Results 601–620 of 685 for speaker:Rupa Huq

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...

[Geraint Davies in the Chair] — State Pension Age Equalisation (2 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Does she agree that the people who are treated most iniquitously are those born in 1954? My constituent Michele Carlile of Hanger Hill says that an extra six years were hiked on to her pension age with no warning. That generation did not have the equal opportunities that created independent pension funds, and they did not have free nursery places;...

[Geraint Davies in the Chair] — State Pension Age Equalisation (2 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Does my hon. Friend agree that this Government need to stop seeing people as just anomalies on a spreadsheet? The cases that she has highlighted are those of real-life individuals, and apparently there are 300,000 people born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954 who have been hit twice by Tory pension changes, and these issues need addressing.

Employment Tribunal Fees — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (1 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Does that not make a mockery of the claim the Prime Minister made to me at Prime Minister’s questions that he is now a feminist? How does all this marry up with that statement?

Employment Tribunal Fees — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (1 Dec 2015)

Rupa Huq: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we are also talking about gender discrimination, because women who are suffering from pregnancy discrimination or maternity discrimination will be afraid to take cases with a price tag of £1,200, so they will suffer in silence?

Sugary Drinks Tax — [Mr Fabian Hamilton in the Chair] (30 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: I am a late contributor to a long debate, so some of what I say will have been touched on, but I hope it is not all déjà vu. Apparently today is the first day of Sugar Awareness Week, after “black Friday” and “cyber weekend”, or whatever—it is all good to know. According to Mick Armstrong, chair of the British Dental Association: “Britain is...

Sugary Drinks Tax — [Mr Fabian Hamilton in the Chair] (30 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: Yes, sorry. I am a secret lemonade drinker—no, I’m not. I want to be brief, but we are discussing something important. Voluntary agreements do not seem to be moving fast enough. As everyone has said, we need a range of different approaches, and hiking up sugary drink prices by pennies is part of that. As for the industry’s worry that the cost would have to be passed on to...

Sugary Drinks Tax — [Mr Fabian Hamilton in the Chair] (30 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: No, but alcopops and such things have always been popular with young people, because they look harmless, but some of them have a high alcohol content. We have a golden opportunity, because the Government are working on a childhood obesity strategy, and we must not waste that opportunity We must think long-term and heed the BDA chief’s words: “Public health policy must be guided by...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (27 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial and advisory assistance his Department offers to businesses to encourage them to employ, train and support people with physical and learning disabilities.

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...

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...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equality (26 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to reduce gender economic inequality.

UK Musicians Performing Overseas — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (25 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: I hope to enlighten you further about other types of music, Mr Howarth. I congratulate the hon. Member for Selby and Ainsty (Nigel Adams) on bringing this important subject to the Chamber, and I echo his revulsion at the recent events in Paris. Last week, I found myself in China on an overseas trip—my first one as an MP, and my first time in China. I noticed a building that looked very...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Young People (19 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People of 27 October 2015, Official Report, column 101WH, what assessment he has made of the reason for the high proportion of young people receiving benefit sanctions.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: First Time Buyers (17 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the projected average age of a first time buyer in 2020.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Sales (17 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow local councils to ban overseas and off-plan sales.

Houses of Parliament (Family-friendliness) — [Fabian Hamilton in the Chair] (10 Nov 2015)

Rupa Huq: The other day at about 8 o’clock, I found myself heading back from the mother of Parliaments, which is—I still pinch myself—my workplace. I was heading from tube to road with a neighbour of mine from a few doors away, who said, “Late night at work, was it?” I was not fast enough to say no, this was an early night; as all Members know, it can be a lot later than...


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