Results 1–20 of 2836 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrea Leadsom

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: The business for the week commencing 11 December will include: Monday 11 December—Second Reading of the Finance Bill. Tuesday 12 December—Continuation in Committee of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (day 6). Wednesday 13 December—Continuation in Committee of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (day 7). Thursday 14 December—Debate on a motion on equality of...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I was not aware that it was your wedding anniversary, Mr Speaker: congratulations. I join the hon. Lady in remembering Jo Cox and congratulating that community in France which has recognised her memory and the work she did to promote human rights and cohesive communities. She will never be forgotten, and all hon. Members would want to remember her. The hon. Lady raised the issue of...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: My hon. Friend raises a question that many people have concerns about—namely, the safety of our children until they reach an age at which they can make decisions for themselves. There has been a long-standing law that young people can marry at the age of 16, however, and I think it unlikely that that will be reviewed in the near future.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: We will always understand the hon. Gentleman’s desire to support his own local contender—that is absolutely acceptable—but we in the Westminster Parliament congratulate all the cities involved and wish them all luck. The hon. Gentleman asks about the claim that there has been a contempt of Parliament. I must utterly refute that. The Government have satisfied the motion,...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I am pleased that my hon. Friend always drives carefully and that he was using a hands-free device, but he raises an important point of concern for many of our constituents. In the past, the Information Commissioner’s Office had to prove that a company was causing substantial damage or distress by its conduct before action could be taken, but the Government have now changed the law to...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and record levels of funding, the hon. Gentleman will be aware that the NHS is more prepared for winter this year than ever before. We know that the NHS is facing increased pressure this winter, which is why it has robust plans in place that are supported by an extra £335 million announced in the Budget on top of the previously announced...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I am really sorry to hear of the problems in my hon. Friend’s constituency, and she is quite right to raise them. NHS England has a legal duty to commission primary care NHS dental services to meet local needs. Access has improved significantly in recent years, but more needs to be done. I encourage my hon. Friend to seek an Adjournment debate so that she can raise the specific problems...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: As ever, I am sympathetic to the hon. Gentleman’s request for more time for BackBench Business debates, and particularly for the important rescheduled debate on RBS Global Restructuring Group. He mentions the impact assessment on issues specific to the north-east, and I am sure he will be reassured that since 2010 unemployment is down 41% in the north-east and 44,000 more children are...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I completely agree that we want to build more houses for all people in this country, and particularly for young people. There are no Communities and Local Government questions until next year, so instead I suggest that my hon. Friend writes to me on that point. I will take it up with him.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: Again, the hon. Lady raises an important issue. I am sure she will be in touch with Foreign Office Ministers to reflect her views, and I am sure they will be very happy to respond to her question on what the official line will be when this man visits.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I thank my hon. Friend for raising this very important matter, which was of great concern to my constituents and, indeed, yours, Mr Speaker, during the first phase of HS2. I continue to challenge HS2 Ltd on a number of constituents’ house purchase matters that have been long outstanding. I urge my hon. Friend to seek an Adjournment debate or a Westminster Hall debate to get a further...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: All Members have particular constituency issues concerning off-patent drugs, which is an incredibly important area. I see that there are Health questions on 19 December, so the hon. Gentleman might want to raise it there. I am sure there would be a lot of demand from Members for a debate on the subject.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: My hon. Friend is raising an important point. The Boundary Commissions for England, Scotland and Wales published revised proposals for constituencies on 17 October, and the consultation does not end until 11 December. He is right to raise this issue in this place and to encourage more respondents to come forward before the closure.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I am so sorry to hear about that tragic case; and, as the hon. Lady says, there are too many of them—600 cases a year. It is right to raise these issues in this Chamber and I encourage her to seek an Adjournment debate on this.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I am delighted to join my hon. Friend in praising the excellent work carried out by the staff at the Royal British Legion’s Dunkirk Memorial House in her constituency. All six of the Legion’s care homes around the country make an enormous difference to the lives of ex-servicemen and women and their families, and I know that my colleagues in the Defence team recognise that.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I join the hon. Lady in congratulating her local police force on tackling this; it sounds like an enormous achievement. Again, I encourage her to seek an Adjournment debate to raise these specific points and to share best practice in catching this type of evasion.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: My hon. Friend is a strong champion for his constituency and he raises an important point. All banks must now comply with the access to banking standard, which requires consultation and careful thought before closures. He will also be aware that the Post Office now provides access to basic banking services for all retail banks. Nevertheless, he raises an important point and I encourage him to...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: The hon. Lady raises an important point. Many of us have constituency cases related to visa challenges. I know from speaking to the Home Office that often the problem is one of slow responses from overseas countries to inquiries. It is difficult to totally be in control of response times, but she might want to raise her important point at Home Office questions.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I congratulate my hon. Friend on that achievement in his constituency. It is great news for London and it is certainly great news for Rugby. The Government are fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our transport system. This is a great new step that will certainly provide relief for many people living in London.

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: The hon. Lady will no doubt have been delighted to hear my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mark Pawsey) mention the first London-certified electric taxi, which was built in his constituency. She raises an issue that matters enormously to all of us. The Government are determined to tackle the problem of air pollution, not only in London but right around the country. We are taking strong...


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