Results 1–20 of 55 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bambos Charalambous

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Nelson Mandela said: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Those words should be at the forefront of our minds as we consider the ways in which prisons operate in England and Wales. With £3.954 billion of annual expenditure, prisons take up...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for presenting the petition in this debate, and I declare that I am a member of the trade union Unison. Before being elected to represent my constituency in Parliament, I worked for a local authority and, along with my colleagues, was subject to the pay cap....

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: The hon. Lady is absolutely right; the silence is deafening.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and I agree 100% with what she has said: ending the pay cap would be a good start to addressing inequality. Decent pay for a hard day’s work is an easy concept to grasp, but it does not fit with the Government’s view that austerity and stripping the state to the bone are the only way to ensure that privatisation happens hard and fast. Just...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping (4 Dec 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Over 120,000 children are set to be without a home and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas—an increase of 66% since 2010. Why does the Secretary of State think that the number of homeless children fell under Labour but has risen under the Conservatives?

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Is the Minister aware that there is a piece in this week’s Law Society Gazette about rewriting civil procedure rules to accommodate litigants in person, who may not fully understand court procedures in civil proceedings?

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this important debate, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) on securing it. To get perspective on the problem of access to legal aid, we first need to remind ourselves that the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949 came in as one of the Labour Government’s swathe of measures to help...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: I wish to focus on three areas of deficiency in the Budget: education, social care and the public sector. Many schools across the country are struggling financially. The Chancellor, while promising an extra £40 million to train future maths teachers, seems sadly to have missed the point. The Government’s ideologically driven onslaught on education has led to an exodus of teachers,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Departmental Funding (27 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding for his Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Departmental Funding (27 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: In a recent letter to the Defence Secretary, 25 of his Conservative colleagues said: “We look forward to rhetoric being matched in deeds over the coming months.” Will the Secretary of State listen to colleagues from all parts of the House and match the Government’s rhetoric with increased resources for our armed services?

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Sector Cyber-security (22 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: What assessment he has made of the level of investment required to ensure high standards of cyber-security in the public sector.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Sector Cyber-security (22 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Our public services have been starved of cash for seven years, but cyber-security requires constant investment, so has the Minister advocated long-term funding to enable public services to protect themselves against all forms of cyber-attack?

Student Loans Company (20 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: An external audit of the SLC placed it at the bottom of all organisations in 35 out of the 36 criteria against which it was assessed. Can the Minister tell us what those criteria were?

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Thank you, Mr Paisley, for calling me in this important debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) on securing the debate. Over the next five weeks, in the build-up to Christmas, we will see many adverts on television and online promoting all sorts of products, with the backdrop of a happy family sitting around a well-stocked dining table, ready to tuck...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Does my hon. Friend support country-by-country reporting, which will help some of the most deprived parts of the world?

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Is my hon. Friend aware that there are 3,311 households in temporary accommodation in my borough, Enfield, which is the second highest figure in the country? One solution we have tried in Enfield is to set up a housing gateway organisation to buy stock, but that is only a temporary solution. Does she agree that the best solution is to build more council housing?

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Will the Minister confirm what justification there was for voting against Labour’s amendments to the Finance Bill last week that sought to curb the number of individuals claiming non-dom status and improve transparency with regards to offshore trusts?

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Will my hon. Friend join me in asking the Government to ensure that the 280 places that have not been filled are filled as quickly as possible and that family reunions can take place as quickly as possible?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: The 58 impact assessments that we know have been carried out on the instructions of the Government cover almost every imaginable area that will be affected by Brexit. Withdrawal from the European Union is arguably the most important decision that Parliament will take in over 40 years. It is only right and proper that parliamentarians should have the right to know what the impact will be on...


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