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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...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal School of Military Engineering (5 Jan 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration he has given to the duties under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 to conserve biodiversity with regards to the sale of the former Royal School of Military Engineering training site at Lodge Hill in Medway.

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...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: Absolutely. We must value the work that people in these centres do; in fact, it can be one of the most rewarding things that anyone can do. As someone who had worked in commerce, my personal experience of working with young people who had such terrible backgrounds and were facing such severe challenges was one of the best things I have ever done. The staff do go through a training programme,...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: Speaking from personal experience, I absolutely believe that institutions are the right place for some young people. For example, it may not necessarily be easy for them to be in a family. It is absolutely right that we have institutions where adults can be mentors, there to look after those young people on a daily basis and to work with them to rehabilitate them. My personal view is that...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Personally, I still think it is a matter of the individual young person’s needs. There is no system that fits all. I am not so sure that the issue is ratios; it is about the particular care plans around those particular children or young people, the reasons why they are in the centre and the individual support they need. That is obviously...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: Does the hon. Lady agree that some of the young people who arrive at these institutions are there only for short periods, depending on the challenges that they have had before arriving at the centre, and that we should perhaps consider what happened to them before they arrived at the centre or the unit? In some cases, the young people are there for just a short period, and finding the...

Prisons and Secure Training Centres: Safety (11 Jan 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the Secretary of State for his response this afternoon, which I found very helpful. I was shocked and appalled to hear the allegations of abuse of young people by staff at Medway secure training centre, a borstal in my constituency. I understand that the allegations result from an undercover BBC “Panorama” investigation and I, too, thank the BBC. I am extremely concerned to learn,...

Dartford Crossing: Congestion — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (13 Jan 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for securing the debate today. My constituents complain continuously about the tunnel and congestion. They also think the charges are a tax on local businesses in the south-east. Does my hon. Friend agree that, whatever option is put forward, we need a real strategic view and a project that suits north Kent’s development over the next 20 years and meets our needs? We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: Medway Council is currently working on its local plan. Could the Minister give an update on the work of the expert panel, which was set up in September to help streamline the local plan process?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU (23 Feb 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the outcome of discussions at the February 2016 European Council on the UK's relationship with the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Feb 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: One of my constituents, Alex Bagnall, is fighting to have his son brought back to the UK after he was taken to Poland by the mother illegally, as per The Hague convention. Will the Prime Minister outline what interventions the Government can make on the EU and Polish authorities with regard to The Hague convention in order to help British families with the safe return of their abducted...

Written Answers — Home Office: EU Countries: Nationality (9 Mar 2016)

Kelly Tolhurst: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with her EU counterparts on citizenship-for-investment schemes.


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