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Results 181–200 of 500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Carolyn Harris

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Today I will talk about two issues that I have raised since I came to this place—I have also raised them in Wales—and the reaction to those campaigns: they are the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign, and children’s funerals. I call upon the Government to stop burying their heads in the sand and do the right thing by all WASPI women. Today I am talking specifically about...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly do, and my hon. Friend will appreciate that it has been very painful for me to expose myself in this way to get the right thing done. I believe the commitments of those local authorities have been made with compassion. Until I raised it, many local authorities were unaware that the cost of a child’s funeral was an issue for many bereaved parents. I was able to expose the...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I would of course want that to happen and I will certainly campaign for that, but at this moment I just want the costs to be covered. The action of some local authorities does not mean that the Government are off the hook. I urge the Secretary of State to speak to the Chancellor. He has the opportunity next Wednesday to do the right thing: take the message back that Wales is leading on this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Does the Home Secretary really believe that the 45 days of support for suspected victims of trafficking is adequate, given that the organisations working at the coalface of the problem, such as the Human Trafficking Foundation, the Salvation Army, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group, the Snowdrop Project, City Hearts and ECPAT, all say that it is completely unrealistic to expect to deal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Mar 2017)

Carolyn Harris: The Prime Minister will be aware that the Welsh Labour Government have established a children’s funeral fund. Many independent and leading funeral providers, such as The Co-operative and Dignity, have also indicated that there will be no charges for children’s and young people’s funerals. I know that she is a compassionate woman, and I know that she understands the importance of a...

Whirlpool: Product Safety System — [Ms Joan Ryan in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter) on securing the debate. Mine will be a speedy speech, as I have crossed out three quarters of it already. I want to say a big thank you to Electrical Safety First, which has been the secretariat for the all-party group on home electrical safety, of which I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Ann Jones, the Welsh Assembly Member for Vale of Clwyd, successfully steered through Welsh Government legislation to make it compulsory to have sprinklers in new-builds and to retrofit them in refurbished residential buildings. Will the Home Secretary follow the Welsh Government’s example and work with her Cabinet colleagues towards making that a UK-wide policy?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Today’s attendance is testimony to the depth of feeling on the issue, and the Minister will know how passionate I and my colleagues are about such a grave injustice. I am sure that his predecessor left him a health warning about my personal passion on the issue. I need say nothing more about it, because my colleagues have been saying it for me. However, I feel compelled to say that the...

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Will the Minister give way?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Will the Minister give way?

Women and Equalities: Ex-prisoners (Support) (6 Jul 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Vulnerable women on release are not given adequate support, either with housing or with community reintegration. Many return to abusive relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and, at worst, crime. Does the Minister honestly believe that we are giving women’s life chances parity of esteem in their current treatment?

Business of the House (20 Jul 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I have repeatedly sought clarity on rail electrification to Swansea. A succession of Transport Secretaries and Secretaries of State for Wales responded that I had only to look out of the train window to see that electrification was on its way. Today, sneaked out in a statement, came the news that my worst fears have been realised and rail electrification is not coming to Swansea. Will the...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on securing the debate. In March last year, I stood in the main Chamber and spoke in the St David’s day debate about how accustomed to waiting for things we are in Wales. We waited so long for rail electrification, which is now merely another broken promise...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Carolyn Harris: No comment. We were also waiting for Charles Hendry’s review on the Swansea bay tidal lagoon, which was published 10 months later. It was conclusive, and it provided the assurance that the Government sought on whether tidal lagoons could play a cost-effective role in the UK energy mix. It recommended moving forward with a pathfinder lagoon in Swansea bay “as soon as is reasonably...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I’m East!

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Like scores of other 1950s women, I have struggled to get any information on the availability of apprenticeships that a Minister in a Westminster Hall debate on 5 July suggested were an option for struggling 1950s women. Can the Minister confirm whether she agrees with her colleague and thinks that his suggestion of an apprenticeship was really an appropriate one for tens of thousands of...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your excellent chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) on securing this important debate. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) for taking the lead on this important issue and for establishing the all-party parliamentary group on surgical mesh...

Women Released from Prison (18 Oct 2017)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore) on securing this important debate. With nearly 50% of the women serving time in prison having experienced some form of abuse, be it physical, emotional or sexual, surely we should be putting more resources into supporting and counselling them than punishing them...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Last Wednesday I came to this place to do what I, like everyone else here, was elected to do: to debate the issues that affect our constituents, and to vote on those issues in the way that we believe will best support them. The Ayes definitely had it last week, with 299 votes to zero in favour of pausing the full roll-out of universal credit until the problems encountered in the pilot scheme...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly do. Such is the Government’s arrogance. Coastal Housing, one of the leading social housing providers in my constituency, tells me that 90% of its tenants who are already on the pilot scheme are behind with their rent. In total, those tenants are over £73,000 in arrears, which means that, on average, each of them owes approximately £830. Coastal Housing and its tenants have...


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