Results 1–20 of 201 for speaker:Emma Little Pengelly in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. We have heard considerable pessimism from Opposition Members, but I rise to welcome the Chancellor’s statement. In particular, I welcome the increased investment across the United Kingdom, which will bring an additional £660 million of benefit to Northern Ireland. That is much needed,...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I have only three minutes left, so I will not get into that specific issue, save to say that very many MLAs across Northern Ireland are working hard to try to restore government in Northern Ireland and to deliver for people in very difficult circumstances, but the entirety of Northern Ireland is being held to ransom—health and education are being held to ransom. This is all the more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Foreign Direct Investment (15 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: On devolution, the political parties collectively agreed in 2007 to throw their weight behind the important work of growing Northern Ireland’s economy, achieving particular success in foreign direct investment. In the absence of devolved Ministers due to Sinn Féin’s continued refusal to get back into government and deliver for the people of Northern Ireland, will the Minister...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I wish to make some short remarks. What we are doing today is necessary, but this is a deeply disappointing day for Northern Ireland, particularly as since devolution in 2007 so many people have worked incredibly hard to build the peace and democratic stability in the Province, both publicly and privately, politically and in relation to civic society. Today is a disappointing day, given the...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I declare an interest in that my husband is the permanent secretary of the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the report looked forward in terms of transformation, which requires hard decisions and many years of preparation and hard work if we are to have efficiencies and savings without any impact on frontline services? We are now in November, and...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

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Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: The Secretary of State references the fact that there is no budget because there is no Executive in place. This time last year I was chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and this time last year the Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, was due to bring forward a draft budget. He refused to do so, and he refused to come to the Committee to...

Sentencing (2 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. It will have impacts on Northern Ireland. What intention does he have to consult in Northern Ireland? Given the unfortunate ongoing situation of no Government in Northern Ireland, how will he find a solution to ensure that full consultation can happen?

Northern Ireland Update (2 Nov 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. Issues of culture, identity and language remain deeply divisive in what is still a deeply divided society in Northern Ireland. It is therefore all the more disappointing that Sinn Féin has decided to make its cultural agenda a barrier to government in Northern Ireland, and it is the hundreds of thousands of people from across all...

Backbench Business Committee: International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (26 Oct 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate, Mr Rosindell. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) for securing the debate and, as many others have recognised, for being a great champion for these issues, not only in this House but elsewhere. I know that he will continue that work. He has been tireless in raising the persecution and...

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. I particularly welcome the references to Northern Ireland and the related progress that has been made. Sadly, thus far, too much of the focus by too many has been on the obstacles to be overcome in relation to a hard border. Does the Secretary of State agree that the best approach is to get the best possible trading relationship with the...

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I want to raise one additional point. My hon. Friend the Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) has set out very well a number of our concerns about the proposed new clause. We have looked at this issue in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and I had the privilege of being the Chairperson of the Finance Committee when we considered the detail of it. We listened to concerns from small business and...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this important debate, which allows us to play our part in Baby Loss Awareness Week. In terms of how we talk about it day to day, pregnancy and childbirth are for many people times of joy and celebration: a new addition to the family, a celebration of new life, the hopes and dreams—and laughter and tears—that a new baby can bring...

Race Disparity Audit (10 Oct 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I thank the First Secretary of State for his statement. For some considerable time, black and white British boys in receipt of free school meals have had some of the lowest levels of educational achievement across the United Kingdom, and that is also the case in Northern Ireland. I welcome this initiative, but the data will be of value only if the analysis is mainstreamed into policy making...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: Bereavement Leave: Loss of a Child (12 Sep 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: I am sure my hon. Friend agrees that very often it is the parents of these children, who have suffered the most loss, who do incredible work in raising funds for the likes of children’s hospices right across the United Kingdom. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to them. The death of a child is always tragic and sometimes unexpected. I know that we all, through our constituency...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: Many people have contacted my hon. Friend and me with concerns about so-called news programmes. The issue is that programmes often now straddle news and entertainment. Many members of the public have contacted me with the concern that a narrative and agenda is set, and then programmes set about getting participants who support that narrative, which is emphasised with key messages throughout...

International Trade: Topical Questions (6 Jul 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: Secretary of State, you will be aware that there are not only particular opportunities, but some challenges for each of the devolved regions across the UK in the next few years. Can you outline what plans and intentions you have to fully integrate the interests of the devolved regions within your strategy? Will you commit to an early meeting with delegations from the devolved regions to...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: Everybody across this House, and from all parties, can acknowledge the very significant progress that there has been in Northern Ireland over the course of the past 30 years, and that has been incredibly welcome. However, my hon. Friends and I—and, I am sure, others who have gone to Northern Ireland and seen the situation—believe that for too many communities that progress has not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power Sharing (28 Jun 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: The Secretary of State will be aware that the armed forces covenant has been the subject of talks in Northern Ireland because of the lack of full implementation. Does he agree that the party blocking that implementation talks a lot about rights and respect? It needs to do the right thing and stop being a barrier to the support that the veterans in Northern Ireland need.

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Emma Little Pengelly: First, may I express my gratitude to you, Mr Speaker, for calling me to give my maiden speech during this important debate? It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy). I feel so truly honoured and humbled to stand in this great Chamber—the mother of all parliaments—to represent my beautiful constituency as a Unionist Member for Belfast South. From the...


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