Results 1–20 of 79 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Hill

NHS Whistleblowers (18 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: Thank you, Mr Davies, for allowing me to speak under your chairmanship. I absolutely agree with the aspiration of the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) to put in place a separate level of protection. My experience of whistleblowing comes from my experience of many years as a full-time trade union official for Unison. I remember the original PIDA being enacted, and that...

NHS Whistleblowers (18 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: Does the hon. Lady agree that workers are still put off by responses to whistleblowing allegations and, under the legislation, the threat of disciplinary action if the complaint is perceived to be malicious?

Nuclear Sector Deal — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (11 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I thank the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) for introducing the debate. In the words of Lord Hutton of Furness, co-chairman of the Nuclear Industry Council, the UK’s civil nuclear sector “is amongst the most advanced in the world. Our global leadership status has been earnt through a record across the entire...

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: My constituency also benefits from open access services run by Grand Central, which covers Yorkshire and the north-east to London. It is a vital service, but this year it has been struggling and not performing very well. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the recent frequent cancellations, the failure of air conditioning units and the overcrowding are worrying signs that require investigation?

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I thank all the Members who got involved in this important debate, particularly my hon. Friends the Members for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Hugh Gaffney) and for Peterborough (Fiona Onasanya), and the hon. Members for Crawley (Henry Smith), for Dartford (Gareth Johnson), for Aberdeen South (Ross Thomson), for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Bill Grant), for Clacton (Giles Watling) and for...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 212174 relating to pet theft. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. The pet theft petition was created by Dr Daniel Allen, who is in the Public Gallery. He is an animal geographer at Keele University and an animal welfare influencer. Last year, more and more families asked him to share stolen pet posters on...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I agree entirely. Yes, farm dogs are working dogs, but they are also family pets; they are part of the family.

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I am proud to be leading this e-petition debate, but yes, the issue does have cross-party support.

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I entirely agree. Pets are indeed part of the family; they are not commodities, as I will go on to say. My hon. Friend is absolutely right: the death of a pet is traumatic for every family member. Latest statistics from the Pet Food Manufacturers Association show that almost half of British households contain at least one pet and more than a quarter have one or more dogs. Pet Gazette recently...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I thank the hon. Gentleman very much for that detailed intervention. He is absolutely right; he makes a fair point about gun dogs. The number of reported dog thefts was 14% higher in 2016 than it was in 2015. Dogs are stolen to order, to sell, to breed, for ransom and even for use as bait and for dog fighting. The Staffordshire bull terrier remains Britain’s most stolen breed. Dogs are...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. He goes to the heart of the debate on many of those issues. I know that Dogs are stolen outside shops and from cars, and while they are out exercising, on or off the lead. Nowhere is safe for unattended dogs. Owners of bulldogs, pugs, French bulldogs and chihuahuas, for example, have been stalked on walks. Some have had to fight off an attacker...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: My hon. Friend goes to the heart of the problem. Hopefully, all those listening from a parliamentary perspective will join him in urging everybody to push for that outcome. People do not steal pets to love them. They use them, abuse them and treat them like inanimate objects. There are many heartbreaking stories. Pepsi, a 12-year-old cat from my constituency of Hartlepool was brutally killed...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: Yes, absolutely, and I will come on to that point. SAMPA believes that pet theft reform can and must become a reality. According to Dogs Trust, under British law, pets are classed as property in theft-sentencing legislation. That means that stealing a pet is viewed in the same way as stealing an inanimate object.

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: The hon. Gentleman makes a particularly relevant point. I agree that we must support any endeavour to improve legislation around animal cruelty. The penalty for pet theft is based on the monetary value of the pets, not the emotional value to the owner. The 2015 theft offences guidelines classified the level of harm caused by theft into four categories. For the theft to be classed as category...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: The hon. Gentleman, as ever, makes a learned contribution—I appreciate the history.

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: Fifty quid, indeed. At present, the sentencing guidelines are such that it is hard to see a situation where a non-financially valuable pet can get out of category 4 and a prized pedigree can get out of category 3. That is clearly wrong. We should not tie the hands of the sentencing court by being prescriptive over value in cases such as pet theft. Where the theft of a family pet is involved,...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: I agree with my hon. Friend. That is a worthy subject for further debate. In June 2018, a gang of four were tried at Lincoln Crown Court following a burglary in Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire. Fifteen Cavalier King Charles spaniels were taken, including one that was pregnant. One of the dogs was later recovered on the side of a motorway, having been thrown from a moving vehicle. All four accused...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: That is well said, and I agree wholeheartedly. Although the word “property” understandably makes many pet owners uncomfortable, our pets would be better protected if they were properly detailed in the 1968 Act, because that would strengthen the aggravated sentence provision, as is already the case with vehicles and bicycles. SAMPA would like the sentencing guidelines for theft...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Mike Hill: That is true; the hon. Gentleman has hit the nail on the head in terms of the difference. SAMPA asks the Minister to reclassify pet theft as a crime in its own right, as is the case with vehicles and bicycles, and to add aggravated sentence provision for pet theft, to give the courts extended discretion. On sentencing consistency, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is being revised to increase...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Mike Hill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield) on her excellent speech. I wish to focus on the effect of universal credit on disabled people, and others. As we know, the National Audit Office has released a report ahead of the roll-out of universal credit, stating that the new benefits cost more to...


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