Jo Stevens: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman). Some Members may be wondering why I, a Welsh Member, am speaking in this debate, because housing is devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, and the Welsh Government will be bringing their own Bill before the Assembly this year to ban letting fees in the private rented sector. The Welsh Government consulted...
Jo Stevens: The Bill is obviously necessary because of the bad behaviour of some landlords and letting agents. Without the measures that my hon. Friend set out, bad behaviour by rogue landlords and letting agents will not be prevented. They will carry on doing it because there is no sanction and no enforcement to stop them.
Jo Stevens: There are a lot of references in the Bill to upper limits and caps. Does the Secretary of State recognise that the temptation, and I suspect the practice, will be that agents and landlords will put deposits at the top end of the cap? They will not put them further down—they will be right at the top end.
Jo Stevens: Will the right hon. Lady give way?
Jo Stevens: I am very grateful to the right hon. Lady for giving way, but she knows, as does every Member of this House, that the boundary review will be based on information about the electorate that is years out of date, so why not scrap it and do it on the basis of the current electoral register?
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Department has made an assessment of the effect of the NHS surcharge for non-EEA migrants on the recruitment and retention of non-EEA NHS staff.
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department will make an estimate the cost of a waiver on the NHS surcharge for non-EEA citizens working in the NHS.
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish its funding scheme to compensate owners of equipment affected by the clearing of the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum for mobile network operators.
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been refused infinite leave to remain on the grounds of being (a) a threat to national security and (b) undesirable under section 322(5) of the Immigration Rules in each year since the implementation of those Rules.
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what support the UK Government has offered to the Welsh Government to gain European funding for the South Wales Metro project.
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative analysis his Department has conducted with the Department for International Trade to identify trading opportunities for Wales with countries with which the European Union does not have a trade deal.
Jo Stevens: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2018 to Question 136029, on Immigrants: Commonwealth, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential effect of the Immigration Act 2014 on (a) older Commonwealth citizens, (b) undocumented British citizens and (c) other vulnerable groups prior to its implementation.
Jo Stevens: My constituent Kashif Shabir, whom I have spoken about in several debates on this issue, has been the victim of exactly that, with Lloyds bank and Alder King surveyors in Bristol, resulting in the loss of his £10 million business. Does my hon. Friend agree with me that the bosses of both those organisations, Mr Horta-Osório and Mr Martyn Jones, should now proactively take steps to...
Jo Stevens: I apologise, Madam Deputy Speaker. Does my hon. Friend agree that the banks and the surveyors should proactively take steps now to offer redress to my constituent and to many other constituents of Members on both sides of the House?
Jo Stevens: Tomorrow evening, Cardiff Blues will play in the final of the European challenge cup. Will the Leader of the House join me in wishing them luck and in congratulating Cardiff City on winning promotion to the premier league and Cardiff Devils on winning the ice hockey elite league? May we have a debate on the great sporting successes of Cardiff?
Jo Stevens: The Leader of the House did not answer the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz) on whether the Government can confirm that they have no plans to cut the number of MPs on their payroll. Can the Leader of the House confirm that the result will be a more powerful Executive and a smaller legislature?
Jo Stevens: What progress has been made on the appointment of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Jo Stevens: The Attorney General will be aware that many concerns about disclosure have been an issue with the CPS in recent months. Can he confirm that the new DPP will have enough resources to tackle this time-intensive task?
Jo Stevens: I thank the Minister for his remarks and everyone who has participated in the debate. It is most important that we do not forget the children, women and men in those camps. I welcome what the Government have done so far. I hope they continue to put international pressure on Burma and build a coalition against it so that we can see justice for the 1 million people who have suffered this...
Jo Stevens: I absolutely accept the Minister’s point about aid and outside agencies and countries directing the Bangladesh Government, but does he agree that, if millions of pounds of funding is being given to help, the Government have leverage to sort out these difficulties? There are practical difficulties of aid workers not being able to get into the camps to help.