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Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health and Social Care (2 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech. I am conscious that I am following a great many distinguished debuts. I confess that there were moments in the past two years of campaigning when I wondered for a moment whether I would indeed be standing before you as the Member of Parliament for Cheltenham. A difficult moment came early on in the campaign when I knocked on a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband Coverage (Gloucestershire) (4 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: What steps his Department is taking to improve broadband coverage in Gloucestershire.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband Coverage (Gloucestershire) (4 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: I thank the Secretary of State for his answer. None the less, a significant number of homes and businesses in Cheltenham fall between two stools, being, apparently, not sufficiently rural for Fastershire to see fit to step in but too rural for commercial providers to consider it viable to extend broadband provision. Will he meet me to discuss how we can help those stuck in limbo and cut this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling (11 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: What steps his Department is taking to promote cycling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling (11 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: As has been noted, cycling has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years. Will my hon. Friend reconfirm that new road schemes built by Highways England will be cycle-proofed to enable more of us to get on our bikes?

Business of the House: Anderson Report (11 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: Striking the right balance between liberty and security is essential in a free society, but on the issue of a snoopers charter, I invite the Home Secretary to give real weight to the opinion of David Anderson’s distinguished predecessor as independent reviewer, Lord Carlile, who said that the Communications Data Bill was “a proportionate response to enable law enforcement and prosecutors...

Business of the House (18 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: Potholes in my constituency continue to be expensive for drivers and dangerous for cyclists. The last Government increased local highways maintenance funding by around £1 billion compared with the previous five years, but it is right to say that the results are not always feeding through into improvements on the ground. Will the Government hold a debate on how we can help councils make...

Education and Adoption Bill (22 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: I have listened with care to the eloquent representations that are being made, but is it not dangerous, whichever side of the argument one is on, to paint one era as being rosy and another era as being grim? If one looks at the situation under Labour, it is a fact that standards slipped. In the PISA league standards we went from 8th to 28th in maths and from 7th to 25th in reading. Although I...

Education and Adoption Bill (22 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: Yes, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Crown Prosecution Service — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (23 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: I should declare an interest as somebody who has been a practising barrister—in fact, I was probably instructed by the hon. and learned Gentleman. Does he agree that culture is sometimes as important as cost when helping victims and witnesses? There has been an extraordinary change—this was the case even during his tenure as DPP—in the way victims and witnesses are treated. That ranges...

Crown Prosecution Service — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (23 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: Is it right to say that by 2013 the Crown Prosecution Service, not least because of the intervention by the hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer), was in a better state than it was in 2008, when he took over, and certainly than it was in 2010? It is simply crude to suggest that it has all got worse since 2010. That is simply not the case.

Crown Prosecution Service — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (23 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: On precisely that point, if counsel apply the victims’ charter and explain the situation to witnesses and victims as they come to court, it can have an extraordinary impact on how they end up viewing the criminal justice system, and it does not cost a penny.

Crown Prosecution Service — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (23 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: On resources, is it not right that where there is a specific need, the Government will step in? There is no clearer example of that than when the Serious Fraud Office had to consider whether it had sufficient resources to go after so-called LIBOR fraudsters and money was found for detailed and complex investigations. When there is a need, resources are delivered.

Post Office Horizon System (29 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: It is of course for individuals to decide whether they plead guilty and there is of course an avenue of appeal. Is it not important to note, however, that for many of these people the time for an appeal will be long past, so they remain the victims of a grave injustice?

Human Rights Act — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (30 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: Is it not important to draw a distinction between the convention and section 2 of the Human Rights Act? The point made about the Human Rights Act is that it incorporates the convention into English law. There were convention rights in the United Kingdom and in particular in England before the Human Rights Act. Section 2, which requires that the courts “must take into account” the acts of...

Human Rights Act — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (30 Jun 2015)

Alex Chalk: indicated dissent.

Attorney General: Serious Fraud Office (2 Jul 2015)

Alex Chalk: Installing temporary IT equipment in courts for SFO prosecutions is eye-wateringly expensive and a drain on SFO resources. Does the Solicitor General agree that we need to look again at this issue to establish whether the taxpayer is getting value for money?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Extremism (6 Jul 2015)

Alex Chalk: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is imperative that the Government give the security agencies and law enforcement the powers they need to root out extremism and keep our country safe?

South-West England (Long-Term Economic Plan) (8 Jul 2015)

Alex Chalk: Of course, it is not just about rural areas. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the time has come to end the historic funding injustice to schoolchildren in Cheltenham, an urban area; and that we need to give schools in effective local authorities, such as Gloucestershire, the fair enhanced funding that is no less than they deserve?

Business of the House (9 Jul 2015)

Alex Chalk: Slow broadband afflicts too many of my constituents in Cheltenham. I know that positive steps are being taken locally, but can we have a statement on what more can be done nationally to ensure that the Government’s target of getting all Britons out of e-poverty and onto 2 megabits per second is achieved?


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