Results 1–20 of 307 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Deidre Brock

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade and the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the timetable for introducing new aviation agreements after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: The Secretary of State obviously agrees with the absolute need for aviation agreements, through either bilateral means or an EU-wide arrangement. Will he tell us how many DFT staff have expertise in negotiating aviation deals and how many are working on deals as we speak?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: A recent reply to a written question stated that nearly 11% of the aid budget is managed through the EU. Will the Secretary of State tell us what concrete plans she has to ensure that that money is properly used after Brexit?

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: I appreciate that the Minister is a member of a Government for which austerity has become a fixation, elevated to some high regard approaching a theology. Some of her ministerial colleagues have, at times, shown what can only be described as a callous disregard for the welfare of people with disabilities, but I am prepared to accept that she stands at the Dispatch Box in good faith. Will she...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: I wish to start by reading out a quote from journalist Frances Ryan: “When the ‘most vulnerable citizens’ line is used by well-meaning voices, there’s a secret second sentence that’s rarely uttered: disabled people, truth be told, do not need to be vulnerable. Contrary to the myth sold by years of austerity, to be afraid, desperate or isolated is not a normal...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: In a moment. I have no doubt that the Minister could add to the lament were she so minded. This river of human misery should shame the Government and every legislator who stands in this Chamber, but it does not. Instead, the atmosphere of persecution creates fear and distrust, leaving people isolated and alone, which is a form of psychological damage that may be even more cruel than the...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. That is another thing about which we have heard just too much in our surgeries in recent years. Unfortunately, there is no sign of it ending. Two of the three disability premiums that were included under employment and support allowance are missing from universal credit, so severely disabled people could lose £78.35 per week—around £340...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: My hon. Friend makes an important and rather sad point. I understand that the definition of DDPO is one where the management committee or board has at least 75% of representation from deaf and disabled people; where at least 50% of its paid staff team are deaf and disabled people, with representation at all levels of the organisation; and where it provides services for, or works on behalf of,...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: My hon. and learned Friend raises an excellent point. That is certainly an issue of great concern to a large number of organisations that work on behalf of disabled people. The UN committee also recommends putting in place a proper employment programme for people with disabilities to create decent work opportunities on equal pay scales. Will the Minister tell us that that will happen and...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: As I said at the beginning of my speech, these situations are all too common to us all as constituency MPs. I hope that the Minister is listening closely to some of these examples and that she will take action.

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: I absolutely agree. That was why I decided to apply for this debate. The report is very important and all its recommendations demand an answer from the Minister. Our time today is limited, but I hope that there will be an opportunity for more of the recommendations to be addressed. Paragraph 59 of the report also calls for a cumulative impact assessment of all the changes to support for...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: As the hon. Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) noted, the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) spoke of “gold-plating” human rights and equalities legislation. I took the time to read the article written by the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills on the subject of this debate, and I have to say to her that one’s ethnicity, social group or how one...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: I understand that some public open spaces in the hon. Member’s constituency are used by Travellers. I even read a story in the Express & Star, her local newspaper, about locals being unable to fly their toy planes on an aerodrome that closed in 1956—a deprivation that must really grind them down. As others have said in this debate, if there were more places to...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: Members frequently referred to the Irish answer, but may I commend the Scottish Government’s answer, which is to work with the communities to develop an overarching strategy to reduce discrimination against Travellers, improve their quality of life and outcomes, increase understanding through a national action plan, and work towards an increase in mutual understanding and respect in the...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Deidre Brock: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that point, but the Scottish Government are clearly willing to work with those communities, and that approach will bear fruit. On the question of dialogue with the communities, I urge the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills to join the all-party parliamentary group for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, which I sit on, so that she can learn about travelling...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: EU Withdrawal Negotiations (14 Sep 2017)

Deidre Brock: What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on her departmental priorities for the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: EU Withdrawal Negotiations (14 Sep 2017)

Deidre Brock: Once again, the Edinburgh festivals were adversely affected this year by UK Visas and Immigration decisions that blocked performers from attending. Will the Secretary of State make representations to the Brexit Secretary that freedom of movement should be maintained after the UK leaves the EU, so that EU performers do not face the same difficulty getting to the Edinburgh festivals—and...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Deidre Brock: The first order of business should be congratulating the Scottish Government on removing the cap on public sector pay rises. We should note, too, that, as my hon. Friend the Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) said, Scotland’s nurses get paid more than England’s, by between £300 and £1,100 each, and that wages for nurses in Wales and in Northern Ireland are even...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Deidre Brock: No. Those Governments must give nurses the cash to bridge that gap with Scottish nurses and then match the pay rises from the Scottish Government—and make it new money. This has to be new investment, not current resources and not freed-up efficiency savings—those infamous, mythical beasts. It must be new money that is put into the service to keep it viable. Squeezing current...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Deidre Brock: I thank the hon. lady for that important intervention. Austerity, wage cuts and in-work poverty are political choices—this is policy not necessity. The poverty facing public sector workers, including NHS workers, is a choice made by the Government—a choice made by millionaires, making ordinary workers poorer. An “increase” of 1% in someone’s wage while Brexit...


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