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Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Stalking Protection Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: It is a great pleasure and an honour to join my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) in sponsoring this Bill and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk), who was inspired to do so much to improve the law in this important area following the particularly horrific case that he has just told us about. As we have heard, stalking is terrifying, intrusive and...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support (19 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: I should declare that during my 17 years in the Treasury solicitors department I frequently acted for both the Secretary of State and the Parole Board and sometimes for both together. I commend the Secretary of State for his detailed work on this case. Can he reassure us that the views not only of the statutory victims but of the wider group of victims known to the authorities will be taken...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Members across the House have sung for Syrians. Last week, in Idlib, a clinic and kindergarten that we support were bombed by Syrian Government destroyers. Will the Prime Minister join me in paying tribute to the bravery of the staff of the Hands Up Foundation who continue to work there and in reassuring ordinary Syrians that in the seventh year of this terrible war we have not forgotten them?

Written Answers — Home Office: Firearms: Licensing (12 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Home Office guidance on firearms licensing law is complied with.

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: rose—

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Victoria Prentis: Goodness knows the hon. Gentleman knows I am no apologist for Oxford University Hospitals Trust, but it is important that we do not make a crisis where there is not one. I have been assured by the University Hospitals Trust today that the leaked memo does not represent the current reality. I, like him, have concerns about recruitment, and I, like him, am worried about the future of...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) and the right hon. Member for Delyn (David Hanson), and indeed to work with them on the Justice Committee. I apologise to the House that I will not be here for the wind-ups. I have already apologised to the Minister and to you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I might be here in body at the moment, but my...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady. Housing is absolutely key to the proper rehabilitation of offenders. I do not think I would be breaching any confidences by saying that the Justice Committee will be working with other Select Committees in Parliament to ensure that we fully cover the issues relating to housing in the coming parliamentary Session. The Kainos Community transforms...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: In February.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock), who clearly cares deeply about the needs of his constituents, though I disagree fundamentally about the purpose of the 2011 Act, which rejigged the boundary system. I must take issue with my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) when he described some of those speaking in the debate as anoraky....

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, and I sincerely hope we will not be having an election next year; I think we have had enough for now.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and he makes the point I was going on to make: while we do not, of course, agree with everything in the people’s charter—for example, it provides only for votes for men, and Conservative Members are passionately in favour of votes for women—we do adopt the more far-reaching ideas in it, and we believe very firmly that votes must...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I think I had better make progress for a minute. The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life also endorsed the idea of fairness of votes for our constituents in 2007. One vote, one value must be a vital democratic principle. To make that happen, boundary reform was a key pledge in the manifesto on which I stood in 2015 and again in 2017. The Boundary Commission is already well on...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I, too, am very aware of the whereabouts of members of my hon. Friend’s family, but I am also aware of the marvellous brewery in Hook Norton, which I am ever proud to represent and from which so many hon. Members are pleased to buy wares from time to time. Christmas is coming and it is doing a very good pack. Given the pace of change in my own area, I have considerable sympathy for the...

Point of Order: Leaving the EU: Student Exchanges (30 Nov 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the subject of foreign exchanges in the Chamber this evening. In my own family, exchanges are an integral part of growing up. I was packed off to Holland at 10 years old, and to a family in France at 11. As my linguistic skills improved, Germany and Hong Kong followed. During my undergraduate studies, I was lucky enough to go on an Erasmus programme...

Point of Order: Leaving the EU: Student Exchanges (30 Nov 2017)

Victoria Prentis: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. The type of foreign language exchanges I am talking about involve living with a family abroad and the depth of understanding that can be gained only in a domestic setting. That is what I am so keen to promote. Of course it is difficult for schools to arrange such exchanges, but it is worth it. I thank all teachers who put themselves out and often...

Point of Order: Leaving the EU: Student Exchanges (30 Nov 2017)

Victoria Prentis: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. It is about a depth of friendship that encourages not only language skills but the ability to have a network of friends and contacts. My early experiences of foreign exchanges gave me the confidence to travel abroad in the political sphere. I was able to spend some time working for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and at the White...


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