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Louise Haigh: It is, as always, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) wholeheartedly on securing the debate. He does an enormous amount of work in championing young carers from Sheffield and across the country. Like him, I have met many of the young carers that he mentioned, in part because of the fantastic...
Louise Haigh: As ever, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Gary. This debate could not be more important, because—like all hon. Members—in every surgery I have held since being elected, I have met the parents of children with SEN. Without exception, they are dedicated to their children’s future, and many have sacrificed their jobs and careers in order to navigate the labyrinthine...
Louise Haigh: It was concerning to hear the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the hon. Member for Rochester and Strood (Kelly Tolhurst), join the International Trade Secretary just now in failing to rule out zero tariffs in the event of a no deal. Does the Secretary of State not agree that such a move would leave us open to a flood of cheap imports, drive down wages and...
Louise Haigh: One of the many things that this shambles reveals is the Government’s utter lack of preparedness for a no-deal Brexit. To avoid any more embarrassments for the Secretary of State, is not it high time that his Government rules out a no deal?
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of the Special Grant for 2019-20; and if he will make a statement.
Louise Haigh: What recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of in-work poverty.
Louise Haigh: Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that the real-terms cut in social security is the single biggest driver of in-work poverty, leaving those struggling to make ends meet on poverty pay losing hundreds of pounds a year. If the Secretary of State is looking forward to the benefits cut not being extended, as she told Sky News, why do the Government not end it now, rather than wait...
Louise Haigh: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. I have been out with the police in Lancashire and Kent and have seen their joint agency approach to tackling homelessness. Does he agree that a whole-system approach is necessary, and does he share my concern that some police forces still use the Vagrancy Act 1824 to criminalise rough sleepers without giving them the support they clearly need?
Louise Haigh: rose—
Louise Haigh: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. In the past six years, there has been a shocking 134% increase in the number of parents facing child custody cases without legal representation. Surely the Secretary of State agrees that no parent should find themselves forced into that situation, so what steps is he introducing today to remedy that?
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans for police forces to impose leave embargoes as a result of the Government's decision to implement fully planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the National Police Chiefs Council on implementing Operation Stack for each port in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and what estimate he has had made of the number of police personnel required for that eventuality.
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the NPCC on the deployment of soldiers in the event of no deal being reached for the UK leaving the EU.
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional officers will be allocated to the National Police Chiefs Council's Brexit contingency planning team as a result of the decision to implement fully planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) budget and (b) force-level allocations of the Police Transformation Fund are for each year since its inception including planned spend for 2019-20.
Louise Haigh: This has been a fantastic debate with moving contributions from Members in all parts of the House. However, given that the Government announced this funding settlement with such fanfare and as if it was such good news, it is quite perplexing that only five Conservative Members have spoken on its behalf—all of them, as the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) put it, with mixed...
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the causes of radicalisation of lone-actors in relation to extreme right-wing terrorism in the UK.
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of reports to Action Fraud are referred to a (a) local police force and (b) Regional Organised Crime Unit.
Louise Haigh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of victims of child sexual exploitation by organised groups in each of the last five years.
Louise Haigh: Before Christmas, Sammy Woodhouse and I met the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, the hon. and learned Member for South East Cambridgeshire (Lucy Frazer). Will the Minister update the House on the action taken after that meeting, particularly in relation to guidance issued to local authorities on exemption regarding the duty to notify? Is the Department willing to conduct a review to get...