Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of access refusals of guide dogs owners?
Anna McMorrin: rose—
Anna McMorrin: The current prison system is failing young people and women. Youth and female offending needs a different approach, based on the community and community services, rather than simply imprisonment. What will the Secretary of State do to help ensure education and rehabilitation, not punishment and not prisons?
Anna McMorrin: In the past few weeks, we have spelled out many reasons why this Bill will leave the UK worse off in terms of human rights, workers’ rights, animal rights and environmental protections. However, it is designed to leave our devolved Governments and Parliaments worse off too.
Anna McMorrin: I thank my hon. Friend, and I completely agree. Wales voted for a devolved Government 20 years ago. I was part of that campaign, and I was proud to see the then UK Labour Government bring that about. We now see a more successful and confident Wales than we did two decades ago, but I fear that we are about to go backwards. The Tories have made it clear that, when it comes to devolution, they...
Anna McMorrin: I think we are seeing the beginnings of a constitutional crisis right now actually. [Interruption.] I will go on to explain if the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) will let me. After Brexit, devolved Governments will be at the mercy of Whitehall mandarins with complete control over the time, place, method and future of the repatriation of powers from Brussels. We need only an...
Anna McMorrin: I am afraid the Chair disagreed with the hon. Gentleman. [Interruption.] Well, the hon. Gentleman should speak to the Chair and to other Conservative Members about that. The situation is further complicated by the fact that, in a number of EU policy areas, the UK Government are in fact acting as the Government of England.
Anna McMorrin: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and I agree absolutely that we need far more information on how the common frameworks will be agreed, the timetable for agreeing them, and what is involved in the processes.
Anna McMorrin: I thank my hon. Friend, and I completely agree. That is what I am saying in my speech—that this is an absolute power grab to the centre and away from the devolved Administrations.
Anna McMorrin: Absolutely. I completely agree. That just shows that what we have here in a number of policy areas is a constitutional crisis emerging and the UK Government acting as the Government of England, not the Government of the UK, leading to a number of possible conflicts of interest when it comes to imposing pan-UK structures. Secondly, it is crucial that Welsh Ministers and the Welsh Parliament...
Anna McMorrin: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I am not fanning any flames of nationalism; I am talking about democracy in this place and the democracy of the UK. The Welsh Government have tried on many occasions to negotiate with the UK Government. That has not been possible, so we have the opportunity to vote with our Front Bench on these amendments.
Anna McMorrin: Yes. It is so important that structures and discussions are formally put in place across the country.
Anna McMorrin: The Government will probably see the error of their ways as the Bill passes through the Lords and they lose there. My advice is that the Government should avoid any more embarrassment: listen to our devolved nations and amend the legislation before it is too late.
Anna McMorrin: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of changes in the level of income of public sector employees since the public sector pay cap was introduced.
Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of changes in the number of staff at each grade and salary band which will be needed in his Department after the UK leaves the EU.
Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans to launch a specific graduate scheme for recruits to his Department.
Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the volume of British exports in the next 12 months?
Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make a statement on his Department’s strategy for trade with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse was of setting up and operating the Export Opportunities Portal.
Anna McMorrin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many small and medium-sized enterprises have registered on the Export Opportunities Portal.