Results 1–20 of 356 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 — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Transitional Arrangements (7 Feb 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: The Good Friday agreement was one of the greatest legacies of the last Labour Government. Is the Minister content that messing up the border issue could make destroying the Good Friday agreement one of this Government’s legacies?

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: It is my belief that every one of us women MPs was encouraged by other women who wanted us to make this place look and feel more like the world we live in. I was particularly encouraged by my grandmother, Florence Parker, a stalwart of the Co-operative Women’s Guild, who campaigned so hard for women’s suffrage. As well as thanking the Home Secretary for mentioning Bristol’s...

Exiting the European Union: Transition Arrangements (1 Feb 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Businesses in my constituency tell me that continued membership of the single market and customs union during the transition period will help them safeguard jobs, yet the Prime Minister on 18 December ruled this out. What have the Prime Minister and Secretary of State got against the employment of people in Bristol West?

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I thank all hon. Members for their contributions. I am grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff), for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) and for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan), and the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell) for their interventions, and, of course, to the hon. Members for Aberdeen South (Ross Thomson), for Strangford (Jim Shannon) and for Lanark and...

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I beg to move, That this House has considered the accessibility of public buildings for people with autism. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. Imagine what Parliament would be like if there was less information—less information at once, anyway. Imagine if we all agreed that there could only ever be one voice speaking in our debating Chambers and Committee...

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: The hon. Gentleman’s intervention makes me hopeful that we might one day achieve what I desire, even though it would require a lot of self-restraint on my part. Imagine if we had routes through the parliamentary estate that steered people logically from one place to the next with predictable and straightforward signs, few distractions and gentle lighting.

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Yes, I do agree; but I also slightly disagree, in that it might not hurt some of us as MPs to seek a place of quiet every now and then and still our minds, because there is so much going on for us. If we did all that I just said, we would remove many barriers to people with autism using our public spaces. Would it not make a better place for all of us to run the country from? I argue that it...

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I happily agree with my hon. Friend. Of course, other supermarkets are available, but I encourage those supermarkets to do likewise and believe that some of them are. Indeed, I will go on to talk a bit more about how we can encourage other organisations to do that.

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is not just about children; it is about adults. I want to reiterate what I was saying: my life has been immeasurably enriched by children and adults on the autistic spectrum who have insights and illuminating ways of looking at the world that I have personally benefited from and would hate to feel were being denied to our public life.

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I absolutely agree. Indeed, that is the top and bottom of my speech: what is good for people on the spectrum is good for us all. Private businesses and shopping centres have sometimes led the way, and public buildings need to follow suit because doing so would benefit us all. I am sad to learn from the National Autistic Society report “Too Much Information”, which was also...

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I would love building regulations to be altered to take into account what needs to happen to make buildings not only autism-friendly, but friendly to people with dementia and learning disabilities, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston has said. I hope the Minister will address that important point in her remarks. In my constituency, local voluntary parents’ group SEND...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Will the Minister give way?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I am so grateful to the Minister for being very patient and giving way to me, but I must press him on this point. It is curious to think that the Government are at this moment planning their negotiating strategy without having considered adequate impact assessments. I went to the so-called reading room in December. It was laughable that I had to sign a piece of paper, a copy of which I was...

Backbench Business: Criminal Justice System: Adults with Autism — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I am pleased to hear the commitment to encourage the national College of Policing about its training. Will the Minister make the clear point to the college and to police officers that we respect what they do and we know how hard their job is? This is not about special pleading for a particular group but about ensuring genuine access to justice, which means that some people will need different...

Backbench Business: Criminal Justice System: Adults with Autism — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Does my hon. Friend agree that training for police officers in that situation would help them to prevent reoffending or revictimisation? I think that our colleagues in the police share the aim of reducing those things.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Primary Schools: Academies (29 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: All the focus on structures is taking us away from the real issue, which is that this weekend even Tory party donors and academy chain heads were talking about real-terms cuts to funding. That is what I am seeing in the schools in my constituency. Will the Government face up to the real crisis, which is the real-terms cut in school funding?

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Corby (Tom Pursglove). I rise to support the motion, and I also speak as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on refugees. Taking a human-rights approach to refugees means treating them as human beings who have rights, but who also have skills and experience. We in the Labour party can be proud of the leading role that we played in the...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: I respect the right hon. and hon. Gentlemen, but time is limited. I hear criticisms of the human-rights approach, and I have read them on social media. People say that when we welcome refugees we are letting in terrorists, and we should beware of the pull factor. For a start, there is no good evidence of a pull factor; there is evidence only of the determination of refugees to support...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Will the Government please commit to reviewing the situation whereby street homeless people are crossing local authority boundaries, going from one where there is little support to others such as Bristol, where there is a great deal?


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