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Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Body Searches (30 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce a legal requirement for schools to inform the parents or guardians of children before a police officer initiates a strip search or intimate search of a child.

Written Answers — Home Office: Independent Office for Police Conduct (30 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has plans to take steps to speed up the time it takes for the IOPC to publish its reports.

Written Answers — Home Office: Body Searches: Children (29 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help ensure appropriate guidance is issued to police officers, to prevent unnecessary strip searches or intimate searches of children.

Written Answers — Home Office: Body Searches: Children (29 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to help ensure that strip searches or invasive searches of children are reviewed (a) on the basis of safeguarding concerns and (b) by an appropriate body that is empowered to act against wrongful strip or invasive searches.

Written Answers — Home Office: Body Searches: Children (29 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to help ensure that the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) is complied with by serving Officers, specifically with reference to stop and search.

Written Answers — Home Office: Body Searches: Children (29 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to improve support to children who have been strip searched or intimately searched.

Support for Black Victims of Domestic Abuse — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (28 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: We all agree on the issues in relation to domestic violence and women of African and Caribbean descent, but there are also issues facing our south Asian sisters. As well as looking at issues in relation to black women, it is important that the Minister pays attention to the work being done by groups such as Southall Black Sisters.

Support for Black Victims of Domestic Abuse — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (28 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: It is a pleasure to speak in this important debates, Sir Christopher. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Abena Oppong-Asare) on her very informed and cogent speech. I point out to the Minister that we have an unusually large number of black people in the public gallery, which demonstrates the tremendous concern in all parts of the community about the issue. I...

Metropolitan Police: Strip-search of Schoolgirl (21 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister appreciate how angry people up and down the country are about this incident, particularly people in Hackney? We had a very big demonstration outside Hackney town hall—it was a completely peaceful one, but people were just consumed with unhappiness and anger and fear. It is not just parents of colour; all parents are thinking, “This could have been my daughter.” Is the...

Irish Diaspora in Britain (17 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: As the hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Steven Bonnar) said, we are all a bit Irish today. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to speak in this debate because this is a subject that is important to me for many reasons. I would like to acknowledge all the Members here today who were either born in Ireland or are of Irish extraction, whatever party they represent. Of...

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (17 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: The Minister will be aware that recommendation 4 of the report is that the Government wish to: “Bridge divides and create partnerships between the police and communities”. Will the Minister explain how she thinks strip-searching black schoolgirls helps to bridge the divide between the police and communities? Is she aware that this is not an isolated incident? The Metropolitan police’s...

Ukraine (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Nobody could fail to be moved by the images of Ukraine that we have been seeing on our screens for days now—the destruction, the death and the millions of refugees. It is right that we are in this Chamber discussing Ukraine at further length. None of us can know how long this conflict will last, but we do know that there is already a severe refugee crisis with the potential of literally...

Ukraine (15 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: My hon. Friend tempts me; perhaps it is the case that it is easier to be humane with refugees who look like us. In the first instance, the Government tried to apply the visa system to refugees, which is wrong in principle. Visas are discretionary for any Government and any Government are within their rights to limit or withhold visas, but that is not the case for refugees who have a right to...

Education: Topical Questions (14 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: The Secretary of State spoke about the importance of a ladder of opportunity for our children. Can we also have a ladder of opportunity for black children? Many ethnic minority children do well in our school system, but for other groups, particularly black boys, the statistics show that, year on year, they underachieve academically and have disproportionately high levels of exclusion. What...

Ukraine: Urgent Refugee Applications ( 8 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister understand how poorly it reflects on this country that our system for processing Ukrainian refugees is so slow and shambolic? Even accepting the need for biometric tests and so on, why can they not be done on the spot? Why can this not be expedited so that these desperate people can come and join their families here in the UK?

Metropolitan Police: Misogyny and Sexual Harassment — [Judith Cummins in the Chair] ( 8 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister agree that in the recent past it has been very challenging for women to join the police force? I was very struck by a senior female police officer who told me that when she joined, not so long ago, part of the initiation ritual for new woman police officers was to drop their skirt and have another police officer stamp on their bottom the date on which they joined the police...

Metropolitan Police: Misogyny and Sexual Harassment — [Judith Cummins in the Chair] ( 8 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend agree that it should be clearer to serving police officers that engaging in misogynistic or racist behaviour will be a bar to recruitment? Of the officers involved in the Charing Cross scandal, two have already been promoted.

Metropolitan Police: Misogyny and Sexual Harassment — [Judith Cummins in the Chair] ( 8 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: I congratulate the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Sarah Olney) on obtaining this debate. It is appropriate that we are having it on International Women’s Day. Sadly, concerns about the level and extent of sexism and misogyny in the Metropolitan police are not new. The culture of the Metropolitan police and how they interact with the public has been of concern for many decades. I want to...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Russia: Sanctions ( 8 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Will the Foreign Secretary speak to her colleague, the Home Secretary, about the cruel and chaotic way in which desperate Ukrainian refugees are being treated by the Home Office? It cannot be right that there is no visa application centre in Calais, with Ukrainian refugees who have travelled thousands of miles to Calais being redirected either to Paris or to Brussels. Does the Foreign...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Topical Questions ( 7 Mar 2022)

Diane Abbott: Will the Secretary of State speak to his colleague the Home Secretary and make her aware that only issuing up until now 50 visas for Ukrainian refugees is quite wrong and brings shame upon this country?


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