Results 1–20 of 199 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Victoria Atkins

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Victoria Atkins: BAE Systems is a vital employer in my constituency. It maintains the Typhoon jets that fly from RAF Coningsby and many of my constituents commute to Brough in Humberside, where BAE Systems provides highly skilled careers and apprenticeships. Sadly, we have heard today that Brough is to lose 400 jobs. In that spirit, I very much hope the Government will work with BAE Systems to ensure...

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Victoria Atkins: This has been a massive exercise in repatriating citizens and our thanks should go to the Civil Aviation Authority and others that made it happen. Will the Secretary of State please confirm the cost of the repatriation exercise? Are insurers, credit card companies and banks playing their part in reimbursing the taxpayer?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Will the hon. Lady please ask her Whips Office to pair mums of newborn babies so that they can be slipped from this place? I understand that Labour Whips are refusing to pair mums who should be on maternity leave; they are being dragged back to the Chamber. Please can she encourage her Whips Office to do that?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I was in that debate as well. In fairness to that Member, he was saying that the so-called family-friendly hours are not in fact family friendly. I do not know whether his messaging was correct, but I think he was making precisely the same point as the hon. Lady—that they are not family friendly.

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Yesterday, the shadow Justice Secretary refused four times to condemn illegal strike action. Labour’s biggest union paymaster seems to agree. Such illegal action would cause misery for millions of people across the country. Will my right hon. Friend join me in condemning illegal action? Does she agree that it is the Conservatives who understand that this great country was built on the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I will endeavour to follow the plea of the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) and deliver what I hope will be a thoughtful speech. She may not agree with every point, but I promise her that I have been thinking about it a great deal as I have sat through the debate not just today, but on Thursday. That has given me quite a lot of time to do so. I have approached this debate as I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention because it gives me the opportunity to mention the sunset clauses in relation to both clauses 7 and 9. I will not make Ministers’ lives easy, because I note that there is no corresponding sunset clause in relation to clause 17, but it may well be possible to discuss that in Committee. We have the comfort of knowing, however, that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: On health and safety protections, the right hon. and learned Gentleman knows, of course, that there is a 1974 statute—the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974—which gives not just employees safety protections, but members of the public who are affected by conditions in the workplace. Surely that in itself acts as the primary protection to workers in this country under health...

Taxable Benefits (6 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I urge caution on the hon. Gentleman before he throws around wild accusations about the Government supporting tax dodgers. For what it is worth, in my previous life I used to prosecute massive tax fraudsters. I am very happy with the fact that I have helped fraud prosecutors to put a lot of nasty people into prison, so I take great offence at the hon. Gentleman’s attempt to cast all...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Let me try to bridge the gap between the right hon. Member for Warley (John Spellar) and Conservative Members. Is there not, indeed, a great deal of agreement in this Chamber about the woeful conditions in Venezuela? Is not my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke) simply saying that it would be nice if the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I thank the hon. Gentleman for eloquently setting out the woeful conditions in Venezuela and the very human impact that that regime has on people’s lives not only in Venezuela but in this country as well. In my previous life I prosecuted serious organised crime gangs, including drug traffickers. Does he join me in wishing that all Members of Parliament, including his leader, would...

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

Victoria Atkins: This terrible fire has affected not just the people who were unfortunate enough to live in the block itself, but the residents living around Grenfell Tower. They must have been horribly affected by seeing the fire and by its aftermath. What support is being given to local residents to help them to live with this tragedy?

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I commend the hon. Member for Slough (Mr Dhesi)—or, should I say, for the silicon valley of Europe?—on his excellent maiden speech. It was thoughtful and thought-provoking, and I am sure that I am joined by colleagues on both sides of the House in looking forward to his contributions in the future. I must first declare an interest, because my husband works for a company that has...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Victoria Atkins: That is a perfectly proper question. The only solution I have come up with—and I am a person, not a think-tank or a Home Office official—is to continue and increase our pressure on criminal gangs. We are getting better at it, but we need to work internationally with other countries. We could do more in some of the countries I have mentioned to try to remove the financial...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that point, because the subject of counterfeit cigarettes was next on my list. Again, I speak from personal experience. I prosecuted a criminal gang who, at the time, controlled the counterfeit cigarette market in the north of England. When the customs knocked out that gang—they did fantastically well: they got the guy at the very top as...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am extremely grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He has a long history of campaigning on this subject, which I respect. However, I am afraid that I must disagree with him. A very great deal has changed since 1971. Criminal gangs come to the United Kingdom from all over the world because the UK is much more densely populated than other countries, and they come here to sell drugs. I am sure that...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. I declare an interest: I used to prosecute national-level drug barons. We are talking about gun-toting criminals, who think nothing of shooting each other and the people who carry their drugs for them. What on earth does my hon. Friend think their reaction will be to the idea of drugs being regulated? Does he really think that these...


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