Results 1–20 of 1047 for speaker:Gavin Shuker

Modern-day Slavery (9 Oct 2018)

Gavin Shuker: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate. I am extremely grateful to take part in it. I was present in the 2015 Parliament, and I can attest to the Modern Slavery Act being a great leap forward, but it was an Act with a hole at the centre. I understand why Ministers at that time made the judgment they did, but achieving the Government’s ambition will be impossible unless we...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: The Minister has referred to the research that is going ahead. Does she not agree that if a large number of women who are involved in prostitution are being exploited—however we define that—and a small minority appear to work relatively freely and not under those same conditions, that small minority should not be able to outweigh the huge number of people being exploited? Should...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: I beg to move, That this House has considered tackling demand for commercial sexual exploitation. I move the motion on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion). This cannot go on. Our laws against commercial sexual exploitation are failing. They are failing to deter traffickers, failing to prevent pimps—those who profit—and failing victims. Crucially, we...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This goes right to the heart of the question of consent. How is it possible, under our current law, for someone to fail to give consent the day before their 18th birthday, but then to be in a position in which consent is assumed the day after?

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As I will go on to say, and as other hon. Members will set out, one of the biggest single drivers of trafficking into this country and of child sexual exploitation is commercial sexual exploitation, which is why we need to take all measures to tackle it. Central to my argument, however, is the idea that by failing to tackle demand we perpetuate the...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: I could not agree more. I am extremely grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that point. There are all sorts of vulnerabilities that would cause someone who would not normally choose to go into the very violent and difficult world of prostitution to do that, but we must take responsibility for all those issues. Equally, prostitution is not a phenomenon driven by an over-supply of...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: Again, I completely agree. As I will go on to say, a comprehensive model of legal reform would be one in which women who sold sex were decriminalised and those who bought it were subject to criminal sanction, but programmes to boost exit and allow people to go into other, much more secure forms of work are also hugely important. Today, the Crown Prosecution Service rightly recognises...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend. The Government cannot continue to kick this can down the road. To some degree, all of us are culpable on that. We need comprehensive legislative reform with the aim of tackling demand as its underlying principle. We have a duty as parliamentarians to confront and take action against sexual exploitation, however difficult or uncomfortable that may be....

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Gavin Shuker: Customers on Govia Thameslink Railway have only 28 days to submit a claim under delay repay, yet this disruption has gone on for the last 44 days. The amount of time required to submit those claims is extensive. Will the Minister ensure that everyone who has had a valid claim since 20 May receives compensation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (26 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on prospects for the peace process in Israel and Palestine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (26 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: Does the Minister accept that the forcible transfer of Khan al-Ahmar would effectively bisect the west bank and make the price of peace that much higher? Does he also accept that the refusal of the British Government to recognise a state of Palestine makes it harder for the human rights of the Palestinians to be heard?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: If I can summarise what we have just heard: President Trump has locked up 2,000 little children in cages and is refusing to release them unless he is allowed to build a wall; he has quit the United Nations Human Rights Council; he has praised Kim Jong-un’s treatment of his own people; and he has turned away Muslims. What does this man have to do to have the invitation that the Prime...

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

Gavin Shuker: Does the Minister believe that GTR should be operating the franchise at the next major timetable change in December 2018?

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

Gavin Shuker: When Parliament returned on 4 June after the recess, I challenged the Secretary of State, telling him that he was in great trouble over this situation, not least because it would run on for months and months. There has been little to cause me to reassess those comments in the past three or four weeks. For me and my constituents in Luton who travel by train regularly, it is clear that this...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Pakistan (11 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the recent ceasefire between India and Pakistan (a) lasts and (b) marks the beginning of a peace process in the region.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Yemen: Storms (8 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on medical facilities in Yemen of the recent cyclone in that country.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Yemen: Storms (8 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on access to clean drinking water in Yemen of the recent cyclone in that country.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Rohingya: Sexual Offences (8 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle sexual exploitation and trafficking of Rohingya refugee women and girls.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Rohingya: Sexual Offences (8 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the risk of sexual exploitation of women and girls at refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Airports National Policy Statement (5 Jun 2018)

Gavin Shuker: The project will likely span multiple Parliaments, and certainly successive Administrations, so does the Secretary of State agree that it would be frankly incredible for a party of government not to have a clear position on this proposal when it comes to be voted on in Parliament? Will he therefore confirm the whipping arrangements for his own party? Can he suggest any mechanisms that might...


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