Results 1–20 of 290 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Antoinette Sandbach

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: One of the key aspects of the Bill is that a mother or, indeed, a father who was on maternity or paternity leave when they were bereaved is entitled to carry on having that right. That is being enshrined in the legislation. What steps will be taken to ensure that employers are aware of this impending legislation so that they can adequately prepare or, at least, try to amend their policies...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I have been in the position of losing my son, and I must thank my employer at the time, my right hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd West (Mr Jones). I have to say that his support was exemplary, which was very lucky for me, because I know the absolutely devastating effect this has on the family. The Bill has cross-party support. I am very grateful to the hon. Member for Washington and...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ipswich (Sandy Martin). I entirely agree that we need to make assaults on emergency workers a taboo. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) for her work and to the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) for choosing to introduce this Bill after coming top of the private Member’s Bill ballot. This is a real example of...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: In 2015-16, there were 668 attacks on NHS staff in the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, none of which were reported for criminal sanction.

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I, too, support the Bill. Between April and September, Cheshire police recorded 277 assaults on police officers. That demonstrates vividly why the Bill is needed to strengthen the law in this area. This really is a problem locally.

Bill Presented: Fetal Dopplers (Regulation) (11 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the sale and use of fetal dopplers; and for connected purposes. It is an honour to introduce the Bill, which aims to improve standards of monitoring babies’ health as we aim to reduce significantly our country’s relatively high neonatal and stillborn death rate. The United Kingdom is ranked 114th out of 164...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: On Monday, at the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week, this Conservative Government launched 11 pilot projects for a national bereavement care pathway. This groundbreaking pathway will look at support for parents who have lost a child from conception to the age of one. May I ask the Prime Minister to congratulate the parents, the charities and the health professionals who have worked so hard to...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: The MAMA Academy creates some fantastic wallets. I suggest that my hon. Friend writes to his local hospital trust and urges them to provide those wallets to their mothers-to-be. I know that the Countess of Chester is doing that for mums served by that trust. Each wallet has a lot of information on the front, which helps parents know when they should start worrying, because it alerts them to...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: It a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood). I know exactly how Jack and Sarah feel, because it was the burning desire to see change that motivated me and many others in the all-party parliamentary group on baby loss to work not only to reduce the number of neonatal deaths and stillbirths, but to consider how we can improve things for parents. When we set...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: My hon. Friend makes a good point, and she can probably guess that the reason for my freedom of information request was to put pressure on not only my local services, but services more widely. There is expertise out there that we can build on, but bereavement touches everybody and this Government’s focus on mental health gives us a real opportunity to approach death in a way that...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: Does my hon. Friend agree that there are Backbench Business debates in the House that change policy, such as the baby loss debate, the subject of which we are in theory due to debate later today—but which we might not debate because of this debate? Is it not right that policy can be changed without a vote? There is no requirement for a vote to change policy.

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I thank the Secretary of State and the Minister with responsibility for schools for sending officials to Cheshire to understand some of the problems faced by my schools, which were some of the worst funded in the country and are members of the f40. Will the Secretary of State praise the work of Edward Timpson, my former colleague, who worked incredibly hard to ensure that deprivation funding...

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I welcome the Secretary of State’s assurance that councils that have submitted their local plans for approval will not be affected by what he has announced. Cheshire East Council has worked extremely hard to submit its plan, so I do not want that work to be undone. May I also invite the Secretary of State to look at Weaver Vale housing trust, which set aside £9.6 million for...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: The Sandstone Ridge arts festival in my constituency is looking to have a suffragette theme next year to celebrate women getting the vote. What funds are available for community arts programmes to celebrate that magnificent achievement?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I am glad to be able to speak in this debate, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Eastleigh (Mims Davies) for proposing it. The right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) does not know this, but she played a large part in my coming to this place, partly because of difficulties encountered in practice at the Bar—she was the Solicitor General at the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Manufacturing Capacity (12 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: Minister, 3,500 people in my constituency are employed in the manufacturing sector. Does she welcome the investment in Winsford by Tiger Trailers, a company with 200 employees that started three years ago, which plans to invest £22 million in a new building, doubling the size of its workforce, and exporting to Europe and elsewhere?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: Well, there is a coming together, because earlier today I heard the speech made by the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), who has a completely different political philosophy from me, and I agreed very much with what she said. Indeed, my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh), who has a completely different view from me on Europe, spoke very powerfully...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding (11 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: I very much welcomed the Secretary of State’s announcement before the recess of the £4,800 floor for secondary pupils. When might we expect the announcement in respect of primary school funding?

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: May I echo the request of my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) for a general debate on housing, to deal with the issue of leasehold reform? There are substantial abuses of leaseholders in my constituency and many other constituencies. If that bid fails, I would request that the regeneration of town centres—particularly the town centre of Winsford—be included...

International Day of Democracy: HS2: Phase 2b Route (Manchester and Leeds) (6 Sep 2017)

Antoinette Sandbach: indicated dissent.

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