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Results 21–40 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

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate the hon. Member for Blackpool South (Scott Benton) on his excellent maiden speech about a venue to which all South Walians have made the annual pilgrimage to see the lights. We thank you, Blackpool. I am honoured to have sat next to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North East (Fabian Hamilton) and witnessed his speech. His testimony was mesmerising and truly humbling. I...

Women and Equalities: State Pension Age Increase: Transitional Arrangements (23 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: The appeal speaks for some of the groups of 1950s women, but certainly not all, and colleagues—both retreads and newbies—will by now have heard from women with different perspectives, all of whom will have a suggestion on how we resolve the issue. The appeal is silencing as many voices as it is speaking for, if not more. How can the silenced women be heard? They too are desperate, and...

Business of the House (16 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: Having previously thanked the UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments for Martin’s funeral fund, I wish to add my thanks to the Government of Northern Ireland, who introduced it after the reconvening of Stormont. The Children’s Funeral Fund is now in every corner of the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, when I was burying my son, parents who had stillbirth babies did not have the opportunity to...

The Secretary of State was asked: Perinatal Women: Custodial Settings (14 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: What plans his Department has to improve training for people working with perinatal women in custodial settings.

The Secretary of State was asked: Perinatal Women: Custodial Settings (14 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: The current review of the operational guidance for the mother and baby units is welcome, but guidance is not enough. Will the Minister agree to meet me and the charity Birth Companions to discuss the recommendations in its new birth charter toolkit and the need for mandatory standards, so that prisons are scrutinised and indeed held to account for perinatal care?

Football Association and Bet365 (9 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the deal between the Football Association and Bet365.

Football Association and Bet365 (9 Jan 2020)

Carolyn Harris: Problem gambling in the UK is now so endemic that it should be treated as a public health crisis. It causes untold misery to those affected and their families. Too many times, I have sat with men and women who are cursed with an addiction and who are battling mental health issues. Too many times, I have listened to the heart-wrenching grief of a partner, sibling or parent whose loved one has...

Retail Crime Prevention — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Nov 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I too declare an interest, in that I am a member of USDAW, the Co-op and the GMB. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (David Hanson) on all the work he has done on this issue and on having secured today’s debate, which is probably the last opportunity we will have this year to debate this important subject,...

Home Department: County Lines Drugs Gangs (28 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: County lines operations have invaded every town and city across the UK, and they do not discriminate when it comes to the lives they affect. South Wales police, my own excellent constabulary, is seeing children as young as 13 arrested for involvement in county lines. We must protect the young and vulnerable from this exploitation, and no matter what the Government think they are doing, it is...

Women and Equalities: Women Leaving Prison (17 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Today, Mr Speaker, with my voice, I am going to be Bonnie Tyler. [Laughter.] One in six women leave prison with no home to go to. A combination of homelessness, a lack of job opportunities, and the stigma of being an ex-offender is setting up these women to fail and is undoubtedly responsible for the disproportionate number of recalls. The Government have to do more to help these women, who...

Business of the House (Prorogation): Baby Loss Awareness Week (8 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Will the hon. Lady join me in this poignant debate in saying how dreadfully sorry we all are that, on 27 September in Bronzefield women’s prison, a baby was born and died? We know no more than that at the moment, but it seems appropriate in this debate that we pay our respects to that baby and their mam.

Business of the House (3 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank the Leader of the House for his remarks—I think. In September 2005, 17-year-old Ben Bellamy, the son of one of my constituents, was brutally murdered in Swansea. The Parole Board has recently recommended that one of his killers be moved to an open prison ahead of an early release. Ben’s family are understandably upset about this, particularly about the lack of communication from...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Let me take this opportunity to thank the Lord Chancellor and the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle (Victoria Atkins), for the productive way in which we have managed to work together on this Bill to date. May I also say that, as a proud Welsh woman, I am delighted that most of the Front-Bench speeches today will be delivered by a...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I will talk about housing later in my speech, as it is an issue that is very important to the Labour party. This is our golden opportunity as parliamentarians to transform the domestic abuse agenda in this country. We have a duty to survivors, victims and their dependants —and to generations to come—to get this right.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I could not agree more. This is something that we all see every day when we talk to people who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. In many cases, it is learned behaviour and we really need to look at that. As it stands, although there are some welcome and vital changes in the Bill, it is too narrow. There are many areas that are crying out for wider scope. I hope that this can...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I just want to make a little progress. We have volumes of data relating to victims of domestic abuse, but at present this only accounts for those aged 74 and under, even though we know that domestic abuse has no age limit. Older people must have their rights protected too, and the Bill needs to recognise that. Statistics consistently demonstrate that the vast majority of domestic abuse...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point; I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments. The Bill needs to include a legal duty to fund a national network of accommodation-based domestic abuse services as a matter of priority, to meet the needs of all survivors and, very importantly, their children. The protection and provision of support for children who experience domestic abuse—either...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I do agree. I also join my hon. Friend in congratulating those organisations. I have yet to meet an organisation that deals with this issue that has not done excellent work, and all struggle for every penny they are able to get from wherever. They truly deserve our praise.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and later I will talk about a scheme that helps in that situation. The protection and provision of support for children who experience domestic abuse—I am repeating myself. I have already read that bit, so we will scrap that, thank you very much. [Laughter.] That is the Welsh in me; never ashamed to say when we are wrong. As well as ensuring access to...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It certainly does and I think we all recognise, as I said previously, that experience and learnt behaviour can cause perpetrators of the future.

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