Results 1–20 of 4108 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Brandon Lewis

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend is right to ask that question. We are focused on ensuring that we deliver a successful and positive exit from the European Union. The Cabinet Office works closely with colleagues in the Department for Exiting the European Union and other Departments to ensure that all those places are professionally filled. I can confirm that, as of the end of March 2018, some 5,500 staff have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: The trend of increased intimidation can seriously damage our democracy. That is why we will be consulting on recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life to undertake legislative changes, for example, to remove candidates’ addresses from ballot papers and create an electoral offence of intimidating candidates. An electoral offence will reflect our view that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a very good point. That was a shocking incident, which I hope all of us on both sides of the House would find abhorrent. The candidate had her one-year-old daughter in the room when the brick was thrown. That is a salutary lesson to us all. Such conduct deters people from participating in politics. That is why we have to look at removing the requirement on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: As I have said in the House in the past, we should all be prepared to have good, strong and robust debate, but it should and must be done with respect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My right hon. Friend has great experience, and he is absolutely right that we have to crack down on that kind of behaviour and make it clear that we must allow debate with respect, so that people want to and feel confident to get involved in politics. I just hope the Labour party will get its house in order and bring in a respect code as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: The Government Equalities Office has commissioned a review to identify barriers that limit women’s participation in national Government, the aim being to provide political parties with a range of solutions to draw on. We will also launch a consultation this summer on the introduction of a new electoral offence to tackle the intimidation of parliamentary candidates and campaigners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a very important point, and he is right. Sadly, it is noticeable that abuse on social media is particularly directed at women. We recently enacted the Digital Economy Act 2017 to help ensure that online abuse is effectively tackled through a robust code; but ultimately, as political parties, we have our bit to do to make sure we give people protection online—robust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: A number of local authorities are looking at how they can vary their meeting times. The Local Government Association, the chairman of which I met just this morning, is looking at how it can advise local authorities on what they can do to encourage more participation. Some local authorities even pay for childcare; but ultimately, we have to make sure that people feel they can conduct...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: Absolutely. Again, my right hon. Friend makes a good observation. It is important that we encourage people from all backgrounds, including women and young people, to feel that they can get involved and that there are opportunities to get involved, participate and contribute to public life. To do that, they need to feel safe in that environment, and that is largely down to the political...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: One of the key things to having more women involved in local government is political parties encouraging more women to get involved. Conservative Members will certainly be doing that, and I hope the hon. Lady will join me in calling for these local elections to have a respect pledge—the Labour party should step up and do that—to make sure that people feel they can have robust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Women and Political Office (28 Mar 2018)

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend makes a good point. It is right in this year that we take the opportunity to continue to highlight why it is important that we see more people, particularly women, getting involved in public life. There is £5 million available, and I am sure that the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith), will be happy to liaise...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. Many specific points have been made and questions raised during the course of this debate. I will do my best to cover them, but I will also make a point of going back through the debate, and if there are any points that I do not cover in the next few minutes, I will write to the Chair of the Select Committee to cover them....

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: That is what you said.

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am saying that confusing the completely unacceptable and abhorrent scenes that we saw in the “Panorama” programme on Brook House with somewhere like Barry House and the work done by organisations around the country on asylum accommodation is simply wrong. It is a mistake to go that way. It gives the wrong impression and confuses two very different things. Ultimately, the United...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I was just going to say that since the Committee published its report almost a year ago and started its inquiry two years ago, a number of improvements have been made to the contracts and services provided. We must be cautious about accepting some of the things that we read and the stories that we hear. That is why, if somebody raises an issue, I always want to look into it to get the detail....

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am happy to liaise with the hon. Gentleman further on that, but I encourage him to look at the changes that we made in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which I am closely aware of after taking it through Parliament. We made a lot of changes in terms of requirements for housing providers, including the private rented sector. It is worth him having a look at that because it partly covers...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Brandon Lewis: I am sure the hon. Gentleman appreciates that there is a difference between the business model and the kind of investment that people make on a longer contract compared with a shorter contract. That does not change my point about wanting to get the balance right to ensure that we have a contract length that encourages and requires organisations to make good, solid investments. With those...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: That is wrong.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: The simple fact is that net migration was 246,000 last year. The figures are up for EU nationals coming to this country.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Brandon Lewis: It is good to have the chance to correct some of the inaccurate things that were stated just a few moments ago, and it was interesting to listen to the Scottish National party spokesman make a speech in which he simply decided not to recognise democracy. There was a referendum in this country, a decision was made and this Government will deliver what the people of the United Kingdom voted...


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