Results 1–20 of 414 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Steve Reed

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I congratulate the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid) on a really powerful maiden speech. He made a good case for getting up to visit Banff and Buchan, so I will be booking a trip there as soon as possible to taste the whisky and see the wildlife that he talked about. He is a wonderful advocate for the area. The hon. Gentleman also looked incredibly confident and relaxed as he...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend. I cannot for the life of me understand why the Government insist on ploughing ahead when it is quite clear that the IT system is not fit for purpose. They should pause the process and fix that before they inflict this damage on any more people. According to my council’s figures, a tenant on housing benefit—the legacy system—had...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Seni Lewis was a young graduate embarking on his life, aged 23, and living with his parents in Thornton Heath, when he suffered his first ever mental health episode. His parents recognised what was happening and took him to their local hospital. Seni ended up in the Bethlem Royal mental health hospital in Croydon. His parents stayed with...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I completely agree, and I am delighted that the National Autism Society fully supports the Bill and its provisions. I was talking about the number of patients who have died following the use of restraint, and the many more who have been seriously injured. Government guidelines say that face-down restraint is so dangerous it should not be used at all, but it was used over 9,000 times in the...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I agree, and I very much hope that the Minister will make such a commitment today. There are fears about unconscious bias in the mental health services. The Angiolini review, a very important review published earlier this week, notes how a disproportionate number of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities have died after the use of force in custody more generally. Black...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The idea of engaging with the Welsh Assembly as the Bill proceeds through this Parliament is an excellent one, and I hope to have his support in doing so.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I very much agree with my hon. Friend. The Government are commissioning a much wider review of mental health services. I hope it will encompass the points he raises, but that would be for the Minister to clarify. The Bill will make sure that every mental health provider has a policy in place governing the use of force, including a clear deliverable plan for reducing its use, and ensuring that...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. Unfortunately, that is outside the scope of the Bill, but I very much hope it will be in the scope of the wider review the Government are commissioning.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his very helpful intervention. The only way to go forward with the Bill is through consensus. I have made it absolutely clear to both Ministers sitting on the Government Front Bench that I want to work with them constructively in Committee, as they have worked with me so far, so that we can secure an outcome that is supported by both sides of the House and right...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I absolutely agree. There is an old line that justice delayed is justice denied. No family who have lost their child in these circumstances should then have to fight the state to find out what went wrong, or to secure a modicum of justice for what happened. Before I continue, I want to put on record my thanks also to the Prime Minister, who has met the Lewis family on more than one occasion...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s generous comments earlier. I should make it clear that it is not my intention that the Bill should impose any additional administrative burden. Institutions already collect data on the use of force, but they do not collect it in the same way, so it cannot be compared. The Bill will simply standardise what currently happens to allow greater...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Steve Reed: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising this important point and I agree with the point made by the hon. Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray). The hon. Gentleman will be interested to know that there is a weight of published academic evidence showing that the mere presence of police wearing body cameras reduces the likelihood of force being used in these circumstances by...

Independent Review: Deaths in Police Custody (30 Oct 2017)

Steve Reed: In Croydon, we had the tragic death of Seni Lewis in a mental health hospital, which was one of the cases that led to this important review. Following the lessons from the Seni Lewis case, does the Minister agree that non-natural deaths in a mental health setting should also trigger an independent investigation—with the emphasis on independent—as already happens when a death...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Steve Reed: The Government have directly reduced funding for youth offending services and indirectly reduced funding for early intervention and family support through the cuts delivered to local government. This has become so severe that those working in youth offending services can no longer devote the time necessary to prevent young offenders from reoffending, so we are still seeing reoffending at...

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Steve Reed: I echo the words of congratulation to my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. To what extent does she believe that the severe cuts to council services—they have led to cuts in services such as crime prevention, early intervention and family support—and the severe reductions in neighbourhood policing have contributed to Croydon having the second highest level of knife...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: End-of-life Care (4 Jul 2017)

Steve Reed: Croydon’s NHS, including end-of-life care, has been funded below the London average every year since the Conservatives first came into government. That is leading to the closure of services in Croydon that are available elsewhere, and to longer waiting times for GPs or the A&E in Croydon. When will Croydon’s funding be brought up to the London average?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding Formula (20 Mar 2017)

Steve Reed: How will the new national funding formula help students at Paxton Primary Academy in Thornton Heath, which is now in its third year in portakabins piled up in the back yard of a rugby club? Because work still has not started on its permanent school, it is now looking at its fourth, and possibly even fifth, year in portakabins. It is unacceptable that this should continue. Will the Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Charities and Voluntary Sector (16 Mar 2017)

Steve Reed: The Brexit Secretary tells us that he has done no work to understand the implications for the country of a no-deal Brexit. What work has the Minister done to understand the implications of a no-deal Brexit for charities, not just in terms of funding but in terms of the sector’s extremely diverse workforce?

National Citizen Service Bill [Lords]: National Citizen Service Trust (15 Mar 2017)

Steve Reed: I will start by returning the compliments paid to me by the Minister. I and my colleagues on the Opposition Front Bench are grateful to him for the consensual way in which he has dealt with the Bill. That is important to the future of the National Citizen Service, and to the people from all parties and none who have devoted a considerable amount of time to getting the organisation off the...

National Citizen Service Bill [Lords]: National Citizen Service Trust (15 Mar 2017)

Steve Reed: I thank the Minister for those assurances. It is important to put our concerns on the record following the PAC report. I fully understand that he will need some time to look at the report in detail to provide the reassurances that the House and the public will be looking for following its publication. The organisation has declared its intention to reduce spending per participant by about...


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