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International Women’s Day: Language in Politics (29 Feb 2024)

Dawn Butler: ...feel that she understands the importance of the changes. The second thing we need to do is put in place 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave. The third thing we need to do is ensure funding for refuges. Let me start by discussing the IPSO code. The way the press reports is often inaccurate and undignified, and prioritises sensationalist headlines over responsible reporting. That...

Financial Risk Checks for Gambling — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Feb 2024)

Paul Blomfield: ..., reputable third parties regulated by the FCA. We should bear that in mind, too. I want to make a brief comment on the black market argument that has started to come up. This is the last refuge of rogues, really. When the tobacco industry had run out of every other argument to stop regulation, it said, “But what about the black market? Don’t do anything to us: it will force people to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategic Framework to End Violence against Women and Girls: Implementation (26 Feb 2024)

Connie Egan: ...for under-16s due to insufficient funding from the Executive. We are failing people by not fully funding those vital services. To go back to my constituency of North Down, we have a Women's Aid refuge that is run by a dedicated and compassionate team but on a shoestring budget. There can be no doubt that that refuge has saved lives and rescued families, but the facilities fall short of...

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Michael Ellis: ...would both safeguard the civilians of Gaza and enable an Israeli victory over Hamas; if the SNP was so motivated, it would, for example, be putting pressure on Egypt to open the Rafah crossing as a refuge, instead of massively strengthening it. But of course, the focus is all on Israel defending itself. Israel has been through multiple rounds of conflict initiated by the genocidal Hamas...

3. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine and Nation of Sanctuary update (20 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: ...illegally invaded, its cities bombed and people driven from their homes in terror. We have rightly condemned the illegal and barbaric actions of Putin and have played our part in helping support refugees from this conflict find sanctuary and refuge in Wales. Wales has been praised for its humanitarian response, the supersponsor scheme, the involvement of our local authorities and national...

Immigration Rules and Border Security (20 Feb 2024)

Joanna Cherry: If the purpose of yesterday’s announcement was to provide some reassurance to Ukrainian citizens who have sought refuge in the UK, why are the Government forcing them to go through yet another application? Every Member of this House will have experienced the problems supporting the initial applications: there will be delays; different family members will get confirmation at different times;...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [Lords] (19 Feb 2024)

Jim Shannon: ...have contacted me. I highlight the concerns of my constituent that the Bill’s proposed measures are poised to “profoundly impact political dissidents and opposition figures residing in the UK. Refugees, political exiles and human rights advocates who have sought refuge in the UK deserve the assurance of digital safety and security.” I seek that assurance for those who have fled...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...is that there is little to no evidence suggesting changes in a destination country’s policies have an impact on deterring people from … travelling without valid permission, whether in search of refuge or for other reasons”. I am sorry, but I do not think that all those arguments about deterrence are very compelling. The noble Lord, Lord Green, seemed to use what was supposed to be...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...in Northern Ireland. In its view, these proposals “represent a violation of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement by effectively limiting access to the Human Rights Act … for those seeking refuge in Northern Ireland. They also represent a violation The JCHR saw these concerns as “serious” and, by a majority, reported that “The Government has not adequately explained why it...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (14 Feb 2024)

the Bishop of Bristol: ...of slavery and its current commitment to prevent human trafficking and slavery, including domestically—we train our lay officers to spot the signs of those hiding in plain sight—and to provide refuge for those on their journey through the NRM. I was also particularly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Deben: I think that I will miss church downstairs, so I am grateful that he has brought...

Digital Exclusion (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...decision they made was to shut down schools. She is absolutely right; that was the very worst decision that could possibly have been made. Young people desperately needed their school; it was their refuge and the place where they got at least one hot meal and access to technology and where they socialised with their schoolmates. That was an unfortunate decision, and the Government have...

Digital Exclusion (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...decision they made was to shut down schools. She is absolutely right; that was the very worst decision that could possibly have been made. Young people desperately needed their school; it was their refuge and the place where they got at least one hot meal and access to technology and where they socialised with their schoolmates. That was an unfortunate decision, and the Government have...

Gaza: Humanitarian Aid and Children — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] ( 8 Feb 2024)

Apsana Begum: ...—WCNSF: “wounded child, no surviving family”. Obviously, unaccompanied and separated children require urgent protection and the provision of essentials. Given that these children need refuge and compassion, will the Minister clarify whether the Government have considered allowing children into the UK for their safety and wellbeing during this conflict, as per the petition which has...

Women and Equalities: Domestic Abuse ( 7 Feb 2024)

Laura Farris: I meet the Domestic Abuse Commissioner regularly, and our last joint visit was to a refuge for minoritised women for whom honour-based abuse was a specific issue. It is important work of the Home Office to look at the specific harms connected with this issue. One of the things we are most proud of is our forced marriage unit, which has provided support services to more than 300 cases in the...

Support for Civilians Fleeing Gaza ( 6 Feb 2024)

Peter Grant: ...out of Gaza under the protection of another Government, as some have been. They need a Government who will negotiate safe passage for them out of Gaza. They need a Government who will give them refuge until it is safe for them to go back home, where they want to live out their lives. They need a Government who will care, not only with their words but with their actions. They need a...

Homes for Ukraine Scheme: Potential Extension — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] ( 6 Feb 2024)

Stephen Kinnock: ...remember, was more than three hours long. Even though Ministers had taken caseworkers off the dysfunctional Afghan scheme, they were still struggling to organise a system for Ukrainians who sought refuge here from Putin’s barbarity. More recently there has been the deeply troubling report of 6,000 homeless Ukrainian families. It was always going to be the case that many British...

Freedom of Religion and Belief in Nigeria — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] ( 6 Feb 2024)

David Linden: ...implement that view across all Departments. Certainly, as an MP who does quite a lot of Home Office casework, I find that there are far too many occasions when my constituents who are seeking refuge or asylum in the UK based on religious persecution are put through the most intolerable hoops. So that is a view I would like to see shared a bit more across Government. With all that in mind,...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (to Amendment 75) ( 5 Feb 2024)

the Bishop of Bristol: ...to public funds, or who are undocumented, are eligible for those schemes. Victims face an impossible choice: domestic abuse or deportation and destitution. Many are unable even to enter a women’s refuge; they cannot pay their rent or living costs as they are not eligible for housing or other social security benefits. As we have heard, not much has changed since my right reverend friend...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67B ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: Let me develop this point first. The difficulty that I have is that the one place where a trans woman can feel safe if she has been assaulted by a man is a women’s refuge. I have looked and looked to see whether I can find evidence of trans women assaulting women in refuges, and I can find none. I cannot find any publicity, and in the current culture wars that the noble Baroness spoke of,...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 53 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...of staff. The mapping exercise also underlined the importance of community-based services, which was what most victims and survivors wanted. This chimes with the experience of organisations such as Refuge and Women’s Aid. The domestic abuse commissioner found that the weaknesses due to funding difficulties were “compounded for victims and survivors from minoritised communities who face...


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