Results 21–40 of 2669 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sarah Teather

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: In most cases, if an enforcement notice is in place, the accelerated process of eviction would be quashed prior to going to court. However, there will be cases where it is right and proper that the landlord is able to defend themselves. This is about fairness. There is a balance to be struck in how we structure this. I do not want to skew everything in favour of the tenant so that the...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: What is the situation in my hon. Friend’s constituency? I was struck by the words of the environmental health officers quoted in the 2007 Citizens Advice report and by how aware they were that almost every case in which they intervened resulted in the tenant being evicted. That makes my council quite nervous about using the full force of its powers.

Prayers (28 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: I beg to move, That the House sit in private.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Syrian Refugees (17 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: In the past few months there has been increasing evidence that the countries surrounding Syria have begun to close their borders to reduce the number of refugees they allow through, leaving many in a desperate situation. I join the hon. Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander) in urging the Government to step up to the plate at the pledging conference because we have no ability to put...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (17 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: As the Minister will know, over the last few months I have been chairing an inquiry in which a cross-party group of Members of Parliament has been investigating immigration detention and the treatment of detainees. We have heard some very disturbing evidence from detainees themselves about the impact on their mental health, and also from representatives of the Royal College of Psychiatry and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: New Clause 1 — Enabling provision to enable the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to tackle modern day slavery (4 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: I wish to comment on new clause 2. This Bill is unique in that it is one piece of Home Office legislation that I warmly welcome. None the less, I was disappointed to find that it did not include any provisions relating to the protection of overseas domestic workers. Since becoming an MP 11 years ago, I have had many constituency cases involving overseas domestic workers who have managed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: New Clause 1 — Enabling provision to enable the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to tackle modern day slavery (4 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: That is a helpful clarification. I agree with the Minister that we have to tackle the root cause of the abuse. I simply think that we need to do both. I am not sure that the solutions that the Minister has suggested will be enough on their own. I wonder whether I could persuade the Minister, especially as Kalayaan is such a small organisation, to consider collecting more data on overseas...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: New Clause 3 — Offence of child exploitation (4 Nov 2014)

Sarah Teather: We have no time, but I just want to put on the record that I agree with the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Refugees and Migrants (Search and Rescue Operation) (30 Oct 2014)

Sarah Teather: Claiming that rescuing people from drowning in the sea is somehow a pull factor for people who are fleeing war is an absurd and deeply unethical thing for the Government to do. Can the Government not see that more people are travelling because half of the middle east is burning? Has the Minister not seen the advice of his own Foreign Office? We cannot wash our hands of these people, Pontius...

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: I want to press the Minister a little further, because there is concern about numbers. I want to get from him a sense of whether this scheme is proceeding at the pace he expected. Was the Government’s initial ambition simply that we would only resettle two or three a month or was it higher? Has there been a problem and, if there has, what is it and what are the Government doing to try to...

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: The Minister did not quite answer the question put by the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell), which I also asked. The Minister mentioned the basis of the Government’s statement, but did not explain how we arrived at the position of saying that we would support several hundred, as opposed to several thousand or tens of thousands. Why that particular figure?

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: I should like to take the Minister back a little and question him on local authorities and health services. What is his Department doing to encourage local authorities to take more people? Is he having difficulty persuading them? If so, are there any particular barriers? Knowing that would help those of us who are interested in this issue, partly to see whether there might be anything we can...

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: Members may not be aware of this, but a poll was done of first-time voters during refugee week. It showed that 70% supported the Government’s decision to resettle in the UK some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. I just want to give the Government some confidence that this proposal is popular; they are not working against a tide of popular opinion—people genuinely want this to happen.

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Dobbin. I am grateful for this opportunity to speak about the Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme. Like many others in Britain, I have watched with horror as the situation in Syria has developed. I have friends with relatives trapped in Syria, and the pictures of people streaming out of that country have been almost too...

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. The situation in Iraq is only making the plight of people in Syria worse, because many of them have fled into Iraq. As it happens, many of those people are travelling up to Kurdistan. Even so, the sheer movement of people in the region is worrying, and it puts extra strain on the countries that are taking the bulk of the refugees. I will return to...

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: I did see similar things. There is one set of difficulties for refugees living in camps and another for refugees living in communities. The thing that really bothers refugees living in camps is the lack of privacy and the shared toilet facilities. Most of them are living in tents, although the UNHCR has gradually been trying to replace the tents with more permanent caravans. The lives of...

Relocation Scheme (Syrians) — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (16 Jul 2014)

Sarah Teather: The right hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. There are obviously going to be some sensitivities relating to why a person is so vulnerable that they need to be resettled, but there are certainly areas of the country with a significant Syrian diaspora population and the Government should encourage councils in those areas to work to ensure that support systems are in place. I encourage the...

Immigration Bill (Money) (No. 2): Child trafficking guardians for all potential child victims of trafficking in human beings (7 May 2014)

Sarah Teather: I have tabled a series of manuscript amendments today to seek clarification from the Minister. I hope that he will have an opportunity to respond to my points at the end of the debate. Let me deal first with amendment (a) to Lords amendment 8, which is my principal concern. The ending of routine detention of children in the immigration system is one of the areas of which I am most proud in my...

Immigration Bill (Money) (No. 2): Child trafficking guardians for all potential child victims of trafficking in human beings (7 May 2014)

Sarah Teather: I am sorry that the Minister is upset, but it means that he has heard me. If an unaccompanied, vulnerable child turns up at a police station, the police do not put them in a cell, but get in touch with social services. Why can we not do the same for unaccompanied children who come here as migrants or to apply for asylum? Why do we need to detain them? Surely our duty is to protect them. There...


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