Results 1–20 of 436 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

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: I was pleased to hear the Secretary of State’s comments about social housing and to hear that, as recommended by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the Government are looking more closely at social housing issues. Will the Secretary of State update us on the first steps that are being taken to put something in place?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: To make much-needed housing developments acceptable, it is essential to provide the right infrastructure—road structure, in particular—to cope with traffic increases. Often, only a small section of road is required: the small spine road through the proposed Staplegrove development in Taunton, for example. Although an application has been made to the housing infra- structure fund,...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: We somehow seem to have bred a society that is too often too reliant on benefits. It is right that as a Government we help to provide a pathway back into work. The children in some parts of my constituency have grown up knowing four generations of unemployed in the family. That is not right. We have to try to break that cycle and help people get back to work. We also have to allocate the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: Will the Secretary of State give an assurance that, as we leave the EU, the Bill will enable us to develop our own watertight system for complying with nuclear safeguards? As he says, that means introducing reporting and transparency to make it obvious that no nuclear material is going where it should not be going. We want assurances that all these boxes will be ticked, even if we leave Euratom.

Iran: Vauxhall (Redundancies) (16 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: Does the Minister agree that the UK automotive industry has in fact been a huge success story? Can she give assurances to PSA and others—I have companies in my constituency that make parts for cars, so this is very important to them, too—that this Government will provide, with their industrial strategy, a framework that ensures ensure that there is a major emphasis on the...

Clean Growth Strategy (12 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: Unlike some Opposition Members, I wholeheartedly welcome this strategy, with its commitment to the low carbon transformation. It will have enormous spin-offs not only for the environment but for business, as was so eloquently outlined by my right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon). Home energy efficiency is a key part of our drive towards our targets, so will the Minister...

Retail Energy (12 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: I congratulate the Government on putting the consumer first. It is a shocking revelation that £1.4 billion is being overpaid by consumers on their bills, so I welcome the fact that the Government are taking this seriously. Many of those customers are in Taunton Deane and many are the most loyal customers. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the only way to deliver best value for those...

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: The Leader of the House—and perhaps you, Mr Speaker—may not be aware that the Westminster dog of the year competition will be held in two weeks’ time. Although the event may seem somewhat frivolous, there is a serious point behind it: raising the subject of good animal care and welfare. The Government take these issues seriously, recently raising the sentences for animal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (10 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: What plans he has for the implementation of the NHS’s five year forward view for mental health.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (10 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Pow: The charity Mind recently produced a report called “Feel better outside, feel better inside”, which advocated the benefits of eco-therapy—using activities such as gardening, farming and exercise. The National Garden Scheme has also produced a publication on this. Is the treatment being utilised within the NHS?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Heritage Sites (14 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Pow: On 21 October, the town of Wellington will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone that commemorates the Duke of Wellington’s success at the battle of Waterloo. Although that wonderful monument, which can be seen from the M5, is accessible from the outside, the staircase on the inside is not, because the monument is undergoing a massive restoration...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Pow: My hon. Friend is making her case very passionately. She is number 380, so I beat her by one—I am the 379th woman elected in Parliament, which is something I am very proud of. Does she agree that we want to encourage women from all walks of life? We talk very much about how things fit in for young women with children or babies, but I am particularly aware that women who have had a...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Pow: My right hon. Friend is making a sound case, but would it not be right to suggest that it is even more important, in the light of Brexit, for us to be in total control of our finances at home and that we should draw in all the money that is owed to us in the best possible ways? That is going to be so important in keeping us productive.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Pow: In my constituency, the backbone of business is small and medium-sized businesses. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this Government have put in place a raft of measures particularly to help them, and many are not paying any business rates at all, which is extremely helpful to them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education and Training: Access (11 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Pow: As the Minister is aware—I thank her for her swift involvement—Somerset Skills and Learning is experiencing a severe shortfall in funding. It provides invaluable services for adult learning, especially for people with low incomes, as well as providing grants for a range of other organisations, such as Compass Disability and Neroche Woodlanders—the latter is running a mental...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Rebecca Pow: Perhaps I did not express it well, but my point was that clearly that system was not working well enough, hence the Government had to step in to require more transparency, which is now having an effect.

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