Results 1–20 of 610 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Seema Malhotra

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Seema Malhotra: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful case. I have witnessed the military courts in process. At the end of November 2017, 313 Palestinian minors were being held, so given the scale of the problem, not addressing it is likely to have longer term consequences for getting a proper and peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine issue. Does she agree that it would be helpful if the Minister gave...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Seema Malhotra: Does my hon. Friend agree that, as well as the issues that have been raised powerfully so far, the example she gives shows the opportunity for greater flexibility? In Hounslow, for example, free half-hour parking has been introduced to support local businesses. It is the same for leisure centres. We need to be proportionate as we consider the overall issue, and that is what was can do today.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Seema Malhotra: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Does she agree that the thin end of the wedge is not a thin end of erosion of our democracy, but a thin end of how we balance work and family life when circumstances might be unpredictable? Two months ago my mother had a stroke. While she is a lot better now, I was in a position of having to put in place, with my sisters and brother, 24-hour care...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Seema Malhotra: Speaking as another member of the Speaker’s Commons Reference Group, I want to say how important this debate is. It is rooted in real and new evidence about Members’ experiences. By bringing the House into line with the policies of other workplaces, we will set the right tone and precedent for the future, particularly in this week, when we will be celebrating 100 years since women...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Seema Malhotra: Today, BT Openreach announced plans to roll out fibre broadband to 3 million homes by 2020. Far too often, however, new announcements are followed by slow action. This is an issue of growing urgency, and not just outside London; pockets of my constituency, including Cranford, suffer from very slow broadband speeds. I would like to thank Mohammad Chaudhry and residents of my constituency for...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: Does the hon. Lady not agree, however, that there is a difference between uncertainty in a macroeconomic climate and legal certainty about how you may be trading with your neighbours?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful and passionate speech. The report appears to highlight the fact that the biggest negative impact comes from the UK’s decision both to leave the customs union and to leave the single market, neither of which we have to do if we leave the European Union, and the fact that both decisions were made without proper debate, scrutiny and the presenting...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: My right hon. Friend just pointed to the extraordinary circumstance whereby we see Ministers against civil servants, and I have never seen that situation in my lifetime. Does he not agree that at the heart of this is honesty and transparency for Parliament and the public in the most important debate that we will have for generations?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: The Minister says that this cross-departmental analysis has not been co-ordinated by his Department, but on that there appears to be some confusion. When the Brexit Secretary gave evidence to the Brexit Committee last week, I asked him whether his Department is co-ordinating the cross-departmental work on the sectoral impacts of no deal, and he said, “Yes.” If there is indeed no...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: Will the Minister explain the advice he would give to SMEs subcontracted by Carillion in cases where Carillion services have been brought in-house to a local authority and where invoices have been unpaid? Should they apply to the official receiver for payment?

Presidents Club Charity Dinner (24 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: In light of the fact that a departmental non-executive director and a Minister attended this despicable event, does the Minister agree that it may be time for a review of the ministerial code of conduct and of the seven principles of public life to ensure that they reflect the commitment to the standards of equality and decency that we expect from our public servants? That will set an example...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Does he agree that the issue at hand is not whether those of us in this Chamber now might want to change the rights and protections we currently have, but the process by which those laws and rights could be changed and the ease and lack of accountability and transparency that could put them at risk in future?

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Seema Malhotra: This morning, I spoke to my local council, which is already acting fast to do all it can to ensure continuity of services and of staffing contracts. I am sure that the Minister will agree that the uncertainty ahead is hugely unsettling for employees and their families, but there is the further concern that valued employees with great expertise will start to look for new jobs, further...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Seema Malhotra: Thank you, Mrs Laing. I will do my best but, with short notice, I may struggle to bring my speech down to three minutes. It is a pleasure to follow many hon. Friends and hon. Members in lending my support to new clause 3, amendment 7 and new clause 66, which speak to the intention of Members on both sides of the Committee to engage constructively and thoughtfully on the role of Parliament and...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Seema Malhotra: The issue of regulatory divergence is an ongoing matter of concern for many sectors of our economy. When the Prime Minister read the summary outcomes of the Brexit sectoral analyses, did she happen to read about the impact of Brexit on chemicals? The Chemical Industries Association has today written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ask the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (6 Dec 2017)

Seema Malhotra: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (6 Dec 2017)

Seema Malhotra: On the same matter, but slightly different.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (6 Dec 2017)

Seema Malhotra: The House has been rightly informed by my fellow Select Committee Member, the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone), that we are still undergoing some deliberations. May I ask your advice on a related point? If the Secretary of State said to the Lords Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee a year ago that quantitative assessments of the impact of various scenarios were being...

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Seema Malhotra: In June, the Secretary of State said on “The Andrew Marr Show” that “We’ve got 50, nearly 60 sector analyses already done.” In September, that was reiterated in response to my freedom of information request. In October, the Secretary of State confirmed that to our Committee and said that the reports were in “excruciating detail” and that the Prime...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Economic Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Seema Malhotra: What steps his Department is taking to improve regional productivity.

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