Results 1–20 of 1377 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bob Blackman

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (19 Apr 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is good to see my friend the Chair of the Select Committee back in his place after his medical treatment. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] I agree absolutely with every point made in the report. In respect of retaliatory evictions, does he agree that one issue that must be resolved is assured shorthold tenancies of six months, which are the norm for the private sector? If we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (19 Apr 2018)

Bob Blackman: Yesterday morning the Prime Minister welcomed Narendra Modi to No. 10 Downing Street, and yesterday evening I joined right hon. and hon. Members to attend events in Central Hall, where Modiji subjected himself to two and a half hours of detailed questioning. At the same time, a quite disgraceful event was taking place in Parliament Square, where the Indian national flag, which had been raised...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: CHOGM: Sustainable Development Goals (18 Apr 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for her answer, particularly on the issue of health. Will she rededicate herself to the elimination of malaria, polio and other such diseases across the Commonwealth?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2018)

Bob Blackman: London welcomes our good friend Prime Minister Modi today. Will my right hon. Friend take the opportunity to condemn absolutely the mobile billboards that are going around London attacking our good friend Prime Minister Modi, and will she congratulate and thank the 1.7 million members of the Indian diaspora on their contribution to the work of this country?

Windrush Children (Immigration Status) (16 Apr 2018)

Bob Blackman: We owe a debt of gratitude to the Windrush generation for coming to this country’s aid. Will my right hon. Friend enable all MPs to access an appropriate means of communicating to the Home Office the cases that come to us, so that they are dealt with speedily and in a way that ensures that people are thanked for their service?

Point of Order (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. A number of written statements are published in today’s Order Paper, and I understand that for the convenience of Members, such statements are normally published at the start of the day, or at least as close to the start of the day as possible. My office has been chasing the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for the promised update on...

Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes). I agreed with every word she uttered. From next Tuesday, my Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 comes into force. For the first time in this country, everyone in England who is threatened with homelessness or is homeless will have to be assisted by their local authority. This key reform means that no one should...

Business of the House (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: From next Tuesday, when my Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 comes into force, every English local authority will have a statutory duty to assist local residents who are threatened with homelessness or who are homeless themselves. The Act will assist anyone threatened with homelessness, but may we have a statement after Easter on what the Government will do to help to combat the problem of...

Infected Blood Inquiry (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: Victims of other scandals, such as Epilim—valproate—and surgical mesh, report that they have not always been properly represented by the interested groups. Will my hon. Friend therefore ensure that those individuals who feel they are not being represented by particular interested groups have access to proper legal aid so they can put forward their case, rather than just being...

International Trade: Brexit (Creative Industries) (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: One of the biggest growth markets is in the film and creative industries: one of the biggest areas now, apart from Hollywood, is Bollywood in India. What relations has my right hon. Friend established to build that market up so that we can exploit opportunities with our good friends from India?

Women and Equalities: Caste (Equality Act) (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: When the Government plan to respond to the consultation on caste as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010.

Women and Equalities: Caste (Equality Act) (29 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for her answer, but she failed to report that the consultation ended last September, meaning that the Government have had nearly six months to consider the huge weight of responses. I urge her to get on with the work, given the level of response, and to deal with this through the statute book once and for all, as is demanded by thousands of Hindu citizens across the country.

Kerslake Arena Attack Review (28 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: The whole country was shocked by the severity of this atrocity, particularly as it was aimed at young people who were going out for a night of fun with their friends. All our thoughts must be with the victims and their families, and our thanks must go to the emergency services. As we are learning the lessons from this terrible atrocity, will the Minister update the House on how many attacks...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Political Parties: Donations and Loans (28 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: Will my hon. Friend reissue the requirements that all political parties have to honour on donations, so that no one can fall foul of the rules?

Northamptonshire County Council (27 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: I have some experience of unwinding creative accounting in local authorities, but the serious business that I am concerned about is the decision that was made to use capital funds for revenue funding. What action is my right hon. Friend taking to make sure that that does not happen, not only in Northamptonshire but in other local authorities? Will he review what is going on elsewhere in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (21 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: A competitive free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union is clearly in the interests of both Northern Ireland and the Republic. Will my right hon. Friend therefore take the opportunity to suggest to the Taoiseach and others that it is in their interests to put pressure on the European Union to negotiate just that deal?

Building Safety (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: I commend my right hon. Friend not only for today’s statement, but for keeping the House updated on progress following this terrible tragedy. Dame Judith Hackitt is looking at the review of building regulations. We, as the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, have asked that she looks particularly at part P of those regulations in detail, because at the moment there...

Burma (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: I commend my right hon. Friend for his statement and thank him for keeping the House updated on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims. He also spoke about the plight of other minorities—the Hindus and Buddhists—and my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne) mentioned the Christian community. Will the Minister say more about what will be done, by both...

Business of the House (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is the 346th anniversary of the declaration of indulgence by His Majesty King Charles II, which was the first attempt at allowing freedom of religion in this country—something we should all cherish. I crave your indulgence, Mr Speaker, in reporting back from the Backbench Business Committee. The Chair of the Committee, the hon. Member for Gateshead (Ian Mearns), is unfortunately not...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union and Free Trade Agreements (15 Mar 2018)

Bob Blackman: What assessment he has made of the effect of remaining in the EU customs union on the ability of the UK to seek free trade agreements with non-EU countries.


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