Results 1–20 of 548 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Chalk

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: I am not suggesting for a second that the right hon. Lady is not patriotic, but she did say in the past: “Every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us.” She has not yet recanted those remarks. Will she take this opportunity to do so entirely?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Neil O’Brien), who made a very powerful speech, as have so many speakers in this debate. I pay tribute to Members in all parts of the House for the strength of their contributions. I pay particular tribute to the Prime Minister and to the Security Minister. At all times, their response has been sure-footed,...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the problems facing police and prosecutors when people come back from overseas is that if they want to investigate them for preparing acts of terrorism it is sometimes extremely difficult to get hold of evidence that may be in other parts of the world? This measure is an important way of filling that gap in the law, so that people can, when the evidence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth Form Students: Funding (10 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: Hon. Members on both sides of the House will want to be satisfied that our schools are getting a proper allocation of funding. Will my right hon. Friend indicate how UK education spending compares to the OECD average?

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: Will my hon. and learned Friend give way?

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is making a powerful speech. I want to explore one thing, if I may. She is saying, I think, that someone should be guilty of an offence whatever the motivation. If a court were to find that the offence were committed for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, then the defendant should be put on to the register, but how, if clause 3 is deleted, will a court be able to...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: rose—

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady is making a powerful point, but she has identified something that she is right to concede is a weakness. It would be very odd, would it not, if misogyny could be applied to the offence of upskirting but not to rape, sexual assault or revenge porn? Does she therefore agree that a solution might be to get the Law Commission to look at the matter in a more holistic way?

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: rose—

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: As always, the hon. Lady makes a powerful point, but just because a defendant or suspect alleges that that was in their mind and therefore has a defence, it does not mean a tribunal of fact—magistrates or a jury—will believe it. Very often they say, “What a load of old nonsense. We’re going to convict you.” Does she agree?

Equalities Legislation: Guide Dogs (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: I beg to move, That this House has considered the enforcement of equalities legislation relating to guide dogs. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. Enforcement of the laws we enact in this place matters. Without a robust and credible enforcement system, statutes risk becoming dead letters and the whole legislative process turns into a cosmetic exercise. There are...

Equalities Legislation: Guide Dogs (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Raising awareness is crucial, but where efforts to raise awareness have been unsuccessful, we need a process that is proportionate, streamlined and victim centred to ensure that justice is done in a way that is not as hit-and-miss and patchy as it is now. The other problem is that local authorities usually do not keep records. For example, in the case...

Equalities Legislation: Guide Dogs (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for that full intervention. I agree with everything she says. To pick up that point, which was also made by the hon. Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds), training and awareness are critical, but there is a disconnect with the enforcement regime in respect of taxi drivers, where the police and local authority can intervene to bring a prosecution and a...

Equalities Legislation: Guide Dogs (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Gentleman is right. There is a wider point here about access to justice—a point made by Lord Reed in a recent Supreme Court case in the context of employment tribunals. He said that unless there is proper access to justice, the whole process of election of MPs to pass laws risks becoming “a meaningless charade”. There is an issue about whether people can get before...

Equalities Legislation: Guide Dogs (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend and I commend her council for taking those enlightened steps. The problem is that geographically the approach taken is a bit hit and miss. It is patchy, so someone with disabilities might find that one year they live in a local authority that is proactive and in another year they live somewhere where the position is markedly different. I agree that better...

Equalities Legislation: Guide Dogs (5 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: Free training is an excellent idea, because it is not terribly onerous—the key tenets in the Equality Act could be summarised in about 10 minutes. If that were part of standard practice, that would be very positive, because in Equality Act matters, as in so much of public life, prevention is better than cure. The individuals I have spoken to want simply to be treated fairly and the...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Alex Chalk: It is encouraging that agreement has been reached to ensure that UK and EU nationals will continue to live broadly as before. Will my right hon. Friend encourage our European friends to publicise that progress? It is important to give British nationals the reassurance that they seek.

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: What a pleasure it is to follow the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green), whom I have had the privilege of serving with on the Select Committee on Justice. May I also take the opportunity to congratulate the hon. Members for Lewisham East (Janet Daby) and for Sheffield, Hallam (Jared O'Mara) on their distinguished maiden speeches today? I want to take a few moments to speak...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Alex Chalk: I thank my hon. Friend for raising such an important point about the A417. Does he agree that the death of a young soldier in May on this treacherous piece of road underscores the importance of delivering that vital project, which is crucial for safety, air quality and the economy of Gloucestershire?


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