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Results 41–60 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

Barnett Floor (Wales) — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (10 Nov 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Will the Minister assure this Chamber that Wales will not be further disadvantaged in the upcoming spending review?

Court Charges (Access to Justice) — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (17 Nov 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Does the Minister not agree that the fact that only a fraction of the imposed costs has been recovered indicates that those charged with repayment are unable to repay, and that this therefore makes the whole court charge untenable?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Refugee Crisis (24 Nov 2015)

Carolyn Harris: What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU Foreign Affairs Council on the refugee crisis.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Refugee Crisis (24 Nov 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I thank the Secretary of State for his answer. Can he share with us what progress has been made with our European colleagues to create simple and safe routes for refugees to be reunited with their families who have already found sanctuary in Britain?

Community and Voluntary Sector Funding — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Carolyn Harris: May I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah)? May I also say what a great pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon? Charities play a vital role in society, and they make a significant economic contribution. The sector generates gross value added of £12 billion per year. The economic value of UK volunteering is estimated at nearly £24...

Lead Shot Ammunition (8 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I have already given you my apologies, Mr Davies, but I might have to leave early. Does my hon. Friend agree that given that the known negative health effects of lead are well established and that, to minimise risk, lead has been removed from paint and petrol, it seems a tad ironic that lead remains in the shot used for killing birds that might be for human consumption?

Lead Shot Ammunition (8 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I am sure my hon. Friend was as shocked as I was to discover that the existing regulations have a poor rate of compliance. In 2013 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned a study that showed that 70% of ducks sampled had been killed with lead shot. The study was repeated in 2014 and showed that compliance had not improved, with an increased number of 77% of ducks...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Several organisations, including Electrical Safety First, welcomed the recent product safety review conducted by the Department and headed by Lynn Faulds Wood. We must work to prevent ineffective product safety recalls and improve traceability better to protect customers and business in the UK. When will the Department publish the review?

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I beg to move, That this House has considered access to justice in Wales. It is a pleasure to serve under your excellent chairmanship, Mrs Moon. Access to justice is not a special privilege, but a fundamental right. No one should be denied access to justice because of who they are, where they live or how much they earn. Everyone is equal before the law. The two-nation system is something on...

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: It certainly does. I agree with my hon. Friend, and I will come on to discuss that further. When we put a price on justice, those with the means to pay sky-high legal fees will be fine, but people who are in debt, women experiencing domestic violence and parents seeking custody of their children will not be. Ten law centres have already closed in England and Wales, and many more are unable to...

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: My hon. Friend refers to the reality that the two-nation justice system has created. Cuts to legal aid are having a significant impact on advice services for those experiencing housing, debt and welfare problems. A report commissioned by the Welsh Government shortly after the first changes were introduced found that cuts had “severely affected advice services” and resulted in...

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I would go as far as to say that it is almost zero access to justice. The tendering process has been shown to be a complete shambles—the implementation date has slipped from January to April of next year and possibly into 2017. The president of the Law Society of England and Wales has spoken of a “serious risk of a knock-on effect on access to justice for clients.” That warning comes...

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: It is clear that, alongside access to justice, the Government’s reforms to the criminal courts system have risked another fundamental British principle—the right to a fair trial. One of the most basic attributes that we expect of any justice system is that it is fair. Those who have committed crimes must be punished quickly and effectively, but everyone has the right for their case to be...

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I think I referred to it as sentencing by text, if I am not mistaken. It is an absolutely absurd idea.

Access to Justice: Wales (15 Dec 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. The Law Society has expressed “grave concerns” that the proposal to close courts—I agree with this point—could “erode access to justice”. Its worries are shared by many people across the region. Whether it is closing courts, slashing legal aid or any other reforms that I have not had an opportunity to address—such as employment...

Future Funding for S4C (5 Jan 2016)

Carolyn Harris: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that despite the proposed cuts to the S4C budget being only a fraction of the total Department for Culture, Media and Sport budget, the impact on S4C will be devastating? Is that not an indication that, on this occasion, the Government have got their priorities wrong?

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] — Universal Credit Work Allowance (6 Jan 2016)

Carolyn Harris: The House of Commons Library has given me some figures; I wonder whether the Minister will say that they are wrong. They show that a single parent working full time on the minimum wage will be nearly £3,000 a year worse off than they would have been on tax credits. I would appreciate some clarification on this from the Minister.

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Carolyn Harris: Half a million women, including more than 3,500 in my constituency, are asking the Government why they have to wait up to six years longer for their state pension. During their working lives, they paid national insurance contributions expecting to get their pension at the age of 60, an age fixed in 1940 and five years below that for men. In 1995, the Conservative Government set out a...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I most certainly agree with my hon. Friend. In 1995, 2020 seemed a long time away. In 2007, the Labour Government decided to increase the retirement age for both men and women to 66, but included a caveat that no changes would be made until 2024. In 2011, the coalition Government unsurprisingly reneged on that caveat and set a new timetable that was tough on women and broke a pledge that...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I agree entirely with my right hon. Friend and consider myself to be in that age group—I am an older woman in politics.

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