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:Alex Norris

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: I am sorry to stop the hon. Gentleman in full flow, but I have heard him say that a few times now. For the budget to have passed, the very same councils that he says are outside the clique and ready to save Northamptonshire County Council must have voted for it, either thinking that the budget was a good one or thinking that it was not a good one but doing so out of party loyalty. Either way,...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: I came to this place having represented my community on Nottingham City Council for six years—something that I enjoyed greatly and that was a real privilege. However, being a councillor between 2011 and 2017 was quite a difficult proposition. We saw massive real-terms decreases in our funding every year as the Government downscaled their commitment to our city. That meant service cuts,...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: I share my hon. Friend’s perspective. I know that he will work with his council to try to mitigate those cuts, but there is a point at which that becomes impossible. I am sure that in Slough, as in Nottingham—and, as we heard from my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden), in his area—they have received reductions that are significantly over the...

Public Service Delivery: Northamptonshire (6 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: On 19 December, I extracted a commitment from the Secretary of State, who is not in his place, that the transition grant was finished. As my hon. Friend the Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne) said, that grant overwhelmingly went to better-off communities and those with Conservative administrations. Can the Minister assure me that in the light of the calls overnight, following the...

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship for the first time, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce), on securing this debate and the excellent case she made. I will start with the immortal words of those bards of New York City—I know you are a big fan, Mr Robertson —Salt-N-Pepa: “Let’s talk...

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: I have to say that I do not get excited about the alphabet soup. In preparing for today, I was desperately trying to work out whether it was PHSE or PSHE. As long as the content is there and our young people are getting it, you can call it whatever you want—I am very relaxed about that. That event is on 28 June. Hopefully, Nottingham will demonstrate once again that it has been a model...

Foreign Affairs Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: I congratulate the Committee on the report. Disrupting modern slavery supply chains across Europe requires high-quality diplomatic skill on our part. What assessment has the Foreign Affairs Committee made of our future diplomatic capacity in this area to disrupt this blight?

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Alex Norris: Unfortunately, Nottingham was not selected as one of Sport England’s pilot cities for new models of physical activity. The House will know, however, that Nottingham people have developed lots of good ideas and, with our typical fortitude, will be making those ideas happen anyway in any way we can. Will the Leader of the House support us in that venture by accommodating a discussion in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: LGBT Awareness (29 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that all schools teach awareness of LGBT issues in an age-appropriate manner.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: LGBT Awareness (29 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: With the change in leadership at the Department, may I ask whether the new Secretary of State shares the commitment of his predecessor that relationship and sex education lessons must be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive and reflect the needs of all young people?

Business of the House (25 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: This month, Nottingham City Councillor David Mellen is reading to 2,018 Nottingham children to raise funds for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library scheme in Nottingham. Given the Leader of the House’s enthusiasm for early intervention programmes, will she join me in congratulating Councillor Mellen?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: I enjoyed serving on the Public Bill Committee, and I rise to speak in support of new clauses 1 and 2, and amendment 3. On new clause 1, while I have slightly buried the lead by referencing this earlier, it needs full consideration in this place. Members need to know the judgment of Dr Golshan, who is responsible at the ONR for recreating Euratom in this country: “Our aim, currently, is...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: The hon. Lady and I were both in the evidence-gathering sitting of the Bill Committee, in which Dr Golshan said that “we will not be able to replicate Euratom standards on day one.”––[Official Report, Nuclear Safeguards Public Bill Committee, 31 October 2017; c. 7, Q9.] Is this perhaps a matter of fact, rather than a question of confidence in Britain? In taking this...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship for the first time, Mr Sharma, and to engage with the new Minister for the first time, too. She and I share a couple of things in common. We share a background in local government, but we also come to this place from the east midlands. In the east midlands, we are very practical and pragmatic people, and it is that practical and pragmatic side of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (18 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: Last Friday, Nottinghamians woke up to the awful news that our recently redeveloped train station was ablaze. Will the Leader of the House allow a debate in Government time to consider the terrific work done by Nottinghamshire fire and rescue and the policing council in tackling the fire and having things running again within a day?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2018)

Alex Norris: The Prime Minister pledged to consign slavery to the history books. However, the National Audit Office says that the Home Office has not set out how a reduction would be measured; it does not set clear anti-slavery activity; it does not know what activity is going on across Government; and it does not monitor business compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Is the Prime Minister...

Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

Alex Norris: The Secretary of State did not decisively address the question of my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie), about the transition grant. Perhaps I will have more luck. If the transition grant is to remain, will the Department for Communities and Local Government—after two years of repeated requests from Nottingham—publish both the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Dec 2017)

Alex Norris: In 2016, the then Home Secretary launched the “Ending Violence against Women and Girls” strategy, which emphasised the need for a national network of domestic violence refuges. In 2017, Women’s Aid says that the Government’s proposals for short-term supported housing threaten that network. In 2018, will the then Home Secretary, the now Prime Minister, show personal...

Domestic Violence Refuges: Funding — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Alex Norris: This is the first time I have served under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson, and I am grateful for the chance to raise an issue that I care deeply about. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) on securing this important debate. She has long fought for survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and I am glad that I can join her in that fight today. For...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoner Rehabilitation: Sporting Activities (5 Dec 2017)

Alex Norris: Prisoner wellbeing and rehabilitation at HMP Nottingham continues to be of major concern after five people died there in four weeks. When I raised the issue at the last justice questions, the Prisons Minister, the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr Gyimah), echoed my concern and undertook to write to me. May I ask whether Ministers are still concerned about HMP Nottingham, and when I will...


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