Results 1–20 of 2515 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Luciana Berger

Education Funding (South Liverpool) (10 Oct 2017)

Luciana Berger: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) on securing this important debate and setting out all the issues that our constituents face. I do not believe there is any issue more vital to the future of children in south Liverpool and constituencies such as mine than the quality of their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (10 Oct 2017)

Luciana Berger: I heard what the Secretary of State said about funding earlier, and what the Minister said a moment before. However, I sent freedom of information requests to every CCG in the country, and found for the second successive year that more than half of them are not increasing the proportion of their budgets that they spend on mental health. That flies in the face of a commitment made by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Sep 2017)

Luciana Berger: A few weeks ago, the utterly shaming lack of mental health provision in this country was condemned by our most senior family court judge as he sought a bed for a desperately ill teenage girl. The 17-year-old had been restrained no fewer than 117 times in a place not fit to care for her. Does the Prime Minister agree with me in echoing the words of Sir James Munby that the continued failure to...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: Does the Minister acknowledge that those 3,000-plus people should have been moved a lot sooner? According to various reviews, we should not be in the present situation, with too many people still in that type of accommodation who should not be there.

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I apologise for being a moment late in coming over from the Select Committee on Health. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman) on securing this important and timely debate on behalf of all our constituents.

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: That is kind, but I am fine. Thank you so much. This is a pertinent and serious issue that affects thousands of people across the area that my hon. Friends and I are privileged to represent. I also endorse the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle). I will seek not to reiterate but to add to the comments that have already been made. I will raise...

Points of Order (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Points of Order (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I would like to raise my concern that Ministers of both the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice appear to be evading my very serious named day questions. As colleagues well know, it is intended that named day questions receive an answer within three sitting days, yet I can recite countless recent examples where that timeframe has not been observed—and often completely...

Housing Benefits (18 to 21-Year-Olds) (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I think that anyone listening to this urgent question would, frankly, be appalled by the responses that we have had thus far from the Minister. She has not answered any of the questions that were rightly asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey). Will she tell us why the equality impact assessment has not been published and when she will bring it...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Mental Health Problems: Prisoners (7 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: When inmates become so acutely unwell that the prison is not equipped to care for them, they should receive appropriate treatment under the Mental Health Acts. In the outside world, this happens within 24 hours; in prisons, the guidelines recommend 14 days. An answer I received to a parliamentary question last year showed that, of 1,141 prisoners, three in four waited more than that two-week...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Liverpool City Region (Poverty) — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: Does the Minister not accept the point I made about Liverpool being disproportionately hit compared with any other city in England, with 40% of our jobcentres now earmarked for closure according to his plan? A not insignificant number of people are affected. In my constituency alone, 3,000 people will have to go to a new centre at least every two weeks. Thousands more have to access those two...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Liverpool City Region (Poverty) — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Howarth. It is fantastic to have you in the Chair for this timely debate. I congratulate my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Steve Rotheram), on securing this debate. All of us here today see in our weekly constituency surgeries low pay, precarious work, zero-hours contracts, energy...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Liverpool City Region (Poverty) — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I thank my hon. Friend for making that important contribution. It is a point that I was going to make later in my speech. The coalition Government decided to remove the weighting for deprivation. Every Member who has contributed or is about to contribute has made that very point to Ministers sitting on the Government Benches. If we had had the average cut in Liverpool, we would have an...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Suicide and Self-harm in Prison (England) (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I thank the Minister for very kindly giving way. I can see he is about to conclude, and we still have a few minutes left in the debate. Can I bring him back to two points? First, on the training that may or may not be available to prison staff, I urge him to reflect on the fact that there are people who have served in our Prison Service for decades but have never received any mental health...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Suicide and Self-harm in Prison (England) (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I thank the Minister for very kindly giving way again. Does he accept that those are not additional staff, but merely a replacement of the staff that have already been cut? We have lost more than 7,000 prison officers since 2010. We have only to look at the outcome of the inspection at Northumberland prison to see that there is a very significant issue of prisoners feeling so unsafe that they...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Suicide and Self-harm in Prison (England) (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I beg to move, That this House has considered rates of suicide and self-harm in prisons in England. It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Chope. I am pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the record levels of suicide and self-harm in our prisons in this timely debate. Yesterday, it was announced that prison officers planned to strike today. The reasons they...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Suicide and Self-harm in Prison (England) (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and for his commitment to the issue of mental health. Deaths in prison should be treated no differently from those in any other setting. Issues such as ligature points are contended with very differently in inpatient settings and in prisons. We could point to many things that should be treated in the same way as in any other element of life...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Suicide and Self-harm in Prison (England) (1 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: There have been many reports, inquiries and recommendations that highlight the very point the hon. Gentleman made—reports dating back to 10 years ago. I hope the Minister will reflect in his response on the reports, inquiries and recommendations that have already been put forward and outline what he will do to ensure that that current separation is adequately addressed to prevent...


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