Results 1–20 of 1643 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

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.

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

Helen Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend and neighbour on bringing this important debate before the House. As he knows, my constituency was devastated by floodwater in the Christmas floods of 2013, and even now some of those areas are not fully recovered. Does my hon. Friend agree that in addition to everything that the Government are doing in respect of flood defences, they should also earmark funding...

Housing in Kent — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (2 Nov 2016)

Helen Grant: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Housing in Kent — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (2 Nov 2016)

Helen Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing such an essential debate. A nonsensical 18,560 new homes are planned for the Maidstone area, notwithstanding the already serious and chronic traffic congestion around the town. Does he agree that local authorities must be much bolder and more robust in using the legitimate constraints provided for in the national planning policy framework to set more...

Broadcasting (18 Oct 2016)

Helen Grant: Much of today’s debate will doubtless focus on issues such as governance, compliance, regulation, independence, distinctiveness and financial stability, but I wish to use my time to raise again an issue that is far too often pushed to the margins: diversity and equal opportunities. Last week, I attended the launch of the BBC’s “Black and British” season. It was at a...

Broadcasting (18 Oct 2016)

Helen Grant: The hon. Lady makes a very good point. I would be extremely interested to look into that sort of idea. On the basis that transparency drives diversity, I also hope that Sharon White will require full publication of the BBC’s diversity data, with Ofcom providing commentary and the essential evaluation. Many people listening to this debate today have worked so, so hard for years to...

Broadcasting (18 Oct 2016)

Helen Grant: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point, but does he agree that off-screen and back-office representation is just as important?

Broadcasting (18 Oct 2016)

Helen Grant: Does the hon. Gentleman also agree that in the light of Ofcom’s new diversity obligations, the make-up of the UK population should be better reflected in terms of personnel and senior management?

Chibok Schoolgirls — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (8 Sep 2016)

Helen Grant: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. As the chair of the Select Committee on International Development, the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg), set out so eloquently, on an International Development Committee trip to Nigeria in March, we had the honour of meeting a small team of dedicated, passionate campaigners. On arrival at the hot and...

HGV Fly-parking: Kent — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (7 Sep 2016)

Helen Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. As a neighbouring MP—my hon. Friend and I share the town of Maidstone—I have received several complaints from my constituents about lorries parked on the hard shoulder, particularly on the M20 and the A2. I agree wholeheartedly that we need much stricter parking controls. I would also like to see many more overnight...

Educational Performance: Boys (6 Sep 2016)

Helen Grant: We also know that a disproportionately high number of black boys are excluded from school. Does my hon. Friend agree that there needs to be a much greater understanding of the barriers and hurdles that these boys have to face, both inside and outside school, such as racism and, as she said, the absence of fathers?

Online Abuse (7 Jul 2016)

Helen Grant: The hon. Lady is making a powerful point. Does she agree that all victims, including politicians, should be given all the help and support that they need and deserve to move on with their life and careers, and to bring the perpetrators to justice?


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