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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Refusal and Deportation (16 Jul 2018)

Gordon Henderson: What his Department’s target is for the length of time between a person’s immigration application being refused and their being deported from the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Refusal and Deportation (16 Jul 2018)

Gordon Henderson: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend for that response, but can she reassure me that the Department is balancing the need to tackle illegal immigration with the need to protect those who have migrated to Britain legally?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Restraint Equipment (20 Jun 2018)

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the timetable is for rolling out (a) Pava pepper spray and (b) rigid police-style handcuffs across the prison estate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Service Parliamentary Scheme (5 Jun 2018)

Gordon Henderson: I, too, am delighted by the Minister’s announcement. Can he give us any indication of how long it is likely to take to get the scheme up and running?

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness (23 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: What steps she is taking to promote value for money in aid spending.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Appeals (15 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether letters of support from Members of Parliament (a) are considered for and (b) have an effect on decisions on a claimant's (i) mandatory reconsideration and (ii) tribunal appeal for (A) employment support allowance and (B) personal independence payment.

Prison Officers: Working Conditions (2 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: That is a particularly sore point with me. The CPS standpoint has always been that it is not in the public interest to prosecute a prisoner who is already in prison. It may not be, but it is certainly in the interest of the staff who have to suffer those assaults.

Prison Officers: Working Conditions (2 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the working conditions of prison officers. Before I begin, I should explain that I have three prisons in my constituency, and I have raised regularly in this House issues that concern people working in them. As I have done on many other occasions, I pay tribute to the fantastic men and women who work in Elmley, Standford Hill and Swaleside on the...

Prison Officers: Working Conditions (2 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: I welcome that intervention, and I will talk about that issue later in my speech. I met my local police chief inspector, who happens to be a very small woman, and she said that, without PAVA, she would not be able to do her job on the beat. Between November 2017 and February 2018, HMP Bedford recorded 23 assaults on staff, of which two were classified as serious; whereas, HMP Preston, which...

Prison Officers: Working Conditions (2 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: I certainly agree with that, but the problem is: what happens when the administrative jobs run out? What do we do with them then? I think there is another solution. Police officers and firefighters have dangerous and physical jobs, which is why they are allowed to retire early. Prison officers, too, have dangerous, physical jobs. I believe that the time has come to allow them the same rights...

Prison Officers: Working Conditions (2 May 2018)

Gordon Henderson: Yes and yes. That is just another example of the way in which those in the Prison Service—prison officers in particular but also other prison staff—are treated as second-class citizens of the public service. It is time for us to treat them in exactly the same way as police officers and firefighters. Equalising the retirement age, for example, would help to make the role of a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (30 Apr 2018)

Gordon Henderson: What steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken to build new homes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Mar 2018)

Gordon Henderson: Some London boroughs are renting houses in Kent, including in Sittingbourne and Sheppey, for use as temporary accommodation for homeless families. My local authorities are then expected to provide those families with the support they need. That is putting a strain on Kent’s schools, hospitals and social services, which receive no extra funding to provide that support. Does my right hon....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Dementia (20 Feb 2018)

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what age a person with dementia is eligible for benefit entitlement as a result of that condition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Gordon Henderson: We have heard a lot today about universal credit, and making it work properly will depend to a great extent on DWP staff. With that in mind, will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the staff in Sittingbourne and Sheerness jobcentres, who are showing immense dedication and enthusiasm to ensure that benefit claimants in my constituency are not adversely affected by the roll-out of UC?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (29 Jan 2018)

Gordon Henderson: What steps his Department is taking to improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2018)

Gordon Henderson: My constituency has one of the highest number of children with special educational needs in Kent. Would the Minister therefore join me in welcoming the news that the Aspire free school, which will cater for 168 young people with autism spectrum disorder, is due to be built next year in my constituency? Would he also join me in congratulating local people who campaigned for many years for such...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2018)

Gordon Henderson: What estimate has my hon. Friend made of the threat to Britain from Russia in the north Atlantic, and can he assure me that the Royal Navy’s submarine service has the resources needed to meet any such threat and provide a continuous at-sea deterrent?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (18 Dec 2017)

Gordon Henderson: Whether universal credit claimants will lose money if they receive a disability premium in addition to income-based benefits.


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