Results 1–20 of 77 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

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Afzal Khan: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. We both served on Manchester City Council, a great council with great leadership that has been devastated by cuts. Greater Manchester leaders say that they may be close to bankruptcy in four years if Government cuts continue in the same way. Does he agree with the report’s finding that, instead of blaming councils, the...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Afzal Khan: Let me begin by thanking the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) for introducing the Bill and thanking all the other Members who support it. I want to put on record my thanks to Oxfam, the Red Cross, the Refugee Council, UNHCR, Amnesty International and many other charities for their campaigning on this issue. This coalition of charities shows the breadth and...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Afzal Khan: I agree with my hon. Friend and will address that issue later. We have a perverse situation where unaccompanied children are not allowed to bring their close family members to join them in the same way as an adult can. These are already some of the most vulnerable children in our society. They face language and cultural barriers, on top of the trauma of being forced to flee war and violence....

British Nationals Imprisoned Abroad — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Afzal Khan: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to ask that the Foreign Secretary meet the family. I have had many constituents contact me about this case. They are deeply concerned, because many of them visit India and they want to make sure that the proper protections are available. It would appropriate for the Government to give higher priority to this case.

Salisbury Incident (8 Mar 2018)

Afzal Khan: I thank the Home Secretary for advance sight of her statement. May I start by paying tribute to the courage and dedication of the emergency services that responded to this horrendous incident? In particular, may I say that the thoughts of the whole House will be with the officer who has been hospitalised following this attack? I also pay tribute to the people of Salisbury. Can the Home...

International Court of Justice: Seasonal Migrant Workers (1 Mar 2018)

Afzal Khan: I can assure you, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I will keep my remarks brief, following your wise words. I congratulate the hon. Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair) on opening the debate, and all other Members who have contributed to it. There is clearly a consensus that the Government need to take urgent action. Labour would take decisive action to reinstate the seasonal agricultural workers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Nationals: Residence Rights (26 Feb 2018)

Afzal Khan: The most recent migration statistics show immigration from outside the EU, which the Government have always been able to control, going up, while EU citizens are leaving in their largest numbers for almost a decade. The Government have again postponed their White Paper on post-Brexit immigration strategy. Rather than taking back control, are this Government in fact driven by confusion and...

Backbench Business: Refugee Children: Family Reunion in the UK — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (22 Feb 2018)

Afzal Khan: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Hugh Gaffney) for securing today’s debate and for his excellent speech. There have been many great contributions this afternoon, so I will not name any hon. Members, but simply thank them all for enriching the debate. At the moment, unaccompanied...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Afzal Khan: I thank the hon. Lady for securing this debate. In the light of what she says, would it not be appropriate for our Government to demand an independent inquiry from the Israeli Government into what is going on? That would help everyone.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Afzal Khan: Let me begin by thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) for securing this debate and for eloquently and forcefully putting across the reasons for it and the flaws in how things are processed. I want to discuss this issue in context of my region. The Greater Manchester area has the highest rate of child poverty in the country. I have three concerns...

Exiting the European Union: Fundamental Rights (1 Feb 2018)

Afzal Khan: What assessment the Government have made of the potential effect of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on the protection of fundamental rights.

Exiting the European Union: Fundamental Rights (1 Feb 2018)

Afzal Khan: The paper leaked to BuzzFeed reportedly suggests that “deregulating in areas such as the environment, product standards, and employment law” could provide an opportunity for the UK. Is that part of the Government’s economic strategy?

Joint Enterprise (25 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: I want to put on the record my thanks to my right hon. Friend for the work he has done with his review. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell), who represents a neighbouring constituency. This issue has also touched the lives of my constituents. Yesterday, I spoke to Louise Otway, whose son was sentenced to 30 years under joint enterprise. I am concerned...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes for Social Rent (22 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of new homes for social rent since 2010.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes for Social Rent (22 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: Will the Secretary of State adopt Labour’s plans to lift the borrowing cap on councils’ housing revenue accounts, which could alone build 80,000 council homes, according to the Local Government Association?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: Greater Manchester police has faced eight years of real-terms cuts and has lost 2,000 officers. Week after week, constituents come to my surgery in deep distress over antisocial behaviour, muggings and burglaries to which the police cannot attend. As a former police officer myself, I know that they are doing the best that they can. Will the Minister commit to giving more funding for Greater...

International Trade: Regulatory Alignment with the EU (11 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: What assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the joint declaration of 8 December 2017 on maintaining full regulatory alignment between the EU and the UK.

International Trade: Regulatory Alignment with the EU (11 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: What discussions has the Secretary of State had with potential new trade agreement partners, including those that already have an agreement with the EU and those with whom the Government have established trade dialogue or working groups, about regulatory alignment?

Women and Equalities: Women’s Refuges (11 Jan 2018)

Afzal Khan: What steps the Government are taking to ensure the provision of sufficient women’s refuges.

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