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Upcoming Business – Commons: Westminster Hall (20 Dec 2017)

Closure of Torre post office – Kevin Foster. Westminster Hall debate; 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. Does he agree that it is very welcome that the Secretary of State has made clear that our sentience law will be much stronger than both French and EU law, which declares animal sentience, but then allows disgraceful practices such as cock fighting and bull fighting?

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Whales: Iceland (12 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it his policy to seek the cessation of Icelandic whaling as part of any future trade negotiations with Iceland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Capital Funding (11 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: Through the Minister, may I thank the Secretary of State and her Parliamentary Private Secretary for their superb response to the question I asked at the last Education questions session? On Friday, I was at Shiphay Learning Academy meeting its headteacher Elaine Gill, to discuss the condition of its building, and particularly the roof. Will the Minister reassure me that there will be an...

Social Care (7 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the Minister’s pledge to consult more widely about a long-term solution, given the pressures on Torbay with this issue. One problem is people’s complete lack of understanding about how the current system works with unlimited liability. If we just put in a blunt cap, that will mean little to someone who has worked for their whole life and bought a house in Torbay, yet...

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I know the Minister will recognise that our relationship with the United States is far deeper than the question of whoever happens to be the current occupant of the White House, and the same is true of our commitment to the peace process in the middle east. Will he reassure me that we will stick to the original vision in the Balfour declaration of two democratic, prosperous states living side...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Whales: Iceland (7 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the issue of whaling was discussed during his visit to Iceland in August 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare (7 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: As we prepare to leave the EU it is vital that we maintain our strong standards of animal welfare law and use Brexit to enhance them, not diminish them by reverting to the lower standards permitted by EU law. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that the Government will seek to enhance our welfare laws as we leave, including in areas where single market rules currently block us from doing so?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Joint Ministerial Committee (6 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: What progress the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) is making.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Joint Ministerial Committee (6 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the constructive approach that is being taken to the Joint Ministerial Committee. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is vital that both sides keep this up and make real progress on the substance, so that as we leave the EU we have a stronger Scottish Parliament as part of a stronger United Kingdom?

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the Home Secretary’s statement, and particularly her reference to the evolving threat that might emerge as the caliphate that Daesh declared collapses. What work is she planning to do with our “Five Eyes” partners at international level to tackle that emerging threat?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: It is a pleasure to be called to speak on Second Reading. It will come as no surprise to those who follow my contributions in this House that this is exactly the sort of Bill that I like to be here to support on a Friday. I am delighted that my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield) has picked up the Bill, following on from the work of my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: My Bill will make a big difference to the future of community radio, and this Bill will hopefully make a big difference to protecting many of our communities. As I said in my earlier intervention, this is not just a Bill for people who have a prison in their constituency. This is about preventing people who have been sent to jail by the courts—particularly those who have been jailed...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is ironic that that would happen in this of all debates—we have a debate on where it is inappropriate for a mobile phone to be used being interrupted by a mobile phone left on the Benches. I suspect the Member whose phone it is will be finding the Deputy Chief Whip of our party wanting to talk to them about her views on where mobile phones are not appropriate....

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I completely agree with my hon. Friend on that. Modern phones can monitor someone’s heartbeat and health, and do a range of other things. We have just touched on how they can even be used to determine location, which becomes a real issue as this technology gets more accurate. One of the great train robbers was helicoptered out of a prison, so knowing exactly where someone is in a large...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend on that. I suspect that someone might propose an amendment in Committee to say that we should define this Chamber as somewhere where certain things can be interfered with, particularly the noise of a mobile phone. This Bill is about public protection. It is not about putting in place a rule just to spoil someone’s fun. It is about taking someone...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: It has the potential to do so, although there will always be issues with those who are confined in spaces because of violent offences and the backgrounds they have. My key concern is preventing their being able to do this outside and to continue intimidating victims. I have a particular concern about those on remand intimidating witnesses. The whole point is that they are in on remand to...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. It will send out a strong signal by helping to cut off a signal; ultimately, that is what the Bill will do. I am conscious that we are on Second Reading. There will clearly be opportunities in Committee and on Report to explore the Bill in greater depth, and any commensurate orders that the Government introduce to implement it will offer the...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Does she agree that even those of us who do not have prisons in our constituencies understand that people who have been locked away to protect the public should not be able to communicate with their former criminal associates in our constituencies?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Kevin Foster: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill’s key purpose is to shift powers to the providers? Ultimately, it is the providers that have the technology and the teams of skilled people. The Bill also is about them ensuring that their networks are not being used to continue criminal activity by those behind bars, from whom the public should be protected.


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