Debates between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom

There have been 11 exchanges between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom

1 Thu 28th June 2018 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (161 words)
2 Thu 21st December 2017 Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy
Leader of the House
5 interactions (239 words)
3 Thu 21st December 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (130 words)
4 Thu 14th December 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (204 words)
5 Thu 23rd November 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (202 words)
6 Mon 30th October 2017 Sexual Harassment in Parliament
Leader of the House
3 interactions (231 words)
7 Thu 26th October 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (321 words)
8 Thu 19th October 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (187 words)
9 Thu 14th September 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (241 words)
10 Thu 6th July 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (218 words)
11 Thu 29th June 2017 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (258 words)

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 28th June 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Jun 2018, 11:31 a.m.

I feel I should say that I felt quite sad for Germany, as it was a difficult blow yesterday—

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Jun 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Really?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Jun 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Sorry, but I did feel some sympathy there. We will absolutely take on board the hon. Gentleman’s request for as much notice as possible of Backbench Business Committee days in the run-up to the recess and in our September sitting. I will take that away and discuss it with my right hon. Friend the Chief Whip. The hon. Gentleman also raises the important issue of adults with learning disabilities. He will be aware that the subject has serious implications for the charities sector, with many organisations facing significant bills should what he suggests be the solution on back pay. The Government are looking carefully at the issue, which could be a useful subject for a Backbench Business Committee debate—he could apply to himself for that. I know the Government would welcome any debate on a resolution to this very tricky issue.

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 21st December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Dec 2017, 11:46 a.m.

I am very pleased to hear that the hon. Lady feels that the work is progressing well and that some good recommendations have been made. It is very pleasing that she wishes to make urgent progress. I am glad to hear that and look forward to working closely with her on this in the new year.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

I thank the Leader of the House and all the colleagues who have worked on this over the last six weeks, and I am glad that there will be updates in the new year. I welcome, too, the grip taken on this matter by the Leader of the House, on behalf of the Prime Minister, to get this right.

I have been committed to making this place a positive place for everyone working here. Sitting on your diversity committee, Mr Speaker, has been an honour, but it has also shown the number of challenges we face. I am chair of the all-party group on women in Parliament, and we hosted a positive parliamentary Christmas event here for staff, aspiring politicians, councillors, business leaders and—

Break in Debate

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Dec 2017, 11:48 a.m.

I will conclude: can we all commit to using every area, including all-party groups, to make this a safe place to work and to aspire to be?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Dec 2017, 11:48 a.m.

My hon. Friend does a huge amount in this place to support particularly women, but also all equality issues, and I commend her for that and will be delighted to work with her.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 21st December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Dec 2017, 11:18 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman raises what I am sure is a very important point. If he has an EDM, it will be dealt with in the usual manner.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the apprenticeship levy? In my constituency, Blaze Construction is working hard to support this process, but has concerns about how it affects its industry and its efforts.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Dec 2017, 11:19 a.m.

I know that my hon. Friend shares the Government’s enthusiasm for apprenticeships, of which there have been more than 3 million since 2010. That is fantastic news for young people’s careers and the development of their skills. If she wishes to promote particular issues around the apprenticeship levy, I encourage her to seek an Adjournment debate so that she can raise the matter directly.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 14th December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

The hon. Gentleman rightly raises an important and concerning constituency case. It may be tricky, but he may find a way to raise the issue in DWP questions on Monday. The Government are looking at measures to protect rental tenants better. Draft measures are coming forward and consultations are under way on making sure that people in rented accommodation have protected tenancies and more security about how long they can remain in their homes.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Good news—more people are getting on their bike in my constituency for work or leisure. That is a good thing because my constituency is very clogged up and polluted. However, a number of my constituents have contacted me about shared spaces—the danger of pedestrians mixing with cyclists and the impact on people with impaired vision. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on road safety?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

My hon. Friend always speaks up for her constituents; she is particularly concerned about congestion and a big fan of cycling, so I commend her for her question. She is right to raise the sharing of pavements by cyclists and pedestrians, and I encourage her to seek an Adjournment debate so that she can talk about her specific concerns in Eastleigh.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 23rd November 2017

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
23 Nov 2017, 11:25 a.m.

The right hon. Gentleman might have noticed that there are quite a number of debates on Brexit going on at the moment. Perhaps he has not been present in the Chamber. I encourage him to stop talking the country down. We are extremely optimistic about the prospects for the UK as we leave the EU, and his constant pessimism is not helping.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
23 Nov 2017, 11:25 a.m.

I was delighted to hear the Chancellor focusing on infrastructure, air pollution and productivity in his speech yesterday. Infrastructure and link roads are key, and they are vital to improving air quality. Will the Leader of the House consider finding time for a full debate on this issue?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
23 Nov 2017, 11:25 a.m.

My hon. Friend is exactly right. Air quality is vital for this country. We all want to see transport moving, to ensure that we are not polluting unnecessarily. She is right to raise the Chancellor’s announcement of more money for infrastructure funding, particularly for link roads. I am sure that she will find a way to discuss the specific issues for her constituency, perhaps through an Adjournment debate, but as a general picture I think the Chancellor’s announcements yesterday showed a commitment to solving the twin problems of transport and air pollution.

Sexual Harassment in Parliament

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Monday 30th October 2017

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

I have been clear that the issue is around, first, those who are made to feel uncomfortable: I am setting the bar significantly below criminal activity. If people are made to feel uncomfortable, that is not correct. In terms of the consequences for the perpetrators, I have also been clear that staff could forfeit their jobs, Members of Parliament could have the Whip withdrawn and Ministers could be fired from ministerial office.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard

If we do not call out bad, irresponsible or criminal behaviour, which we do weekly in our constituency surgeries, we are all part of the problem. The right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) rightly raised the question and has used her gravitas to highlight the issue. I have the pleasure of serving on your diversity committee, Mr Speaker, which looks at these issues, and we have made some great strides in making this a positive workplace for all.

Can I ask the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister to work with me and all Members from all parties to make sure that we have a strong voice on all the separate issues—whether misogyny, poor language or criminal behaviour—and do everything to give the public confidence in every party?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

My hon. Friend has been a great champion of treating others with respect, and I would personally be delighted to work with her on this.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 26th October 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Oct 2017, 12:08 p.m.

There is absolutely cross-party consensus that, first, Sir David Attenborough is a national treasure and, secondly, it is vital that we do everything we can to stop and reverse marine pollution. The Government have done an enormous amount to create a blue belt around our overseas territories to ensure the protection of those areas. We are looking into what further action we can take to reduce litter on land, because it often ends up in the seas, and of course we have the ban on micro-plastics, which I was keen to put forward when I was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. My right hon. Friend the current Secretary of State is fully committed, and I am sure that many more Government initiatives will come forward to try to address this issue.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs this week rightly highlighted the dangerous effects of intensive farming on soil nutrient levels, and the Woodland Trust has highlighted the grave danger to the soil and the special environment in our ancient woodland and pastures. Will the Leader of the House consider scheduling a debate on the important issues affecting ancient and precious sites?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Oct 2017, 12:09 p.m.

I think that we all value our ancient woodlands enormously, and if Members have not been to one, I would encourage them to do so. These woodlands, the oldest in the UK, are really quite astonishing and absolutely irreplaceable. My hon. Friend is right to raise the importance of protecting our soils. As Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, I had the great pleasure of attending a conference sponsored by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to discuss just this issue and the importance of reducing the intensity of agricultural activity to reduce the damage being done to our soils. This is something that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is determined to promote.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 19th October 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

The right hon. Gentleman raises an incredibly important point. Of course, any specific information should always be raised with the Electoral Commission to ensure that any wrongdoing is caught. I absolutely share his concern that we need to make sure that all donations are indeed permissible and legal.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Last week, I was delighted to host an event in Parliament to highlight the issues of familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH—a genetic disorder. I also ran the marathon this year in support of Cardiac Risk in the Young, which promotes heart screening. Some 1,300 young people in Eastleigh have been screened in memory of Claire Reed. Ensuring that those young people with risks are screened saves countless lives. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate in this Chamber on heart screenings?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

First, I congratulate my hon. Friend on that marathon; I remember her absolute exhaustion the following day, and we were all in awe of her achievement. She raises an incredibly important point about how screening, particularly for heart issues, can save lives. I encourage her to seek an Adjournment debate on that very important matter.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 14th September 2017

(3 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
14 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Government have committed more to infrastructure than at any time in recent history—£49 billion since 2010, which is 17% up on the comparable period under the last Labour Government. We are investing more than £13 billion in the north of England’s transport infrastructure. From major new infrastructure schemes to local transport improvements, we are trying to transform journeys for passengers and drivers and to create the capacity that the north really does need.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard
14 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Opposition days and general debates are vital to the relevance of this House, as is the opportunity to discuss community, family and constituency matters in Westminster Hall, so I roundly welcome the forthcoming debate on baby loss. Will the Leader of the House make a statement on the impact of the Opposition’s determination yesterday to squeeze in together the two large issues of the NHS and education? Doing so diminished speaking time for Members on both sides of the House, including the time for the relevant Ministers to respond.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
14 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.

The subjects of Opposition day debates are obviously a matter for the Opposition. Nevertheless, it is the case with these very important issues that they squeeze in two for the price of one. My hon. Friend makes the good point that some of these matters are worthy of more debate. There were certainly many Government Members who would have liked to have made their case, but were unable to do so.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 6th July 2017

(3 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
6 Jul 2017, 1 p.m.

I remind the hon. Lady that, actually, it is this Government who are sorting out our public finances. It is under this Government that we have seen employment up by 2.9 million people, over 800,000 fewer workless households and a pay rise for 30 million people through income tax cuts. Basic rate taxpayers are £1,000 a year better off under this Government, so to suggest that everything is falling apart is simply not true. Opposition Members need to stop scaremongering, and I urge the hon. Lady to look at the facts.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard
6 Jul 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Hamble Lane, Eastleigh town centre and the Botley Centre on Botley high street leave constant queues and jams, and the resultant air pollution remains a key concern for my constituents, and particularly for parents of children with asthma. Will the Leader of the House kindly find Government time for a debate on air pollution so that we can talk about and really tackle this growing public health concern?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
6 Jul 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Air quality is a serious public health issue—my hon. Friend is right to say that it has a major link to asthma, which is a serious condition in itself—and we take it seriously. She will have many opportunities to raise it when we have the High Court judgment and when the consultation proposals are published later in the summer.

Business of the House

Debate between Mims Davies and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 29th June 2017

(3 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 11:14 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman has raised his point loud and clear. He will know that it was this Government who created the term “northern powerhouse” and who, more importantly, have funded it with hundreds of millions of pounds and continue to support it. His words are now on the record, and I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport will be interested to hear them.

Mims Davies Portrait Mims Davies (Eastleigh) (Con) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 11:14 a.m.

Yesterday at Prime Minister’s questions my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) bravely raised both the personal impact of online abuse and the direct effect that it had during her campaign and those of many other female candidates across the UK. As the previous chair of the all-party women in Parliament group, may I ask the Leader of the House to make time for a debate on the issue so that the House can express its disgust at such direct abuse? We must not let it put off the women leaders of the future coming to this House.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 11:14 a.m.

I completely agree with my hon. Friend. The number of colleagues who were genuinely scared for their personal safety during the recent general election campaign was a total disgrace. There was the appalling, disgusting behaviour of the defacement of offices and posters, and the constant tearing down on social media of colleagues’ efforts to get elected. It is an appalling indictment of our society that such things have been allowed to happen, and I certainly think that the House will want to take the matter further.