Canlyniadau 21–40 o 18719 ar gyfer speaker:Jim Shannon

Written Answers — Department for Education: Universities: Finance (15 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of reforming university funding models to reduce dependence on the income of international students.

Written Answers — Home Office: Shoplifting (15 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to protect retailers from shoplifting.

Women and Equalities: Community Cohesion (15 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for her answers. On community cohesion between different ethnicities, what plans does she have to make funding available to enable community events whereby each member of a community can demonstrate their culture and heritage, with all ages and all groups, and to build relationships in a similar way to what we are doing in Northern Ireland?

World Species Congress (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the hon. Lady for introducing the debate; she is absolutely right to do so. Does she not agree that the protection of the species we have is vital and that we as a nation and, indeed, our Government have a greater role to play in the protection of native species in the UK, as well as more widely? We in this United Kingdom can play our part globally as well, which is highlighted by the...

World Species Congress (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: Near where I live, Rosemount, Ballywalter and Mount Stuart all have a red squirrel programme, so there are others outside the zoo doing that. On bees and pollinating, just again for the hon. Lady and for Hansard, the black bee used to be a very scarce and almost extinct species of bee in Northern Ireland, but is coming back through the efforts of Chris and Valentine Hodges, who live just down...

Royal Bank of Scotland Branch Closures (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I commend the hon. Lady for securing this debate. She is consistent, and I am here to support her. In my constituency, the Ulster Bank, which is a subsidiary of RBS, closed its Ballynahinch branch last February, and it now intends to close the neighbouring Downpatrick branch in November. Does she agree that the abdication of the duty of care to rural banks is unacceptable at a time when...

Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: It is a pleasure to be called so early in the debate, Sir Charles—I am used to jumping up, then sitting back down again. It is great to be here and I look forward to all the contributions. I thank the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) for securing this debate. I will give examples and perspectives from across the world. The violence that happens to ladies and...

International Health Regulations (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I have been contacted by a large number of constituents who have voiced grave concerns about the powers and rights requested and required by this unelected body. While we may support some of the work carried out to help developing countries, I will not sign away the sovereignty of this nation. Our participation in the WHO should not come with a prerequisite of signing up to these demands....

Illegal Migration Act: Northern Ireland (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: Belfast City Council has the second highest number of asylum seekers in all of the United Kingdom; that indicates how important this issue is for us in Northern Ireland. Can the Minister confirm that there is still freedom of movement within the United Kingdom and that subsequently, under the policy of dispersal, we will be able to move any asylum seekers to the GB mainland to be directed,...

Innovation Centre for Energy Transition: Peterborough (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate, and I support his efforts to increase Peterborough’s potential. Does he agree that if we are ever to come close to our net zero target, investment is needed on a large scale? I support what he is saying and agree that university research, corralling the best and brightest minds, is essential. Does he envisage that that will include...

Smartphones and Social Media: Children — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I apologise for my late arrival this morning, Sir George—I had a Northern Ireland Affairs Committee meeting this morning, and I had to ask for permission to leave. On the issue of suicide, the Northern Ireland figures for those aged 16 to 24 in 2014 to 2016 are incredibly worrying. One in 10 children in Northern Ireland suffer from anxiety and depression, which is 25% higher than other UK...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to reduce A&E waiting times.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nigeria: Christianity (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, if his Department will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the religious dimension of the recent attacks against Christians by (a) jihadist groups and (b) Fulani militants in (i) Northern Nigeria and (ii) the Middle Belt.

Justice: Custodial and Community Sentencing (14 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: Restorative justice in Northern Ireland has been an effective method of ensuring that victims and perpetrators can at least come together and perhaps try to find a solution. It is also a way of ensuring lesser sentences. Has the Minister been able to look at the community restorative justice that we have done in Northern Ireland to ensure that those on the mainland who offend can have a new...

Substandard Housing (13 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I commend the hon. Gentleman for bringing this forward. He is absolutely right that millions of homes in this great United Kingdom have the same problem. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, although rents have substantially increased—in my constituency, there is a £126 increase in the new annual contract, an increase of 18% in one year—the standard of housing has not improved, and no...

Agriculture (13 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister as always for his positivity about the farming sector. The farmers’ union has asked me a specific, technical question that I would like to have on record. Does the Minister agree that since the transfer window for delinked payments closed on 10 May, clarity is needed that that will not apply to cases of inheritance, with the ability to transfer ownership not affecting...

Agriculture (13 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: The Minister is gracious in giving way, which I appreciate very much. If farmers cannot plant their crops, they cannot produce the food, as he knows. If they cannot produce the food, prices increase. The Government are committed to reducing inflation, as they should be, and we welcome the fact that it is coming down. However, if we do not help the farmers with food production, inflation has...

Public Procurement (13 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for his opening speech, in which he mentioned all the devolved nations. It will be no surprise to him that I will focus on Northern Ireland. The previous speakers all spoke about the importance of public procurement to the economy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We are all very aware that the Procurement Act 2023 is due to come into force in...

Parc Prison (13 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for his answers and helpful suggestions to other Members. What steps can be taken to restore confidence in the safeguarding and access to appropriate medical care for those who are imprisoned in facilities throughout this great United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? An investigation may well conclude that there was no fault, but this matter has certainly...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Autism (13 Mai 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department issues guidance to Departments on supporting candidates with autism through job recruitment boards.

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