Results 1–20 of 111 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bim Afolami

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Bim Afolami: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Bim Afolami: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for introducing this very important debate. I speak as somebody whose constituency voted to remain; I myself also voted to remain. Can he address one point? He has mentioned, rightly, that in legal terms, the referendum was advisory and not legally binding. Therefore, the nexus between the triggering of article 50 and the referendum is weaker than if the...

Attorney General: Knife Crime: Prosecution Rates (6 Sep 2018)

Bim Afolami: What conversations have the Solicitor General or the Attorney General had across Government and with retailers about cutting down on the online sale of knives?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Bim Afolami: I rise in support of this Bill and my hon. Friend the Minister. During the Bill’s passage, he has conducted himself, as I think everybody in all parts of this House has already recognised, with the utmost sincerity and courtesy to all parties, both inside and outside the House. I served on the Bill Committee—entirely voluntarily, of course, Madam Deputy Speaker. Having listened...

Health and Social Care: Children's Mental Health: Social Media (24 Jul 2018)

Bim Afolami: Thank you for calling me, Mr Speaker; news of my death has been greatly exaggerated, Sir. I thank the Minister for her previous reply. She will be aware that there is considerable concern about certain images on social media, particularly those relating to self-harming, and the effect they have on young people’s mental health. Will she set out the Government’s response in dealing...

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

Bim Afolami: I like the tone of the hon. Lady’s remarks, but does she accept that her moderate tone does not reflect the motion on the Order Paper? Does she agree that arguing about technical tweaks relating to universal credit is not quite what the Labour party is doing today?

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

Bim Afolami: Does the hon. Lady accept that the NAO report does not take into account what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Department have done recently in line with their “listen and learn” approach with the roll-out of universal credit?

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

Bim Afolami: As many Members have said, this is the 70th anniversary week of the NHS, and there is no better time to talk about this Bill. I will focus in my brief speech on three areas. The first is that personal medical data about ourselves and our families are, to many of us, the most important thing we have. It is personal and emotional information, which if stolen would be incredibly valuable to...

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

Bim Afolami: As I have listened to the speeches that have been made so far this morning—mostly by Conservative Members—I have been struck by the length of time my colleagues have been spending on their mobile phones. I say that because it is important for the thousands, or millions, of people listening to the debate at home, and those in the Public Gallery, to recognise that the purpose of the...

Ministry of Justice (2 Jul 2018)

Bim Afolami: I just want to take issue with my hon. Friend slightly on the political saliency of some of these matters. I think all Members know that prisons, prison reform, rehabilitation and legal aid do carry weight with the public. What would he say to those who suggest that this area does have political significance, and that we need to make sure that Conservative Members are making the arguments for...

Ministry of Justice (2 Jul 2018)

Bim Afolami: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Ministry of Justice (2 Jul 2018)

Bim Afolami: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. On mediation, does he agree that what might be needed from the Government is more publicising of that method of dispute resolution, because a significant number of people do not know that it exists?

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: What steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of small businesses in Government procurement.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (27 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: I thank the Minister for his responses. As seen from my recent work on the Public Accounts Committee, there sometimes appears to be a conflict between large strategic suppliers who see themselves as aggregators of several procurement contracts for small business and other instances in which small businesses would like to get certain contracts directly from Government. Will he explain the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: Will my right hon. Friend set out the Government’s plans to improve educational provision for children with special educational needs, and will she congratulate Geraint Edwards, headteacher of the Priory School in Hitchin, on his brilliant and inspirational work in that regard?

Energy Policy (25 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: As a member of the Public Accounts Committee, I can say that value for money is very important to the House and should always be, and I accept the Secretary of State’s assessment in this regard. However, will he confirm to and reassure the House that the Government are not giving up on marine energy or renewable energy, and set out further plans in due course?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: The Prime Minister knows that I, as the son of a doctor and a pharmacist, share her strong commitment to the NHS. Will she reassure me and this House that the additional funding that is being provided will lead to measurable improvements in patient outcomes so that this extra money is spent as wisely as possible?

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: One thing that is often lost in debates like this is the practical impact of such issues on passengers. I urge the Minister, the Secretary of State and all Members to remember that, yes, this is about getting investment, improving stations and timetables and increasing capacity, but fundamentally the whole point of the system is to make life better for our constituents, particularly those who...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: I thank my hon. Friend. One point worth making—one that backs up his intervention—is that a real frustration as a Member of Parliament is knowing the intended improvements over the medium term, but constituents quite rightly not believing that the improvements will happen when the implementation does not work as hoped. It is therefore incumbent on GTR and Network Rail to do their...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Bim Afolami: On the right hon. Gentleman’s first point, that would depend on when the Bill could make progress and whether it would take effect in time. It is difficult to understand how the proposed compensation regime would interact with the special compensation regime relating to the implementation of the new timetable. However, on the right hon. Gentleman’s broader point about...


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