Results 601–620 of 633 for speaker:Rupa Huq

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend describes some quite exotic places, but I want to give an example from the Recovery Interventions Service Ealing, a drug and alcohol support service in my constituency. RISE put the point to me that these things are often about working smarter, not harder. It might be about not necessarily being punitive, but looking at joined-up thinking with other agencies. RISE has a joint...

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill (Programme): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (15 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: AP3 and AP4 affect my constituency much less than AP2, but given that the Minister described how he made a site visit to the constituency of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer), will he make a visit to the affected roads in my constituency, which are largely in the NW10 area? No visit has been made since the one by the Select Committee in March,...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: Will the hon. Lady give way?

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I just wanted to ask where the hon. Lady would place management consultants in that. The NHS in north-west London has spent, I think, £13 million this year alone on Saatchi and Saatchi, and various other groups. I just wondered where she would place that in that trajectory. Hopefully, it will be something we can all agree on.

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: We are discussing contracts and conditions. Does my hon. Friend agree that whistleblowing is another issue over which there tends to be silence? The last time there was a full debate on it in this place was 2009. It came up tangentially in 2013, in a debate on accountability and transparency, and it has appeared in statements—I think there was one last July and one earlier this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend mentioned the CIPD, and it is not only the usual suspects who oppose this Bill—there are some unlikely bedfellows because the Bill goes beyond party politics. As we have heard, the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) called it redolent of Franco’s Spain. The Secretary of State pooh-poohed Vince Cable, the former Business Secretary, for calling...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Immigration Detention (10 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I echo the congratulations to the two APPGs and to Members from both sides of the House who have brought this very important and timely debate. In a week when moral indignation from the nation at large has caused action by the Government, I would like to think that this debate too can play its part in awareness raising and have a similar positive effect. I do not have any of these so-called...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Affordable Housing (London) (9 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I want to raise some questions that remained unanswered when we debated the subject in July, and I wonder whether we will have better luck with this Minister than we did with the previous one. I congratulate the hon. Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) on securing this vital debate. The average age of an unaided first-time buyer in London is now 37, and at the debate in July I asked what...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Affordable Housing (London) (9 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: We are hearing a list of questions for the Minister, and I just want to throw in a few of my own, because although I am new here, even I am getting a sense of déjà vu. I led a similar debate almost exactly two months ago, and we did not have any answers then, so I just want to throw in three questions from then.

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Affordable Housing (London) (9 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: It was just the mention of Sir George Young that reminded me, because he is a predecessor of mine.

Urban Regeneration (England) (8 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: Will the Minister give way?

Urban Regeneration (England) (8 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I did.

Urban Regeneration (England) (8 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I shall be brief compared with my hon. Friends, but I do want to add a London perspective to this very important debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) on securing it. It is disappointing to see how empty the Government Benches are. If that reflects a lack of interest on the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Retention (20 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: What assessment her Department has made of recent trends in teacher retention; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Retention (20 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Various recent polls have shown that up to 68% of teachers have considered leaving the profession altogether in the next 12 months. In my constituency, the prohibitive cost of housing contributes to that figure. Heads say that that prevents teachers staying beyond their initial teacher training. What steps will the Department take to head off the coming teacher crisis in London?

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: The Minister did not answer any of the series of specific questions that I asked him, although he gave us a good catalogue of things from whatever he was reading out—it seemed to be some sort of Mayor’s brief. He was asked: does he think that the definition of affordable housing as 80% of market rate is correct, and does he think that there is scope for changing it, because it is...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Will the Minister give way?

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: When new housing starts at £1.2 million, how does the hon. Gentleman square that with the fact that there are 13,000 people on the council waiting list in Ealing borough; there are only 700-plus properties whose leases turn over each year; and there are 250,000 people on the waiting lists in London. The stuff being built is not appropriate to those people.

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: I beg to move, That this House has considered housing supply in London. In the 1937 novel “Coming Up for Air” by George Orwell, the narrator tells us that his neighbours all think they have bought their own homes, and remarks, “they don’t, the building society does”. Although it was an inter-war satire of social mores in the suburbs, many Londoners now in...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Housing Supply (London) (15 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Yes, I will come on to some of the more noteworthy schemes in the constituency—just hang on in there and I will get to that. I do not want to brand all private landlords as neo-Rachman rogues. According to the post-2015 election Register of Members’ Financial Interests, 142 MPs declared rental income under the category for land and property in the UK and elsewhere, in which annual...


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