Results 21–40 of 6463 for speaker:Rachael Maskell

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 38 - Mayors for CCA areas: financial matters (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: I beg to move amendment 52, in clause 38, page 33, line 32, at end insert— “(c) for and about alternative funding streams (including grants from the Secretary of State) for fire and rescue services if constraints on revenue-raising mean that there is a threat that fire and rescue safety standards may not be maintained in the area.” This amendment enables the Secretary of State, in...

Standards in Public Life (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: The Minister may enjoy being pedantic in defending the Prime Minister, but the cover-up he is defending has resulted in reports of sexual assault. Today we are witnessing the Minister obfuscating and misusing his power. Is it not time that withholding information about misconduct, including sexual assault, results in immediate suspension of those individuals and that this misuse of power and...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Schedule 3 - Mayors for combined county authority Areas: PCC functions (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: I too am curious about the measures and the inclusion of paragraph 2(1)(b) and (c). My concern echoes the debate we had earlier: how there is an obligation under the Bill to have an elected Mayor, because they are taking on and subsuming the role of the police and crime commissioner. It feels as if here we see the role chopped up into little pieces and, as a result, only a partial role taken...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 27 - Functions of mayors: general (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: I beg to move amendment 51, in clause 27, page 21, line 28, at end insert— “(1A) Where the Secretary of State makes provision under subsection (1), they must also publish a report setting out the impact this change will have on the delivery of levelling up missions.” This amendment would require the Secretary of State to produce a report on the impact of changing the powers available to...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 27 - Functions of mayors: general (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: Coming to the nub of the issue, that ability to confer powers is certainly highlighted in clause 27(1). However, why does the Minister believe that the functions are exercisable only—I stress the word “only”—by the Mayor?

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 27 - Functions of mayors: general (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: I want to make a couple of points in response to the Minister’s comments. From what is in the legislation and the Minister’s words, it feels as though central Government are just not willing to let go and are still trying to hold on to something without seeing the full devolution: “You can have those powers, but we are going to make determinations about them.” In time, I trust that...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 28 - Procedure for direct conferral of general functions on mayor (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend’s amendment is really important. We know that London holds the power and wealth of our nation, but we are talking about authorities around the country, the CCAs, that are more distant from London and where there is greater inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity. Not even to report on powers will mean more divergence rather than addressing the inequality, so we could be...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 26 - Deputy mayors etc (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: I want to build on the points that have been made. One of the things we need to remember about deputy Mayors is that, unlike previous roles we have discussed, they are appointed, rather than elected. As we know, with appointments, there is always the risk of unconscious bias creeping in. Having transparency and accountability is therefore really important when looking at issues of diversity....

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 26 - Deputy mayors etc (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: I appreciate the opportunity to speak on amendment 34. There are a few points that I want to make, building on the comments from my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham North. First, the title of deputy means that the deputy Mayor will deputise for the Mayor and, as we heard in the previous debate, they will not have a democratic mandate behind them. As a result, we are missing an...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 25 - Requirements in connection with regulations under section 24 (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend gets to the nub of the challenge. Although we as politicians can understand all this while sitting in this room, we need to construct a massive communication piece for our constituents across the country, so that they can understand the difference between the tiers of government and the powers that they can access. We are getting such a patchwork—I call it patchwork...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 25 - Requirements in connection with regulations under section 24 (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: This is not necessarily for legislation, but it will aid us in our formulation. We need clarity on the end point. We are talking about tiers 1, 2 and 3, but is it envisaged that everyone will eventually have fully devolved powers regardless of whether they have a Mayor or not? How long would that journey take? It could be five or 10 years. Alternatively, if tiers 1, 2 and 3 were to apply to...

Public Bill Committee: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 25 - Requirements in connection with regulations under section 24 (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend is coming to the nub of the matter. If we look at the issue of the police and crime commissioner or, as in the case of North Yorkshire, the police, fire and crime commissioner, we know that the funding of that post is separate in the way in which that works out in the funding formula, so there is no need to aggregate those particular issues if finance is the driving force...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rape: Prosecutions (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Attorney General, what steps he plans to take to increase the (a) prosecution and (b) conviction rates from reported cases of rape.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rape: Prosecutions (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State in response to the Urgent Question of 28 June 2022 on prosecution of incidences of rape, what steps he plans to take to enable more survivors of rape to bring forward a prosecution in the event that the CPS determines the case to be one of the survivors word against the perpetrators.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide: Neurodiversity (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his suicide prevention strategy will examine a potential link between neurodiversity and suicide; and what steps he plans to take to help prevents suicides linked to neurodiversity.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral statement of 27 June 2020 on Draft Mental Health Bill, if he will take steps to ensure that the 10-year suicide prevention plan focuses on children and young people.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his suicide prevention strategy will cover the correlation between alcohol and other substance misuse and suicide.

Written Answers — Department for Education: English Language: Education (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help UK (a) universities and (b) colleges provide free English language tuition to Ukrainian refugees.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Foster Care: Care Leavers (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the value of the payments available for staying put arrangements.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Foster Care (5 Jul 2022)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of foster carers (a) nationally and (b) in areas where there is a shortage of foster carers.


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