Results 1–20 of 42 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Theo Clarke

Official Development Assistance (9 Jul 2020)

Theo Clarke: I agree with my hon. Friend, but does he agree with me that it is vital the UK aid budget, as it is funded by the British taxpayer, is properly scrutinised in Parliament?

Covid-19 Update (23 Jun 2020)

Theo Clarke: I very much welcome the changes that my right hon. Friend has announced to the 2 metre rule, which is great news for pubs and restaurants such as the Moat House and the Staffordshire Bull, which are at the heart of the community in Staffordshire. Can he give me an assurance that, as we move to 1 metre-plus, it will be safe for us to trust in the common sense of the British people to reduce...

International Trade: Topical Questions (18 Jun 2020)

Theo Clarke: Given that the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting that was meant to take place next week—I planned to attend it as the co-chair of the all-party group on trade out of poverty—has been postponed, does my right hon. Friend agree that it is vital that the Government continue to back the SheTrades initiative in order to support businesswomen throughout the Commonwealth?

Covid-19: Housing Market (13 May 2020)

Theo Clarke: I thank my right hon. Friend for today’s welcome announcement that estate agents in Stafford can now reopen and that viewings can resume. Many of my constituents were in the house-buying process when covid-19 hit and will very much welcome this certainty. What steps will be taken to ensure that my constituents can undertake viewings safely and that estate agents can be sure that they are in...

Business of the House (6 May 2020)

Theo Clarke: As a former small business owner, I understand how vital it is to get people who are furloughed back to work as soon as it is safe for them to do so in order to support the economy. A strong export market is particularly important for companies in my constituency such as Perkins and General Electric. May I therefore ask the Leader of the House when he could find time for discussing global...

Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: Over the weekend, I spoke both to my local resilience forum and Staffordshire police, who raised various concerns with me about access to personal protective equipment and lack of personnel if people are off with self-isolation. What conversations is my right hon. Friend having with police forces across the country to ensure that they have the resources that they need for dealing with covid-19?

Organised Crime in Rural Areas — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (18 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Organised Crime in Rural Areas — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (18 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I apologise, Sir David. My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point about the resources we need. I recently visited a constituent after masked intruders came to their farm with baseball bats. They were physically intimidated and they had no response from the police. Does my hon. Friend agree that police services in rural areas should have more resources so that the necessary support is...

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: Let me begin by thanking my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Rishi Sunak) for his excellent first Budget yesterday. He set out an ambitious economic agenda that backs business and innovation and invests in hospitals, schools and police, and I welcome the freezing of beer and fuel duty. It is a Budget that benefits everyone in Britain by levelling up the economy and...

Transport: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I was pleased to hear the Chancellor announce a new £500 million a year pothole-filling programme in yesterday’s Budget. Will the Secretary of State commit to ensuring that this funding is targeted and gets to local authorities as quickly as possible, and will he confirm that the Government will work to improve the conditions of roads in Stafford?

Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I thank the Minister and all hon. Members for their contributions today. I was very pleased to hear from the Minister that the special envoy on gender equality is doing a huge amount to champion this agenda. I have previously met with the envoy and I am pleased to see that she is continuing this important role. I will also look more into the CDC’s work on supporting gender equality. I was...

Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I beg to move, That this House has considered trade and investment opportunities for women in the Commonwealth. It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I should refer colleagues to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, and let them know that I am the acting co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on trade out of poverty. As we celebrated...

Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: Absolutely.

Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I was very pleased that our Prime Minister made a commitment to support 12 years of quality education for girls around the world. Later in my speech, I will tackle some of the barriers that women face in developing countries. Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the world of work is key to achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable...

Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Now that we have left the European Union, we have an opportunity to look at global Britain and our standing in the world. As he says, it is important that we do not undercut farmers in developing countries. This year, the Fairtrade Foundation launched a campaign called “She Deserves” to achieve living incomes for cocoa farmers in west Africa,...

Women and Equalities: Affordable Childcare (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on steps the Government is taking to increase the availability of affordable childcare.

Women and Equalities: Affordable Childcare (11 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I welcome the fact that, in their manifesto, this Conservative Government announced £1 billion for the flexible childcare fund, but, in light of the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Staffordshire, may I ask what extra provision the Government are providing for wraparound childcare while this epidemic continues?

Flooding (4 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I pay tribute to the emergency services for all they have done. People who live in my constituency have been very affected by flooding in recent weeks. Constituents I met over the weekend believe that flooding has been exacerbated by farmers not being allowed to clear ditches and spread the contents on their fields because, ludicrously, it is deemed by...

Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Mar 2020)

Theo Clarke: Having knocked on doors across Stafford in my constituency, it is clear that the A&E at County Hospital is a vital local service, so does the Prime Minister agree with me that A&E units at medium-sized hospitals such as County are essential for the future delivery of care in our NHS?

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