Results 1–20 of 95 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

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Mike Hill: On Tuesday, I attended the Westminster Hall debate on a five-year plan for mental health, which resulted from the excellent report by and work of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health. I highlighted the fact that in Hartlepool there is currently no walk-in centre for people in crisis, and the crisis service itself is so stretched that I have heard reports that people in crisis...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: In Hartlepool, there is no drop-in centre for people in crisis. Crisis teams are stretched to the limit, and often people wait for two hours or more to access them. Given the current funding review, does my hon. Friend agree that we must urgently resolve such situations?

Autism and Learning Disability Training: Healthcare Professionals — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (22 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: Does my hon. Friend agree with my constituent, John Hobbs, whose grandson is autistic, about the need for a national database for autism and associated conditions designed for the purposes of splitting the autism spectrum into subsets?

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: I thank all hon. Members for their contributions. I thank the e-petitioners and Animal Aid, representatives of which are here, for bringing this e-petition. I thank the HRA, which is also represented here, for meeting me. Finally, I thank the Petitions Committee support team for its programme of online engagement on the subject in the run-up to this debate. Question put and agreed to....

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: My understanding from the research I have done is that the count at Cheltenham was six horses on the racecourse and one off of the racecourse and that the seventh horse has now been included in the overall count.

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: Of course I recognise that horse-racing is not only the sport of kings—allegedly—but the sport of the working man. However, as a member of the Petitions Committee, I reflected the views of the petitioners. To answer the hon. Gentleman, yes I can ride a horse, but I missed out from my speech the fact that both the BHA and the petitioners recognise that there are issues with the...

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 211950 relating to setting up a new independent body for the protection of racehorses. It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I should start by saying that I speak as a member of the Petitions Committee and am therefore impartial. This is not my motion; I speak on behalf of the petitioners. Animal Aid is one of...

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: I take the hon. Gentleman’s point and will come to it later. I have heard the voice of the BHA and it has tried to effect change. According to the petitioners, nearly 200 horses are killed on racecourses each year. Others are taken away injured and die later, but do not appear in any industry figures. Horses are whipped as normal practice. Rule-breaking abuse with the whip runs to more...

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: Yes. The petitioners’ point is that there is a conflict of interest.

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: That is, of course, a perfectly appropriate point to make, and the BHA in particular would agree. As I said, I have sat down with the BHA and it has made improvements in areas where it recognises that they are required. I will cite examples to make the case that racehorses have been failed by the BHA, and set out why the BHA should lose its horse welfare remit and be replaced by an...

Racehorse Protection — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Oct 2018)

Mike Hill: I remind my right hon. Friend that I am a member of the Petitions Committee and I am quoting the facts and figures of the petitioners on this occasion. Abattoirs sprung up almost overnight to cater for the demand for the disposal of unwanted horses. In the crudest terms, Irish and British horseracing had gone from a sport to a food producer. Young foals and those at the end of the careers,...

Backbench Business: Deaf Children’s Services — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (13 Sep 2018)

Mike Hill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) on securing this important debate. I pay homage to the work of the National Deaf Children’s Society in its “Stolen Futures” campaign. Earlier this year I had the honour of being invited to visit the Sunnyside Academy in...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Mike Hill: It is a privilege, as a north-east MP myself, to follow the hon. Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg). I voted to trigger article 50 in accordance with the will of my constituents. Forgotten communities, worries about immigration, promises of more cash for the NHS—whatever their reason, the people of Hartlepool voted for Brexit by the highest margin in the north-east. They are...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Mike Hill: I absolutely agree, especially as my coastal community feels that it is one of the forgotten communities. I am on record as saying that in the north-east, Hartlepool will be the true barometer for change. On that basis, I say no to a second referendum, but I also say no to no deal, and I expect to see true leadership from now on.

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Hill: Will the Minister acknowledge the role of kinship carers in respect to the moneys they save the state? Will he commit to looking at that subject and trying to resolve their issues as part of examining the wider picture?

Care Crisis Review (5 Sep 2018)

Mike Hill: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this important debate. On funding, Hartlepool council’s children’s social care services have been rated by Ofsted as good, and outstanding in some areas such as children in care. Spending on that allocation has gone up by 27%, yet they face an overall council deficit of £6 million. Does she agree that there are long-term financial...

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?


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