Results 181–200 of 269 for speaker:Tom Randall

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

Tom Randall: We have now had 253 days of restrictions of one form or another—days of uncertainty, of mental strain and of hardship. My vote today will affect many. Hardship will continue. The aim of the Government is to suppress the spread of coronavirus and, thanks to the work of so many, that is happening. I accept reluctantly—but I do accept—that, while much progress has been made, there is much...

Patrick Finucane: Supreme Court Judgment (30 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: Would I be right in concluding from my right hon. Friend’s statement that while a public inquiry has not been ruled out, at this stage to proceed with one would not much advance the matter and, in fact, would become entangled with the PSNI review he has announced?

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Servants: Political Impartiality (25 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: What recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office on civil service impartiality and diversity and inclusion.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (24 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the aggressive language from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, saying that the west “should beware of their eyes being poked and blinded”, demonstrates that country’s contempt for freedom and democracy and that now is the time for stringent actions, including targeted sanctions? If the current sanctions regime does not allow for the targeting of those...

Integrated Rail Plan and High Speed 2 — [Ms Nusrat Ghani in the Chair] (17 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. Does he agree that Birmingham is much closer to Nottingham than London, but the travel time from Nottingham to Birmingham is not that much shorter than it is to London? Although we often talk about improving north-south travel, improving east-west travel is also important, and schemes such as the eastern leg of HS2 will help to achieve...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: I welcome the Government’s commitment to £311,000 for the borough of Gedling for local secure-accommodation schemes for people at risk of sleeping on the street. Does my hon. Friend agree that this funding is a significant step forward towards fulfilling our manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by 2024? Will she join me in thanking all those in Gedling who have worked so hard to get...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Clause 1 - Reports of the Boundary Commissions (10 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: It was not so long ago that Richard Mawrey, QC, the electoral commissioner, in a case in Birmingham—Birmingham in the west midlands, not Alabama—said that he had heard evidence of electoral fraud “that would disgrace a banana republic”. Furthermore, I suggest that Donald Trump was not on the ballot paper in Slough, where convictions for electoral fraud were made, and Donald Trump was...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Clause 1 - Reports of the Boundary Commissions (10 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: May I add my good wishes to my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith)? In life, theory and practice can often be two separate things, and in my relatively short time in Parliament I have found that to be the case. In theory, all Members of Parliament are equal and have the same basic duties, and while I accept that some Members of the House are perhaps more equal than others,...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Clause 1 - Reports of the Boundary Commissions (10 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: I had not realised that EVEL had been cancelled for the moment, but I look forward to its reinstatement shortly. Lords amendment 7 would increase the tolerance from the proposed plus or minus 5%. I appreciate that that may have been guided by a desire to help maintain a sense of place and distinct locality when drawing constituency boundaries, but I submit that the Government’s proposals...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Clause 1 - Reports of the Boundary Commissions (10 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: I believe that the guidance sets a maximum, and I think we are within that guidance. I am not sure that the conclusions the hon. Gentleman has drawn on that are entirely correct.

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Clause 1 - Reports of the Boundary Commissions (10 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for confirming my recollection. Lords amendment 8 proposes ways in which the completeness of the electoral register might be improved. It is important that one registers to vote and does so. That should be encouraged; it is one’s civic duty. However, underpinning any civic duty is the notion that one takes some steps to actually engage with the process....

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (3 Nov 2020)

Tom Randall: I also commend the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) for her efforts in this area. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that his Department is doing everything in its power to ensure that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe receives all the necessary medical care during this difficult time?

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (23 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: I heartily congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Chris Loder) on bringing the Bill to the House. It is an oft-repeated trope that the British are a nation of animal lovers and that is largely true. A 2019 report by the Charities Aid Foundation contained the results of a survey that found that of those who had donated to charity in the previous week, more than a quarter had...

Free School Meals (21 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: Free school meals have been part of the education system for more than a century, and they are and have always been intended to be an additional support on school days in term time. Lockdown disrupted education in a way that we probably have not seen since the war. The lines between school, home and education became blurred and, in those extraordinary circumstances, it was right to...

Covid-19 Update (20 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: In Gedling, which does not have a large student population, there continues to be a worryingly high number of coronavirus cases. It is concerning to hear that the general picture appears to be moving upwards in the population, particularly among the over-60s, where we know the risks are higher. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this demonstrates the importance of acting fast, with...

Work and Pensions: Job Market Access (19 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: What steps her Department is taking to ensure people of all ages have access to the job market.

Work and Pensions: Job Market Access (19 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: In the current pandemic, people of all ages are suddenly being made redundant. I was recently contacted by a 57-year-old constituent in Gedling, who is now looking for work and retraining. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is particularly important to help this sector of the population, and what help can I offer to my constituent to ensure that her skills are utilised?

Education: University Teaching and Student Services: Covid-19 (12 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: What recent steps he has taken to help ensure that universities can deliver safe (a) teaching and (b) student services during the covid-19 outbreak.

Education: University Teaching and Student Services: Covid-19 (12 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: A constituent of mine who is also an associate lecturer at Nottingham Trent University wrote to me to say that a safe start to the new academic year would be a boost in a year that has been awful in so many ways. Why was it important to reopen universities? Does my hon. Friend agree with my constituent’s suggestion that specific testing and monitoring systems for universities might help to...

Alternative Fuelled Vehicles: Energy Provision (6 Oct 2020)

Tom Randall: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) on securing this debate. I will focus my remarks mainly on electric vehicles, a concept whose time has well and truly come. I consider myself to be a relatively young man whose childhood was not very long ago, but when I was a child, the epitome of an electric...

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