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Results 101–120 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

Business of the House (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The Government’s recent review of Whirlpool tumble dryers paid little attention to product recall and consumer safety. The London Fire Brigade, Electrical Safety First and Which? joined me in calling for better product recall processes for dangerous products. Can we have a debate in Government time to discuss this important issue?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (11 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: On the very day that the stake reduction on fixed odds betting terminals was introduced, we discovered that the bookmakers had found a way to bypass that reduction. What promises can the Secretary of State make that the industry will not be allowed to do that in pursuit of further exploitation?

Waste Incineration: Regulation (9 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: In my constituency of Swansea East, in the very pleasant community of Llansamlet, Biffa is currently attempting to get permission to build one of those incinerators and 2,500 members of the local community have come together to object. Does my hon. Friend agree that placing such a facility in the middle of a community is detrimental to its health, schools and homes and that we should be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Violent Crime: Young People (1 Apr 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Right across the country, vulnerable children are being coerced and threatened into joining gangs that run drug operations. There are instances where vulnerable and isolated children are groomed, exploited and filmed while being sexually abused and subsequently blackmailed into selling drugs. What assurances can the Home Secretary offer the House about the specific action being taken to...

Modern Slavery and Victim Support — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (27 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. It is also a pleasure to speak from the Front Bench in support of my friend, the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith). We have campaigned together on many issues and I congratulate him on his excellent speech. During my time as an MP I have spent many hours working with vulnerable groups, from...

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe, and I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) on securing this important debate. Many hon. Friends present have campaigned vigorously for the stake on fixed odds betting terminals to be cut to £2. The blight of FOBTs was eventually acknowledged by the Government, and that stake will be reduced in April...

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I certainly do. It appears that we are able to protect the vulnerable only when we let the press know of such stories, because the industry refuses to take responsibility for its actions. The first priority of our APPG will be to look at the harms caused by the growth of online gambling. According to recent reports on British gambling behaviour, the prevalence of problem gambling among those...

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: It has long been acknowledged that technology has left legislation way behind—in the dark ages, in some cases. Whereas there are clear limits on the maximum stakes, prizes and spin speed of gambling machines in betting shops and casinos, and big cash deposits are subject to fraud and money laundering checks, online gambling lacks similar limits. The APPG has met many times with Liz and...

Women and Equalities: Differential Gender-based Pricing (14 Mar 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am delighted to hear the Minister’s commitment to supporting women who wish to take the matter of the pink tax to task. As it happens, we are in the process of establishing an all-party group concerning the beauty industry. I would welcome the Minister joining the group, so she could, alongside me and colleagues, encourage companies to look at the pink tax. It seems an irony, given that...

ST David’S Day (28 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: In the interests of other Members who wish to speak I will curtail the first two pages of my speech, but my thoughts are with the families of Paul Flynn and Steffan Lewis, and I wish to say how sad I am at their parting. Since we last had this debate, I have been privileged to be elected as the deputy leader of the Welsh Labour party, so I am in the privileged position of working not only...

ST David’S Day (28 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The Welsh Labour Government do so many things so much better. Examples of shocking disregard for Welsh communities are sadly all too many in number. Take investment in rail services. The electrification of the main line between London and Swansea had been a sworn promise for years; indeed, it formed a key plank of the Tory campaign in Wales during the 2017 general election campaign. We were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Abuse (25 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: Diolch, Mr Speaker. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] Now that we have seen how narrow the draft domestic abuse Bill is, will the Minister confirm that there is scope to expand it? We have concerns about many areas of the Bill, not least about housing. A joint tenancy can be ended by just one partner, which means that the perpetrators of domestic violence are able to oppress their victims by...

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I thank everyone who has spoken today for their contributions, because we have had a really grown-up debate. If colleagues will indulge me and my emotions slightly, I spend a lot of time when I am in my constituency, and when I am visiting other parts of the country, meeting women who are in this situation, where they are in prison or have been recalled to prison. Unfortunately, because of...

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I beg to move, That this House has considered the recall of women to prisons. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. During my time as MP for Swansea East, I have engaged with many women in the criminal justice system by visiting prisons up and down the country and mother-and-baby units in them, and it has always been made clear to me that the reasons why women are...

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I most certainly do, and I am just coming on to housing, so I thank my hon. Friend for his astute intervention. The report from the Prison Reform Trust makes it clear that there is a lack of services available to women on leaving prison, which contributes to their being recalled. A lack of secure housing for women when they leave prison is a significant factor leading to the recall of female...

Recall of Women to Prisons — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I am coming on to that statement now. I welcome the proposal by the Secretary of State to abolish short sentences, which would make a huge difference to women offenders, who are overwhelmingly sentenced to short periods in prison. I urge him to follow through on the proposal as soon as possible in order to create a more effective criminal justice system. Furthermore, there must be a greater...

Legislation Against Female Genital Mutilation (11 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) on raising this pressing issue. Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent practice, which can have dreadful consequences for the women and young girls who fall victim to it. Since legislation in 1985, there has been only one—very recent—conviction, although the NHS reports that nearly 15,500 cases presented at hospitals with...

Education Committee: Antisocial Behaviour (7 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: I too congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) on securing the debate. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Bolton West (Chris Green) and my hon. Friends the Members for Hyndburn (Graham P. Jones), for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield), for Bedford (Mohammad Yasin) and for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on their excellent speeches....

Women and Equalities: Domestic Abuse Legislation and Immigration Status (7 Feb 2019)

Carolyn Harris: The Women’s Aid “No Woman Turned Away” project can only find refuge accommodation for fewer than one in 10 women who have no recourse to public funds. The Government’s proposed measures in the draft domestic abuse Bill are not good enough for migrant women. Can the Minister offer assurances that more will be done to ensure that migrant women can have full and equal access to...

Draft Domestic Abuse Bill: Territorial Extent (30 Jan 2019)

Carolyn Harris: As a Welsh MP, I have every confidence that the Welsh Labour Government are working towards delivering an excellent strategy on support for victims of domestic violence—I have no doubt that the same is true in Scotland. I totally respect the concept of devolution—when it works. But with the absence of Stormont, victims in Northern Ireland will see the progress in other parts of the UK...


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