Results 1–20 of 74 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julia Lopez

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Julia Lopez: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton) and to hear his positive case for a global Britain. I am also grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat) for speaking with such passion about this extremely timely subject. In Brexit, we are managing the most momentous political change of my lifetime. This period...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Julia Lopez: Yes. I do not want this to descend into a Brexit debate. I was a floating voter during the referendum. I very much hope that having voted to leave the European Union, we are not seen as having an isolationist instinct, because my hon. Friend is right—we share a great number of values, and those relationships will be extremely important as we go forward in an increasingly uncertain world.

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Julia Lopez: I thank my hon. Friend for his point. The point I was making is that although we might assume that these are universal global values, we have seen in recent years that we cannot assume their universality. That is why we, as a nation, need to stand for something in the world. There is a debate to be had about those values, and it is important that the UK has a strong independent voice in that...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Julia Lopez: Certainly. The problem with the debate on aid is that it is so often perceived as a DFID-bashing exercise, and that is not what I intend my comments to be. They are a statement that, actually, the Foreign Office needs to take a strong leadership role so that DFID money is not frittered away on projects that have no strategic value to what we are trying to achieve in the world.

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Julia Lopez: I agree with my hon. Friend. I welcome the cross-departmental work that FCO and DFID Ministers are already doing in trying to move us towards that approach, although I would like that work to develop through the further integration of aid with our military, diplomatic and trade commitments, and I would like the FCO to be given the premier leadership role in that regard. In withdrawing from...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (19 Jul 2018)

Julia Lopez: Following this week’s votes, which make aspects of the White Paper less tenable and certainly less likely to be accepted by the EU, has the Secretary of State had any discussions with No. 10 and within his own Department about modifying the UK’s negotiating position?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Julia Lopez: I do not consider myself to be a Brexiteer, but two years ago, when asked to make a choice about the future direction of the country that I love, I voted to leave the European Union, knowing that it would be difficult but believing that our nation could make it work. I was not alone, and I have now been joined by those who voted remain and wish to respect our democracy. Does my right hon....

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: I am glad to follow the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), who I know has very personal experience of these issues. As a London MP, I welcome the Bill as a vital tool in the fight against the kinds of violent crime that are sadly increasing across the capital. While overall crime continues to fall, knife crime, gun crime and homicide are unfortunately on the rise, and we are...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: That does indeed sound like, basically, a good idea. I think everyone agrees that police visibility is vital to maintaining the trust of the community, and to the sharing of intelligence. The variety of issues that the police are being asked to tackle is becoming ever broader, and rapid demographic and technological change are spreading the challenges across more boroughs. To put it simply,...

Health and Social Care: People with Learning Disabilities (19 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: Providers of day care services for people with learning disabilities are not currently subject to an inspection regime. Will the Minister consider bringing such services within the scope of the Care Quality Commission to reassure families about quality and safeguarding issues?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: This month, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence—NICE—will decide whether to fund a new treatment for neuroblastoma, a vicious childhood cancer that is affecting my constituent, Isla Caton. Will the Prime Minister encourage NICE and the drugs companies to do a deal to provide new treatments for children in Britain, so that their families do not have to fundraise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: Reports suggest China is fast developing a new generation of military technology, focusing on artificial intelligence and autonomous weaponry, which will soon surpass the capability of the United States. Will the Minister outline what planning is under way with allies to keep up with those advances?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: My hon. Friend is making a strong case for the reasoning behind the Government’s decisions. However, many of us are concerned that we are now seeing false economies. For instance, restraining public sector pay is leading to increases in agency costs and a loss of talent, which has reduced productivity in some sectors. We now need to look at what those costs are. What analysis has he...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. I totally agree with him. Although there has been a public sector pay cap over the past years, that does not tell the whole story. Does he agree with me that across much of the public sector during those years, pay increased automatically with every year served because it had been contractually agreed before the cap came into force? Also, staff could...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of how much private sector employees get in his constituency? There is a risk in certain parts of the country, where the public sector is so dominant, that the relative spending power of public sector workers will make it difficult for private enterprises to flourish, because they cannot attract the correct employees to their business.

Potholes and Road Maintenance (5 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: The Minister talks of the need for a long-term solution. Will he consider what the Local Government Association has proposed, whereby the Government would reinvest 2p per litre of current fuel duty into local road maintenance so that we have a consistent stream of funding long into the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Service Parliamentary Scheme (5 Jun 2018)

Julia Lopez: A Prison Service parliamentary scheme would give prison officers an opportunity to flag directly with Members of Parliament wider law and order issues, one of which is the use of separation jail cells to hold Islamist terrorists who pose a national security threat through attempts to radicalise other inmates. Many of those cells are lying empty. What work are you doing to ensure that they are...

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Julia Lopez: Thank you, Mr Hollobone, for chairing this crucial debate, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) for securing it. Sadly, persecution of individuals due to their religious belief is nothing new. However, there is no doubt that communities of Christians that might once have expected to live in peace now face new threats that go hand in hand with rising political...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Julia Lopez: Will my right hon. Friend explain how the UK is currently working with allies such as Australia to bolster Commonwealth ties in the south Pacific as a counter balance to growing Chinese influence in places such as Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands?

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