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Debate between Mr Gavin Shuker and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 21 November 2018

(1 year ago)

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Commons Chamber
Cabinet Office
The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard

I say to my right hon. Friend that I am happy to give that commitment. I think it is important for us to recognise that although we are leaving the European Union, we are not leaving Europe; we do want to continue to have not just a good trading relationship and close trading partnership with the EU, but that close security and defence partnership that we have had with the European Union and other countries across Europe as well. As he says, this is what makes sense, not just for the UK, but for all those European Union member states as well.

Mr Gavin Shuker Portrait Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) - Hansard

Q9. Since the Prime Minister’s Modern Slavery Bill passed, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and France have joined Norway, Sweden and Iceland in passing a sex buyer law. That makes us an even more lucrative market for sex traffickers because we are now, in effect, surrounded by states that tackle the demand which drives commercial sexual exploitation. In responding to the independent review of her legislation five years on, will she now commit to looking seriously at a sex buyer law? [907756]

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Nov 2018, 12:34 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman raises what is obviously an important issue. Having introduced the Modern Slavery Act, I am pleased to say that between 2015 and 2017 we saw a 52% increase in the number of modern slavery offences prosecuted. There is more for us to do, but we should welcome the change that has already taken place.

The hon. Gentleman asked specifically about a sex-buyer law. Separate to the review of the Modern Slavery Act, the Home Office has provided funds for research into the nature and prevalence of sex work in England and Wales, and that follows a Home Affairs Committee report on prostitution. As I am sure the hon. Gentleman will appreciate, we believe it is vital to have an evidence base before we consider any changes in this policy area. The research that is taking place will be completed next spring.

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Debate between Mr Gavin Shuker and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 20 June 2018

(1 year, 5 months ago)

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Northern Ireland Office
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20 Jun 2018, 12:24 p.m.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that care proceedings should be a last resort. They should be undertaken only after other steps have failed, because we want every child to be in a stable, loving home that is right for them. The sector-led review that she mentions is an important contribution to work that is being done across the family justice system to address the pressure caused by rising public law volumes in family courts, and we are carefully considering the report’s findings and recommendations.

Mr Gavin Shuker Portrait Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) - Hansard

Q2. If I can summarise what we have just heard: President Trump has locked up 2,000 little children in cages and is refusing to release them unless he is allowed to build a wall; he has quit the United Nations Human Rights Council; he has praised Kim Jong-un’s treatment of his own people; and he has turned away Muslims. What does this man have to do to have the invitation that the Prime Minister has extended revoked? [905948]

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
20 Jun 2018, 12:24 p.m.

As I said—[Interruption.]

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Debate between Mr Gavin Shuker and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 20 June 2018

(1 year, 5 months ago)

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20 Jun 2018, 12:24 p.m.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that care proceedings should be a last resort. They should be undertaken only after other steps have failed, because we want every child to be in a stable, loving home that is right for them. The sector-led review that she mentions is an important contribution to work that is being done across the family justice system to address the pressure caused by rising public law volumes in family courts, and we are carefully considering the report’s findings and recommendations.

Mr Gavin Shuker Portrait Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) - Hansard

Q2. If I can summarise what we have just heard: President Trump has locked up 2,000 little children in cages and is refusing to release them unless he is allowed to build a wall; he has quit the United Nations Human Rights Council; he has praised Kim Jong-un’s treatment of his own people; and he has turned away Muslims. What does this man have to do to have the invitation that the Prime Minister has extended revoked? [905948]

The Prime Minister - Hansard
20 Jun 2018, 12:24 p.m.

As I said—[Interruption.]