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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?

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?

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...

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....

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?

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?

Cliff Erosion: Isle of Sheppey (13 Dec 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I beg to move, That this House has considered cliff erosion on the north coastline of the Isle of Sheppey. I am raising this issue because I am concerned about the impact that cliff erosion is having on the lives of some of my constituents living at the east end of the Isle of Sheppey, particularly people living in the Eastchurch and Warden cliffs area. I declare an interest, because I live...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I accept everything that the Minister has said, but does he recognise that a £300 penalty is not as much of a deterrent as the £26,000 penalty in France? That leaves British hauliers who have to operate overseas at a disadvantage.

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: While I welcome the trial, the Minister will recognise that clamping down on lorries on the A20 will just move them to the A2 and A249, which will probably exacerbate the problem in our area.

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I beg to move, That this House has considered regulation of HGV drivers sleeping in their vehicles. I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this issue, which is of great concern to hauliers and residents in my constituency. I will touch on three important and closely related aspects of this growing problem: first, how the regulations are enforced; secondly, the effect on my constituents of...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I am more than happy to agree with my hon. Friend. It is a national issue, but she is right that we have a particular problem down in Kent, because we are the gateway to the country, so suffer far worse than anyone else. With regard to the facilities, I will come on to that, so I hope she will bear with me. As I was saying, there are no washing facilities for drivers to use, and sites are...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I agree wholeheartedly with the hon. Gentleman. Part of what I am saying is for the benefit not only of hauliers but of drivers, who deserve and should be given decent working conditions, including decent accommodation when they have their 45-hour rest. On off-street parking, in November 2015, the then Chancellor announced a £250 million fund to provide a large lorry park alongside the...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I fully agree. My hon. Friend mentioned enforcement; there should be an increase in fines for those who break the law and the police should be given more resources to assist the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in issuing those fines. We should move quickly to provide the lorry parks needed in Kent and look seriously at local solutions, similar to the one on the A249 to which I referred....

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: Existing lorry parks are chargeable, and I think that any future lorry parks will be chargeable. However, there is no point having a charge for a lorry park if there is no lorry park in the first instance. We are saying in Kent that we need more lorry parks, and I am sure that it is the same in Aberdeenshire. The measures that I have outlined would have a number of long-term benefits,...


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