Results 601–620 of 745 for speaker:Rupa Huq

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Independent Healthcare Commission: North-west London (9 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: The report heavily features Ealing hospital, where the radiographer Sharmila Chowdhury blew the whistle on consultants taking bungs—extra payments. She is now jobless and, as a widow with a mortgage, soon to be homeless. Will the Minister urgently look into her case, because despite a plethora of reports—this one and the Francis review—this Government do not seem to be doing...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. She referred to the courts. Last week, the Court of Appeal found against the bedroom tax for discriminating against domestic violence victims. Does she agree that it beggars belief that the Government seem more intent on fighting that decision than protecting those victims and compensating them?

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful speech. He talks about cuts to services. Does he agree that the Government are often clever in defraying those cuts on to local government? In my borough, Southall Black Sisters does very good work for black and minority ethnic communities on issues such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and the impact of religion and culture. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food Waste (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: The Soil Association estimates that between 20% to 40% of UK fruit and veg is rejected before it even reaches the shop—it is deemed as being a kind of “wonky veg” because it fails to meet the supermarket’s strict cosmetic requirements. Will the Minister ensure that supermarkets and manufacturers transparently publish their supply chain waste—I think Tesco is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: London breached annual pollution limits just days into 2016, repeating what happened in 2015. The Government were forced by the Supreme Court to publish plans on reducing air pollution. Does the Secretary of State think that her Department is doing enough to tackle air pollution? It is projected that there will be five years of this in London.

Gender Pricing (2 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward, and an honour to follow the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), who served with distinction as Minister for Women and Equalities. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff) on securing this important debate. She made her name with the tampon tax, which made waves even if it did not quite...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (1 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (1 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: Last week the bedroom tax was declared unlawful in the Court of Appeal because it discriminated against domestic violence victims and disabled children. However, the Government are set to spend more on appealing against the decision than they would spend on abiding by the ruling. Surely the Secretary of State agrees that that means poor value for the taxpayer, and that this despicable and...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Housing Benefit and Supported Housing: Prisons and Probation (27 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: On the Justice Committee, we interviewed the chief inspector and found his answers on ministerial interference in his reports very interesting. Does my hon. Friend agree that, to the outside world, the fact that the chief inspector’s contract is not being renewed makes it look like he was doing an effective job in holding the MOJ to account, and is now being silenced?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Safety in Prisons (26 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: The report by the outgoing chief inspector of prisons quoted a member of staff at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as saying that one cell was so unsafe, “I wouldn’t keep a dog in there.” I know that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but will the Minister tell us what is being done to deal with the Tory prisons crisis?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Small Businesses: Tax Reporting (25 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend’s point reminds of something that Andrew Dakers, who is from West London Business in my constituency, has said: “One can only assume the measure is being planned to speed up tax receipts, which is a duff basis for policy-making in this area.” Will my hon. Friend comment on that?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Small Businesses: Tax Reporting (25 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: The hon. Lady’s point reminds of a comment made by Richard Morse, the FSB’s representative in my area, who said that HMRC did not seem to realise that a lot of businesses in my constituency were sole traders and that the person doing the accounts—there is no separate accounts department—was also generating the business and doing the work. He fears that the proposed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: I am proud that “Downton Abbey” was made in Ealing—the below-stairs servants quarters were in my constituency—but the series has now ended, so what are the Government doing to increase representation on and off-screen of the nation’s ethnic, regional and gender diversity so that the airwaves are not all dominated by the classes upstairs?

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Public Service Broadcasting (21 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to improve diversity in public service broadcasting.

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day] — Student Maintenance Grants (19 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Until my election in May, I had spent all my adult life in universities, from being the recipient of a full grant, with my fees entirely paid, in 1990 at Cambridge University to teaching at Kingston University until my election. I have also taught at a red-brick university. I contend that at all these categories of university—all seats of learning in this country—the student...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Banking Culture Review (19 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: What discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on its decision to end its review of banking culture.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Banking Culture Review (19 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Given that the popular image of bankers right now is probably on a par with used car salesmen or MPs even, does the Minister not agree with the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Mark Garnier) that to abort the review now, which could have looked at regulating challenger banks as well as historical mis-selling, is a missed opportunity?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Is my hon. Friend aware that people find that individual repellent because he is not only racist but homophobic and misogynistic?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: Does my hon. Friend not agree that the fact that it is Martin Luther King day today makes it even more bizarre that this hate figure is preaching these ridiculous things that we should reject?

Public Bill Committee: Riot Compensation Bill: Clause 8 - Amount and payment of compensation (13 Jan 2016)

Rupa Huq: The word on the street in Ealing, once known as Queen of the Suburbs, was that our police were diverted to Westfield, which is a shopping centre of high-value, high-end designer shops. That is why we were left empty-handed when the riots hit.


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