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Results 1–20 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Brake

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: Will the Prime Minister confirm that as we face the deepest recession in a quarter of a century, the project to rebuild St. Helier hospital—a snip at £150 million, just 100th of the amount spent on the VAT reduction—will receive his support and will receive the signature of his Chancellor on the £150 million cheque at the appropriate moment, thereby providing real jobs for local people...

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Social Housing (Central London) (14 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Members for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Field) and for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn), who speak frequently and knowledgeably on London issues. The hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster was right to point out that housing is one of the most intractable problems that we face as Members of Parliament, whether we represent central or...

Olympics: Private Sector Partners (19 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: Can the Minister confirm what led the Prime Minister when he was Chancellor in 2006 to believe that the private sector would want to contribute £100 million towards elite sport? Were any fundraising targets set at the time, and at what point will the Government admit that this money will not, in fact, be raised from the private sector?

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I congratulate the hon. Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry) on introducing the debate and on his commendable honesty. He confessed that he could not claim the credit for securing the debate, as there was a co-ordinated attempt to secure it. He is obviously not the sort of man who would say that he had saved the world unless he had. I can confirm what other hon. Members have said, although I...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I agree entirely with the point made by the hon. Gentleman. Experienced officers are needed to crack organised crime in the way that he describes. Many hon. Members referred to what can be characterised as a brain drain of experienced officers from Thames Valley and other forces surrounding the Met area. In the Thames valley, the exodus in the last year has been the largest for six years,...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: The hon. Gentleman is much more familiar with political pygmies in Reading than I am. Indeed, I am sure he has some in his party. I am happy to put forward the idea of reducing the brain drain by putting financial incentives in place for forces not to poach officers from other forces. As for the south-east allowance, I would be happy to take the subject up with my party's shadow Chancellor,...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I give way to the right hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith), who has not referred to political pygmies.

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I am happy to give way again on that point.

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I thank the hon. Gentleman for highlighting that fact. It sounds familiar, given the arguments that have taken place over police pay. Nevertheless, I am happy to investigate and if necessary talk to the outstanding and fine Liberal Democrat activists in his area to see what approach they have adopted. I mention one name that we have not yet heard in the debate—that of Boris Johnson. It...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — Thames Valley Police (28 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I thank the Minister for putting that on the record. It is indeed a useful clarification. I hope that the House will agree that people should not have to pay a premium when using an 0845 number to contact the police for information. I have taken up the matter with the Home Office, but it has no plans to limit the use of those numbers. Perhaps the Minister will accept responsibility for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2009)

Tom Brake: I thank the Secretary of State for his reply; I heard what he said in relation to apprenticeships. However, the principal of my local college, Carshalton college, which is very much in the front line as regards apprenticeships and wants to expand, says that there is a shortage of apprenticeships available. What more can the Secretary of State do to stimulate demand for apprenticeships in the...

[Mr. Bill Olner in the Chair] — Human Trafficking Convention (3 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: Has my hon. Friend any confidence in the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings that will be set up? It has its first meeting in February and its purpose will be to monitor the implementation of the convention. Does he have any confidence that it will be able to do the job properly?

[Mr. Bill Olner in the Chair] — Human Trafficking Convention (3 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) and other hon. Members, all of whom are articulate speakers and campaigners on this issue. I shall restrict my comments to allow the Minister time to respond to the many points that have been raised, perhaps at the start of her speech. Some 200 years ago, slavery was abolished by William Wilberforce's campaign, but about 12...

[Mr. Bill Olner in the Chair] — Human Trafficking Convention (3 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: On immigration, I asked whether there are circumstances in which the automatic deportation of a trafficking victim could take place if it were not in breach of our obligations under the convention. I hope that the Minister will clarify whether there are any circumstances in which that might happen.

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: Does my hon. Friend agree that hon. Members who speak out in this House on this issue do so to condemn equally the atrocities committed by both sides, to further humanitarian aid ambitions and to ensure that there is a peaceful solution? We do not condone terrorism: we are implacably opposed to it.

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: Law and Order (24 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that while technology is very important, the accompanying training is equally important? So although the Government have announced that Tasers will be made available—I am not very happy about that—the forces will have to pick up the training costs associated. Those costs should be covered, if the introduction is to be effective.

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: Law and Order (24 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: Law and Order (24 Feb 2009)

Tom Brake: I could not stand it any longer; I had to intervene. May I recommend that the hon. Gentleman look at Amnesty International's report on the use of Tasers, and that he consider, in particular, the number of people who have died as a result of being tasered but who did not present a real danger or threat?


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