Results 101–120 of 2680 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (10 Jun 2013)

Sarah Teather: Have Ministers checked whether the family migration rules are compliant with our obligations under the United Nations convention on the rights of the child?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (21 May 2013)

Sarah Teather: How will the Government ensure that the proposed residence test does not leave many victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied child immigrants and victims of domestic violence with no access to justice? Is there not a real danger that our attempts to look tough on immigration will leave many vulnerable people without the justice they deserve?

Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Amendment) (23 Apr 2013)

Sarah Teather: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to require the Secretary of State to review levels of asylum support annually; to require him to lay before Parliament a draft up-rating order to increase levels of asylum support in line with changes made to mainstream benefits in years when the general level of prices has increased during the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (5 Mar 2013)

Sarah Teather: I recently visited Gaza as part of a cross-party delegation with Interpal. While there I was alarmed to witness, on three different occasions, the shooting at and intimidation of Palestinian fishing boats that appeared to be clearly inside the six-mile limit agreed by the ceasefire. Earlier, the Secretary of State roundly condemned, as is right and proper, the firing of rockets into Israel,...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: The Minister will perhaps recognise that the rates vary according to the children’s age and tail off significantly at 16, where it would be expected that those children would be in full-time education, especially given the Government’s own policy to encourage everybody to be in education beyond 16. I have discussed the German constitutional court case with him in private. I do not...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: I am aware that the Minister does not have much time, but does he recognise, particularly in the case of Zimbabwe, that people were left in a situation where the courts would not return them because it was unsafe, and for a prolonged period of time they were left on very tiny amounts of support?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: The hon. Gentleman will recall that his hon. Friend the Member for Scunthorpe said that, under section 4, people cannot buy condoms.

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: That is not relevant to the point I just made.

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I am pleased to have secured this debate, and it is good to see a number of colleagues here, although perhaps not as many as I had hoped; maybe everyone is in Eastleigh this morning. [Interruption.] Perhaps not quite everyone. It is good to see the hon. Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin). He served on the recent cross-party...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. The people who came to speak to us were asking to be treated as human beings, to be allowed to support themselves and to have enough to support their family. They did not whinge, and they were often extremely grateful for what this country has given to enable them to flee to safety from countries that are war-torn or in which they faced persecution. The...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: I suspect the hon. Gentleman’s question refers to unaccompanied asylum seekers. Am I correct?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: The inquiry specifically addressed children who are with their families and who are supported by section 95 and section 4, but there is another question about the vulnerability of unaccompanied asylum seekers and the fact that often all support ends at 18. Many of us will remember, and those of us with children or nieces and nephews will recognise, that an 18-year-old is incredibly vulnerable...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: Is the hon. Gentleman talking about unaccompanied asylum seekers?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: Education legislation is intended to be blind to a child’s immigration status—in fact, the Government are supposed to be blind to a child’s immigration status full stop. We are signed up to the UN convention on the rights of the child, and it seems to me that the UK Border Agency differentiates between children whose parents are currently in the system, or whose asylum case...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree. Parents said to us that the restrictions on where they could shop meant that things were often more expensive, particularly items such as buggies, which were completely impossible for many families to buy. They would have been much happier to go to the second-hand shop, but of course they cannot use the Azure card there; they are required to go to Mothercare or similar...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: There have been a number of different changes over time. The previous Government agreed that they would peg asylum support to 70% but almost immediately broke that agreement. The problem with this type of issue is that, because it is politically contentious, successive Ministers in different Governments have found it difficult to tackle, which is why it needs to be done in such a way that...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: Indeed. The Minister could also make a virtue out of it, because the change would almost certainly save money. I made a point a moment ago about how people could be housed with their relatives if less restriction was applied than in the section 4 system, which requires people to be housed in different accommodation. The change would also save money on administration, and I strongly encourage...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Asylum Support (Children and Young People) (27 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree. The sooner that people are able to get back into a regular pattern of work, so that they can support their family and themselves and give themselves some dignity and a sense of contributing to the country that they have chosen to make as their home albeit under difficult circumstances, the better that is for everyone concerned. Furthermore, the quicker they can integrate,...

Backbench Business — New Nuclear Power: Accident and Emergency Departments (7 Feb 2013)

Sarah Teather: As I listen to my hon. Friend, I am struck by an example from my constituency, where the likely closure of the A and E will mean that people living in Harlesden will find it almost impossible to get to Northwick Park hospital. It is important for patient experience that their relatives can visit them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

Sarah Teather: People who come to my constituency office these days for help with some kind of error in their benefits often spend the first few minutes trying to justify their worth. They usually begin by trying to explain their history of working and that they have paid tax. They are desperate to get over the point that they are not like other benefit claimants—they are not a scrounger. It is...


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