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Kenyan Civil Service Pensions: Non-payment (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I must say, I think my constituent has received inflation increases. There does seem to be some variability about who has received them over the last couple of decades. Who knows what the reason for that is? I was just reading a written answer from 2013, which concludes: “British high commission staff in Nairobi asked the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign...

Kenyan Civil Service Pensions: Non-payment (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is no dispute at all that our constituents are entitled to these payments. A promise has been made to them, and the Government of Kenya need to honour their promise to his constituent and to all the others. Coming forward to this year, last month, I co-signed a letter to the Minister with my hon. Friends the Members for Washington and Sunderland West...

Kenyan Civil Service Pensions: Non-payment (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. She sums up the message of the debate extremely well. I hope that the Minister will provide some hope for our constituents that this matter will finally be resolved, and I look forward to hearing his answers after others have contributed to the debate.

Kenyan Civil Service Pensions: Non-payment (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to Mr Speaker for granting this debate. I thank the Minister and his colleagues for their assistance to me and other Members—a number are in the Chamber this evening—as we seek justice for our constituents. I hope that tonight’s debate might push things a little further. In April last year, I was approached by my constituent Mr Balbir Singh Sekhon. I have known him since...

Kenyan Civil Service Pensions: Non-payment (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is quite right. There is no evidence of any reply having been received to those inquiries. I do not know how many times the question has been asked, but perhaps the Minister can shed some light on what is going on. After that initial response, my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West did receive a further letter from the Minister, which explained something...

Kenyan Civil Service Pensions: Non-payment (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, and I think he raises an important point. Of course, today their Government is our Government; in the past, they were living under another Government, and we do not quite know what has happened or why these payments have ceased. However, he is absolutely right, and I am grateful for the way he has expressed it: it is right for Members of the House to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Access to Work Programme (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on promoting the Access to Work scheme in the 2020-21 financial year.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Access to Work Programme (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the amount her Department will have spent on promoting the Access to Work scheme in the current financial year, 2020-21, by the end of the financial year.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Access to Work Programme (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's promotion of Access to Work in the current financial year on the number of applications to that scheme.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigrants: Hong Kong (7 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the successful integration of people arriving from Hong Kong into UK communities after the British National Overseas Passport route opens on 31 January 2021; and if she will make a statement.

Nurseries and Early Years Settings (3 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: I congratulate the hon. Member for Winchester (Steve Brine) on securing this debate and on the powerful and effective speech that he made. I am delighted to see you in the Chair, Ms Ali. We have an early years crisis. Ofsted reports that there were 14,000 fewer childcare providers last March than in March 2015, because of the market failure that the hon. Member for Winchester described. We...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus (3 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with representatives (a) among the self-employed and (b) workers in the creative arts sector on the operation of the social security system during the covid-19 outbreak.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus (3 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance she has given to jobcentre staff on relaxing normal work search requirements for benefit claimants who are self-employed and highly experienced but temporarily unable to find work in their usual field during the covid-19 outbreak.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus (3 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions her Department is having with representatives of (a) Equity and (b) other similar organisations on social security support for self-employed workers in the creative industries during the covid-19 outbreak; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (3 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the £5 billion announced in the 2020 Spring Budget to ensure all homes and businesses can access gigabit broadband by 2025 remains available for that purpose; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (3 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his target is for gigabit broadband coverage by 2025.

Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: I welcome the Minister’s agreement to look at the idea of a regulator. Will she consider the idea of setting standards for temporary accommodation for that regulator to monitor?

Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: Thirty-six years ago, I was a new Newham councillor. My hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Ms Brown), who is in her place, was elected a few years later, but at that time, 36 years ago, I was placed in a working party on the borough’s temporary accommodation crisis. We set a target that everybody should be in a permanent home by Christmas, and all 30 households were. It was a different...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigrants: Finance (2 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department of 8 October 2020, Official Report, column 223WH, what progress her Department has made on improving the time taken to determine applications for exemption from the No Recourse to Public Funds condition.

Treasury: Legacy Benefits: Universal Credit (1 Dec 2020)

Stephen Timms: What assessment he has made of the economic effect of increasing legacy benefits by £20 per week in line with the recent increase to the standard universal credit allowance.


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