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Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I, too, welcome the statement by the Secretary of State. I am very pleased to have played a very small part in this, and I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck) and the former Member for Crewe and Nantwich who did such great work on the Children and Social Work Bill—I was the Whip. I want to ask the Secretary of State about child sexual...

Exiting the European Union: International Broadcasting Businesses (19 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: rose—

Exiting the European Union: International Broadcasting Businesses (19 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given that the advice the Government now seem to be hinting at—that businesses should prepare for a no deal situation—looks an awful lot like the consequences that we remainers were criticised for raising during the referendum as “Project Fear”, does the Minister understand why the creative and digital industries in my constituency, of which...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I add my congratulations to those of other hon. Members on the right hon. Gentleman’s appointment. He mentioned advance preparations, but I find it incredibly curious that it took two years before we even started them. He says that no responsible Government would wait to make backstop arrangements, but what happened before the referendum? What has happened over the past two years? Why...

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Whenever that is.

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: It is truly a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry, and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) and others who have all made such great contributions. I will not repeat what others have said. I will move on to a specific aspect, which, I am afraid to say, is possibly outside the Minister’s area of responsibility. None the less,...

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention because he has saved me from making that point later. I absolutely agree with him. I urge the Minister to take that key recommendation to his colleagues. There is a 12-month limitation and then they can work but only in a job on the reserved list. That includes being a professional ballet dancer, by the way, which is not exactly a route to...

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Like magic, he has anticipated my next paragraph. During the inquiry, when we asked Jonathan from Survivors Speak OUT whether he felt that refugees were welcome in the UK, he said that the asylum system did not make him feel welcome. He was traumatised and angry during the entire five years it took to get status, but he also said that...

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I thank my hon. Friend for mentioning the last Labour Government’s refugee integration strategy and the comprehensive plan for employment and support. Is he aware that that strategy was cancelled by the Liberal Democrat-Tory coalition Government in 2010?

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Wind Power: Seas and Oceans (16 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the export value potential of the UK offshore wind industry.

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: On 3 May—two months ago—the Leader of the House told me that a White Paper on the immigration Bill would be forthcoming “in the coming months”. That was two months ago and recess is hurtling towards us. Will she please enlighten me on whether the immigration Bill is going to see the light of day before the recess, after the recess, before the conference recess, or...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: The hostile environment has particular consequences for refugees, especially as the Liberal Democrat and Tory coalition Government scrapped the national refugee integration service, which had been set up by the previous Labour Government. Refugees have fled conflicts and war, and they deserve help, not hostility. So will the Minister agree to restore a national refugee strategy and service,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Remedies Authority (12 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what criteria his Department used for its decision to base the UK Trade Remedies Authority in Reading.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Personal Records (11 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to ensure that no Government Departments distribute pupil data to commercial companies and journalists.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Energy: Housing (10 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses in the UK have an Energy Performance Certificate of (a) E or lower and (b) D or higher.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Service Operators Grant: Eligibility (10 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to allow (a) electric battery, (b) hybrid and (c) hydrogen-fuelled buses to be eligible for the Bus Service Operators Grant.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Armed Conflict (10 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with parties to the conflict in Yemen on steps to ensure that there is accountability for civilian casualties in that country.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Armed Conflict (10 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote a permanent cessation of hostilities in Hodeidah city in Yemen.

Family Visitor Visas — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (9 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: The Minister is generous in giving way. Will she clarify something? I think she said that in 2017, 2.1 million visitor visas were granted, each in less than eight days. Is that figure for family visitor visas or for visitor visas, full stop? If the latter, does she know how many were family visitor visas? There are aspects specific to those visas.

Family Visitor Visas — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (9 Jul 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: The Minister is being terribly generous in giving way, but I must press her. The debate is specifically about family visitor visas, which are for a specific group of people whom the Home Office often seems to suspect will stay on because they are family visitors. That is not the same as general visitor visas.


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