Results 1–20 of 551 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rebecca Pow

Health and Social Care: NHS Primary Care: Ageing Population (20 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Forgive me, Mr Speaker, if first of all, I congratulate you on a marvellous event this morning, celebrating 10 years on from your acclaimed report on young children’s speech and language and calling for a national strategy on that, which directly links into education and health. It was an excellent event, thank you. But of course, on to Taunton Deane. Tomorrow, I shall be very proud in...

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Will my right hon. Friend update the House on how the swift application of unexplained wealth orders under this Government is making a significant difference in tackling money laundering and terrorist finance, thereby demonstrating how seriously the Government take the issue?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I am pleased to follow the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), who was eloquent, as ever. I am also pleased to have the opportunity presented by this Bill, which has been so poignantly debated today, to speak about Britain’s role in taking in refugees. I want to say at the outset that as a mother of three children who are now—I cannot...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I could not reiterate my hon. Friend’s comments more strongly. Just last month, the charity I have been talking about announced that the Home Office had approved the resettling of a second refugee family in Taunton—and they will be very welcome. We must remember the lasting impact that welcoming vulnerable families into the UK may have on our national reputation. A letter from...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I think that the hon. Gentleman will find that I agree with much of what he says, and I believe that the Government have a large toolbox of regulations already in place and achieving that, but that is not to say that there is not always the opportunity to have a look and do more, although the Government are already on that case, and I hope they are taking notes today.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I am going to press on, because other people want to speak. Having illustrated how this country is willing to take in people and do its very best for them, I want to touch on the current law. In the last five years, we have granted 24,000 families reunion visas, and these visas are free of charge and free from the eligibility criteria that usually apply to family visa applications. The law...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I am going to press on. To be clear, a great deal of thought and attention has gone into this system, and the Government are fully committed to implementing section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. As we have heard, Ministers have visited Greece and Italy to discuss processes, taking into account relevant national laws applicable to the scheme’s implementation. The Government have also...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I will press on because the hon. Members who wish to intervene have already had their say on this. We all know that, unfortunately, criminal gangs will shamelessly exploit vulnerable people for profit, and we should be careful not to feed such activities in any way. We should reaffirm that international protection must be claimed in the first safe country reached by a refugee. That is the...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I will press on because I am being encouraged to conclude my remarks—[Interruption.]

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I am winding up, Mr Deputy Speaker—[Interruption.] I am winding everybody up, so I will cut to my conclusion. We need to focus our efforts and humanitarian aid on ensuring peace and stability in the world. People do not want to leave their homes; they want peace. When any of them are asked, they say that what they really want is to stay in their own country, and that is what our...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I might be a long-lost relative from Somerset, connected somehow, Mr Speaker. Is it not right that the Lord Chancellor is undertaking a review of legal aid reforms that will include legal aid for immigration cases? The Government are already taking that on board and these matters could well be included in that review.

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Is it not right that money should be placed where it is most needed? That is where we need the most support. When universal credit is fully rolled out, it is absolutely a fact that 50,000 more children will be getting free school meals. It is not right to mislead about this issue.

United States Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium (12 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Close co-operation between the UK and the US is vital to international peace. One route to petitioning the US for exemptions to the proposed tariffs would be to demonstrate the strong link with national security. How confident is my right hon. Friend that we can make a strong case on those grounds?

Hate Crime (12 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I join my hon. Friend in condemning these letters and welcome the £2.4 million that the Government have devoted to protecting places of worship from hate crime. Can she expand on how that will work and give assurances that it will be given all the back-up it needs?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Plans (12 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Talking of planning ahead, two councils in Somerset—Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council—are waiting to form a single council. They have already had major savings by sharing services jointly, but they now really need to know if they can form one authority. Will my hon. Friend update me on the progress of this process?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Under its new garden town status, Taunton Deane is delivering well above the national average for houses, which the Secretary of State will welcome. Does he agree that the best way to provide the infrastructure that those houses need is to succeed with the recently submitted housing infrastructure forward funding bid, put in with West Somerset Council?

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: The hon. Lady is my near neighbour—her constituency is almost in Somerset—and she is making such a passionate case. May I say in the spirit of cross-party relations that one of women’s great strengths is that they are very good at working together. I know that we have our differences, but when we get together—for example, on the Jo Cox campaign—we do great work....

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia (7 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: Does my right hon. Friend welcome the social reforms already undertaken by the Crown Prince, and can he confirm that the Government will be encouraging the Saudi authorities to go further in this regard, because the very best way to influence them is to keep the door open? Let me also say, out of interest, that 52% of all graduates in the Kingdom in 2017 were women. There are 30 women members...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia (7 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia (7 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: I would like to put it on record, for clarification, that I went on a delegation to Saudi Arabia. I want to be quite clear about that.

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