Results 1–20 of 503 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Melanie Onn

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine (13 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: To reassure the UK’s fishing sector of the Government’s commitment and responsibility to the industry, including in the event of further such disputes, we need the fisheries Bill. When can we expect to see it?

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: My 18-year-old constituent, Ben Glean, sadly passed away last year. Ben was a fantastic campaigner for equality and had a particular interest in homelessness. His family, in memory of Ben, have started a fantastic campaign to knit and crochet hats for homeless people, premature babies and the local women’s refuge. About 200 individual items have been donated to their cause. Does the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: The Prime Minister just said that work is the best route out of poverty. Without repeating the response that she gave to the leader of the SNP, can she explain why, after eight years of a Conservative Government, the Living Wage Foundation reports that 40% of people in Grimsby do not earn enough to live on?

Business of the House (6 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: It has been revealed that a third of children in Grimsby did not reach the expected levels in their SATs. May we please have a debate in Government time on the impact and effectiveness of the new SATs on teaching and learning in primary schools?

Attorney General: Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (6 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: In July, a 13-year-old took to the rooftops in Grimsby and caused over £2,000 of damage—tearing down tiles, throwing them at police cars and hitting a police officer. Frankly, he has been causing misery for his neighbours and the whole town for months. He has now been given a year’s supervision, a curfew and a fine of just £20. What confidence can the Solicitor General...

Attorney General: Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (6 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: What confidence?

Tenant Fees Bill: Financial penalties etc (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: I thank the Secretary of State for his words and my colleagues who have taken part in the debates and have assisted in Committee. The conversations that we have had have been very helpful, and were certainly heard to some degree by the Minister, and I thank him for that. I am pleased that the Bill is leaving the House in a better state than when it was introduced, after pressure from Labour...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: As I said at the outset, we support the Government amendments and will not oppose any of them, but I am not sufficiently reassured that my amendment is not still required. As I said, we will not oppose the relevant Government amendment, which has come about as a result of constructive conversations in Committee, where a lot of these issues were dealt with in great detail. We have not touched...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: I welcome the Government’s amendments. They go some way towards making the Bill much more meaningful, and we will support them. I remain, however, disappointed at the lack of movement on the requirement for deposits, which will stay at up to six weeks. I believe that that remains a significant financial barrier into the private rented sector for many people. Deposits are currently in...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: I respectfully disagree with the hon. Gentleman’s perspective. Four weeks is an acceptable deposit. Introducing the possibility of an increase to a maximum of six weeks is unnecessary, and I urge the Government to look at that again. Before I move on to amendments 3, 1 and 2, I would like to return to a number of important issues raised in Committee that have not been addressed in the...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: I accept what the hon. Gentleman says. The amendment would serve as an example. I would be happy for it to be adopted and then to be taken on further by the Lords. It sets out examples, rather than being a full definition of the circumstances in which a tenant could be charged. In principle, putting in place a simple paragraph such as that in amendment 3 would make it far clearer to tenants...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: I hear what the right hon. Gentleman says, and I thank him for his intervention, but I repeat the point that the fine “must not exceed” £30,000 but need not necessarily be £30,000 in the first instance.

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: There is absolutely no suggestion in my comments that we should do away with the private rented sector, but the balance to date has been too far in favour of a private rented sector that has grown exponentially over the last 10 to 15 years and left tenants in a tenuous situation when it comes to their properties. When properties are just being used as commercial entities, with no...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Melanie Onn: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his contribution. If the Government were to adopt my amendment, I am absolutely sure that that is not the message that they would want to send out to the private landlord sector. This is not about people who are operating legitimately, who do a good job for their tenants, who are supportive of tenants and who are doing everything in their power to assist them...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Melanie Onn: I join other colleagues in congratulating those who have made their maiden speeches today. I urge them to get their bound copy of their speech and treasure it—something that I failed to do in a timely fashion; I regret it very much. I wish to take this opportunity to make up for a dreadful oversight of mine during the Westminster Hall debate earlier in the Session on children’s...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Melanie Onn: One GP has been working in Grimsby since 2004 through the EU diploma equivalence scheme. Is that scheme covered by chapter 2C of the White Paper, and will that GP need to take any action between now and March 2019 to enable her to continue to work freely in our NHS?

Health and Social Care: Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order (24 Jul 2018)

Melanie Onn: What action is the Minister taking to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on equal access to IVF are adhered to, so that people such as my constituent Rebekah Hambling, who sadly lost her IVF baby to group B strep, are not denied further rounds of IVF in North East Lincolnshire because they would still have been eligible in other CCG areas?

Exiting the European Union: Fishing Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Melanie Onn: With our leaving the EU next year, access to European funds that have done a great deal for fishing communities around coastal areas will be lost. Will the Government themselves replace those funds in the same way that they propose to deal with funding for farmers?

Domestic Abuse Victims and Family Courts — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Melanie Onn: My hon. Friend is making an incredibly powerful speech, and I congratulate her on securing the debate. Does she agree that that loophole in the system makes those—usually women—who have been victims of domestic violence victims twice over, not only in the attacks that they have sustained but in a court setting?

Domestic Abuse Victims and Family Courts — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Melanie Onn: My hon. Friend is being very generous in giving way. Has there been any analysis of the long-term mental health impact on victims of cross-examination by their perpetrators? The justice system is facilitating and enabling such cross-examination.


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