Results 1–20 of 3812 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

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: With the leave of the House, I will also make a short closing speech and welcome baby Gabriel. I shall try to be very boring and quiet and not make anyone laugh at all. I really do sincerely welcome the thoughtful debate that we have had. Again, I thank the Procedure Committee for its helpful response to the debate earlier this year, and I thank all those who have made contributions today. I...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I beg to move, That this House has considered proxy voting in the House of Commons. Today’s important debate has been eagerly anticipated by a number of Members across the House. It was, of course, scheduled for before the summer recess, but it was right that a statement on a matter of national security took precedence on that day. I am pleased, however, that we are able to hear the...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The business for the week commencing 8 October will include: Monday 8 October—The House will not be sitting. Tuesday 9 October—General debate on baby loss awareness week, followed by a general debate on children’s social care in England. The subjects for these debates were determined by the Backbench Business Committee. Wednesday 10 October—Second Reading of the...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I share the hon. Lady’s enthusiasm for the amazing work of the suffrage movement, and once the “Voice and Vote” exhibition ends, her party colleague the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) has the fantastic international women’s conference planned. The House has agreed that women from around the world will be able to sit in this...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I think that all hon. and right hon. Members will share my right hon. Friend’s desire to see beauty in the built environment, and I encourage him to continue with his campaign to ensure that the planning system properly allows for the kind of beautiful architecture that we all want to see.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am deeply disappointed that the hon. Gentleman seems to be in such a bad mood today. That is most unusual. He is talking down the country and talking down the Chequers plan; I am sure that the European Commission will be listening with interest to his negative approach. I am told that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland has not been asked to meet the hon. Gentleman for...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: My right hon. Friend raises an important issue. There are great hopes for the new Crossrail project. He will be aware that we will have Transport questions in the first week that we are back, and I think it would be appropriate for him to challenge Ministers on exactly what the plans are, to ensure that this fantastic new project opens as soon as possible.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Lady for raising this issue. A number of Members on both sides of the House have also raised it with me. It is utterly appalling that someone can attack a serving Member of Parliament through their children or their parents, or even through their partner or their best friend. It is absolutely unacceptable, and we have to join together in condemning...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: My hon. Friend has set out the fundamental dilemma clearly. The gig economy provides enormous opportunities and advances for those looking to get into work and who want flexible work. It has in part helped the extraordinary employment numbers, which show that there are over 3 million more people in work since 2010 than there were previously. On the other hand, it has great shortcomings, with...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising the important matter of early years and the cross-Government group that I chair. I encourage her to write to me, and I will see whether I can use some of her evidence in that group. At the same time, I encourage her to seek an Adjournment debate to raise the matter directly with Ministers.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am aware of the amendment that seeks to ensure that we can hold individuals to account better than before. I am not aware of the exact progress, but if my right hon. Friend writes to me, I will take the matter up with Ministers on his behalf.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: Teaching young children to swim and to be water aware is important, and I encourage the hon. Gentleman to seek a Backbench Business debate since it sounds as though several right hon. and hon. Members are concerned about the issue. He did not mention whether those deaths were as a result of accidents or drowning due to someone being unable to swim, but there is a need to teach children about...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The accountability of local healthcare to the local population is an important issue that is often mentioned at business questions, and I am concerned that my right hon. Friend feels that the views of local residents have been ignored. I think he has already had an Adjournment debate, but he may like to take the matter up directly with Ministers who can answer his questions.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. The availability of midwives and maternity units is absolutely key. The number of people graduating as midwives has risen 51% since 2010-11, and a recent report from the Royal College of Midwives shows that the proportion of younger midwives—those in their 20s and 30s—has jumped from 34% to 45%, so there are now around 3,500 extra...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: First, I understand that it is my hon. Friend’s birthday today, so I wish him a very happy birthday. For once, I have beaten you to it, Mr Speaker. He is, as ever, a strong voice for his constituency, and he is quite right to raise this matter—[Interruption.] I do not know how old he is. I understand that the Department for Transport has written to Vivergo to seek a meeting to...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: Well, I am from Northamptonshire, which is a very interesting and different place. The hon. Gentleman makes a fantastic suggestion, and if he wants to write to me, I can see whether I can progress it. I am sure that colleagues in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport would also be interested to hear his suggestion. Of course, we all celebrate the enormous contribution made by...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: My hon. Friend always stands up for the communities in his constituency whose relatives and ancestors have suffered terribly, and he is absolutely right to do that. I encourage him to seek an Adjournment debate to raise that specific issue and commemorate the event in the appropriate way.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: The right hon. Gentleman is correct to raise the amazing work done by coastguard volunteers. There will be Transport questions on Thursday 11 October, so he may want to raise the matter directly with Ministers then, but he makes a good point.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this incredibly important point. DCMS and the Department of Health and Social Care are looking at options to minimise the harmful effects of social media on children’s and young people’s mental health as part of the forthcoming online strategy White Paper. The Government remain committed to ensuring that pornography is not accessible to...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: I agree with the hon. Lady. It is vital that businesses treat their workers with decency and respect. She will be aware of the Matthew Taylor review, and the Government are looking at part-legislation and part-changing the rules on how workers are treated. The hon. Lady raises an important point. I recently met young women from the Young Women’s Trust who told me their stories about how...


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