Results 1–20 of 1502 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

Business of the House (18 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: Today is the last day of Navaratri and those of us who have been dancing the Garba and Dandiya raas feel healthier and fitter as a result. I say to colleagues not to despair because Sharad Purnima and Diwali are coming up, so there is still more chance for greater fitness. Will my right hon. Friend join me in wishing Hindus, Sikhs and Jains happy Navami as we celebrate the triumph of light...

Employment and Support Allowance Underpayments (18 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: We are talking about some of the most vulnerable people in society, who will be assisted by either carers or charities. Can my hon. Friend update the House on what assistance is being given to charities and carers? Is there a helpline or somewhere that people who may not be contacted by the Department can seek help and assistance?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: First World War Centenary (18 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: Soldiers of all faiths and of no faith came together to help us in the great war. What plans does the Church have to include all faiths in this commemoration, so that we can bring people together?

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Higher amount for long-term empty dwellings (16 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: Does the Minister agree that it is vital that landlords bring properties back into use? They should not be penalised while carrying out genuine work to bring those properties back into use, but equally they should not take an extended period and say that they are doing work when no work is actually going on.

Universal Credit (16 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: Universal credit replaces six complex benefits, some of which are mutually exclusive. My hon. Friend the Minister has confirmed that 700,000 people do not claim the benefits that they are entitled to. When universal credit applies to those people, how much on average will they gain?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: As we embark on a new nuclear future it is vital that we have a workforce that is able to deliver the skills and capability. What action is my hon. Friend taking to ensure that young people in particular get the training and opportunities for a career in this wonderful industry?

Business of the House (11 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: Yesterday was the International Day of the Homeless, and the Secretary of State took the opportunity to announce the use of the £20 million fund towards the national rental deposit scheme. Also, Crisis, the well-known charity for the homeless, announced its report on how we can end homelessness once and for all. May we have a debate in Government time on all the projects that the...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (11 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his answers so far. Can he give us an assurance that under this Government, Britain will not be a safe haven for terrorists or those suspected of terrorism? What further action can he take to exclude people seeking admission to this country who are suspected of terrorist offences?

Student Loan Book: Sale (11 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for his answers. Can he give me and my constituents, either students or borrowers, an assurance that whoever buys this loan book will have no access to personal data and no contact or involvement in setting the rates for the loans?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All Programme (11 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: What progress has been made on implementing the Access for All programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All Programme (11 Oct 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. For disabled people, particularly wheelchair users, having decent access to public transport is the difference between able to work and get out and being confined to their home. Does she agree that the Mayor of London should match this exciting scheme, so that we can get Transport for London to implement proper access to Stanmore, Canons Park,...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Blackman: We should remind the House that we are office holders, not employees, so the circumstances for employees do not apply to us. The particular issue that I raised was about allowing a proxy vote to be used during that time of bereavement and proper recovery for the mother.

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is an honour to follow the Mother of the House, the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman), who has led this debate from the beginning. I pay tribute to her for her work not only on this issue but on other transformational issues that she has raised in order to reform the House of Commons. I did not participate in the debate on 1 February, but I listened to...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. When individuals seek to exercise their right to vote, we have to decide whether proxy votes should be allowed on all votes or just certain votes. For example, what if an individual is absent because they are on maternity or paternity leave and an important private Member’s Bill comes up on a Friday? We know that few Members attend such...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Proxy Voting (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Blackman: I understand the hon. Lady’s view that she can live with it. All I am doing is pointing out the consequences that could apply if such a system were introduced. We should also have a clear position that proxy votes are the Member’s choice—they should not be compulsory in any shape or form—because individuals who want to preserve their privacy may not wish to disclose...


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