Debates between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid

There have been 8 exchanges between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid

1 Mon 3rd December 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Home Office
4 interactions (230 words)
2 Mon 16th July 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Home Office
6 interactions (271 words)
3 Thu 5th July 2018 Amesbury Incident
Home Office
2 interactions (83 words)
4 Mon 30th April 2018 Windrush
Home Office
3 interactions (112 words)
5 Mon 12th March 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
3 interactions (267 words)
6 Thu 23rd November 2017 Budget Resolutions
HM Treasury
3 interactions (455 words)
7 Thu 14th September 2017 Local Housing Need 3 interactions (269 words)
8 Mon 26th June 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety 3 interactions (263 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Monday 3rd December 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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Home Office
Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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T1. If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. [907976]

Sajid Javid Portrait The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sajid Javid)
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3 Dec 2018, 3:17 p.m.

I recently announced that 29 projects endorsed by police and crime commissioners across England and Wales will receive £17.7 million of funding to divert children and young people away from violent crime. I published the Government’s new strategy for tackling serious and organised crime and pledged at least £48 million for 2019-20 to target illicit finance. I have been to America to convene a “hackathon” where industry experts work together to develop tools to detect online child grooming. All this work is designed to keep our people safe.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately
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3 Dec 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Fruit growers in my constituency welcome the seasonal agricultural workers scheme pilot, although they are concerned that 2,500 workers will not be enough. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that during the implementation period under the proposed withdrawal agreement, EU workers will be able to continue to come to the UK to work on fruit farms in my constituency? Will he advise on whether he has plans to expand the pilot?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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3 Dec 2018, 3:18 p.m.

I welcome my hon. Friend’s interest in this pilot scheme for agricultural workers. I can assure her, first, that it will be carefully evaluated, and if we need to expand it, we will do that. I can also confirm that workers from the EU will still be able to come and work in the UK during the implementation period.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Monday 16th July 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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First, I hope that the hon. Gentleman recognises the importance of dealing with the whole issue of county lines and welcomes the new co-ordination centre. It will be funded through the commitment of £40 million into the serious violence strategy, and the centre’s funding specifically will be £3.6 million over the next two years.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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5. What steps he is taking to ensure that the immigration system facilitates the hiring of sufficient skilled migrant workers for the UK’s needs. [906454]

Break in Debate

Sajid Javid Portrait The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sajid Javid)
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16 Jul 2018, 2:30 p.m.

The Government are committed to an immigration system that operates in the national interest and ensures that businesses can attract the talented migrants that they need. From 6 July, we removed all doctors’ and nurses’ posts from the yearly cap of 20,700 places, ensuring that the NHS is able to recruit the clinical staff that it needs.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately
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16 Jul 2018, 2:30 p.m.

The hot weather means that apples and pears may be ready to harvest early this year, as was the case last year when growers in my constituency struggled to harvest their crops. Will my right hon. Friend update me on the prospects for a seasonal agricultural workers scheme to ensure that farmers have the workforce that they need to harvest British fruit and vegetables?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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16 Jul 2018, 2:30 p.m.

I am very sympathetic to the issue that my hon. Friend has raised. As we design our future immigration system, I want to ensure that it takes into account the seasonal demand for labour not only in agriculture, but also perhaps in hospitality. That is why we have asked the independent Migration Advisory Committee to look at this issue. We will see what we can do when the committee reports back.

Amesbury Incident

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Thursday 5th July 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Home Office
Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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5 Jul 2018, 1:17 p.m.

It is quite extraordinary and shocking to hear the statements that are already coming out of Russia. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is really important that we work with our international allies to counter the fake news and the disinformation coming from Russia and others?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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5 Jul 2018, 1:17 p.m.

Yes, I very much agree with my hon. Friend. That is exactly what we have been doing, especially since the incident in March. This recent incident is a reminder that there is more to do.

Windrush

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Monday 30th April 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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30 Apr 2018, 4:59 p.m.

First, I am sorry that the gentleman whom the hon. Lady refers to has those concerns and that anxiety. No one wants anyone to suffer in that way. I do not know if she has already passed the details to my Department, but if she does, I will certainly look at that.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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30 Apr 2018, 4:59 p.m.

As a Kent MP, I fully recognise the mixed blessing of the UK as an attractive place to live for migrants, both legal and illegal. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that the Windrush generation and all cases dealt with by the Home Office will be treated with humanity and compassion?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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30 Apr 2018, 4:59 p.m.

I can give my hon. Friend that assurance.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Monday 12th March 2018

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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Reasonable people understand just how important this issue is, and they do not take kindly to the right hon. Gentleman’s playing party politics with it. If he actually cared about the issue, he would not raise it in such a way. He would not use numbers and twist the facts to try to scare the public. The truth is that we are working with local authorities up and down the country to locate every single building and take remedial measures, and also helping them with funds. Despite what he has said, not a single council has been turned away. We are talking to every single council that has approached us, and we have made it clear that they will all be given the financial flexibility, if they need it, that will enable them to get the job done.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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T4. Thousands of houses have been granted planning permission in my constituency, but there are often long delays before they are actually built. What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to ensure that, when planning permission is granted, homes are built, particularly affordable homes? [904317]

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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12 Mar 2018, 3:23 p.m.

I can give my hon. Friend the assurance for which she has asked. First, we have commissioned independent work from my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) on speeding up building once planning permission has been granted. We shall hear more about that this week. Secondly, the consultation that was published earlier this week focuses on developer contributions in particular, and the need to ensure that developers stick to their word and can no longer game the system.

Budget Resolutions

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Thursday 23rd November 2017

(3 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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HM Treasury
Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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23 Nov 2017, 1:22 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman will know, if he has had an opportunity to study the Budget closely, that the Chancellor referred to the housing deals that we are working on in Greater Manchester, Leeds and the west midlands. The hon. Gentleman mentioned the trans-Pennine railway, and he will know that the Chancellor offered an additional £300 million yesterday for the trans-Pennine railway. I am sure the hon. Gentleman will welcome that.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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23 Nov 2017, 1:23 p.m.

A moment ago, the Secretary of State mentioned the review of the build-out of houses. One issue in my constituency is that many planning permissions are granted, but there seems to be a delay before the houses are built. We are getting the blight but not the benefit, and therefore not the affordability. May I welcome the Secretary of State’s plans to make sure that not only are planning permissions granted, but houses are built?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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23 Nov 2017, 1:23 p.m.

My hon. Friend is right to highlight that. Many councils are, like hers, willing to take what may be tough decisions, provide the land for new homes and give the planning permissions, only to find that developers do not build those homes out at all, or that they do so far too slowly. The measures in the housing White Paper are hugely welcome and will make a difference, but I am not sure whether they are enough. That is why we wanted to have an independent inquiry, and I am sure that it will make a big difference.

The whole planning and building process will be overseen by our new national housing agency, Homes England. That agency will be based on the Homes and Communities Agency, but its remit will be far larger and will bring together money, expertise, planning and compulsory purchase orders. That will allow it to offer specific solutions to the barriers faced by different areas, maximising its impact and getting more of the right homes built in the right places.

It is no good building homes if people cannot afford them. Growing the economy and raising wages are key to that but, as I said last week, young people face a housing market that is very different from the one that their parents’ generation enjoyed. We are going to get more homes built, but that will not happen overnight. What has happened overnight is a change that means that no stamp duty will apply for the vast majority of first-time buyers. On average, a first-time buyer will save £1,600. In addition, we have provided £200 million for a pilot to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants in the midlands, allowing people to own the homes in which they have lived for many years and giving them the same opportunity as that enjoyed by council tenants.

Local Housing Need

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Thursday 14th September 2017

(3 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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14 Sep 2017, 1:14 p.m.

I will happily reaffirm the Government’s position. We remain absolutely committed to the protections that are already in the planning code. Nothing that I have announced today will change the protections that are rightly afforded to the green belt, or our demand that when it comes to development, the priority should always be brownfield.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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14 Sep 2017, 1:15 p.m.

I fully appreciate the problem of the unaffordability of housing, not least on the basis of my own casework, but the main concern in my area about development relates to the lack of infrastructure and, in particular, the failure to invest in the road network. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that councils plan for and seek investment in infrastructure in line with development? Does he recognise that there may be some need for investment from the infrastructure funds that he mentioned so that the infrastructure can catch up with housing that has already been built, as well as that which is planned?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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14 Sep 2017, 1:15 p.m.

I share my hon. Friend’s concern. She is right to emphasise the need for the right infrastructure, and more infrastructure, if we are to have more homes. That is one of the reasons why we launched the £2.3 billion housing infrastructure fund earlier this year. I encourage my hon. Friend’s council and others to apply to the fund, if they have not already done so.

The statement of common ground to which I have referred requires co-operation at the start of the process because much of the infrastructure, especially the major infrastructure, is naturally shared between local authorities. I think that that will also help to meet some of my hon. Friend’s concerns.

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety

Debate between Helen Whately and Sajid Javid
Monday 26th June 2017

(3 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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26 Jun 2017, 5:41 p.m.

First, I thank the hon. Lady for the reassurance that she has been providing to her constituents, many of whom are looking for support from across Government and elsewhere. She has been a very reassuring figure locally, and I thank her for that.

On her particular question on immigration, I can absolutely give her that assurance. We have already made it clear that any information that anyone coming forward provides either to Government or local government will not be used for any kind of immigration check. That has been put in a letter that has been given to every affected family. If the hon. Lady has some further suggestions about how we can get that message out, as I think we should follow up on those, I would be very happy to listen.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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26 Jun 2017, 5:42 p.m.

I welcome the rapid pace of testing of the cladding. It is shocking to hear that so many tower blocks are unsafe. We have heard about the situation in Camden, where tower blocks are being evacuated. Does my right hon. Friend expect other councils to manage evacuations of tower blocks?

Sajid Javid Portrait Sajid Javid
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26 Jun 2017, 5:42 p.m.

Thankfully, no other councils have come forward so far with a need to have an evacuation. There are many more tests to take place, so I do not want to prejudge them, but hopefully what has happened in Camden will be a rare occurrence. As I said earlier, in the case of Camden, in particular, the cladding was a trigger for further fire safety inspections, but it was the massive failure of those further fire safety inspections that caused the evacuation.