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Results 141–160 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

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. He is making an excellent case. Does he agree that uncertainty is the enemy of business? The Government have made no commitment on funding post-2020, and that could have devastating consequences for attracting investment to Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (31 Oct 2016)

Carolyn Harris: We are experiencing a cut of over 30% to fire and rescue services funding, with 10,000 jobs lost. Rescues are at an all-time high, with firefighters carrying out, on average, more than 100 rescues per day. Speed is essential when responding, but with fewer firefighters and fewer fire stations, the possibility of a slow response could mean the loss of life. Will the Minister acknowledge that...

Living Wage (3 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: As my hon. Friend is aware, my mother was a long-time member of staff in Marks & Spencer—45 years. Such was the affection for the company that it was known by the staff, and indeed in our house, as “our shop.” Does my hon. Friend agree that this betrayal of loyalty of long-time members of staff is nothing short of, in the words of one staff member, a “kick in the teeth”?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Counterfeit and Substandard Electrical Goods (8 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: What steps his Department is taking before the Christmas retail period to prevent counterfeit and substandard electrical goods from being sold.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Counterfeit and Substandard Electrical Goods (8 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I thank the Minister for that answer. She will be aware that, as chair of the all-party group on home electrical safety, I have a keen interest in faulty, substandard and counterfeit goods. Last year’s hoverboards debacle highlights to us the dangers of internet sales. Will the Minister consider talking to her colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport about introducing...

Calais Children and Immigration Act (16 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: The qualifying eligibility criteria for children from Calais are a disgrace. The children have to meet one of the following criteria: they are aged under 12; they have been referred by the French authorities as being at high risk of sexual exploitation; they are aged under 15 and are Syrian or Sudanese; and they are aged under 18 and the sibling of a child in one of the former categories....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Women’s State Pension Age (21 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: Whether his Department plans to take steps to introduce new transitional protection for women adversely affected by the acceleration of increases in the state pension age.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Women’s State Pension Age (21 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: It is quite obvious from the Minister’s response that he is fed up with these questions, but I will keep asking them so long as I have women, such as my constituent Gillian Purcell, coming to me and saying, “I’m 60. I’ve worked all my life, but my body is telling me I can’t do it any more without a pension”. When will the Government do the honourable thing and start looking after...

Children’S Funeral Costs (28 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: On 5 June 1989, my little world blacked over and nothing was to be the same again. My eight-year-old son, Martin—a bright, beautiful and wonderful little boy—stepped out onto the road and was tragically knocked down. Much of what happened over the following weeks was and still is a blur. The pain is so acute and the sensation incomprehensible. The tragedy seems almost surreal. At...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: If I may say so, this is starting to feel like déjà vu. The story is now one that we are all familiar with, and the injustices are being experienced right across the country. However, at the risk of repeating the same old argument, I am going to continue just in case anyone is in any doubt about where I stand on this matter. Because of the 2011 pension changes, over 500,000 women born in...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I think my hon. Friend already knows my answer, but I would most certainly never disagree with him. The Government’s refusal to engage constructively on this issue has left many of these women very angry, and it has left many Members on both sides of the House frustrated at the Government’s bloody-mindedness. I will not cite facts and figures or offer Ministers examples, because they have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children (5 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: Child protection organisations such as ECPAT UK fear that a lack of support and resources is preventing some authorities from offering the required level of professional services to adequately protect vulnerable children from traffickers. Why are over a quarter of local authorities unable to participate in the national transfer scheme for unaccompanied children? Will the Home Secretary agree...

Tidal Lagoons and UK Energy Strategy — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. The lagoon is located in my constituency and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock). Since I was elected the people of Swansea East have made it abundantly clear that the tidal lagoon is one of the issues that matters most to them. It matters for jobs, for investment, for business and for industry.

Tidal Lagoons and UK Energy Strategy — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: That was very clever of the hon. Gentleman, and yes, it is a compelling reason. Most of all, the project matters for the sake of hope, which I am sure the hon. Gentleman’s constituents will now have. It was, and remains, a beacon of hope for a region in transition. Swansea knows a thing or two about making the most of its natural assets, but our once great industries are now in decline and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: Having now received a response from the Prime Minister to my request for a children’s funeral fund, I was disturbed to be told that the social fund could provide a “simple and respectful funeral.” This answer is both insensitive and totally lacks any understanding of my original request. Has the Leader of the House the authority to facilitate a meeting with me and other bereaved...

Operation Midland: Henriques Report (13 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: May I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Aldershot (Sir Gerald Howarth) and all other Members on their passionate and interesting speeches? May I also say what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter? The report’s findings are extremely serious. They relate to the poor conduct of the police investigation and the breach of the police’s own guidelines on the...

Equality: Autumn Statement (14 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: In the 2016 autumn statement, 85% of the net savings to the Treasury through tax and benefit measures come from women. Here I go again, as promised, speaking up for the 2.6 million women who have been adversely affected by this Government’s chaotic mismanagement of the pension age increase. Action to address the situation of those who have lost out is needed to ensure that everyone is...

Homelessness (14 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I am very proud of the Welsh Government’s record on tackling homelessness. The Welsh Government have funded affordable homes to rent as well as buy and have pledged to protect their supporting people budget for homeless services. Local authorities in Wales are not forced to sell vacant homes to the highest bidder in order to credit funds to the Exchequer. Since 2011, Welsh local...

Homelessness (14 Dec 2016)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly do agree with my hon. Friend and I will come to that in a moment. Right across Wales, the intention is to reduce homelessness by utilising both the private and social housing sectors. The commitment from the Welsh Government has been to fund proactive schemes to prevent homelessness. My local authority is a pioneer in this area. Between 2015 and 2016, more than 7,000 households...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (10 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: If he will review the UK’s support for the Saudi-led coalition forces operating in Yemen.

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