Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

Business of the House: Reports into Investigatory Powers (25 Jun 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech in this important debate. It is a real pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Falkirk (John Mc Nally)—a small business owner like myself, who I am sure will make a great contribution to this House—and the hon. Member for Midlothian (Owen Thompson). I am proud also to be following my hon. Friend the Member for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 Jul 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that now we have these recommendations, the people of my constituency, particularly on the Isle of Grain, can be assured that there will no longer be an airport proposal for the Hoo peninsula and that it is finally off the table?

Attorney General: Rape and Domestic Violence (Conviction Rates) (2 Jul 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: What steps the Crown Prosecution Service has taken to improve the conviction rate for rape and domestic violence in the past two years.

Attorney General: Rape and Domestic Violence (Conviction Rates) (2 Jul 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: What factors explain the variance in conviction rates for domestic violence and rape cases? Will the Attorney General join me on a visit to Kent to meet the excellent Crown Prosecution Service staff?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Sep 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: After a Care Quality Commission inspection at Medway hospital, a two-day diversion of ambulances has been put in place, starting this morning. Will the Prime Minister assure me that all will be done to turn things around at our hospital so that my constituents can have a fully functioning A&E swiftly and urgently?

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: The subject of immigration has created much thought and emotion in my constituency over a long period, whether it relates to EU or non-EU immigration, illegal immigration or refugees and asylum seekers. Often when the subject is discussed, those categories are not separated. Over recent months, we have seen heart-rending images of people migrating across the Mediterranean and across Europe,...

Isil: School Expansion (19 Oct 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: I welcome the Secretary of State’s comments today. Although I am not a grammar school girl, I have some fantastic grammar schools in my constituency that are delivering for young people. Will she join me in welcoming the contribution that grammar schools have made to the improvement of underperforming schools in my constituency and across Medway?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: According to statistics released over the summer, many areas of Rochester and Strood, in common with many urban areas, continue to see incidents of serious crime, which is a major concern to my constituents. Will my right hon. Friend assure them that police forces such as Kent will still be able to field effective front-line services under revised funding formulas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Refugee Crisis (24 Nov 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: Will my right hon. Friend explain what more action can be taken to stop Assad’s murder of his own people, which together with ISIL terror, is contributing to the current refugee crisis?

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: HMRC Office Closures (24 Nov 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: I commend the Government on making it a priority to clamp down on tax evasion. That contributed to the collection of an extra £11.9 billion in the last tax year. The Anchorage House site in Chatham in my constituency has long played a key role in closing the tax gap. Will my hon. Friend meet me to discuss the future of the large number of dedicated and skilled workers?

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady uses the phrase “asylum seekers”. Does she accept that the Bill focuses on a range of categories of people who are living here and may become illegal, and is not specifically targeted at asylum seekers?

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 3 — Transfer of responsibility for relevant children (1 Dec 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: I am sure that my hon. Friends and Opposition Members who served on the Public Bill Committee will agree that the debates were thoughtful and informative. I was extremely pleased to be a member of the Committee. Like my hon. Friends the Members for Castle Point (Rebecca Harris) and for North Dorset (Simon Hoare), in the past 12 months, as I have knocked on thousands of doors, I have found...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (3 Dec 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: What plans his Department has to ensure universal provision of fast or superfast broadband.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (3 Dec 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: Some parts of my constituency such as central Rochester, the peninsula and the businesses in Chatham historic dockyard have been suffering from poor fibre-optic broadband coverage from BT for too long. Much-needed upgrades were supposed to be in place from December last year, yet we are having to wait until the 2016-17 financial year at the earliest. What can the Minister do to stop broadband...

Women and Equalities: STEM Subjects (26 Nov 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: What support the Government is providing to encourage more girls to choose STEM subjects in schools.

Women and Equalities: STEM Subjects (26 Nov 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: In September, Medway’s new engineering university technical college opened, and I am thrilled that many local girls chose to be part of the first intake. To what extent has industry been involved in the Your Life campaign to inspire more girls to consider a career in STEM?

Bill Presented — Marriage Registration Bill: Backbench Business — Sexual Exploitation: Protection of 16 and 17-year-olds (17 Dec 2015)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse) and the hon. Member for Stockport (Ann Coffey) for securing this debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Hampshire on his speech, which he made with great passion. Sixteen and 17-year-olds sometimes believe that they are adults, but they are one of our most vulnerable groups. We all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (19 Jan 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: Although I welcome the Government’s move towards digitisation of tax, a number of self-employed people and small businesses across my constituency, approximately 74% of which employ fewer than four people, have voiced concern about how quarterly tax reporting might have a negative effect on their human and financial resources, depending on their reliance on an accountant. What support will...

Safety in Youth Custody — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jan 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: I would like first to thank the hon. Member for Bradford South (Judith Cummins) for securing this debate in Westminster Hall today. As hon. Members will know, the Medway Secure Training Centre is in my constituency, and for me it was heart-breaking and horrifying to witness the “Panorama” programme and watch the activity that was taking place. We knew this programme was going to be...

Safety in Youth Custody — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jan 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention; she makes a valid point. My concern is about the support given to those particular officers. Unless someone has been in that environment and worked with some of these young people, it is very difficult to understand some of the pressures—it might be something as simple as shift lengths—and how intense the environment is. I was contacted by a...


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