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Overseas Students: English Language Tests (30 Apr 2019)

Caroline Nokes: ...have been expressed about whether innocent people could have been caught up in this. The Home Secretary has listened to the apprehensions of some Members, including the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), and has asked officials for further advice. The National Audit Office is also currently in the process of concluding an investigation into the handling of these issues, and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Utilities: Prices (29 Apr 2019)

Therese Coffey: I refer the Hon. Member to the reply given to the Rt. Hon. Member for East Ham, Stephen Timms, on 23 April 2019 to PQ 244003.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Young People: Carers (25 Apr 2019)

Nadhim Zahawi: This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member for East Ham and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Nancy Astor: Centenary of Election (24 Apr 2019)

John Cryer: Can we also remember the two pioneering women who closely followed Nancy Astor: the Liberal Margaret Wintringham and the great MP for East Ham, Susan Lawrence?

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students: English Language (11 Apr 2019)

Caroline Nokes: ...has recently met with officials to discuss the important issue of TOEIC fraud. In that meeting he asked for some further advice on particular points that had been raised by the Rt Hon Member for East Ham. Once my Rt Hon Friend has considered that further advice he will write to him and other members who have raised this issue.

Exiting the European Union (Consumer Protection) (2 Apr 2019)

Drew Hendry: My hon. Friend is right that that is the only way out of the hole being dug by the infighting in the Tory party, which is trying to settle a dispute that has lasted decades. This ham-fisted approach has left us in this guddle of Brexit and has put people in their homes at risk of losing out, of paying more and of being ripped off because we are losing these protections. The regulations, as...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc (26 Mar 2019)

Louise Haigh: ...thanking and congratulating my right hon. and hon. Friends who have significantly improved the Bill and subjected it to scrutiny during its passage, especially my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) and my hon. Friends the Members for Sheffield Central, for Sheffield South East, for Lewisham, Deptford (Vicky Foxcroft), for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones), for...

Backbench Business - Services for People with Autismbackbench Business: NICE Appraisals: Rare Diseases Treatments (21 Mar 2019)

Steve Brine: Let me add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) on securing the debate. I was not familiar with the north-east massive, although I am now. I was familiar with the individual component parts of the north-east massive, especially my shadow, the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson), but I have not seen them as a collective before. I must say...

Rating and Valuation: Education (20 Mar 2019)

Nick Gibb: some superb and heartfelt speeches right across the House, from my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), the hon. Members for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) and for Rotherham (Sarah Champion), my hon. Friends the Members for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) and for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman), the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms)—yes to his invitation;...

Public Bill Committee: Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: EEA Nationals and the TOEIC test (5 Mar 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston for tabling the new clause on behalf of the right hon. Member for East Ham. The new clause relates to the use of certificates to evidence knowledge of English. It raises an important issue, and I would like to explain the Government’s response to widespread abuse of English language testing facilities, which came to light in 2014. The scale...

Public Bill Committee: Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill: Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009: repeal of sunset provision (27 Feb 2019)

Theresa Villiers: reiterate our strong commitment against antisemitism and the horrors to which it can lead. In this Committee, the House has spoken clearly with one voice on that matter. The hon. Member for West Ham emphasised the insidious nature of antisemitism and highlighted the grave concerns felt about recent increases in antisemitic incidents. With many other Members of this House, I will be...

Department for Work and Pensions (26 Feb 2019)

Ruth George: ...shadow Minister and all those who have made powerful speeches. Members across the House raised the issue of PIP appeals and the impact of some terrible cases. My right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) talked about the five-week wait. The Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field), raised the benefits freeze,...

Future Free Trade Agreements (21 Feb 2019)

Liz Twist: .... Just before Christmas, I was pleased to be able to lead a debate on Traidcraft and the future of fair trade. One of the issues raised was also raised today by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms): trading status with less developed and developing countries. We were seeking assurances that those countries would continue to have access; I noted the Secretary of...

EU Trade Agreements: Replication (13 Feb 2019)

David Hanson: The Secretary of State, in response to my right hon. Friends the Members for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden) and for East Ham (Stephen Timms), has indicated that the Japanese trade deal will not be replicated at the level it is at now, except that we can join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. How long does he expect us to spend negotiating in order to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 2019)

Jim McMahon: ...deprivation. Those areas have been targeted by the Government, as has been set out today in the many speeches made by Labour Members in particular. My hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) said that people now questioned why they were paying council tax at all, given that the neighbourhood services that they received were being reduced. My hon. Friends the Members for...

Equitable Life: Maintained Nursery Schools (31 Jan 2019)

Nadhim Zahawi: ...for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg), my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers), the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), and the hon. Members for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey), for Heywood and Middleton (Liz...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education Funding Agency: Buildings (31 Jan 2019)

Stephen Timms: ...reference to the Answers of 15 September 2016 to Question 45976, of 29 March 2017 to Question 68740 and of 19 December 2017 to Question 120437, what plans his Department has to bring the former East Ham police station building back into use.

Human Rights: Xinjiang — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Helen Goodman: ...perhaps more. The hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) made a fearless speech; she is becoming well known for being fearless on human rights issues. My hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) described the denial of people’s religious rights. She gave a clear insight into how that might feel for this minority. The hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) said that...

Children with Life-limiting Conditions — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Julie Cooper: ..., and will die before them. That must be absolutely devastating and is against the natural order of things. The pain is almost unimaginable. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) for sharing her moving story and for the work she does to support other parents to get through very difficult times. In the United Kingdom, 49,000 babies, children and young...

Holocaust Memorial Day (24 Jan 2019)

Yvonne Fovargue: ...surprising. There has been an increase in attacks, and in my area of Greater Manchester there have been three attacks on the Urmston Jewish Cemetery. As my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) eloquently put it, home is community, family and friends, and we must support those in our community who feel threatened today. We must tackle antisemitism wherever it is seen, and as my...

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