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Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: I hope the Minister was listening to the Chair of the Justice Committee, who wholeheartedly agreed with the point I was making, namely that it would be entirely consistent with the sex offences law to remove intent from that measure and simply focus on consent. That is what we need to hear, and I hope the Minister will now agree at the Dispatch Box that she will consider that strongly.

Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: The speech from the right hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) has served to demonstrate the extraordinary breadth of the Bill. I have sat heard this afternoon about the incredible work done by my colleagues, on both sides of the House, on an immense range of issues, and I think that that must underline to our constituents how hard many Members work on very, very difficult...

Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: My right hon. Friend is dealing with an issue that demonstrates the type of issue pervading all of this Bill. Again, I pay tribute to all the people who served on the Bill Committee and dealt with such a difficult range of issues, as they have done a great service to our House.

Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: I thank my right hon. Friend the Chair of the Select Committee for making an excellent point, which supports the point I made earlier. If the Bill had a consent-based creation offence in it, that would outlaw the images that the people she is talking about find so difficult to get off the internet. Surely the Bill provides the opportunity to introduce a consent-based creation offence, rather...

Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: On new clause 86, does the hon. Gentleman share the concern of many women outside this place about the almost backward step the Government have taken by not focusing on a base offence relating to people giving consent to their images being used? I thought we had won that argument, but that seems to have evaporated. That was central to the Online Safety Act 2023. Why is he not pressing for...

Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: Intimate image abuse is an important issue to be dealt with. Can the Minister explain why she has not approached it in the same way as her colleagues approached it in the Online Safety Bill? It was a long-fought battle to have the Online Safety Bill recognise consent as pivotal, yet she has chosen not to take that approach at this stage, which I think many will find disappointing.

Criminal Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 2) (15 May 2024)

Maria Miller: I rise to follow the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Apsana Begum). I understand the point she makes, but we would of course want to ensure that people listening to the debate are aware that there are two days of debate on the Bill—this week and next week—which I hope will afford some of the scrutiny that she is rightly calling for. I gently suggest to those on the Treasury Bench...

Public Bill Committee: Unauthorised Entry to Football Matches Bill ( 8 May 2024)

Maria Miller: Before we begin, I have a couple of reminders for Members: please remember to switch electronic devices to silent, and that no food or drink is permitted during the sittings of the Committee, except the water provided. Hansard colleagues would, as ever, be grateful if Members could email their speaking notes to them. My selection of groupings for today’s sitting is available online and in...

Public Bill Committee: Unauthorised Entry to Football Matches Bill: Clause 1 - Offence of unauthorised entry to designated football matches ( 8 May 2024)

Maria Miller: With this it will be convenient to take clause 2 stand part and amendment 1— Title, line 1, leave out from “football matches” to “for which” in line 2. This amendment would update the long title to reflect the fact that express provision is not required to enable a football banning order to be imposed following conviction of the new offence.

Proposed Hospital: North Hampshire (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: I thank my right hon. Friend for confirming that her, and my, right hon. Friend the Member for Pendle will be taking the time to come and visit the new hospital. May I encourage her to encourage him to visit the new hospital site that the hospitals Minister has already announced that he is in the middle of procuring?

Proposed Hospital: North Hampshire (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: For heart attack patients suffering from cardiogenic shock, every 10-minute delay in treatment equates to a 3.3% increase in the risk of death. That startling fact not only emphasises that every minute matters when it comes to emergency patients receiving treatment, but highlights the importance of locating our new hospitals strategically. After all, a hospital’s reason to be is to save...

High Streets (Designation, Review and Improvement Plan) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: I very much welcome this Bill and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton) on getting it this far and on advocating so passionately for our high streets. This Bill, which requires local authorities to designate streets in their area as high streets and develop an improvement plan, especially without that upper limit of three streets that can be...

High Streets (Designation, Review and Improvement Plan) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech on an excellent Bill. Does he agree that the history and heritage of our town centres can be what really marks them out as different? Basingstoke is often seen as a new town, which could not be further from the truth. It has a 1,000-year-old market and was the birthplace of Jane Austen, the world’s greatest novelist. Does he agree that we should...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: I thank the Minister for his comments. I am grateful to everybody who took part in the debate, including my hon. Friends the Members for Hyndburn (Sara Britcliffe), for Cities of London and Westminster (Nickie Aiken) and for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton), the hon. Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore)—I give him a special call-out, as he is the treasurer of the CPA—and the hon. Member...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: I realise that the Minister is making a Third Reading speech so it is important not to go into detail, but this element was introduced in Committee, and we did not have the advantage of a Report stage. I would like to press the Government on this particular point, because the privileges and immunities section of the Bill is clearly set out but it is important that those affected by the Bill...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: The hon. Lady has touched on the importance of the privileges and immunities afforded by the Bill, not only to the CPA but to the ICRC. Does she agree that it is important that the Government have given undertakings that those immunities, when they are set out in secondary legislation, will be discussed in detail beforehand with the necessary parties in both organisations to ensure that the...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: As my hon. Friend was making her remarks about how we learn from other Parliaments, I recalled sitting in the New Zealand Parliament for questions one morning, where the Speaker took an interesting role. If the Speaker was not satisfied with an answer the Minister gave, he asked for the question to be answered again. Does she think we should considering doing that here as well?

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill (26 Apr 2024)

Maria Miller: Before my hon. Friend leaves the subject of the ICRC, let me take the opportunity again to highlight the importance of the amendments introduced in Committee. She reiterated the number of times the ICRC has been threatened with having to divulge very confidential information. Does she, like me, hope that that is taken into consideration when the Bill goes to the other place? Obviously,...


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