Results 1–20 of 44 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Afzal Khan

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: What assessment he has made of the effect of the privatisation of Royal Mail on employment standards in the postal industry.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Mail Privatisation (12 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: Royal Mail is paying out over £200 million in dividends every year to private shareholders. Last year, the chief executive saw her pay increase by 23%. How can the Government stand by a model of ownership that sees postal workers’ pay being frozen and their pensions left unaffordable?

Oman, Uae and Iran (11 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: I also thank the Foreign Secretary for his statement to the House. We have seen protests in this country and throughout the Muslim world against the statement that President Donald Trump made. What discussions has the Foreign Secretary had with these countries on taking forward the process between Israel and Palestine?

Terror Attacks: Government Financial Support — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: I thank the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle) for securing the debate. I am the Member for Manchester, Gorton, and this year we experienced an attack in which 22 people were killed. Manchester then set up the “We Love Manchester” emergency fund in conjunction with the council, which raised millions of pounds. Communities and faith groups provide assistance...

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: May I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate and thank him for making such powerful points? In December 2017, a Palestinian reflecting on the 100 years since the Balfour declaration will find that only half the deal has been done and that the Palestinians have got nothing. There have been millions of refugees over a period longer than any other relating to refugees all over the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Litigants in Person (5 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: What steps his Department is taking in response to recent trends in the number of people who represent themselves in court.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Litigants in Person (5 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: Senior judges are warning that the growing number of litigants in person is creating a huge burden on judges, lawyers and the litigants themselves. Will the Minister commit to restoring legal aid to the family courts, where this problem is most serious, as Labour has promised to do?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: Hear, hear!

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for providing that clarification. I am new to Parliament, but I have been in politics for decades, and in that time, I have seen trust in our political system erode. Today, only 20% of the UK trusts politicians at least to some degree. The public already see politicians as remote, self-interested and...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: I understand what the right hon. Gentleman is saying, but the bottom line is that if are trying to reduce cost, why are the Government putting more and more unelected people into the House of Lords, and appointing more and more special advisers? It does not make sense. I would prefer to have more elected people.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Afzal Khan: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. Brexit legislation is passing through Parliament and we are undergoing one of the most significant constitutional changes in decades. We have already seen from our debates on Henry VIII provisions that Ministers will always attempt to extend their powers. At this point, we must fight to preserve our power of scrutiny. MPs are taking on more and more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: Train services in Manchester and the north are poor, but prices keep going up and up. A constituent sent me a photo showing delays on all but one of 18 trains between 8 am and 9 am from Levenshulme in my constituency. Appallingly, the stations does not have disabled access either. Will the Minister take steps to improve the situation so that my constituents can get to work?

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: The International Trade Secretary told the Tory party conference last year that the Government “would like to be able to give a reassurance to EU nationals in the UK, but that depends on reciprocation by other countries”. He said any other strategy “would be to hand over one of our main cards in the negotiations and doesn’t necessarily make sense at this point”....

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: I am going to make some progress, as we have limited time. Labour and the EU citizens’ rights group the3million found more than two dozen examples of job, housing and other adverts that illegally prevented applications from EU nationals. Those adverts have been reviewed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has written to a number of the advertisers. How can EU nationals...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: It is clear that things are still confusing for everyone. What part of this does the hon. Lady not understand—that we need to give a simple offer so that we can move on? In total, there are 2.4 million EU migrants working in the UK, and a far greater proportion of them are in work than of the population as whole. They make a huge contribution. What they desperately need now is certainty...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) on securing this debate, and I thank all hon. Members for their contributions. I welcome the Minister to her position, and I look forward to our exchanges. I was an immigrant, but I am an adopted Mancunian and I am here representing Manchester, Gorton. The Government’s migration policy is not driven by economics. Since...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: I have no problem with stopping abuse, but if the right hon. Gentleman will hear some of my further arguments, what I am trying to say may become clearer.

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: I thank the hon. Lady for that contribution. Let me make progress on my point. Those students would have supported about 24,000 jobs and brought £920 million-worth of positive economic impact to those universities and their local economies—50% of the jobs would have been in the local economies and 50% in the universities. International students pay higher fees and subsidise UK...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (21 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: What steps he is taking to promote human rights in discussions with his counterparts in other countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (21 Nov 2017)

Afzal Khan: Similar to the horrors that we witnessed last year in eastern Aleppo in Syria, today, we are confronted with the brutal siege of eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime. What action will the Government take to protect civilians and to ensure compliance by reasonable actors with the human rights obligations, most particularly the Assad regime and its regime backers?


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