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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugee Families (28 Feb 2018)

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: The UK simply cannot speak with any authority on tackling the global refugee crisis until we get our own house in order. Time and again, the Government’s international development policy is held back by what other Departments are doing, including arms sales in Yemen, tax and trade deals that hurt developing countries, and a foreign policy that has forgotten human rights. Will the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugee Families (28 Feb 2018)

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: The UK simply cannot speak with any authority on tackling the global refugee crisis until we get our own house in order. Time and again, the Government’s international development policy is held back by what other Departments are doing, including arms sales in Yemen, tax and trade deals that hurt developing countries, and a foreign policy that has forgotten human rights. Will the...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:09
Preet Kaur Gill: It is nothing short of a national disgrace that in 2018 in the United Kingdom, one of the richest countries in the world, there are people left with no alternative but to sleep on the streets. This disgrace was brought sharply into focus by the recent death of a rough sleeper in Westminster tube station, not a stone’s throw from this place. My own city of Birmingham was ranked 14th in...

Homelessness (27 Feb 2018)

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:09
Preet Kaur Gill: It is nothing short of a national disgrace that in 2018 in the United Kingdom, one of the richest countries in the world, there are people left with no alternative but to sleep on the streets. This disgrace was brought sharply into focus by the recent death of a rough sleeper in Westminster tube station, not a stone’s throw from this place. My own city of Birmingham was ranked 14th in...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 17:44
Preet Kaur Gill: It is an honour to follow the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan). I too welcome the Minister to her post and wish her very well. In the UK, we are rightly proud of our status as the birthplace of the railways. However, our rail infrastructure —much of it from the Victorian era—requires significant investment if it is to continue to serve the people of...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 17:44
Preet Kaur Gill: I absolutely agree; we need to see more women coming into engineering. However, one of my concerns is that the recent fiasco surrounding the east coast main line franchise, combined with the demonstrable success achieved after the last private sector rail bail-out by Directly Operated Railways, serves only to highlight the need for public ownership of our railways. At a time when living...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: The leader of Birmingham City Council wrote to the Secretary of State about financial support from Government to make safe Birmingham’s 213 tower blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Will the Secretary of State provide an update on the proposal submitted and whether the finances will be made available?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Small Charities: Funding (17 Jan 2018)

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: The Secretary of State may talk up the £4 million Small Charities Challenge Fund, but the truth is that the Government are failing international charities and the people whom they serve. Civil society funding is being squeezed, the programme partnership arrangements and flexible funding have been scrapped, and the right to speak out has been restricted under the draconian Transparency of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: How many people have been unlawfully detained for more than 24 hours while awaiting a mental health assessment in each of the last three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police have just 24 hours to hold someone with a mental illness. The College of Policing shared with the BBC last December the fact that 264 people were held for longer than this, including a mentally ill child who was held for five days. Is the Home Secretary aware of this report, and what steps have been taken to remedy the situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: How many people have been unlawfully detained for more than 24 hours while awaiting a mental health assessment in each of the last three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
Preet Kaur Gill: Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police have just 24 hours to hold someone with a mental illness. The College of Policing shared with the BBC last December the fact that 264 people were held for longer than this, including a mentally ill child who was held for five days. Is the Home Secretary aware of this report, and what steps have been taken to remedy the situation?