Results 1–20 of 1210 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

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Bob Blackman: Before the Minister concludes, both my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) and I raised the issue of the 1988 massacre, to which my right hon. Friend the Minister has not replied. Will he lead the campaign in the United Nations to get a proper report into that?

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Bob Blackman: Ms Buck, I apologise for being slightly late and entering the Chamber when my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) was speaking. I am delighted to participate in the debate and I congratulate my right hon. Friend on initiating it. She is well known for her travails in Northern Ireland as Secretary of State. She brought together people who were polar opposites...

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for that intervention. I was coming on to the special rapporteur’s report, which gives a world view of the massacre. This is not a few itinerants saying, “We believe this happened.” This shines the light of transparency on what happened 30 years ago in Iran. I regret that our Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not taken up this call, and not...

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on delivering yet another of our election manifesto commitments. As a fellow London MP, she will know that we are affected by twin aspects in London. The first is rising rolls and young people needing a school place. Despite expanding a number of schools and delivering more new schools, that is ever a pressure. The second relates to those children who come...

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement, but can he elucidate the rather confused position in London regarding the Mayor of London, the London boroughs and the surrounding boroughs? There seems to be a complete lack of co- operation in determining the number of affordable properties for sale and rent, although there is desperate need. In particular, can he look at central London,...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Britain is rightly providing aid and assistance to the thousands of people who have had their homes destroyed and their lives ruined. Ministers have kept this House up to date with what is going on. However, at the same time, on the Indian subcontinent, hundreds of people have lost their lives and thousands have lost their homes and their livelihoods, yet we...

Police Pay and Funding (14 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I warmly welcome the decision to double the amount that was expected to be given to our brave police officers on the front line. However, the Labour Mayor of London is consulting on widespread police station closures, the amalgamation of boroughs and a reduction in the number of police officers. Is any extra money going to be allocated to London to cover the costs of this pay increase, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Governance and Political Stability (13 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: What steps he is taking to ensure good governance and political stability in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Governance and Political Stability (13 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer and his patience and perseverance in restoring the Executive. How concerned is he about the lack of accountability to locally elected politicians of civil servants who are delivering public services in Northern Ireland?

Hive Stadium (7 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank the Minister for his answers and I understand if he cannot answer this tonight, but will he confirm that the Secretary of State has not given approval for the sale of this asset outside the general rules that apply to the sale of public assets?

Hive Stadium (7 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to raise the sale of the Hive playing fields and to see the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones), on the Front Bench to respond. I well understand if he has problems in answering the debate, given the mix-up between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the...

Hurricane Irma (7 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement and the commitment made by the Government to help those who are suffering. Clearly, in advance of the hurricane the United States ordered the complete evacuation of Key West. That was not practical on many of the islands that have been devastated, but has there been any request, for example, for Barbuda to be completely evacuated given that...

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for the update on the business. We should also pay tribute to Edward du Cann, the former chairman of the 1922 committee and an eminent Member of this House, who has sadly passed away. May we have a debate in Government time—I note that there is an opportunity for a general debate when we come back in October—on housing policy? It is the single biggest...

Exiting the European Union: Brexit Timetable (7 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: What steps the Government are taking to ensure that the timetable for the UK leaving the EU is met.

Exiting the European Union: Brexit Timetable (7 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer. Our future trade relations with the European Union are clearly vital, and it is good news that a queue of trade deals is potentially in the offing for when we leave. Given our unique position with the EU, it is surely perfectly possible to conclude a trade agreement by the time we leave in March 2019.

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Bob Blackman: I congratulate my hon. Friend on delivering on this election promise, but will he keep the funding arrangements under review, particularly those in high-cost areas? Even in these early days, some constituents have complained to me that there is a lack of availability at a local level. That is driven by the money. Will he keep that under review to ensure that the provision is universally...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick)—[Interruption.] Not right honourable? It is only a matter of time. He gave a typically robust and informative speech, demonstrating the value of these types of debates at the end of a parliamentary term. I want to raise several issues relating to aspects of parliamentary work that I have been...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend—I will call him that here—for that intervention and I trust that he can persuade the members of his own party, not only in this House but in the other place, to support the Government on doing what we want to see happening for British Hindus up and down the country. The final area I will touch on is the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. I have tabled an...

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

Bob Blackman: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement and congratulate him on keeping the House up to date with progress thus far. My right hon. Friend is right in saying that there is a lack of confidence in the local authority in Kensington and Chelsea. The taskforce that he is going to nominate, hopefully later today or tomorrow, is vital to restore confidence. Will he update the House on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Bob Blackman: In Harrow and up and down the country, young people will be eagerly anticipating their A-level results to see whether they qualify for a university education. Will my right hon. Friend confirm the dramatic increase in the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds going to university, and can she think of anyone who should apologise for misleading the British public?


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