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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Repeal Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of provisions of the great repeal Bill on Wales’s devolved competences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Repeal Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: Wales has consistently voted to make the National Assembly responsible for the governance of its own country and to transfer responsibilities away from Westminster and closer to the people in Wales. Will the Secretary of State give a concrete guarantee that there will be no attempt to undermine devolution in relation to any of the devolved Governments?

Business of the House (20 Apr 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: Six innocent UK military veterans, including Billy Irving, remain in jail in India. The Foreign Secretary has still not met their families. This Government have been in a tizzy over Brexit and have not been focusing on those men, and now this cynical Tory election means that their perilous situation slips even further down the priority list. These military veterans deserve better, so in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: UK Single Market (19 Apr 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: Does the Secretary of State stand by his comments last year, when he said: “My role is to ensure Scotland gets the best possible deal and that deal involves clearly being part of the single market”? Will he be honest with his constituents in a few weeks’ time? Will they be voting for an MP who supports being in the single market, or for one who wants to go along with a damaging hard...

Serious Fraud Office (18 Apr 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: I beg to move, That this House has considered the relationship between the Serious Fraud Office and other agencies. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I sought this debate because of concerns about investment losses suffered by my constituents, and because of my related work as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for the Connaught Income Fund. As a newer...

Business of the House (30 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: Last week, RBS announced a plan to close its busy Newton Mearns branch. East Renfrewshire was already the area worst affected by bank closures before this news. May we have an urgent debate on RBS’s surprising assertion that branches remain a core part of its offering to customers when that is patently not the case?

Breathing Space Scheme (29 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that schemes such as the debt arrangement scheme that my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman) spoke of are hugely important in alleviating the stresses and strains that impact on not only the family members who are dealing with the debt but the children themselves? If we do not put steps in place to try to deal with that, the impact on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Leaving the EU: Departmental Policy Implications (27 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: What assessment he has made of the policy implications for his Department of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Leaving the EU: Departmental Policy Implications (27 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: Reports at the weekend suggest that the UK Government intend that EU migrants currently living here will retain access to benefits, but those who arrive after the triggering of article 50 will be denied access. Does the Secretary of State agree that that is actually dependent on the will of the EU member states, and his Government cannot guarantee any of those rights as they press ahead,...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: I am pleased to be able to speak today and to keep up the pressure on behalf of constituents who have been hard hit and who deserve better. I thank the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) for initiating the debate and for his continued hard work on behalf of all those affected. Like, I am sure, other Members, I remember the reassuring adverts that must have attracted many people at...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. We should commend those people for all their continued work in keeping the issue at the forefront of our minds. A cynical person might wonder whether—as with the collapse of the Connaught Income Fund, which was mentioned by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry)—there is a strategy of dragging action out for...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: The point is well made. I think that Equitable Life policyholders, like Connaught Income Fund investors, feel particularly hard done by, and that is perfectly understandable. We need to deal with the compensation, and that can only happen when we have fully quantified the loss by negotiating the sums involved. At present, we are simply not there. After all this time, the Government need to...

Business of the House (23 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: May I associate myself with the expressions of sympathy today and with the appreciation that has been expressed for those who keep us safe, including the brave police officers? May we have an urgent debate on the plight of the Chennai Six, who include my constituent Billy Irving, given the Foreign Office’s shocking lack of disclosure and communication with families and MPs about the...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: My constituent Heather Burns works in the digital economy. She has only ever known a borderless, connected world of work. Can the Secretary of State reassure her that he understands the difficulties that Brexit is likely to cause for this very globally focused industry? What action is he going to take to prevent problems from occurring?

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: It is pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Streeter. I also commend the hon. Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler) for securing this debate and for her truly excellent speech today. I was interested to read that the UN high commissioner for human rights has reminded Governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes, and has called on...

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: I thank my hon. Friend for that useful intervention. I entirely agree with her point. For many more people racism is an occasional concern, but that concern still has the potential to destroy their lives. It stifles their potential and that of their children. It causes people to live in fear and despair. How can it be that after all these years, so many people today still have such cause for...

Treaty of Rome: 60th Anniversary (21 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: My hon. Friend is making an incredibly powerful speech about the benefits of the EU. It is clear that the EU has been instrumental in moving forward individual rights, including the rights of women. We should celebrate the fact that European women have the world’s highest average score in the personal freedom index. Does my hon. Friend agree that that is important?

DVLA and Private Car Parking Companies — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: The UK Government have undertaken a consultation on the matter. Last year I received written answers that made it clear that they were aware of public concern, but they had not discussed it with the companies or the DVLA. Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be useful to hear from the Minister whether those discussions have happened yet, and if not, why not?

DVLA and Private Car Parking Companies — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: The hon. Gentleman makes a crucial point. Does he agree that the Minister should also tell us when we will see proposals to stop companies continuing to receive personal data from the DVLA when they have a track record of abusing it by sending out legally incompetent frighteners to people and charging inflated fees for overstaying?

DVLA and Private Car Parking Companies — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: The hon. Gentleman is making an incredibly important point. Our town centres can ill afford to have their business impacted by parking operators that act against the interests of the people who park there.


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