Results 1–20 of 127 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rishi Sunak

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

Rishi Sunak: Today thousands of profoundly disabled children are denied the opportunity to enjoy a day out with their families simply because there is not an adequate changing room. The stories of parents at the Dales School in my constituency deeply moved me. Will the Prime Minister strongly consider updating our building regulations to ensure broader provision, and, in the meantime, urge all relevant...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Rishi Sunak: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan) on securing this Second Reading debate. It is a privilege to follow so many wise and learned contributions, especially that of my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper). I disagree slightly with the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden), because I was hanging off almost every word of my right hon....

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Rishi Sunak: And indeed London. My hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) is not in his place, but he will of course know that Henry VII, the earl of the original Richmond in Yorkshire, was so taken with the place that he decided to rename that part of London called Sheen and build a palace there in honour of the Richmond in Yorkshire—but we digress. Even with these reforms, the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Rishi Sunak: On representation, I feel pretty good that the Conservative Benches are lined with colleagues participating today, unlike the Opposition Benches. The hon. Gentleman talks a lot about money for the DUP, but that is deeply insulting to the people of Northern Ireland, who are receiving any money that the UK Government are spending on regions—Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire also receive...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: Global Britain can be built only on the foundation of sound public finances. That is why, for me, one number above all in the Budget stood out: next year, our debt percentage will start falling. Finally, we can see through to the time when the country will stop borrowing and live within its means again. Fiscal responsibility is not just an ideological pursuit. Without a prudent approach to...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: Does my hon. Friend agree with the point made by the hon. Member for Bradford South (Judith Cummins) that the Treasury and the Department for Transport need to consider economic development and the rebalancing of the economy as criteria for the allocation of new money, so that it does not go only to the places that are already economically vibrant?

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: The average commute into London begins 40 miles outside of the city. If we could make that the case for Manchester, we could create an urban network with a population larger than that of New York, and with a GDP the size of Sweden. That is the scale of the prize for getting northern transport right. Tonight I would like to make three quick points: first, I want to celebrate the powerhouse...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: My hon. Friend has done excellent work analysing these numbers, and I completely agree with his point that it is multigenerational. The point is that, from now on, that gap needs to start closing. Secondly, London has Crossrail, the midlands is getting HS2, and now we in the north need the Government to back Northern Powerhouse Rail. The Government’s £300 million down-payment is...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: It is a privilege to be called to contribute on this important topic. Many constituents wrote to ask me to participate in this debate, so they will be delighted that I have the opportunity to highlight some of the issues they raised. I commend the hon. Member for Croydon North (Mr Reed), not only for securing this debate and championing the Bill but for the constructive and consensual way he...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. The workshops provide packs for teachers to give to children to take to their parents so that parents become much more engaged with their children’s online presence, which is something that I, as a parent of young children, am becoming more aware of, as I am sure many others in the House are. We all must be aware of what our children do online,...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point—and one he has spoken about before. My hon. Friend the Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse) has also spoken passionately in the House about what more we need to do to protect children online and ensure they have a safe space to play and learn about the world around them.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and puts it better than I could myself, so I will move back to the physical world, if I may. Sadly, the evidence is that self-harm among young people is on the rise. It is right, therefore, that the Government have responded by improving mental health training in schools. Many colleagues have already mentioned the importance of appropriate training for...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: I thank my hon. Friend for her comment, and I know that she is a tireless advocate for healthcare services, especially mental health services, in this place. I did not know that particular statistic, but it is indeed very welcome and will be welcomed, I am sure, by hon. Members on both sides of the House. Furthermore, it should be our aim that children are not sent out of area to be treated...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: The hon. Gentleman’s intervention was timely, for I was just about to say that we should examine the important, complex and sensitive issue of whether minorities are disproportionately suffering poor mental health treatment or outcomes. We should be careful, however, about reaching for the knee-jerk—and potentially mistaken—conclusion and labelling the problem as one of...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: As ever, my hon. Friend makes an excellent point and displays her knowledge of this area. It is absolutely right that we bring help to people wherever they need it and in as many settings as possible. I very much welcome the extraordinary increase in the number of people being trained. Indeed mental health provision needs to be part of an ongoing conversation about the development of young...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Rishi Sunak: I am glad to hear my hon. Friend talk about non-pay benefits. My constituents at Catterick garrison and at RAF Leeming most often talk to me about the day-to-day hassle and unfairness they face as a result of their service. To that end, will he confirm the Government’s commitment to the armed forces covenant and perhaps develop further what they are doing to ensure that nobody is...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Rishi Sunak: I believe our welfare system should do three simple things. It must be compassionate to those who need our help, it must be effective in getting them the help they need, and it needs to be fair to those who pay for it. Simply put, universal credit is a rare example of a policy that delivers on all three counts. To start with compassion, rather than recipients having to make calls to up to...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Rishi Sunak: I am sure that the hon. Lady was here and heard the Secretary of State make the point that the calls that have been made were all to local rate numbers. It is not right to say that they were premium rate numbers. As of today, those calls have been made free for all claimants, although they were offered the opportunity to be called back for free if the call charge was difficult. I am aware...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Rishi Sunak: I cannot say that I recognise that figure, because £700 million more was made available in the last set of universal credit reforms, all of which was directed at the most vulnerable in our society.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Rishi Sunak: No, I will carry on, given the number of people who want to speak. Compassion alone is not enough. The effectiveness of our welfare system should be properly judged by the number of lives that it transforms, and that transformation comes from well-paid work. Universal credit ends the well-documented problem of single parents effectively working for free if they want to work for more than 16...


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