Results 1–20 of 196 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Wera Hobhouse

Backbench Business: Refugee Children: Family Reunion in the UK — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (22 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Images from a terrible war that has been going on for years haunt us daily. Families suffer on an unimaginable scale. We sit in front of our TV screens feeling helpless, but we actually can do something about these things, especially here in Westminster. We can help families escape this horror. To do that, we must change our wrongheaded immigration rules. I welcome this timely debate, which...

Air Quality (22 Feb 2018)

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Air Quality (22 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I thank the Minister for meeting me a couple of weeks ago to discuss specific Bath issues. She was helpful and pragmatic. I agree that local leadership is needed. The Minister mentioned the new legislation earlier. I do not think that it goes far enough. May I ask again whether she will consider introducing regulations requiring owners of public facilities such as supermarkets and public car...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Will the Minister consider criminalising upskirting to end that degrading and humiliating practice?

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I represent beautiful Bath. Obviously not everyone in Bath is wealthy, but on the whole it is a wealthy area. I am, perhaps, unusual, in that I lived in the north-west for 25 years, and for 10 years represented a local council area that was very deprived. I can tell Conservative Members that that was a real eye-opener. Anyone who wants to see real deprivation should visit the post-industrial...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that point. I was a councillor in local government. As he knows, when any party is in national government, its members include people on the ground who need to agree to the decisions it makes. Many of us often pointed out how difficult things were for us at the local level, and our party listened and did not support the cuts beyond 2013. My party is the...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

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Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I understand the thinking, which is that councils that say they are doing well in terms of business should be rewarded and retain their business rates. However, how will councils in deprived areas be compensated for the fact that they cannot do so well in terms of business? I was a councillor in a deprived local area—it happens to be the Secretary of State’s birthplace—and...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: My party has long campaigned for 300,000 new homes to be built every year. There is a compelling social reason for that. Millions of people are now priced out of ever buying a home, and for the lucky few, the only opportunity comes with money from their parents or a direct subsidy from the state. Even then, eight out of 10 new homes are out of the financial reach of working people throughout...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the biggest problems is that developers can get out of their obligation to build affordable homes by using viability studies? They can submit a planning application, pick the executive homes that they want to build and then, halfway through, they can produce viability studies and say, “Whoops! We cannot afford to build affordable homes.”...

Public Service Delivery: Northamptonshire (6 Feb 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: It is of course completely untrue that councils are independent. Most council funding comes from central Government, as we all know. Has the Minister considered the potential merit of creating new council tax bands, especially on high-value properties, as that would make council tax fairer and create extra revenue? Again, however, this is not a decision that councils can take...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I think it is agreed across the Chamber that we cannot create absolute certainty for absolutely every situation. This is why we have modelling, where uncertainties are already built in, and that is what we are talking about: different scenarios with different built-in possibilities and uncertainties. But that at least needs to be done and to be published.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: We are starting to have that very important discussion about the fact that, as I put it, the people must finish what the people have started. That is by no means a disrespectful way of looking at the first decision; the two decisions are separate, and we are talking about a review and an update or a confirmation. This is by no means about talking down to people who voted one way or the other;...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: How can we unite together when the Government are withholding information from the rest of the House?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Investment in solar energy has fallen by 85% over the last year. Will the Minister explain why her Department believes that solar energy no longer requires public subsidy?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: I shall speak to new clause 2, which I tabled. We have already had a good discussion about making it as easy and quick as possible for consumers who are considering buying electric vehicles to do so. That is why I very much encourage the Minister to reconsider whether new clause 2 should be included in the Bill. Let me set the scene for this urgency. Air pollution in the UK is a big killer,...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Does the hon. Lady agree with my experience, which is that we need a carrot and a stick?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: That is precisely what we have been saying about making it widely practical for people to consider buying an electric car. New clause 2 would work as not only a carrot but a stick. Given that we need to move forward so quickly, it is important that the Government consider new clause 2.

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Wera Hobhouse: Is not the decision about the deal and implementation period separate from that of the original referendum? Is it therefore not appropriate always to refer back to the “will of the people” when we are talking about decisions on the implementation and the deal?


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