Results 1–20 of 1954 for speaker:Bob Blackman

Police Funding Settlement (13 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: The murder rate in London is at its highest since 2008. My right hon. Friend the Minister will know that, in Harrow, we face a spike in aggravated burglaries—burglars burst into people’s homes knowing that they are there to intimidate them and beat them up. That clearly needs extra policing resources, but not ordinary policing resources—it needs detectives with experience and...

Local Government Funding Settlement (13 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: This year is the last year of the multi-year settlement, so what happens to the 3% of councils that did not sign up to the efficiency savings? How are they treated? More importantly, what are the Secretary of State’s plans for the future of multi-year settlements, so that councils can plan for the future?

Business of the House (13 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: At the last Transport questions, I raised the vexed issue of Crossrail funding and did not get a very satisfactory answer. We have now heard that the Department for Transport is loaning the Mayor of London £1.3 billion, which has to be repaid, in addition to the £300 million provided in the summer. Worse still, this vital infrastructure project for London and the south-east has no opening...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Fixed Odds Betting Terminals: Maximum Stake (13 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: When and how his Department identified that the date of the decision by the House on the statutory instrument to reduce the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals will affect the amount that GVC Holdings plc has to pay to former Ladbrokes shareholders.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Fixed Odds Betting Terminals: Maximum Stake (13 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer and congratulate her on her well-deserved promotion. When the offshore gambling company GVC bought Ladbrokes for £3.9 billion, £700 million was contingent on the date on which statutory instruments were submitted by the Government on reducing the odds on fixed odds betting terminals. Does she think that the shareholders of Ladbrokes, including UK...

Institute for Statecraft: Integrity Initiative (12 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the robust way in which he has answered these questions. Will he ensure that the Institute for Statecraft reviews its editorial policy so that we counter Russian fake news and disinformation and so that it does not fall foul of criticising UK politicians?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: Given the desire by all sides to avoid a hard border between the Republic and the north when we exit the European Union, why is that not, in a legally enforceable way, within the withdrawal agreement or the backstop agreement so that we use new technology for these purposes, not old and untried technology?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (11 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking in 2018-19; and what funding his Department plans to allocated to cessation campaigns in 2018-19.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness and Social Housing (10 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: What assessment has my hon. Friend made of local authorities assisting rough sleepers into a home of their own following the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 coming into law?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (10 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: Following the ban on combustible cladding on new or refurbished buildings on 1 October, it has emerged that over 543 buildings are being built or refurbished with combustible cladding. Worse still, 1,338 buildings have combustible cladding. What is my right hon. Friend doing to ensure that the ban is enforced and that leaseholders do not pay the cost?

Business of the House (6 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: I join the Leader of the House in wishing everyone a happy Hanukkah, and I look forward to attending the annual reception in your house later this afternoon, Mr Speaker. My constituents in Stanmore are suffering a crisis of aggravated burglaries. These are not normal burglaries where people break in and steal things; these involve gangs of five or six people who break in, beat up the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing Revenue Accounts (5 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to increase housebuilding as a result of the removal of the HRA borrowing cap.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: Yesterday, London students heard from the renowned holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis, who described the horrors of Europe’s darkest hour. As we celebrate the festival of Hanukkah, does my right hon. Friend agree that there could be no better place for the national holocaust memorial and learning centre than alongside this Palace of Westminster, to stand as a permanent memorial to the horrors...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (4 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: What assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the Hezbollah terror tunnels from Lebanon into Israel that have been discovered?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Dec 2018)

Bob Blackman: I will not be tempted by your tormenting me to comment on the annual ritual, Mr Speaker. During the recent al-Quds march, the police were once again powerless to take action against people displaying flags of Hezbollah and Hamas, on the grounds that they are the political wings of those illegal terrorist organisations. When will my right hon. Friend proscribe both Hamas and Hezbollah, so that...

Private Rented Sector — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (29 Nov 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests; I am a vice-president of the Local Government Association and the owner of a small property portfolio. I rise to do three things: first, to talk about the situation in my own borough of Harrow; secondly, to look at the detailed report that we, as a...

Private Rented Sector — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (29 Nov 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank the Chair of the Select Committee for that intervention. That is particularly true in the Edgware ward of the London Borough of Harrow, where I asked the council a series of questions about how many registered houses in multiple occupation they had on their books. I was astonished when they told me they had 89 for the borough. I can take Members to roads in Edgware where there are 89...

Private Rented Sector — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (29 Nov 2018)

Bob Blackman: That is welcome. Let me take up the issue, because we made recommendations on this and the Government have not accepted them, but they agree to keep the issue under review. We have a delicate balance to strike, because the sad reality is that if landlords are in a position where they cannot evict bad tenants, there is a serious problem and they will say that it is not worth being a landlord...

Business of the House (29 Nov 2018)

Bob Blackman: I understand that the police funding settlement for next year will be published next week, as will the local authority funding settlement, yet I see that there is no opportunity for a debate in the business to be transacted for the next two weeks. Clearly, the decision on leaving the European Union is vital, but will my right hon. Friend find time for us to debate these very important...

Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice (29 Nov 2018)

Bob Blackman: For the avoidance of doubt, will my hon. and learned Friend advise the House on what the role of the Attorney General is in advising the Government and this House?


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