Read Anna’s contributions to parliamentary debates below. If you wish to read the full transcript on any of these debates go to https://hansard.parliament.uk/. If you want to search for a particular subject use the search function at the top right of this page.

 

Beeston Station: 12th September 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a great pleasure to put forward my case for some substantial improvements to Beeston station in my constituency. Mr Deputy Speaker, you will always be welcome to come to see me and, even more importantly, my constituents in Broxtowe. You are welcome any time, and I would urge you…

Salisbury Incident: 12th September 2018

Anna Soubry To go back to the point that my right hon. Friend has made so eloquently, as ever, many would argue—I certainly would—that it is not just about the Leader of the Opposition; it is part of the hard left’s long history that they subscribe very quickly and far too easily to that conspiracy…

Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: 5th September 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am listening with great care, as ever, to the case that the hon. Lady is making, and I have some sympathy with it. My problem—will she help me with this?—is that I will be really troubled if we see all this offending as offences of hate against women, because much…

Prime Minister’s Questions: 18th July 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am sure the whole House will join me in congratulating Sir Cliff Richard on his successful action against the BBC, which behaved atrociously in its illegal invasion of his privacy. Will my right hon. Friend look again at changing the law so that a suspect is not named by the…

Trade Bill: 17th July 2018

Stephen Hammond The Minister is a generous man— Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) And a good man. Stephen Hammond And a good man, as my right hon. Friend says, and I know that he is fulfilling the Government’s wishes. But I remind him that I stood on a Conservative manifesto that said we were leaving “the”…

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave: 17th July 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Mr Speaker, it will not have escaped your notice, and I know that it will not have escaped the Minister’s notice, that one of the most respected Members of this House, my right hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex (Sir Nicholas Soames), has, in condemning what has occurred in the…

Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill: 16th July 2018

New Clause 1 EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements “(1) It shall be a negotiating objective of Her Majesty’s Government in negotiations on the matters specified in subsection (2) to maintain the United Kingdom’s participation in the EU Customs Union. (2) Those matters are— (a) the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, and (b)…

Leaving the EU: 9th July 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Prime Minister for this plan. In particular, I congratulate her on her leadership in the past few days. She said she would listen to business, and she clearly has listened to business. However, there are concerns that there are no details of the Government’s plan for services. What…

June European Council: 2nd July 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) People are fed up with not just Brexit but fudge, so on Friday the Cabinet must agree and settle its policy on Brexit. May I assure the Prime Minister that if the agreement meets the needs of British business she will command support not just across the Government Benches but across…

Leaving the EU: Airbus Risk Assessment: 25th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) A small business in my constituency that employs 180 people is part of the Airbus supply chain, so this matters very much to the good people of Broxtowe. I congratulate the Secretary of State on his statement and welcome it, but Airbus is not alone in having grave concerns about what…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 20th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my hon. Friend give way? Philip Davies I am not going to give way, as there is no time. I want people outside this House to know that those who are voting for this “meaningful vote” today mean that if the Government decide that no deal is better than a…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 13th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) rose— Keir Starmer I will give way— Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage) (Con) Give way! Keir Starmer I have already given way, so I cannot be accused of not giving way. Anna Soubry I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way. We need to be very clear about this.…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 12th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I have never written a speech before and then had it typed out, Mr Speaker, and now I do not know why I bothered: not only have you cut the time, but you can see how the debate has advanced.​ I am sorry but I am going to speak, as ever,…

Points of Order: 12th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Do you share my concern that to my knowledge at least one hon. Member on these Benches will today and tomorrow not vote in accordance with their conscience because of threats to their personal safety, to members of their parliamentary staff and to…

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 : 5th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con)  The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful speech and I agree with much of what he says. Does he agree that, especially in relation to the comment made by my hon. Friend the Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley), it is important not to forget that this is actually about the…

Personal Independence Payments: 4th June 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As the Secretary of State knows, I have written to her about a number of complaints that I have received from constituents about PIP. While it may not be completely on point with the question asked by the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams), I would respectfully say…

NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation: 23rd May 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) rose— Jonathan Ashworth I will give way to the former health Minister. Anna Soubry Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that five GP surgeries in Broxtowe have been rated outstanding, and that we yet again have a 2% increase in CCG spending? Why is he always talking down the NHS? Jonathan Ashworth…

Points of Order: 23rd May 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) rose— Mr Speaker However, this particular subject will not have been exhausted until we have heard the views on it of the right hon. Lady. Anna Soubry Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I am sorry not to have given you notice of this, but it flows so naturally…

Leaving the EU: Customs: 16th May 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) But this motion is the ultimate procedural motion. Why have the Opposition not done their job and tabled a motion about the ​customs union or custom arrangement instead of this— I have to say it—Mickey Mouse motion that does not deserve any support? Emma Reynolds I sometimes agree with the right hon.…

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: 9th May 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way; it is very generous of him. Some years ago, I put forward a private Member’s Bill calling for anyone who was accused to keep their anonymity until they were charged. It is all there—it is effectively good to go. I…

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Would the right hon. Lady like to find out? Will she give way? Mr Deputy Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) Order. Can we please have a little less noise from the Back Benches? The right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) will be called to speak early in the debate and we…

Breast Cancer Screening: 2nd May 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My friend Emma Agnew, a woman in her own right but also known as “Mrs Aggers” because she is married to the cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew, is one of a remarkable group of women who have faced breast cancer and beaten it, but it must be said that she had huge…

Windrush: 30th April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment and pay handsome tribute to his predecessor. The Windrush scandal really should not have taken us by surprise: it is the natural consequence of a system that has as its default position an assumption that a person is here illegally, with the…

Customs and Borders: 26th April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Would it not also be the case that, as a country that champions free trade, we have seen the reduction of barriers with those other non-EU members, which may explain the growth? Does the right hon. Lady agree that it seems rather perverse that, at a time when we want to…

House Business Questions: 26th April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My constituent Pamela Corbett is extremely poorly—how can I put it; time is of the essence—but power of attorney would not be appropriate in her case, which is not unusual. However, TSB has frozen her bank account, which has caused her and her daughters considerable distress. May we have a debate…

Home Office Removal Targets: 26th April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is not fair, Mr Speaker. You set me up to fail and I always do. This is a serious issue. Does my right hon. Friend agree that part of Labour’s dreadful legacy was an obsession with targets? ​As an excellent new broom, will she assure us that she will search in…

Windrush: 23rd April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Home Secretary for her statement and her actions, as well as for her openness and honesty, and the apology that she and the Prime Minister have given. But we are still not being honest in this place. The Labour party did not vote against the Immigration Act 2014. [Interruption.] I…

Defence Questions: 23rd April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) On 1 July 1918, 134 workers, mainly canary girls, were killed in a terrible explosion at the national shell-filling factory in Chilwell, in my constituency. Will the Minister please ensure that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation makes good the memorial at the Chetwynd barracks in good time for the centenary commemorations, which…

Syria: 16th April 2018

Mr Speaker Order. I am keen to accommodate the level of interest in the House. This is an extremely important occasion, and in my experience the Prime Minister never complains about having to answer questions—or at least she never does to me anyway. I am very grateful for that, and I appreciate that, but it…

Windrush Children (Immigration Status): 16th April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Home Secretary for her statement, but say to her that this is not only about the Windrush generation but about all those for whom, certainly in my experience as a Member of Parliament, her officials unfortunately have a default position of no. Does she agree that it is…

Human Trafficking: 45-Day Recovery and Reflection Period: 16th April 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am pleased to hear that the Home Secretary is confident about EU citizens, but there is widespread concern as to whether her Department has enough resources, and we now learn that the Windrush generation are going through what seems to be a nightmare system. What assurances can she give us,…

European Council: 26th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I commend the Prime Minister for her statement today? It was noticed by many people that our European Union colleagues and allies acted more quickly in support of the Prime Minister’s firm and fully proper actions against Russia than the President of the United States. What guarantees can she give…

Point of Order: 21st March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker, and to your wise words and guidance, you will recall that in business questions last week I specifically said to the Leader of the House that ​there was growing concern that although Ministers are properly accountable to this place and can be called…

Leaving the EU: UK Ports (Customs): 19th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As my right hon. Friend knows, if there were two countries that were ever going to have a completely frictionless border, they would be Norway and Sweden, because they are both in the single market, but, as we know, there is a hard border there. In any event, will he be…

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill: 16th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman give way? Angus Brendan MacNeil Certainly. Anna Soubry I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on both his Bill and his powerful speech. Does he agree that the key word here is “refugee”? Everybody forgets what and who a refugee is; this is somebody who is fleeing a place…

European Affairs: 15th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I do not want to alarm you, Mr Deputy Speaker, but I completely agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham (John Redwood), which may a be a first in this sort of debate—[Interruption.] He is in a state of high shock. In all seriousness, this is an implementation…

Business of the House: 15th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I refer back to the use of statistics? There is nothing wrong with a good, robust argument in this place, but if the Leader of the House, or any Minister, makes an assertion about facts, they can quite properly be challenged and brought back to this place, and made to…

Exiting the European Union Questions: 15th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I have to confess that Broxtowe does not have many fishing men or women in the constituency. Well, it has some, but their activities tend to be confined to the Beeston canal. The fisheries and agricultural policies of the European Union are important. Will the Secretary of State confirm that Norway…

European Affairs: 14th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the Minister give way? Greg Hands I am going to make a bit of progress. We are not working purely on non-EU trade. A common misconception is that the DIT is a purely Brexit Department. Our ongoing work of encouraging investment and exports is equally important, and that applies just…

Integrated Communities: 14th March 2018

Madam Deputy Speaker (Dame Rosie Winterton) I call Anna Soubry. Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) rose— Sajid Javid rose— Madam Deputy Speaker Oh, I am sorry. I meant to call the Secretary of State. Sajid Javid I thought you were calling me Anna Soubry there, Madam Deputy Speaker. [Laughter.] I agree with the hon. Gentleman about…

Salisbury Incident: Further Update: 14th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is noticeable that the length and breadth of this place has completely supported not just the wise words and leadership of the Prime Minister but her firm actions, with the notable exception of those on the Opposition Front Bench. That was a shameful moment. Further to the question asked by…

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions: 13th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) According to the press, the Secretary of State gave a presentation to a Sub-Committee of the Cabinet about the automotive sector and how important it is that we do not have a hard Brexit. That seems to have persuaded members of the Cabinet who had thought that a hard Brexit might…

Universal Credit: 13th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Could the hon. Gentleman just remind us all that a note had been left by a member of his Government that said, quite properly, there was no money left? Not only have this Government restored our economy, but in so doing they have absolutely protected the very people that matter to…

Hate Crime: 12th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I just want to put on the record the fact that the mayor of Broxtowe, Halimah Khaled, just happens to be a Muslim. She happens to be the first person of colour to be mayor of Broxtowe and she is its first Muslim mayor. She also happens to be a Tory.…

Housing, Communities and Local Government Questions: 12th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I welcome the Government’s encouraging words about the need to improve funding for the upper tiers, but will the Secretary of State congratulate the Conservative-run Broxtowe Borough Council, which has frozen its council tax yet again while delivering excellent services, reducing rents by 1% and spending half a million pounds on…

Vote 100 and International Women’s Day: 8th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her very thoughtful speech, and she is absolutely right. Those of us who, many years ago, marched and took to the streets to protect the Abortion Act 1967 and ensure that it was not in any way interfered with did so because we…

UK Relations: Saudi Arabia: 7th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) rose— Mr Speaker Ah, another person who has been noisily chuntering from a sedentary position. She can now speak from her feet. I call Anna Soubry. Anna Soubry I would never do such a thing, Mr Speaker.​ As you know, Mr Speaker, I am a feminist. When I was a Health…

European Union Citizenship: 7th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is generous of the hon. Gentleman to give way. Is he aware that in the past few hours Donald Tusk has made it absolutely clear that the choice that this Government now face is whether to stay in the single market and customs union or to have a free trade…

Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre: 6th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I thank the Minister for her statement and for the assurances that she has given the House. It is right that we have to have detention centres. Nobody likes them, but they have to exist as part of a policy that is the right policy to pursue. But will she be…

UK/EU Future Economic Partnership: 5th March 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) No one can doubt the determination of our Prime Minister to get the very best deal for our country in these most difficult of negotiations. In her speech on Friday, she was frank about the complexity and economic consequences of the deal that she seeks with the European Union. In the…

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements: 28th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I support everything that has been said by my right hon. Friend and the comments of my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green). The country has to wake up and realise that we are not going to tear our nation further apart. We need an approach to Brexit…

Treasury Questions: 27th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the Minister confirm that the Conservative Government are and will continue to be the voice of British business, and that securing a strong economic future will be at the heart of the Brexit negotiations? Mel Stride I thank my right hon. Friend very much indeed for that question. I can…

Finance (No. 2) Bill: 21st February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The person who said that there was no money left was actually the occupant of the Treasury who left a note for the incoming Conservative-Liberal coalition Government in 2010. The reality is that of course there is money. We raise taxes and we spend them exceptionally wisely as a Conservative Government,…

Voting Age: 21st February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I agree very much with everything my right hon. Friend is saying. Is not the answer to look at all the laws pertaining to the age of majority and actually have laws that make sense? As he identifies, someone is not deemed old enough to use a sunbed at 17; can…

Aid Sector: Safeguarding: 20th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Secretary of State for her statement and gently say to the hon. Member for Edmonton (Kate Osamor) that this is not an issue on which anybody should be seeking to make any form of political capital. This is not the subject of party politics; this is an appalling…

Foreign Office Questions: 20th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The Good Friday agreement has brought about peace for almost 20 years in Northern Ireland. Will the Foreign Secretary give an unequivocal assurance that Her Majesty’s Government will not do anything that undermines the agreement, including pursuing any policy that undermines the principles that led to its creation?   Boris Johnson…

European Free Trade Association: 7th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my hon. Friend on his excellent speech. I am sorry that I cannot stay for the full duration of what I anticipate will be an equally excellent debate. Has he explored whether it is possible for any arrangement that we come to with the European Union by way of…

Health and Social Care Questions: 6th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T1. If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. And you wear it well, Mr Speaker. [903796] Mr Speaker I do not know whether the right hon. Lady is referring to my age, a proposition on which I think the House would have to divide, or the rosette. [Interruption.] Yes, I thought she meant…

Immigration White Paper: 5th February 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my right hon. Friend confirm two things? First, is it not really important, when we discuss immigration, to recognise that the overwhelming majority of people who come to our country do so to work? We are grateful for the work they do and we should always welcome the contribution they…

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee): 31st January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I say a huge thank you to my right hon. Friend and her team for all their excellent work, but does she not agree that the time for talking is over? We have to grasp this, do the right thing, and—I cannot believe I am going to say this—but in this…

Government’s EU Exit Analysis: 31st January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) rose— Keir Starmer I will give way in one minute, but may I just finish this point? Having been a civil servant for five years and having engaged in risk assessments, I can say that the purpose of the exercise is to identify the risk, the size of the risk, and…

High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill: 30th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way; he is being very generous so early in his speech. I agree with him: it is about capacity. We cannot have an effective, modern society unless we have capacity, and we have to have good infrastructure, which means connectivity. Would…

Leaving the EU: Implementation: 29th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The CBI, which represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and from all sectors across the United Kingdom, called on the Government just over a week ago to put the interests of the economy over and above ideology. Does the Minister agree with that, and if he does, when are the…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 17th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As ever, my right hon. and learned Friend is making an exceptionally important speech and doing so eloquently. As he will know, a group from the all-party group on EU relations has just been over to Brussels, where we spoke to a number of people. Many of those conversations will remain…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 16th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I think I played a small part in that, and the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Does he agree that all political parties are very keen to appeal to younger voters and that things such as rights really matter to young people, so it could be seen as somewhat ironic that…

Rail Franchising: 10th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The hon. Gentleman is two years younger than I am, so he will well remember the state in which the railways used to be. Does he not agree that we have seen a terrific improvement in the quality of the trains, the service and the attitude of the staff? An excellent…

NHS Winter Crisis: 10th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that it was under a Labour Government that a walk-in centre in Broxtowe closed? However, I do not seek to blame a Labour Government, because it was a local decision made by local practitioners. Would he not at least accept, in a spirit of trying to…

Trade Bill: 9th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point? Barry Gardiner I will not give way again on that point. Anna Soubry rose— Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West) (SNP) rose— Barry Gardiner I will give way a little later to both the right hon. Lady and the hon. and learned Lady,…

Parole Board and Victim Support: 9th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As a friend of one of the victims and a former criminal barrister, I take the view that the original sentence was the correct one in all the circumstances. Worboys, of course, was convicted on the basis that he was a dangerous predatory sex offender, and I have to be frank…

Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill: 8th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My hon. Friend is making a good speech in which he is, of course, advocating free trade, in which we all believe—or at least Conservative Members do. Does he, like me, see the profound irony in our discussing how we are going to have to have new technologies, put in new…

Office for Students: Appointment: 8th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I wonder whether the Minister can assist Members in this way: does he think that the good people of Broxtowe are more interested in the obnoxious tweets of somebody who made those tweets many years ago but who nevertheless has an important position than they are in learning about the NHS…

Home Office Questions: 8th January 2018

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In 2009, John Worboys was rightly found to be a dangerous, predatory sex offender. It is a feature of those sorts of offender that they are also clever and cunning. What assurances can the Home Secretary give us that, upon his release—if he has to be released—women will be safe? Amber…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 20th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) During last Wednesday’s debate, I specifically asked whether the Bill was first drafted before the June general election. My view—I do not know whether my right hon. and learned Friend shares it—is that this Bill was all about delivering a quick and hard Brexit, and the reason for these extraordinary powers…

Harassment in Public Life: 18th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the support that you have given to some of us who in recent days have had particular death threats and abuse because of—as has been identified by both the shadow ​Home Secretary and the Home Secretary—newspaper comments. I am not going to go into them at length;…

European Council: 18th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Prime Minister for her success in the negotiations and the statement. I remind the Leader of the Opposition that the merits of a transition period were first advanced on this side of the House, notably by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. On that note, as a former Business…

Exiting the European Union Questions: 14th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Nobody on the Government Benches who voted against the Government took any pleasure in that—[Interruption.] Nobody from these Benches drank champagne. Let me just nail down that rumour—these are serious matters. I say to the Secretary of State that last night would have been avoidable if the offer of my right hon.…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 13th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the right hon. Lady give way? Yvette Cooper I will, but then I want to make some more progress. Anna Soubry I assume that the right hon. Lady has read clause 9. Does she share my concern about the fact that some people seem not to have done so? Am…

Prime Minister’s Questions: 13th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The Prime Minister and I have many things in common, including, if I may say so, being proud of being called “bloody difficult women”. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) is not in that category, for many reasons. He is, obviously, a man. He is…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 12th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The hon. Gentleman is right when he says that Margaret Thatcher was pretty much the authoress of the single market. Does he agree that, as trade develops, the best places to do business will be those nearest to us—not those far away, which mean that goods have to be conveyed over…

Brexit Negotiations: 11th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Across the Government Benches, there is complete unanimity about congratulating the Prime Minister on securing the agreement. If I may say so, it was a pitiful performance from the Leader of ​the Opposition, and I still do not know whether he actually welcomes the agreement, but he should support this major step…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 6th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I rise to speak in favour of new clause 70, and to make it clear that unless I hear some good reason why I should not vote for it, I shall do so, because I think it is eminently sensible. I think we are now reaching a point in all this…

EU Exit Negotiations: 5th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The British people are fed up to the back teeth with all this. They want a solution. It might be that regulatory alignment is the solution, but if it is good enough for Northern Ireland, it is good enough for the rest of the country. We are a Union, and we…

Stop HS2 Phase Two in Trowell: 28th November 2017

Mr Speaker I find it surprising, not to say shocking, that there should be a sudden exodus of right hon. and hon. Members from the Chamber at the point at which the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) is due to present her petition, in which I had hoped there would be a keen…

Leaving the EU: Sectoral Impact Assessments: 28th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is extremely important that we understand exactly what was voted on and what the Select Committee seeks disclosure of. I am reminding myself of the motion, which was in two parts. It first referred to the list of sectoral analyses, and then went on to make it clear that it…

Treasury Questions: 28th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Yesterday, I attended a summit organised by East Midlands Councils to consider how we can improve investment and the infrastructure in the region. However, I learned that public expenditure in the east midlands on economic affairs, public transport and, notably, transport is the lowest of any region in the entire country. [Interruption.] I…

Industrial Strategy: 27th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate the Secretary of State on this document. The problem with Labour Front Benchers is that they think it is all about money. Money is important, but it is how and where we spend it that matters the most. We need an industrial strategy that is bold, realistic about the…

Budget Resolutions: 22nd November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for hon. Members to make speeches in which they completely ignore the contents of the Budget that the Chancellor has just delivered? Mr Deputy Speaker (Mr Lindsay Hoyle) That was definitely not a point of order and the right…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 21st November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As an old lawyer who enjoyed jurisprudence, I know that our laws and rights come from many different sources. I am an old common lawyer, so I actually do not like stuff being written down too much; I like things to develop over time. I would really need persuading about new…

Duties of Customs: 20th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I have made it very clear to people in Broxtowe that I believe in our continuing membership of the customs union and the single market. Can the Minister help we with this? Will the measure be able to cope with all eventualities, including our staying de facto as a member of…

Business of the House: 16th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the Leader of the House confirm immediately that Nottinghamshire police is about to recruit—indeed, is recruiting—an extra 120 police officers?   Andrea Leadsom I am delighted to hear my right hon. Friend’s news direct from the horse’s mouth. Again, I just want to pay tribute to the excellent work of…

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy: 16th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Leader of the House on the progress made so far and her statement, and the work of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in all this. It is important that we get on with it, that we have this great leadership from the top and that we…

Hormone Pregnancy Tests: 16th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker Order. I beg the right hon. Lady’s pardon. First, let us hear the Minister respond to the statement made by the hon. Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi). It was an important statement; it just did not contain a question.   Steve Brine You…

Universal Credit Roll-out: 16th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) These are heartbreaking and unacceptable accounts, but I wonder whether the right hon. Gentleman can help me. When I met the citizens advice bureau in Broxtowe, where we had UC being rolled out in July, I was told that it is now making the arrangements with all relevant authorities so that…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 15th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I know that an overwhelming majority of the people who voted in the hon. Lady’s constituency voted to remain. Does she share my concern that many such people feel completely excluded from Brexit? Does she think that this sort of debate will absolutely help to bring people back together and, perhaps,…

Points of Order: 15th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) On a point of order, Mr Speaker. My apologies for not bringing this to your attention sooner, but it has only just been brought to my attention. Would it be in order for you to comment on the fact that my office has just reported to the police about five tweets,…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 14th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my hon. Friend give way? Mr Baker Not just now. [Hon. Members: “Ooh!] I have given way quite a few times. I am now going to make some progress and get on to the amendments. Anna Soubry Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that, notwithstanding what happened in…

Tax Avoidance and Evasion: 14th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I have been very helpfully provided with some facts that I think should be put to the House. I am told that since 2010 the Government have secured £160 billion from tackling avoidance, evasion and non-compliance and £2.8 billion from offshore tax evaders, and invested £1.8 billion in Her Majesty’s Revenue…

EU Exit Negotiations: 13th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Well, it is all very interesting. As we know, the Government have now decided to table an amendment to put the Brexit leaving date into law, even though that has not been to the Cabinet and has not been subject to the usual write-around. Will the Secretary of State help us…

Work and Pensions Questions: 13th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating Broxtowe citizens advice bureau, which I met on Thursday? Universal credit is being rolled out for us next year, and the CAB is already putting together all the relevant agencies to make sure that we are ready. Will my right hon. Friend…

Counter-Daesh Update: 7th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Foreign Secretary on his statement. Will he now give us an undertaking that he will concentrate in future on the very important matters within his brief as Foreign Secretary? To that end, will he give an undertaking to support the Prime Minister in her efforts—in relation to the…

Exiting the EU: Sectoral Analysis: 7th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Unlike the Minister, I attended the entire debate. I have gone back on my phone to look at the words of the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr Walker), and I make it absolutely clear—the Hansard record of the debate is absolutely clear—that…

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions: 7th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Yesterday afternoon, we had an excellent debate in this Chamber about the benefits of European economic area and European Free Trade Association membership, with people on both sides of the Chamber supporting our continuing membership. I do not expect my right hon. Friend to pass comment on his own views on…

Paradise Papers: 6th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Can my right hon. Friend confirm that this country is now leading the world on tackling tax avoidance? How does the action of consecutive Conservative Chancellors compare with the non-action of consecutive Labour Chancellors? Mel Stride As my right hon. Friend knows, one of the measures of how on top or…

Points of Order: 6th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Would it be in order for Members of this place to see a copy of the letter to compare it with Hansard? Although I did not sit in for the entire debate, I sat in for 90% of it, and I do not recollect…

European Economic Area: UK Membership: 6th November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my hon. Friend give way? Sir William Cash I will certainly give way to—the hon. Lady? Anna Soubry I am surprised there was a question mark after that bit.   Sir William Cash Right hon., then. Anna Soubry Don’t worry about the right hon. bit. I put these words to…

Exiting the EU: Sectoral Impact Assessments: 1st November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I agree with the right hon. and learned Gentleman and the Opposition that these impact assessments should be disclosed—they can be redacted—but we definitely disagree about the Labour party’s position. We must be very clear: it started off with the Leader of the Opposition saying article 50 should be triggered on…

Armed Forces Pay: 1st November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I represent Chetwynd barracks and am very proud of the great service of the Royal Engineers there, and I am a former Minister in the Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for welfare. I have to say that pay was not, and is not, on the list of concerns of those constituents…

Olympic Sports/GCSE PE Westminster Hall Debate: 1st November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I beg to move, That this House has considered Olympic sports and accepted GCSE PE activities. This is an important matter, especially to all those students and their parents who find themselves in what I would describe as a deeply unfair situation, if I may be so bold. The mother of…

Finance Bill: 31st October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am enjoying the very good speech that my hon. Friend is making. Obviously, I do not want to get into a Brexit debate. Heaven forbid that he and I fall out in some way, or even worse do our impersonations of bygone sketches, which he clearly could not remember because…

Sexual Harassment in Parliament: 30th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I, too, congratulate you on and endorse your comments, Mr Speaker? I thank the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) and my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House for all that they have said. We do indeed need change; things cannot go on…

Universal Credit Roll-out: 24th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that the Opposition’s motion would have had more credibility if it had included the word “fix”? There was no mention of that. It was simply about a pause. Lucy Frazer I do agree, because it would have identified what they were addressing.

Treasury Questions: 24th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The Chancellor, in his efforts to secure a good Brexit deal and a transition period, has the confidence and support not only of Members on the Government Benches, but from across the whole of British business, including in Broxtowe—unlike the Labour party, which inspires complete fear with the Marxist mayhem it…

European Council Statement: 23rd October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Prime Minister’s statement and the progress she has made in the EU negotiations. As we have heard, representatives of British businesses of all sizes and from all sectors have today written to the Government to warn of the consequences of no deal and relying on WTO rules. They…

Universal Credit Roll-out: 18th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Thanks to a Conservative Government, we now have almost full employment in this country. For a number of people who claim unemployment benefits, their mental health is a barrier to getting work. What assurances can my right hon. Friend give us that the universal credit system will either help people with…

Regulation of Property Agents: 18th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Rip-off merchants, cowboys and those who seek to exploit often some of the most vulnerable people in our society have no place in a modern Britain, but does my hon. Friend agree that we must not throw the baby out with the bathwater? Lots of agents are thoroughly respectable and good—invariably…

Foreign Office Questions: 17th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I thank the Foreign Secretary, notwithstanding our differences, for his personal intervention in the case of a constituent of mine who, along with her 22-month-old son, was rescued from Dominica by our Government—I am very proud of that —and brought back to this country safely? Unfortunately, she is not entitled…

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government: 17th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In effect, there is no debate in this place this afternoon, because we are all of the same voice and of the same opinion, as we know ​from the words that right hon. and hon. Members have read out by way of testimony from the Rohingya people who have suffered in this…

EU Exit Negotiations: 17th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I commend my right hon. Friend for his statement and the advance in the negotiations made by both him and the Prime Minister? Does he agree that it is not just within this House where there is no majority for no deal, but that by their vote on 8 June…

Home Office Questions: 16th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Nottinghamshire police has decided, without any consultation and with hardly any notice—literally, a note under the clerk’s door—to end community policing in Kimberley and Nuthall in my constituency. I do not expect the Minister to comment on the merits of the decision, but does he agree that in community policing, it…

Baby Loss Awareness Week: 10th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Minister for his excellent speech. I am sure that he will join me in congratulating Forever Stars, which is exactly the sort of charity that he has described. It was started by two of my constituents, who sadly lost their baby, Emily, who was stillborn. They have raised…

Bombardier: 10th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I had the great pleasure of going to the wings factory in Belfast, and I pay handsome tribute not just to the 4,000 workers there but to Bombardier in general and to the C series—it is a beautiful and exceptionally fine aeroplane, and we wish it great success. I also thank…

BAE Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses: 10th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does my hon. Friend agree that it is somewhat concerning, if not a little peculiar, that those who are standing up, notably representatives of the SNP, to condemn these job losses ​sing the praises of BAE, quite rightly, yet support a policy of being opposed to all arms sales, notably to Saudi…

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: 10th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) 14. What plans he has for the implementation of the NHS’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. [901019] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Jackie Doyle-Price) We are making good progress on the implementation of the five year forward view for mental health. We have published a workforce plan and invested…

UK Plans for Leaving the EU: 9th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate the Prime Minister on her excellent Florence speech. It was widely welcomed, not just by British business but by people across the country, and it marked a real attempt by her to form a consensus on Brexit between the 48% and the 52% that everyone is crying out for.…

Monarch Airlines: 9th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As a former Business Minister before the EU referendum, and apparently as one of the chief “remoaners”, may I make it absolutely clear that the unfortunate demise of Monarch has absolutely nothing to do with Brexit? Those who seek to make it an issue based on Brexit do not do anybody…

Work and Pensions Questions: 9th October 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am grateful to the Government for the assistance given to my constituent, who had to leave Dominica because of the terrible damage caused by the hurricane. But on her return back to this country with her 22-month-old son, she has discovered that she is not entitled to any benefits whatever…

Higher Education (England) Regulations: 13th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Lady give way? Angela Rayner I will make some progress. Anna Soubry Will the hon. Lady give way? Angela Rayner Only this morning, the director of the Conservative think-tank Bright Blue echoed a point that we have been making for months, writing: Anna Soubry The hon. Lady will…

NHS Pay: 13th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the hon. Gentleman appreciate that anybody listening to his speech would take away from it a story of gloom and doom about our NHS? While there are difficulties and challenges, every day millions of people overwhelmingly enjoy one of the finest health services anywhere in the world, and I and…

Finance Bill: 12th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My right hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Does he share my concern that the shadow Chancellor does not seem to be present—although he is active on his Twitter account? Does my right hon. Friend know why the shadow Chancellor is not here to hear this excellent speech? Is he…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 11th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the right hon. Gentleman give way? Mr Lammy I will. Anna Soubry I share the right hon. Gentleman’s concerns. I share his views, and would have campaigned with him to remain, but the simple truth is that the majority of those who voted—52%—voted to leave the European Union. On that…

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 7th September 2017

Anna Soubry Will my right hon. Friend give way? Mr Davis I will give way in one second to my right hon. Friend. We have already committed to bringing forward a motion on the final agreement to be approved by both Houses of Parliament before it is concluded. That vote is in addition to Parliament’s…

Government Negotiations: 7th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I gently say to my right hon. Friend that I would have thought that what everybody is trying to do is to form some kind of consensus? I think we all agree that we have a very, very short period to negotiate all manner of highly complex agreements, including a…

Prime Minister’s Questions: 6th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Q1. If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 6 September. [900624] The Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May) As we return from the summer recess, I am sure that the thoughts of Members across the House are with the friends and families of the victims of the tragic Barcelona terror attack last…

EU Exit Negotiations: 5th September 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement. I do not know whether he heard me, but I was cheering the contribution by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), because I agree that we should have a transition period that includes our remaining a…

HS2: 17th July 2017

Watch Anna’s contribution here. Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In Broxtowe, many people support HS2—rightly, in my view—because we know that it will bring jobs and growth to the east midlands hub at Toton sidings. People in Trowell will be delighted that the rural scheme for compensation has been extended, and I really do thank the…

Abuse of Candidates: 17th July 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Would it be in order for this place to record that as a result of Labour’s filibustering tonight, this Chamber will not debate the appalling abuse that many women Conservative candidates endured during the general election from the hard left? Would it also be…

Schools: 17th July 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I welcome the statement and give the Secretary of State 10 out of 10 for progress and a huge gold star for listening to the concerns of Members on the Government Benches and, no doubt, on the Opposition Benches. This morning, I was at the George Spencer Academy, an outstanding academy…

Point of Order: 11th July 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Would it be in order for a Minister to attend the House and make a statement on why there is no one authority with responsibility for the safety of rivers and canals? Last night, my 12-year-old constituent, Owen Jenkins, drowned at Beeston weir. It…

Contaminated Blood: 11th July 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a pleasure to see you in your place, Madam Deputy Speaker. This is the first time that I have had the honour to be in the Chamber when you are sitting in your rightful place in the Chair.​ My involvement in the contaminated blood scandal was as, I think,…

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill: 11th July 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) This is a fascinating topic. Are we seeing an example of what happens when EU regulation is really rather good, and we accept that and transpose it into our law? Does my right hon. Friend not agree that there are many who supported our leaving the EU on the basis of…

G20: 10th July 2017

Mr Speaker Order. If I am to accommodate the extensive interest of colleagues in this matter, there will be an imperative for great brevity—to be, I hope, spectacularly exemplified now by Anna Soubry. Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) That is very kind of you, Mr Speaker, but I did not actually have a question. [Laughter.] Mr Speaker…

PMQs: 5th July 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) When the Prime Minister and I left our comprehensive schools to go to university, we entered a privileged elite. Will she confirm that as a result of tuition fees, introduced by Labour and improved by the coalition, more young people from working class and poor backgrounds are now going to university…

Point of Order: 29th June 2017

Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Con) On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am not really one to talk about dress sense, Sir, but I noticed yesterday that a Member was allowed to ask a question in the Chamber without wearing a tie. I have no particular view on that, but have the rules on…

Economy and Jobs: 29th June 2017

Anna Soubry Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, because of Conservative policies, some 4 million people in this country who are at the lower end of the wage scale no longer pay any tax at all? This is the party that reduces taxes for the less well-off. John McDonnell It is a party that…

Health, Social Care and Security: 28th June 2017

Anna Soubry I echo the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison): I have a lot of respect for most of what the hon. Lady says. However, does she agree that no one side in this place has an exclusive hold on the moral things that guide us?…

Brexit and Foreign Affairs: 26th June 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a great honour and pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden). I agree with much of what he said and, indeed, with the excellent speech from my right hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb). As ever, I also endorse much…

Northern Ireland: 26th June 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I welcome this agreement, but does the First Secretary of State agree that the injustice—because that is what it is—of women from Northern Ireland who seek terminations being charged to have them on the mainland by the NHS is nothing at all to do with this agreement? It is an entirely…

Debate on the Address: 21st June 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am very grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for giving way. I join him in congratulating all the medical staff in Nottingham, essentially for putting him back together again and making sure that his health is even better than it was before, as we can see in all…

Transport Questions: 30th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Well, the people of Broxtowe are looking forward to HS2 coming to Toton Sidings, where we will have the east midlands hub, which will bring considerable benefit. May I thank the Minister for his visit to Trowell, for his interest and for the conversations with the Secretary of State, because in…

National Road Safety Targets: 30th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Two people died in November on the A52 in Bramcote, a suburban part of my constituency. There was another accident just a few weeks ago. In both of those cases, and after many complaints from residents for many years, there is clearly a real problem with people racing at very high…

Legislating for UK Withdrawal from the EU: 30th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I commend the Secretary of State for his statement and assure him that I always listen very carefully to what he says? I heard him explain on the radio this morning that what I thought was an absolute guarantee—that the deal would, in his words, deliver the “exact same benefits”…

Article 50: 29th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The Prime Minister has made it very clear that immigration is her No. 1 priority, and that as a result we cannot accept the free movement of people and therefore we cannot remain a member of the single market. But that may change in the next two years. Who knows what…

Business of the House: 23rd March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) We are urged to follow business as usual, which is difficult given what happened yesterday, not because any of us is affected by terrorism but simply because we are so horrified and saddened by those events and the terrible deaths and injuries. We wish everyone well, and our thoughts are with…

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments/Ministerial Code: 20th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I gently say to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne) that it has never been suggested that, during the five or six weeks when he was in Copeland as the Labour party’s campaign organiser, he abandoned or did anything wrong by his constituents. Members of all parties on…

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions: 15th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Chancellor for his statement. As somebody who was self-employed for many years, I know that the current ​system undoubtedly needs reform, in terms of contributions and benefits, so I look forward to Matthew Taylor’s report. Given that so many of the self-employed are sole traders and micro business owners,…

Budget Resolutions: 14th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Lady agree to work with me and other colleagues in examining whether it is either right or lawful for local authorities to impose the apprenticeship levy on all the schools in our constituencies? Sarah Olney I quite agree that including schools in the apprenticeship levy is utterly absurd.…

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: 13th March 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am going to keep my comments as brief as possible so that as many Members as possible can speak. I spoke when we last considered, effectively, amendment 2 in its new form, and I just say this: it is surely perverse that we are in a situation whereby if there…

Petition Traffic enforcement measures along the A52: 28th February 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I rise to present a petition organised by my constituent Mr Tony Smith of Bramcote, which has been signed by 1,600 of my constituents in a very short time. It calls on Highways England to introduce traffic calming measures along the A52 between the Bramcote roundabout and Priory Island, following a…

Syria: 22nd February 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Last week, I met a number of Syrian refugees along with the hon. Member for Tooting (Dr Allin-Khan); we were guests of Oxfam in Jordan. The Secretary of State was also in Jordan not that long ago. Will she tell us what plans she and the Government have to continue to…

Local Government Finance: 22nd February 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I begin by paying a handsome tribute to all councillors, wherever they are and whatever political party they belong to? The hon. Member for Harrow West (Mr Thomas) will be pleased to hear that I am being non-partisan. Good councillors are genuinely worth their weight in gold, whatever their political…

US Administration: UK Foreign Policy: 21st February 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Last week, the hon. Member for Tooting (Dr Allin-Khan) and I went to Jordan as guests of Oxfam, and we met a number of Syrian refugees, notably Khalid who lives in the Zaatari refugee camp. He was due to start a new life in America literally within the next few weeks.…

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: 8th February 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman give way? Paul Blomfield As it is you. Anna Soubry I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. This point is rather important: will he confirm whether the Labour party no longer supports the principle of free movement—yes or no? Paul Blomfield We have said…

Housing White Paper: 7th February 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Conservative-run Broxtowe Borough Council is doing everything it can to defend our green belt, but that is very difficult because the previous Labour-Lib Dem administration approved a plan for thousands of houses on our green belt. But the biggest problem the council has is that many small builders are having real…

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: 6th February 2017

Anna Soubry Will the hon. Lady give way? Seema Malhotra I will make some progress first. The national convention would include a wider set of voices, each with an important contribution to make to the debate, including universities and higher education representatives, business organisations, trade unions, trade bodies and other representatives of different sectors. The…

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: 31st January 2017

Anna Soubry Will my right hon. Friend please assure us that he will be true to his claim, as a leader of the leave campaign, that £350 million a week will now be going into our NHS? Or does he agree with others who say that that figure was always false and that that was…

US Immigration Policy: 30th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate the Foreign Secretary on condemning America’s policy, which, by any standards, is completely unjustified. Like many of us, I am delighted that Sir Mo Farah can apparently go home and see his wife and children. Does the Foreign Secretary agree with Sir Mo Farah, who described the policy as…

Changes in US Immigration Policy: 30th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is very difficult to follow the excellent and wise words of the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn). I add my congratulations to my new friend the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband), and my dear friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Nadhim Zahawi), who so ably…

UK-EU Relationship: 26th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I very much thank the Secretary of State for the part that I know he played in securing the White Paper, which has been welcomed across the House and is good news. Will he now tell us when it might be published and how much time this place will have to…

Business of the House: 26th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me, as somebody who campaigned fiercely for us to remain in the European Union, that the most important decision was made when the House decided—whether we were wrong or right, given the result—to have a referendum and to be true to the result, whatever it…

Business of the House: 26th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It seems as though Labour Back-Bench Members are seeking to oppose the Government’s programme motion for the article 50 Bill, but has the Leader of the House received representations from Labour’s Front-Bench team to indicate that they are similarly seeking to oppose it? Mr Lidington It is not for me to…

School Funding: 25th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Lady confirm that Nottingham schools have failed for decades under Labour-run councils? Lilian Greenwood Secondary schools in my constituency are not the responsibility of Nottingham City Council; they are academies, and sadly some of them are still not improving. We already face intense funding pressures. The Institute for…

Article 50: 24th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) There is a genuine desire, I believe, for people to come together, to support the Government, to build a consensus and to get the ​best deal possible. The reality is that we have abandoned the single market and the free movement of people without any debate in this place, never mind a…

PMQs: 18th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It was quite clear from the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday that she seeks to build a Brexit consensus and to bring our country back together. I thank her for that. To that end, and indeed to strengthen the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand, before article 50 is triggered, will she please at…

Leaving the EU: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice: 18th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My right hon. Friend is actually making a very good case for why we ought to stay in the EU, but we are where we are. He says that the Government’s intention is, in effect, to negotiate a bespoke deal to secure all this into the future, and to achieve that…

New Partnership with the EU: 17th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I will continue to campaign for our membership of the single market and to make the positive case for immigration because I believe in the free movement of people from the European Union, but may I make it very clear that I welcome the Prime Minister’s—I nearly said Her Majesty’s—speech and…

Transport Questions: 12th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In Broxtowe, there is widespread and cross-party support for HS2. Of course, we get the east midlands hub at Towton, but there is still concern about the route. Will my right hon. Friend assure residents in Trowell, Strelley Village and Nuthall ​that their voices will be listened to and that, if necessary,…

Business of the House: 12th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As we all know, our country is about to go into its most important negotiations in decades, with consequences for generations to come, ​yet the three big issues—these issues divide within parties, not just across the House—of the single market, free movement and the customs union have still not been debated in…

Foreign Office Questions: 10th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My right hon. Friend was an outstanding Mayor of London. During his time, he was the first to champion the City of London and a believer of the value of the single market. Will he assure us that, in his meetings with the incoming Trump Administration, he disabused Wilbur Ross, the…

Mental Health and NHS Performance: 9th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I welcome the statement by my right hon. Friend. May I pay huge tribute to everybody working at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, especially in A&E, and especially over the nine days between Christmas and 2 January? Admissions almost doubled. At one point in the Queen’s medical centre A&E department there…

Domestic Violence Victims: Cross-Examination: 9th January 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister and welcome everything he has said on the Government’s attitude to this long-standing problem. May I urge him please to look at the rules on legal aid? There is certainly strong anecdotal evidence from former colleagues of mine at the family bar and the…

PMQs: 14th December 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Money cannot compensate someone who has been accused of a very serious criminal offence and who then finds that the details are in the press along with their name. Nothing, in truth, can restore their reputation after it has been trashed in those circumstances. In 2011, I tried to change the…

Defence Estate: 7th December 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I commend the Secretary of State for his statement today and for the magnificent job he does in defending our country. It is not in today’s announcement, but I think it is relevant that it has been announced that Chetwynd barracks in my constituency will close. We will miss the Army…

The Government’s Plan for Brexit: 7th December 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Knowsley (Mr Howarth). I endorse in particular his opening remarks. Like him, I am getting somewhat tired of the constant abuse and constant criticism that somehow we are remoaners who want to thwart the will of the people, that…

Business Investment: UK and East Anglia: 29th November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I congratulate the Chancellor on the £23 billion of extra money for this national productivity investment fund, which will confer huge benefits on the whole of the United Kingdom? Although I do not expect him to comment on the considerable merits of the A610 growth corridor and the improvements to…

Historical Sexual Abuse (Football): 29th November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Before I was elected to this place, I worked as a criminal barrister for 16 years, so I have defended more than my fair share of paedophiles. It undoubtedly takes huge courage for someone to come forward and explain how they were abused as a child. It is also an unfortunate…

Autumn Statement: 23rd November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my right hon. Friend on a wide range of measures—short term, medium term and long term—that will undoubtedly turbocharge our economy and give it the boost it needs as we face the realities of Brexit. Does he agree that it has never been more important for British business to…

Education and Social Mobility: 22nd November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the hon. Lady agree that the academy programme has delivered considerable success? Will she give it her unequivocal support, and will she condemn the members of the National Union of Teachers who picketed the Kimberley School in my constituency when it had the temerity to break free of the local…

National Health Service Funding: 22nd November 2017

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman tell the House why it is that, after 12 minutes, he has yet to praise all our hard-working doctors, nurses and other health professionals? Why is he constantly talking down our great NHS, including the hospitals in Leicester? Jonathan Ashworth I praise the hard-working staff in the…

Leaving the EU: NHS Funding: 15th November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Is the hon. Gentleman saying that the Government have to honour a promise made by others to the tune of £350 million a week extra for the NHS? My hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) and other notable leavers have now conceded that the actual figure was…

HS2 Update: 15th November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) We would like a tunnel, please, at Strelley village, but HS2 enjoys widespread cross-party support in Broxtowe and beyond, because we get the east midlands hub at Toton sidings, Stapleford. HS2 delivers capacity and growth. To that end, does my right hon. Friend agree that it is important that at Toton…

Exiting the EU and Workers’ Rights: 7th November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a pleasure to take part in the debate although, in many ways, it has little value. On the basis of some of the speeches that we have heard from Opposition Members, it has added nothing to what should be a serious consideration of how we move forward as we…

Article 50: 7th November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Our country is deeply divided. In my county of Nottinghamshire, hate crime is 18% higher today than it was a year ago. Is it not important that, in everything that we say and do in the years and months ahead of us, we watch the language and make sure it is…

International Trade Questions: 3rd November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I refer to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on today’s article 50 ruling, which says that the trigger should be exercised within Parliament. I think my right hon. Friend said that the Government will appeal, but I ask him, on behalf of the Government,…

Orgreave: 1st November 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Some of us did not read accounts of the miners strike in The Guardian, with the benefit of living in London. Some of us—as I was, reporting for Central Television—were there on a daily basis. I totally agree with the Home Secretary’s very sensible decision. If we were to have an inquiry,…

Nissan: Sunderland: 31st October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I warmly congratulate my right hon. Friend and the Prime Minister on securing this fantastic new deal with Nissan, which will benefit not only the good people of the north-east. Thanks to the supply chain, the benefits will extend throughout the whole country, helping many tens of thousands of people and…

NHS Funding: 31st October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) We all want a well-funded NHS. I congratulate the Secretary of State on making sure that we now have record spending in England. Last night, the A&E department of the Queen’s medical centre was tweeting that it effectively could not cope. We all of course congratulate and thank the hard-working staff…

Armed Forces Covenant: 26th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I add to the comments of the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon) and to those of other hon. Friends representing Northern Ireland? When I went there as the Minister with responsibility for veterans, I was, frankly, deeply struck—perhaps only an English person can say this—by the complete lack…

Economic Growth: 25th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I thank you, Mr Speaker, for allowing Nottingham to begin to take over Parliament today? My right hon. Friend the Chancellor knows of the great benefits of the queen of the east midlands, because he used to work in Nottingham, and he believes in the huge value of infrastructure projects.…

European Council: 24th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Rolls-Royce, a magnificent British company, employs a number of my constituents and offers many of them fantastic apprenticeships. I went to see them on Friday and they told me about their concerns, which are shared throughout the whole of the aerospace sector and other sectors, such as the automotive sector, about…

Article 50: 20th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As my right hon. Friend will know, a very important court case has been heard in the High Court in the last week. What plans has he drawn up, including legislation, in the event that he loses that case and that therefore it will be this place, including the House of…

Community Pharmacy in 2016-17 and Beyond: 20th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The Minister knows my views: I do not think this 4% cut is a wise move. But I do note—and it is important that everybody reports this accurately—that that money is going to stay within the NHS, so it is not a cut. Can the Minister assure us about any incentives…

Foreign Office Questions: 18th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is not just the Foreign Secretary’s bank manager who will miss his many newspaper columns. Like the right hon. Member for Gordon (Alex Salmond), I read the one he wrote in The Daily Telegraph on 26 June in which he said that the only change that Brexit would make to our country…

Community Pharmacies: 17th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I should declare that Boots has its headquarters partly in my constituency and partly in Nottingham South. May I gently say to the Minister that there is great concern about the proposals? If there was ever a time to argue to increase the role of pharmacies, it is now. They perform…

Baby Loss: 13th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is always with great care that one treads into some areas of one’s own life, but, like many hon. Members, I remember around that 21-week or 22-week point of pregnancy—obviously I am addressing the women Members in the Chamber—having that marvellous, magical moment of what the books describe as a…

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU: 12th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I start by saying that I wholly endorse and support the wise words of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan). I also wholly endorse and support the wise words of my new friend, the…

Petition Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts: 11th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I declare an interest, having been born on 7 December 1956. Thank you, Mr Speaker, for allowing me, on behalf of my constituents of Broxtowe, to present this petition in the same terms as the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South. The Petition of residents of Broxtowe. [P001939]

Next Steps in Leaving the European Union: 10th October 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I make it very clear that, like everybody on the Government Benches, I was elected on a clear manifesto promise to respect and honour the referendum result? We know that we will leave the European Union, but the comments of the director general of the CBI should cause us all…

Nottingham Express Transit Extension: 14th September 2016

Anna Soubry Does my hon. Friend agree that we might have an interesting debate in this place about the safety of tram tracks and bicycles? There are many examples in Sheffield and Edinburgh, I believe, and not just in Nottingham, of people who have suffered. I have a constituent who nearly died as a result…

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans: 14th September 2016

Anna Soubry Will the hon. Lady give way? Sir Simon Burns Will the hon. Lady give way, and if not, why not? Ms Abbott Let me now draw my speech to a close. It is absolutely right that health and social care stakeholders should come together to plan for the future. It is absolutely wrong…

Schools that work for Everyone: 12th September 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I do not want any child to have to go to the sort of school I went to in the last five years of my secondary education. Hartland comprehensive was many times more like a borstal than a school. Unfortunately, there are still too many comprehensives like that in our country…

G20 Summit: 7th September 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate the Prime Minister on the way in which she, quite rightly, puts forward the huge benefits of free trade. I know that she will be aware and share the concerns of, notably, the financial and automotive sectors about any consequences of our abandoning our membership of the single market,…

Syrian Families: Resettlement Programme: 5th September 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I, too, welcome my right hon. Friend to her more than deserved place. I strongly suspect that you, Mr Speaker, and indeed the whole House, will welcome the four Syrian refugee families who are now housed in Beeston in my constituency, and congratulate Broxtowe Borough Council and Councillors Jan Goold and…

Exiting the European Union: 5th September 2016

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I, too, welcome my right hon. Friend to his place on the Front Bench, and I, too, accept the verdict of the British people—some 52% of whom voted for us to leave the European Union. Yesterday the Japanese Government produced a 15-page document, very unusually, being very bold about their assessment…

Higher Education and Research Bill: 19th July 2016

Mr Marsden I am afraid that I would agree. This problem has been amplified by people such as Chris Husbands, the Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, who said that four out of 12 of his research projects are now in jeopardy. These are issues that affect the bread and butter of the whole workforce. We…

Maternity Discrimination: 14th July 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Harrow West (Mr Thomas) not only for securing this debate, along with other hon. Members, ​but for being the only man who has taken part. It…

EU Referendum: UK Steel Industry: 13th July 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Gillan. I do not know whether you have had the great pleasure of chairing a steel debate before, but I know that you have family connections in Wales. The majority of the speakers in this…

Draft Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016 (Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee): 13th July 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016. I can already see and hear that there is an outbreak of people being a bit demob happy as we reach the final stages of what has been, by…

Womenomics Report: 6th July 2016

Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland) (LD) 8. What progress the Government are making on implementing the recommendations of the Womenomics report on the role and contribution of women in the Scottish economy, published in March 2015; and if he will make a statement. [905600] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I…

Steel Industry: 6th July 2017

Tom Pursglove (Corby) (Con) 10. What assessment he has made of the future prospects for the steel industry in Scotland. [905602] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I was delighted to be present at the Dalzell plant in April for the handover of that plant and Clydebridge from Tata to the Liberty…

Public Procurement: Small Businesses: 6th July 2016

Sir Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk) (Con) 13. What plans he has to work with the Scottish Government on ensuring that more public procurement is directed towards small businesses; and if he will make a statement. [905605] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Procurement has been an important part of the Government’s…

North Sea Gas and Oil Industry: 6th July 2016

Mr Alan Mak (Havant) (Con) 15. What steps the Government are taking to support the North sea oil and gas industry. [905607] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) In the 2015 Budget, the Government introduced a £1.3 billion package of tax measures to help our oil and gas industry. Today I am…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 28th July 2016

Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) (Con) T5. Pendle is home to a number of excellent aerospace companies such as Euravia, Senior Aerospace Weston and Rolls-Royce. What assurance can Ministers give the aerospace sector of the Government’s ongoing commitment following the vote to leave the EU? [905467] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) As my…

Insolvency Regulation (BHS): 28th June 2016

Martin Docherty-Hughes (West Dunbartonshire) (SNP) 4. What assessment he has made of the effect of the case of BHS on his policy on regulating insolvency. [905536] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) As the hon. Gentleman knows, the Insolvency Service’s investigation into BHS continues. We are always looking to ensure that Britain…

Counterfeit Electrical Goods: 28th June 2016

Mary Glindon (North Tyneside) (Lab) 5. What discussions he has had with online retailers on the sale of counterfeit electrical goods. [905537] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My officials and the Intellectual Property Office have met online retailers to reduce the availability of counterfeits on their platforms and to help to…

British Steelmaking: 28th June 2017

Scott Mann (North Cornwall) (Con) 15. What infrastructure projects are using British-made steel. [905547] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Crossrail, Europe’s biggest construction project, uses 7,000 tonnes of almost exclusively British steel. Network Rail sources 96% of its steel rail from Britain and it is all made in Scunthorpe—that is 120,000…

Ceramic and Brick Industries: 15th June 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. May I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) on securing this excellent debate and everybody who has contributed to it? It is indeed a fascinating subject. Such…

Draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 13th June 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I have quite a lengthy explanation of what the regulations do. They are important because…

BHS: 6th June 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I should like to make a brief statement on British Home Stores. The House will remember that, on 25 April, I made a statement after BHS entered administration. The administrators, Duff & Phelps, tried to sell BHS as a going concern with a view to…

Post-Foreign Affairs Council (Trade): 26th May 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Price) has today made the following statement. I represented the UK at the EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) in Brussels on 13 May 2016. A summary of the main discussions follows. EU-Canada Comprehensive…

EU Foreign Affairs Council: 12th May 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Price) has today made the following statement. The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will take place in Brussels on 13 May 2016. Lord Price will represent the UK. In relation to WTO Post…

Trade Union Bill: 11th May 2016

Mike Kane (Wythenshawe and Sale East) (Lab) 5. What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ministers of the Scottish Government on the potential effect on Scotland of measures in the Trade Union Bill. [904917] Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab) 10. What discussions he has had with…

Steel Industry: 11th May 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is an absolute joy and pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mrs Moon. As ever, it has been a very good debate. I nearly said that we have had the full set that we always have in a debate on steel, but…

North Sea Oil and Gas: 11th May 2016

Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) (Con) 4. What steps the Government are taking to support the North sea oil and gas sector. [904916] Graham Evans (Weaver Vale) (Con) 11. What steps the Government are taking to support the North Sea oil and gas sector. [904923] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Of course this is…

BIS Sheffield/Government Departments outside London: 9th May 2016

Roger Mullin (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) (SNP) I congratulate the hon. Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) not only on leading the charge in the debate, but on his quite excellent forensic analysis of why this is a deeply flawed policy decision. The dispersal of Government offices has been argued for for many years—from as far…

Pubs Regulation: 5th May 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Government have worked hard to meet the challenging deadline laid down by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, and bring the pubs code into force by 26 May 2016. Good progress has been made. The Government published draft regulations and a consultation…

Business Start-ups: 3rd May 2016

Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills) (Con) 9. What steps his Department is taking to support people who want to start their own businesses. [904771] ​ The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) We have a growing and healthy economy, which is good for all business, but which, in particular, encourages people who want to start…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 3rd May 2016

Sir Simon Burns (Chelmsford) (Con) T6. Does the Secretary of State accept that the proposals to allow waiters and waitresses, rather than restaurant owners, to actually receive tips given to them will be warmly welcomed? Does he not think that the House of Commons should show a lead, because in our own restaurants the agency…

Tax Returns: 3rd May 2016

Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth) (Lab) 12. What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effect on small and medium-sized enterprises of proposed changes to filing of tax returns. [904774]   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I talk to Treasury Ministers on a continuing basis,…

Productivity: 3rd May 2016

Jo Cox (Batley and Spen) (Lab) 15. What recent assessment he has made of trends in productivity levels. [904778] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Productivity, measured as output per hour worked, increased by 1% in 2015 as a whole—the largest annual increase since 2011—and is now 1.7% higher than it was…

BHS: 25th April 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) With permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to make a short statement to update the House on the latest position following the announcement this morning that British Home Stores has filed for administration. This is obviously a very difficult time for all its employees.…

Pubs Code and the Adjudicator: 14th April 2016

Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West) (LD) I beg to move, That this House has considered the Pubs Code and the Adjudicator. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this important debate. I also thank colleagues. This is very much a cross-party motion, with…

UK Steel Industry: 12th April 2016

Tom Blenkinsop The Secretary of State said that the Government would do everything possible for the communities and people affected. As he knows, on the day of the liquidation at Redcar, he announced an £80 million total package—   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is £90 million. The Minister…

Companies House Public Targets: 11th April 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. I have set Companies House the following targets for the year 2016/17: Public Targets To e-enable 96% by volume of all Companies House…

Help to Grow: 24th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The help to grow (“H2G”) pilot programme was announced by the Prime Minister in February 2015. Drawing on research undertaken by the British Business Bank (“BBB”), Government committed to address an identified finance gap for fast growing, innovative SMEs by using the Government’s balance sheet…

Draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016 (Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee): 17th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016. The Chair With this it will be convenient to consider the draft Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016. Anna Soubry It is…

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: 16th March 2016

Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden) (Lab) In last year’s summer Budget, the Chancellor said that he was committed to a higher wage economy: “It cannot be right that we go on asking taxpayers to subsidise…the businesses who pay the lowest wages.” When he introduced the national living wage, he said that “Britain deserves a pay…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th March 2016

Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West) (LD) T4. I welcome the Minister’s reiteration last Wednesday of her and the Department’s view that they will abide by the will of the House of Commons regarding the pubs code, which currently includes an outrageous measure whereby tenants have to surrender the length of their lease for the market…

Prompt Payment: 15th March 2016

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab) 7. What steps his Department is taking to help small businesses receive prompt payment from their customers. [904092] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Of course, we know that for small businesses late payment is a serious problem and continues to be so. That is…

Laser Pens: 15th March 2016

Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere) (Con) 11. What progress his Department is making on regulating the sale of laser pens. [904098] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It was a great pleasure to meet my hon. Friend yesterday to discuss his campaign, which I completely and fully support. We had already begun to look…

Brexit: Exports: 15th March 2016

Ian C. Lucas (Wrexham) (Lab) 8. If he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on exports from its (a) aerospace and (b) automotive sectors. [904093] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is absolutely the case that our country will be stronger, safer and…

Financial Assistance to Industry (First Delegated Legislation Committee): 14th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the motion, That this House authorises the Secretary of State to undertake to pay, and to pay by way of financial assistance under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, in respect of compensation of…

Pubs Code Adjudicator: 10th March 2016

Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West) (LD) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make a statement on the appointment of the first Pubs Code Adjudicator.   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) As I announced to the House yesterday, Paul Newby has been…

Energy-Intensive Industries: 10th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is, as always, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Weaver Vale (Graham Evans) on securing the debate. This is an important issue and, as other hon. Members observed, it is not the first…

Enterprise Bill: 10th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am today placing in the Libraries of both Houses the Department’s analysis on the application of Standing Order 83L in respect of the non-Government amendment passed at Commons Report stage for the Enterprise Bill.

Enterprise Bill [Lords]: 9th March 2016

Alan Brown The Secretary of State could give us further devolution for a start. If we had been given more powers in the Scotland Bill, as we wanted, perhaps the Government would need to worry less about us. Another interesting aspect of what we have seen today is the Government’s last-minute so-called “concessions”, and we…

Enterprise Bill [Lords]: 8th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It has been an interesting debate, but I must confess that I do not agree with many of the arguments advanced by the Opposition, so I hope that hon. Members will not support any of the new clauses. If I may deal with things in…

Ceramics Industry: 8th March 2017

Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) (Lab) I beg to move, That this House has considered Government support for the ceramics industry. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I shall begin with a quotation from Arnold Bennett, the Tolstoy of the potteries. In his masterpiece, “Anna of the Five Towns” he…

Enterprise Bill: 8th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am today placing in the Library of the House the Department’s analysis on the application of Standing Order 83L in respect of the Government amendments tabled for Commons Report stage for the Enterprise Bill. Analysis on application of Standing Order 83L (Enterprise Bill—Analysis on…

Competitiveness Council: 8th March 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on Monday 29 February. I represented the UK for the internal market and industry discussion. The Council…

Bombardier: Job Losses (East Belfast): 1st March 2016

Anna Soubry Thank you, Mr Speaker. Now I can really get stuck into what I want to say. I was waiting for that moment. I visited Bombardier yesterday with my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast East and the Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre and Preston North…

UK Steel Industry: 29th February 2016

Anna Turley My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point. There is no greater testament to the lack of progress of the northern powerhouse so far than the devastating loss of steelmaking on Teesside. If the northern powerhouse means anything at all, it means jobs, industry and growth on Teesside, and on that count the…

Universities: BME Students: 25th February 2017

Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich) (Lab) 3. What steps the Government are taking to increase the number of BME young people receiving a university education. [903737] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Prime Minister, as we have just heard in respect of apprenticeships, has set a goal of increasing by 20%…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Seventh sitting): 25th February 2017

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Ms Buck. I think that we had come to the point in the debate on the amendment where all that was left was for me to respond. The amendment is unnecessary because it is already…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Eighth sitting): 25th February 2016

Bill Esterson The Minister certainly claims that she understands market forces; she does so often. I have mentioned before that this could be described as a domino clause, because those local authorities that do not implement it may well be influenced by what goes on in neighbouring authorities that do implement it. I guess that…

Apprenticeships: 25th February 2016

Naz Shah (Bradford West) (Lab) 8. What steps she is taking to improve the pay for and quality of apprenticeships for women. [903743]    The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The apprentice national minimum wage applies equally to all apprentices, and from October last year that rate was increased by 21% to…

Informal Foreign Affairs Council (Trade): 25th February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. I represented the UK at the informal EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) in Amsterdam on 2 February 2016. A summary of those main discussions…

Pre-Competitiveness Council: 25th February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Competitiveness Council is taking place in Brussels on Monday 29 February. The Council will discuss matters relating to the internal market and…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Sixth sitting): 23rd February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Good afternoon, Ms Buck; it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I shall explain why this clause should not stand part of the Bill. The clause was inserted by the Lords, and I can understand why it was felt that that was the…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Fifth sitting): 23rd February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I will deal with amendments 95 to 98, if I may. The Valuation Office Agency collects and holds commercially sensitive data from ratepayers, which it has a legal duty to protect. We understand the need for transparency to enable informed and well-founded rates appeals, but…

DRAFT REGISTER OF PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL REGULATIONS 2016 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 22nd February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016. The Chair With this it will be convenient to consider the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2016. Anna Soubry It…

Steel Industry Action: 11th February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Ahead of Monday’s high-level stakeholder conference on energy intensive industries, which follows on from November’s EU extraordinary Competitiveness Council on steel, I wanted to update Parliament on the UK’s contribution to EU-level action on steel. The main area in which the EU can make meaningful…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Third sitting): 11th February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I cannot comment on what happened earlier in the day. No doubt you said some wise words—but that is just me being a creep. The hon. Member for Sefton Central is right to table…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Fourth sitting): 11th February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) We must remember that clause 15 is specifically for this purpose—to require regulators subject to the regulators’ code to report annually on the effect that the code has had and to obtain the views of business on that effect. That is what the clause is…

Economic Trends: 10th February 2017

Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) 8. What discussions he has had with business organisations on economic trends in Scotland. [903492] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland has had a number of discussions with business organisations, including the Institute of Directors, the Scotch Whisky…

Previous Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (Second sitting): 9th February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I join the hon. Member for Sefton Central in welcoming you to your Committee Chair role for the first time. I am sure that we will all do all we can to make your…

Enterprise Bill [ Lords ] (First sitting): 9th February 2016

Bill Esterson I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. The whole area of the supply chain and whether the Government have thought through some of the implications of exactly that example are among the challenges that we have tried to deal with not just through this group of amendments but elsewhere by giving the…

Better Regulation: 8th February 2016

The Chair I call the Minister to make an opening statement. I remind the Committee that interventions are not allowed during the statement. The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Thank you, Ms Vaz; it is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair. I am pleased to have the opportunity…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 2nd February 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I pay tribute to the great work that my hon. Friend is doing to support the workers in his constituency who have been affected by last week’s unfortunate announcement of redundancies at Port Talbot. However, as the Secretary of State has already outlined, we have…

Sunday Trading Laws: 2nd February 2016

Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) (Lab) 16. What recent discussions he has had with shop workers and their representatives on Sunday trading laws. [903386]   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Officials met USDAW, the TUC and the GMB back in August, and I am very much in favour of the policy of…

Enterprise Bill [Lords]: 2nd February 2016

Ms Eagle The changes to the Act are minor, simply because they restore in real terms the original import of the Act—that minor change merely brings the Act up to date. There is no reason why any Opposition Member should worry about that change. It is aimed at a part of the rural broadband roll-out…

Businesses: Support: 2nd February 2016

Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) 3. What steps his Department is taking to support people who want to start their own business. [903371] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) In particular, our start-up loans scheme has provided more than 35,000 loans, worth over £192 million, and we are now putting support into growth…

Closure of St Paul’s Place BIS Office (Sheffield): 29th January 2016

Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State if he will make a statement on the announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills online yesterday morning that it is to close its St Paul’s Place site in Sheffield, which houses 250 jobs, and relocate them all to central London.…

Small Businesses: Late Payments: 27th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Reading West (Alok Sharma) on securing this debate on an important topic. We know that late payment is one of the biggest complaints that small businesses…

Business Transactions: Cash Retentions: 27th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Crausby. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) not only on securing the debate but on the powerful speech that he made. There have been many interventions, and powerful points…

Points of Order: 26th January 2017

Mr Speaker I note what the hon. Gentleman says about never having witnessed such unpleasantness in exchanges. I have never witnessed, in nearly 19 years in the House, the hon. Gentleman being squeezed by anybody; ​he almost invariably gets in. However, I take on board the very serious point he makes. Although I do not think…

Small Companies Audit Exemption Thresholds: 26th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Government have carefully considered responses to questions posed on the audit exemption threshold in the Government’s discussion paper on the implementation of the…

UK Steel Industry: 21st January 2016

Huw Irranca-Davies Indeed. I believe that if any Government Minister could batter down doors and argue for a fully engaged, fully proactive and serious strategy that looks at the steel industry five, 10 and 20 years hence, this Minister could do it. I sense she is trying to do her best, but I suspect she…

STEM Careers: Diversity: 19th January 2016

Mr Philip Hollobone (in the Chair) If the Minister is able to keep her remarks to 10 minutes, that would allow Mr Howlett a few minutes to sum up the debate before I put the motion to the House. The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve…

Post-SSI Support Package: Redcar: 19th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley) on securing this debate, and on placing on public record—this does not have anything to do with party politics—that undoubtedly, throughout this wholly unfortunate and sorry episode, she has always fought hard for her constituents, which…

Trade: 19th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. The Government aim to increase the number of exporting businesses by 100,000, from 188,000 in 2010 to 288,000 by 2020, and to increase the…

Steel Sector: 18th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) With permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement on the steel sector. It is with regret that I find myself having to update the House on further job losses. This morning, Tata Steel announced plans to make over 1,000 redundancies across its UK strip…

Trade, Exports, Innovation and Productivity: 13th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am grateful for the opportunity to debate a number of the Government’s key economic priorities. I will begin, however, by singing the praise of my Cabinet colleague the Secretary of State for Scotland. Not only is he outstanding as a Secretary of State, but…

Foreign Affairs Council (Trade): 11th January 2016

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) met twice in Nairobi during the 10th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The first meeting…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th December 2015

Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) (Lab) T6. Several organisations, including Electrical Safety First, welcomed the recent product safety review conducted by the Department and headed by Lynn Faulds Wood. We must work to prevent ineffective product safety recalls and improve traceability better to protect customers and business in the UK. When will the Department publish the…

Small Businesses (Late Payments): 15th December 2015

Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) (Con) 12. What steps he is taking to tackle late payment to small businesses. [902709] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Enterprise Bill, which is going through the other place, will create a small business commissioner, and one of his or her most important roles will be to…

Aerospace Industry: 15th December 2015

 Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) (Con) 10. What steps he is taking to support the aerospace industry. [902707] Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) (Con) 14. What steps he is taking to support the aerospace industry. [902711] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I was delighted that in the spending review the Government committed a…

Previous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: 10th December 2015

Owen Thompson (Midlothian) (SNP) Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the biggest concerns about the whole process is the lack of transparency? Nobody knows exactly what is happening. The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is on the internet! Roger Mullin Absolutely. That is a particularly important reason why…

Foreign Affairs Council (Trade): 10th December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will meet in Nairobi during the 10th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Council will…

EU Competitiveness Council: Post-Council Statement: 8th December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December. The UK was represented by Shan Morgan, deputy permanent representative to the…

Foreign Affairs Council: Post-Council Statement: 4th December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) took place in Brussels on 27 November 2015. I represented the UK on all the issues discussed at…

Boulby Potash and Teesside Unemployment: 2nd December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I do not know whether the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley) wanted to speak too, Mr Davies, but if she does, I will take as many interventions as she would like to make. That is never a problem. Geraint Davies (in the Chair) In…

UK Justice Home Affairs: Least Developed Countries Services Waiver: 2nd December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. I wish to inform the House that on 16 November 2015 the Government opted in to the Council decision relating to the “LDC Services…

Small Business Saturday: 1st December 2015

Graham Stringer (in the Chair) Before I call John McNally, may I check with the Minister that he has had permission to speak? The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) indicated assent.   John Mc Nally (Falkirk) (SNP) Thank you, Mr Stringer. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie…

Accession of Liberia to the World Trade Organisation: 1st December 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Lord Maude of Horsham) has today made the following statement. I wish to inform the House that on 3 November 2015 the Government opted in to the Council decision relating to the accession of…

EU Foreign Affairs Council: 25th November 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment has today made the following statement: The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) will take place in Brussels on 27 November 2015. I shall represent the UK. The substantive items on 27 November will be:…

Draft Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 (Second Delegated Legislation Committee): 18th November 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. It is particularly pleasant to say that because I have not said it before, and it is a great honour and a pleasure. I am sorry I am not my hon. Friend the…

Michelin Factory: Ballymena: 17th November 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I begin by paying tribute to those who work at the Michelin factory in Ballymena and their families during this extremely difficult time. The loss of 860 jobs in a small community is a serious and significant blow, and one that is certainly not lost…

Previous Groceries Code Adjudicator: 17th November 2015

Bill Esterson I am sure that the Minister will have a response. What is needed in the sector is a level playing field that benefits consumers, suppliers and retailers in the long term. The Minister should ensure that the adjudicator and others, including Ministers, intervene in the short term to ensure long-term success. The adjudicator…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 10th November 2015

Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry) (Con) T3. Many English Members of the House, while unable to recall individual results in the tournament, were extremely proud that England hosted the rugby world cup this year. What does my right hon. Friend estimate is the positive economic impact of hosting the rugby world cup? [902074] The Minister for Small Business,…

Pub Tenants: 10th November 2015

Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab) 5. What progress he has made on introducing a market rent only option for pub tenants. [902087]   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Government published a consultation on the introduction of the market rent only option on 29 October. Our proposals have been drafted to…

Business Finance: 10th November 2015

Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West) (Lab) 13. When he plans to bring forward proposals to improve access to finance for (a) the smallest businesses and (b) people who are self-employed. [902096] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) According to the latest SME Finance Monitor survey, net lending to smaller businesses has…

Access to University: 4th November 2015

Mark Menzies (Fylde) (Con) 10. If the Government will make an assessment of access to university education for people from the lowest income families in (a) England and (b) Scotland. [901906] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am very pleased to report that the most recent UCAS statistics show a record…

Steel Industry: 28th October 2015

Kevin Brennan I am not going to give way, because of time. We found out today that the Government are ordering hundreds of military vehicles and three new ships for our armed forces to be built using steel imported from Sweden. And this at the same time as Gareth Stace, of UK Steel, said that…

Corporate Boards (Diversity): 28th October 2015

Mr Chuka Umunna (Streatham) (Lab) I thought I would start by setting in context the reason for initiating this debate. First of all, tomorrow the Labour peer Lord Davies of Abersoch—not just a peer but a leading businessman in our country—will be producing and publishing his final report on gender diversity on corporate boards. Secondly,…

Enterprise Bill: Business Impact Target: 27th October 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has today made the following statement. The Enterprise Bill was introduced in this House on 16 September. It is a Bill that brings forward measures to support businesses to set up…

Redcar Steelworks: 15th October 2015

Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland) (Lab) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make a statement on the Government’s £80 million released to help former employees of the SSI steelworks in Redcar.   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I may…

Redcar Coke Ovens: 13th October 2015

Anna Turley (Redcar) (Lab/Co-op) (Urgent Question:) To ask the Secretary of State for a statement on the closure announced yesterday of Redcar coke ovens, leading to the direct loss of 2,200 jobs and many thousands more in the supply chain in the local community. The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Let me…

UK Steel Industry: 17th September 2015

Andy McDonald Let us not dwell on this. My hon. Friend the Member for Stockton North (Alex Cunningham) was here and he has made his contribution. He has done us the courtesy of doing that and he has shown his commitment, so let us have none of that. Let us move on. Teesside steel is…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 15th September 2015

Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central) (SNP) T4. Scottish Renewables announced yesterday that the sudden early withdrawal of the renewables obligation has already hit investment in projects, deeply concerning the sector. What assessment has the Minister made of the further impact the Government’s stance could have on the future viability of institutions such as the Green Investment…

Small Businesses: West Yorkshire: 15th September 2015

Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) (Con) 13. What recent support he has provided to small businesses in West Yorkshire. [901336] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) A total of 892 StartUp Loans have been issued to entrepreneurs across West Yorkshire, amounting to nearly £5 million, and 890 West Yorkshire businesses have secured guarantees…

Self-employed People: 15th September 2015

David Rutley (Macclesfield) (Con) 8. What steps he is taking to support self-employed people. [901330] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The new enterprise allowance and start-up loans schemes are making it easier for people to move into self-employment. We have appointed Julie Deane, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, to carry…

Government Strategic Support: 15th September 2015

Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab) 7. What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s strategic support for industries and sectors. [901329] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Through sector councils and meetings with companies across all sectors we will continue to work closely with industry to understand its needs…

EU Membership: Business: 15th September 2015

Peter Grant (Glenrothes) (SNP) 10. What assessment he has made of the potential effect on businesses of the UK leaving the EU. [901332] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Prime Minister is focused on reforming Britain’s place in the EU, and rightly so. A wind of change is blowing through the…

Regional Growth Fund: 11th September 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Today I am announcing the publication of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) 2014-15 annual monitoring report. The progress made by the Regional Growth Fund in 2014-15 is set out in the publication of the annual monitoring report. This is the third RGF annual monitoring report.…

The Insolvency Service: 21st July 2015

 The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I have set performance targets for the Insolvency Service for the financial year 2015-16. The targets reflect a rise in stakeholder confidence in the agency’s enforcement action and in its timeliness in reporting to creditors, but also the challenges that it continues to face. The…

Audit and Auditor Regulation: 20th July 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property (Baroness Neville-Rolfe) has made the following statement. The Government will require all public interest entities i.e. listed companies, banks, building societies and relevant insurers to put their…

UK Steel Industry: 15th July 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I congratulate the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Tom Blenkinsop) on securing the debate. If there was a criticism to make, it would be that it is unfortunate that ​it is only…

Hatfield Colliery: 2nd July 2015

Edward Miliband Let me explain how we got here. I want to place on record my thanks to Vince Cable and to the former Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the right hon. Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock), for what they did before the election. As the mine faced…

Statutory Guidance (Review Provision Requirements) and Statement on Definition of Control: 1st July 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am publishing today a guidance document and a statement to assist Departments in implementing the provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the Act). The guidance sets out the test to be applied in circumstances where Departments think that it may…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 30th June 2015

Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby) (Lab) T9. Workers at the Young’s Seafood factory in Grimsby are worried for their futures after Sainsbury’s ended a contract with it. Grimsby already has the 17th highest unemployment rate in the country, and in the past few years it has seen several established companies leave the area, leaving behind nothing…

Previous Small Businesses (Prompt Payment): 30th June 2015

John Mc Nally (Falkirk) (SNP) 9. What steps he is taking to encourage prompt payment to small businesses. [900638] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The Government are leading the way in paying their suppliers promptly. We have already legislated to “cascade”, as it says here, 30-day terms throughout public sector supply…

Small Businesses (Lincolnshire): 30th June 2015

Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham) (Con) 7. What assessment he has made of the effects in Lincolnshire of the Government’s policies on small businesses. [900636] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) Between 2010 and 2014 the number of private sector businesses in the east midlands increased by 28,000. Last week it…

Business Support: 30th June 2015

Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire) (Con) 11. What steps his Department is taking to support people who want to start their own business. [900640] Mr Speaker I call Anna Soubry—[Interruption.] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I am more than happy to answer questions. More than 30,000 people have benefited from more…

Business Regulation: 30th June 2015

Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con) 8. What steps he is taking to reduce regulation of businesses. [900637] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) As we have heard, the Government are committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses. The one in, two out initiative has put a real brake…

Business Competitiveness: 30th June 2015

Mr David Nuttall (Bury North) (Con) 10. What steps he is taking to increase the competitiveness of UK businesses. [900639] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) The World Bank recognises the United Kingdom as one of the best places in the world to do business, ranking us eighth. We committed in our…

Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited: 30th June 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I want to update the House on matters concerning Hatfield Colliery Partnership Ltd (HCPL). The previous Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy, my right hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock), informed Parliament on 7 January 2015 that the Government have…

UK Justice and Home Affairs Opt-in: 30th June 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) I wish to inform the House that the UK has opted in to a proposal from the European Commission ​for a regulation protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country. The proposed regulation consolidates existing EU legislation (regulation (EC)…

Older Industrial Areas: Economic Disparities: 25th June 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame M. Morris) on securing this important debate on economic disparities in the older industrial areas. I want to make it clear from the outset that the…

Carcraft: 10th June 2015

The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Williams. I congratulate the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes) on securing the debate. It is absolutely right and important that we debate these matters. This is an awful situation, and…

Business Groups: 10th June 2015

John Howell (Henley) (Con) 3. What recent discussions he has had with business groups in Scotland. [900152] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and other UK Ministers and officials meet business groups in Scotland regularly. I am pleased to say that one…

Trade Unions: 10th June 2015

Mr David Anderson (Blaydon) (Lab) 4. What recent discussions he has had with trade unions in Scotland on the Government’s proposed legislation on trade unions. [900153] The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) We are in the process of bringing forward new legislation in relation to trade unions to make sure that we…

National Minimum Wage: 10th June 2015

Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent) (Lab) 9. How many companies in Scotland have been prosecuted for non-compliance with the national minimum wage since 2010. [900158]   The Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise (Anna Soubry) So far no companies have been prosecuted, but we have named the 14 that have not complied with the law. We…

Select Committees: 3rd June 2015

Alex Salmond I once heard the Barnett formula described as being like the Schleswig-Holstein question in European politics, in that only three people ever understood it: one is mad, one is dead and I have forgotten it, but I will try to remember enough of it to allow the hon. Gentleman to understand how it…

Welfare and Duty of Care in Armed Forces Initial Training: Ofsted Report: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) Today Ofsted publish their eighth report on welfare and duty of care in armed forces initial training, copies of which I have placed in the Library of the House. Following inspections of eight armed forces initial training establishments between September 2014 and January 2015, Ofsted report…

Service Complains Commissioner: Annual Report: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to lay before Parliament today the Service Complaints Commissioner’s annual report for 2014 on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. This is the first report to be published by Nicola Williams as the Service Complaints Commissioner, and covers the…

Service Complains Commissioner: Annual Report: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to lay before Parliament today the Service Complaints Commissioner’s annual report for 2014 on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. This is the first report to be published by Nicola Williams as the Service Complaints Commissioner, and covers the…

Independent Medical Expert Group: Triennial Review: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am today announcing the start of the triennial review of the Independent Medical Expert Group. Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that non-departmental public bodies continue to have regular independent challenge. The review will examine whether there is a continuing need…

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees: Triennial Review: 24th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Ministry of Defence is required to review their non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) at least once every three years to ensure that they have regular independent challenge. I am today announcing the review to examine whether there is a continuing need for the function provided by…

Veterans’ Pensions: 16th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Mr Davies. I thank you for the way in which you have chaired this extremely short but nevertheless important debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Katy Clark) on…

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: 9th March 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I pay tribute to the Defence Committee for its work, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (Rory Stewart) for his sensible comments. I also pay tribute to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) for her long-standing work, and thank…

Defence Questions: 23rd February 2015

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) T6. As civil nuclear developments expand the market for skilled nuclear engineers, what steps is the Minister taking to ensure that we maintain the skills levels of the hundreds of nuclear engineers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire? [907712]   Mr Dunne The facility in Berkshire is extremely important—part of it…

Service Personnel: Police Cautions: 23rd February 2015

Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend) (Lab) 17. How many service personnel were dismissed from the Army, demoted or otherwise penalised as a result of having received a police caution between 2008 and 2011. [907683] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) Initially, in reply to the hon. Lady’s campaign, I said that the figure was…

Armed Forces Covenant: 23rd February 2015

Mr Marcus Jones (Nuneaton) (Con) 1. What progress he has made on strengthening the armed forces covenant. [907667] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I am incredibly proud of the fact that it was this Government who enshrined the covenant in law. We should all be extremely proud of that, and of the…

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill: 2nd February 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Our armed forces risk their lives to safeguard our peace and prosperity, and their welfare must therefore be a priority for any Government. This Government have shown their determination to meet their obligations…

Gurkha Welfare: 29th January 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Government would like to thank the hon. Member for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price) and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gurkha Welfare for leading an inquiry into grievances held by members of the Gurkha veterans’ community. This inquiry has provided the Gurkha veterans’ community an…

War Pensions Scheme (Uprating): 14th January 2015

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The new rates of pensions and allowances payable under the war pensions scheme proposed from April 2015 are set out in the tables below. The annual uprating of awards and allowances for 2015 will take place from the week beginning 6 April. Rates for 2015 are…

Defence Questions: 12th January 2015

Gemma Doyle (West Dunbartonshire) (Lab/Co-op) In the recent armed forces covenant report, the three service families federations state: “We remain disappointed that a sizeable proportion of our people continue to say that they have little or no knowledge of the AF Covenant and the principles that underpin it.” Three years after Conservative and Lib Dem…

National Defence Medal: 12th January 2015

Douglas Carswell (Clacton) (UKIP) 7. What his policy is on the creation of a national defence medal. [906900] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) There is a long-standing and widely understood military tradition that medals are not awarded as a record of service but in recognition of specific campaigns or operations, acts of…

Cadet Units: 12th January 2015

Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) (Con) 1. What steps he is taking to increase the number of cadet units in schools. [906893] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) We are on track to achieve our target of 100 new combined cadet forces in state schools by September 2015. That will ensure that, whatever their background…

Albemarle Barracks: 12th January 2015

Guy Opperman (Hexham) (Con) 8. What plans he has to visit Albemarle barracks to review handover arrangements. [906901] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I fear I might let down my hon. Friend because we have no plans—unfortunately—to visit his barracks, unless he makes me an offer I cannot refuse. However, we all…

War Widows: 24th November 2014

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) 2. What steps he is taking to protect the pensions of war widows who subsequently remarry or cohabit. [906179] Robert Jenrick (Newark) (Con) 16. What steps he is taking to protect the pensions of war widows who subsequently remarry or cohabit. [906193] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry)…

Defence Questions: 24th November 2014

David Mowat (Warrington South) (Con) T4. We are the only country in the world to pay legal aid to foreign nationals to sue our own soldiers. The MOD spends many millions more defending these claims. Is there anything more that the Secretary of State can do to divert these millions of pounds away from the…

Compensation Claims (Injured Veterans): 24th November 2014

Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) (Lab) 15. What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of resources available to process compensation claims for injured armed forces veterans. [906192] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) We have taken on extra staff, including five accredited doctors, to make sure that we process complaints…

Armed Forces Covenant: 24th November 2014

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton) (Con) 6. What progress he has made on strengthening the armed forces covenant. [906183] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) In addition to doing the right thing by our war widows, I am pleased to report that 3,222 applications to the Forces Help to Buy scheme have…

Veterans (Support and Rehabilitation): 19th November 2014

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bayley, and it has also been a great pleasure to listen to this debate. I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Jack Lopresti) on securing the debate. However, I…

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: 18th November 2014

Toby Perkins I am in the rather unusual position of speaking to my new clauses and in effect winding up the debate at the same time, but it is a challenge I relish. There have been some very valuable contributions to the debate. I reiterate my admiration of the campaign on late payments led my…

Corporal Stewart McLaughlin: 18th November 2014

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Weir. I congratulate the hon. Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) on securing this debate and the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) on his speech. I have 14 minutes in which to try to respond…

David Efemena: 10th November 2014

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Dagenham and Rainham (Jon Cruddas) on securing this debate. I express my sympathy and offer my condolences to the family and to everyone who knew and loved David Efemena. Those of us who are parents cannot think of anything worse…

Employment (Service Leavers): 4th November 2013

Duncan Hames (Chippenham) (LD) 6. What steps he is taking to improve the employment prospects of service leavers. [900858] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) We attach great importance to assisting service leavers in making a successful transition from service life into civilian employment. A recent defence statistics study shows that about 85%…

Service Family Accommodation: 24th October 2014

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Government remain committed to ensuring that our service personnel and their families have access to good quality accommodation at a price that is substantially subsidised compared to civilian options. Our programme of investment in service family accommodation has delivered significant improvements since 2010; last financial…

Military Covenant: 22nd October 2014

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) It really is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Mr Donaldson), and I am very grateful for his speech. It might have looked as though those of us sitting on the Front Bench were muttering away, so I hope he…

War Graves: 20th October 2014

Philip Davies (Shipley) (Con) 16. What assessment he has made of the criteria used by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to determine the level of maintenance of war graves; and if he will make a statement. [905531] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) Graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission predominantly…

Defence Questions: 20th October 2014

Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) T2. To return to cadet forces, the excellent Sandbach school in my constituency has run a popular combined cadet force since 1948. The head teacher, Sarah Burns, has told me that the leadership and life skills it develops are particularly positive for the most disadvantaged pupils who attend. It is a…

Reserve and Cadet Forces: 20th October 2014

Mr Robin Walker (Worcester) (Con) 9. What assessment he has made of the contribution of armed forces community covenants to the reserves and cadet forces. [905522] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Government have committed £30 million over four years to fund a range of community integration projects. That work helps to…

Legal Claims: 20th October 2014

Mr Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton) (Con) 14. What steps he is taking to reduce the number of legal claims against his Department. [905527] The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Anna Soubry) The Ministry of Defence conducts a wide range of activities, many of them inherently dangerous, and faces many legal claims arising from them.…

Gurkha Pensions: 11th September 2014

Sir Gerald Howarth I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend for making a very important point. Research ought to be done into the activities of some of these middlemen, who undoubtedly are in it for the money. It is they who have benefited from visiting on these people a misery they do not deserve…

Defence Questions: 14th July 2014

John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead) (Lab) How many of the former soldiers sacked by the Secretary of State for Defence in historic acts of vandalism have found permanent employment—not employment on the basis of single-hours contracts or temporary employment, but permanent employment? Will he put the figures in the House of Commons Library? The Parliamentary…

Bereavement Leave: 14th July 2014

Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) (Lab) 10. What the Government’s policy is on bereavement leave for parents and spouses of armed forces personnel killed during service. [904809] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) The Government are employers in two respects. Anyone in the civil service who finds themselves in this horrible position can apply…

Tornado ZD743 and ZD812 (Service Inquiry): 30th June 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I wish to inform the House of the findings of the service inquiry into the accident involving two Tornado GR4 aircraft of XV(Reserve) Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth on 3 July 2012, in which Sqn Ldr Sam Bailey, Fit Lt Hywel Poole and Fit Lt Adam Sanders…

Service Complaints Commissioner’s Sixth Annual Report: 26th June 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased today to publish the MOD’s formal response to the Service Complaints Commissioner’s (SCC) sixth annual report on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House. The response sets out how…

Ofsted Annual Report: 5th June 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 27 May, Ofsted published its sixth report on welfare and duty of care in armed forces initial training, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House. Following visits to nine armed forces initial training establishments between September 2013 and January 2014,…

Veterans (Homelessness): 12th May 2014

Stephen Gilbert (St Austell and Newquay) (LD) 12. What steps his Department is taking to tackle homelessness among veterans; and if he will make a statement. [903954] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) Some 20,000 service personnel leave the armed forces each year. The majority transit into civilian life without any difficulty, but…

Defence Questions: 12th May 2014

Mr Jones Supporting the small but significant group of veterans who leave the armed forces and then struggle in civvy street is of paramount important. The excellent Veterans Contact Point in my constituency provides support for such veterans in the Warwickshire area. What more can the Government do to support such excellent organisations, and will…

Service Complaints Commissioner (Annual Report): 12th May 2014

Duncan Hames (Chippenham) (LD) 16. What assessment he has made of the findings of the recent annual report of the Service Complaints Commissioner. [903958] ​ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I pay tribute to the work of Dr Susan Atkins and all that she has done in her time as the Service…

D-day Commemorations: 12th May 2014

Henry Smith (Crawley) (Con) 14. What assistance his Department plans to provide to ensure that veterans are able to take part in the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of D-day. [903956] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) The Ministry of Defence has been working very closely for a number of months with several…

Less Lethal Weapons (Triennial Review): 6th May 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 13 September 2013 I announced to Parliament through a written ministerial statement—Official Report, column 69WS—the commencement of the triennial review of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the medical implications of less lethal weapons (SACMILL). I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review.…

D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations (UK/France): 28th April 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Lord Astor of Hever, has made the following written ministerial statement: On 6 June this year the United Kingdom, along with its friends and allies, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings—the largest amphibious landing…

Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review): 10th April 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 25WS, I announced in a written ministerial statement, the commencement of the triennial review of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB). I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review. The AFPRB plays an important role providing…

Service Complaints Commissioner’s Annual Report: 27th March 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to lay before Parliament today the Service Complaints Commissioner’s sixth annual report on the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the service complaints system. I would like to thank the commissioner for her latest report, and for the outstanding contribution she has made in…

Spouses of Armed Forces Personnel: 17th March 2014

Mr Robert Buckland (South Swindon) (Con) 5. What plans he has to increase employment opportunities for the spouses of armed forces personnel. [903048] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) We know that one of the most important factors in enabling spouses to enter employment is making sure that good child care provision is…

Military Personnel: LIBOR Funding: 17th March 2014

Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire) (Con) 7. What progress he has made on using funding from LIBOR fines to benefit former and serving military personnel. [903050] Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) (Con) 9. What progress he has made on using funding from LIBOR fines to benefit former and serving military personnel. [903053] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna…

Armed Forces Covenant: 17th March 2014

Mr Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton) (Con) 11. What steps he is taking to strengthen the armed forces covenant. [903055] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) We continually review areas where we can make a difference, from home purchase schemes and health care to transition and increased pupil premiums in schools, and our…

Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review): 27th February 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am today announcing the start of the triennial review of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB), an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB). Triennial reviews of NDPBs are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring, and improving, the accountability and effectiveness of public bodies. The…

Red Arrow Hawk XX177 (Service Inquiry): 6th February 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I wish to inform the House of the findings of the service inquiry into the accident involving RAF Aerobatic Team Hawk T Mk 1 XXI77 on 8 November 2011, in which Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was tragically killed. On the day of the accident, Flight Lieutenant…

Advisory Group on Military Medicine (Triennial Review): 4th February 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 57-58WS, my predecessor the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) announced in Parliament through a written ministerial statement, the commencement of the triennial review of the Advisory Group on Military Medicine (AGoMM). I am now pleased to…

Veterans (Mental Health): 3rd February 2014

Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham) (Con) 13. What recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the mental health of armed forces veterans. [902325] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) This obviously remains a huge priority for me and other Ministers. One of my first actions after I was appointed…

Nuclear Weapons Tests (Veterans): 3rd February 2014

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) (Lab) 14. What steps his Department is taking to support veterans of nuclear weapons tests. [902326] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) It is important for me to make clear that the Government continue to recognise, and be grateful to, all the servicemen who participated in the British…

Armed Forces Widows’ Pensions: 3rd February 2014

Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central) (Lab) 6. What recent progress his Department has made on its study of the surrender of armed forces widows’ pensions. [902318] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) Under the 2005 pension scheme, widows and widowers retained their benefit for life. The older schemes are of course subject to Treasury…

Armed Forces (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill: 24th January 2014

Thomas Docherty If the hon. Gentleman shows a little forbearance, he will see where I am going with the argument. A number of examples were cited. In the interests of making progress today and not getting bogged down, I will not talk about them all, but I want to mention one specific case. A young…

Defence Questions: 16th December 2013

Mrs Moon My Bridgend council recently added to its military covenant a recognition of the service of the nuclear test veterans and called for the development of a fund for those veterans and their descendants in times of need. The idea was put forward by Councillor David White, whose father died when he was four,…

Gender Discrimination/Sexual Harassment: 16th December 2013

Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend) (Lab) 21. What research his Department has commissioned since 2010 on gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the military. [901499] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) As an equal opportunities employer, the armed forces are committed to a working environment free from harassment and discrimination. Substantial progress has been…

Community Covenant: 16th December 2013

Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough) (Con) 5. What support local authorities have given to implementation of the community covenant. [901482] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to say that 98% of local authorities have now signed up to the community covenant. Some 11 have yet to sign, but I am…

Armed Forces Covenant: 16th December 2013

Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) (Lab) 16. When he plans to publish the annual armed forces covenant report. [901493] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) As I have said, the report has been published today.   Alex Cunningham I look forward to seeing the report. What legal advice has the Department taken about the…

War Pensions Scheme (Uprating): 12th December 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) The new rates of pensions and allowances payable under the war pensions scheme proposed from April 2014 are set out in the tables below. The annual uprating of awards and allowances for 2014 will take place from the week beginning 7 April. Rates for 2014 are…

Defence Police and Fire Pensions: 26th November 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr Reid) on securing this debate and on his tenacity and diligence on the issue. I am aware that there is, and has been, a great deal of interest in this matter. I thank the…

Police and Guarding Agency: 21st November 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 27 March 2012, Official Report, columns 116-19WS, following a thorough and wide ranging review of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) civil policing and guarding policy, the then Minister responsible for defence personnel, welfare and veterans my right hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Mr Robathan)…

Glenanne Gang Murders: 12th November 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sheridan. I congratulate the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan) on securing the debate. He raised a serious issue that has been the subject of much comment over a considerable period of time. In…

Defence Questions: 4th November 2013

Mr Michael McCann (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow) (Lab) T6. The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 allows military families based in Scotland to request that an investigation into an operational death overseas be transferred to Scottish jurisdiction for a fatal accident inquiry. A written answer has revealed that, thus far, no families have made such…

Home Ownership: 4th November 2013

Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North) (Con) 8. What funding his Department makes available to help armed forces families to get on the housing ladder. [900860] Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) (Con) 9. What steps he is taking to help improve home ownership among members of the armed forces. [900861]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna…

Nuclear Test Veterans: 29th October 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Streeter. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) on securing the debate. I pay tribute to all those who have contributed: the hon. Members for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin)…

Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation: 22nd October 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anna Soubry) On 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 53-54WS, a written ministerial statement announced ​the commencement of the triennial review of the central advisory committee (CAC) on pensions and compensation, an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) which I chair. I am now pleased to announce the completion of the…

Public Health England (Porton Down): 11th September 2013

John Glen (Salisbury) (Con) The purpose of this debate is to seek an update from the Minister on the discussions on the future of Porton Down in my constituency. Since the debate I called in June 2010, to which my hon. Friend the Member for Guildford (Anne Milton) responded, I have had numerous interactions with…

Tobacco Products (Plain Packaging): 3rd September 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I echo the remarks of many speakers by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman)—a long-standing friend, if I may say so—on securing the debate and on his excellent…

Brain Tumours in Children: 3rd September 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sheridan. I have been called some bizarre things today. I was called “very libertarian” in a debate in this Chamber this morning, and I have been called something else this afternoon. I think it…

Organ Transplants: 17th July 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Let me begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) on securing this debate, raising this important issue, and enabling us to discuss it for this very short period. It is not really a debate but a number of questions quite properly…

Managing Risk in the NHS: 17th July 2013

Andy Burnham This is debate is about the NHS in England, and if the hon. Gentleman has concerns about the NHS in Wales, why does he not have a word with his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and get a better deal for the Welsh Assembly so that a bit more money…

HFEA and HTA (Government Response): 17th July 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Department of Health is today publishing Government response to the independent report, “Review of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority” by Justin McCracken. On 25 January 2013 I announced to the House that, following a consultation carried out in 2012…

Tobacco Products (Packaging): 16th July 2013

Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (Lab/Co-op) 1. If he will bring forward legislative proposals on standardised packaging of tobacco products. [165198]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Government’s policy remains unchanged. We are waiting to see how the legislation recently introduced in Australia pans out before deciding whether to follow. Cathy…

South London Healthcare Trust: 16th July 2013

Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) (Lab) 12. What recent progress his Department has made on negotiations with acute providers on the capital and revenue costs of implementing the recommendations of the special administrator of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Decisions on funding for each individual hospital…

Muscle-wasting Conditions: 16th July 2013

Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green) 10. If he will take steps to ensure that people affected by muscle- wasting conditions in the South East Coast NHS area are adequately supported after September 2013; and if he will make a statement. [165207] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) NHS England commissions some elements of…

Mental Health: 16th July 2013

Bob Stewart (Beckenham) (Con) 3. What steps he is taking to change negative perceptions of mental health issues. [165200] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I pay tribute to the work done on this issue by my hon. Friend, as well as by my hon. Friends the Members for Broxbourne (Mr Walker), for…

Children’s Heart Surgery (Review): 16th July 2013

Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) (Con) 5. Whether the new review of children’s heart surgery units will cover adult as well as paediatric cardiac surgery. [165202] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I am informed by NHS England that it will include adult surgery in its review of care for people with congenital heart…

Tobacco Packaging: 12th July 2013

Keith Vaz (Leicester East) (Lab) T4. Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating Abbey primary school on becoming the first “silver star” school in Leicester for banning sugary drinks and for promoting healthy eating and exercise? Does he agree that this is the best way of preventing diabetes and obesity in later life? [165227]…

Informal Health Council: 12th July 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) EU Health Ministers met in Vilnius, in Lithuania, on 8 and 9 July. I represented the UK. The agenda included discussions on sustainability of health systems, mental health and well-being of older people, and of smoking prevention in youth. The meeting began with a discussion on…

Prescription Charges (Long-term Conditions): 10th July 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my—I have to say—hon. Friend the Member for Colchester (Sir Bob Russell) on securing the debate, although I do not think that he made much of a friendly speech, and I have no doubt that he will not be much impressed by my response.…

HPV Vaccine: 2nd July 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Mike Freer) on securing the debate and bringing this important subject before the House. He speaks, as ever, with considerable knowledge and makes a powerful argument. I would not expect anything other than that…

Health Council: 27th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The health part of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council met on 21 June 2013 in Luxembourg. I represented the UK. After considerable discussion and changes to the proposed text to address concerns of member states, including the United Kingdom, the Council…

Kettering General Hospital A and E: 26th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) As ever, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Brooke. I congratulate the hon. Member for Corby (Andy Sawford) on securing the debate. He quite properly brings forward his constituents’ concerns about their hospital. I am delighted that he is working with two…

Mitochondrial Disease: 25th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central (Chi Onwurah) not only on securing the debate but on highlighting the impact of mitochondrial disease on families, and the potential of the new techniques…

East of England Ambulance Service: 25th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I begin by paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Witham (Priti Patel) for bringing this matter, quite properly, to Westminster Hall this morning, for giving an excellent speech, and for her outstanding…

Cross-border Health Care (England and Wales): 25th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman) on securing this debate. He has raised a number of important topics—notably, the difficulties of people resident in England who are registered with a local GP whose service is deemed to be…

Nutrition Labelling: 19th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Today we are launching the new front of pack nutrition labelling scheme across the UK. This will introduce more consistent nutrition labelling across the UK by providing, on the front of food and drink products, clear information on energy and those nutrients of public health concern…

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 18th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet on 20-21 June in Luxembourg. The health and consumer affairs part of the Council will be taken 21 June. The main agenda items will be the following legislative proposals: the tobacco products directive—it is expected…

Genetic Medicine: 13th June 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Norfolk (George Freeman) on securing this debate and pay a warm tribute to him for the great work he does as the Government’s life sciences adviser. I also thank him for his kind words about me. I…

Health Questions: 11th June 2013

Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (LD) T2. In my borough of Southwark we have higher than average smoking rates, and the Cabinet member responsible for health has said that hundreds of people are dying early because they smoke. Can Ministers help me to persuade our Labour council that it is inconsistent to say “Don’t…

Tobacco Packaging: 11th June 2013

Paul Flynn (Newport West) (Lab) 4. What his policy is on the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging; and if he will make a statement. [158869]   Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) 9. When the Government plan to respond to their consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products. [158874]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna…

St Helier Hospital: 11th June 2013

Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden) (Lab) 16. What the status is of the capital programme for the refurbishment of St Helier Hospital. [158881]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I am sorry, Mr Speaker, I am all over the place and do not have now the answer to give the hon. Lady.…

Cancer Waiting Times: 11th June 2013

Stephen McPartland (Stevenage) (Con) 6. What progress he has made on improving cancer waiting times and diagnosis. [158871] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Cancer waiting time standards set out a maximum two-month wait from urgent GP referral for suspected cancer, through to diagnosis, to the first definitive treatment. Quarterly performance in the…

Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy: 11th June 2013

Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) (Con) 15. What progress has been made on implementation of the UK five-year antimicrobial resistance strategy. [158880] ​ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We will shortly be seeking cross-Government clearance to publish the UK strategy, which addresses the challenges raised in the chief medical officer’s annual report and…

Accident and Emergency Waiting Times: 5th June 2013

Dr Wollaston I commented on that on Twitter. The remark was unfortunate; I think women GPs contribute enormously, but there we are. I would say that, wouldn’t I? The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) rose— The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Oh dear, what a pity. Until the hon.…

Gender Birth Ratios: 21st May 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Following a request from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the Department of Health has undertaken an analysis to investigate whether the gender birth ratio in the United Kingdom varies by mothers’ country of birth beyond the range that might be expected to occur naturally. The…

Mental Health: 16th May 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I would not normally intervene, but will my hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to the right hon. Member for Knowsley (Mr Howarth) for the great work he has done to raise with me and my Department this often unheard of, certainly unrecognised and very…

Parliamentary Written Answer (Correction): 16th May 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I regret that the written answer given to the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) on 17 April 2013, Official Reportcolumn 418W, contained some incomplete figures in the table.​ It has been brought to my attention that the information provided by the Care Quality Commission…

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes: 24th April 2013

Keith Vaz The hon. Lady is absolutely right. I do not want to steal lines from the Minister’s speech, but when she recently addressed a forum on diabetes, that was exactly what she said: diet is extremely important. We are all busy people and when we walk into the Tea Room for our cup of…

Health Inequalities: 23rd April 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure, Dr McCrea, to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma) on securing the debate and raising this important issue, although this is only a half-hour slot. The hon. Gentleman said that he was keen to…

A and E Waiting Times: 23rd April 2013

Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) (Lab) I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) on securing this debate. What struck me when listening to the contributions from all parties represented in Westminster Hall this morning is the consensus that exists about the fact that we need to hear from the Government…

Obstetric and Paediatric Services (East Sussex): 18th April 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd) on securing this debate. Given that no doubt many people in his constituency will, I hope, read all my speech and all the comments I make, it is very important that I make a number…

Health Questions: 16th April 2013

Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West) (Con) T2. The all-party group on men’s health, of which I am vice-chairman, has assisted in research that seems to show that men’s poor sexual health is often symptomatic of more serious problems, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Will my hon. Friend assure me that all robust…

Tobacco Product Packaging: 16th April 2013

Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (Lab) 10. When the Government plan to respond to the consultation on standardised packaging for tobacco products; and if he will bring forward legislative proposals on standardised packaging. [150773] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I am afraid that I cannot give a timetable, and I make no apology…

Radiotherapy: 16th April 2013

Grahame M. Morris (Easington) (Lab) 2. What progress he has made on the commitment that patients would have access to appropriate radiotherapy wherever they lived. [150764] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I am pleased to say that from 26 March £22.7 million of the Prime Minister’s fund to improve access to what…

Cancer: 16th April 2013

Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con) 14. How the NHS will be held to account on the experiences of cancer patients using the NHS. [150777] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Secretary of State made it very clear to NHS England in his mandate that we expect to see an improvement…

Cancer: 16th April 2013

Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood) (Con) 3. What steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer. [150765] Steve Brine (Winchester) (Con) 8. What steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer. [150771] Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) 12. What steps his Department is taking…

Fetal Anti-convulsant Syndrome: 26th March 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is, as ever, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Anas Sarwar) for bringing this matter to the House and for his speech, which was clearly based on careful consideration of a number of matters…

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome: 25th March 2013

Steve Rotheram I thank the hon. and learned Gentleman for his contribution. Until I did some research, I did not realise what a huge problem SADS actually is. I drew out some statistics, which I will share with the Chamber: some 250 people die every single day in the UK as a consequence of sudden…

Informal Health Council: 14th March 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) EU Health Ministers met in Dublin, in Ireland, on 4 and 5 March. I represented the UK. The agenda included discussions on childhood obesity, the impact of the economic crisis on health systems, children with complex developmental needs, patient safety, and on moving towards a smoke-free…

National Health Service Charges: 1st March 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe) has made the following written ministerial statement. Regulations will be laid before the House shortly to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2013. There will be an increase in…

Merton and Sutton PCT (Prescribing Policy): 1st March 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing the debate and on rightly bringing this matter to the House’s attention. I hope that I can offer her, if not the answer to her question, a number of points and perhaps arrange…

Health Care (Sutton): 28th February 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Burstow) for his long service and the great work he did as a Department of Health Minister and for securing this debate. He has made a number of very good and…

Health Questions: 26th February 2013

Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs) (Con) T2. We used to believe that tuberculosis was beaten in this country, but the number of instances of it is increasing, and there were more than 9,000 new cases last year. Does that not suggest, particularly when the incidence of drug-resistant TB is a concern, that a comprehensive…

Sexual Health Policy: 26th February 2013

Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway) (Lab) 4. What the reason is for the time taken to produce the Government’s sexual health policy document; and when he now expects it to be published. [144339] Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston) (Lab) 11. What the reason is for the time taken to produce the Government’s sexual health policy…

Local Authority Public Health Responsibilities: 26th February 2013

Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham) (Con) 2. What support his Department has given to local authorities in respect of their new public health responsibilities. [144337] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Department has continued to work with all its partners to ensure that there is a swift and effective transition of public…

Alcohol Consumption (Pregnancy): 26th February 2013

Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North) (Lab) 6. What assessment his Department has made of harm caused to babies by alcohol consumed during pregnancy; and if he will make a statement. [144341]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Foetal alcohol syndrome is a severe, lifelong condition caused by heavy alcohol consumption ​during pregnancy, and foetal…

Cancer Care (England and Wales): 12th February 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) As ever, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Riordan.​ I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Alun Cairns) on securing this debate. He makes the important point that it is not acceptable for cancer, of all the conditions…

Accident and Emergency Departments: 7th February 2013

Jim Dowd No, that is not the case. It is a question of whether being reasonable gets one anywhere. People in Lewisham have tried being reasonable with the trust special administrator and with the Department of Health, but so far it has got them nowhere, so they are having to consider other methods. Just how…

Nutrition Labelling: 31st January 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Today we have published the response to the front of pack nutrition labelling consultation held from May until August 2012. This is a joint response on behalf of the Department of Health, other Health Ministers across the UK and the Food Standards Agency. This consultation provided…

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Human Tissue Authority: 25th January 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Department of Health is today publishing its response to its “Consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority”. In “Liberating the NHS: Report of the arm’s-length bodies review” (2010) the Department set out its proposals…

Terminal Illness (Access to Medicines): 23rd January 2013

Jim Shannon There are parts of the world where drugs can be made more cheaply, and they include India. The drugs in India are equal to those made in the USA, for example, but can be made more cheaply. Why do not we obtain those similar drugs, at a cheaper price, so that we can…

Hospital Services (South London): 22nd January 2013

Heidi Alexander My right hon. Friend is right to highlight those issues. I would add that the close working between Lewisham hospital and Lewisham council on child protection has been recognised across the country, and I would not want that to be compromised in any way if the proposals go ahead.​ I fear that other…

East Midlands Ambulance Service: 21st January 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) on securing this debate. Were it not for the fact that I now sit on the Front Bench, I would have put in for a similar debate—there is no doubt about it—such is my concern, as the…

Dementia: 10th January 2013

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab) I congratulate right hon. and hon. Members on securing this important debate. The speeches have been moving and thoughtful. Today has demonstrated the best of Parliament, with MPs coming together and contributing to how we can resolve the dreadful issues around dementia. I am grateful to have the…

Diabetes: 9th January 2013

Mr Sanders That is a very good point. There is the 4 Ts campaign on diabetes. If I remember correctly, the four Ts are thirst, tiredness, toilet and one other— ​I always remember three, but not four. Anybody who feels thirstier or more tired than usual or is visiting the toilet more often should see their…

Antibiotics (Intensive Farms): 9th January 2013

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) on securing the debate, which is on an important subject. I ​shall say at the outset that, although I just about heard all the…

Health Council: 17th December 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Health part of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council met on 7 December 2012 in Brussels. I represented the UK. The Council unanimously agreed a general approach on the breakfast directives, following the lifting of the UK’s parliamentary scrutiny reserve. There…

Sexual Health Data: 13th December 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockport (Ann Coffey) on securing this important debate. I pay tribute to the work she does. Her energy and commitment to the most vulnerable people in our society are admirable and rightly well known. She has raised some important and…

NHS Funding: 12th December 2012

Andy Burnham I think that the hon. Gentleman should withdraw that remark, because there was no reduction in health spending on my watch. I left plans for an increase, as I am about to explain. He illustrates the point that I am making: we are getting half-truths, spin and misrepresentation from Government Members on NHS…

Health Services (Cornwall): 11th December 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Leigh. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Andrew George) on securing this debate and on raising what can only be described as a rich pot-pourri of topics relating to the state of…

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 29th November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet on 6 and 7 December. The Health and Consumer Affairs part of the Council will be taken on 7 December. The presidency is expected to seek a general approach on a proposal for a regulation…

Unsustainable Provider Regime (NHS): 28th November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewisham West and Penge (Jim Dowd) on securing the debate and on speaking with such eloquence and passion. That is what one would expect from a Member of this place; we would expect Members to bring to Parliament the concerns…

Balance of Competences Review: 27th November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health, Earl Howe, has made the following written ministerial statement: Further to the oral statement by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs launching the review of the Balance of…

Vulnerable Groups (Access to Health Care): 27th November 2012

Charlie Elphicke (Dover) (Con) 9. Whether he has recently reviewed how access to health care treatment can be made easier for vulnerable groups; and if he will make a statement. [Interruption.] [129943] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I am so sorry, Mr Speaker, I was getting carried away. It is my hon. Friend…

Vulnerable Groups (Access to Health Care): 27th November 2012

Charlie Elphicke (Dover) (Con) 9. Whether he has recently reviewed how access to health care treatment can be made easier for vulnerable groups; and if he will make a statement. [Interruption.] [129943] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I am so sorry, Mr Speaker, I was getting carried away. It is my hon. Friend…

Health Questions: 27th November 2012

Tessa Munt (Wells) (LD) T7. Since the Prime Minister made his radiotherapy promise to current and future cancer patients last month, cancer centres all over the country have been telling me that it cannot be delivered, because there is not enough investment in new radiotherapy machines and in the recruitment and training of staff to…

Pancreatic Cancer: 27th November 2012

Naomi Long (Belfast East) (Alliance) 10. How much the Government have spent on (a) treatment, (b) diagnosis and (c) raising awareness of pancreatic cancer since May 2010. [129944] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We cannot provide the absolute figures on how much we have spent on pancreatic cancer in particular, but some…

Clinical Commissioning Groups: 27th November 2012

Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab) 8. Whether he has put in place measures to ensure that clinical commissioning groups do not become for-profit organisations. [129942] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Clinical commissioning groups were established in statute. They are, accordingly, public bodies and cannot become private, for-profit organisations. Chi Onwurah…

Brain Tumours: 27th November 2012

Mary Macleod (Brentford and Isleworth) (Con) 2. What steps the Government are taking to raise awareness of and help those who have brain tumours. [129935] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Forgive me, Mr Speaker, but as you can hear—you may indeed be pleased to hear this—I am losing my voice. This is…

Warm Homes Healthy People: 22nd November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) This is to inform the House of the award of funds from the warm homes healthy people fund (WHHP) 2012.​ On 13 September 2012, the Department issued a circular to upper-tier local authorities in England inviting them to apply for funding from the WHHP. The aim…

Social Science Research Committee: 9th November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has commissioned an independent review of the Social Science Research Committee (SSRC) in line with the Cabinet Office requirement that all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) should be reviewed every three years. The SSRC is an advisory NDPB which provides the FSA…

Regional Pay (NHS): 7th November 2012

Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab) I am pleased to see some of my west country colleagues here and to see the Minister in her place. In May, the BBC asked the Deputy Prime Minister about regional pay, and he could not have been clearer: “There is going to be no regional pay system. That is…

Polycystic Kidneys: 6th November 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) on securing the debate; I know that this is an issue she campaigns on regularly. I pay tribute not only to her work, but to the excellent work of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity right across the…

Induced Abortion: 31st October 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Crausby. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Nadine Dorries) on securing this debate on a subject in which she has a long-standing interest. I have listened to the views expressed by Members,…

Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Unit: 30th October 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Here we are again. It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. It is about a week since we had a very similar debate, also under your chairmanship. That has already been described by my right hon. Friend—sorry, I always call my hon.…

Health Questions: 23rd October 2012

Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset and North Poole) (LD) T2. What steps is the Department taking to tackle the growing incidence of drug-resistant cases of TB, which increased by more than a quarter in the past year? [124160]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We are funding TB Alert to raise public and…

Pancreatic Cancer: 23rd October 2012

Mark Durkan (Foyle) (SDLP) 10. What recent progress he has made on improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. [124143] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We are providing more than £450 million during this spending review period to help diagnose cancer earlier. In January, we are planning to pilot a general symptom awareness…

Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy: 23rd October 2012

Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge) (LD) 13. What assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the cancer radiotherapy innovation fund will increase access to intensity-modulated radiotherapy. [124146] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The £15 million radiotherapy innovation fund is designed to ensure that from April 2013 radiotherapy centres will be…

Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy: 23rd October 2012

Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge) (LD) 13. What assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the cancer radiotherapy innovation fund will increase access to intensity-modulated radiotherapy. [124146] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The £15 million radiotherapy innovation fund is designed to ensure that from April 2013 radiotherapy centres will be…

Health Allocation Formula: 23rd October 2012

David Mowat (Warrington South) (Con) 8. What plans he has to review the health allocation formula. [124141] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We will soon publish the final recommendations of the independent advisory committee on resource allocation. That committee reviews the approach and the formula under which money is allocated to clinical…

Children’s Cardiac Surgery (Glenfield): 22nd October 2012

Jonathan Ashworth (Leicester South) (Lab) It is a pleasure to speak in this debate under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I pay tribute to the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Sir Edward Garnier) for securing this debate, and I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allowing us to hold it this afternoon.​ The…

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report on Desinewed Meat (Government Response): 16th October 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We have today laid before Parliament the Government’s response (Cm 8462) to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report on Desinewed Meat, which was published on 24 July 2012. On 28 March 2012, the European Commission issued demands, in accordance with its…

Tonbridge Hospital/Edenbridge Hospital: 16th October 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) First, I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley) on securing the debate and on the many questions that he has raised. As the clock is against me, I shall deal at the beginning of my response to his…

Government’s Alcohol Strategy: 17th September 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) We are today laying before Parliament the “Government Response to the House of Commons Health Committee Report of Session 2010-12: Government’s Alcohol Strategy” (Cm 8439). The Committee gave a positive welcome overall to the Government’s alcohol strategy and welcomed in particular the decision to introduce a…

NHS Cancer Services: 14th September 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) on securing the debate. I am aware of the excellent work that he has done with the all-party parliamentary group and with cancer charities to promote the inclusion of relevant cancer indicators in…

Health Select Committee’s Report on Education, Training and Workforce (Government Response): 6th September 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) The House of Commons Health Select Committee published its report on education, training and workforce planning on 23 May 2012. We have today laid before Parliament the “Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee First Report of Session 21012-13: Education, Training and Workforce…

Community Hospitals: 6th September 2012

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Anna Soubry) Let me begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) on securing the debate, and congratulating not just those who added their names to her motion but all who have spoken in what has been a very interesting and, indeed, passionate debate.…

Foreign Office Questions: 4th September 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In the past few weeks there has been growing concern about the human rights situation in the Gambia. I am very grateful to the Minister for all the assistance that he has given my constituent, Deborah Burns, whose husband is one of those who has been threatened with execution on death…

Rail Investment: 16th July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) This is a great day for Greater Nottingham, which has waited many years for the electrification of the midland main line. Can the Secretary of State, whom I thank from the bottom of my heart, confirm that it will give a real economic boost to Beeston in my constituency, to the…

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: 13th July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) If my hon. Friend takes the view that this is an admirable Bill, and if all sides agree on it, would it not be better just to get on with it and allow it a Second Reading? In that way, the Bill could be introduced, with a full debate later. It…

Green Belt (Broxtowe): 13th July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I begin by saying that I very much hope that this place changes its procedures so that one person cannot thwart a measure on which there is so much cross-party agreement? I am grateful to have secured this debate. In my maiden speech, I referred to the green belt in…

Sittings of the House: 11th July 2012

Dame Joan Ruddock I absolutely agree. As I was saying, our constituents want us to be in our constituencies working for them on a Friday. It is also where we want to be, and the record bears that out. On the 17 sitting Fridays in the 2010 to 2012 Session, recorded attendance varied from 19…

House of Lords Reform Bill: 10th July 2012

Ms Eagle These are all legitimate areas of concern and debate, which is why we want the House to scrutinise the Bill appropriately, to get it into a fit state for its passage to the other place. Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The hon. Lady makes some important points, but does she not agree that it…

House of Lords Reform Bill: 9th July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Although I support the Bill, as a Member representing one of the most marginal seats in the House—my majority is 389—I think that my hon. Friend is making an extremely important point which must be considered. I can imagine how, had I been elected under the proposed system in the last…

Crime (Rural Areas): 9th July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I know the Minister is busy, but will he meet the acting chief constable, soon to be chief constable, of Nottinghamshire, to see how he is working with Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, and particularly at how he is managing to police rural as well as urban areas in these difficult times?…

Professional Standards in the Banking Industry: 5th July 2012

Ed Balls I am not going to take an intervention from that hon. Gentleman. While we need speed, we also need the inquiry to be thorough and genuinely cathartic, and to succeed in rebuilding public trust and confidence, or else we risk being back here again. The third argument the Government employ is one of…

Army 2020: 5th July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the Secretary of State be so good as to come to the reservist centre at the Chetwynd barracks and meet senior officers who told me on Sunday that they believe we need legislation if we are to deliver the number of reservists we clearly need?   Mr Hammond I am…

Justice Questions: 3rd July 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The Secretary of State could be forgiven for not knowing that 72 years ago yesterday, he was born in the same ward of the same Nottingham hospital as my constituent Mr Roy Plumb. Unfortunately, Mr Plumb had to retire as a magistrate on his 70th birthday. I do not expect the…

Women (Global Economy): 26th June 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and on the very thoughtful and extremely well-researched speech that she is giving. Does she agree that one reason why women are not progressing in the way that we would all obviously like them to progress is that for many there is…

Foreign Office Questions: 19th June 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Gambian national General Omar Mbye is married to my constituent Deborah Burns and today appears in the Gambian Supreme Court to appeal a conviction for treason and a sentence of death. Will the Minister assure me that the Foreign Office is doing all it can to ensure that justice prevails in…

Scrap Metal Theft: 18th June 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The hon. Gentleman and I, being Nottinghamshire MPs, are familiar, like other hon. Members, with this terrible problem, which has blighted churches in my constituency. Does he agree that there is a good argument to be had about who should give out and operate the licences? It could be argued that…

Culture, Media and Sport Questions: 14th June 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T6. Further to the answer given to the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas) about the cost to households receiving free-to-view television and the impact of 4G broadband, will the Secretary of State look again at helping householders with the cost of installing professional filters to deal with the problem? [111323] Mr…

Ministerial Code (Culture Secretary): 13th June 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman give way? Jim Sheridan No, I will not bother.

Whitsun Recess: 24th May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a great honour to speak in this Adjournment debate before the recess. Hon. Members should welcome the fact that I do not intend to speak for well over half an hour, so that everybody can participate in the debate and then go out to enjoy the sunshine and, more…

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions: 24th May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am sure the House will join me in celebrating the fact that SMS Electronics in Beeston in Broxtowe has been a lucky recipient of a Queen’s award for enterprise. Many small businesses tell me and others that they need less regulation and oppressive red tape if they are to grow.…

Deputy Prime Minister Questions: 22nd May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T2. People in Broxtowe will have been pleased by today’s news that inflation has come down. What other measures does the Deputy Prime Minister think the Government should be taking to help hard-pressed families throughout the country? [108476] The Deputy Prime Minister I think it is significant that in one week we…

Employment Law (Beecroft Report): 21st May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) As a former shop steward and proud trade unionist, I welcome many of these proposals. Does the Minister agree that we need to change many of our rules and regulations so that, instead of having a “can’t do” culture, we have a “can do” culture? Mr Prisk I totally agree, and…

Justice Questions: 15th May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) David Parfitt killed my constituent Ged Walker, who was a serving police officer. Parfitt was released from custody a few months ago after a long sentence. We understand that he appeared in Lincoln magistrates court charged with a new offence, but my constituent’s widow has not been given the details of…

Rape (Victim Anonymity): 15th May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I wonder whether my hon. Friend could help, as there is growing concern about the use of Twitter in the ways described, but for other criminal offences. What actions are the Government taking to make sure that people are not allowed to hide behind their own anonymity when they tweet or…

Debate on the Address: 9th May 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my right hon. Friend give way? Mr Davis No, I am about to finish that part of my speech.

National Planning Policy Framework: 26th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Given what the hon. Gentleman has said, will he join me in urging Labour councillors in Broxtowe not to accept a housing target that would result in 4,000 houses being built on green-belt land? Tristram Hunt I am very grateful for the intervention, as I am an adamant defender of the…

Leveson Inquiry: 25th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the Secretary of State assure people in my constituency and throughout the country that at all times in this process he acted with impartiality and integrity? Mr Hunt I absolutely did and I am grateful to my hon. Friend for saying that, but we are very keen in all these…

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: 24th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Slough (Fiona Mactaggart) and I pay tribute to the work done by her and other Opposition Members when they were in Government. They undoubtedly made huge advances in the prosecution of people who had committed offences of domestic violence and…

Transport Questions: 19th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T9. I am all for improvements in public transport, but the tram works in Broxtowe are causing widespread disruption to residents, and last weekend the Wilkinson store in Beeston closed, with no alternative premises. Does the Minister agree that when deciding routes, wherever they are in the country, it is imperative…

Finance (No. 4) Bill: 19th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my hon. Friend give way?   Ben Gummer I am so deeply tempted by my hon. Friend that I will give way to her. Anna Soubry I am sorry that I had to leave the Chamber for a short period, but I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend, who…

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: 17th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I agree with much of what has been said about the Government’s change of heart on the definition of domestic violence. I pay tribute to my hon. Friends the Members for South Swindon (Mr Buckland) and for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant), and I congratulate the Secretary of State on…

Midland Main Line: 16th April 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does my right hon. Friend agree that we are seeing a complete outbreak of cross-party support for the project? She identifies Members representing cities and towns—for example, Beeston and Attenborough in my constituency—all of which will benefit if the scheme goes ahead. I do not know whether she has seen a…

National Planning Policy Framework: 27th March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In Broxtowe, a Labour-Lib Dem council is planning to build 4,000 houses on green-belt land. People throughout this country love and value our green-belt land. Will this framework continue to protect our green-belt land? Will it strengthen, weaken or diminish the existing protection of our green-belt land? Greg Clark Again, one…

Defence Questions: 26th March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T6. The Minister will be familiar with Chetwynd barracks in Chilwell in Broxtowe having visited it just the other week, when he brought a cheque for £50,000 for Alderman Pounder school, for which we are very grateful. Will he ensure that some of the extra money announced in last week’s Budget…

Deputy Prime Minister Questions: 20th March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T7. Being stalked must be a terrible experience, and it is calculated that there are about 120,000 such cases each year. I am delighted that the Government are going to make it a criminal offence. The people of Broxtowe—and no doubt those throughout the rest of the country —want to know…

Health and Social Care Bill: 20th March 2012

Andy Burnham No, I do not, is the answer—[Interruption.] Well, what has that proved? We had trusts earning income, but the foundation trust legislation set a cap: it allowed the principle but tightly controlled it for the vast majority of hospitals. That was its purpose. This Bill removes those tight controls. This Bill, supported all the…

Health and Social Care Bill: 13th March 2012

Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) (Lab) I welcome today’s motion on the Health and Social Care Bill, because I know how precious the NHS is. We must do everything possible to protect it. I am proud of the fact that the Labour party founded the NHS. In 1997, when we took over from the…

Employment Support: 7th March 2012

Maria Miller This is not a savings measure. I know that the hon. Lady is very concerned about this matter on behalf of those of her constituents who work in ​Remploy factories, but I assure her that we are trying to ensure that the money is used more effectively, so more of her constituents can get…

Treasury Questions: 6th March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T2. Many Conservative Members have long believed that lower-paid workers should be moved out of paying income tax. Will the Chancellor confirm that next month’s increase in personal allowances will have a real benefit for hard-working families in Broxtowe, and can they be increased even more come the Budget, please? [98024] Mr…

Work and Pensions Questions: 5th March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) My constituent Andrew Taylor relies on the Motability scheme in order that he can work and live independently. His concern is that the personal independence payment thresholds will interfere with that. What assurance can the Minister give him, please?   Maria Miller I entirely understand the importance of mobility and being…

Living Standards: 5th March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The hon. Lady says that she cares about our children. Those of us on the Government Benches also care about our children and our grandchildren. Does she think it right to saddle them, generation on generation, with debt, racked up by the previous Administration? Rachel Reeves As for caring for children,…

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions: 1st March 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T6. This week the Government announced the creation of 12 nature improvement areas, with a pot of £7.5 million, which no doubt will draw on the considerable experience and work of the Attenborough nature reserve in my constituency. I know that the Secretary of State has a great fondness for Nottinghamshire.…

Transport and the Economy: 28th February 2012

Karen Bradley I know how much hard work my hon. Friend is putting into reopening the train station at Ilkeston. As one from a neighbouring county, I am well aware that that would be a great asset to the residents of Ilkeston and the people of Derbyshire. Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) And Nottinghamshire.    …

Forensic Science Service: 27th February 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does my hon. Friend agree—perhaps this has not been understood—that before a so-called expert can give written or oral evidence to a court the judge has to be satisfied that they are indeed an expert in the field in which they say they are an expert? It matters not where they…

NHS Risk Register: 22nd February 2012

Andy Burnham My right hon. Friend eloquently makes the point I made at the beginning of the debate: people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, who depend utterly on the NHS have a right to know whether there is any risk to the continuity or integration of the care they receive. I understand that representatives…

Transparency and Consistency of Sentencing: 2nd February 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that, under the previous Administration, the Sentencing Guidelines Council said that a first-time dwelling-house burglar who was addicted to a drug, and who was susceptible to treatment for that addiction, should not go into custody? Mr Slaughter I do not know whether the hon. Lady is…

Welfare Reform Bill: 1st February 2012

Mr Byrne As I have rehearsed this afternoon, we simply think that a “one cap fits all” approach is not going to work. The Minister has had to put his hand in his pocket and spend a fortune to fix the problem. He tells us that the Work programme is working well, but the rate…

Early Intervention: 31st January 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my hon. Friend on the debate and on all the sensible things she is saying with great passion and clear knowledge. Does she agree that it is imperative if children born into the most terrible circumstances are to be adopted, we make sure they are adopted as quickly as…

Victims and Witnesses Strategy: 30th January 2012

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I agree with and support today’s announcement of these reforms, but does the Lord Chancellor agree that nothing in them will stop the victims of crime receiving compensation directly from the offender when sentence is passed? Some would say that that is at the very heart of the Legal Aid, Sentencing…

NHS (Private Sector): 16th January 2012

Andy Burnham My hon. Friend anticipates me. I shall come to precisely that point in a moment, and it will backs up his point that the Bill is akin to the privatisations of the 1980s. Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) What?

Business of the House: 8th December 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I do not wish to fall out with Labour Members who represent Leicester constituencies but it is a long-standing fact that the queen of the east midlands is Nottingham. There was good news today for the city of Nottingham, and that is good news for my constituency, which forms part of…

Living Standards: 30th November 2011

Teresa Pearce I totally agree with my hon. Friend. There is wage stagnation at the bottom of the income ladder. People are seeing their pay frozen at the same time as they face higher food, fuel and energy costs. There is a quiet crisis going on behind the front doors of the homes in my…

Trade Union Officials (Public Funding): 26th October 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will my hon. Friend give way? Mr Burley I will in just one minute. The upshot of all the extra money provided to the unions is that a huge amount of money is freed up, whether from the direct grants or the union fees, that the unions can use on political…

National Planning Policy Framework: 20th October 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is most unfortunate that my Labour-led borough council in Broxtowe has not only accepted the RSS target figure of 6,000 new houses, which means that 4,000 houses will be built on my green belt in Broxtowe, but is not waiting for the Localism…

PMQs: 19th October 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Yesterday, a report was published into the serious failure of Nottinghamshire police to protect a young woman who went on to be murdered by her violent partner. Does the Prime Minister agree that it is imperative that all police forces have the practices, policies and training necessary to protect women from…

Green Belt (England): 18th October 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Crausby. The number of Members attending this debate shows concern about the future of our green belt among not only our constituents but Members. As individuals, we understand and accept the importance of the green belt and the need…

Defence Questions: 10th October 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T8. Members of the armed forces often have to move very quickly and with short notice, which can affect the education of their children, particular if it happens when school has already started. Will the Minister therefore congratulate the George Spencer academy in my constituency, which intends to change its policy…

Public Confidence in the Media and Police: 20th July 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) There must be widespread agreement across the House that it is imperative that the police and the media start now to clear up their own mess. To that end, does the Prime Minister agree that it is time that police officers stopped divulging the details of arrested people before they are…

Public Confidence in the Media and Police: 20th July 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is always a great pleasure to follow my fellow Nottinghamshire MP, the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann). Only two weeks ago we held a similar debate, although it seems much longer, and much has changed since then. Like many Members, I was struck by the desire on both sides…

Train-building Industry: 12th July 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate in what has been a very difficult time for Derby and Derbyshire. Does he agree that the decision also has an impact on constituencies such as mine, which are as far from Derby as I think Amber Valley is? It has had…

Phone Hacking and the Media: 11th July 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) No party cosied up to the Murdoch press as much as the Labour party, and the Press Complaints Commission has been an inadequate, toothless body for far too long. Does the Secretary of State think that there is some connection in the failure of the previous Government to sort out the…

Phone Hacking: 6th July 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Yesterday, I momentarily hesitated before rising to support the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), but only because I was unfamiliar with the procedure—I did know that he was doing the right thing. I, too, congratulate him, and not only on bringing this debate to this House. I congratulate him also…

Contempt of Court: 5th July 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Would the Solicitor-General confirm that judges always give strict directions to juries that they must not access any form of internet or other information sources when considering their deliberations in a criminal trial? The Solicitor-General Yes they do, and I have done it myself when sitting as a judge. What one…

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: 29th June 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Someone who breaches bail commits a criminal offence and can therefore, and usually does, receive a custodial sentence, especially if they did not attend court when they should have. Mr Clarke I am grateful. My hon. Friend has been in practice much more recently than the right hon. Member for Blackburn…

Home Office Questions: 27th June 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) T5. What steps is the Home Secretary taking in these difficult times to support the work of women’s refuges, such as the one in my constituency, in their important work? [61857] Mrs May I am very happy to tell my hon. Friend that the Home Office has, of course, protected £28 million…

Dangerous Driving Offences (Sentences): 22nd June 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate and on his efforts to reform the law. He clearly has considerable support from all parties, and we wish him absolute success. The two-year sentence means that judges cannot reflect the serious consequences that often flow from someone who has committed the…

Sentencing Reform/Legal Aid: 21st June 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the Lord Chancellor agree that it was the last Labour Government who, having introduced IPPs, then changed the law for no other reason than to reduce the prison population? As for the thoroughly good idea that we now scrap IPPs, would we not thereby ensure that the public—the victims and,…

Academies (Funding): 16th June 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I visited Foxwood special school in my constituency on Friday and learned how keen it is to obtain academy status. Will the Minister help Foxwood and other special schools by encouraging them to apply for that status, and will he particularly assist Foxwood school? Mr Gibb I am grateful to my…

Motoring Fuel Costs: 14th June 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am meeting hauliers next week and I speak on behalf of many people. Does the Minister have a message of hope for all motorists and hauliers in particular? Justine Greening We scrapped the fuel tax escalator and we understand how motoring impacts on the broader economy. Prior to the Budget,…

Justice: 24th May 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I am exceptionally grateful to you for calling me, Madam Deputy Speaker, because I have perhaps rather better news—it is at least different news—than we heard in the previous speech. I would like to talk briefly about the outstanding work of magistrates and the invaluable role that they play in the…

CPS Advocate Panels: 24th May 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the Attorney-General agree that there is widespread concern among the criminal Bar about the new procedure, notably the fact that someone who is unsuccessful in applying for one grade is not allowed to apply for another? There seems to be no parity with CPS in-house advocates. The Attorney-General The process…

Sentencing: 23rd May 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Is the right hon. Gentleman honestly telling the House that under the tenure of the last Government there was not a serious and profound problem of overcrowding in our prisons? Sadiq Khan I remember that the manifesto on which the hon. Lady stood for election and won her seat stated that…

PMQs: 18th May 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Q13. Hard-working families in Broxtowe want a cap on benefits, but the Labour party will vote against such a cap. Would the Prime Minister help us in this way: who is living in the real world and who is representing real families—us or them? [55965]   The Prime Minister My hon. Friend…

Police (Regulation A19): 9th May 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I do not know whether the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) has discussed this matter with the chief constable of Nottinghamshire, but I did on Friday. Does the Minister agree that it is imperative that when chief constables make these difficult decisions they should consult not only their communities but…

Family Policy: 4th May 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In many ways, what my hon. Friend describes, drawn from his experience as a solicitor, is very similar what our hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant) said. She too was speaking from the heart as well as from her experience, as was our hon. Friend the…

Sure Start Children’s Centres: 27th April 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does the hon. Lady agree that this is all about political will? In Nottinghamshire, where we too have had great cuts in Government money, not only have we ensured that we do not need to close a single one of our 58 Sure Start centres, but in Awsworth in my constituency…

Higher Education Policy: 27th April 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Has the hon. Lady met the vice-chancellor of Nottingham university? If she has, will she confirm that he supports the Government’s policy?   Lilian Greenwood I have met him, and he is in favour of an increase in fees, but unfortunately the people of Nottingham, and prospective students, do not agree…

Student Loans: 31st March 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) 13. What recent assessment he has made of the administrative efficiency of the student loans system. [49979]   The Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning (Mr John Hayes) The service provided by the Student Loans Company in the desperate, dying days of the previous Government was woeful, and it led…

Criminal Law Barristers (Fees): 29th March 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) 19. What progress has been made on proposed changes to the payment of fees to criminal law barristers through the Legal Services Commission. [49339]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Mr Jonathan Djanogly) The processing, validation and payment of claims under the advocates graduated fees scheme is being transferred from…

Voluntary Sector (Nottingham): 8th March 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Lady give way? Lilian Greenwood No, I am sorry, but my time is very limited.​ The evidence for those cuts has been set out in an exchange of correspondence between the leader of the council and Ministers. NCVS anticipates that £47.5 million of council funding for the voluntary…

Protection of Freedoms Bill: 1st March 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill is about striking a balance between maintaining law and order and ensuring that crimes are properly investigated, and maintaining civil liberties and ensuring that we do not live in the sort of society in which people who are completely exonerated of the smallest…

Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill: 11th February 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) on his Bill, and offer it my wholehearted support. I shall not rehearse all the arguments that have been presented so ably by so many Members, but it is clear to me that there is cross-party agreement not…

Voting by Prisoners: 10th February 2011

Mr Streeter I will not give way, if my hon. Friend does not mind, because I have done so twice. It is time to take a stand. I suggest three things—we are coming now to solutions. First, I suggest that we vote overwhelmingly today to reject the ECHR judgment and support the motion. In doing…

Prayers: 4th February 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I beg to move, That the House sit in private.

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill: 4th February 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am grateful, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity, which arose as a result of my being drawn in the ballot for private Members’ Bills, to introduce the Bill in the House. It is important that I begin by…

Legal Aid Reform: 3rd February 2011

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) I declare an interest at the outset, because as you and others may know, Mr Speaker, until my election in May, I worked for 16 years as a criminal barrister in Nottingham and other places such as Leicester and Derby. It is important to remember that there is a need to…

Business of the House: 16th December 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the Leader of the House be so good as to ensure that time is set aside so that we may debate the Government’s Green Paper on sentencing as soon as possible, and long before the end of the consultation period, please? Sir George Young I note my hon. Friend’s interest…

Sentencing (Green Paper): 14th December 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Does my hon. Friend not agree that there is a danger in just looking at statistics, in that we do not know or understand the level of criminality that lies behind them? If we look at the figures and then the length of sentences, we can see that they refer to…

Higher Education Fees: 9th December 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) May I first declare the following interests? I have a daughter who is currently a student in her second year, and my youngest daughter anticipates going into higher education and going to university in 2012. I am also a former member of the executive of the National Union of Students, which…

Police Funding: 8th December 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Could the hon. Gentleman help us by telling us what percentage of the budget his party would have cut had it been returned to government, and what the consequences would have been for police numbers? It is a fact, is it not, that Labour would have cut the budget by 20%…

PMQs: 8th December 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) This morning, I spoke to one of my constituents—[Hon. Members: “Hooray!”] It might come as news to Labour Members, if they were quiet, and they should try it. Mrs Lowther, who is 76 years of age, is disabled and has been housebound for 11 days now, because of the snow and…

Rehabilitation and Sentencing: 7th December 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) The majority of the people I represented who were burglars were addicted to drugs or alcohol. Does the Secretary of State agree that residential rehabilitation is usually far more effective at stopping such people reoffending than long custodial sentences? Mr Clarke I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. She has long…

Domestic Violence: 30th November 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Women’s refuges provide not only a safe place for women and their children, but a valuable service in the prosecution of men who have committed offences of violence against women. Will the Attorney-General do all he can to ensure that local authorities do not cut funding for women’s refuges, given the…

BBC Funding (CSR): 10th November 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Is not the real problem with the BBC the fact that it has expanded into areas that it should not have expanded into, and that it has lost sight of the fact that it is a maker and broadcaster of programmes? In moving into websites, it is taking away from other…

Prisoners’ Right to Vote: 2nd November 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In my 16 years at the criminal Bar, not one of my clients facing a custodial sentence has been upset at the prospect of losing his or her right to vote. Will the Minister please look with real care at the allegation that prisoners would receive huge sums in compensation? A…

Postal Services Bill: 27th October 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) In my constituency there are 700 postal workers at the Beeston sorting office. To my knowledge, not one of them has written to urge me not to support the Bill. Two of them came to the Commons today to ask me not to support it—two in 700. Mr Anderson I thank…

Transport (Investment): 26th October 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) While I welcome, after years of dithering by the last Administration, a decision on the extension of the tram network in Nottingham—one of the routes passes through my constituency—please will the Secretary of State look at Nottingham city council’s plans for a workplace parking levy? I also ask him to consider…

Criminal Bar (Public Funding): 15th September 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Is my hon. Friend aware that across England and Wales the number of solicitors’ firms is diminishing fast? In Stapleford, a town in my constituency, there is now no solicitor available to provide advice for people with real need in family circumstances. They must travel many miles into Nottingham for that…

Crime and Policing: 8th September 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) First, the episode of the cat in the bin was filmed not by state-controlled CCTV, but by CCTV that belonged to the householder. [Interruption.] There is a big distinction. Secondly, does the right hon. Gentleman not accept that many leading members of his party have expressed concern about the 13-year legacy of the…

Mental Illness Care: 7th September 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) 15. What mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of assertive outreach teams in providing support for people with severe mental illness; and if he will make a statement. [13161] The Minister of State, Department of Health (Mr Paul Burstow) The Department of Health has issued guidance on the key components…

Ian Tomlinson: 26th July 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Would my right hon. and learned Friend be able to assist in this way: cases involving causation are always difficult, but did the Crown Prosecution Service consider two other charges available to it, neither of which would have been time-barred, namely affray and misfeasance in public office?   The Attorney-General So…

John McGrath: 22nd July 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Before I begin the Adjournment debate I will let hon. Members leave, as I anticipate and understand they will, given the hour. As you will know, Mr Deputy Speaker, I bring to the House’s attention a very serious and tragic matter. It is almost a year to the day since John…

National Offender Management Service: 20th July 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) 8. What plans he has for the future of the National Offender Management Service. [9420]   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Mr Crispin Blunt) The original objective of the National Offender Management Service was more effectively to deliver prison and probation services in a co-ordinated way. The current structure has…

Defendant Anonymity: 8th July 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Gentleman give way? Simon Hughes I hope that the hon. Lady will allow me to continue just for a second. We requested that the Home Office commission a new study of why there is such a low conviction rate in England and Wales. We suggested a public information…

Transport Infrastructure (Nottingham): 17th June 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) Will the hon. Lady please explain which wards in the city council will benefit from the tram but are those in which she says 60% of people do not have access to public transport? Lilian Greenwood The wards are those such as Clifton South in the city and places such as…

Building a High-Skilled Economy: 17th June 2010

Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) (Con) It is kind of you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and generous of my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (James Wharton), to allow me to speak. I know that the clock is against me, but I am no stranger to that. For many year, I worked in television so I am…