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Results 41–60 of 847 for speaker:Carolyn Harris

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and later I will talk about a scheme that helps in that situation. The protection and provision of support for children who experience domestic abuse—I am repeating myself. I have already read that bit, so we will scrap that, thank you very much. [Laughter.] That is the Welsh in me; never ashamed to say when we are wrong. As well as ensuring access to...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It certainly does and I think we all recognise, as I said previously, that experience and learnt behaviour can cause perpetrators of the future.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am going to make progress. Operation Encompass, which is an excellent example of what we are doing in communities, was set up to enable police forces and schools to confidentially and quickly share information about vulnerable children who need support and safeguarding.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am delighted to congratulate Gwent police. On Monday, my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi) and I visited the Liberty stadium in my constituency, where South Wales police launched their Operation Encompass. I pay particular tribute to Russell Dwyer, the head of St Thomas Primary School, who was a pioneer in ensuring that it came to Swansea.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am going to make progress. We need to secure better outcomes for child victims of domestic abuse. The only way that we will do that is by ensuring that such initiatives are available throughout the country. The Bill also needs to legislate to improve the experiences of survivors and their children in the family courts. Contact arrangements must be based on the child’s best interests, and...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank my hon. Friend. We have worked closely on many cases where children have been put at risk by being allowed access to potentially, if not very, dangerous parents. That is something that I feel passionately about. I believe we need a complete overhaul to ensure that the courts are prioritising the victims, not the perpetrators.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am going to make progress.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Never not give way to a Whip—I have learnt that much since I have been here, and it always helps when it is a Whip with a Welsh accent. As I had a chair at the conference and my hon. Friend did not, I will certainly agree with her and say that Rachel is an absolute inspiration and someone we should all look up to.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: indicated assent.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I agree that we need to look at the definition and the impact on children. That is something that we can look at closely in Committee, and we would welcome amendments guided in that direction. It is not just the courts that we need to look at; we also need to look at housing, which is another thing that currently allows perpetrators to control their victims. In cases of joint tenancy, only...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point about housing. We have grave concerns about the housing of victims, which is another issue that we will pursue in Committee. Reforms are also needed in the benefits system to ensure that survivors do not suffer further financially when escaping domestic abuse. The introduction of separate universal credit payments by default and the abolition of the...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Without question, the victim is central and we need to look closely at that. We also need to see changes in relation to migrant women and the economic abuse that they experience due to having no recourse to public funds—a situation that often leaves them in violent and dangerous relationships, as they simply cannot afford to leave. The Bill must change the legislation to ensure that all...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: That was a very powerful point from a well-known champion on such issues who has now taken the opportunity to put those sentiments on record.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I have no problem in congratulating Welsh Women’s Aid. I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. Support must be available to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse, with no restriction due to immigration status. Safe reporting systems need to be introduced to allow victims to report abuse to police and other authorities without fear of immigration enforcement.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The hon. Lady will know of my commitment to legislation in Northern Ireland—I spoke this week on children’s funerals and gambling—and I would very much like to see the Assembly reconvened. Women everywhere—victims everywhere—need to be guaranteed every protection that we can offer them. I have very real concerns about migrant victims when we eventually leave the EU. Under the EU...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I am here and I did speak up? It is a matter of record that I have a real interest in this, in any part of the United Kingdom—I am not invisible.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I rise as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for gambling related harm. The Minister alluded to the fact that legislation in Northern Ireland fails to protect problem gamblers. For example, there is outdated regulation. He mentioned FOBTs and how the gambling companies so “willingly” reduced the stake to £2 from £100, but the law in Northern Ireland would be that the stake could...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: indicated assent.

Bill Presented: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 7 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Given that the current political situation in Northern Ireland is preventing the children’s funeral fund from being introduced, can I ask that the Secretary of State consider acting directly to allow that to happen, so that bereaved parents there may benefit from the fund like the rest of the United Kingdom?


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