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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I strongly welcome the extra £20 billion and the long-term plan for the NHS, but does the First Minister agree that, at a time when local authority budgets are under pressure, it would be attractive to have more pooling of budgets between health and social care?

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South Suffolk (James Cartlidge) on securing this important debate and on his thoughtful speech. Let me take a step back. Why is it that the centre of Government in the UK has felt the need over successive generations—from the planning by appeal of the 1980s, to the regional spatial strategies of the 1990s, to the five-year land...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Neil O'Brien: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and we are lucky to have with us here today one of the Members for Milton Keynes, because Milton Keynes shows us what proper, planned development can do; it can create nice places that lots of people want to live in. I would like to see more of the development in this country happening in our cities. Changes such as the development of the modern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: A report by academics at the London School of Economics found that schools that introduced a ban on mobile phones saw a 2% increase in the number of pupils achieving five good GCSEs. The Minister and I both agree with school freedom, but will he consider introducing stronger guidance and more help for schools that choose to implement stronger controls on mobile phones?

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: My hon. Friend’s point goes squarely to the important question asked by the hon. Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East about the evidence. Of course it is difficult to prove anything when we are dealing with hypothetical questions, and we must look at what has happened in other countries, particularly if their policy has shifted from not allowing children to sponsor...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Will my hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to the BBC’s brilliant series “Exodus”, which gave the lucky people like us who were born in this country an insight into the unbelievably harrowing experiences of refugees travelling across the Mediterranean? Does he agree that an attractive idea would be to spend a larger proportion of our aid budget on trying to help people...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: The hon. Gentleman is making some really important points, and I do not necessarily disagree with him, but, on the ethics, he says it is not necessarily in the child’s interests. The thought behind the argument is that the child would not be there in the first place—would not have gone through the people smugglers and so on—if that right did not exist. I repeat: the argument...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil), and I pay tribute to his work in this area. It is fitting that the Member for such a constituency, which is beautiful and has wonderful people, is acting and leading the charge in this area, not least because it has been the site of forced emigration in the past. I welcome this important debate in...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. I have heard that argument, which is an intriguing one. It would be a big step to do anything that suggested those people would be able to work in this country, so we should be very careful when we think about it. However, I understand the argument that, if people have to wait a very long time, perhaps something about their treatment should change...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. It is extremely difficult and no one should downplay or minimise the difficulty of the task facing the officials who make these difficult decisions and who are trying to investigate very complicated cases. My third suggestion for improving the lives of refugees in the UK is to teach them English. When I meet people who have come here as refugees and hear...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: The hon. Gentleman might say he makes a minor point, but it is an entirely fair one. I have been to some of the pubs in his constituency where other languages are spoken, and I certainly did not feel isolated or lonely—in fact, they were extremely sociable and very pleasant places to visit. On family reunification, this country has a proud record of welcoming persecuted people from all...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention and I am sure Ministers will have heard his important argument about the process. In general, we must stick to the principle that people should claim asylum in the first safe country they come to. Our policy can definitely affect the secondary movements of people who are fleeing conflict. We see from policy decisions such as Angela...

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: The Secretary of State recently visited my constituency, so he will be aware of the important capital investments in my area, such as the new St Luke’s Hospital in Market Harborough, the decision to keep Glenfield Hospital’s children’s heart unit and the brand new state-of-the-art A&E at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Does the Minister agree that capital investments that...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Mobile Phones (12 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department provides to schools on the use and possession by pupils of smartphones and tablets (a) in schools and (b) during classes.

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (7 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I have a question for the whole panel. Two days ago, we heard from various landlords’ groups that they did not think that the Bill would lead to net savings for tenants. For complete clarity, could I get a quick answer from each of you on whether you think that the end of lettings fees will lead to benefits to tenants?Q

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (7 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Yes, the argument was made that rents would just go up to compensate.

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (7 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: That is quite the opposite of what we had been told the other day. Katie?

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (7 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Q If it is okay, Mr Bone, I have a question specifically for Rhea. You just made an interesting point about reasonable charges. I can see your argument that tenants are not able to claim the costs of getting in touch with their landlords, but on the other hand, as you were speaking I was struck by the thought that if it does take months of work, legal effort and endless emails to enforce...

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (7 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Q Just to push you a little on that, in quite a lot of other industries you do pay for the time. For example, if you get a parking charge you will get charged for all the associated legal stuff if you have bailiffs enforced against you. In lots of other industries you do get charged for the time. I wonder how you see your proposal being interpreted. Would it be for the courts to decide what...

Public Bill Committee: Tenant Fees Bill: Examination of Witnesses (5 Jun 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I want to bring us on to the question of refundable tenancy deposits. The Bill caps them at six weeks of rent. Do you all think that is the right levelQ ?


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