Results 1–20 of 408 for speaker:Abena Oppong-Asare

Home Department: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Sistah Space supports black women and girls who have experienced domestic violence. It is campaigning for Valerie’s law, which would introduce mandatory training for police and other agencies, including on dealing with domestic violence in black communities. Will the Minister meet me and Sistah Space to discuss this important issue before the upcoming petitions debate?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (16 Nov 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate for the official Opposition. It is noticeable that the Government could convince only one of their Back Benchers to turn up to defend their Finance Bill. This has been a short but good debate, with many thoughtful speeches, and I thank all the hon. Members who have taken part—in particular, my hon. Friends the Members for Bethnal Green and Bow...

Treasury: Net Zero Emissions (2 Nov 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: In his Budget statement last week, the Chancellor did not use the word “climate'” once. On the biggest issue of our time, he had nothing to say. As well as deciding to cut domestic air passenger duty, which will lead to 400,000 more domestic flights a year, the Chancellor failed to invest in public transport. He is subsidising those who can already afford to take domestic flights, while...

Carbon Emission Charges — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (1 Nov 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Robertson. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) for introducing this debate on behalf of the Petitions Committee. May I welcome the Minister to her place? This is the first time that we have faced each other and I look forward to debating with her on many issues. I also thank the hon. Member...

Black History Month — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Bell Ribeiro-Addy) for putting forward this debate, and my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Marsha De Cordova) for the important points she has raised. Does she agree that the murder of George Floyd resulted in an increasing number of organisations and businesses across the country having uncomfortable conversations with employees about...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Off-payroll Working (28 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of IR35 changes on the number of drivers available to the haulage industry.

Public Health Funding: Bexley (26 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank the right hon. Member for bringing forward the debate, which is very much needed in Bexley. As he has highlighted, Bexley’s public health grant is considerably lower per head than that of other London boroughs. My constituency includes part of Greenwich and Bexley. Does he agree that the Government should ensure that the public health allocation formula is updated, to guarantee that...

Public Health Funding: Bexley (26 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Will the right hon. Member take this opportunity to encourage constituents in Bexley to take up the covid booster jab and the vaccine when they are called to do so?

Black History Month (21 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: One of the things I want to recommend is that the Minister meets representatives of Sistah Space, because they have done lot of work on this, particularly on Valerie’s law. I feel very strongly that they will be able to help the Government to implement something that would really benefit a lot of individuals across the country and also the police force. This would be in line with what has...

Black History Month (21 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank Mr Speaker for selecting this important Adjournment debate and ensuring that we can once again debate Black History Month during the month of October. Last year, through the Backbench Business Committee, I held the first Black History Month debate in the Chamber in five years. It was an extremely well attended debate with many good contributions from across the Chamber. I am pleased...

Black History Month (21 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank the hon. Member for mentioning that point. I completely support that and I will talk about it in detail later in my speech. It is important to know about local history. I want to celebrate constituents such as Melrose, a nurse at Greenwich and Bexley community hospice, who said: “Every day we”— as black nurses— “go to work. We take our roles seriously. However, we are...

Black History Month (21 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I am delighted my right hon. Friend has mentioned that point. It is something I am particularly passionate about as our family worked in the NHS. I am concerned about the Windrush generation, for whom the Government, I have to say, have yet to provide adequate support. I hope the Minister will be able to highlight what support he will be giving to that generation, who contributed so much to...

Black History Month (21 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank my hon. Friend for the work that she has done on this issue. That is completely accurate. We need a target to end racial maternal health inequalities and an action plan to achieve it. The plan should include action to improve data collection, to improve the support for at-risk women, to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report on this issue and to...

Access to Cash — [Mrs Maria Miller in the Chair] (20 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mrs Miller. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Alex Davies-Jones) on securing the debate and thank all Members who have contributed. It is clear how keenly the issue is felt by so many of our constituents up and down the country. My hon. Friends the Members for Pontypridd, for Ogmore (Chris Elmore), for Harrow West (Gareth...

Speaker's Statement: James Brokenshire (20 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: James was my constituency neighbour. I remember on election night, when I had just been elected, James came over to congratulate me and to introduce himself. While he was introducing himself, I remember thinking, “I know exactly who you are.” That just goes to show the humble person he was, never taking it for granted. We discussed having a catch up in Parliament when I had settled into...

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Abuse: Ethnic Groups (18 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is provided to police officers on specific issues affecting Black victims of domestic abuse.

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Abuse: Ethnic Groups (18 Oct 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of mandating specialist training for police officers who support Black women and girls affected by domestic abuse.

Written Answers — Cop26: Climate Change: Finance (27 Sep 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the President of COP26, what progress has been made towards the $100 billion climate finance commitment.

Written Answers — Treasury: Fuels: Excise Duties (23 Sep 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecast he has made of the level of revenues from fuel duties for each of the next five years.


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