Results 1–20 of 999 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kevin Foster

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine (13 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: The sight of boats from Torbay being attacked while lawfully fishing on the open sea was as shocking as it was unacceptable. The sea is not a place where the law does not apply. It is right to be talking to the French authorities about securing peaceful outcomes and stopping confrontation on the sea, but has the Minister also spoken to his counterparts about the possibility of using the...

Bedford Prison (13 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: It would be almost unthinkable for us to look at delivering any other public service using facilities that are, in so many cases, from the Victorian era. Will the Minister update the House on what plans there are to look at moving away from having a prison system that is still rooted in the Victorian era as HMP Bedford is?

International Trade: Topical Questions (13 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: ARC Marine and Artificial Reef Construction Company will be the first recipients of a Torbay Development Agency trade bursary to support their ambitions to export. What role does my right hon. Friend see for this type of work at a local level in promoting exports, and how can his Department help to support it?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (13 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: The victims strategy rightly focuses on domestic violence, a scourge of our society. How does the Minister propose to make sure that women are aware of what he is proposing?

Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s commitment to ensuring that the police have the powers they need. We had the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill on the Floor of the House yesterday, and the Offensive Weapons Bill will soon come to the House for our consideration. Can he reassure me and my constituents that he understands the pressures being faced by the police, not least those...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: We are not seeking to send signals this evening; we are seeking to create an Act, and inserting the new clause would create a part of that Act that would become irrelevant within months. Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that it would merely litter the legislation? While I accept some of his points, the Government have already made continued co-operation an objective. Why should we litter a...

Victims Strategy (10 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the Minister to what I believe is his first statement at the Dispatch Box. He has certainly set the bar high for his many future statements. The Minister probably noted yesterday that the police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Alison Hernandez, spoke out about her own experience of being a victim in an abusive relationship over two years. Would he give us a bit more...

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: To be clear, I do not propose to divide the House on this matter, but I thought that it would be right to offer my observations and concerns about the motion. I recognise that getting married at 16 is not the right life choice for many people, particularly if there is any form of coercion, which there should never be in marriage. Marriage should be something that is unique and special,...

Widowed Parent’S Allowance (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: I know that the Minister recognises that all such cases involve distressing circumstances as someone has lost a parent, and that legal niceties are therefore not their first thought. When the Government look at this, will they consider carefully a system that is compassionate but also brings clarity, so that people know exactly when they will qualify?

Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: I thank the Prime Minister for the way in which she has delivered this statement and for the work being done on this issue. I was a member of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill Committee, and this situation clearly shows exactly why we need these powers to be brought into law. Will she therefore confirm that the Government will quickly seek to bring the Bill to the Floor of the...

Windrush (4 Sep 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is right that the Government have offered both an apology and compensation to those in the Windrush generation who have been affected. However, is the Minister aware that in many instances people feel they have to choose between being able to speak out and receiving compensation? Will she therefore confirm that no one who applies to the Windrush compensation scheme will be asked to sign a...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

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EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: Thank you, Mr Speaker. You are a star, and I am sure you know how to do your scone correctly, too. The Secretary of State will be aware of the importance of the fishing industry to Torbay and across the south-west. Can he therefore confirm that, by 2020, the UK will be negotiating its own fishing policies as an independent coastal state?

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: The war in Syria has haunting similarities to past conflicts when the international rules-based order was unable to deal with the parties taking part in them—including, in particular, the Spanish civil war. What reassurances can my right hon. Friend give me that, as rebel forces and refugees are driven towards Idlib, work will be done to ensure that we do not see that city become...

Public Sector Pay (24 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the news of the 3.5% pay rise for lower-paid teachers in Torbay. Will the Chief Secretary commit to work with the DFE to publish how the funding will be broken down by local authority so that we can clearly see how this is being funded?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: What steps his Department is taking to reduce homelessness.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer. Work supported by his Department to look at ways to end street homelessness has produced a recommendation that Torbay should adopt a Housing First approach. Is he happy to meet with me to discuss whether Torbay could be the next pilot area for such an approach, which has already happened in three major urban areas?

Esa Underpayments (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I welcome the Minister’s answers and the fact that £40 million has been paid out so far. She rightly highlighted the fact that claimants will get a free phone number to contact. Obviously, people listening may have concerns about what their own position might be. Will she update me as to whether she will be working with local advice agencies, such as Citizens Advice, and ensuring...

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: Obviously, none of us would see dragging someone who is terminally ill or heavily pregnant through the building as the best way for a modern Parliament to operate, but neither would any of us want to see Divisions like those in the New Zealand House of Representatives, which basically involve the Chief Whip of the relevant party holding up a hand and exercising a block vote on behalf of all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport Links (18 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: What assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy of cross-border transport links to and from Wales and (b) effect of those links on economic growth.

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