Results 1–20 of 84 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Warburton

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (26 Jun 2018)

David Warburton: Does my right hon. Friend agree that Global Britain means that post-Brexit the UK can negotiate trade deals and strengthen relationships with countries such as those in South America, with which we have perhaps not had the closest relationship in the past?

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Extent, commencement and short title (27 Apr 2018)

David Warburton: It is a genuine pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) in the closing stages of this important and significant Bill. We are also coming towards the closing stages of the parliamentary day. Hon. Members will be scurrying back to their many and various constituencies, and we will turn ourselves from parliamentary thoughts to constituency matters. Later tonight and over...

Windrush: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill (23 Apr 2018)

David Warburton: Surely one of the huge benefits of the empty homes premium is that it will mean that councils have more money, thereby reducing the burden on hard-pressed council taxpayers. I also want to stress that one hon. Member for North Dorset is more than this House can take, never mind another, so I caution my hon. Friend about wanting to emulate certain people in this House too much.

Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) on bringing this Bill before the House. This subject is a fascinating area to explore, and I speak as somebody who has had rather a lot of experience in the jobs market: before being an ornament on these green Benches I was lucky enough to build up a business, before that I enjoyed many years as a teacher, and before...

Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: Certainly not; I am going as fast as I can. The activities carried out during such a trial assessment would not constitute work. If they did, the trial would need to be paid, and at least at the national minimum wage. As the House will know, that applies from the worker’s first day at work, regardless of whether the employer labels that as a trial. A trial is already not legitimate if...

Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: If the hon. Gentleman was able to take the case he mentioned to HMRC and it was resolved, why is there a need for new legislation?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: It is a privilege and a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil)—[Interruption.] I nailed the pronunciation. I congratulate him on bringing this Bill to the House, and commend him for his moving, persuasive and fascinating speech. I also commend him for building so much support for the Bill. This really is an important debate about an...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: Absolutely. My hon. Friend reads my mind; he has obviously been looking ahead at what I am about to say. Under current rules, partners who are coming here must rightly show that their relationship predates their exile, that it is ongoing, and that both parties have an intent to continue their relationship here. Children must show that they are related, under 18 years old, unmarried and not...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: That is a very good point. I appreciate the hon. Lady’s intervention. Cost is not really a material matter in this. It is really about what factors will influence behaviour, and so what the result of a policy change will be.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: There is a lot to be said for what my hon. Friend says. As he knows, exceptional compassionate circumstances do exist, and the Home Office guidance allows for those things. He is absolutely right that there are issues about this, such as timing. There are the practicalities and the logistics of the situation, which can very often mean that it is not as easy as it may seem.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: No, I am not entirely comfortable with that. We need to look closely at how the Dubs scheme is now being run and what has happened to it since the Government accepted the amendment, because it has not necessarily been fully adopted, and councils have not taken it on in the way that they perhaps should have done. I am not sure that secondary movements really do improve lives. There are...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: As I am sure no one would disagree, it would only be in the interests of people traffickers—no one else—for children to be encouraged to leave their families and undertake perilous, difficult, dangerous journeys in the hope that their relatives might be able to join them in future; and how much worse if they found themselves forced to do that? My experience in chairing the inquiry...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: I have not read it, but I would be extremely interested to do so, so I will look at it. I thank the hon. and learned Lady. It sounds like an interesting report. However, the pull factor does appear to be cited time and again. As I said, there is a clear example in Germany. I would therefore be intrigued to know how that organisation has come to the opposite conclusion. We need to look at the...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: Let me get to the end of my speech. I am very pleased that, as we heard from my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow), the Justice Secretary is undertaking a review of legal aid reforms in which he will, properly, address the legal aid changes in respect of immigration cases. I look forward to seeing the report later this year and any changes that will result. Above all, in...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: What assessment he has made of the effect of the Help to Buy scheme and the reduction in stamp duty on first-time buyers.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: It sounds like my right hon. Friend agrees with me that home ownership is a fundamentally good thing. Some 86% of our fellow citizens aspire to it, and there is nothing like spreading the economic benefits of ownership more widely in society. Does he further agree that we should use every policy lever at our disposal to encourage home ownership and to give those all-important first-time...

Rivers Authorities (8 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: We have very long memories in the west country, so I want to take Members back in time. It was said that some 400 years ago, in 1607, “huge and mighty hills of water” poured across the county, moving at a speed “faster than a greyhound can run”. Water covered the Somerset levels and moors, and it devastated the land—but not, I am afraid, for the last time....

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Savings (12 Dec 2017)

David Warburton: The good people of Frome are leading the way in moving to a low-carbon economy. We have ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2046, when all the energy needed to live, work and travel will be provided by renewable sources. May I invite the Minister, or indeed the Secretary of State, to Frome in sunny Somerset to hear this story first hand and see how these ambitions are being realised?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Shortage of Doctors: Medical Provision (14 Nov 2017)

David Warburton: What steps he is taking to ensure adequate medical provision in areas where there is a shortage of doctors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Shortage of Doctors: Medical Provision (14 Nov 2017)

David Warburton: I am pleased to hear that the Department is working on addressing these issues, but can we also look closely at other difficulties specifically facing rural areas? Local patient transport is certainly one of these. With rural bus links thin on the ground and struggling, will the Secretary of State assure us that adequate provision will be made to ensure that patients can always access the...

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