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Results 101–120 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

Children’S Funeral Fund (1 May 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The Welsh Labour Government have implemented the fund. The Scottish Government have implemented the fund. Councils across Northern Ireland have implemented the fund. I really do appreciate that the Minister has been supportive of my ask, and I actually feel quite sorry for him that he has to respond to me and explain why England has not followed the rest of the UK. Let me describe two...

Children’S Funeral Fund (1 May 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Thank you very much. In the press release last year when the introduction of the fund was first announced, Downing Street estimated that around 4,350 children die under the age of 18 each year in England, leaving grieving parents facing thousands in council fees for burial or cremation costs. That same press release went on to quote the Prime Minister saying: “No parent should ever have to...

Children’S Funeral Fund (1 May 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I totally appreciate my hon. Friend’s intervention, but the pain is just as painful regardless of religion or culture. As parents, we all want to give our children the very best that we can. In death, that becomes even more important. When a dignified funeral is the very last gift that a parent can give their child, money should not be a barrier, but sadly, at around £4,000 for a funeral,...

Women and Equalities: Domestic Abuse: Medical Training (25 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Health-based independent domestic violence advisers can identify victims of domestic violence that other services are unable to detect. SafeLives, the national domestic abuse charity, suggests that domestic violence often goes undetected among elderly and black, Asian and minority ethnic victims. Surely, by placing these professionals in an A&E environment, countless victims could be...

Backbench Business: Retail Crime — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. First, I declare an interest as a very proud member of USDAW and the Co-op, both of which have featured quite heavily in the debate. I congratulate my very knowledgeable and right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (David Hanson) on once again securing a really important debate. I will keep my remarks short to allow the Minister to...

Backbench Business: Retail Crime — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It will be a pleasure to give way to our newest Member and a fellow Welsh MP.

Backbench Business: Retail Crime — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: May I say that that point was very well made? The point that we are making is that the lack of action because of the lack of resources is causing a lack of reporting. USDAW says that 17% of those attacked do not report the crime. I have always been clear, when I have spoken about the effects of antisocial behaviour and crime, whether it involves physical violence or verbal abuse, that those...

Business of the House (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The Government’s recent review of Whirlpool tumble dryers paid little attention to product recall and consumer safety. The London Fire Brigade, Electrical Safety First and Which? joined me in calling for better product recall processes for dangerous products. Can we have a debate in Government time to discuss this important issue?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: On the very day that the stake reduction on fixed odds betting terminals was introduced, we discovered that the bookmakers had found a way to bypass that reduction. What promises can the Secretary of State make that the industry will not be allowed to do that in pursuit of further exploitation?

Waste Incineration: Regulation (9 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: In my constituency of Swansea East, in the very pleasant community of Llansamlet, Biffa is currently attempting to get permission to build one of those incinerators and 2,500 members of the local community have come together to object. Does my hon. Friend agree that placing such a facility in the middle of a community is detrimental to its health, schools and homes and that we should be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Violent Crime: Young People (1 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Right across the country, vulnerable children are being coerced and threatened into joining gangs that run drug operations. There are instances where vulnerable and isolated children are groomed, exploited and filmed while being sexually abused and subsequently blackmailed into selling drugs. What assurances can the Home Secretary offer the House about the specific action being taken to...

Modern Slavery and Victim Support — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (27 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. It is also a pleasure to speak from the Front Bench in support of my friend, the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith). We have campaigned together on many issues and I congratulate him on his excellent speech. During my time as an MP I have spent many hours working with vulnerable groups, from...

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe, and I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) on securing this important debate. Many hon. Friends present have campaigned vigorously for the stake on fixed odds betting terminals to be cut to £2. The blight of FOBTs was eventually acknowledged by the Government, and that stake will be reduced in April...

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly do. It appears that we are able to protect the vulnerable only when we let the press know of such stories, because the industry refuses to take responsibility for its actions. The first priority of our APPG will be to look at the harms caused by the growth of online gambling. According to recent reports on British gambling behaviour, the prevalence of problem gambling among those...

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It has long been acknowledged that technology has left legislation way behind—in the dark ages, in some cases. Whereas there are clear limits on the maximum stakes, prizes and spin speed of gambling machines in betting shops and casinos, and big cash deposits are subject to fraud and money laundering checks, online gambling lacks similar limits. The APPG has met many times with Liz and...

Women and Equalities: Differential Gender-based Pricing (14 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am delighted to hear the Minister’s commitment to supporting women who wish to take the matter of the pink tax to task. As it happens, we are in the process of establishing an all-party group concerning the beauty industry. I would welcome the Minister joining the group, so she could, alongside me and colleagues, encourage companies to look at the pink tax. It seems an irony, given that...

ST David’S Day (28 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: In the interests of other Members who wish to speak I will curtail the first two pages of my speech, but my thoughts are with the families of Paul Flynn and Steffan Lewis, and I wish to say how sad I am at their parting. Since we last had this debate, I have been privileged to be elected as the deputy leader of the Welsh Labour party, so I am in the privileged position of working not only...

ST David’S Day (28 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The Welsh Labour Government do so many things so much better. Examples of shocking disregard for Welsh communities are sadly all too many in number. Take investment in rail services. The electrification of the main line between London and Swansea had been a sworn promise for years; indeed, it formed a key plank of the Tory campaign in Wales during the 2017 general election campaign. We were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Abuse (25 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Diolch, Mr Speaker. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] Now that we have seen how narrow the draft domestic abuse Bill is, will the Minister confirm that there is scope to expand it? We have concerns about many areas of the Bill, not least about housing. A joint tenancy can be ended by just one partner, which means that the perpetrators of domestic violence are able to oppress their victims by...

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank everyone who has spoken today for their contributions, because we have had a really grown-up debate. If colleagues will indulge me and my emotions slightly, I spend a lot of time when I am in my constituency, and when I am visiting other parts of the country, meeting women who are in this situation, where they are in prison or have been recalled to prison. Unfortunately, because of...


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