Results 1–20 of 1469 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

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe); I agree with his remarks on all the issues he raised. Let me start by saying that it is welcome news that we are going to see increased pay for public sector workers. That is particularly true for health workers, who do such a brilliant job for us. However, I have been contacted by staff from St Luke’s...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. Clearly, this is a debt of honour that we have agreed to pay. The debt is still outstanding, and until it is paid, we will keep going. I say forcefully to those on the Front Bench that we will keep going this until the Government pay up. I have a number of other issues that I briefly want to mention before I sit down. We are rising for the summer...

Health and Social Care: Pregnancy: Smoking Rates (24 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: What steps he is taking to help reduce the rates of smoking during pregnancy.

Health and Social Care: Pregnancy: Smoking Rates (24 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for his answer. Smoking rates among pregnant women are still stubbornly high. What steps can he take to encourage the partners of pregnant women to give up smoking so that both partners play a part in preventing damage to the unborn child?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (23 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: Local authorities are ignoring circulars from the Department and housing children in temporary accommodation many miles from their place of education. What can my hon. Friend do to enforce circulars and make councils take into account educational requirements when housing children and their families?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (23 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is extremely good news that the Government have allocated a record amount of funding for new housing in London. Could my right hon. Friend then explain to the House why it is that new housing starts are going up in England but, in London, they are going down?

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson), who has done excellent work already in her shadowing role. I know that she was also at the forefront of this debate before shadowing these matters. Equally, I pay tribute once again to the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, my hon. Friend the Member for Winchester (Steve Brine),...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and I completely agree that health education is an appropriate way to consider the issue. There is a model in the United States that we could introduce. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gives the US Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate the tobacco industry, funded through what is called a user fee on...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: On behalf of the all-party group on smoking and health, I thank the hon. Lady for speaking at the launch of our recent report. Does she agree that we must encourage not only pregnant women to give up, but their partners, too, so that pregnant women no longer have to face the challenge of not only being deprived of smoking, but of seeing their partner smoke in front of them? This should be a...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: I pay tribute to the Minister’s brilliant work both since he became a Health Minister and before then. Will he comment on some of the scientific issues raised about addiction to nicotine, compared with the very harmful by-products that are a part of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products? Will he comment on whether it is nicotine or the by-products that are harming...

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my right hon. Friend for her contribution and her commitment to bringing the debate back to the Chamber. Clearly, the Procedure Committee carried out the review, as required by the House. Will she undertake to look at the aspects of the fundamental issue of Members being required to be present on the Estate or in the Chamber to register their votes? If we are going to change the...

Swaminarayan School Closure (18 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: One of the questions I asked—I apologise to the Minister, because they were not necessarily expected—was: what assistance can the Department give to parents who wish to set up a free school, if they wish to pursue that route? There are 377 pupils in the school at the moment.

Swaminarayan School Closure (18 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: I congratulate my honourable friend, the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma), on securing this important debate. I, too, made a request to the Deputy Speaker to have a debate on the subject. As the hon. Gentleman mentioned, I was leader of the council when the Swaminarayan School was created, and a large number of my constituents have children educated in the school, so there is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: White Paper (18 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: Will my right hon. Friend reach out beyond the Welsh Government to businesses in Wales to exemplify the opportunities that are going to be created as we leave the European Union?

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: Members of the Windrush generation are in their 70s and 80s, and many of them feel extremely vulnerable. One concern that has been expressed to me by my constituents is that they may suddenly face deportation. What words of reassurance can my right hon. Friend give them that they should report their position, make sure their position is regularised and fulfil their destiny as British...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Modern Day Slavery (12 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress the Church of England has made on its work to tackle modern-day slavery; and what steps the Church of England is taking to educate school children on that issue.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Modern Day Slavery (12 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: On a recent visit to Romania, the ministry in charge of Romanians abroad was very concerned about the number of women who were being trafficked for sexual purposes across the European Union and the number of children who were being forced into modern-day slavery. What more can the Church do to highlight the problem and combat it?

Afghanistan (11 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: British forces are renowned for not only their military capability, but their ability to capture hearts and minds. Will my right hon. Friend therefore further explain our objectives and also tell us the expertise we will apply that is unique to Britain?

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I am a member of the Procedure Committee, and we looked at this issue in great detail. Colleagues have spoken about pairing, but of course, pairing does not apply at the moment to Members from the Scottish National party. May I urge that similar arrangements be made for our SNP colleagues, to allow them to experience the same facility as Opposition...

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Bob Blackman: The whole country has rightly been celebrating three Tottenham players putting four penalties past an Arsenal goalkeeper this week. May I draw the House’s attention to the fact that the European Parliament is today debating the EU copyright directive, which will have incredible implications for internet users and also protect artists’ copyright? Will my right hon. Friend arrange...

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