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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow: Noise Monitoring (30 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: What assessment he has made of the adequacy of noise monitoring around Heathrow Airport.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow: Noise Monitoring (30 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: Planes are currently flying at too low an altitude, which is causing excessive noise pollution over homes and schools in my constituency. Will the Secretary of State meet me to discuss how the new noise commission will be able to prevent medically unsafe noise levels from aircraft flying over residential areas?

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I thank the Prime Minister for her statement and for being very clear that we are not leaving Europe and that we seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in our country. When she says “as early as we can”, does she agree with me as a fellow European that “as early as we can” means today?

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I will try to be brief, as I agree with most of my colleagues’ points. I, too, have had meetings with hundreds of parents and with smaller groups of parents, and I have met many headteachers. I have received many letters from children and I will highlight one of those, because thankfully the children are celebrating, rather than...

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I absolutely agree with everything my hon. Friend says about the pressures regarding special educational needs. These are unpredictable, six-figure sums—he is absolutely right about that. Does he agree that there is a case for there being a separate pot, perhaps of central funding, because those costs are unpredictable year on year and are increasing?

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Gillan. I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Nusrat Ghani) for securing this important debate; there have already been useful contributions. I want to make a short speech. I declare an interest: before I was a Member of Parliament, I worked in the NHS as an ophthalmologist. I hope that the Government can achieve their own...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Heart Disease and Paediatric Services (21 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: Which hospitals providing congenital heart disease services do not meet the standard for the co-location of paediatric services; and what plans his Department has to stop providing congenital heart disease surgery at those hospitals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Heart Disease and Paediatric Services (21 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: Mr Speaker, you are absolutely correct in your comment. Does the Minister agree that the standards review found that not all clinicians are in agreement about how essential the co-location of paediatric services is, bearing in mind that a child being treated right now at the Royal Brompton will have 24-hour access to all necessary medical specialties? Will he tell us what improvements...

Personal Independence Payments (15 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: Will the Minister ensure that the mobility factor in PIP is maintained? It is important to all of us in the community. It is vital for all of us that our friends and family who have mental health problems, dementia or cognitive problems from strokes are out and about and visible in our community. Can he assure me that the descriptors and assessments are formulated according to need, and that...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I thank everyone who has taken part for such a wide-ranging discussion. I appreciate every single contribution. I express particular thanks to the Minister for his sensitivity and clarity. I note that, on behalf of the Government, he unreservedly condemns the use of torture. I am very grateful to him for being clear about not using even British overseas territories for rendition. I am sure...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I appreciate the Minister’s clarity and I urge the Home Office to do a proper audit of asylum claims in which torture is involved or suspected. I am glad that the Minister acknowledges the issue of case hardening, but a strategy needs to be in place. There was mention of claims made outside the UK. The point is that we can be a global leader. We might be able to send our experts and,...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I was very happy with the cross-party support at the November presentation of the “Proving Torture” report. I give credit to the Queen’s Counsels from the hon. Lady’s party, who were arm in arm with similar Members from my party. I believe that this has cross-party support from both Back-Bench and Front-Bench Members.

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I beg to move, That this House has considered UK policy on torture and the treatment of asylum claims. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for making time for this important debate. I also thank the co-sponsors of this debate, the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) and the hon. Members for Stretford and...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I thank the right hon. Gentleman very much for that intervention. I am aware of Supreme Court cases, but I do not want to mention specific cases today because I want to find as much common ground as possible with the Government, and I do not want to presume judgment of any particular cases, but I absolutely agree that the present statements by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: Again, I will not comment on individual cases. In my constituency of Twickenham in south-west London, I have come across the Tamil community. I have worked abroad in many countries, so I am aware of countries that have particular cases. I want the people of Sri Lanka who seek asylum to get the gold standard level of investigation and, if they seek asylum here, the best rehabilitation. I hope...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I appreciate what the Minister says, but I have seen a handful of cases—confidentially, without the names—and, without being a specialist myself, have talked to one of the doctors involved with the charity. From the small number I have seen, the decisions have been overturned not because of extra evidence, but because the evidence presented to the first caseworker was not handled...

Backbench Business: Torture and the Treatment of Asylum Claims — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Tania Mathias: I thank the hon. Gentleman and hope that Freedom from Torture and all the staff involved have heard his words. Again, I believe that we are leading. The specialty is a difficult one, so we should be proud that excellence has been attained in it. Asylum seekers should have confidence in our system. However, to refer back to the cases that I saw, without the names, it is depressing when a...

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Tania Mathias: I greatly appreciate my right hon. Friend the Minister’s words. Does he agree that there is now cross-party unity on the need for better information in these consultations, as was so ably expressed by the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Sarah Olney)?

Heathrow Expansion: Surface Access — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Tania Mathias: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this important debate and agree with the important points she is making. Does she agree that on 2 February, pollutant levels should have been documented for the NPS? In London, we have already breached our annual air pollution limits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Insurance Revenues: Health and Social Care (28 Feb 2017)

Tania Mathias: If he will make an assessment of the potential merits of ring-fencing national insurance revenues for spending on health and social care.


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