Results 1–20 of 81 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

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is important that holocaust survivors such as Solly Irving are remembered, with their stories living on after they pass, so that we do not repeat the mistakes that have been made and instead create a better world for everyone?

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

Luke Pollard: Mr Speaker, I am grateful for being called last—it gives me an additional chance to exercise. Will the Leader of the House recognise the concerns of hard-working GPs in Plymouth that primary care is in a state of crisis, with GPs working to the point of exhaustion? May we have a debate about the state of primary care?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Improvements: Devon and the South-west (18 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: I welcome the Minister to his new position. The new Minister will be aware that the Government missed the Christmas deadline for funding the three-minute speed reduction between Plymouth and Exeter. At just £600,000, why did the Government knock back the south-west?

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: With Russia on the rise, our allies under threat and our northern flank vulnerable from Russian naval power, the threat from the Russian great bear is clear. Does the Defence Secretary understand that there is no support from any part of this House for any further cuts to our Royal Navy and our Royal Marines or for mergers that reduce the capabilities of our armed forces?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Navy: Capability and Strength (15 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: The lack of clarity and the leaks and confusion surrounding the national security review are really hitting morale, and morale affects capability in the Royal Navy. Given the uncertainty over Plymouth’s HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and, now, the leaked proposal to merge the Royal Marines with the Parachute Regiment, will the Minister clear up the confusion and rule out those Navy cuts and...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) on securing this debate. I rise to speak not only for the armed forces in Plymouth, but those right round the world. They deserve our thanks and respect for all the work they do. It is worth noting that it is not only those people who serve in uniform that we should be thanking in this debate, but all those civilian...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and then, importantly, Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave in the heart of Europe. We should all be studying this important defence context. We need to invest more in our cyber and intelligence capabilities, but not at the expense of our conventional forces, as has been said. We need to invest not only in our equipment, but in our personnel. I know from conversations...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: Yes. The protection of our sovereign defence capability to both build and design must be preserved not only in naval matters but, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) said, in the Air Force as well. We must make sure we have a clear strategy and a clear plan to deliver on protecting the vital, high-skilled jobs in the UK that will preserve our unique role in...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: In the time available, I will confine my remarks to two key points. First, I ask the Minister not to split the Great Western franchise, but instead to focus his time and energy on investing in our train line. George Osborne, the former Chancellor, suggested a Devon and Cornwall franchise. That might have won headlines, but it won few supporters in the far south-west. Splitting Devon and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Services (8 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: What recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding for fire and rescue services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Services (8 Jan 2018)

Luke Pollard: The Home Secretary will be aware that there are 20% fewer firefighters in Plymouth today than there were in 2010, but the risk has not gone down. With combustible cladding still on the tower blocks in Mount Wise and Devonport, the risk remains high. Will the Home Secretary reassure us that there will be no further reductions in the number of firefighters in Plymouth and no further reductions...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (21 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: What recent assessment she has made of the role of public libraries in increasing social mobility.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (21 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: The Minister will know from his time as a parliamentary candidate in Plymouth how important libraries are to social mobility in the city. The Conservative council in Plymouth has this year closed six of our libraries—two in the constituency I represent and four in the constituency in which the Minister stood. Will he spread some festive cheer and tell library users in Plymouth that...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) not only for securing the debate, but for joining me on my Facebook Live last night to take questions from WASPI women in Plymouth. First, I would like to declare an interest: I am the son of a WASPI woman and am very proud to be so. There are so many WASPI women born in the 1950s who, instead of being treated with dignity in...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: I will not. I apologise, but I do not have much time. The WASPI women have been betrayed. They have been robbed of their dignity and were insulted when they needed help from the Government. I believe the Minister to be a good man who has taken a lot of stick on this matter, so he is in the perfect position to give the WASPI women hope, although his comments on apprenticeships have not built...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: Devon.

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston), and I congratulate my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray), on securing the debate. At the beginning of every fisheries debate, it is right that we praise the amazing charities that provide rescue and support for the fishing industry, such as the RNLI, the coastguard and the...

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

Luke Pollard: I have been approached by a constituent whose vulnerable daughter was raped by a male under the age of 18 who was not given a custodial sentence. I am concerned that the lenient sentence sets a precedent for lesser sentences and does not give sufficient regard to the suffering of the victim. Will the Minister agree to meet me and the family of this rape victim to discuss the sentencing...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Luke Pollard: Notwithstanding what the right hon. Gentleman has just said, does he acknowledge that the boundary commission is still proposing a “Devonwall” seat, which ignores the strong identities of Devon and Cornwall and matches them together, and which would be truly unpopular?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Trends (30 Nov 2017)

Luke Pollard: More passengers are using the great western main line than ever before, but we need more investment in that line to ensure that journeys are fast and resilient. If our journeys are to continue to be slow, however, will the Minister commit himself to extending the GSM-R mobile phone trial that is taking place in Scotland and the north of England to Devon and Cornwall?

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