Results 1–20 of 255 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jo Churchill

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: Along with answering the question of who is a parent, will my hon. Friend please tell me whether the Bill will address the issue of who is an employee, in view of the Taylor report? Those who work on zero-hours contracts, those who are self-employed and others will need that same space for grieving, as my hon. Friend the Member for Colchester (Will Quince) pointed out in his very powerful...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: When we tease out that definition in Committee, I will offer up lone workers such as general practitioners who go out on call on their own. The definition should encompass the broader point. As my hon. Friend the Member for Saffron Walden (Mrs Badenoch) said, those of us who represent large rural constituencies, including the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), know that people are...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: On that point, in a recent conversation with police officers in Bury St Edmunds, they said how beneficial body-worn videos are. Is there scope in the Bill for their use in other circumstances, for example for those who work in ambulances and so on who also go into very aggressive situations? They could help them, too.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: Like the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris), I too have universal credit rolling out in the main town of my constituency. I do not consider that incidental or insignificant, and I am very saddened by some of the comments that have come from those on the Opposition Benches. I recognise the significance of the roll-out of universal credit, which has gone live today in Bury St Edmunds,...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but if he will bear with me I will come on to the areas that I have concerns about. The hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) was talking on this topic on the “Today” programme, and, interestingly, did not offer any concrete reasons why the scheme should be paused; nor has she done so during this debate....

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: When my hon. Friend is considering design, will he also consider the space standards, which we have discussed before? It is important that families have homes that they can actually live in—that is, feed themselves in, relax in and then sleep in.

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: Does my hon. Friend agree that the problem with many of the big house builders, such as the one he alluded to that set aside a large contingency fund for these issues, partly stems from the fact that they have no workforce of their own, particularly no site managers and the like? Interestingly, that company said recently that it would not support the levy continuing for the Construction...

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: Surely the fundamental point is that when someone spends nearly £400,000 on a product, they expect, under their consumer rights, that product to be fit for purpose—a house should stand under its own construction and be there for the duration. We should be asking for that, rather than relying on a third-party snagging company.

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: Is my hon. Friend aware of whether any statistics on this are collected by the Department so that it can understand which builders are particularly poor and allow planners or other people to get involved at an earlier point?

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities: National House Building Council (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: I chair the all-party group, which for reasons of clarity, I thought I should declare.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mark Menzies). I join in this debate not as a Member who has a particularly close partnership with the nuclear industry, nor as someone with specific knowledge of Euratom. My hon. Friend the Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse) says that he voted to leave because of Euratom, but, a little like my hon. Friend the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend that this is common sense. The Opposition argue that we are being presumptive, but we are just being thoughtful in ensuring that things are in place to ensure a smooth passage. As has been said, this is about soft collaboration. It is an important opportunity to reiterate that the Government’s aim is to ensure that collaborative research and...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: I thank my hon. Friend for largely making my point for me. He knows my deep interest in this area, and I draw to his attention the fact that not only has the Secretary of State reiterated those points today but that the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation firmly made them back in June. Are the expert opinions that my hon. Friend is addressing recent, or are they historical?

International Trade: Foreign Direct Investment (12 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: I thank the Minister for coming to my constituency and talking to my exporters and the Port of Felixstowe, and ask him to assure me that he took on board the takeout that they want us to be oven ready with regulations and so forth as we look to move out of the common market.

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: On a point of clarification, if a lower-velocity weapon is adapted to give it a higher velocity—I think that is, if not simple to do, quite easily achievable—how do we regulate for that, if there is no form of checking of how air rifles have been adapted?

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: I thank the hon. Lady for bringing what I consider a very important issue to the House. I pay tribute to that young man, and to his family and friends, all of whom have come to see me, and we have discussed some of the items the hon. Lady is raising today. Does she also agree that guns that are not manufactured by licensed manufacturers cause a problem and need to be looked at? There are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Jo Churchill: In the light of the worrying figures, both nationally and for my constituency, will my hon. Friend the Minister outline the steps the Department is taking to reduce the level of personal independence payment reassessments, so that individuals in my constituency can access at the earliest opportunity the benefits that are due to them?

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Jo Churchill: May I draw my hon. Friend’s attention to the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, which took just that approach by ensuring that universities can offer two-year degrees, which will save students money? They can also offer lifelong learning opportunities and so on, all of which helps more than the Opposition’s approach would.

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Jo Churchill: If we are talking about promises broken, I seem to remember my daughters who are still at university being promised free tuition fees by the Labour party. I then remember the hon. Lady saying on the Marr show that that was nothing more than an ambition, largely because it was going to cost £89 billion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Brexit Discussions (13 Sep 2017)

Jo Churchill: What recent discussions he has had with political parties in Northern Ireland on the UK leaving the EU.


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