Results 1–20 of 98 for speaker:Ashley Dalton

Petition - Recommendations of the Infected Blood Inquiry (19 Apr 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I rise to present a petition on behalf of everyone affected by the infected blood scandal, particularly those who are my constituents in West Lancashire. I pay particular tribute to my constituent Rosemary Kirk, who bravely shared with me her story of how she lost her mother to this scandal, and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Dame Diana Johnson), who has...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Standards (26 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure equitable standards of SEND provision in (a) urban and (b) rural communities.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: Last week, the Minister for Women and Equalities rightly called the comments of Conservative party donor Frank Hester about the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) “racist.” It has since emerged that Mr Hester has said that a group of Indian members of staff should “climb on the roof, like on the roof of the train” and has made reference to “Asian...

Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: Last week, the Prime Minister rightly called Conservative party donor Frank Hester’s comments about my right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) racist. It has since emerged that Mr Hester has made comments that a group of Indian members of staff should “Climb on the roof, like on the roof of the train” and made reference to “Asian corner”. Does...

Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill (15 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: It is an absolute privilege to speak in support of the Bill and better health and welfare standards in our dog, cat and ferret import industry. I congratulate the hon. Member for North Devon (Selaine Saxby) on introducing the Bill. I admire the work that she done to tighten our importation regulations and advance animal welfare standards for some of our most loved pets. Her work is even more...

Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill (15 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I thank my hon. Friend for his considered intervention and agree wholeheartedly that we need to make sure that public information and education is improved. Many people do not understand the impact and possible implications of taking a young puppy or kitten so early. They often do this out of the goodness of their heart, and with the best intentions of wanting to look after a young puppy or...

Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill (15 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I entirely agree. The wider public are not necessarily aware of that or the wide range of existing legislation, let alone the provisions that will be introduced by the Bill if it proceeds successfully. By engaging in this debate we are helping to raise awareness, and I congratulate the hon. Member for North Devon on enabling that by presenting the Bill. The proposed banning of the import of...

Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill (15 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I thank the hon. Member for his intervention. It was unfortunate that, even at that point, we still had not managed to bring anything forward around the importation of pets, and it was disappointing that the kept animals Bill was abandoned. We were told in the House that the Government expected such measures to come forward through private Members’ Bills, and I wholeheartedly congratulate...

Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill (15 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I thank my right hon. Friend for recognising how important this is in farming communities such as mine. This is crucial, and we have legislation in place, some of which many farmers find quite onerous, to protect the biosecurity of their livestock and land. It is particularly relevant in my constituency, which has wetlands and bird sanctuaries. Some protections are difficult to put in place,...

Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill (15 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I thank the hon. Lady for that welcome clarification. The provision in the Bill to reduce the number of animals that can be claimed as personal pets, and that can therefore be imported under the pet travel scheme regulations, will help to address this biosecurity risk. Reducing the number of puppies, kittens and ferrets that can be admitted to just three will help to reduce the numbers that a...

State Pension Changes: Women — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I understand the Minister’s position on the specifics and the dates. It is perfectly clear that we are not going to get any indication of a timeline, but does the Minister accept that the WASPI women paid their dues and did their part? We have already seen that maladministration has been found. Do the Government accept that a trust on which our entire democracy is built has been broken, and...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (11 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel). I gave my maiden speech in the Budget debate this time last year, so I am feeling a little reflective and reminiscent, and I have found myself reflecting on the past year and on what has changed. In what state do we find the economy, a year on? Supermarket prices are still rising, living standards are...

backbench business: LGBT History Month — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] ( 7 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairpersonship, Mr Stringer. I congratulate the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Elliot Colburn) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Dame Angela Eagle) on securing this important debate, and thank them both for their efforts in doing so. [Interruption.] Have I done something wrong?

backbench business: LGBT History Month — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] ( 7 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: Oh, I assumed you were! Apologies. LGBT History Month is an opportunity for us to look back and remember what we have achieved. My hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey highlighted the fact that it is an opportunity to know our history so that we might be less likely to repeat its mistakes, and pointed out that the Government’s LGBT action plan and advisory panel are now things of LGBT...

Business of the House ( 7 Mar 2024)

Ashley Dalton: Constituents in West Lancashire have this week been deeply concerned about the threatened closure of our dial-a-ride service. Yesterday, I learned that, unlike Conservative-led Lancashire County Council, Labour-led West Lancashire Borough Council has managed to find some additional funds for this year, and dial-a-ride has announced that it will be able to continue for the next financial year....

Business of the House (22 Feb 2024)

Ashley Dalton: I have been in this place for about a year, and have spent almost all of it trying to get some progress on agricultural flooding and water management boards. The issue is of grave concern to my constituents in rural West Lancashire. A statutory instrument was expected on water management boards last summer. We have not seen hide nor hair of it. In answer to a written question, the Secretary...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control ( 7 Feb 2024)

Ashley Dalton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister of the Cabinet Office on the role of the Government Resilience Framework in strengthening national flooding preparedness.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions ( 7 Feb 2024)

Ashley Dalton: Under the Conservatives, police-recorded rapes have soared to record highs while convictions have fallen to record lows. It emerged last week that the Conservative police and crime commissioner in Cheshire victim-blamed girls wearing short skirts for this epidemic. Why are these attitudes still tolerated in the Conservative party?

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Complaints ( 5 Feb 2024)

Ashley Dalton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to support local police forces to help them to deal with complaints backlogs.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school education (30 Jan 2024)

Ashley Dalton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of (a) the requirement for maintained nursery schools to have at least one teacher with qualified teacher status and (b) other Ofsted requirements on the levels of Government support required for maintained nursery schools.


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