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Business of the House: The Economy ( 4 Jun 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech. I offer my congratulations on your re-election. It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Cannock Chase (Amanda Milling). I pay tribute to hon. Members on both sides of the House who have made their maiden speeches today and commend their excellent contributions. For new Members like me, speaking in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Social Landlords (Direct Rent Payments) (22 Jun 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: Section 96 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 stipulates that the level at which the total benefit cap is set will be determined by reference to estimated average earnings. How do the Government justify breaking the link between the cap and average earnings by reducing the rate to £23,000?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Services ( 7 Jul 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: What progress the Government have made on achieving parity of esteem for physical and mental health services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Services ( 7 Jul 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: There is understandable scepticism across the mental health sector about whether real-terms funding for mental health services has increased over recent years. In the interests of transparency, will the Minister commit to report on the levels of funding for mental health services that are provided nationally and to clinical commissioning groups, so that my constituents can have confidence...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) ( 7 Jul 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: I welcome this important debate, which I am sure, given the volume of correspondence that I and other hon. Members have received on the subject, is being watched closely by a great number of my constituents. As other hon. Members have said, we do not know the precise details of what the Chancellor will unveil in his Budget tomorrow, but if the assault on tax credits is anything like what has...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill (20 Jul 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the concern about the impact of the changes to housing rental income relates not just to the immediate shortfall in funding, but to the uncertainty they will create among registered providers, whose business plans are drawn up five, 10 or 15 years in advance?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions ( 7 Sep 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: The planned reduction in support of £30 a week for those in the employment support allowance work- related activity group is causing considerable anxiety. If I heard the Minister for Employment correctly, she said that no existing claimants will lose financial support. Does that mean that existing claimants reassessed after April 2017 will not be designated as new claimants and subject to...

Child Food Poverty (16 Oct 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: My hon. Friend is making a powerful and compelling speech. More than 10,000 children in my constituency face steep reductions in their tax credit support next year. Does my hon. Friend agree that in the light of the impending withdrawal of that support, the measures that she recommends are more important and urgent than ever?

Child Food Poverty (16 Oct 2015)

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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Arrests of Chinese Protesters (26 Oct 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: One of the three individuals arrested, Sonam Choden, is a constituent of mine. She is a British citizen and was arrested on Wednesday for waving a Tibetan flag. I understand the Minister’s point about not getting involved in operational matters, but if it proves to be the case that there were no grounds for arrest, will he support me in looking into how the protests are policed and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Temporary Accommodation ( 2 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: What assessment he has made of the effect of poverty on increases in the number of people living in temporary accommodation since 2010.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Temporary Accommodation ( 2 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: Official figures show that in England the total number of homeless households in temporary accommodation has risen by an alarming 26% over the last five years. In my local area, it has risen by 55% in the last 18 months. The Minister will know that being placed in temporary accommodation is not only traumatic for the families but incredibly costly. Given that his Department’s policies have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court and Tribunal Estate ( 3 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: What plans he has to reform the court and tribunal estate; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court and Tribunal Estate ( 3 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: Two courts in my constituency, Greenwich magistrates court and Woolwich county court, face closure under the Government’s proposals to reform the HMCTS estate. Although I do not dispute that there can be a case for the closure of under-used or inadequate facilities in some cases, I am extremely concerned that these proposals will further restrict access to justice for my constituents,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions ( 5 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: Among my constituents there are real concerns that the recently approved Enderby Wharf cruise liner terminal in east Greenwich will have a detrimental impact on already dangerously high levels of air pollution. Can the Minister outline how the forthcoming air quality strategy will protect my constituents from the noxious emissions that berthed cruise ships will generate at the site?

Business of the House ( 5 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: I receive complaints about late, cancelled or overcrowded Southeastern train services nearly every day. Given the importance of a reliable transport system for my constituents and other Londoners, will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the merits of further devolution of local metro services from the Department for Transport to Transport for London?

Off-patent Drugs Bill ( 6 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: The Minister has been exceptionally generous in giving way. I hold him in very high regard personally. However, given the weight of evidence that has been brought to the Chamber, he is doing himself a disservice. I appeal to him personally, as someone who has constituents who would benefit from the Bill, to allow it to go to Committee.

Human Rights (Eritrea) ( 9 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: I am pleased that time has been found to debate this important and, sadly, overlooked issue and I thank the Minister for coming to the House to respond at the end of what I know has been a long day. Until recently, like most of my constituents and most fellow Britons, I knew little of Eritrea, its people or its Government. Conditions in the country were brought to my attention a little over a...

Human Rights (Eritrea) ( 9 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. The methodology of the Danish Government’s report has been questioned. It remains the basis for the Danish Government’s guidance, but our Government should continue to review our own guidance to ensure that we are not refusing asylum to people who are genuinely being persecuted. Most Eritreans who flee end up in neighbouring countries such as Sudan...

Human Rights (Eritrea) ( 9 Nov 2015)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I share his concern about the persecution of particular minority groups, including religious groups, and of countless individuals, whose names many of us could mention. Many of the Eritreans to whom I have spoken could name friends, journalists and others from minorities who have been persecuted. Sadly, the repression has worked. Those who...

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