Results 1–20 of 194 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alberto Costa

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Alberto Costa: I congratulate the Secretary of State on his very welcome intervention in ensuring the longevity of our NHS with these wonderful proposals. Will he give some consideration to the way in which doctors are trained? At present, it is a costly and time-consuming affair. Only around 10 UK medical schools have a graduate entry system. In his long-term plan, looking at recruitment, will he consider...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Alberto Costa: On Friday evening, I was at a constituency event, and Councillor Guy Jackson of Blaby District Council was aghast at how an arcane procedure of this House stopped what would have been a very important piece of legislation. Can I say on behalf of Councillor Guy Jackson and my constituents in South Leicestershire how welcome it is to have the Minister at the Dispatch Box today making the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Alberto Costa: My father does not speak perfect English, but I do not know what more integration he could have done when one of his sons is a Member of the British Parliament. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that in all this talk of immigration, we should be very moderate in how we reflect on it? Immigration has been of enormous benefit to the United Kingdom, when his own family and succeeding generations...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Alberto Costa: I would like to begin by echoing Members’ comments about the significance of today’s debate, on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) on securing the debate. I do not think I have spoken in my three years in the House about these rights, but let me say at the outset that, as a lawyer, I believe that it...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Alberto Costa: In line with your six-minute time limit, Madam Deputy Speaker, I promise to be brief, and I say somewhat gingerly that it is a pleasure to follow the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry). I begin by putting on record how proud I am, as the son of economic immigrants, to welcome to the post of Home Secretary my right hon. Friend the Member for Bromsgrove (Sajid...

Breast Cancer Screening (2 May 2018)

Alberto Costa: I also thank the Secretary of State for his measured and sensitive tone in delivering this afternoon’s statement. He mentioned that the figures of 450,000 and 309,000 were estimates. What is not an estimate, however, is that 65,000 letters will be going out at the end of this month. Will he assure us that his team in the Department will write to Members of Parliament to indicate the...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: regulation of Claims Management Services: Transfer Schemes (24 Apr 2018)

Alberto Costa: I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way so early in her speech. Does she agree that it is important that the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Ombudsman Service are properly equipped to take on the additional powers proposed?

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Alberto Costa: Given that representatives of a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council have blatantly lied and suggested that Britain somehow staged the appalling atrocities that we have all witnessed, can my right hon. Friend confirm that she had no choice but to take the actions that she took to help the Syrian people?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Modern Slavery (16 Apr 2018)

Alberto Costa: What steps the Government are taking to eliminate modern slavery.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Modern Slavery (16 Apr 2018)

Alberto Costa: I welcome the Minister’s answer and the extensive work that she and the Government are doing to tackle this horror in our society. Will she expand on what steps the Government are taking to provide ongoing support to victims of modern slavery?

International Trade: Education Exports (29 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of education exports.

International Trade: Education Exports (29 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: Many small businesses in and around my constituency either need help to begin to export or are already exporting in education and other goods and services. For example, a constituent of mine, Mr John Bowers, owns the company Bowers & Freeman, an SME that specialises in groundbreaking and innovative fasteners for the aerospace industry. What is the Department doing to ensure that SMEs such...

International Trade: Topical Questions (29 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: The Secretary of State has recently returned from Hong Kong and mainland China. Now that we are leaving the EU customs union and single market, what more trade can we do with these countries to ensure that our businesses are not left worse off?

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (29 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: Two weeks ago, I met senior managers at the BBC and discussed the gender pay gap. It is right that the BBC continues to attract talent, but has the Minister determined whether the gender pay gap at the BBC is due to men being overpaid or women being underpaid?

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: My right hon. Friend mentioned a moment ago that he is going to explain how we got into this position. Will he elucidate what was meant by the last Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the note that said that there was no money left?

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: I thank my right hon. Friend for making that point. Would he encourage Leicestershire County Council and other well-run Conservative-led councils to make further bids for the pilots?

Worboys Case and the Parole Board (28 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: For more than two years, I have raised with Ministers, and raised in this House and indeed in the Justice Committee, the issue of the lack of transparency in the case of Colin Pitchfork, who brutally raped and murdered two schoolchildren in my constituency in the 1980s. It was an unprecedented case because it was the first time in English criminal history that an individual—he pled not...

EU Referendum: Electoral Law: National Security and Russia (26 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will be very brief. I want to put on record my complete support for the Prime Minister’s robust and measured statement today about our national security and Russia. I think all hon. Members, including the Leader of the Opposition, would agree that it is a tragedy that we are having this debate today. Twenty-eight years ago, when the Soviet Union crumbled and...

European Council (26 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: I, too, congratulate the Prime Minister on the very sensible agreement she reached at the European Council. Unlike the Leader of the Opposition, may I add my personal thanks to the Prime Minister and her team for agreeing a very sensible outcome during the implementation period for EU nationals in our country, as well as UK citizens in the EU27? Given my deep interest in this subject, which...

Grenfell Update (22 Mar 2018)

Alberto Costa: I thank my right hon. Friend for his very important statement. Will he confirm that interim safety measures have been taken for all social housing blocks with unsuitable cladding, and that in the majority of cases the remediation work has already begun?


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