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

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to follow my colleague from the Work and Pensions Committee, the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle), particularly after the remarks he made at the start of his speech. I very much welcome the offer that the Secretary of State made today to work cross-party to help to improve universal credit. I happen to think that that attitude has been prevalent in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: On Friday, we had an important debate in this House about telephony in prisons. On the back of that debate, will the Minister set out what more we are doing to tackle drugs in prisons?

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to speak in support of this extremely important private Member’s Bill. To pick up where my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Peter Heaton-Jones) left off, data—data ownership and storage—is one of the big questions that society and this House will have to grapple with in the decades to come. I have noticed when talking to younger constituents how...

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: I absolutely agree, and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that important intervention. If we create a framework that helps agencies to share information about vulnerable individuals safely, that enables those agencies to become greater than the sum of their parts, and to combine and enhance their professional interrogations, so that they can join the dots and create a true picture of...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is making an extremely powerful speech. May I raise a practical point? I imagine that people living or working near prisons may fear that this change will reduce the quality of the signals in their houses or businesses. What reassurances can my hon. Friend give?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: Has my hon. Friend’s Department received assurances from the major providers that they are happy with the legislation as it stands and that they intend to work with the Government in the future?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: On families staying in touch when a family member is behind bars, does my hon. Friend agree that it is extremely important to maintain personal, physical contact? Being able to make weekly or daily calls is great, but it is hugely important for people to spend physical time with their child, and too often that is not available.

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: It is a great pleasure to talk on this Bill, which I fully support. This issue first came to my attention when I was working at the Centre for Social Justice, where I was director of policy from 2012 to 2016. We wrote a report while I was there called “Drugs in Prison”, which looked at how we might remove these toxic and addictive substances from the prison estate. We wanted to...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: Edible books! That is extraordinary. I have not heard that example before. There are many ingenious ways of bringing drugs into prisons, and we know how extraordinarily disruptive they are to prisoners’ lives. A large number of people take drugs for the first time in prison, and the amount of Spice—the recently criminalised new psychoactive substance—in prisons has rocketed...

Points of Order (5 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I want to raise with you an issue that I have encountered in recent days. The pedestrian entrance at Carriage Gates has relatively new card-swipe machines that are quite glitchy, and there have been a couple of occasions when I have struggled to get in— fortunately not at a time when I was coming in for a vote. However, as someone who often cuts things...

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: As the Leader of the House will know, small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of my local economy. What opportunities will there be in the near future to discuss the opportunities they will have in a post-Brexit Britain?

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Secretary of State for her apology. Like a number of other Members, I was very disappointed that the NAO report did not take account of the changes that the Department brought in on the basis of the recommendations made by the Select Committee. Will the Secretary of State confirm that she will continue to adapt and improve universal credit as new ideas and new evidence emerge?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: PIP Assessments: Appeals (2 Jul 2018)

Alex Burghart: I especially welcome the fact that the Government have accepted the Select Committee on Work and Pensions recommendation to record PIP interviews. Will the Minister set out for the House the sort of timescale in which we can expect these changes to come through?

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Topical Questions (28 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I have had a number of pieces of correspondence from constituents who are concerned that the Government need to move their plans forward on upskirting. Can the Minister confirm that we will bring upskirting offences into line with other sexual offences?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Work Profession (25 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: What progress his Department has made on strengthening the social work profession.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Work Profession (25 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: As the Secretary of State will know, one of the reasons that we need to improve the quality of social workers in our country is to ensure that children in care can move on into employment and further education. Can he outline what more the Government are going to do to ensure that those children get the support they need?

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: Like a number of Members, I am disappointed that the NAO report does not take into account the changes that the Department made in response to last year’s recommendations from the Work and Pensions Committee. I believe that the changes made by the Secretary of State were part of a test-and-learn environment, which is essential to the future success of universal credit. Will she commit...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: What steps his Department is taking to reduce problem gambling.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Secretary of State for his response and for what he has done in this area. Does he agree that online gambling is in many ways more dangerous than gambling in bookies? What steps will he take to tackle that danger?


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