Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen (10 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I rise on behalf of my constituents in Rochester and Strood to extend my deepest condolences to the royal family. Her late Majesty’s death is a terrible loss for us all and has touched every corner of the world. She was a constant reassuring presence. The world is unrecognisable from the start of her reign but, despite those changes, she was a steadying figure who led this country from the...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is a pleasure to be here this afternoon, but I too would like to express my best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this difficult time. First, I thank the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Kim Johnson) for securing this important debate at a crucial time, and I ask for her understanding as I was appointed merely a few hours ago. However, I will start by saying that I...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I absolutely get the point about stigma, and I know that schools work incredibly hard to overcome it. Free school meal eligibility will be under review, and in this post I look forward to getting into the detail and speaking to stakeholders, schools, parents and children, as I do already in my constituency. I look forward to widening the scope of that.

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for that point. As I said, I, like all Members of Parliament, absolutely care about our young people in school and want them to thrive, have great lives and enjoy their school years, and we must ensure that stigma does not exist for them. In my role, I will look at many things, and I am more than happy to look at that further. We do not have plans to extend the...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her comments. In my new role, I have already committed to keeping eligibility under review. Today, the Government set out decisive action to support people and businesses with their energy bills, tackling the root causes of the issues in the UK energy market through increased supply and ensuring the country is not left in the same position again. Under plans for the...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: Ahead of today, we had already announced a significant package of support for those most in need—I outlined the extra £400. Local authorities also have the household support grant scheme, which is accessible by people who are in need and is an opportunity for those who have fallen through certain gaps to access funding they may require. We need to invest in home-grown energy and drive...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: It was important to mention the announcement today about help with energy costs, because those costs are playing a large role in the pressures that all households face, and that absolutely feeds into this debate. The hon. Lady raises an important question about free school meals over the summer period. For families who have been eligible for that support, the Government are investing more...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman. However, one of the benefits of the holiday activities fund is that the decision making is given to local authorities, so that they can design systems that meet the need in their areas and make sure that they design tailored programmes and deliver services to meet the individual needs of the people they serve. He should understand that the amount is £600 million...

Free School Meals and Child Poverty (8 Sep 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I very rarely refuse a request for a meeting. I am hoping to have many months to meet stakeholders, interested parties and people who feel as passionate as I do about these areas. I am confident that the safeguards we have in place mean that once a child is through the school gates in the morning, the one thing that they should never have to worry about is where...

Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda (15 Jun 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: May I commend my right hon. Friend for her determination to find solutions to the very real problem facing our shores, and for trying to break the model of people smugglers taking advantage of incredibly vulnerable people? Today, I have heard the same old story from Labour: no solutions, not standing up for Britain, and definitely not thinking about what my constituents want. Can she assure...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (8 Jun 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I take exception to what the hon. Lady said. How dare she suggest that Government Members are not standing up for their communities when we are quite obviously aggrieved with the allegation that she has just made against a fellow colleague? So yes, we do have a right to chunter at her comments.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (8 Jun 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (8 Jun 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: On the issue of constraints, can my right hon. Friend give us some further detail about whether the local authority could argue for constraints on the basis of economic areas, for example? Could that be an opportunity to save my dockyard from closure, following a proposal for flats to meet a housing target?

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jun 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: As my right hon. Friend knows, my constituency is facing unrealistic housing targets, which is putting pressure on the council to try to develop a local plan that would close a successful working docks and mean the loss of beloved open spaces such as Deangate Ridge, all in the name of meeting an arbitrary target. Can he reassure my constituents who are facing this level of over- development...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (23 May 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I declare an interest, as my sister is a social worker. I have, over many years, seen poor outcomes for young people who have travelled through our care system, so I welcome the review and some of what was in it, but this is a complex area. As my hon. Friend the Minister mentioned, we have seen a number of reviews, and the many barriers in children’s social care that we all know about have...

Northern Ireland Protocol (17 May 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. Sadly, last week at the UK-EU Parliamentary Partnership Assembly, Vice-President Šefčovič used incredibly disappointing language in relation to the UK. Does she agree that it is incumbent on the EU to enter into sensible negotiations with the United Kingdom to find practical and deliverable solutions to the real problems faced by the people of...

Treasury: Tackling Economic Crime (17 May 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: Following clarity from my hon. Friend to UK Finance on how banks should interpret the money laundering regulations, a number of banks continue to close existing pooled client accounts of long-established, reputable boat-broking businesses. That is now stopping those businesses trading. What further assurance can he give to banks regarding these low-risk businesses?

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Building Remediation Costs (16 May 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: What steps he is taking to ensure that leaseholders do not have to pay for remediation work in buildings where the developer is at fault.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Building Remediation Costs (16 May 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: Leaseholders in my constituency have been pleased with the progress that has been made through the Building Safety Act. However, it is disappointing that some developers are yet to sign up to the building safety pledge. Could my right hon. Friend outline what support is in place for leaseholders in buildings of over 11 metres who find themselves in that situation?

Building Safety Bill: New Clause 20 - Regulations under section 131 (19 Jan 2022)

Kelly Tolhurst: I want to thank hon. Members across the House for the work they have put in. I also pay tribute to the Minister, whom I have spoken to on a number of occasions about the issues facing my constituency. I know that the Government have been listening and working really hard with colleagues to get to a place where people can be satisfied. As has been mentioned, the landscape is really complicated...

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