Results 1–20 of 42 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ellie Reeves

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Ellie Reeves: The House of Commons nursery is an award-winning nursery, and its manager was recently named nursery manager of the year for looking after the children during the Westminster terror attack. Will the Minister join me in commending the staff for their work, and will he also acknowledge the pressure they and other nursery providers are put under by the inadequate funding for the 30 hours of free...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Ellie Reeves: It gives me great pleasure, as a newly elected member of the Justice Committee, to speak in today’s debate. Last Thursday, members of the Committee visited HMP Rochester. Rochester holds 740 prisoners and conditions in the Victorian prison have been described as deplorable by the independent monitoring board. In March 2017, the Government announced that the prison would be closed and...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I agree that education is absolutely at the heart of the rehabilitation of offenders. At Rochester, when it rains, lessons have to be cancelled because the roof leaks. These issues have to be addressed urgently if we are to reform our prisons and improve standards. Visiting cells there, we saw prisoners in cramped and unsanitary conditions....

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. One issue that has been raised with us is that people are imprisoned for short sentences of two or three months, and during that time there is no chance of any rehabilitation. We need to look more closely at community-based sentencing, so that people can get rehabilitation and come out of the cycle of prison and homelessness. That is an important...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Ellie Reeves: In recent weeks, I have noticed an increase in immigration casework. I have previously written to the Home Office about the effect that delays are having on my constituents. Data published by the Department last week showed that only 62% of MPs’ letters and 72% of emails are being responded to within its standard service timescale. May we please have a debate on the modernisation of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2017)

Ellie Reeves: Last week, I visited Medway secure training centre for 12 to 17-year-olds which, in 2016, was the subject of a “Panorama” report that exposed widespread abuse while it was run by G4S. The centre is now run by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and things are improving. Young people talk positively about rehabilitation and staff are motivated. Many STCs and secure...

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

Ellie Reeves: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. As a former employment rights lawyer, I am passionate about legal aid and access to justice. Many of my hon. Friends have made important points about the need for increased access to justice. Coincidentally, yesterday I chaired a meeting of the parliamentary Labour party’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I recently visited young Send My Friend to School campaigners at Sydenham School in my constituency. They spoke with great passion about the need for global education and why greater financing for education matters to them. What action will the Secretary of State take to ensure that this Government listen to those young people and show leadership by increasing funding for education through...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: Recent research by the Fawcett Society showed that it would take 100 years to close the gender pay gap at the current rate of change, and a report by the Women and Equalities Committee has suggested that we will achieve true economic equality only if we move to make all jobs flexible by default and introduce non-transferable paid paternity leave. What steps will the Government take to enact...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I rise to speak to new clause 79, which is in my name and the names of my right hon. and hon. Friends and hon. Members from other parties. First and foremost, I recognise that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. It is an outcome that I did not vote for, but it is the position in which we find ourselves. It is now incumbent on us to strengthen this legislation ahead of our exit from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombian Peace Process (21 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: What assessment he has made of the obstacles to the implementation of the Colombian peace process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombian Peace Process (21 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: In the light of the current crisis in the implementation of the Colombian peace agreement, including the killings of former FARC combatants and social leaders, the changes to the special jurisdiction for peace and the lack of re-integration opportunities, will the Minister make urgent representations to the Colombian Government about their international obligations to implement the agreement...

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) for securing the debate. I am proud to be hosting a Jo Cox loneliness summit in my constituency tomorrow, specifically on parental loneliness. I will bring together national organisations such as Action for Children and the Young Women’s Trust, and local organisations such as Bromley Maternity Voices,...

Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill: Music: Contribution to the UK Economy (3 Nov 2017)

Ellie Reeves: Is my hon. Friend aware of form 696? It is a risk assessment form for live events in the capital that unfairly targets grime music and other urban acts. Will he join me in calling on the Met police to use the Mayor of London’s review to scrap form 696 and to support a more proportionate system of ensuring safety and security at live events which are so successful and contribute...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak once again in the debate about the taxation of termination payments. Before entering this place, I was an employment rights lawyer for more than decade, so this issue is very important to me. I have represented employees who had been dismissed and discriminated against day in, day out. Very often, this would involve negotiating termination packages...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: We know that redundancy payments and the way in which they are capped means that they often do not adequately compensate people after they have been dismissed from work. The fact that the Government want to give themselves the power to decrease the threshold prompts a question: why do they want to do it if they do not want to exercise that power? It seems that they would treat those who have...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: The amount should reflect someone’s loss of earnings, their ability to get back on their feet and the injury they have suffered after redundancy, so it is not good enough to tell 15% of these people, “We don’t care about you.” If the threshold had risen in line with prices, it would be £71,000 today. Surely the Government should be going after the billions hidden...

Finance Bill: Termination Payments Etc: Amounts Chargeable on Employment Income (31 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: I will make some progress. It seems curious that the Government want to make it a priority to enshrine it in statute that compensation for injury to feelings awards connected to the termination of employment should be taxed as earnings. This is yet another example of how the Government, rather than going after the big corporations that are avoiding tax, would penalise those who have been...

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility (31 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: On Thursday, I visited a residential gambling rehabilitation centre in my constituency, which provides a 14-week programme for about half a dozen residents at any one time. It is run by the Gordon Moody Association, and demand for the service outstrips what it can offer. Will the Minister commend the vital work of the Gordon Moody Association and commit to a compulsory levy on the industry to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (31 Oct 2017)

Ellie Reeves: The recently published Bach commission report highlighted a number of serious issues relating to access to justice, including representation at inquests. In the light of tragic events such as Grenfell Tower and Hillsborough, will the Minister commit to providing legal aid for inquests in all cases when the state is funding one or more of the other parties?


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