Results 1–20 of 283 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Thangam Debbonaire

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kashmir (17 Oct 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: There have been threats from both sides to target nuclear facilities, and talks at the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation have broken down, so what exactly will the Government and the Foreign Secretary do to defuse those tensions and promote dialogue?

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights and Fair Trade (12 Oct 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: What steps he is taking to ensure that the principles of fair trade, workers’ rights and environmental protection are included in future trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights and Fair Trade (12 Oct 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: I am glad that the White Paper mentions respecting the role of Parliament, but in order to protect workers’ rights, fair trade and environmental rules, will the Minister now guarantee to transfer to this House the rights that our elected representatives in the European Parliament have to scrutinise, debate, amend and vote on trade agreements?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Following the creation of the Ebacc, the take-up of music education is going down. Given the value of the UK’s world-leading music industry to our economy—it was £123 million in Bristol alone in 2015—will the Minister please listen to the music industry, reverse the Ebacc and invest in music teaching?

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the level of prosecutions for hate crime towards EU citizens.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: I am grateful for that response, but what I really need to know is what steps the Solicitor General will take to reassure my constituents, who tell me of increased hate crime directed at EU citizens. Local organisations that tackle hate crime, such as SARI—Stand Against Racism & Inequality—tell me the same thing. What will he be doing to reassure my constituents that their...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: I apologise, Mr Streeter; I too cannot stay for the whole debate. A constituent of mine has told me about her son, who is married to a German woman and lives in Germany with her and their two young children. She says that it is all very unsettling. Does my hon. Friend agree that the lack of legal certainty is causing great distress, disrupting family life and interrupting people’s...

Exiting the European Union: Universities (7 Sep 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Will the Minister please reassure the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England that he values their collaboration with their EU counterparts and that he will prioritise doing everything he can to ensure that that collaboration continues?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: While I welcome the Minister’s news about increased prison officer numbers in HMP Bristol in my constituency, I am concerned by the Department’s figures, which show that 1,770 experienced prison officers left the service last year. What is the Minister doing urgently to retain valuable experienced prison officers for the longer term?

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: What a pleasure it is to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann). I agree with him on doing one’s own research and reading the papers, but also on respecting professional expertise. Although I am afraid I come to slightly different conclusions on some aspects, there is a lot of agreement between us, particularly on locating the problem in the Department of Health. I...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: I thank the Minister for generously giving way so many times, but I must challenge her. She said a moment ago that there is such a thing as a safe level of consumption of alcohol, but that is not what the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines say. The NICE guidelines are clear and accurate: there is no safe level of consumption of alcohol. We allow it to be consumed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: As chair of the all-party group on refugees, I am told by refugees that they are desperate to work once they have achieved such status, but are hindered by various fixable problems in the system. Will the Minister tell us what the Government are doing to make it easier for refugees to have bank accounts?

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Please allow me to refresh the Leader of the House’s memory. It was on 25 January this year that we last had an Opposition day debate. She referred earlier to Opposition Members needing to represent our constituents, and we wish to do so. Why will she not commit right now to granting Opposition day debates and to correctly doubling the number of Back-Bench business debates? Why not?

Export Licensing: High Court Judgment (10 Jul 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Will the Secretary of State please enlighten us about why he does not take more notice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s reports on countries of concern for human rights and repression?

Grenfell Tower (3 Jul 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Over the past few weeks, I have been visiting tower blocks across my constituency with fire officers and housing officers. Residents remain very, very concerned. Frankly, they do not understand why the Government and successive Ministers appear to have ignored the recommendations of the coroner’s report on sprinklers following the Lakanal House fire. I would suggest that Ministers who...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: The people of Bristol West are, mostly, remainers and proud of it, and we want the closest possible relationship with the EU, but my constituents also want me to press the Government on global concerns—climate change, trade justice and the refugee crisis. Climate change is a clear and present danger, and global temperatures have risen to 1° warmer than pre-industrial revolution...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety (26 Jun 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: The Secretary of State will be familiar with tower blocks in my constituency. I would like him to explain now why he will not simply use this opportunity to pay for the sprinkler systems that were recommended by the coroner after the Lakanal House fire.

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: Will the Prime Minister please tell us why she will not choose to show leadership, require all councils to retrofit flats and provide the resources?

Digital Economy Bill: Universal service broadband obligations (26 Apr 2017)

Thangam Debbonaire: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way a second time. I want to put on record a further concern that I raised by tabling a probing amendment in Committee, but that remains unresolved. Regardless of the appearance of the acts, I am concerned about the welfare and safety of people who may have been coerced, forced or violently pushed into appearing in pornography. We may not be able to tell...


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