minister made her first speech outside Downing Street, she spoke of the importance of “fighting against the burning injustice” in our society and pledged to lead a Government that would make Britain “a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us.” The role of the Social Mobility Commission, formerly led by Alan Milburn, was to...

Education Committee (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: The hon. Gentleman makes an incredibly important point. Our Committee is dedicated to looking at social injustice. It is a key aim of the Education Committee. Only yesterday, we had a discussion about early intervention and life chances—about intervening very early on to ensure that social injustice is not carried through later on in life. The answer, therefore, is, yes.

Education Committee (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: I do not have the answer off the top of my head, but I am happy to write to my hon. Friend.

Counter-Daesh Update (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: I thank my right hon. Friend for her statement. Given the incredible role that the Kurds in the autonomous Kurdish region played in trying to defeat Daesh, will she do more, on behalf of the Government, to recognise the genocide of the Kurdish people, to recognise their demands for independence and to stop the bullying by the Iraqi Government of the Kurds in the autonomous region?

Counter-Daesh Update (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: Friend.

Business of the House (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: Following the welcome announcement yesterday that NHS money will become available in north Essex, may we have an urgent statement from the Health Secretary to outline when capital funding will be made available for west Essex and Harlow? The Health Secretary has visited Harlow’s hospital a number of times, and he is aware that the Princess Alexandra Hospital is not fit for purpose, and...

Infected Blood Inquiry (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) and thank the Minister for her statement. Will she confirm that the judge will engage properly with the victims and representative groups? Will she set out what lessons have been learned, so that nothing like this ever happens again?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (29 Mar 2018)

Robert Halfon: What is being done to ensure fair access to apprenticeships and work in all sectors for marginalised groups in society?


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