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Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. [Interruption.]

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I want to place on the record my thanks to Guide Dogs UK for its assistance to me in putting this Bill together and those Members across the House who have indicated their support for its measures. As a Member with, like all Members, disabled constituents specifically affected by discrimination from a minority of taxi hire vehicles, it gives me immense pride...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I am grateful to the Minister for that assurance from the Government Front Bench and I am sure the people we all represent will be comforted to hear that, because it is perfectly right that disabled people want to live independent lives and do not want to be a nuisance to anyone, but often constant refusals and abuse are leaving many of them with little hope. Catherine, a guide dog owner from...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Absolutely, and I commend the hon. Lady for the work that she has done on this in her own constituency. I encourage other Members to do precisely the same in theirs. We need this law change in England and Wales—the situation is different in Scotland—to introduce training, so that every taxi licence holder is aware of their legal obligations under the Equalities Act 2010. There can...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Absolutely. I thank the hon. Gentleman for sponsoring my Bill; his support is greatly appreciated. He is absolutely right to suggest that there is a lot more on the enforcement side that local authorities could and should be doing. At the moment, taxi licence holders who are brought before the licensing panel can plead ignorance and say that they did not appreciate that this was the law....

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I absolutely agree. Best practice is in place in many areas across the country, but unless there is a statutory requirement for training as part of the licensing regime, we will never be able to weed out any bad practice that still exists.

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Absolutely. I discovered as a result of the discussions I had when preparing my Bill that not all the relevant functions have yet been devolved to Ministers in the Welsh Government and that some of the duties therefore still rest with the Secretary of State for Transport here in Whitehall. That is why some of the provisions in the Bill relate to Wales. But my hon. Friend is absolutely right:...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to mention them. Returning to the measures in the Bill, the Local Government Association is fully on board with my proposals, but we must ensure that local councils have the necessary tools at their disposal, so that they can properly administer the training scheme and ensure that the measures are being adhered to. Out of 297 visually impaired respondents to...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. That is precisely why training is necessary. My Bill would put that right on a national setting, rather than basing it on the good will of local authorities in different parts of the country. That is why the Local Government Association and other organisations are calling for precisely this law. I want to end with a quote from Keri Doyle.

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I am grateful to the Minister. My only concern is that we have been waiting for the Government’s response to the Law Commission for some time. Notwithstanding the desire of officials and Ministers in the Department for Transport to want to do something, Government legislation and programming time is a matter for others in government. There are some incredibly pressing measures coming...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The best thing about being promoted to the shadow Cabinet—I thank the Whips for allowing me to speak from the Back Benches on this one occasion—is that I will not for the foreseeable future have to enter the private Members’ Bills ballot. Some Members come to this House and put in every year and never get drawn. I have been here for 11...

Disability Equality Training (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I absolutely agree. That is precisely why I am so pleased that Members stayed on after the previous private Member’s Bill to support this one. It is a worthy cause. I want to give the last word to my constituent Keri Doyle, who lives in Reddish. She told me: “I’ve been refused access to taxis because of my guide dog. It’s not my choice to have sight loss and my guide...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone). He made a thoughtful and powerful contribution on the issue. Our politics might not be the same, but he is undoubtedly a champion for parliamentary democracy, and his contribution shone through in that respect. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Pat Glass) for introducing this important Bill....

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: The hon. Lady knows that the custom and practice is that when the Government increase the number of lords, other parties also have that opportunity. However—this relates to my next point—the noble lady that the hon. Lady references is an active Member of the House of Lords and of the Labour Front-Bench team. Many Members of the other place do not make an active contribution to the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Absolutely. I can remember my hon. Friend making that point when the legislation was going through. Why 600? Why not 500 or 400? Why not 700 or 800? Nobody has actually set out a reason for 600. That is why it is right to retain the 650 Members of Parliament that we have today and have had in previous Parliaments.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: The facts are in front of us. At a time of global uncertainty and change, we need to reconsider the proposals because it is more than likely that we will have 73 fewer politicians in the coming years because no one will be elected to the European Parliament. Their workload will come to this place—not only the scrutiny of laws that are currently scrutinised in Brussels and Strasbourg,...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I just do not agree with the hon. Gentleman. There is no case for reducing the size of the House of Commons when we have in front of us the big task of making a success of the Government’s negotiations with our European and global partners. If we cannot hold the Government to account on that, this House will be failing in its duty.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: The right hon. Gentleman makes an important point, because we are talking about the costs of government here, not just those of Parliament. The two cannot be disentangled. Moving on to the review itself, its unfairness and unequal nature are compounded by the fact that many individual voters have been omitted from the calculations used by the boundary commissions. I wonder how the Government...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: What the right hon. Gentleman says is on the premise that this is equally spread, but of course it is not. There were increases in the number of people on the electoral register in every constituency, but in parts of the country where there has historically been under-registration, the spikes were larger than in other areas.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: My hon. friend is absolutely right about that and he brings me to my next point. Let us consider the example of London, a global city with a growing population that is expected to rise by more than 1.5 million in the next decade. Strangely, the same city is expected to lose a dozen MPs from its contingent of 73 if the current proposals go through unchecked. As my hon. Friend has said, to...


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