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Chinese and East Asian Communities: Racism during Covid-19 (13 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Cummins, on your first day in the Chair. I thank the hon. Member for Luton North (Sarah Owen) for securing this vital debate, and hon. Members for their many contributions. It was powerful to hear about the experiences of the hon. Lady, particularly when she was at school, and the frightening experiences that she was subjected to. Also,...

Chinese and East Asian Communities: Racism during Covid-19 (13 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I speak regularly with my colleagues across Departments when dealing with a whole host of issues that affect the United Kingdom, in particular in my new role as in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. I have only been in post for about three weeks now. I will definitely pass that sentiment on to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Chinese and East Asian Communities: Racism during Covid-19 (13 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I commit to doing as the hon. Lady asked. It is important that we remain committed to, and steadfast in standing up for anyone who finds themselves a victim of hate crime or of any hate, because, sadly, our Chinese and East Asian communities are not alone in that experience. We know that bigots are only too happy to spread hatred against Jewish and Muslim communities and others if it suits...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleepers: Covid-19 (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, nearly 15,000 vulnerable people have been housed in emergency accommodation thanks to the hard work of local councils and charities, saving hundreds of lives. We are now moving on to the next steps through our Next Steps Accommodation programme. We have recently announced over £90 million for local authorities in England to prevent those we have...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleepers: Covid-19 (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for highlighting the tremendous work of those in her constituency. I join with her in paying tribute to those, not only in her constituency but across the country, who worked so hard with the Government to end rough sleeping and on the delivery of the significant programme of accommodating nearly 15,000 people during covid-19. We are committed to protecting victims of...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleepers: Covid-19 (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman knows that this Government are committed to working hard to end rough sleeping by the end of the Parliament. That is clear in the investment the Government have made, particularly during the pandemic and, as I have just outlined in my previous response, with the Next Steps Accommodation Programme. We are committed to making sure that during the pandemic all individuals who...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Regeneration: Town Centres (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: We are committed to supporting regeneration in town centres through the £3.6 billion towns fund, which includes the £1 billion future high streets fund. Last week, we made an announcement on £80 million from the towns fund, which will go to more than 100 towns in England, to kick-start regeneration projects. We are also providing support to local leaders through the High Streets Task Force...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Regeneration: Town Centres (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for highlighting the beauty of her town of Liskeard, and she knows that I, too, am a fan of her part of the country. The Government are totally committed to helping our high streets and town centres to adapt to changing consumer behaviour during this challenging period. To achieve that, the Government are supporting places across the country with the High Streets Task...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Regeneration: Town Centres (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is right. We agree that turning disused commercial and retail units into new homes can provide more housing, and create more vibrant town and city centres. A number of national permitted development rights allow for shops, offices and high streets to change to residential use, which will have the impact of creating environments where people want to live, work—[Interruption.]...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Regeneration: Town Centres (5 Oct 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman knows that I have had a lot of respect for him in his previous work in this House, but I am disappointed with his position there. As an elected Member of Parliament, I am totally committed, like this Government, to driving up regeneration across the country, in no matter what part of the United Kingdom. Suggesting that there was anything underhand in relation to that towns...

Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill (30 Sep 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank all hon. Members for their contributions to this debate, but also for the ideas and the clear passion that Members across the House have on this issue. I want to pick up on just a few points, because I know time is short. While I have great respect for the hon. Member for Blackburn (Kate Hollern) from our previous dealings, this country has been facing one of the most significant...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockport (Navendu Mishra) on securing this debate about Manchester airport and the local economy, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (Andy Carter) for his contribution. I know that the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) has a keen interest in Manchester airport but is unable to speak in the debate. I have...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Obviously, commercial discussions are not for discussion in the Chamber, but I reassure my hon. Friend that I am in regular communication with all the airports in the United Kingdom, and officials in the Department are in weekly contact with them. The measures put in place include the Bank of England’s covid corporate financing facility, which provides funding to businesses to pay wages and...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is correct. Major infrastructure such as airports always have a wider impact than the activity that they directly partake in. The success of Manchester airport has been a big contributor to the wider local economy and the supply chain, and that is something that we are very mindful of within the Department for Transport. We are working with our colleagues across Government to...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman will have heard, and maybe seen, the Secretary of State announce last week the formulation of the Jet Zero Council, which has been supported by the industry and will bring together the Government with aviation and environmental groups to make net-zero-emissions flights possible. I have spoken with Manchester airport and others across the industry this week, and there is a...

Transport: Aviation Sector: Worker Protection (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government remain committed to an open dialogue with the sector as we work towards our shared ambition of getting aviation up and running again. We encourage the industry and unions to engage constructively with each other.

Transport: Aviation Sector: Worker Protection (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: All redundancies or any threat to jobs in this unprecedented pandemic is incredibly worrying for all workers, and my sympathies are with all those affected at this time. I have spoken to Willie Walsh and encouraged BA and the unions to engage constructively with each other. Employees should be treated fairly and in the spirit of partnership and we are working with the aviation sector on a...

Transport: Aviation Sector: Worker Protection (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Chancellor announced an unprecedented package of measures to support business and particularly the aviation sector. The Chancellor and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State have been clear that we stand ready to talk to and hear from businesses that need further support. Of course, my absolute sympathies are with everybody affected with regards to redundancies or any kind of change...

Transport: Maritime Sector Jobs (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My officials and I engage extensively with the maritime sector on the support that it needs, including unprecedented financial assistance.

Transport: Maritime Sector Jobs (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I note the hon. Gentleman’s particular interest in this policy area. We have had many discussions on this issue and he knows that I am committed to doing what I can as the Minister responsible for maritime to increase the ability of UK seafarers to work on our routes. We have supported the ferry sector with a with a freight support package to protect what we needed within the UK, but the...


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