Results 81–100 of 2551 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

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I think there are critical issues involving choice.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I will struggle if I try to give way to everyone. May I at least respond to one intervention before I accept another? I intend to speak about the residence test rather than about criminal legal aid, but I know that a number of Members—including the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull East (Karl Turner), who supported the application to the Backbench Business Committee, and my hon....

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I will give way first to the hon. Lady and then to the hon. Gentleman, but after that I must make some progress.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I entirely agree with the hon. Lady. She was referring, of course, to the changes in civil rather than criminal legal aid. I think that the costs are likely to be significantly greater, especially if people remain in detention or cannot be released from hospital.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I find it extremely worrying that the Government should pursue a line that would put small and medium-sized firms out of business, apparently deliberately. It flies in the face of everything they are trying to do to promote growth and the high streets. I trust that the Minister has noted what the hon. Gentleman said. I hope that the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) will...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I think the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Those in what was originally a category of people needing legal aid will still have problems after being denied it, and will arrive at all our surgeries seeking our help with problems that still exist and are still insurmountable.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I understand that the family of Jean Charles de Menezes would not have qualified under the new test. As the hon. Gentleman says, that was an incredibly important case which had huge implications for policing policy, and it is for precisely that reason that we need to be careful about identifying categories of this kind. A number of Members have said that the changes will not save money. That,...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I will, but I am conscious that I am taking up the time of others who wish to speak.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I fear losing specialists in immigration law. I already see constituents who are consulting lawyers who are, I am afraid to say, less than qualified to do the job, and that is what creates many of the delays and bad decisions in the first place.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I have tried to take as many interventions as possible, as I know that some Members will not get an opportunity to speak, but I also do not want to speak for too long, and there are some points I want to make on the residence test, so I shall continue Were it not for the intervention of lawyers, many refugees would be homeless at the very time when the state has recognised they are absolutely...

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I assure the right hon. Gentleman that, as I am sure the Minister would accede, I say nothing in public that I did not say in private.

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I am incredibly grateful to the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma) for securing this debate, and I congratulate him on doing so. I served on the all-party inquiry with the hon. Gentleman and with the hon. Member for—is it Stretford?

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I have actually got the hon. Lady’s constituency correct. Many of us on that inquiry were really horrified by what we found, despite my own experience as a constituency MP and having encountered the frustrations of an awful lot of my constituents as they tried to deal with the new rules. Of course, as the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall said, the new rules have been in place for a year...

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I have not seen that specific situation with regard to the rules we are discussing, but I have seen such a situation elsewhere. We heard all sorts of examples in the inquiry, such as one parent being separated from children and children being left in other places. The impact in terms of the splitting up of families and the effect on children is potentially devastating and, of course, none of...

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: What the hon. Gentleman mentions is absolutely the story that we heard over and over throughout the inquiry.

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: The hon. Gentleman nods in recollection. One of the most interesting aspects of this policy is that people being caught up in this change in immigration rules would never have imagined that they would come into contact with the immigration system; they are British citizens who went abroad to work as a teacher, perhaps, or to do development work, or were sent abroad by their company for...

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I agree. Leicester is my home town, so I sympathise with the point that the hon. Gentleman makes. The rigidity of the rules makes it particularly difficult for people. Under the previous rules—I will not say that they were perfect; as a constituency MP, from time to time I pleaded for people’s cases to be accepted and reconsidered—there was at least some flexibility to look...

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I will give way to the hon. Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert) first.

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: The classic story that we heard in the inquiry was that people are going somewhere else in Europe to make a home, and waiting until their partner gains EU citizenship there. During that time they donate their skills, wealth and significant social contribution to another European country, and they may or may not return to the UK.

Family Migration Rules — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (19 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: I think it would. I have to say that it would be wiser if we were not being driven entirely by an objective to keep numbers down, but that is perhaps another story. I should like the Minister to respond to what I am now going to say about the best interests of children. When I was a Minister in the Department for Education, we committed the Government to standing by and meeting our commitment...


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