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[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Maria Miller: It is wonderful to see you in the Chair this afternoon, Mr Robertson. I thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to come and contribute to the debate, and particularly the Minister for giving such a positive response. It is heartening to hear that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Women is undertaking an evidence review. We will all welcome that, and we will welcome her involvement,...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma, and to contribute to the debate. As I have previously stated, 51% of the population are women, and the other 49% would not be here if it was not for the women, so arguing for 50:50 representation in Parliament is really quite reasonable. I am quite disappointed that the Government have not accepted any of the recommendations...

Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Mike Penning: I thank the Solicitor General for moving significantly on this matter. I know how difficult that may have been, given the negotiations with other Departments, some of which I may have been a Minister in myself. I know that in relation to some of the things that I have asked for, there are real concerns in other Departments. But I come back to the victims. The victims do not want the...

Terror Attacks: Government Financial Support — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle) for introducing this important debate. The House is united in our condemnation of the atrocity that was committed against his constituents and those of a number of other colleagues. The hon. Gentleman expressed his understandable concern about the...

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister. I certainly welcome his comments on a range of issues. He gave a very balanced, reasonable and pragmatic overview of what has been said today and where we need to go from here. He rightly recognised that nobody is perfect in this situation and everybody needs to get to the table. What I really hope is that the Government will close the gap between rhetoric and reality...

South Middlesbrough: Traffic Congestion (6 Dec 2017)

Jesse Norman: What a delight it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. I want to place it on the record that I am an admirer of my right hon. Friend, or rather my hon. Friend—he is not yet right hon., but I am sure it is only a matter of time. It is wonderful to see him as—I think I am right in saying—the first Conservative Member of Parliament ever in his constituency, and the...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: Our performance in youth employment is strong, and as my hon. Friend the Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Bill Grant) said, this is a good news story. That news is especially welcome when compared with our European neighbours. That is not an accident, but the result of the right policies, and we must not take it for granted. Improving school standards, high-quality apprenticeships,...

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Stephen Doughty: I thank all the Members who have taken part today, and in particular the Minister for his encouraging response on a series of issues. I am delighted to hear that he is thinking of attending the international AIDS conference in Amsterdam. The signal sent out by ministerial and official attendance at such forums is crucial, particularly given the very strong leadership role that the UK has...

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I pay tribute to the tenacity with which my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) has championed the cause of her constituent, who has clearly suffered from the traumatic case that she rightly raises with the House today. She outlined that she has been working on this case for some time,...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Chris Davies: I thank the Minister for his conclusion. It is clear that he is not the judge alone; he is the conduit to deliver the judges’ address and result on Thursday, but any influence that he can exert over them would be gratefully received by those of us in Swansea. We have clearly heard today that this is not just a city bid but a national bid. We have had support from Anglesey to Aberavon,...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Richard Harrington: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship for what I think is the first time, Mr Paisley—I hope it will not be the last—and I thank the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) for securing this debate, and other hon. Members for their contributions. Pensions are complex, and I asked to respond to this debate on behalf of the Government because I was previously a...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Jesse Norman: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I am grateful to the hon. Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) for calling this debate. It is testimony to his chirpiness and to the energy of Labour Back Benchers that they have been able to muster such a crowd after a night like last night. I congratulate them on that, too. Many issues have been raised that will not...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: It has been a great pleasure to listen to this debate. I thank all hon. Members on this side who have spoken. I feel sorry for the Minister, who is normally a reasonable soul, because he has been sent here to defend the indefensible. As hon. Members on the Government side have slipped away, I thought at one point that he would be left solely with his Parliamentary Private Secretary,...

Backbench Business: Deafness and Hearing Loss — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (30 Nov 2017)

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am grateful for the opportunity to sum up, Ms Buck. Invariably, the Member who sums up such debates says, “We have had a good discussion.” Not only is that the case today, but this has been an exceptional debate, and I thank everybody who has contributed. There has been a personal theme, but even those who did not raise a personal experience clearly have a grasp of the...

Backbench Business (30 Nov 2017)

Backbench Business

Dark Sky Status (Cornwall) (29 Nov 2017)

Sheryll Murray: I thank hon. Members for attending the debate, which has clearly demonstrated that there is complete cross-party consensus. We have had contributions from the official Opposition, the Scottish nationalists, the Democratic Unionist party and the Conservative party. I think we are all speaking with one voice on this issue. Let us hope that we can take this forward in every way possible....

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Paul Sweeney: Thank you for your excellent chairing of the debate, Mr Robertson. It has been a great privilege to move the motion today and to call on the excellent support of my Labour colleagues, who offered their expertise, insight and personal experience of having served in the legal profession and dealt with these issues at first hand. Most notably, my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms...

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Sanitary Products — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair]

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I thank the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) for securing the debate. The United Kingdom has a long history of involvement in the Arctic. As Minister for the polar regions, I welcome this opportunity to set out the Government’s approach to the Arctic and the steps we are taking to ensure that the...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Mark Harper: I am grateful for the opportunity to sum up the debate. To come back to what my hon. Friend the Member for South Suffolk (James Cartlidge) said, part of the reason for this debate was to kick off the discussion. I am grateful for the views that colleagues have given. I am very conscious that all the debate about migration so far has been about the existing EU nationals in Britain and our...

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