Jess Phillips: While I have been exceptionally moved by all the stories I have heard since I joined the debate from Committee, the story told by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) in particular highlighted some of the effects of detention suffered by young men. However, I want to focus very much on the detention of women. As I said, I visited Yarl’s Wood detention centre in...
Jess Phillips: I am on quite a lot of Committees, I have two small kids and I do not live anywhere near Bedford, but I will give it a go: I will shut the place by stealth if that is what it takes. What I saw when I visited Yarl’s Wood was not some horrific sort of gulag; there was a visitors centre on the front of what was clearly a prison, on a really weird and eerie estate, and the staff were all...
Jess Phillips: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is suspicious that when I visited two women at Yarl’s Wood this summer, both of whom had suffered exactly what she is outlining, they were released that day? Does she agree that the reason might be that the Government do not want too much scrutiny of what is going on at that centre?
Jess Phillips: I’m 33 and I can’t hear it.
Jess Phillips: Apologies for being a bit late; I was stuck in the Chamber. My questions have been largely answered, but I have some real concerns about the advice sections you are talking about. In my experiences of women and domestic violence, their husbands leave and they are left with the mortgage of a property. They have never worked and would find it difficult to get into work. I am concerned about the...
Jess Phillips: You’re doing great!
Jess Phillips: I was involved in developing two different troubled families services, both in the black county and in Birmingham. You have already covered the fact that employment is always the hardest target to reach. I want to hear about the reporting mechanism that is going to come in. I used to sit in troubled families offices listening to the headlines saying that we were helping 10 billion families,...
Jess Phillips: Her children would be safer, for example. That is a pretty good success.
Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of personal independence payment claimants have (a) appealed and (b) successfully appealed a negative decision on a personal independence payment application.
Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of a personal independence payment claimant appealing a negative decision on an application.
Jess Phillips: This is my first go at contributing to a debate in Westminster Hall, Mr Crausby. I did not know where the Chamber was—luckily one of my colleagues from Coventry was coming here—but I do know an awful lot about policing in the west midlands. There is not a single MP here in whose constituency I have not worked with the police teams. In fact, I welcomed the hon. Member for Halesowen and...
Jess Phillips: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that is absolutely not the case with crimes such as domestic and sexual violence?
Jess Phillips: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Jess Phillips: I agree, as I am sure everybody here does, that we must spend our resources wisely, so does the hon. Gentleman feel that the £4 million spent as part of a flawed policy on an exceptionally flawed by-election, which was badly managed by the Home Office, was a good use of spending?
Jess Phillips: What discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU member states and others on (a) resettlement of Syrian refuges and (b) the UN’s response to the Syrian refugee situation.
Jess Phillips: More than 100 Syrian civilians have been killed since May as a result of the use of indiscriminate weapons such as barrel bombs. In the light of the recent meetings in New York, what role are the Government playing in the United Nations Security Council to ensure that the UK’s strong statement of support for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2139, in response to the...
Jess Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what effect reductions in funding for rail infrastructure will have on the Access for All work at Stechford Station.
Jess Phillips: I would like the hon. Gentleman to recognise that quite a lot of Opposition Members lived on tax credits and it is insulting to say that we have no ambition. I am sure he will recognise that we do.
Jess Phillips: Considering the thousands of victims of trafficking who have gone through the NRM, will the Home Secretary tell the House how many human trafficking-related convictions there were in the last 12 months? How does that figure fit with the Prime Minister’s assertion that we are tackling those who commit these crimes?
Jess Phillips: You are only a woman!