Results 1–20 of 26 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sandy Martin

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Sandy Martin: I hope the hon. Gentleman and you, Madam Deputy Speaker, will forgive me for intervening. I just wanted to say that the hon. Gentleman has my full support, and that the reason I am not speaking in this debate is simply that so many other people are down to speak. The whole of Suffolk is behind him on this one.

Petition - Oundle Library: Mental Health Provision: Children and Young People (12 Dec 2017)

Sandy Martin: I thank my hon. Friend for bringing this important issue to the House. Does she share my concern about the waiting times between referral for treatment and the start of treatment? Does she agree that much self-harm and, indeed, suicide of young people takes place during that waiting period? Does she believe, as I do, that while four weeks would be an improvement on most of the waiting times...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Sandy Martin: Whatever else we might have expected in the Chancellor’s Budget statement, the significant infrastructure investment that we need to enable us to compete on the world stage post Brexit would have been welcome. The private sector is not set up to invest in our transport infrastructure, so if the Government will not do that, British industry and trade will continue to be hampered by poor...

Family Planning Clinics: Public Order Legislation (7 Nov 2017)

Sandy Martin: I thank the Minister for considering the point. However, whether or not a member of a pro-life demonstration intends to harass, the fact that they produce leaflets and push forward their views to women who are entering these clinics at a moment of extreme emotional vulnerability constitutes harassment. The only way to avoid such harassment is not to have demonstrations at such locations.

Family Planning Clinics: Public Order Legislation (7 Nov 2017)

Sandy Martin: On 27 October, I received a delegation at my Ipswich surgery from a rights of the unborn child group. I believed it was right for me, as the MP for Ipswich, to listen to what a section of my residents believe. Six women, with varying degrees of confidence, spoke to me about their reasons for opposing all abortions at all times. They wanted to know whether I shared their beliefs and I think...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Sandy Martin: I was only going to intervene today, but there are other things that I wish to say. Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Howarth. The hon. Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) said that vaping is the most successful way to stop smoking. I absolutely and fully support his contention that vaping is a valuable way of persuading people who have failed to give up smoking through other methods,...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Sandy Martin: I fully accept that and I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Vaping is clearly a valuable tool in the attempt to reduce further the number of people who smoke, but I urge caution. Health education measures that enable and encourage people who are hard-nut smokers to move on to vaping should be fully supported, but we should wait until the studies report before introducing...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Sandy Martin: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the first major study on whether vaping helps pregnant smokers to quit, which is being led by Professor Hajek of Queen Mary University of London, working in conjunction with Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry? Does he accept that although there are apparent health benefits to switching to vaping if people are otherwise unable to give up...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: Ipswich borough consists of 16 wards, of which 13 comprise the parliamentary constituency of Ipswich and three are part of the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency. That does what it says on the tin, consisting of a huge swathe of some of the most rural and prosperous parts of Suffolk, plus two council estates and some other dense housing in north-west Ipswich. Every time a resident...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) for introducing the Bill. I agree with the hon. Member for Bolton West (Chris Green) about the importance of deterrence. I am sure we all find it hard to comprehend how anyone could wish to harm the emergency workers, such as paramedics or firefighters, who have rushed to help them. It is precisely because emergency workers attend...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. That is precisely the point that I wish to convey, so I thank him for clarifying that. However aggressive or uncontrolled someone’s behaviour might be, taboos are a powerful block on people’s actions. We need to make assaults on emergency workers a taboo in England and Wales. I believe the Bill will be an important step in making that happen.

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: I am concerned about the damage that smoking does to my constituents. Almost 15% of the population of Suffolk smoke. More than 7,500 admissions to Suffolk hospitals every year are attributable to smoking. Those who do not quit will have roughly a one in two chance of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases. The tobacco industry is deliberately producing products that it knows will...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I do not agree with him. If a company is producing something that is detrimental to the whole world, the best approach is to disinvest from it. How bad does an investment have to be before its financial returns no longer trump the moral question? Are there no factors that could lead a pension fund to divest on moral grounds alone? Such...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: The latest data show that 164,000 people born in Bangladesh held British nationality in December last year. In addition, there are many tens of thousands of British citizens who were born in this country, but whose parents were born in Bangladesh. This country has strong family ties with Bangladesh, and we all benefit from sharing, both economically and culturally. The Bengali community in...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Sandy Martin: Happy Tots is a charity-run pre-school in east Ipswich, which has been successfully running for over 30 years. The pre-school has approximately 75 on its roll—there are morning and afternoon sessions for 38 children aged between two and five—and it employs 16 staff. Last year, it was awarded Millie’s Mark for inspiring excellence in paediatric first aid—the only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Sandy Martin: What assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's policy on 30 hours of free childcare on the financial viability of childcare settings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Sandy Martin: Given that 38% of nurseries have told the Pre-School Learning Alliance that they are unlikely to be financially viable in a year’s time, what urgent action is the Minister taking to help these providers?

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Sandy Martin: The Minister has said that she would be happy to do everything to stamp out the growth of knife crime. Does that include reversing the cuts in police officer numbers that we are seeing in constabularies around the country? In Suffolk, for instance, in one of the least policed areas in the country, the number of officers has been cut by 300 over the past 10 years.

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Sandy Martin: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Sandy Martin: The hon. Gentleman talks about the delivery of rented sector housing in the free market. Does he accept that there is a big difference between a normal market and the housing market—a market for a service of primary importance to the continuation of human life, with a massive gap between demand and supply? That has put the tenants in an impossible position vis-à-vis the agents. In...


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