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State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I thank right hon. and hon. Members across the House who have participated in this debate on the very important issue of safeguarding the rights of EU citizens living here in the UK and those of UK citizens living in the EU after our withdrawal. I am glad that Parliament has had the chance to debate this issue again, and I hope we can reach some clarity at the end of it. I have heard many SNP...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I will take just one intervention, because I am conscious of time.

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I know that individual cases were raised, and I hope very much that those letters are being chased up if no replies have as yet been received. I also hope that, now that Members have heard the assurances given from the Dispatch Box today, they will communicate those assurances to their constituents while they await responses from the Home Office. I have another clarification for the right...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie, and to appear opposite the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan). I welcome him to his place. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) for this important, topical and genuinely interesting debate. It is so important that we have this debate now. As we move towards leaving the EU, we...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: The hon. Gentleman has pre-empted me; I was going to deal with that at the end, but I will deal with it now. We have no plans to reintroduce the post-study work visa. The hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) was quite right to talk about evidence, and I thank her for her kind comments, but evidence from previous schemes showed that large numbers of people were...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Will the hon. and learned Lady forgive me if I do not, as I know that my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean wants to speak for two minutes at the end? I just wanted to make the point that we have freedom of movement in the United Kingdom. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair) for raising the issue of agricultural workers. That is being kept under...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Thank you, Mr Speaker—no pressure. We are taking a range of actions to tackle knife crime. I am particularly concerned that children and young people should not carry knives. Early intervention and prevention are key. That is why we have launched the new anti-knife community fund worth half a million pounds for voluntary groups who work with children and young people to support early...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind comments. Every death from knife crime is a tragedy for the families, friends and communities affected by it. That is precisely why addressing knife crime is a Government priority. This includes work such as supporting intervention with young people when they enter hospital accident and emergency units, to try to reach them at a vulnerable time, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: That is a matter on which I hope we can work across the House, because knife crime, sadly, affects most of our constituencies. In terms of actions that the Government are taking, at a national level we are supporting the police with Operation Sceptre, which has had a great deal of success. There is also an emphasis on local police forces doing their bit—knowing the terrain and the local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: My hon. Friend has led a strong campaign for ensuring that more notice is taken of mental health. Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes, and the Government are committed to ensuring that every victim has access to the specialist support they need, including mental health services. The Government are protecting funding of over £6.4 million for 85 female rape support centres...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: The hon. Lady has done a great deal of work on this subject for her constituents. I will be pleased to meet her and relevant parties to discuss it further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I thank my hon. Friend for raising this important issue. Victims of domestic violence and abuse deserve the best treatment and justice. Despite record numbers of prosecutions and convictions, sadly there are still nearly 2 million victims of domestic abuse every year in England and Wales. That is precisely why the Prime Minister put at the centre of the Queen’s Speech a new domestic...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am delighted that we are having a robust debate about democracy. May I tell the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon) that he has caused me to change my speech? I was going to talk to the House about Roman democracy, the influence of the Napoleonic code and so on. Instead, I am disappointed that he spent 13 minutes speaking nonsense and on partisan speechifying, rather than...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Absolutely. After 13 minutes of the speech by the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton I gave up hope of hearing any substantive, persuasive argument to support his case. I shall try to move on to what I hope will be a point of consensus. The hon. Gentleman is welcome to intervene if he wants to have an argument with me about that. He is shaking his head. We all need to encourage young...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am delighted that the hon. Lady has raised that point, because it is going to be my final point, and I will deal with it then. At 18, with civic rights, such as the right to vote, comes civic responsibility. At 18, for the first time, a person can sit on a jury in judgment on their peers. An 18-year-old can be called up to the Old Bailey, just down the river, and sit in judgment on a...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I completely agree. That goes to the point about protection. I am not saying for a moment that 16-year-olds are not capable of forming judgments, and I hope that no Labour Member tries to misrepresent me, because if they do, I will intervene on them. My hon. Friend is exactly right—it is about a gradation of protections moving away until the person reaches the age of 18.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am sorry, but I did not hear the hon. Gentleman’s point. If he was trying to say that—[Interruption.]

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I am sorry. The hon. Gentleman said “over 70,”; I thought that he said “over 17”. I do not agree with him. First, it would be a brave politician who wanted to take votes away from people aged over 70. Perhaps some of my colleagues will send out press releases about that after the debate. On the hon. Gentleman’s point—this is also applicable to service in...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: I like the hon. Gentleman, and I will let him intervene.

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: Crikey! To turn the argument around, are we really comparing 16 and 17-year-olds to bankrupts? No. In the case of bankruptcy, certain civic responsibilities and rights—for example, the right to become a director of a company—are taken away from an individual because of their behaviour. I am not saying that 16 and 17-year-olds do not deserve the right to vote because of their...


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