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Results 141–160 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

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (1 Nov 2018)

Carolyn Harris: As the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on fixed odds betting terminals, which poked the hornets’ nest and brought us here today, I am incandescent, as are other Members across the House—including, I would argue, the Minister for sport, the Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch). If she does...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Modern Slavery (29 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: On Anti-Slavery Day, ECPAT UK—Every Child Protected Against Trafficking—handed No. 10 a petition calling for specialist support for trafficked children. No Government funds are currently available for specialist children’s care, and that leaves children vulnerable to re-trafficking. The Government must commit themselves to giving local authorities additional funds. Will the Minister...

Drugs Policy — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (23 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward—although I thought you were Mrs Moon. Our policy on drug use should be regarded first and foremost as a national health issue. As hon. Members have emphasised, we need better legislation on drug use, with far greater intervention and education policies on drug abuse and addiction. The UK now has the highest recorded level of...

Committees: Paediatric Cancers of the Central Nervous System (22 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Will my hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to Cian’s parents? As a parent in a similar position, I know how difficult it is for them to talk about their personal loss and to campaign for their son. They should be applauded for their courage in allowing us to discuss this important issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Veterans’ Access to Support Services (22 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Thankfully the vast majority of personnel and veterans have very good mental health, but we know that there are challenges, particularly for early service leavers. What more can the MOD do to ensure that service members are directed to support services when they leave the forces?

World Menopause Day (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield) and the Minister on their bravery, and I say to every man in the Chamber today: welcome to the sisterhood. Some 49.6% of the population worldwide are women, which equates to close to 3.8 billion of us, and with the vast majority of women—in the developed world at least—living way beyond menopausal age, it is...

World Menopause Day (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I do, and I was just coming to that. Employers have a duty of care to all their employees. While no respectable company would even consider running their business without a maternity policy, very few will have given any thought to the introduction of a menopause policy. Simple adjustments, such as relaxed uniform policies, flexible working conditions and temperature control in offices, could...

World Menopause Day (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: People need to talk. We must take the best practice from these examples, share them with other employers and ensure that menopause guidelines become compulsory for all businesses. On this World Menopause Day, let us educate children—girls and boys—within the school curriculum so that for future generations the menopause ceases to be a taboo subject or a joking matter. Let us improve...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee, and to colleagues for their excellent speeches. What we have lost in quality we have certainly gained in quantity—or the other way round. [Interruption.] Or maybe not. Human trafficking and modern slavery are thriving throughout our international economy, from our grapes and our coffee beans to the tuna we put on our sandwiches. The cost to...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and I totally agree with him. Taking Indian tea and Kenyan green beans as examples, the research by Oxfam found that workers and small-scale farmers earned less than 50% of what they needed for a basic but decent standard of living in their societies. The report also found that the gap between the reality and a decent standard of living was...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I most certainly do, and I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response to that point. The Modern Slavery Act places a requirement on companies with a turnover of £36 million and above to publish a statement outlining what steps they are taking to tackle exploitation in their supply chains. However, the Act does not require companies to take action; it requires only that they make a...

Ending Exploitation in Supermarket Supply Chains (18 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Exactly. There is also a huge lack of information held on companies that have provided a statement, with a significant amount of companies providing no statement at all. Only 50% of the agricultural companies that fall within the scope of the Modern Slavery Act’s corporate reporting requirement have published a modern slavery statement, and only 38% of those statements were compliant with...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electrical Product Recall (16 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the electrical product recall regime.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electrical Product Recall (16 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Electrical Safety First tells me that the successful product recall rate for electrical goods is abysmally low, so why are the Government not doing more with platforms such as Amazon and eBay, which hold considerable consumer information, to find a solution to this problem?

Modern-day Slavery (9 Oct 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I will be really brief. I apologise to my staff, who spent hours writing my speech. I would rather the Minister actually responded to some of the issues. I congratulate everyone who has spoken today. All I would say to the Minister is that we have heard the passion and concerns throughout the debate from right across the House, and the numerous briefings that we have all received are...

Women and Equalities: Sexual Exploitation: Accommodation (13 Sep 2018)

Carolyn Harris: When someone facilitates accommodation, money, food or services in exchange for sex, it is abuse. It degrades the victims, and unfortunately financially benefits the facilitators. The Government must commit to legislation that punishes those who profit from such abuse.

Business of the House (6 Sep 2018)

Carolyn Harris: It would appear that suicides as a result of gambling addiction are not recorded as such by coroners’ officers. Will the Leader of the House consult ministerial colleagues and ask them to work with the Office for National Statistics to establish an inquiry as to how we can best gather this data so that we can measure the true impact of gambling addiction?

Organised Crime: Young People’s Safety — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (5 Sep 2018)

Carolyn Harris: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) on securing the debate. It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. Over the summer, the Metropolitan police launched their 100th murder investigation, but it is not just a London problem. In towns and cities all over the UK, the dynamic of crime is changing, and the need to change attitudes to...

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Carolyn Harris: For her summer reading, I offer the Leader of the House a copy of the newly published report of the all-party group on home electrical safety titled “Electrical products: setting the course for safety”. We are all acutely aware of the importance of protecting our constituents from fires caused by domestic appliances. When the House returns, may we have a debate on a Government strategy to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

Carolyn Harris: Five months after the interim guidance on discretionary leave for victims of modern slavery, published in response to the PK (Ghana) judgment, too many victims are still being left in limbo. Do we know how many victims have received temporary status or even know their status? When will the Government update their guidance and end this human Russian roulette?


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