Results 1–20 of 1698 for speaker:Marsha de Cordova

Written Answers — Home Office: Question (24 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what visa schemes are available to Palestinians seeking to reunite with family in the UK.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Gaza (21 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to support Palestinian families seeking reunification with relatives from Gaza.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: First, I again thank not only the original petitioners for creating the petitions but the thousands of people who took the time to sign them, and the many thousands who responded to the Petitions Committee’s survey on low-traffic neighbourhoods and accessibility. I also thank all the hon. Members who spoke today. It was a robust debate, despite the Minister’s response. I thank the right...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: The Minister will know that, as part of any review, it is best to gauge the views of all key stakeholders. One key stakeholder group that really did not have an opportunity to contribute was older and disabled people. For example, the leading charity for transport issues, Transport for All, was not engaged or consulted as part of this review. Will the Minister agree to ensure that, as he...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: I thank my hon. Friend for her speech. As she is drawing it to a close, and as she has said that low-traffic neighbourhoods can work, I want to pick up again on the barriers that disabled people face. Does she agree that it is important to co-produce the design of any low-traffic neighbourhood with disabled people and their organisations to ensure that they are inclusive? Does she also agree...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petitions 632748 and 651094 relating to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and accessibility. It is a pleasure, Mrs Harris, to serve under your chairmanship. The petitions call for an independent review and an exemption for blue badge holders, and were signed by more than 17,000 people. I congratulate the creators of the petitions, Mike Spenser and Mark...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: My hon. Friend will not be surprised to hear that I absolutely agree with her, and I will come on to that later in my speech. It is really important that we tackle not only air pollution and air quality but some of the inequalities that may come about as a result of some of the changes being introduced. Although the basic idea of LTNs dates back to the 1970s, the latest wave and the name...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes the point that we must ensure that communities are brought along on this journey and that there are challenges that the Government have not addressed.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: I will make some progress. Common complaints about LTNs have included the shifting of traffic to boundary or sacrificial roads, increased congestion, barriers for emergency services, worsening pollution and a negative knock-on effect on public transport. Many communities that have been impacted by traffic moving to densely populated areas are from poorer and black, Asian and ethnic minority...

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: Making sure that routes are accessible is crucial, and using technology such as cameras can be a way forward. I will come to that shortly.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (20 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: That’s fine—no need to apologise! Moreover, not all LTNs have blue badge exemptions; that is the focus of one of the petitions we are debating. Although LTN schemes are different everywhere and councils have different policies for blue badge holders, disability is not a geographical issue. The lack of exemptions has led to there being a postcode lottery. One respondent to the Petitions...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ophthalmic Services: Special Educational Needs (17 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of trends in the special schools eye care service budget on service delivery.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ophthalmic Services: Special Educational Needs (17 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Special Schools Eye Care service is fully funded.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ophthalmic Services: Special Educational Needs (17 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will take steps to ensure that the budget for the Special Schools Eye Care Service is not reduced so that (a) children with Special Educational Needs can receive free eye care in schools and (b) optometrists can afford to continue providing the service.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ophthalmic Services: Special Educational Needs (17 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of cutting the special schools eye care budget on children with special educational needs.

Business of the House (16 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: It is Mental Health Awareness Week—an opportunity for us all to redouble our efforts to tackle the stigma and call for improved mental health service provision. Unfortunately, thousands of people, including my constituents in Battersea, are paying the price for the Government’s incompetence and failure to deliver their manifesto commitment to update the Mental Health Act 1983. The crisis...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospices: Finance (15 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the funding model for hospices.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospices: Finance (15 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she is taking steps to support hospices with rising costs.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: General Practitioners: Overseas Students (15 May 2024)

Marsha de Cordova: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential merits of introducing a guaranteed permanent residence for international medical graduates qualifying as GPs.


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