Results 81–100 of 273 for speaker:Tom Randall

Registers of Births and Deaths Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: I hope that as I develop my argument, I will begin to show my hon. Friend the error of his ways and how I have convinced myself that my Tory instincts are, on this occasion, perhaps not entirely right. As I have read further into this matter, I have come to realise that what we have had for so long is not some handsome bound volumes on a shelf to be admired in libraries for years to come, but...

Registers of Births and Deaths Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: My hon. Friend is completely right. Funnily enough, what we will agree today might have a more direct effect and a bigger impact on people’s everyday lives than a lot of the other stuff we debate. It will enable people to get on and it will make their lives easier, and that is, presumably, ultimately what we are for. I have one final plea for computerisation. We heard about hacking and...

Registers of Births and Deaths Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: My hon. Friend is too kind. As we get our civil servants to return to the computer terminal, rather than the ledger, this Bill will do a lot of good by helping to make things much easier for those in a difficult period in their lives. For that, my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden is to be commended on introducing the Bill and I look forward to seeing it progress to the statute book.

Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: As legislators, we look at the proposed legislation before us when we are preparing to speak in debates. As I was preparing to speak in the previous debate, I picked up the Down Syndrome Bill and, from the face of the Bill, was able to very quickly glean what it was about and understand its general thrust. As I picked up this Bill to prepare, however, I read that “GMP conversion” means—...

Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: I thank the hon. Lady for bringing the Bill forward. She is talking about the history of this technically complex issue, which goes back to 1990. Does she agree that the changes introduced by the Bill are well overdue and that, by bringing it forward, we will get the change that we should have had a long time ago?

Down Syndrome Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: Like many others, I speak in support of the Bill. I add my congratulation to those from colleagues of all parties to my right hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox) on having brought the Bill to the House and his passionate speech in favour of the measures it contains. Down’s syndrome is a visible condition and the name will be familiar to very many people, but my right hon....

Channel Crossings in Small Boats (22 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: Given that so many Labour Members would prefer us to be in ever closer political union with countries such as France, Belgium and Germany, does my right hon. Friend share my surprise that they do not consider those countries to be mature democracies with functioning asylum systems for the purposes of this exercise? Does she agree that people should claim asylum in the first safe country,...

Amnesty International Offices in Hong Kong (15 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this Adjournment debate on such an important subject. Would he agree with me that civil society organisations play a very important role in modern democracies? We do not of course always agree with what civil society organisations say, but they play their role and have their function. This removal, in effect, of organisations such as Amnesty...

Education: Topical Questions (1 Nov 2021)

Tom Randall: My teenage constituents Amy and Ella Meek created the charity Kids Against Plastic to campaign against the use of plastic, and they are currently running the very successful Plastic Clever Schools initiative to encourage schools to reduce plastic usage. Their work was recognised at the weekend, when they were crowned green champions at this year’s Pride of Britain awards. Will my right hon....

Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: This is an interesting debate on a subject in which I was not particularly well versed. These premises are in a community. If drugs are being taken, is there a knock-on effect on antisocial behaviour in the community, such as robbery or theft to fund drug taking? If so, would increased testing help to improve the standing and status of approved premises and make them more acceptable?

Animals (Penalty Notices) Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on introducing the Bill. He rightly praised the late Sir David Amess for his passion on animal rights issues, but we should also recognise his commitment. He speaks with passion on a number of subjects, but it is on animal rights and animal welfare that he speaks with the most passion of all. I am sure that he is proud...

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: I suppose that usually the menopause follows childcare, but we seem to be doing it the other way round. None the less, I hope that we will find agreement on this subject as we did on the previous one. I join others across the House in congratulating the hon. Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda) on introducing the Bill and making a number of comments that were spot-on. Families are the...

Menopause (Support and Services) Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: I join my hon. Friend in her congratulations to the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris). It was Teresa Gorman who said: “HRT keeps you out of hospital, out of an old folks’ home and out of the divorce courts.” Does she agree that it is surprising that one third of women who visited a GP were not made aware of HRT, and that greater awareness of it will help improve women’s...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Driving Licences (29 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made by the DVLA in reducing the number of vocational driving licence applications being processed.

Health Incentives Scheme (22 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: I offer my belated congratulations to my hon. Friend on her appointment to her role. In her statement, she mentioned Singapore’s national steps challenge, which has shown how to give small incentives to improve people’s lives. Will she confirm that her Department will draw on the best practice from around the world as it develops and pilots the scheme?

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Clause 15 - Criminal proceedings (21 Oct 2021)

Tom Randall: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. We have mentioned Tower Hamlets again. Perhaps another footnote in this is that the Electoral Commission registered a political party, Tower Hamlets First, without checking whether it had a bank account, which it did not. It is perhaps further evidence that giving further powers to the Electoral Commission may not be the best idea, and that they...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Tom Randall: This is the same intervention that I was going to make earlier. The hon. Lady gives some good examples from the United States. I just wondered, as we are a European country, whether there are any examples from European countries that use voter ID. Do they have any of these measures that the Opposition are proposing?

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Tom Randall: Is it not the case that we outsource some quite important documents, such as our passports and banknotes, which are produced by De La Rue? If we can trust those things to the private sector, why could something like an electoral document also not be outsourced, if necessary?

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Tom Randall: I see that the Labour party’s amendment includes “Member of Parliament’s constituency office” as one of the locations. There is usually a distinction between party political resources and parliamentary resources. For example, some MPs share their office with their local Conservative association; I imagine there are similar arrangements with the Labour party. On the basis of her...

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