Results 1–20 of 308 for speaker:Victoria Prentis

Bedford Prison (13 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: This report is particularly damning, and it is the fourth such report in recent times. It talks of men who are locked up for 23 hours a day without food or lavatory paper. I accept that the Minister is doing his level best to sort out the situation, and I wholeheartedly support his reforms, including those to increase the number of prison officers and to work hard on rehabilitation, but if we...

Written Answers — Home Office: Firearms: Licensing (13 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescale and expected completion date are for his Department’s work to introduce statutory guidance under section 55A of the Firearms Act 1968.

Written Answers — Home Office: Firearms: Licensing (13 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department plans for its guidance relating to firearms licensing medical procedures to be made statutory under section 55A of the Firearms Act 1968.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Israel (13 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on trade with Israel of the UK leaving the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Thank you, Mr Speaker: I take that exhortation extremely seriously. It is a privilege to be in the Chamber this afternoon with people with such extraordinary expertise—in the case of the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), a lifetime of expertise—in this region. I praise all those who have kept the faith and continued to speak about the position in Yemen over the...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: The hon. Gentleman speaks with enormous knowledge on this issue, and I listened very carefully to what he said earlier. The port of Hodeidah is in a horrific situation. I am always surprised that it does not have the media coverage in Britain that, for example, the current siege in Idlib has. What is going on there is truly iniquitous. On a purely commercial level, this is our aid that we...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Of course I do. We have heard a great deal about how difficult the situation is and how it is right that we have friends in the region. The United Arab Emirates has done much in this conflict that is to be commended. I know that my right hon. Friend the Minister is as keen to resolve this situation as anybody in this House. I hope that he will continue to press for full and unhindered access,...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: As the hon. Gentleman said so graphically, we have heard different views from different sides in this difficult issue. Does he agree that we operate one of the most robust arms control regimes in the world at the moment, and would it not be sensible to wait for the conclusion of the judicial process in the UK? The matter is being very carefully considered by the courts, and it was in the...

Victims Strategy (10 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: I thank the Minister for his statement. This really is a great day for victims. There is much to be very pleased with in the statement and the document that joins it. Let me focus on the “same roof rule”—an issue on which I have been campaigning for many years. I was particularly pleased with the change to that rule in a world in which most sex offenders are known to their...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Whether or not these offenders should be on the sex offenders register is a difficult issue, because many of these offences will be committed by under-18s on under-18s; they will receive short sentences, but they will be committing offences on other children. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is right that we have this discussion now? Does he also agree that the police guidance on sexting may...

Miscellaneous: Requirement to amend guidance (5 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: In the interim, while we wait for a wider review of the law on hate crime generally, would it be helpful for police guidance to reflect the points that the hon. Lady is quite rightly raising, in the way that it does on sexting, for example?

HMP Birmingham (4 Sep 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Following on from the previous question, does my hon. Friend agree that this debate is not about public or private management of prisons but is, in fact, about when it is appropriate for the Government to step in when prisons are failing? If I may say so, this debate is also about when it is appropriate for a Minister to take responsibility for the Prison Service, as I was pleased to read...

Health and Social Care: Maternity Care (24 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: What steps he is taking to improve safety in maternity care.

Health and Social Care: Maternity Care (24 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Our three children were all born in periods of extremely hot weather. I ask the House to think of the families of Banbury who have to travel for up to an hour and a half or even two hours, if they are lucky enough to have their own car, to Oxford to give birth in a full obstetric unit. May I encourage the Minister, in her drive to ensure that maternity care is safe, kind and close to home,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Female Offenders (10 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: I welcome the Government’s new women’s strategy. May I encourage the Minister, who I welcome to his place, shortly to meet the all-party parliamentary group on women in the penal system, and to work with me and Baroness Corston to ensure that we can deliver these reforms at pace?

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart). He makes a very important point, which is that if people do not trust the way in which we keep data, they simply will not share it with the people who need it to keep them safe. The Bill is a great way to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. It will be really valuable in protecting patient data...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: I thank the Minister for giving way, but he certainly does not need my help or that of more learned colleagues. The point he is making is an important one, which is that the current legislation is clunky and difficult for governors and Ministers to use, and that this legislation will make things much easier and more effective.

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Thornbury and Yate (Luke Hall) and, for those of us who are truly fascinated by what goes on inside prisons, to hear what is going on in Gloucestershire. Illicit phone use in prison is not new. I am sure hon. Members across the House are familiar with the 1969 version of the film, “The Italian Job”. Think of the scene where...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: The technology has been there for a long time. Governors have had the ability to turn off individual non-authorised mobile phones, although they have had to jump through very difficult hoops to do so. I am sure that we could extend that to our homes, but I think we would need another private Member’s Bill to do so. This Bill gives the Secretary of State power, in addition to the...

Amesbury Incident (5 Jul 2018)

Victoria Prentis: When does the Home Secretary expect the police to be able to update the public?


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