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Marriage Registration Certificates — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (8 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Sorry, I could not remember his constituency.

Marriage Registration Certificates — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (8 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: I apologise for my keenness to intervene. My hon. Friend mentioned the Prime Minister. I think that he said at the time that marriage certificates do not reflect modern Britain. Given that he declared recently at Prime Minister’s questions that he is now a feminist, is that not an example of how he seems to say one thing and do another? There has been zero progress on this important subject...

Marriage Registration Certificates — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (8 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: I did not declare my interest as a mother before; I do so now. The hon. Lady makes an excellent point that the constitution of families has changed dramatically. Is she aware that, according to Gingerbread, there are now 2 million single parent households, which is 25% of all families with children, and 90% of those single parents are women. Given those figures, this erasing of women from...

Marriage Registration Certificates — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (8 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: I want to draw my hon. Friend’s attention to TheDaily Telegraph, which is not normally sympathetic to the Opposition—it has been known as the “Torygraph”. Its Wonder Women section backs a campaign on this issue, and a report in the paper in October included a quote that sounds very similar to the one my hon. Friend read out. Someone who is interviewed in the report says: “I cannot...

Attorney General: Human Rights Act 1998 (26 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: The right hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green), a former Justice Minister and, in the week, a resident of Acton, has said: “I would definitely not want Britain to withdraw from the Convention because it would appear as though the UK was no longer as committed to Human Rights as it in fact is. This would damage our country’s reputation.” Just how will the Attorney General ensure that...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Airports Commission: Final Report (26 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: Heathrow has been in the background for me for 43 years. I was a pupil at Montpelier primary school, just north of Ealing Broadway, and when someone was doing a reading in assembly, they would have to stop as the teacher told them to hang on while Concorde or whatever it was flew past, after which they could continue. I now live in south Ealing, which is even more directly under the flight...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Airports Commission: Final Report (26 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. It depends on when they moved there. There were people at the meeting yesterday who said that when they moved there, Heathrow was only a glimmer of what it is now. Certainly, there were not five terminals. I am not saying that we should raze Heathrow to the ground. I recognise its strategic importance to west London. I like the fact that it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: They are a great British institution and earn billions for our economy, so I am sure the Chancellor will share my concern that two curry houses a week are closing due to Government policies and the fact that the proposed specialist colleges have failed. As a fan himself, will he review the situation? He once likened the elements of a strong economy to those of a good curry, so will he take...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Women and the Economy (9 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Just a short time ago, in Prime Minister’s Question Time, the Prime Minister declared himself a feminist, but that does not seem to correspond with his party’s policies. Just as he once forgot his daughter in a pub, his party seems to have forgotten about equality for women.

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Just as everyone from an earlier generation remembers where they were when JFK was assassinated, everyone from Ealing remembers where they were when riots hit our corner of west London, which is known, justifiably, as the queen of the suburbs. [Interruption.] It is, yes, and correctly so. Footage of the shop front of Helen and Stuart Melville’s Bang & Olufsen franchise on Bond Street in...

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Sorry, I am not into zombie movies. It was Mr Melville’s example. They found cars burning and other such things one does not expect to see in Ealing. Bang & Olufsen closed early, as a precautionary measure, but even so, the glass was shattered and the footage attracted many millions of views on YouTube. Ravi found his store in flames. The London fire brigade was in attendance for 24 hours....

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. He anticipates what I was going to say about the Ealing example, but he is correct that these decisions should be taken at a local level. Ravi said that the council was very good initially, but that “after 18 months their door was closed.” He also praised police actions after the event, but recognised that their role too was limited. His was a flat...

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: He’s not here, is he?

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Never mind. Not to worry.

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will continue. Now the place is half the size and split into two units, although the takings are thankfully back to normal. As my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon North said, further follow-up financial support should be considered at local government level. I have not found any measure proposing that in the Bill, although perhaps I have not looked at it...

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I would feel happy if this issue were addressed to some limited extent. One would expect the Association of British Insurers to be on the side of the insurance industry, but it has found this aspect left wanting in this legislation—it could perhaps be explored at future stages.

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: I am talking about loss of earnings. The store owner, his wife and two kids had to live off their savings for 18 months. It is an extreme case: 18 months is not the norm, and riots are not the norm. We do not usually expect these occurrences. Let us hope they never happen again. Helen from Bang & Olufsen remarked that the shop front had not been smashed. The video was shared so many times...

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: That is an excellent point. There were the headline cases that got all the attention and went viral, but I believe that the proprietors of many small Asian shops in the London road have been waiting a long time to be compensated. I am not sure whether they have received any compensation yet. We may focus on the headline cases, but these are all tragic stories.

Riot Compensation Bill (4 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: I believe that the hon. Gentleman is right, but local authorities live in ever more straitened circumstances, and are trying to do more and more with less and less. I am surprised that the Bill does not mention that, and I should be interested to hear from the Minister what provision will be made for it in future legislation. Helen also referred to “just the amount of time it took and the...


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