Thangam Debbonaire: The right hon. Gentleman is making an excellent point, particularly about mental health. Does he agree with me that one thing that asylum accommodation needs to do better is ensure that people who have come from traumatic experiences and are possibly further traumatised by the conditions in which they find themselves have access to good quality, appropriate mental health support?
Thangam Debbonaire: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I appreciate your calling me so early in the debate. It is with great pleasure that I follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper). I congratulate her and her Committee on an excellent piece of work, which highlights a problem that should concern all of us, because in truth it...
Thangam Debbonaire: I completely agree, and I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that point for me, because universal credit is a great concern. Again, I am grateful to the Minister for having allowed me to discuss that with him. I understand that the Government are trying to push the idea that nobody should be out of pocket because they can get an advance, but an advance is a loan. Refugees, by definition, do...
Thangam Debbonaire: My right hon. Friend did refer to those points, but I would like to reiterate them. That subject particularly worries me, because the Government’s response to the Home Affairs Committee’s recommendation about property inspections was: “The Home Office does not agree that property inspection should be handed over to local authorities as it would reduce the accountability of...
Thangam Debbonaire: Unfortunately, the 3 million EU 27 citizens living in this country and the UK citizens living in the EU 27 do not feel that certainty because of the words “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” Will the Government not now commit to putting an amendment down to any of the forthcoming EU Bills to give that certainty?
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the assessment by UK National Recognition Information Centre that the International Certificate of Christian Education General Certificate is comparable to a Cambridge International Education O Level; and if she will make a statement.
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, of 5 December 2017, Official Report, column 882, on Female Offender Management, when he plans to publish the strategy for women and justice.
Thangam Debbonaire: The Prime Minister must have had a different ballot paper from the one we had in Bristol West last year. There was no mention on mine of the single market or the customs union, nor was there any mention of Euratom, to which item 89 of the report refers. Will the Prime Minister please tell us which other organisations she believes she has a mandate to sweep off the table as we go through the...
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of schools which follow an Accelerated Christian Education curriculum.
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on requiring independent schools to offer qualifications that are recognised and accredited by Ofqual; and if she will make a statement.
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of independent schools that are teaching a faith-based curriculum.
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidance her Department provides to architects and contractors on the construction of health facilities which her Department funds or supports.
Thangam Debbonaire: It is 10 years since the Corston report. Can the Minister update us on the progress the Government are making in meeting all 43 of Baroness Corston’s recommendations, in particular funding for specialist units such as Eden House in Bristol?
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to announce the details and scope of her review of air gun licensing in England and Wales.
Thangam Debbonaire: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for bringing this debate before us and the hon. Member for East Kilbride etc. for leading on it. I also wish to say a special thank you to Mr Speaker and Mrs Bercow, who have done so much to support autism awareness in the House and beyond, particularly through their support for the National Autistic Society. I should make a declaration of personal...
Thangam Debbonaire: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The hon. Lady comprehensively listed recommendations that I urge the Minister to follow. I will finish by recommending two things. First, I suggest that hon. Members who care about autism and the 1% of our population who are on the autism spectrum consider, as I have done, asking a member of staff to champion that cause. I work closely with my member of staff,...
Thangam Debbonaire: Mostly not!
Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received any formal complaints on the conduct of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Thangam Debbonaire: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 22 November.
Thangam Debbonaire: The BBC is currently broadcasting “Drugsland”, a documentary series shot in my Bristol West constituency showing the catastrophic impact of drugs and drug laws on not just users, but the police and innocent bystanders. Will the Prime Minister commit to watching “Drugsland” and to setting up a royal commission on our drug laws, which are plainly failing?