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Results 41–60 of 500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Carolyn Harris

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I agree that we need to look at the definition and the impact on children. That is something that we can look at closely in Committee, and we would welcome amendments guided in that direction. It is not just the courts that we need to look at; we also need to look at housing, which is another thing that currently allows perpetrators to control their victims. In cases of joint tenancy, only...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point about housing. We have grave concerns about the housing of victims, which is another issue that we will pursue in Committee. Reforms are also needed in the benefits system to ensure that survivors do not suffer further financially when escaping domestic abuse. The introduction of separate universal credit payments by default and the abolition of the...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Without question, the victim is central and we need to look closely at that. We also need to see changes in relation to migrant women and the economic abuse that they experience due to having no recourse to public funds—a situation that often leaves them in violent and dangerous relationships, as they simply cannot afford to leave. The Bill must change the legislation to ensure that all...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: That was a very powerful point from a well-known champion on such issues who has now taken the opportunity to put those sentiments on record.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I have no problem in congratulating Welsh Women’s Aid. I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. Support must be available to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse, with no restriction due to immigration status. Safe reporting systems need to be introduced to allow victims to report abuse to police and other authorities without fear of immigration enforcement.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The hon. Lady will know of my commitment to legislation in Northern Ireland—I spoke this week on children’s funerals and gambling—and I would very much like to see the Assembly reconvened. Women everywhere—victims everywhere—need to be guaranteed every protection that we can offer them. I have very real concerns about migrant victims when we eventually leave the EU. Under the EU...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I am here and I did speak up? It is a matter of record that I have a real interest in this, in any part of the United Kingdom—I am not invisible.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I rise as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for gambling related harm. The Minister alluded to the fact that legislation in Northern Ireland fails to protect problem gamblers. For example, there is outdated regulation. He mentioned FOBTs and how the gambling companies so “willingly” reduced the stake to £2 from £100, but the law in Northern Ireland would be that the stake could...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: indicated assent.

Bill Presented: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 7 (30 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Given that the current political situation in Northern Ireland is preventing the children’s funeral fund from being introduced, can I ask that the Secretary of State consider acting directly to allow that to happen, so that bereaved parents there may benefit from the fund like the rest of the United Kingdom?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his passionate speech. Does he agree that, with the lack of a Government in Stormont, families in Northern Ireland are being disadvantaged because the children’s funeral fund is not available in Northern Ireland, despite the best efforts of local authorities? Parents in Northern Ireland still have to suffer the dreadful burden of covering the costs of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (4 Sep 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Mr Speaker, “Women survive violence then have to survive on peanuts, we have nothing, no furniture, no food, no recourse to public funds, we need money to live on, otherwise we are either destitute or die.” Those are the words of a Welsh survivor of domestic violence. Is the Secretary of State aware that his Government’s universal credit scheme is responsible for causing victims more...

Female Offender Strategy: One Year On — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (24 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank you for your chairmanship, Ms Ryan, and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) on securing the debate. It is 12 years since Baroness Corston published her review, which looked at the vulnerabilities of women in the judicial system. In that review she highlighted the disproportionate and inappropriate sentences that women face for minor,...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration (22 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Individuals with a disability premium on their employment and support allowance are still eligible for housing benefit because universal credit does not cater for cases that are out of the ordinary—for example, those receiving recovery services. Since migration, however, many people are not receiving payments because local authorities are not providing the correct information or recognising...

Domestic Abuse (16 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank the Minister for meeting me last night and for giving me an early view of her statement, and I thank colleagues who sat on the Joint Committee on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill for their time and commitment and for the comprehensive report and recommendations they produced. As the Minister alluded to, the Bill is not yet finalised, but we welcome some areas that we know will be...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Used Electrical Goods: Online Sales (16 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: What plans he has to improve the regulation of second-hand electrical goods online.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Used Electrical Goods: Online Sales (16 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I appreciated the Minister’s letter this weekend on the online sales of second-hand recalled tumble dryers. Currently, it is possible to upload details of such products on to online platforms without recall notices, or model or display numbers. Her letter states that she has written to these online platforms, but it fails to say which ones. Will she commit to publishing these letters and...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Thank you for your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I, too, thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for opening the debate. In the UK, 3.6 million older people live alone, of whom more than 2 million are aged 75 and over. A huge proportion of those individuals rely on their television to alleviate the loneliness that often comes when people live by themselves. Taking away...

Women and Equalities: Prison Officer Training: Women’s Mental Health (11 Jul 2019)

Carolyn Harris: This year’s inspection of HMP Foston Hall identified that 74% of women had mental health problems, but only two thirds were receiving any help. At the same prison, only half of officers had received any mental health awareness training despite a general feeling that they would like more. What more can be done to improve mental health training across the estate to reduce self-harm and...


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