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Results 61–80 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:James Berry

Homelessness Reduction Bill: Suitability of private rented sector accommodation (27 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I want to say how pleased I am to be here to see the passage of this very important Bill, particularly as I am sitting just in front of my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman), who put his case, as he did on Second Reading, with passion, with conviction, with real dedication...

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I am lucky to represent a constituency in one of the best—if not the best—boroughs in the country for school results and Ofsted ratings. Having visited every school in my constituency at least once, I can safely say that that is due to the exceptional teaching and school leadership on offer. My comments are informed by the many meetings I have had with headteachers from across the...

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I ask the hon. Lady to come and repeat that in the poorer parts of my constituency, where some people are just as deprived as those in Tower Hamlets. In addition, a high proportion of children receive the pupil premium. I do not disagree that deprivation should be one of the most important factors or that schools in boroughs such as Kingston will always get less because deprivation is a key...

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

James Berry: No, I will not. Headteachers make the legitimate point that the increased costs of the national living wage, and national insurance and pension contributions, are putting pressure on their budgets. The situation is the same in other areas of the public sector, but we should not forget that point in this debate. Finally, high-needs funding, not the national funding formula, is the biggest...

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

James Berry: There may be no magic fixes, but does my right hon. Friend agree with the hon. Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods) that this Government should take responsibility? They should indeed take responsibility for banning novel psychoactive substances at the request of prison officers, and they should take responsibility for a plan to increase the number of prison officers—she has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Vulnerable Syrian Families (23 Jan 2017)

James Berry: Will the Minister congratulate councils such as Kingston Council that have come forward to host vulnerable Syrian refugees, and also the families who have done so? Will he explain that it is still the case that refugees require individual housing, rather than joining a family in an existing house, for very good reasons? Lots of these people are victims of the most terrible atrocities.

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, on which I sit, especially as I agreed with pretty much everything she said. Security did not feature especially prominently during the referendum campaign. I understand why that was the case: a lot of what we have been talking about is very...

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. In fact, I do not think that a single senior police officer or police organisation takes a view counter to the one he has just outlined. Beyond the police—apart from some concerns about the European arrest warrant, which I do not share—I do not detect any desire among members of the public for any rowing back on our policing and criminal justice...

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: Pending the negotiations, we should continue down the path of integration in all these policing and criminal justice measures. We have already done that in respect of Europol in a decision that was approved by the House last month. I shall move on to another important measure: the passenger name records directive. This was explained to members of the Committee at Copenhagen airport. It is a...

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I am sure we will hear my right hon. Friend’s expertise in the defence field in a few moments. The starting point of the European arrest warrant system is that any country in it has a legal system that will give a British citizen a fair hearing, just as citizens of that country would have a fair hearing here. That is the starting assumption, and that was why the House approved our...

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I thank my hon. Friend for his helpful intervention. There are many other measures that I could mention: ECRIS; the Schengen II information system; the system for providing enforcement alerts, including for those wanted on European arrest warrants, which includes more than 70 million live alerts; and the European image archiving system, which is a database of genuine and counterfeit ID...

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: The right hon. Lady will be well aware that there are a number of different options for immigration from EU member states. I am sure she will not miss this opportunity to advertise the Home Affairs Committee’s “big conversation”. The Committee is travelling around the country to discuss the issue. It is also encouraging Members to contribute, and to urge their constituents to do so as well.

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

James Berry: While my right hon. Friend does not want to prejudge negotiations, does not his decision to opt into the recent Europol directive— the hon. Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) and I served on the European Committee in which he laid out his case for doing so—show that the UK is willing to be an active participant in Europol for many years to come?

Leaving the Eu: the Rural Economy: DWP Policies and Low-income Households (17 Jan 2017)

James Berry: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2017)

James Berry: Thank you, Mr Speaker. This is a London-related question. Major infrastructure investment will form a vital part of our economy in post-Brexit Britain. Will my right hon. Friend confirm his support for London’s major infrastructure project—Crossrail 2?

Bill Presented: National Citizen Service Bill [Lords] (16 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I am proud to be here to support the NCS Bill. The NCS is one of the best things done by the last Government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, and I am delighted that it is being put on a statutory footing, safeguarding its future as a national institution. The NCS will give hundreds of thousands of young people the momentum they need for a lifetime commitment to volunteering. I chaired...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (12 Jan 2017)

James Berry: Yesterday, the European Commission took the retrograde decision to restore GSP plus—generalised system of preferences plus—trade status to Sri Lanka. The Commission withdrew that status in 2010 because of concerns about human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan Government. Despite that Government not yet complying with United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 31, and a damning report...

Policing and Crime Bill: Duties in relation to Collaboration Agreements (10 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I rise to support amendment 135, and I am delighted the Government have accepted Baroness Finlay’s amendment. I am a barrister and have represented many bereaved families and public authorities at coroners’ inquests, but I had not expected this fairly niche area of legal practice to feature so prominently in my constituency casework after being elected as an MP. Shortly after I was...

Policing and Crime Bill: Inquiry into complaints alleging corrupt relationships between police and newspaper organisations (10 Jan 2017)

James Berry: I support Government amendment (a) in lieu of Lords amendment 134. Having heard the hard-hitting accounts of my hon. Friends the Members for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) and for Gloucester (Richard Graham) in their report on stalking, no one can be left in any doubt that the Government amendment should be carried. Turning to Lords amendment 137, having represented the police and the prosecutorial...

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