Results 1–20 of 115 for speaker:Amanda Solloway

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (25 Apr 2017)

Amanda Solloway: Pictures have recently emerged of people on the streets of Derby city centre that reveal the shocking effect of Black Mamba and the zombie-like state the drug can induce. The police in Derby have been very proactive in taking a stance on this matter, but can the Secretary of State assure me that everything is being done to tackle the availability and use of this type of drug?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Amanda Solloway: In Derby we are looking at alternative methods of helping those people who are sleeping rough, including an app that will direct funds to agencies such as the Padley Centre. Does my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State agree that such initiatives can help tackle the issues of rough sleeping?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (21 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I was pleased to see the Government commit to new funding for emergency care in the Budget. As the MP for Derby North, a constituency particularly affected by poor air quality, I am concerned that respiratory admissions to A&E have risen at twice the rate of general admissions over the past five years. What steps is the Department taking to address this issue?

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: It is a great pleasure to speak in this debate, and I intend to focus on part 1, too. As stated in clause 1, we should aim to “protect the public…reform and rehabilitate offenders…prepare prisoners for life outside prison, and…maintain an environment that is safe and secure.” I am pleased to sit on the Joint Committee on Human Rights under the excellent chairmanship of the right...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I thank my hon. Friend for her comments. I am about to make some further suggestions. I have heard accounts of returners walking through the doors, winking at the officers. and saying, “Ay up guv, it’s me again.” However, I have also heard harrowing stories of prisoners with mental health issues and learning disabilities who had absolutely no idea why they were there. Of course, people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I add my excitement to that of my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow), because the women’s cricket world cup will actually launch in Derby. I recently discovered my inner warrior when playing rugby with England Rugby and my local Derby team—in fact, I made my first tackle—so will the Secretary of State tell me what we are doing to encourage more women to play sports?

Attorney General: Violence Against Women and Girls (16 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: What steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to increase the number of prosecutions for violence against women and girls.

Attorney General: Violence Against Women and Girls (16 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: What is the CPS doing in the Derbyshire area to ensure that more perpetrators of violence against women and girls are brought to justice?

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (15 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I want to add my congratulations to the Chancellor on his announcement. Self-employment is key to our economy and to the people of Derby. We have many great examples of successful and thriving businesses, thanks to the ongoing polices of this Government. Will my right hon. Friend assure me, however, that he will look at all the ways in which he can encourage the continued growth of those...

Housing Benefits (18 to 21-Year-Olds) (7 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: Like the Minister, I am a great supporter of the YMCA. Will she confirm what impact the measures will have on all these young people, who benefit in so many amazing ways from organisations such as the YMCA?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Prison Safety and Security (7 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: What steps the Government are taking to make prisons safer and more secure.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Prison Safety and Security (7 Mar 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I am the rapporteur to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, which is conducting an inquiry into mental health and deaths in prisons. Last week, we took evidence from four serving prisoners, including on the issue of safety. One young man told us that he had received only two days’ advance notice of when he was due to be released, causing him great anxiety about accommodation and having a...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: It is a great honour to follow the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Roger Mullin); I always listen to him with great enthusiasm. It is also great to be here with fellow members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. To add to the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Bedford (Richard Fuller), it is a great privilege to serve under the chairmanship of the...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I will come to that later in my speech. I apologise, but I am having difficulty seeing today, so Members should shout loudly if they want to intervene. I was saying that the Government’s commitment to making the UK the best place in the world to do business should be warmly welcomed by the House. I have spent most of my life in retail and manufacturing, so I am acutely aware of the...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: Of course I do, and I congratulate them both on their great success. I was about to mention the apprenticeship levy, which is essential because it encourages large businesses to invest in their workforce and in the future, and will ensure that the UK has the skilled workforce it needs in the years to come. During my time as an MP, I have regularly heard that more needs to be done to tailor...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: Does the Minister agree that we must do all we can to support into work people with mental health issues, disabilities and learning difficulties, but that, equally importantly, we must ensure that businesses are equipped to help them to sustain their employment?

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Bosworth (David Tredinnick) on achieving his goal of a measure that is incredibly simple but makes a lot of common sense. The importance of the Bill should not be underestimated, though. Over the past five years, Derby City Council has made about £20 million from parking charges and fines, but instead of that money just being focused...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. As I mentioned, Derby has just won the Great British high street award, partly because of the unique offer in places such as Sadler Gate, in the cathedral quarter, where a group of designers have got together to offer goods, all individually designed, and are taking it in turn to sell those products in their shop. It is very innovative and...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: I agree absolutely. Having been not only in retail for over 30 years, but an avid shopper for over 30 years, I have often visited York, and it is a shame. Shopping centres have their place, but we need to work in partnership to ensure two offers. As I mentioned, these two things are very different—they are almost two defined destinations: one a shopping centre, the other independent...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Amanda Solloway: It is a great honour to speak in this historic debate. On 23 June we saw 52% of the United Kingdom, and 57% of Derby, vote for the UK to leave the European Union. In Derby, voter turnout was 70%, almost double that for our local elections, with 18,000 more people voting to leave than to remain. I deliberated for a long time over my decision, and I spent time listening to both sides of the...


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