Results 1–20 of 297 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Carolyn Harris

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Carolyn Harris: The Department for Education is currently reviewing relationships and sex education. Has the Minister taken the opportunity to emphasise to her Education colleagues how important it is to identify female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage as a priority area in the curriculum?

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Carolyn Harris: There has been a call to allow a licence for administering medical cannabis to Alfie Dingley, but the Government must thoroughly examine the evidence in this area—both the stated benefits and the supposed risks of medical cannabis. Our policies must always be based on evidence and not frightened of scary headlines or chasing favourable ones. Only in that way can the House come to an...

State Pension Age (8 Feb 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Having heard the statement, I can only assume that the Minister really does not get this, because the strength of feeling, not just among the 1950s women, but among colleagues, is extremely high—they are angry. Maybe I can offer some help. If he agreed to meet me and his hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), we could share with him the findings of a...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Carolyn Harris: In a written statement, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced the creation of the Office for Product Safety and Standards. Please may we have a debate so that we can better understand the Department’s responsibilities, especially around counterfeit electrical goods sold online and, of course, electrical white goods?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Is the Minister aware of the recent estimate by the Centre for Economics and Business Research that 121,000 users of fixed odds betting terminals could be classed as problem gamblers, and that each suffers an average annual loss in welfare of nearly £10,000?

Backbench Business: Criminal Justice System: Adults with Autism — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan) on securing this important debate. Let us be clear. Autistic people are discriminated against in society as a whole, but especially in the criminal justice system. They can face discrimination when their autism is not readily apparent, or no help is...

Backbench Business: Criminal Justice System: Adults with Autism — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: We certainly do have a long way to go, and what my hon. Friends have said emphasises what we all know: we need to look at autism as a special consideration. For many autistic people, prison means the system has failed. Work must be done with probation services and police forces to create a specification for autism accreditation in those settings. That will help to prevent autistic adults from...

Backbench Business: Criminal Justice System: Adults with Autism — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: It is certainly my experience, from talking to police officers, that they would appreciate training so that they could better understand the condition, and how to deal with autistic offenders. That understanding is vital for the criminal justice system. If we are to regard people with autism in a fair and equal way we must look at how we provide for their needs. I am sure that the Minister...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) on securing this important debate. I thank all hon. Members not just for their contribution, but for sticking with us through this very disturbed debate. I congratulate you, Ms Ryan, on steering the ship safely to the end. The Opposition have made no secret of our disappointment in last year’s drug strategy. We waited nearly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Future Accommodation Model (15 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Whether his Department plans to replace service family accommodation with a rental allowance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Future Accommodation Model (15 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: The Army Families Federation found that if service family accommodation was replaced with the rental model, only 22% of personnel surveyed would definitely remain in the Army. Does the Minister not agree that the future accommodation model risks having a devastating impact on already shaky retention rates?

Women and Equalities: Women’s Refuges (11 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: The proposed changes to housing benefit will leave refuges in a vulnerable position, and the already underfunded specialist refuges will be most affected. If the Government are serious about protecting women victims of female genital mutilation, domestic violence, forced marriage and trafficking, they have to put more money into specialist services. What commitment will they make to looking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Last week, Theodore Johnson, a serial killer and repeated domestic violence perpetrator, was sentenced to 26 years in prison for his crimes. However, despite the fact that two women are murdered every week, high-risk perpetrators such as Johnson face little intervention from statutory services. With less than 1% of perpetrators of domestic violence receiving any form of intervention, will...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Dec 2017)

Carolyn Harris: May I say, Mr Speaker, that flamboyant scarves have just as much place in the Chamber as flamboyant ties? I congratulate the Minister on the work she has put into securing the stakes and prizes review, but will she make strong representations to the Treasury about the associated consequences of problem gambling? Mental health issues and antisocial behaviour costs the public purse more than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (18 Dec 2017)

Carolyn Harris: With the uncertainty of universal credit payments following the roll-out in Swansea last week, my local paper, the South Wales Evening Post, has co-ordinated the collection of food and warm clothes to help those in need. Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating the South Wales Evening Post on doing what the Government are failing to do, and making sure everyone has a good Christmas?

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on securing this important debate. I say to the Government, one more time, that they need to stop burying their head in the sand and do the right thing by these women. We are at the same point yet again, debating the unfairness and injustice to women born in the 1950s as a consequence of the pension changes. Without time...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I have put my thoughts on that on the record many times. Yes, I agree with my hon. Friend. The number of women aged 60-plus claiming benefits increased by some 9,500 between 2013 and 2017, a 115% increase. Pension age changes have played a substantial part in that increase. It is crucial that this Government recognise the need for fair transitional state pension arrangements, yet they are...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I thank all colleagues for attending the debate and for their excellent contributions. I pay a special tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi). Without her support and her bringing this dreadful case to my attention, we would not be here today. It is not comfortable for me to stand here and not rant about improving prisoners’ rights, including access and...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I beg to move, That this House has considered parental rights of prisoners. It is a pleasure to serve under your excellent chairmanship, Mr Hosie. A parent’s involvement in a child’s life is nearly always a positive thing that will enhance the child’s welfare, so long as the parent can be involved in a way that does not put the child or the other parent at risk of harm. I...


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