Results 1–20 of 292 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Imran Hussain

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Imran Hussain: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) for securing this important debate. I know she has a keen interest in it through her work. Sometimes the importance of this subject is lost because it does not get as much coverage as it should, so I am pleased that we are debating it today. My hon. Friend made a powerful and passionate case that the paramount issue must...

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Imran Hussain: Let us be absolutely clear: this announcement is the latest incidence of the Trump Administration showing contempt for international law and the rest of the world. Let me ask the Minister again. Surely it is right, at the UN Security Council tomorrow, for the UK to commit, as most of the world has, to the long-overdue step of recognising the state of Palestine?

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Imran Hussain: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who is making a very informed case. He is absolutely right that the illegal settlements and the demolition of Palestinian property are a major roadblock to peace in that region. As we have heard from hon. Members, the announcement by President Trump will have a devastating impact on the region and the process. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we need a united...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Imran Hussain: A 2015 Ministry of Justice study found that community orders have a substantially lower rate of reoffending than short prison sentences. What is the Minister doing to reverse the sharp fall in community sentences that has taken place under his Government?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Imran Hussain: I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield) on bringing this sensible and important private Member’s Bill to the House today. She set out very eloquently and persuasively a strong case for the need for the Bill. In particular, she highlighted the fact that it extends powers in the 2012 Act. As such, it is very necessary. There was no need to go to the trouble of placing...

Online Hate Speech (30 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: Two years ago, I tabled an early-day motion calling for then presidential candidate Trump to be banned from visiting the United Kingdom until he retracted the extremely divisive comments he had made at that time. Given his tweets yesterday and overnight, it is clear that he has not changed. That is the key point. Will the Home Secretary tell me why it is right for someone so intent on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: Bradford and the whole Yorkshire region have been locked in a dispute with the Department for Communities and Local Government over Yorkshire devolution, meaning that we will have to compete for limited funding from the transforming cities fund, rather than being entitled to it like areas with elected Mayors, because of DCLG’s stubbornness. Will the Minister therefore speak to...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: In September, the NEC Group agreed to operate the Bradford Odeon as the largest mid-sized venue outside London. This could attract a further quarter of a million visitors to Bradford. Does the Minister agree that this shows a huge confidence in Bradford, and will he look at bridging the funding gap after the local authority has added extra funds? Will he also meet me to look at the...

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

Imran Hussain: Let us put to bed today the myth that 16 and 17-year-olds are uninterested in or uneducated about politics. It is not that young people are uninterested in politics; it is that politics has traditionally been uninterested in young people.

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: Does the Minister agree that one of the most important areas that needs an assessment in these processes is the economic impact on those areas where the regional hub is not based? That information, in my view, is vital when we are looking at the holistic picture. Does the Minister accept that that information is important, and was it obtained in every instance?

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: The Minister is being very kind with his time today. He talks about the need for regional hubs and centres of excellence, which we all accept. The argument is not about collecting tax and whether we should have centres of excellence and the best facilities, but about where they should be located. That is the point we are making. In my case, an office based in Bradford would be considerably...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. May I put on the record my appreciation of your work in this area? You, like me, have made a case for Bradford, and you continue to do so. I thank the hon. Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (Stuart C. McDonald)—I have failed miserably to pronounce that—for securing this important debate. Hon....

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: As always, my hon. Friend is absolutely right. These issues are arising with increasing consistency and, frankly, I believe that more needs to be done about them. I come on to the workforce. The hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham) made the good point that these decisions have to be about more than just value for money; they have to be about community, too. That point...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: I absolutely agree; the hon. Gentleman makes a fine point.

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: Absolutely; I agree. I was coming to that very point and to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton, who I thank for giving us a perspective from a place where closure has already happened. He showed us the failures there, and made the plea that we should learn from that lesson and not do the same in other places. My final point, which is related to the point...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: My hon. Friend makes his point, as always, very eloquently. He mentioned Brexit, and another angle of that is that many of the HMRC proposals were decided before the European Union referendum. Does he agree that once the Brexit negotiations reach a settlement—if we ever get one—that will inevitably cause issues for HMRC, not least the customs union and related areas? Is that not...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Imran Hussain: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for securing this important debate on a subject that matters to many people in many of our constituencies. Does he agree that surely it makes sense for HMRC to put high-quality, high-wage jobs into areas where there is a deficiency of those jobs? In my district of Bradford, two thirds of the civil service jobs—more than 2,000 of them—are with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Overcrowding (31 Oct 2017)

Imran Hussain: The chief executive of the Prison Service has stated that, because of overcrowding, the Government will not be able to proceed with planned closures, throwing the financing of their prison building plan into disarray. In the light of concerns that the Ministry of Justice will not be able to build new prisons without selling off the old—the model on which its building plan was...

Women Released from Prison (18 Oct 2017)

Imran Hussain: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore) for securing this very important debate. I understand that time is short, so I will get straight to the point. After release, six out of 10 women have no home to return to, nine out of 10 women have no job, and one in two women sentenced to less than 12 months reoffends...


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