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

Preet Kaur Gill: Following the question from the hon. Member for York Outer (Julian Sturdy), campaigners supporting missing people and their families are concerned, despite assurances that a timetable for implementation of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 would be set out before the summer. Will the Minister give the families the assurance of a specific timetable for the implementation of this...

Speech, Language and Communication Support for Children — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I start by acknowledging the tremendous level of support and activism there has been throughout the country to raise the profile of the “Bercow: Ten Years On” report and the need to improve speech, language and communication support for children and young people. That support is essential in improving the lives of the...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Horsham (Jeremy Quin). According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, school funding has risen on average by around 2% per year in real terms for secondary schools and 2.4% per year for primary schools every year since the mid-1970s. Much of that growth came under the last Labour Government, who oversaw average growth of some 5% in the first...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (3 Jul 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: After seeing the collapse in motor industry investment, does the Minister now accept that the Government must heed the call of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to rethink their Brexit negotiating position and to support a customs union with the European Union after Brexit?

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: The Government have promised parity of esteem for mental health. Can the Secretary of State clarify whether there is a ring-fenced element of this funding for mental health?

Vaccinations: Developing Countries — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I thank the right hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb) for securing this important debate, and for his passionate speech. He raised important concerns about the challenges faced in the developing world, talked about the many lives saved in vaccination programmes and their huge economic impact on society, and made...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: As we have heard, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of our national health service. The NHS is the jewel in our nation’s crown and represents the very best attributes that we as a society hold dear. I truly believe the creation of the NHS, which was born of a yearning desire for things to change following the death and destruction of the second world war, to be the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Democratic Republic of the Congo: Humanitarian Assistance (23 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: In the light of the DRC Government’s decision to boycott the April humanitarian pledging conference in Geneva and to deny the scale of the displacement crisis in the country, what representations has the Secretary of State made, now that Ebola poses a very real additional threat, to ensure that the same does not happen again, and that the DRC Government accept urgent assistance to...

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) for bringing this important debate. He so eloquently put forward the argument about the persecution of Christians. We have clearly seen a considerable increase in attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian farming communities in northern Nigeria. To get an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (22 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: Eurostat figures show regional inequality in the United Kingdom, measured by output per hour, to be the worst in Europe, and the Government have failed to close the gap since 2010. When will the Chancellor commit himself to making the investment that is needed to end regional imbalances that have seen the north of England set to receive just one fifth of the transport investment per capita...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is nearly two years since the Brexit referendum, and there are just 316 days to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. I support the Opposition’s motion because the in-fighting and indecision in government is holding back the Brexit negotiations and delaying crucial votes in Parliament. Labour recognises that the only way to ensure that we have the frictionless trade...

Rohingya: Monsoon Season — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff Central (Jo Stevens) on securing this important debate. Her testimony about her recent visit to Cox’s Bazar was deeply harrowing and real. Other hon. Members also made excellent contributions. We have heard from the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), my hon....

Rohingya: Monsoon Season — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: I absolutely agree, and I will come on to that point. The Government of Bangladesh have rightly been praised for their initial response, but as we move into a dangerous new phase of the crisis it is imperative to address operational barriers that hinder the work of aid agencies. International donors have granted $14 million of funding, which cannot be utilised at present because of...

Internally Displaced People (25 Apr 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman) on securing this important debate. We have heard some excellent contributions. My hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) highlighted that displaced people with disabilities struggle to make the journey and need specific support. My hon....

UK-EU: International Development (21 Mar 2018)

Preet Kaur Gill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (Dr Williams) on securing this important debate. He spoke passionately and persuasively about what is at stake in our future relationship with the EU, and why we must get it right. We have heard a number of particularly useful contributions and points, which have been...

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

Preet Kaur Gill: I beg to move, That this House has considered British nationals imprisoned abroad. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. In late January, I attended an event organised by the Redress Trust, the international human rights and anti-torture non-governmental organisation, and the all-party parliamentary human rights group to launch Redress’s new report,...

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

Preet Kaur Gill: Absolutely. That is a question I shall be posing to the Minister in my speech. On 14 November, in the courtroom when Jagtar first met his lawyer, briefly, he made allegations of severe torture between 5 and 9 November. That included leg separation and electric shocks to his ears, nipples and genitals. He has told lawyers that police also forced him to sign blank pieces of paper, believed to...

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

Preet Kaur Gill: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention on behalf of Nazanin, whose case has been in the public arena for some time. Her husband is present in the Public Gallery for this debate. I shall also touch on her case, which is also extremely important. On 21 November, in response to a parliamentary question by the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes), the then FCO...

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

Preet Kaur Gill: We are signed up to the VCCR so, as the right hon. Gentleman was absolutely correct to say, we need to ensure that we use our position in the light of that to raise similar issues for injured individuals. Jagtar’s case is extremely serious, but it has become farcical and a trial by media. He has been brought to court more than 30 times over the past four months, and he has been taken in...

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

Preet Kaur Gill: As my hon. Friend suggests, lots of individuals have approached many Members, from all parts of the House, stating that they are very concerned about visiting India, given what has happened in Jagtar Singh Johal’s case. I therefore ask the Minister whether the Prime Minister will raise Jagtar’s case with Narendra Modi when she meets him next month in London, given that she spoke...


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