Results 1–20 of 26 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Faisal Rashid

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Faisal Rashid: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) on securing this debate and thank the Backbench Business Committee for giving myself and my colleagues the opportunity to raise our constituents’ concerns about this important issue in the House. The tolls on the Mersey crossings are a huge...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I agree with my hon. Friend. It is so important that the Minister addresses how this is affecting businesses and local people and makes a firm commitment today for the region. My constituent says that it will cost his business £1.5 million per year, and there will be administration costs on top of that for completing the necessary paperwork. The millions of pounds that motorists across...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Faisal Rashid: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. I thank my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for setting out the petition and opening the debate with some excellent points. I thank the almost 150,000 people who signed the petition, especially the 326...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I totally agree; and nothing happened. The continuing pay freeze is putting immense pressure on public services. I have seen first-hand, in Warrington South and across the country, how seven years of neglect and under-investment have put unnecessary and unacceptable pressure on many public sector staff. I have also seen just how hard public sector staff have continued to work, in what are...

Backbench Business: Rohingya Crisis — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods) on securing this timely debate and bringing further attention to such an important issue. I also echo many of the comments that have been made in the debate today. It is utterly heartbreaking to read and hear reports about the devastation in Rakhine state and of the desperate situation that many are facing in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Expenditure: Young People (28 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: What steps he is taking to ensure that young people are not disproportionately affected by reductions in Government expenditure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Expenditure: Young People (28 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: Today’s state of the nation report makes very clear the barriers to social mobility facing many young people in England. Given this Government’s record of cuts to social funding and school funding, raising tuition fees, high youth unemployment and failure to produce affordable housing for families and young people, these findings are not surprising. What action will the Minister...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I would like to take this opportunity to raise transport and housing budget-related issues. I was extremely disappointed that the Chancellor has chosen to make little headway in addressing the north-south divide that continues to prevail in our country. The fact remains that we have greater gaps between our regions than any other OECD country, and this Government are simply not doing enough...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Families (27 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: What steps he is taking to improve support for families of deployed service personnel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Families (27 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: The tri-service families continuous attitude survey 2017 found that one in three spouses did not even know where to go for services that provide welfare support while their partner is deployed. Does the Minister agree it is vital that service families know where help is available? What steps are the Department taking to ensure that that is the case?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (21 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: What steps he is taking to promote human rights in discussions with his counterparts in other countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (21 Nov 2017)

Faisal Rashid: Last February, the Foreign Secretary said that he wished to be a champion of President Sisi of Egypt. With mass arrests, torture, disappearances and deaths in custody now the norm in Egypt, can the Minister tell the House what exactly the Government find to champion in Sisi’s record on human rights?

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: Under the Conservative Government, social care is in crisis. That is clear to almost everyone in this House, and to the 1.2 million people across the country whose complex needs are not being met. In fact, it would appear that the only people it is not clear to are those in the Conservative Government. Anyone following either of the Secretaries of State responsible for social care over the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bridge Tolls (19 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: What assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing tolls on bridges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bridge Tolls (19 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I am sure that the Minister will be aware that residents in my constituency are paying in excess of £1,000 a year in toll charges for the new Mersey Gateway bridge, although the previous Runcorn bridge was toll-free and tolls are being scrapped across the whole United Kingdom. Will he honour the commitment made in 2015 by the former Chancellor, George Osborne, that Warrington residents...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I shall focus on the problems with universal credit in Warrington South. As the Minister will know, Warrington is one of the pathfinder areas in the north-west in which universal credit was introduced in 2013. As such, we are already seeing the severe consequences of the Government’s mishandling of universal credit in our communities. It is often the most vulnerable in society who are...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I would like to begin by congratulating my honourable colleagues for securing this important debate, and of course I echo many of the concerns that hon. Members have already raised. I am pleased that there are so many people here today to add their voices to the call for an end to violence against the Rohingya people. This is the third time in recent weeks that I have raised the persecution...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: I totally agree that the media have a great responsibility to raise awareness of the issue. It is now the Government’s turn. Will the Minister commit today to take further action, such as imposing travel bans and freezing assets, to ensure that the civilian and military authorities in Myanmar put a complete end to any further violence? Will he commit to providing financial aid directly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

Faisal Rashid: Yesterday’s race audit made clear the barriers that exist to black people and other ethnic minority groups in our society today. We all want to see those barriers broken down. Can the Minister explain why, in the civil service fast stream recruitment process for which his office is responsible, black men and women represent one in 20 of the total applicants but only one in 100 of those...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Faisal Rashid: It is my pleasure to speak in this important debate and follow the hon. Member for Dudley South (Mike Wood). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Preet Kaur Gill) on her excellent maiden speech. Madam Deputy Speaker, I have been in the Chamber for over seven hours now. I wanted to speak in the earlier important debate on NHS pay and did not get a chance due to...


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