Results 1–20 of 216 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Will Quince

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Will Quince: Thank you for calling me, Mr Robertson. I congratulate the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce) on securing this important debate. PHSE is one of the most important parts of our curriculum. Yes, we need to make sure that our children are given an academic education that enables them to compete with the rest of the world, but just as vital as academic skills are life skills....

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Will Quince: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, because he has made a point I was about to come to. Charities provide this education and awareness, often free of charge or at very low cost—it is often sponsored or funded by the local police and crime commissioner—but they have an issue getting through the door of the schools, because the headteachers and subject leaders will say,...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Will Quince: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for kindly calling me. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on introducing this important Bill. It is a bit of a smorgasbord of issues that are all important in their own right. It may not come as a surprise to the House that I want...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Will Quince: I am very sorry to hear of my hon. Friend’s loss, and I thank him for his campaigning on this issue. He makes an important point about the discrepancy in our law, and the time has come to address it. The all-party group on baby loss has two fundamental aims. The first is to reduce stillbirth and neonatal death, and the Government have been hugely supportive on that aim. We now have a...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Will Quince: The hon. Gentleman makes a powerful point. Charities and the Government have to work hand in hand with each other and with parents, many of whom want to do something to support the hospital that helped them after they suffered their tragic loss. Parents are helped not just by hospitals, but by charities, too. After our loss in 2014, my wife said to me, “I don’t want flowers. I...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Will Quince: I thank my friend, the hon. Lady, for giving way. She is making a very brave and powerful speech. I would like to put on the record my huge thanks and appreciation for all her work in the setting up of the all-party group, and for the group’s continuing work. Bereaved parents, all of us, want to ensure that our child’s life, however short, has meaning. The hon. Lady is absolutely...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad). I, too, support the Bill and commend the hon. Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck) on introducing it; I worked with her on the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, alongside my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman). I pay tribute to Shelter. It has done a fantastic job campaigning on many of the...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support (19 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: It is essential that we not only recognise and respect the independence of our legal system, but recognise that the public are disappointed and angry with the Parole Board’s decision. Does my right hon. Friend agree that, by opening up the Parole Board’s decisions and making them more transparent, the public may still disagree with the decision, but they will have an understanding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (18 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: I, too, welcome the motions relating to the repair and renewal of our historic Parliament. However, given that people and organisations throughout the country are having to make some really tough decisions, will the Leader of the House ensure that, having debated those motions, we exercise financial prudence in whatever decision we make about the future of the House?

County Lines Exploitation: London — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (17 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) on securing this debate and making a very powerful case in relation to tackling county lines and some of the many issues that come with that. More observant Members will know that Colchester, despite being Britain’s oldest recorded town and its first...

County Lines Exploitation: London — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (17 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: That is not quite what I said. I said it was the safest place for him because the police were able to take action. What advice should I have given to an individual coming to my constituency office who said an individual with a firearm had taken over his property? What action the police chose to take was up to them. That is not my job as a constituency MP; my job is to protect the individual...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: Is my hon. Friend making the point that I suspect he is going to make about automatic Delay Repay being included in future franchise agreements?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this debate. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) despite my not agreeing with what she had to say. The cost of an annual ticket from Colchester to London is now £5,104 and I am in no doubt that is a huge amount of money for my constituents. However, despite what is claimed by the...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: I have served on the Transport Committee with my hon. Friend for two years. He is right that, in the invitation to tender for our most recent franchise on the Great Eastern main line, the three companies that put in a bid were Abellio, the existing franchise holder; National Express, which had had the franchise taken away when it was given to Abellio; and FirstGroup, which had had the...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: The honest answer is most likely not, but I agree that we need more competition. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) that we need more open access.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: My hon. Friend makes an eloquent point.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: I am sorry, but time is limited and I have taken enough interventions. My hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle is right that we need to consider more open access in which two or more companies operate on the same franchise, where the line can support it. I appreciate that many lines cannot support such open access, and the Great Eastern main line is a prime example of where it would...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Will Quince: My hon. Friend has mentioned open access, and I agree with the points he is making. Does he agree that open access tends to produce a higher satisfaction rate among passengers and rail users?

Grenfell Tower and Building Safety (18 Dec 2017)

Will Quince: Will the Secretary of State confirm that he still regularly meets the victim groups and is really listening to what they have to say? To pick up on a point he made, is he ensuring that, despite the understandable questioning from the Opposition, people will not be pressed in any way to take unsuitable accommodation for political expediency?

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Will Quince: I very much welcome the Prime Minister’s statement, particularly her comments on workers’ rights and our intention to enhance them post-Brexit. Does she agree that, despite the bluster from the Labour party, this Government backing the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill is the first step in getting not just European-wide workers’ rights, but the best workers’...


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