British MPs

Lords questions government on free TV licenses and Covid-19

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 1:04pm

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (Liberal Democrat) asks government about plans to publish the Intelligence and Security Committee report on Russia.

Key Points: 
  • Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (Liberal Democrat) asks government about plans to publish the Intelligence and Security Committee report on Russia.
  • Lord Black of Brentwood (Conservative) asks government about impact of Covid-19 on the finances of places of worship.
  • Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour) asked the government about the withdrawal of free TV Licenses.
  • Members discussed subjects including the school fruit and vegetable scheme, responsibility for the content of free school meals,government promotion of healthy diets.

Brexit update from Environment Secretary

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:02am

The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

Key Points: 
  • The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.
  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    The Committee has been examining a number of Defras policy areas that either need to be resolved in the UK-EU future relationship negotiations, or need to be implemented before the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Members will be asking the Secretary of State about:
    Possible ways forward for the fisheries negotiations, particularly in relation to quota allocations

Dominic Raab: New sanctions show the UK "won't look the other way" on human rights

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:01am

Mr Raab told MPs of plans to introduce a sanctions regime similar to the Magnitsky Act in the US, which authorised the government to freeze the assets and ban people from entering the country who were seen as human rights offenders.

Key Points: 
  • Mr Raab told MPs of plans to introduce a sanctions regime similar to the Magnitsky Act in the US, which authorised the government to freeze the assets and ban people from entering the country who were seen as human rights offenders.
  • Previously, the UK had followed the sanctions regimes of the EU and UN.
  • This new plan follows the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in establishing a post-Brexit regime for dealing with human rights offenders.

Dominic Raab: "crystal clear"

    • Dominic Raabtold the Housethat he first raised this issue in a Backbench Business Debate in 2012.
    • He called it a "cross-party issue", and thanked colleagues "from all sides of the House" who joined him in supporting the cause.
    • The sanctions give the Government the right to freeze bank accounts and ban individuals from entering the country.
    • The Foreign Secretary said this included both state officials and non-state actors, such as kleptocrats or organised criminals.
    • Mr Raab said he would work with global organisations and governments, including the US, Canada, Australia and the EU.

Lisa Nandy: "a long and difficult journey"

    • Responding on behalf of the Government/Opposition, Lisa Nandy said she welcomed the statement and that it had been a "long and difficult journey" to persuade the Government to introduce these sanctions.
    • Ms Nandy said that "for too long" the UK had acted as a "haven" for those whogain from human rights abuses and corruption, adding that she hoped today would send a "strong message" that they are not welcome here.
    • The Shadow Minister paid tribute to Sergei Magnitsky and his family, who she said had waited "far too long" for these regulations.
    • She asked for this to be immediately resolved, and pointed out that the USA and Canada had already included corruption in their scope.
    • The Member/Minister of State said/told MPs/stated:
      "Today is the day we stand up against corruption, dirty money and for our values with the full support of this House."

Dominic Raab: New sanctions show the UK "won't look the other way" on human rights

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:01am

Mr Raab told MPs of plans to introduce a sanctions regime similar to the Magnitsky Act in the US, which authorised the government to freeze the assets and ban people from entering the country who were seen as human rights offenders.

Key Points: 
  • Mr Raab told MPs of plans to introduce a sanctions regime similar to the Magnitsky Act in the US, which authorised the government to freeze the assets and ban people from entering the country who were seen as human rights offenders.
  • Previously, the UK had followed the sanctions regimes of the EU and UN.
  • This new plan follows the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in establishing a post-Brexit regime for dealing with human rights offenders.

Dominic Raab: "crystal clear"

    • Dominic Raabtold the Housethat he first raised this issue in a Backbench Business Debate in 2012.
    • He called it a "cross-party issue", and thanked colleagues "from all sides of the House" who joined him in supporting the cause.
    • The sanctions give the Government the right to freeze bank accounts and ban individuals from entering the country.
    • The Foreign Secretary said this included both state officials and non-state actors, such as kleptocrats or organised criminals.
    • Mr Raab said he would work with global organisations and governments, including the US, Canada, Australia and the EU.

Lisa Nandy: "a long and difficult journey"

    • Responding on behalf of the Government/Opposition, Lisa Nandy said she welcomed the statement and that it had been a "long and difficult journey" to persuade the Government to introduce these sanctions.
    • Ms Nandy said that "for too long" the UK had acted as a "haven" for those whogain from human rights abuses and corruption, adding that she hoped today would send a "strong message" that they are not welcome here.
    • The Shadow Minister paid tribute to Sergei Magnitsky and his family, who she said had waited "far too long" for these regulations.
    • She asked for this to be immediately resolved, and pointed out that the USA and Canada had already included corruption in their scope.
    • The Member/Minister of State said/told MPs/stated:
      "Today is the day we stand up against corruption, dirty money and for our values with the full support of this House."

Brexit update from Environment Secretary

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:01am

The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

Key Points: 
  • The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.
  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    The Committee has been examining a number of Defras policy areas that either need to be resolved in the UK-EU future relationship negotiations, or need to be implemented before the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Members will be asking the Secretary of State about:
    Possible ways forward for the fisheries negotiations, particularly in relation to quota allocations

Ryan Corces Joins Gladstone Institutes

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 6:35pm

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The top candidate from a highly competitive search, Ryan Corces, PhD, was selected to join Gladstone Institutes as an assistant investigator.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The top candidate from a highly competitive search, Ryan Corces, PhD, was selected to join Gladstone Institutes as an assistant investigator.
  • Corces is joining the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology.
  • "We are delighted that Ryan has decided to bring his considerable talents to our department; this will add to our terrific collaborations with Gladstone Institutes," saysS.
  • Ryan Corces is an assistant investigator at Gladstone Institutes, and an assistant professor of neurology at UC San Francisco (UCSF).

Statement on Autumn opening of education settings

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 1:01pm

The Education Secretary today updated the House on the full opening of schools and colleges to all pupils in September.

Key Points: 
  • The Education Secretary today updated the House on the full opening of schools and colleges to all pupils in September.
  • The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson told the House that "education recovery is critical for this generation of school children."
  • Replying on behalf of the Opposition, Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green began by saying "every child must be safely back in school by September.
  • By then many children will have experienced nearly a six month gap in their education."

Statement on Autumn opening of education settings

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 1:01pm

The Education Secretary today updated the House on the full opening of schools and colleges to all pupils in September.

Key Points: 
  • The Education Secretary today updated the House on the full opening of schools and colleges to all pupils in September.
  • The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson told the House that "education recovery is critical for this generation of school children."
  • Replying on behalf of the Opposition, Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green began by saying "every child must be safely back in school by September.
  • By then many children will have experienced nearly a six month gap in their education."

Urgent question on the implementation of the Lammy Review

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:05am

David Lammy, ShadowJustice Secretaryasked a question toAlex Chalk, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justiceon the Government's progress of the implementation of the Lammy Review.

Key Points: 
  • David Lammy, ShadowJustice Secretaryasked a question toAlex Chalk, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justiceon the Government's progress of the implementation of the Lammy Review.
  • The Lammy Review , chaired by David Lammy MP , is an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS).
  • The Government commissioned the Lammy Review in 2017.
  • David Lammy, Shadow Justice Secretary told the house he was "disappointed" in the Prime Minister when he claimed "16 of the recommendationsI made in the Lammy Review, had been 'implemented'.

Urgent question on the implementation of the Lammy Review

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:05am

David Lammy, ShadowJustice Secretaryasked a question toAlex Chalk, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justiceon the Government's progress of the implementation of the Lammy Review.

Key Points: 
  • David Lammy, ShadowJustice Secretaryasked a question toAlex Chalk, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justiceon the Government's progress of the implementation of the Lammy Review.
  • The Lammy Review , chaired by David Lammy MP , is an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS).
  • The Government commissioned the Lammy Review in 2017.
  • David Lammy, Shadow Justice Secretary told the house he was "disappointed" in the Prime Minister when he claimed "16 of the recommendationsI made in the Lammy Review, had been 'implemented'.