Results 1–20 of 253 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Suella Fernandes

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I am honoured to follow my hon. Friends, who have made some passionate contributions to the debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield) on continuing the work of my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Ms McVey) on promoting this vitally needed and important Bill. If it is passed—I am very glad the Government are supporting it—it will be a...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I am grateful for the reference that my hon. Friend makes. Yes, I was a barrister for 10 years and worked in and out of the courts. Part of my work was serving on the Treasury counsel panel defending Government Departments, including the Ministry of Justice, and decisions by the Parole Board on sentences. On occasion, I visited prisons in that capacity. The use of mobile technology has...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: rose—

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: The Prime Minister has said clearly, “we want you to stay” and that we value their commitment. What part of that does the hon. Gentleman not understand?

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

Suella Fernandes: Does the Minister share my concern about how a letter sent by the Secretary of State to the ExEU Committee managed to reach journalists at the Daily Mirror before it was considered by the Committee? Does that encourage or discourage him when it comes to sharing confidential information?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I am pleased to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke) on his debut in Committee. I am sure we will all be treated to many more thoughtful contributions based on his experience as a lawyer before coming to this place. I apologise at the outset, but I will be adding to the chorus of lawyers. There has been an abundance of lawyers—this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: In principle, that would be possible, but I pray in aid the comments of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr Cox), who has just entered the Chamber, and who eloquently explained that there is no substantive need to do that because those rights are protected in existing legal frameworks or the common law. As I was saying, the charter is an instrument of the EU...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I am flattered that the hon. and learned Lady is quoting me in the Chamber. Does she not find it odd that the effect of her proposals would actually be legal chaos and uncertainty? We would have interacting rights regimes, with the convention through the Human Rights Act, and the charter. This is precisely the time at which the Bill is designed to provide legal certainty for businesses,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: Will not the hon. Gentleman’s proposals create more uncertainty and raise more questions than answers? For example, considerable reference has been made to the Union, to citizens and to the right to vote and stand in European elections, but is that not at odds with our being a non-member state on our leaving the European Union?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: The hon. Gentleman proposes that part of the charter should be erased and that it should undergo some kind of surgery before it is applied through UK law. Is it not right that questions of principle and policy should not be debated in relation to this Bill, the purpose of which is to provide legal certainty and continuity, but left for wider parliamentary debate and scrutiny, and indeed the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: As the hon. Gentleman will know, the threshold for claiming damages under Francovich is that the breach needs to be “sufficiently serious”, which is a principle stemming from EU jurisprudence and case law from the European Court of Justice. Is his position that claims will be interpreted under UK law even in the event of a lack of provision of “sufficiently serious” in...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I applaud my hon. Friend’s passion and expertise in this subject. Does he agree that the world-leading environmental body that is proposed for when we leave the EU is a great opportunity that Britain can grasp to take the lead on environmental standards?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I have nothing but gratitude for all hon. Members who have contributed to this very constructive and wide-ranging debate from all parts of the country. Only Wales was not really represented.

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: Yes—my apologies. That reflects the widespread support for the subject of the debate. I am grateful for the response from the Minister and I am hopeful that we will continue the work to ensure that we get justice for families, strengthen child wellbeing and provide the context for equitable resolution in this difficult area. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has...

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I beg to move, That this House has considered family justice reform. There are not many more challenging areas where the law intervenes than the safety of vulnerable children and family breakdown. Judgments about such things as whether a child should be removed from their parents’ care or how a separating couple share parenting reflect our values as individuals and as a society. They go...

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I thank my hon. Friend for raising mediation. Compulsory family mediation information meetings were one of the measures introduced in the 2014 Act. They have had the benefit of diverting conflict and cases out of the adversarial system. The Conservatives and the Government should be proud of a record that leaves family justice in a better place than where we found it in 2010. Why did I call...

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: As I said, I think there have been improvements since 2010 because of the measures in the 2014 Act, but I called the debate because there is further to go, and I do not deny that at all. I am raising some elements that should be considered in a review or commission led by this Government. That review or commission could cover three main areas: strengthening child wellbeing and families;...

Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I thank my hon. Friend for raising the issue of extended families. Kinship carers and grandparents in particular can play an essential role in the upbringing of our children, and they too can be cut out of children’s lives because of the obstacles placed in their way through our system, which needs some change. Many parents in these situations have lost their life savings, their home...


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