Results 1–20 of 301 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kit Malthouse

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unaccompanied Child Refugees (20 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: One of the dangers that unaccompanied children face is human trafficking, meaning that they may end up being sold for sex in this country. Did the Minister see the appalling report in The Times last week about children as young as five being sold for sex on the streets of Glasgow? What engagement has the Home Office had with the National Crime Agency, Border Force, the Scottish Executive and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: The harmful aspects of the internet are now causing a series of social policy emergencies, particularly among young people. Parents across the country will welcome the engagement of the Home Secretary with the industry on these issues, but will the Prime Minister tell us when we can expect legislation with real teeth that recognises our children only have one chance at childhood?

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I think there has been an error, Mr Speaker. I am here for the second debate, not the first.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I just want your advice on whether it is in order for the hon. Gentleman to misrepresent what I said in my speech. He said that I was comparing granting the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds with gambling, which I absolutely was not. I was merely saying what I was saying, and I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman was obviously not listening to what I was...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: It is a pleasure to follow soon after the evidence-packed speech by my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin). I had come here today to have a serious debate about a complex and difficult issue that we have to examine from time to time, but I was disappointed by the boorish approach of the Bill’s promoter, the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: My hon. Friend makes a strong point.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I think the hon. Gentleman knows that that is exactly what I am not saying; the main thrust of my concern is that the Bill kicks off an inevitable process that might expose 16 and 17-year-olds to harm. I cannot see how we can give someone the vote at 16 and then deny them all the other capabilities and abilities of adulthood.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: My hon. Friend rightly puts his finger on the broad point I am trying to make, which is that the Bill injects yet more inconsistency into an already confusing area of public policy—one where a number of Governments have struggled and where lacunae have opened up, exposing young people to harm and developmental experiences that might not be in their best interests. This is part of the...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: My hon. and gallant Friend makes a strong point. We must think carefully in this House about the consequences of what might seem like relatively small legislative changes. For instance, I cannot see how we can give the vote to a 16-year-old and deny them the ability to buy a knife, drink alcohol, buy cigarettes, buy fireworks, watch an “18” film, access pornography, leave school,...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. As I have said repeatedly, this House needs to look at this issue in a much wider context and much more consistently. Members have jumped up and down in this place—I have heard them time and again—talking about greater protections for 16 and 17-year-olds. The problem with extending the franchise to them is how we maintain the idea that they...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: No. Under-18s should not participate in the taxation system at all. Many are low paid and do not. There is only a very small number who pay tax. In broader social policy terms, because they are among the lower paid, they should not necessarily pay tax as other people do. The current system is very confusing. It indicates that at some stages they are adults, and at others they are not. That...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I am not desperate particularly; I am just trying to illustrate to the House that we need to take care with the process we are kicking off. If we allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to have the vote, it would become much harder to place restrictions on what they are able to do, what people can expose them to and what their capacity is.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kit Malthouse: Absolutely right. It was a remarkably good article, which I recommend that everybody read. It points to this issue of policy confusion. There will be Labour Members shouting at me today about lowering the age of the franchise to 16 who actually voted to stop these very people lying on sunbeds. My hon. Friend is exactly right. The problem at the crux of this is that it is not as simple as...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: My right hon. Friend might remember that at this point in his speech the last time the Bill appeared in the House, I pointed out to him that there were only two charging points in the House of Commons car park for those of us who have electric cars. He undertook to rectify that situation. After his speech, I met someone from the House authorities who said that the points were coming, but they...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I am grateful and very pleased to be here as the first brick is placed into the strong foundation that we will be building for a post-Brexit Britain. This is the first real piece of legislation enabling us to see what it will look like. I congratulate the Minister on the Bill’s brevity and concision. Hopefully that pattern will be repeated. I welcome the Bill and indeed our leaving...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: As I was about to say, in truth, Euratom is the French. It is anchored around France, with its 58 reactors, and they are the only serious nuclear player among the EU 27. The UK is second and Ukraine, although not a member—as my right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) pointed out, it is now a special associate of Euratom, as it were—is third. Nevertheless, we now have...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I absolutely think that nuclear waste is important, particularly to us in this country. That is why we should have total control of it ourselves and not be reliant on a series of countries that will perhaps not even be willing to put money into researching how to dispose of, or reprocess or otherwise use nuclear waste. We have been members of the IAEA since 1957. We have the capability to...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: No, I completely disagree with my right hon. Friend. This is not the wrong time; it is exactly the right time for us to recognise that there is a world beyond the EU in terms of nuclear research. There has been much angst in the House already about nuclear scientists being able to travel freely, but I would point out that they do actually exist outside the European Union. There are lots of...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: It has not prevented us, but we now have the opportunity to recognise that the nuclear community is global. While Euratom has served its purpose thus far, the point I am trying to make is that the trend of European opinion is very much against nuclear, so those countries are unlikely to continue pumping the money into Euratom that it has hitherto enjoyed. That is why we need to look...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Kit Malthouse: I did.


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