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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Glasgow (8 Feb 2018)

David Linden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the telephone network at Shettleston Jobcentre was inaccessible on 2 February 2018 and whether the cause of the inaccessibility has been fully resolved.

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I have listened to what the Minister and the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton have said. At this stage, after consultation with my hon. Friends the Members for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and for North Ayrshire and Arran, I will not press amendments 4 and 5. We may return to this on Report, but for the purposes of getting the Bill through Committee, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I beg to move amendment 1, in the schedule, page 7, leave out lines 4 to 6 and insert— “(1) Statutory parental bereavement pay is payable at an employee’s full rate of pay.” This amendment would remove the power to set in regulations the rate of parental bereavement pay. Instead, the employee would be entitled to parental bereavement pay at their full pay...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I have listened to what the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton and the Minister have said. On that basis I am happy to withdraw the amendment. This is probably the last contribution that I will make in this Committee. I found serving on this Committee a challenging experience for a number of reasons, but I want to pay tribute to all members of the Committee. This has been an incredibly...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I beg to move amendment 4, in schedule, page 5, leave out lines 10 to 12. This amendment would remove the condition that an employee needs to be with an employer for a continuous period of 26 weeks in order to receive parental bereavement pay.

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: We are coming to the end, so I will not detain the Committee for long. The amendments, which I tabled with my hon. Friends the Members for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and for North Ayrshire and Arran, address how long someone needs to have been with an employer to fall within the scope of the Bill. I understand the position of the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton that employment...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: In response to what the hon. Member for East Renfrewshire said, I should say that the national health service does not stop treating people at 18 for teenage cancer. There is an issue of consistency here. The NHS does not recognise at just 18. Is my hon. Friend aware of that?

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I find myself in a difficult position. I am minded to press the amendment to a vote, but it would be the first time I have divided the Committee, which in the light of my earlier comments is not something that I want to do. A lot has been said about the fragility of the Bill and the difficulty of getting it through Parliament, but one thing that has not been acknowledged is that we are in a...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: That is at the forefront of my mind, but as the hon. Member for North West Durham said, we seek to protect the very small number of people who could be exploited in the situation. On that basis, I ask the Committee to accept the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: In the light of what the Minister has said, and of the consensus and good will on both sides of the Committee—this is the first time I have served on a private Member’s Bill Committee, although I have served on Government Bill Committees before—I will not press amendment 3. I look forward to the Minister coming back with the consultation.

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I beg to move amendment 2, in schedule, page 2, line 25, leave out from “to” to end of line and insert— “(a) at least two weeks’ leave, and (b) at least one day’s leave for the day on which the child’s funeral takes place.” This amendment would ensure that the minimum period of parental bereavement leave is two weeks plus an...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I warmly commend the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton for proposing this Private Member’s Bill. I also pay tribute to the hon. Member for Colchester, who proposed a similar Bill in the last Parliament. I am glad to see that the Bill has finally got Government support. I congratulate the Minister on his appointment to his...

Public Bill Committee: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Parental bereavement leave and pay (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: Given what the Minister is saying about the consultation process, will he give us a timeline on that, particularly for those members of the Committee who have been asked to withdraw amendments?

Taylor Review (7 Feb 2018)

David Linden: One of the issues not within the scope of the Taylor review was that of unpaid work trials, which is regrettable. However, on 16 March my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) is bringing forward his Bill to end exploitative unpaid work trails. Will the Government be supporting it?

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

David Linden: I commend the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on securing the debate. It is a great shame that a significant number of people who wanted to contribute for longer than a couple of minutes could not. I encourage the hon. Lady to take the matter forward so that the debate can be continued under the auspices of the Backbench Business Committee, because it is clearly...

Space Industry Bill [Lords]: Potential impact of leaving the European Union on the United Kingdom’s space industry (6 Feb 2018)

David Linden: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech that outlines the isolationist view that post-Brexit Britain is about to take. How does she square what the UK Government are saying about “global Britain” with the powerful points she has made this afternoon?

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

David Linden: I do not want to test the Minister’s patience, but when I saw that red folder with all the little tabs on it, I rather hoped that he would not just read from a civil service briefing. Members representing constituencies across the city of Glasgow have come here tonight and made very sincere speeches about some of the profound difficulties that are being experienced. The Minister is now...

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

David Linden: As someone involved in the local community, I would have thought that if we want to ask people on the frontline about crime, we might ask the police. Did the Minister speak to local police officers?

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

David Linden: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point about the buildings. Does he not think it ironic that the UK Government have told us that the entire process is about saving money when only last week we approved spending billions on this royal palace we sit in?

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

David Linden: My hon. Friend reminds me of a particular case of a constituent in Carmyle. She recently told me that, for her to get to Shettleston jobcentre from the village of Carmyle, which is fairly isolated from the rest of my constituency, she will be required to leave three hours early. How difficult would that be if her appointment was at 9 o’clock in the morning?


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