Results 21–40 of 742 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Adam Holloway

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: I do not know P3, but I am sure that it does great work. I agree with my hon. Friend, and I will come on to that point. How we deal with the mentally ill and the drug addicted, how quickly they have access to support, and how the money goes to the teams on the ground is a very important part. Some of the street homeless I spoke to were ex-soldiers. One guy had separated from his German wife,...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: As I said, I would like to be in the Government, but I am not. We will hear from the Minister, who I think will confirm that enormous amounts of money are being poured in. The hon. Gentleman may have a case in terms of sofa surfers, but for the hard-core rough sleepers, I cannot agree with him. I did not come across the sort of people that he characterised. I accept that, in terms of the...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Again, I do not want to be a cop-out, but I will throw that to the Minister. If someone is fit and of sound mind, there are all sorts of services, although not quite 24 hours a day, that make it possible to sleep out. I am 52 years old and I was in the Army; to be honest, sleeping rough in central London is a lot more comfortable than going on exercise when I was in the Army. For those who...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Can I go on a little bit, unless the hon. Lady is desperate on this point?

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: We have to accept that some people are able to sleep rough in our cities because there are the resources to do so.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: As I said at the beginning, this is a debate about street homelessness. I accept that is probably true in that other sector, but I did not come across it, and I am here to talk about my experience, so I do not know. The hon. Lady said that she does not recognise what I was saying. I am not saying that even a large minority of the homeless are there because there are resources for them. I am...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Thank you, Mr Gray. I can only go by my own experience. I am very keen that we should get to the people who are in real need and that we should start treating people as individuals rather than lumping them all together and suggesting that everyone has the same need. I am trying to be honest; I can only go with my experience of three months back in the ’90s.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: I really should not allow another intervention, as I am on page four of 15 of my speech, but go on.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Well, I am not—actually, I have just turned the page, and I am now on page five of 14. I hope I do not give that impression, because I certainly do not think that. People are on the street for a reason. The problem is not homelessness—although of course that is a problem—but whatever reason someone is on the street. I do not think we disagree at all, but I will get to the hon. Lady’s...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Absolutely. Indeed, I experienced that. For another programme I made some years ago, I pretended to be a homeless mentally ill person in Birmingham. When I was discharged from Queen Elizabeth psychiatric hospital, I went to that very institution and the people there arranged to look after me. That was 30 years ago.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Yes, of course—I love the outrage.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: All I can do is suggest that the hon. Lady watches that “World in Action” series from 27 years ago and draws her own conclusions about whether that was a good thing. Let us have a chat about it when she has done that. Let us carry on with some realities. It is very depressing, after 27 years, to look at streets with the same cohorts of mentally ill and drug-addicted people on them—the ...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: The shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Melanie Onn), will attest to the fact that I am not well enough versed on what is happening in the rest of the country, so I cannot answer that question, but if my hon. Friend says that, I imagine it must be true. On people from eastern Europe, perhaps it is time to ask ourselves whether it is exploitative to build an economy on cheap...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: I would love to give way again; the hon. Lady is so informed.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: I will read what I said again: part of the issue must be that the allocation of housing priorities goes to those who care for young children, who are typically women, and rightly so.

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: Yes, absolutely. It is right for housing priority to go to people who look after children, and typically they are women. Again, I am just stating the reality. If it is different, the hon. Lady should tell us. Let us move on. We must recognise the particular challenge of mental health issues that affect men, and the way that men who battle for many years with the perceived stigma of mental...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: No, and rather like the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Laura Smith), the hon. Lady is not listening. I am not saying that; I am saying that if someone is a drug addict, the generosity of members of the public can enable their addiction. I just gave the example of a guy who was on the streets for years and had a leg amputated, and who now believes that if the public had not been so...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: I will change that sentence. A person can make money in order to buy drugs to feed their addiction—that point was pretty clear in what I said. An added complexity is that there seems to be a perception among some of those involved in helping the homeless that in order to access services someone needs to sleep on the streets. Surely we should be helping people earlier. The endless churn of...

Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

Adam Holloway: I agree with the hon. Gentleman’s overall point. I think the business of not having an address has been dealt with by quite a lot of charities, but it is clearly much harder to hold down a job for someone who also has the complexity of sorting themselves out every night and living on the streets. I definitely agree with that. How should we tackle the problem? From my experience of sleeping...

EU Referendum: Electoral Law (27 Mar 2018)

Adam Holloway: Look, let the Electoral Commission do its investigation Why is this House trying to pre-empt it? No one should be sacked until we actually have a decision.


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