Results 101–120 of 432 for speaker:Olivia Blake

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Abundance of Wildlife Species: Legislative Proposals (22 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: I have become accustomed to the flurry of press releases from the Department and the long list of initiatives that the Minister has a habit of reciting when questioned about biodiversity and species abundance. Does she agree with the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, the right hon. Member for Ludlow (Philip Dunne), when he says: “Although there are countless Government policies...

Nationality and Borders Bill: [2nd Allocated Day] (20 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: I am proud to represent Sheffield, Hallam. Sheffield was the first place to call itself a city of sanctuary, and I pay tribute to all the great organisations, such as City of Sanctuary Sheffield, the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, ASSIST Sheffield and many more, that do such good work in my city—my home—to make it as welcoming a place as possible to people fleeing war,...

Reducing Baby Loss — [James Gray in the Chair] (20 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Gray. I congratulate the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Cherilyn Mackrory) on securing this timely and important debate, and on continuing to campaign on these issues. Her bravery in sharing her story is inspiring, and the work of the APPG should be commended. I agree with all her final points wholeheartedly. I was contacted by a number...

Health and Care Bill (14 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: I previously had a role within the NHS, and I have family members who work in the NHS, of whom I am very proud. Nine years ago the Conservative party passed the Lansley reforms, and for nine years the NHS has suffered the consequences of that disaster. We have seen creeping privatisation, fragmentation of services and a lack of adequate funding. For patients that has meant disjointed care and...

Racist Abuse on Social Media (14 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: Does the Minister think her colleagues’ refusal to condemn the booing of players for taking the knee, their dismissal of taking the knee as “gesture politics”, No. 10’s denial of institutional racism in the UK or the Government’s three-year delay to legislation that would crack down on online abuse could have given space to a culture or hostile environment that sees the racist abuse...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Reviews (12 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish the findings of the review into support for special educational needs announced on 6 September 2019.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiverse Landscapes Fund (8 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) has already been allocated from the UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund 2021-26 and (b) he plans to allocate from that fund in each year; and what his timetable is for opening applications for that funding.

Hedgehogs — [Derek Twigg in the Chair] (5 Jul 2021)

Olivia Blake: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Twigg. I thank the hon. Member for Stockton South (Matt Vickers) for presenting and introducing the debate in such a passionate manner. Clearly, this topic matters to many people across the UK and to Members from across the House. As my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) and others highlighted, the hedgehog has been voted the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Badgers and Cattle: Disease Control (28 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to scale up cattle and badger vaccinations to help eradicate bovine TB.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Badgers and Cattle: Disease Control (28 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has in phasing out badger culling through the use of (a) field trials of cattle vaccinations, (b) increasing the number of badgers vaccinated against bovine TB and (c) improved testing to intercept bovine TB earlier; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Badgers: Disease Control (28 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the scientific data for continuing the badger cull.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (25 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Public Health England on determining the appropriate size of a bubble in schools during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will publish the scientific guidance he received ahead of making that decision.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Restart Grant Scheme (22 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making businesses based in (a) non-commercial and (b) non-rateable premises eligible for the covid-19 Restart Grant.

Grouse Shooting — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms McDonagh. I thank hon. Members for their excellent contributions to a good-natured debate on a hot topic. I thank the petitioners for signing the petition and the Committee for arranging time for us to discuss this important issue. I have lived near the moors all my life and I recognise that they are special places, particularly given my...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Television Licences: Disability (21 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of offering free TV licences to people who live at home and receive full time care.

Miscarriage Research: The Lancet (17 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: I would like to thank Mr Speaker, through you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing parliamentary time on this important topic in this Adjournment debate on miscarriage. I wanted to bring to the Chamber’s attention the recent series of papers published in The Lancet entitled “Miscarriage matters” and the petition by Tommy’s on support for women after miscarriages. The petition currently...

Miscarriage Research: The Lancet (17 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: I absolutely agree and I will come on to the issue of how care is provided later in the debate. There seems to be a general lack of understanding that while miscarriage is common it is also incredibly traumatic and can lead to mental health problems. The Lancet research series highlights that anxiety, depression and even suicide are strongly associated with going through a miscarriage....

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Native Species and Wildlife (17 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Government have made some grand claims about the species-abundance targets that they will add to the Environment Bill to protect our native species and wildlife. The Secretary of State has said that the Government want “not only to stem the tide” of the loss of nature “but to turn it around—to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”...

World Oceans Day 2021 — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (8 Jun 2021)

Olivia Blake: In is an honour to serve under your chairship, Mr Hosie. I congratulate the hon. Member for North Devon (Selaine Saxby) on securing this important debate on World Oceans Day. As she, my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) and the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Virginia Crosbie) highlighted, the world’s oceans cover 70% of the planet and could be one of the most effective...

Obesity Strategy 2020 (27 May 2021)

Olivia Blake: Like almost everyone speaking in the debate today, I support measures to ensure that people have a healthy relationship with the food that they eat. However, healthy eating habits cannot simply be measured on weighing scales or counted in calories. Today, we are facing a mental health crisis, one element of which is the rising epidemic of eating disorders, including obesity. I fear that our...


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