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Lisbon Treaty

I know that information has been circulating about the Lisbon Treaty, which suggests that it will come into force in 2020 – this is incorrect. The UK signed the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007 and it came into force in December 2009. The main provisions of the treaty have applied since that date. Some have
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Funding for children’s services

I care deeply about the services our children receive and want to ensure that they have a future in which they can grow and thrive. I appreciate concerns about the funding for these services, and likewise am pleased that at the 2018 Autumn Budget the Chancellor made an additional £410 million available to local authorities
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Over-75 TV Licence

I do appreciate the importance of live television for many people, especially those who may otherwise feel isolated. People over the age of 75 are currently eligible for a free TV Licence. In 2015, the Office for Budget Responsibility estimated the cost of continuing the free TV licences to be £200 million in 2018/19, rising
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Pubs

I recognise the crucial role that pubs play in the social and economic life of our nation, as well in helping to promote responsible drinking, which is why I am encouraged by the support which the Government has made available to pubs. Through the Asset of Community Value scheme, communities can list facilities of local
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Foreign nationals working in the NHS

I would like to pay tribute to the tireless work that our doctors and nurses perform, not least of all the role of those doctors and nurses who have come from overseas to provide us all with our world-leading National Health Service. I completely understand concerns regarding the impact of our withdrawal from the European
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Extra costs for disabled people

I firmly believe that opportunity should be available to everyone, which is why I support the actions that have been taken to ensure the welfare system helps disabled people with the cost of living, and supports families raising disabled children. Since 16 January 2019 claimants who are in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP)
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AV on buses

Audio visual equipment on buses can support a wide range of disabled passengers to feel sufficiently confident to use buses. It enables them to access education, employment and other services, whether or not they are familiar with the route they are travelling. I welcome that through the Bus Services Act (2017), accessible information powers will
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Future trade agreements

Maintaining safety and public confidence in the food we eat is of the highest priority. Without exception, imports must meet all the relevant UK product rules and regulations. Any future trade agreements must work for UK farmers, businesses, and consumers, and uphold food safety, animal welfare standards, and environmental protection. In addition, when it comes
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Asbestos in schools

The safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance to the Department for Education (DfE). Ministers are committed to supporting local authorities, schools and academy trusts to meet their obligation to manage asbestos safely. The Health and Safety Executive’s expert advice recommends that if asbestos is unlikely to be damaged or disturbed, then it
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Violence in Gaza

I agree with concerns about the deaths and injuries in Gaza – the violence is shocking and tragic. Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself, however the number of those killed and injured demonstrates that we desperately need Israel to show greater restraint. I believe there is an urgent need to establish the facts,
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Commonwealth soldiers and citizenship fees

I welcome the fact that Commonwealth citizens, including Gurkhas, are exempt from immigration control under the Immigration Act 1971, throughout their service. The consequence of this exemption means that they are free from immigration conditions during the time they remain enlisted in HM Forces. I understand that those who have served as regulars are in
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