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Universal Health Coverage — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (10 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 10:34
Preet Kaur Gill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I thank the right hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt) for securing this debate, and for his work in his previous role at the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; I know he is well respected by the whole House for his contributions and openness. He spoke...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Courts: Rape and Domestic Abuse Survivors (9 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the service provided by family courts to survivors of rape and domestic abuse and their children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Courts: Rape and Domestic Abuse Survivors (9 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: One of the most senior family court judges has described it as “shaming” to preside over so many cases where individuals are being forced to represent themselves because of the impact of legal aid cuts, especially as we should be minimising harm to children of victims of domestic violence. This really should be a central concern of our justice system. Is the Minister shamed by the effects...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Courts: Rape and Domestic Abuse Survivors (9 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the service provided by family courts to survivors of rape and domestic abuse and their children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Courts: Rape and Domestic Abuse Survivors (9 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: One of the most senior family court judges has described it as “shaming” to preside over so many cases where individuals are being forced to represent themselves because of the impact of legal aid cuts, especially as we should be minimising harm to children of victims of domestic violence. This really should be a central concern of our justice system. Is the Minister shamed by the effects...

English for Speakers of Other Languages — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:58
Preet Kaur Gill: I thank all hon. Members for their contributions. We have heard some excellent testimonies from hon. Members and their areas. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) for her work on the all-party parliamentary group on social integration. Some of the work that it has produced is in line with that of Refugee Action. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool South...

English for Speakers of Other Languages — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:30
Preet Kaur Gill: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for the provision of English for speakers of other languages. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I am grateful for the opportunity to open this debate, which is about a subject that is close to my heart and to my community: the urgent need to invest in English as a second language, particularly for refugees. I...

English for Speakers of Other Languages — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:30
Preet Kaur Gill: My hon. Friend makes a valid point, and I will touch on that later in my speech. Government cuts to English for speakers of other languages over the past decade have been ruthless; let us not pretend otherwise. Refugee Action’s report, “Turning Words into Action”, shows that Government funding for ESOL in England fell from £212.3 million in 2008 to £105 million in 2018. That is a...

English for Speakers of Other Languages — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:30
Preet Kaur Gill: I thank my hon. Friend for that important intervention, and he is right. So many Members across the House have been campaigning for this over the past decade. I hope that the Minister will respond to his request. Last month a report by the Government’s social research team, using methodology agreed with the Department for Education, found that the demand for English language teaching was...

English for Speakers of Other Languages — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:30
Preet Kaur Gill: It is important that we hear first-hand experiences from Members representing their communities about how difficult it has been and the impact of cuts. It is disingenuous for the Education Secretary to praise ESOL as a way towards social mobility and inclusion without providing much needed resources. Women are disproportionately impacted by barriers to ESOL and they miss out on the benefits...

English for Speakers of Other Languages — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:30
Preet Kaur Gill: I thank my hon. Friend for that important intervention. I was not aware of the German example, and I think that the Minister will be keen to look at it after this debate. All political parties talk of the importance of helping people to become productive, equal partners in their communities, and supporting people such as Nour to achieve their goals. However, too often the cuts to ESOL that we...

Upcoming Business – Commons: Westminster Hall (3 Jul 2019)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 00:00
Investment in the provision of English for speakers of other languages – Preet Kaur Gill. Westminster Hall debate; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Shared Prosperity Fund (2 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: What progress the Government have made on establishing a shared prosperity fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Shared Prosperity Fund (2 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Analysis of local enterprise partnerships by the charity think-tank NPC found that only 26% of board members were women and that only 5% were black, Asian and minority ethnic. When will the Government finally come forward with their consultation on the shared prosperity fund? Does the Minister agree that funnelling the UK fund through the LEPs would be a mistake unless they are made more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (2 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: The west midlands has seen knife crime rise by 106% in the past five years, the average time for the Crown Prosecution Service to reach a decision has increased by 64% since 2013, and more than 2,000 police officers have been lost since austerity began in 2010. Will the Chief Secretary to the Treasury make money available to reverse 10 years of Government cuts to police services to ensure...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Horn of Africa: Food (2 Jul 2019)

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the level of food security throughout the greater Horn of Africa in September 2019; and what steps his Department is taking to prepare for potential emergency assistance in that region during that month.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (27 Jun 2019)

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, May 2019: Experimental Statistics, how any applications have been received from the West Midlands.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (27 Jun 2019)

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, May 2019: Experimental Statistics, page 4, if he will provide a breakdown of the proportion of applicants by nationality.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (27 Jun 2019)

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the May EU Settlement Scheme, May 2019: Experimental Statistics, how many of the pre-settled status application conclusions were due to the applicant not having five years’ continuous residence.

Petition - Closure of Heywood Crown Post Office: Parental Involvement in Teaching: Equality Act (25 Jun 2019)

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:05
Preet Kaur Gill: Will my hon. Friend give way?

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