Mohammad Yasin: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) for his excellent work on this important and serious issue that is facing some women in this country born in the 1950s. Five and a half thousand women in Bedford borough are affected by the pension changes, which were drawn up with little or no notice, and with no time being allowed for people to make alternative plans for...
Mohammad Yasin: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I thank and commend my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) for her tireless work on this important issue. The Government’s planned funding changes for supported housing could see wholesale closures of domestic violence refuges. This latest threat comes after years of sustained cuts to domestic...
Mohammad Yasin: What assessment he has made of the effect of the privatisation of Royal Mail on employment standards in the postal industry.
Mohammad Yasin: In the privatised Royal Mail, 500 jobs have been lost while, at the same time, it has dished out close to £700 million in dividends to private shareholders. Is this a record of privatisation the Minister is proud of?
Mohammad Yasin: What assessment he has made of trends in access to justice resulting from court and tribunal service closures in England and Wales.
Mohammad Yasin: It was confirmed in the Budget that the Ministry of Justice will be cut by 40% in the decade to 2020, which is more than any other Department. We have already seen a significant reduction in judges, lay members and accessible tribunal hearing services. Will the Minister confirm today that enough is enough and that there will be no more cuts in the south-east region?
Mohammad Yasin: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for introducing this debate, and the 147,000 members of the public—especially the hundreds from my constituency of Bedford and Kempston—who signed the petition that brings us here. I hope that they know their efforts are making a difference. I have...
Mohammad Yasin: Public sector workers should not pay the price for the Government’s incompetence. They are the backbone of society and will be supporting the public long after the Government are voted out.
Mohammad Yasin: If you had wanted to speak, you could have put your name forward.
Mohammad Yasin: Thank you, Mr Hanson. I have not finished yet. I am grateful for the patience of the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan) and I am glad that a Government Member wants to speak, so I will take this opportunity to give her a chance to do so.
Mohammad Yasin: You should ask your Minister how he will deal with these issues. If you care for the people, you should not ignore the workers, and you should not ignore the nurses—
Mohammad Yasin: I apologise. If the Government care for public sector workers, they should not ignore teachers and they should not ignore nurses. They should not ignore the 5.5 million workers in this country, and their families, who are struggling because of the cuts that the Government have made. It is painful that only a handful of Government Members have turned up for this important debate. That shows...
Mohammad Yasin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were subject to adjudications in HMP Bedford in 2016, and of those prisoners how many were Muslim, and what the breakdown was by ethnicity.
Mohammad Yasin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners aged (a) 19, (b) 20 and (c) 21 years old are held at HM Prison Bedford.
Mohammad Yasin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunal judges and staff there were in (a) the Eastern Region and (b) Bedford in each year from 2010 to 2017.
Mohammad Yasin: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods) for securing this important debate and for bringing our attention to her visit to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. If we watch the TV and follow these stories, it is bad enough. My hon. Friend should be thanked for her efforts in bringing the reality that she has experienced at first hand to this House. The UN...
Mohammad Yasin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many additional days of imprisonment were imposed as punishment on prisoners at HM Prison Bedford during 2016?
Mohammad Yasin: It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Jo Platt). This Budget will forever stand as a reminder of why we should never trust the Conservative party with the economy. Its mismanagement of fiscal policy since 2010 has led us to the longest fall in living standards for 60 years, and that looks set to continue well into the next decade. The deficit will not be eliminated...
Mohammad Yasin: What steps she is taking to reduce dangerous journeys for unaccompanied child refugees with family in the UK.
Mohammad Yasin: Bedford is proud to have given homes to six refugee families through the vulnerable person relocation scheme, but there are hundreds of unaccompanied children stranded in Europe for whom family reunion is the only safe, legal route. Will the Minister look again at family reunion so that unaccompanied refugee children can join their close family and not just their parents?