Results 1–20 of 489 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Yvonne Fovargue

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Points of Order (13 Sep 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Individuals wishing to renew passports earlier than their expiry date are being informed by the Passport Office that Government rules since 10 September state that the expiry date of the replacement passport will be based on the time of the renewal, not the original passport’s expiry date. We know that many countries demand six months’ validity to...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does my hon. Friend agree that the microchipping law was a missed opportunity? People who have their dogs microchipped are still not the legal owner, but simply the keeper of the pet. Maybe it is time for another debate on how we can improve the microchipping laws.

Logbook Loans — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Does the Minister agree with me and Citizens Advice, who fear that the message being sent by not putting the Bill forward will increase and mainstream logbook lending?

Logbook Loans — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Could the Minister explicitly say what powers the FCA has to protect innocent consumers who buy cars in good faith, who cannot check anywhere whether they are subject to a logbook loan, and yet who can still have them repossessed?

Logbook Loans — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I beg to move, That this House has considered protection from logbook loans. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I really did not expect to have to bring forward this debate, and it is with regret that I do so. Until about four weeks ago, a Bill to reform logbook loans was expected in this parliamentary session. It was included in the Queen’s Speech, the Law...

Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill (5 Jun 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I am pleased to say that this Bill has been addressed in a climate of co-operation, as has been said. The Bill irons out an anomaly in the business rate system highlighted by the Tunnel Tech case, as we heard from the hon. Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan), and it is the right thing to do. It removes unnecessary doubt, although, as the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) has...

Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill (5 Jun 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I do agree with my hon. Friend on that. Indeed, this is not the first time the VOA has caused confusion. To see that, we have only to look at the combined premises Bill that had to be brought before the House to separate out the issue of whether premises were conjoined because of how close they were. That was discovered to be wrong from the VOA, too. I am pleased that the Government have...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: My constituents have been suffering outdated Pacer trains, overcrowding and cancellations for years, and the recent timetabling chaos and the removal of the transpennine service just exacerbated that. A promise of a better service by 2020 is just not good enough. My constituents need to get to work now, and no compensation will make up for the written warnings and even the job loss that one...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Will my hon. Friend send his support to the staff from Wigan hospitals who are today striking in protest at the creation of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Solutions? Does he agree that that is just privatisation by the backdoor?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (22 May 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: The Government have decided not to proceed with the legislation that they committed to bring forward to protect consumers from the rip-off practice of logbook loans, despite the Bill being prepared and ready to go through the accelerated procedure. Will the Minister explain why he is prepared to allow innocent buyers to continue to be exploited through this outdated, misused legislation?

Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (17 May 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I am grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) and for Blaydon (Liz Twist) and the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman), and I bow to their superior experience as councillors. I was a councillor for six years. It is a hard job, and I respect everyone who stands up to represent their...

Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (17 May 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend: it is a challenge, but it is one that we must look at. I am pleased that the Government are responding and will produce good practice. I shall single out two or three of the recommendations. I feel that a statutory scrutiny officer for all councils is fully justified. Yes, councils can make their own choices, but such an appointment at a senior level...

Gaming Machines (17 May 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: Credit cards amount to 10% to 20% of online deposits, effectively funding gambling by borrowing, which we all know can lead to unsustainable debt and further mental health problems. Will the Minister consider banning credit card betting?

Office for Product Safety and Standards — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter) who has done so much work on this issue. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on securing this debate. Like everyone, I welcome the establishment of the Office for Product Safety and Standards, but it needs...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (30 Apr 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: A recent survey, the first of its kind, into the working conditions of wellbeing and social workers, commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers, makes for sorry reading. Working conditions are described as extremely poor, and it is noted that nine out of 10 social workers work an average of almost 10 extra hours a week and that more than half are looking to leave the...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Debt respite scheme: advice to the Secretary of State (24 Apr 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I rise to speak to my amendment 30, which would improve the timeframe for the breathing space, ensuring its introduction by the end of 2019. That would provide greater certainty, because the current timeframe centres on the establishment of the SFGB, which is potentially moveable. I have proposed a realistic target, allowing sufficient time for the necessary preparation work. I am assured of...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Unsolicited direct marketing: other consumer financial products etc (24 Apr 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I, too, want to support my hon. Friends the Members for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) and for Harrow West (Gareth Thomas). I hope that the FCA will look speedily at the total cap on the rent-to-own sector, with its inflated prices for goods and roll-up charges. I am pleased that the Bill aims to ensure that members of the public can access good-quality, free-to-client impartial financial...

Integrated Communities (14 Mar 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his oral statement and for bringing to the House the Government’s long-awaited integration strategy. From the start, I want to echo his comments on the “punish a Muslim” letters. The individuals who sent those have no place in society. We must do much more in the House to speak for the power of diversity and the power of...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care Funding (12 Mar 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: The Minister referred to the local government finance settlement, but this year’s settlement still means a cut of £177 million for adult social care compared with last year. Given that the National Audit Office’s report states that more and more councils are only just managing to balance their books by using their reserves to cover overspends on social care services, how does...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Yvonne Fovargue: I support the Bill, but does the Secretary of State not agree that, while it may tackle the so-called loyalty penalty for certain customers, more needs to be done to tackle the loyalty penalty in other markets, which, according to Citizens Advice, costs the most vulnerable and possibly the oldest customers about £900 a year?


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