Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 27 of the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, Cm 9593, published on 12 July 2018, what steps the Government plans to take to maintain consumer standards for goods after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.
Gill Furniss: Whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the viability of public libraries of changes in the level of Government funding for local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
Gill Furniss: As the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on libraries, I have spoken to many stakeholders who are concerned by the lack of statistical clarity on libraries. Does the Minister agree with the research analysis published by his own Department that the most complete data on the state of the nation’s libraries—the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy...
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the (a) effectiveness of the product safety and the enforcement regime in the UK; and (b) effect on the product safety enforcement regime of the UK leaving the EU.
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's policy is on UK membership of the European Food Safety Agency after the UK leaves the EU.
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many priority visa applications have been processed in the last 12 months within the six-week time frame set by his Department.
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of priority visa applications processed in the last 12 months have been processed within the six-week time frame set by his Department.
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's policy is on retaining roaming agreements with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
Gill Furniss: What political and diplomatic steps he is taking to help resolve the conflict in Yemen.
Gill Furniss: The value of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia surpassed £1billion in the first six months of 2017 alone. Is not one of the most effective diplomatic and political steps the Government can take right now to join other countries such as Germany and Norway and stop selling arms and call for a genuinely independent international inquiry to fully establish culpability?
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the the task and finish group on Taxi and Private Hire vehicle licensing plans to report on its findings.
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of drug addiction on the economy of (a) Sheffield and (b) UK.
Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has made to Ofgem regarding its Targeted Charging Review and the effect of that review on (a) the steel sector and (b) energy intensive industries in the UK.
Gill Furniss: UK steelmakers are paying up to 50% more for their electricity than their European counterparts, which is reducing their competitiveness on the global stage. Ofgem’s targeted charging review is set to exacerbate the situation. What representation has the Minister made to Ofgem regarding its review and the effect of that review on both the steel sector and energy-intensive industries in...
Gill Furniss: What recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the number of police officers on the level of serious crime.
Gill Furniss: South Yorkshire police have seen their budget reduce by £66 million in real terms since 2010, and they expect more to come. In Sheffield, knife crime has increased by 41% over the past year. Does the Minister agree that reducing police numbers has a direct effect on this staggering upward trend in violent crime, which has led to many tragic deaths and left many families grieving?
Gill Furniss: Even amidst the most built-up cities, we are blessed with parks and pockets of green space. Those spaces improve air quality, lower temperatures near congested cities and even harbour wildlife, but they are also the lifeblood of our communities. As we face an obesity crisis and concerns over public health, parks offer free and accessible opportunities for exercise and enjoyment. At a time...
Gill Furniss: I completely agree and will say more about that as I continue. The additional issues I have mentioned are often worsened by the funding shortfall. Since 2010, Sheffield City Council has suffered a staggering £430 million a year in cuts. The council looks after the vast majority of parks and open space in my constituency, but its maintenance of them is not a statutory duty. This contrasts...
Gill Furniss: I absolutely agree. That is the thrust of my speech tonight, and I have already detailed the effects of cuts to budgets for policing and public services. It would be easy to ask the Minister to consider making parks statutory services, so that councils could be held to account more easily for their maintenance. However, my local parks would not be helped one bit by that without the Government...