Results 1–20 of 1971 for speaker:Rushanara Ali

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Climate Change (14 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when her Department plans to submit its next nationally determined contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; and if she will make it her policy that the next nationally determined contribution will set out how the UK will adhere to the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit.

War in Gaza ( 7 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: The Minister talks about a pause; the United Nations voted for a resolution calling for a ceasefire. The Minister is now talking about looking at Israeli military plans for Gaza, when the international community has thus far made it clear that there should not be an invasion of Gaza. It feels as if he is going backwards. His Government have so far failed to restore UNRWA funding, which is...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Poplar HARCA: Tower Hamlets Community Housing ( 7 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will have discussions with the Regulator of Social Housing on whether it has instructed the Board of Tower Hamlets Community Housing to discontinue the negotiations with Poplar HARCA about the proposed merger of the organisations.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Poplar HARCA: Tower Hamlets Community Housing ( 7 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will have discussions with the Regulator of Social Housing on whether the Board of Tower Hamlets Community Housing has produced an improvement plan as of 26 April 2024.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Poplar HARCA: Tower Hamlets Community Housing ( 7 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will have discussions with the Regulator of Social Housing on whether they have had discussions with any of the large G15 housing associations on taking over Tower Hamlets Community Housing.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Swan Housing Association: Orbit Group ( 7 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he asked the Regulator of Social Housing to report on the effectiveness of its involvement in the proposed merger between Swan Housing and Orbit in 2022.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Cladding Safety Scheme ( 3 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the whole of a building that is partially higher than 11 metres and partially lower than this threshold will be eligible for funding from the Cladding Safety Scheme.

Business and Trade: Topical Questions ( 2 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: Shoplifting cost UK retailers £1.8 billion in 2023, the highest figure on record. The Government’s £200 shoplifting threshold has effectively decriminalised this offence, which is costing businesses dear. What discussions has the Minister had with the Home Secretary about scrapping it, as Labour plans to do, so retailers and customers are protected and high street businesses can thrive?

Business and Trade: Topical Questions ( 2 May 2024)

Rushanara Ali: Well, it is not working, and the Minister and the Secretary of State should take this seriously, because it is damaging our high streets and causing huge concern up and down the country. He and the Secretary of State should go and meet those businesses, and hear from them directly. Turning to another issue, we have seen 14 years of Conservative under-investment in public infrastructure, a...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Title (29 Apr 2024)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the Minister and the Secretary of State for their remarks. Today’s Bill, as has been acknowledged, provides an important step forward in bringing justice for sub-postmasters. They have suffered more than we can imagine, as the Secretary of State has pointed out. That has included unjust prison sentences, bankruptcy, ostracisation from communities, family breakdown and homelessness....

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Apr 2024)

Rushanara Ali: It cannot be repeated often enough that the Horizon scandal remains one of the greatest miscarriages of justice our nation has experienced. It is a scandal characterised by abuse of power, the mistreatment of innocent people and the wholesale failure of the entire system. We might blame it on a failure of IT, but that is not the whole story. It is human failure on a grand scale—a failure to...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Apr 2024)

Rushanara Ali: The Horizon scandal is one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in British history, and it has robbed sub-postmasters of their lives, their liberty and their livelihoods. We welcome the Government’s inclusion of Northern Ireland in the territorial scope of this Bill following our representations, including on Second Reading. We agree that sub-postmasters in Scotland who have been...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Apr 2024)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, but the reality is that this is a very unusual Bill, and there are serious issues, which we will go on to debate, about the separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary. In a context where, as I have said, there is disagreement between the judiciary and the legislature in Scotland, we believe it is not appropriate for the United...

Iran-Israel Update (15 Apr 2024)

Rushanara Ali: Despite the calls for a ceasefire here in our Parliament and from across the international community, the war in Gaza has raged, costing 33,000 lives as well as the 1,200 killed by the Hamas attacks and a humanitarian catastrophe that is now turning into a famine. For months many have raised concern around the spectre of regional escalation; precisely what conversations is the Prime Minister...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (20 Mar 2024)

Rushanara Ali: We are now over two decades into this scandal, with the victims still suffering the ongoing consequences of this injustice: unjust prison sentences, bankruptcy, ostracisation from communities, family breakdown and homelessness. Tragically, as we have heard, this scandal has led to some people taking their lives. According to the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry, at least 60 sub-postmasters had...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Rushanara Ali: In my constituency I have met one family in a similar situation. The constituent’s husband had been killed in Afghanistan, but the family were still in limbo because of the delay in decision making. Is my hon. Friend aware that Pakistan is now forcing Afghan asylum seekers back to Afghanistan? There are tens of thousands of people in that situation, some of whom worked to support our forces...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Rushanara Ali: My hon. Friend will be aware of the thousands of asylum seekers who are being dispersed up and down the country, with very little support given to local services. While the Government are obsessing over gimmicks, they are not dealing with the real problems in local communities and supporting those communities to host the people they are dispersing up and down the country. This crisis...

Points of Order (18 Mar 2024)

Rushanara Ali: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On Thursday 14 March, during business questions, in response to a question from the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Jason McCartney) about council spending, the Leader of the House said that Labour had a “legacy” of “vote-rigging” in Tower Hamlets. That is a false claim. I wonder if the right hon. Lady got her parties confused, as there was a widely...

Post Office Legislation (13 Mar 2024)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the Minister for advance sight of his statement. Before I respond to it, I would like to put on the record my deep disappointment at the Minister’s comments this morning on “BBC Breakfast”. He failed to categorically condemn the Tory party donor Frank Hester’s horrific and racist remarks about the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott). Despite...

Post Office Legislation (13 Mar 2024)

Rushanara Ali: I will move on. I simply hope that the Minister will reflect on the reversal of the statement he gave this morning, in which he took the position that he would take a donation from that donor. I hope he reflects on the impact that the issue is having on many of us. I turn to today’s crucial statement. The Horizon scandal is truly shocking, and is one of the most devastating miscarriages of...


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