Results 1–20 of 240 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Luke Pollard

Health and Social Care: Childhood Obesity (24 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: Sarah, who runs the Devonport Live café in Devonport, one of the poorest parts of the country, used to provide cookery classes for local young mums, but she cannot do that anymore because of a lack of funding to provide the support, facilities and food to help young mums—especially those on low incomes—to get the skills that they need to cook healthy meals for their children....

Combat Air Strategy (17 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: France and Germany are already co-operating on a sixth-generation fighter, so although this strategy is welcome, we are playing catch-up. Will the Secretary of State set out whether this will be an allied, NATO, European or transatlantic project, and how will workshare benefit aerospace businesses, including those in Plymouth?

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: A strong Royal Navy is vital to countering Russian aggression in the north Atlantic and on our northern flank. What discussions did the Prime Minister have at the NATO summit about preserving our amphibious capabilities as part of that NATO effort, especially protecting HMS Albion, HMS Bulwark and the Royal Marines?

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: I not only declare an interest but, as the MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, proudly proclaim that I am the vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on shipbuilding and ship repair. I am very proud to be a GMB and Unite member. I add my name to the list of Members who have called today for the new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships to be built in Britain. Build them here. Do not ship...

Nuclear Sector Deal — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (11 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: I thank the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) for securing this important debate. Nuclear jobs are good jobs, and are often located in cities and towns where good jobs in other sectors are rare. I welcome the nuclear sector deal. I believe in a mixed energy policy with a greater focus on renewables and carbon-minimising generation from nuclear. I am a fan of new nuclear, but my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Amphibious Capability (9 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: The Minister just mentioned HMS Albion. The sailors and the Royal Marines are serving with distinction in the far east, but their ship is under threat of being cut and they are watching decisions carefully. Can the Minister update us on when he expects to give them reassurance that their ship will not be cut, and can he give an assurance that the decision on Albion and Bulwark will be in the...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: When I first got into Parliament, I tabled a question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, asking what the official figures were for the number of men and the number of women represented in statues and other public art. However, the UK Government do not keep those statistics. I think we should. Does my hon. Friend agree that we should encourage Ministers to start...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: The mistakes made with the WASPI women—not informing people about changes—are still happening today with the change in universal credit. If women transitioning with their families on to universal credit have more than two children, they are not being told that they will lose the benefit after the two-child cut-off. The opportunity of WASPI is to learn the lessons and to help women...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield) for securing the debate. She is a woman I am proud of, as I know many Members are. It is vital in such a debate not only to celebrate the achievement of the 1928 Act, but to remember the stories of the women and fighters who campaigned for it and who won the battle for electoral reform, suffrage and equality. It is 100 years...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: My hon. Friend has proved my point precisely that we need male MPs speaking up as well as female MPs, and I thank him for taking the advice so quickly. I recently visited the superb Voice & Vote exhibition in Westminster Hall. I pay tribute to the House authorities for putting it on. It really is a superb exhibition, and hon. Members who have not visited need to take the time to do so....

Amesbury Incident (5 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: The Home Secretary is right to draw a distinction between the Russian Government and the Russian people. With a potential clash between Russia and England in the World cup, what conversations has he had with the Foreign Secretary to ensure that English fans in Russia are being kept up to date through regularly updated Foreign Office travel advice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Congestion (5 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: The A38 from Exeter to Plymouth closes too often owing to accidents and congestion. Will the Secretary of State look favourably on funding bids from Plymouth City Council and Tory-run Devon County Council to upgrade this road, address accident blackspots and start the much needed process of extending the M5 from Exeter to Plymouth?

LGBT Action Plan (3 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: I welcome today’s announcement, which is a huge step forward. What support and practical help can this action plan deliver in the regions, especially to help trans communities like Not Alone, which works so hard in Plymouth for trans and non-binary people who sometimes feel they have been left out on a limb and are not getting the support they need? Can the Minister advise on what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment: People with Family Responsibilities (2 Jul 2018)

Luke Pollard: Ministers will know from the experience of women born in the 1950s that giving people advance notice of changes means they have time to plan. Given that in 2019 families in work with more than two children are set to lose their universal credit support for their third child, what steps is the Department taking to let people know in advance so that they have time to plan?

Armed Forces Veterans (28 Jun 2018)

Luke Pollard: rose—

Armed Forces Veterans (28 Jun 2018)

Luke Pollard: I thank a fellow west country MP for giving way. There are places like Plymouth and Portsmouth, and clearly north Devon as well, that are doing so much to embed the covenant into all aspects of the public services, but does the hon. Gentleman agree that this must not be a document that gathers dust on a local council’s or local business’s bookshelf; it needs to be lived and...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Luke Pollard: I feel privileged to respond to this debate for the Opposition. This is my first time at the Dispatch Box, and I am glad we have had such a good debate, with valuable points made and much agreement on both sides of the House, and with most of my speech helpfully already made by others. I will pay tribute to Members as I go through. In particular, I pay tribute to the superb report from the...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Luke Pollard: My hon. Friend is exactly right and we need to talk about that much more. When we get into the detail of what is being said on not just plastics, but particles and air quality—the air we breathe and the things we throw away—we see that more and more education can produce better results. In today’s debate, we have heard far too many examples of young people being exposed to...

Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jun 2018)

Luke Pollard: The Prime Minister will know that we still have every nuclear submarine that the Royal Navy has ever had. There are 13 old nuclear submarines tied up in Devonport, seven in Rosyth, and little room for the ones that will come out of service soon. Further to our letter to her a fortnight ago, will the Prime Minister agree to meet me, the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) and the hon....

ME: Treatment and Research — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Jun 2018)

Luke Pollard: indicated assent.

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