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Results 161–180 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

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

Carolyn Harris: At a time when millions in Yemen are facing starvation, it beggars belief that the Saudi coalition is routinely targeting airstrikes at cattle markets, dairy farms, food factories and other agriculture infrastructure. Can the Minister explain why the coalition is doing that, and why we are supporting it?

Leaving the EU: Infrastructure in Wales — [Robert Flello in the Chair] (17 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Flello. After last week’s review from Charles Hendry on tidal lagoons, I was very proud that he noted the enthusiasm and confidence that the city has had in the tidal bay project. That enthusiasm overflows into the city bay region. In these uncertain times, is now not the time for the Government to commit the important resources in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Response Times (23 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: According to the Home Office’s own figures published last Thursday, deaths from house fires are up by 18% on previous years and response times are slower. Fire crews are being deprived of resources and fire service jobs are being lost. Will the Minister now accept that the current round of cuts is putting the public at risk and demoralising hard-working, dedicated fire officers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Transgender Prisoners (24 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: What support and resources the Government are providing to transgender prisoners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Transgender Prisoners (24 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I cautiously welcome the new guidance regarding the management of transgender prisoners, and I am sure we are all keen to see all transgender people treated with respect and dignity. However, can the Minister assure the House that the new guidance applies to transgender people held in immigration and detention centres, as well as to those housed in the general prison system?

Wales Bill: Permanence of the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government (24 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I welcome the consideration that colleagues in the other place have given to this matter. I declare an interest as chair of the all-party group on fixed odds betting terminals, which are affectionately known as FOBTs. As many colleagues know, I have campaigned on this issue for more than a year. Sometimes I feel that it has taken over my life. There are 35,000 FOBTs located in high street...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (30 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I can beat the hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Royston Smith) on length of speech, because, not wishing to draw the wrath of Madam Deputy Speaker, I have crossed out 95% of my speech. As the newly elected chair of the all-party group on state pension inequality for women, I feel obliged to say to the Government that they have missed the opportunity to make provision for that women group...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden) on securing this important debate. Does my hon. Friend the Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn) agree that rail electrification to Swansea not yet materialising and Government reluctance to reduce greatly or scrap the tolls indicate a reluctance by the Westminster Government to support the economy and its vibrancy in...

State Pension: Working-Class Women (9 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I thank you, Mr Flello, for your excellent chairmanship—very stern, but firm. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central (Chi Onwurah) for securing this vital debate, which is so essential for securing a dignified retirement for some 2.5 million women. Her speech was factual, relevant and presented the arguments succinctly. I also congratulate the hon. Members who...

State Pension: Working-Class Women (9 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I repeat my previous comments about chaotic mismanagement; it obviously goes to the top. Our proposals would make hundreds of thousands of WASPI women eligible for up to £156 a week, but we will not stop there. We are developing further proposals to support as many WASPI women as possible. We are considering proactive ways to support the most vulnerable now. The proposals will be financially...

State Pension: Working-Class Women (9 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Does the Minister acknowledge that women who are currently in work may be there not because they want to be, but because they have to be?

Criminal Finances Bill: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs: removal of restrictions (21 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: We on the Opposition side support the spirit of the Bill and broadly support this group of amendments. We welcome new provisions to prosecute those professionals who fail to prevent tax evasion, as well as welcoming unexplained wealth orders, under which assets can be seized if owners are unable to explain how they were funded. We, of course, support the Government’s effort to tighten up...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: Labour Members deplore the approach that this Government have taken to police funding. They have broken their promise to Parliament that they would protect frontline policing. They have left police forces across the country without the money they need to keep our citizens safe from crime. With funding cut every single year, there are now 21,000 fewer police officers than there were in 2010....

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly do agree with my hon. Friend. I appreciate the work that he has done with the police service parliamentary scheme and understand that he understands what real policing is really all about. No wonder that only last week the outgoing head of the Metropolitan police said: “It’s getting difficult…The bottom line is that there will be less cops. I can’t see any other...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly agree. I think the method is shambolic. I turn to broken promises. Let me give a bit of history. In 2011, David Cameron said: “There is no reason for there to be fewer front-line officers.”—[Official Report, 30 March 2011; Vol. 526, c. 335.] Yet the number of police officers fell by almost 21,000 after he became Prime Minister. The total size of the police workforce has...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: It is. The motion means that next year, after inflation, funding for London services will be cut by more than £48 million. The Northumbria police service will find itself in a position of having to increase the local tax burden by £6 million just to stand still, and funding for the South Wales police service will fall by over 5% in a single year.

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: That would be welcome. Meanwhile, crime levels, which the Government keep telling us have fallen, are actually about twice what they were previously presumed to be, as we have learned since January, following the inclusion of cybercrime. In London, the proposed settlement does not include the full cost of policing ceremonial and other national events that take place there simply because it is...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly agree with my hon. Friend. A London citizen will end up paying more for national events through their council tax than anyone else. I am sure that my London colleagues will be pleased to know that the funding for trips such as that by President Trump will come out of their pockets. The underfunding of our police services must stop. Our citizens deserve a police force that is fit...

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I am going to make progress. The Government are passing the buck on a monumental scale. More than that, it is unfair because some forces will be unable to raise as much as others.

Police Grant (22 Feb 2017)

Carolyn Harris: I am going to make progress. The ability of forces to raise funding will depend on local circumstances and the prevailing level of council tax, neither of which necessarily bears any relation to policing needs. In fact, initial results from a current research project at the London School of Economics, which is examining the factors that drive demand for policing, suggest that, in general,...

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