Results 1–20 of 109 for speaker:Fiona Onasanya

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (13 Sep 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: My constituent came to the United Kingdom when she was 12, but her immigration status consistently made education, work and benefits inaccessible. She now faces being deported for being unable to contribute financially to the system. What steps is the Department taking to support black and minority ethnic women who are suffering at the hands of the Government’s immigration policy?

Delegated Legislation: Personal Independence Payments (11 Sep 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: The fact that 69% of decisions that go to appeal are overturned surely shows that there is a significant flaw in the system. If decisions are being overturned 69% of the time, how can the Government say they are doing the right thing?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes for Social Rent (23 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of new homes available for social rent since 2010.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes for Social Rent (23 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: In the Housing Secretary’s council area of Bexley, 270 social rented homes were built in 2010, but not a single one was built last year. There is a housing crisis in his area, just as there is in Peterborough and across the country, so would it not be better for his constituents and mine if he reversed the huge funding cuts that this Government have made to social housing?

Points of Order (18 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Points of Order (18 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: Mr Speaker, I would be grateful for your guidance. I have written to the Prime Minister regarding a constituent of mine who fell afoul of the undercover policing inquiry. I wrote to her on 20 March setting out that, on 12 March 2016, when she was Home Secretary, she established an inquiry into undercover policing. I have not had the courtesy of a reply, and I do not know whether there is...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: I am slightly concerned that the Secretary of State feels that highlighting the fact that it appears that the House has been misled is now turning into a personal attack, because that is certainly not my intention. My intention is to raise awareness of what is really going on in our constituencies and what people are coming up against. I understand that this is a censure motion, but that is...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I do not accept his comments. I am seeking to convey my points in this tone because people are at the centre of this discussion. This is not about politics that are devoid of compassion. That would make this place just a debating chamber, and that is not what it is about. We are seeking to help the individuals who need this assistance....

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: I do not believe that that is what the system was meant to do. That is evidently a glitch that needs to be rectified. This goes back to what I was saying about test and learn. If we can see that there is a problem like that, why would we not pause and fix it before continuing the roll-out? It is almost like still driving a vehicle with a punctured tyre—we are running on the rim and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: The Government have moved from saying they want trade with the EU post-Brexit to be tariff-free to saying that they want it to be as tariff-free as possible. In which sectors of the economy and industry does the Secretary of State think it will be acceptable for there to be tariffs?

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: I thank the hon. Lady for securing this important debate. She is eloquently explaining the factors that inhibit our children’s development of communication skills. It is more than 10 years since Mr Speaker produced his first report, so does the hon. Lady agree that it is now time to implement its recommendations? In my constituency there is a lady called Helena, who was diagnosed with...

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: Does my hon. Friend agree that we must not allow the sleep-in crisis to be kicked into the long grass? We must draw attention to it, and the Government must do something about it.

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Fiona Onasanya: Does my hon. Friend agree that mental health has not been given parity of esteem, despite the 2012 legislation?

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

Fiona Onasanya: The hon. Gentleman has made such a good point. I want to highlight something that I hope the Minister will cover. The lower the category, the lower the sentence, with little in the way of repercussions. That makes the crime even more attractive because it is low risk and high reward, so that needs to be borne in mind when looking at sentencing.

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

Fiona Onasanya: The hon. Gentleman is making a passionate, moving point. Does he agree that this is not just about pets? This is about a life and about a family’s life. The law needs to bear that in mind. This is not about monetary value, but about a life being taken. If a child was taken, we would not say, “They are only a couple of years old, so we think they are not worth that much.”...

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

Fiona Onasanya: In my constituency of Peterborough, I was made aware in the area of Ravensthorpe of dog snatchers going round to houses and painting the fences red to alert their accomplices to the fact that there was a pet there. Does my hon. Friend agree that pet theft is becoming a type of organised crime and that it needs to be treated as such?

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

Fiona Onasanya: If we are to catch the horrendous people who carry out this horrendous act, does my hon. Friend agree that enforcement needs to be at the top of the agenda? The law needs to be reformed, but we need enforcement of the laws, so that people are deterred from doing that sort of thing.

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

Fiona Onasanya: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I apologise in advance that, because I have some parliamentary business to attend to, I may not be able to stay for the winding-up speeches. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield) for introducing such an important debate. The points that have been made have been both interesting and troubling....

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

Fiona Onasanya: Let me be clear. It is good that disabled people want to get into work, and this is a start. I agree with the hon. Gentleman on that. Where we differ is on disabled people who are not able to work who have to fight to prove that. I do not agree with that. It is not correct; it is against their human rights. I am not saying that those who can work should not work but that we should listen to...

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

Fiona Onasanya: I agree that the system needs changing. My concern is that if there are recommendations that could make a process better or even more streamlined, why would they not be adopted? I do not have the details of my hon. Friend’s constituent’s situation, but I do not understand why his assessment would be refused for being three minutes late. We are all in agreement on seeking to help...


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