Results 1361–1380 of 1415 for speaker:Seema Kennedy

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing (4 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: First, I am not nodding it through. That is why I am speaking. The right hon. Gentleman mentions the figure of 25%, but the police and crime commissioner has spoken of a figure of 40%. They are both speculation about something else. I would like to speak about the funding formula. We are talking about cuts and safety, but we can have a safe country only if we provide a strong economy so that,...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing (4 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: I will reflect on it and address it later. My hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Byron Davies) referred to deployment. It is not just all about the money, but about how well it is spent, as my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) said. The consultation period on the funding formula is ongoing. I was glad that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Policing, Crime and...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing (4 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Yes, but I do not want to strain the patience of the House on the technical detail of the funding formula. It is a very complicated formula—the right hon. Member for Leigh referred to that. In conclusion, I applaud the innovation in policing country-wide, and I applaud the work of my constituents and all members of Lancashire constabulary. There is more to do in terms of innovation and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Ex-offenders (3 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: What plans he has to encourage more businesses to employ ex-offenders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Ex-offenders (3 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: My constituent Renee Blow, who volunteered with offenders for 15 years, emphasises that education is the most important part of rehabilitation. Does the Minister agree that making poorly educated offenders literate and numerate makes them more employable?

Housing and Planning Bill (2 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Melanie Onn). I applaud her passion on behalf of her constituents, but I suspect that our analyses of the Bill will be somewhat different. I welcome this Bill. There are moral and economic imperatives for it, and it has very ambitious and...

Housing and Planning Bill (2 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: That depends on the land. The hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Melanie Onn) spoke about marshland. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. It depends on the nature of the land, the flooding risk and the sort of contaminants present. There is a great moral imperative to build on brownfield sites. I have the great fortune to have grown up in, done my building in, and now represent, as Mr Deputy...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Clause 10 - Opting in by union members to contribute to political funds (22 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Sir Edward, I apologise. I am a relative novice, including on interventions. Are you aware that in the last year alone, online banking fraud has increased by 48%? Hon. Members are talking about the use of electronic methods in the financial and banking sector.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Clause 7 - Two weeks’ notice to be given to employers of industrial action (20 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: The hon. Gentleman and his colleagues have made great play of the fact that Government Members have very little experience of trade union activity. Personally, I accept that; I do have not very much. But I do have experience—as does my hon. Friend the Member for South Suffolk—of running a small business. There is cost, inconvenience and, most importantly, damage to the employee’s...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Clause 4 - Information to be included on voting paper (20 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Does my hon. Friend agree that the clause is about giving certainty to all involved in business: the employers and the union members, the people who are voting? I draw the Committee’s attention to the submissions of Dr Marshall and, in particular, David Martin, who said: “Communication with the workforce is fundamental”.––[Official Report, Trade Union Public Bill Committee, 13...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Dr Roach, when your members go on strike, the people affected will all have to arrange alternative childcare because of the nature of your members’ profession. In relation to clause 7, which is on the notice period, do you not recognise that giving parents 14 days, rather than seven, would give them more scope to organise alternative arrangements?

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: But when there is strike action and there is disruption to children’s education and their parents’ ability to go to work, would you not recognise that giving them 14 days’ notice would give them more ample opportunity to re-arrange their lives, so that they can contribute to the economy by going to work?

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: So you accept it then.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Mr Palmer-Jones, in relation to the code of practice on picketing, could you elaborate on how social media is used to intimidate workers at Wilton?

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Could you describe some of the effects that has had on the workers?

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: I think it was you, Mr Prentis, who mentioned productivity earlier on. I accept that your organisations often prevent strikes, but they do happen. Do you accept that when millions of people are out of the workplace because of a strike or when a strike is threatened—we have heard a lot about the threat of strikes being disruptive to lives and businesses—it will inevitably have an impact on...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Can I just bring it back to women? You say that you represent a lot of women who are low-paid.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Many of whom will be mothers or have other caring responsibilities, perhaps for other family members. In the TUC submission, where you are talking about the notice period, you say that it will needlessly delay the start of industrial action. Do you  not recognise that for those women, they might need those 14 days to arrange extra care for their dependants? Extending the period from seven...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: I would not dispute that, but we want to increase productivity in everything.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Union Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Oct 2015)

Seema Kennedy: On Tuesday, we heard from one of the opposition witnesses, Dave Smith, who made very serious claims about police collusion in blacklisting. He said, among other things, that the police are going to keep a list of picket supervisors and pass it on to big businesses. How would you respond to those very serious allegations?


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