Results 1–20 of 919 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gloria De Piero

Domestic Abuse Victims and Family Courts — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms Ryan, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) for securing this debate. Since entering Parliament, she has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of women in her constituency and across the country, and she has pushed domestic violence up the Government’s agenda. I am in awe of her work. Even today,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Non-road Traffic Accident-related Personal Injury Claims (10 Jul 2018)

Gloria De Piero: In its report on the small claims limit increases, the Justice Committee noted the “compelling evidence of the obstacles that would be faced”, and concluded that the changes would “represent an unacceptable barrier to access to justice.” Will the Minister listen and think again before pursuing another attack on workers?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Gloria De Piero: This welcome Bill goes some way to addressing the issues surrounding mobile phones in prison, and as my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) said, evidence has shown time and again that mobile phones have been smuggled into prison for use by inmates, often to enable them to engage in further illegal activity. They are used illicitly to order drugs, harass victims, and organise...

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Gloria De Piero: The national lottery is not fit for purpose. How can it be right that, in the same year, Ashfield gets £900,000, while a city constituency a few miles down the road gets £64 million? May we have a debate in Government time on how to ensure that our former coalfield communities get their fair share from the lottery?

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Gloria De Piero: May I suggest an additional area of progress that is needed for disabled wheelchair users? The hon. Gentleman might know that many operators require them to give 24 hours’ notice if they want to travel on a train. That is unacceptable. Does he agree that the Secretary of State should work with the train operators to ensure a more can-do attitude, to assist those people who might need to...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Gloria De Piero: Does my hon. Friend agree that there has been a massive increase in the number of calls to 101 that now go unanswered? That just proves how stretched our police forces are.

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

Gloria De Piero: Thirty-five pounds a week to watch the basic TV channels from a hospital bed; 60p a minute for a relative to call a patient on a hospital phone; a minimum of £1.80 for the car park for a short visit: these charges are happening at my hospital and at hospitals across the land. They are a tax on sickness and a particular tax on long-term sickness. They have to stop.

Planning: Local Communities (23 May 2018)

Gloria De Piero: So many planning objections could be prevented if all councils consulted properly, and if the Government respected these plans. Basically, if planning decisions were made with residents and not done to them, that would solve a lot of the problems, would it not?

Housing and Access to Legal Aid — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mrs Main. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) on securing this important debate. I confess that I feel a heavy sense of déjà vu standing opposite the Minister once again: it is another week and yet another debate on the devastating impact of the Government’s cuts to legal aid. This...

Business of the House (10 May 2018)

Gloria De Piero: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Antisocial behaviour is a big issue in my constituency. The vandalism, nuisance neighbours and repeated aggressive behaviour are often described as low level but they can make life a living hell for the victims. May we have a debate on whether the existing tools are tough enough?

Access Rights to Grandparents (2 May 2018)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston) on securing the debate. We have heard touching stories today that demonstrate just how important the relationship between children and grandparents can be. Experiences of our own grandparents in our formative years, and of actually being a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 2018)

Gloria De Piero: Last Saturday night, an 83-year-old woman had a fall at home and was bleeding from a head wound. She waited for an ambulance for nearly three hours. Will the Prime Minister apologise to my constituent and promise the rest of the country that no one else’s elderly mum will suffer like that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Victims Law (24 Apr 2018)

Gloria De Piero: Mr Speaker, “Why should victims always have to be fighting their corner? That’s why we need a victims’ law.” They are not my words, but the words of the Government’s Victims’ Commissioner. Can we be clear: will she and all the other people who are calling for it get a victims law?

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: The Minister mentions the Bishop of Liverpool’s review. His report called on the Government to instate: “Publicly funded legal representation for bereaved families at inquests at which public bodies are legally represented.” It has been five months since that report was published, but we still have not had a response from the Government.

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Hollobone. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden) for securing this debate. He and other colleagues who have spoken today have stood with the families of the Birmingham 21 as they have campaigned tirelessly for justice for the loved ones they lost on that terrible night. As others have done, I pay...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: The right hon. Lady is right: this is an opportunity for a fresh start, and I agree that there have been many opportunities for such fresh starts. Now the families are fighting for the scope of the inquest to include those believed to have been responsible and their actions leading up to the bombing. They therefore raised £20,000 through crowdfunding for the judicial review into the...

Emergency Services and New Estates — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (27 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: I thank my hon. Friend for securing the important debate. I had a similar incident in my constituency in Kirkby on a new housing estate, where the ambulance took 30 minutes to arrive. Thankfully, that did not result in my constituent’s death, but we are talking about life and death situations. There must be a practical way of solving the problem.

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mrs Main, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) on securing this debate. We have heard the varying experiences of victims of crime discussed from many different angles, but if I had to single out one contribution, I would say that the remarkable speech by the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan) should...

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: Thank you, Mrs Main, I will do that. Another key pillar of the victims code is the right to review a decision by the police or Crown Prosecution Service, such as a decision not to prosecute. I asked the Government what proportion of qualifying victims go as far as requesting a review of a decision, and I was told it happens in less than 2% of cases. Either 98% of victims are happy with...

Pneumoconiosis: Support for Former Miners (13 Mar 2018)

Gloria De Piero: I agree with much of what the hon. Gentleman is saying. I just want to mention the compensation scheme. When people are deceased, if somebody other than the widow claims for compensation, it is incredibly onerous and expensive and there are many hurdles in the way. Does he agree that that process needs to be simplified and expensive hurdles scrapped?


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