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Results 401–420 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

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I shall mention it later in my speech, but I believe that there will be more than 200,000 by 2016, with the potential to rise to more than 600,000 with the culmination of the benefit and tax changes. Both Barnardo’s and the Child Poverty Action Group believe that 3.2 million low-paid workers will lose, on average, £1,350 next year. Those being hit are the ones who are in work. This...

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Carolyn Harris: We can call these things what we like—legal highs, new psychoactive substances, NPSs, lethal highs—but it all amounts to the same thing: a product that is highly dangerous, addictive and readily available on our streets. In my constituency, these horrendous substances are blighting the lives of those taking them, creating havoc for the communities who have to endure the antisocial...

Welfare Benefit Changes — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (14 Oct 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I welcome the Conservatives who have now joined us. We have been here since half-past 2; it would have been nice to see them earlier. I thank the Minister for his kind words, but I feel that I am leaving this room no wiser than I was when I came into it. The lack of his colleagues throughout the debate and the rhetoric in his answers have done nothing but confirm to me that this Government...

Welfare Benefit Changes — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (14 Oct 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of changes to welfare benefits. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. Since this debate was scheduled, I have been inundated with offers of briefings from so many social charities that I could speak for the entire 90 minutes, although colleagues will be relieved to hear that I do not intend to do that. Several...

Welfare Benefit Changes — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (14 Oct 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I thank the Minister and look forward to seeing the exemptions, because so far it has not been made clear to us what they will be. This debate is a good time for us to be told about them. I also hope that the Minister will commit to publishing the regulations in time for a full debate in the House when the Bill is on Report. My final point is about the sanctions regime. The increase in...

Welfare Benefit Changes — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (14 Oct 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I agree. No such section of society will not be affected by such heinous cuts. No section is safe from what is about to happen. Voices need to be heard and what they are saying needs to be considered, with appropriate action taken. The damage that the cuts are having on the lives of vulnerable families is devastating. I urge the Minister to look into the eyes of a child suffering the effect...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Western Line (16 Sep 2015)

Carolyn Harris: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the completion date for electrification of the Great Western line.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Western Line (16 Sep 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Earlier this week, the Secretary of State told the Welsh Affairs Committee about Sir Peter Hendy’s stakeholder consultation. Are all the stakeholders committed to the project and, more importantly, did he share the UK Government’s commitment to the project with Sir Peter?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill (20 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: It is hard to see how the changes contained in the Bill will not result in hardship for the most vulnerable families. We know that the cuts in tax credits will have a serious impact on working families earning low wages, and that neither the increased minimum wage nor the higher personal allowance will plug the gap. We also know that there will be less support for families with more than two...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill (20 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: rose—

Welfare Reform and Work Bill (20 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: What assessment has been made of the effect of his welfare reforms on children?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill (20 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: The right hon. Gentleman must listen carefully. What assessment has he made of the effect of his welfare reforms on the children of this country?

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Over the past few days there has been a great deal of debate and analysis of the Budget. Some who would not necessarily be expected to do so have praised proposals to increase the minimum wage and to increase the personal allowance. However, it is extremely important that we do not lose sight of the fact that, despite those measures, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies confirmed, the Budget...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: This debate is an important opportunity for Members to express concern and show their support for families on tax credits. Tax credits give families in constituencies right across the UK the choice between eating and heating their homes. Unfortunately, the Government’s vision of a society in which work pays is skewed by the reality that many working families are living on the breadline....

Bill Presented: English Votes on English Laws (7 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the Government, by ignoring Sir William McKay’s advice and proposing to give some MPs a veto, are creating a two-tier system of MPs and attempting to create a new Parliament by the backdoor?

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Sustainable Development Goals (Education) (2 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: It is an honour to serve under your excellent chairmanship, Mr Walker. Send My Friend to School was brought to my attention by two very articulate youngsters—Lauren and Aiden, from Bishop Vaughan school in my constituency. So involved were they with that wonderful project that they came to Westminster last week to a reception hosted by the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr Williams),whom I...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Sustainable Development Goals (Education) (2 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: I entirely agree. We could indeed learn great lessons from the children of our country. Members present know that reality and principle can be very different. On principle, we would all wish for children globally to be educated. The young people at Bishop Vaughan, as well as at the other schools involved in the project, have a valid point. As politicians, it is our duty to ensure that we...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: The gender pay gap in Scotland has risen by 0.2% under the SNP. Why does the hon. Lady believe that her Government in Holyrood are failing so badly?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 Jul 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Since the Government introduced fees for tribunals, the number of unequal pay cases has fallen by 68%. If the Government are committed to tackling the gender pay gap, why are they making it much harder for women to challenge pay discrimination?

Welfare Reform (People with Disabilities) (30 Jun 2015)

Carolyn Harris: Will the hon. Lady give way?


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