Results 1–20 of 1647 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Helen Grant

Social Mobility Commission (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Grant: Can the Minister confirm when the Government are likely to publish their social mobility strategy, and are there likely to be any changes in the light of what Alan Milburn has said in recent days and of his resignation?

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Helen Grant: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this important debate. I have to say that her former colleague would be very proud of her and of my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Seema Kennedy). This point has been made before, but I wish to make it again. Charities in my constituency and in all our constituencies do so, so much work. They are often unsung heroes. I wonder if the hon....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Helen Grant: My right hon. Friend is making a powerful case, as always, for equality. Does she agree that co-operation on issues such as female genital mutilation, human trafficking and other gender-based crimes should also be included in the exit agreement?

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Helen Grant: Does the hon. Lady agree that banning third-party puppy sales might help to reduce impulse purchases, especially around Christmas?

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Helen Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing such an important debate. I hear what he says about the various actions that can and should be taken, but does he agree that there is an onus on owners, too, to ensure that puppies come from a legitimate source?

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Helen Grant: Does my hon. Friend agree that although in various countries there is a wide range of laws to protect victims of abuse and discrimination, many are deterred from using the law to protect themselves because of, for instance, high legal costs, a heavy burden of proof or worry about the implications for their job prospects?

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (26 Oct 2017)

Helen Grant: I declare an interest as a trustee of the Human Trafficking Foundation. First, I pay tribute to a group of mainly former parliamentarians and a former judge who remains a Member of the other place: Anthony Steen MBE, Baroness Butler-Sloss, the right hon. Clare Short, the right hon. Sir John Randall and the right hon. Fiona Mactaggart—not forgetting, of course, the hon. Member for...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent (25 Oct 2017)

Helen Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. I am extremely disappointed about the amount of time it is taking to action a solution to Operation Stack. Every time it is implemented, Maidstone—the county town of Kent—which is in my constituency, grinds to a halt, causing havoc. Matters could be improved if Highways England worked more effectively and closer...

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Helen Grant: I will be very quick. Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me that learning the language creates respect for difference, which is one of the fundamental factors in dealing not only with some of the causes, but with the root causes of racism?

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Helen Grant: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this important debate. The average cost of a funeral in my constituency of Maidstone and The Weald is £4,900, including local authority costs, which is about 5% above the national average that the hon. Lady mentioned earlier. Does she agree that if local authorities can be persuaded to harmonise their funeral costs, they should also consider the...

Local Authority Funeral Charges — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Helen Grant: I accept that the hon. Lady may well say more about this, but I wanted to mention that losing a child can be traumatic and can often lead to extreme financial hardship for the family, especially given the staggering costs to which she refers. I hope she agrees that the Chancellor should consider, in the coming Budget, setting up a child funeral fund to assist with those very high expenses in...

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Helen Grant: I thank all hon. Members present for supporting the debate, and for their valuable contributions. Many of the negative points that have been raised are shared, but I am pleased that we have also heard about some unique vulnerabilities, whether historical or geographical, including the case of the Gurkhas and the Nepalese community in my constituency. I want to clarify for the Minister that I...

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Helen Grant: I beg to move, That this House has considered A Better Defence Estate strategy. In November last year, it was announced that 91 military bases across the country would close. That represents a 30% reduction in the Ministry of Defence estate. The announcement was part of the “A Better Defence Estate” strategy, and closure dates for bases ranged from 2017 to 2032. One of the...

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Helen Grant: My hon. Friend and neighbouring MP—we also share the same first name, which makes for a bit of confusion—makes a very good point. As I will go on to say, the Gurkhas and the Nepalese community are cherished and respected. There is wide opposition to the closure, so much so that a petition against it that I have been running for just a few weeks already has 2,500 names. That...

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Helen Grant: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point and if he makes a speech today, we will hopefully hear more about that. There are a number of important contributions to be made by Members on both sides of the House and it is important that they are all heard. I also want the Minister to have plenty of time to speak and to address the issues that will no doubt be raised.

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Helen Grant: As always, my right hon. Friend makes a very good point. I agree with everything he has said. There are some wonderful, beautiful, old, historic, listed buildings. I have one—the old officers’ mess—as part of Invicta Park barracks. I agree that there has to be a plan and that the buildings must be looked after and treated with great sensitivity and care. In closing, I ask...

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Helen Grant: I want to come in on the positive aspects of Flood Re. Having grown up in Carlisle, I would also like to say that it was horrific and heartbreaking to see so much of the city knee deep or worse in water. I hope that most people have fully recovered. More positively, Flood Re has made a real difference to many in my constituency, who have seen reduced premiums, reduced excesses and insurance...

Homophobia in Sport (30 Nov 2016)

Helen Grant: I thank my hon. Friend for securing such an important debate. Does he agree that this type of behaviour is abhorrent and inexcusable? Whether in the locker room or the playground, it should not be explained away as “banter” or simply “having a joke”, or that the person on the receiving end is overly sensitive. Such behaviour often amounts to hate crime or harassment,...

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (30 Nov 2016)

Helen Grant: As the shadow Minister knows, there has been a terrible increase in hate crime since the referendum, 85% of which is race-related. Does she agree that that disgraceful behaviour not only threatens our identity and values but causes many overseas workers to reconsider whether to choose this country for work?

Petition - Waste Transfer Station in Scunthorpe: Flooding: River Medway (22 Nov 2016)

Helen Grant: The Minister is talking about funding. I wonder whether she thinks, as I do, that the Chancellor’s autumn statement tomorrow may be the perfect opportunity for the Government to turn their very wise and warm words about innovative flood measures into reality at last.


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