Debates between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow

There have been 16 exchanges between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow

1 Tue 8th October 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
8 interactions (261 words)
2 Thu 4th July 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
8 interactions (352 words)
3 Tue 12th March 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (115 words)
4 Mon 11th February 2019 Legislation against Female Genital Mutilation
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (88 words)
5 Tue 5th February 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (84 words)
6 Wed 23rd January 2019 Courts IT System
Ministry of Justice
5 interactions (236 words)
7 Tue 18th December 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
9 interactions (207 words)
8 Tue 13th November 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
17 interactions (588 words)
9 Tue 10th July 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (50 words)
10 Mon 18th June 2018 Upskirting
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (57 words)
11 Tue 5th June 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
5 interactions (217 words)
12 Tue 24th April 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (105 words)
13 Thu 8th February 2018 Environmental Audit Committee
Ministry of Justice
2 interactions (92 words)
14 Mon 4th December 2017 Social Mobility Commission
Department for Education
2 interactions (63 words)
15 Mon 4th December 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 4 interactions (62 words)
16 Tue 24th October 2017 Universal Credit Roll-out
Department for Work and Pensions
2 interactions (420 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 8th October 2019

(10 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Hansard

We have made a significant breakthrough in the number of prison officers. We have introduced the key worker scheme, which allows prison officers to build relationships with the prisoners, and during my visits to prisons I have heard that the scheme is extremely popular among prisoners and prison officers. We are professionalising our workforce in the youth estate, providing all frontline officers with a foundation degree—

Mr Speaker Hansard
8 Oct 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Order. Resume your seat, Minister. I am sorry, but these exchanges are very protracted. I know lawyers like to expatiate, but the answers are just too long, with people reading out great screeds. That is not what the House wants.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

The hon. Lady makes an interesting point. I would like to assure her that we do liaise with MHCLG. In fact, on Thursday I am going with my counterpart from MHCLG to visit one of the pilots in Leeds, and I will raise that point with him.

Mr Speaker Hansard
8 Oct 2019, 12:04 p.m.

A Buckinghamshire knight—Sir David Lidington.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Hansard

The hon. Lady has made a very important point. I assure her that a number of investigations are under way. Ten separate investigations of the incident are currently taking place, and I am pleased to announce that the Secretary of State and I have formally asked the prisons and probation ombudsman to conduct an overarching investigation. I spoke to the governor of the prison yesterday. She has introduced hourly checks throughout the night for all pregnant women, and fortnightly pregnancy review boards are being held for them, involving a multidisciplinary team. That is happening throughout the female prisoner estate.

Mr Speaker Hansard
8 Oct 2019, 12:39 p.m.

A sentence from Strangford.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Thursday 4th July 2019

(1 year, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard

I admire very much the hon. Gentleman’s American tie. He is auditioning for a new role as a fashion specialist.

Lucy Frazer Portrait The Solicitor General - Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Jul 2019, 10:29 a.m.

I point out to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) that 73% of the cases that were referred by the Attorney General’s office resulted in an increase in convictions. The reason for the disparity between the number of cases that are referred to my office and the number that go to the Court of Appeal is that a large number of them do not fall within the scheme in the first place, either because they are out of time or because the offences do not fall within the scheme. We must always remember that the judge has heard the trial, heard the evidence and read the pre-sentence report. Judges up and down the country are doing an outstanding job to ensure that, when crimes have been committed, perpetrators get the sentences that they deserve and victims get the justice that they deserve.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait The Solicitor General - Hansard

I am very pleased that the hon. Lady has raised the important work that is going on in her constituency and am very happy to discuss that with her. I was very pleased to see some joint working when I went to Wales: I saw how the courts and all the inter-agencies were working together—I attended an inter-agency group that was working collaboratively. Collaborative working is essential. I am very happy to meet and to discuss the issue with her.

Mr Speaker Hansard
4 Jul 2019, 10:40 a.m.

The hon. Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) is wearing an admirably bookish tie—presumably a commentary on his learning and scholarship.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait The Solicitor General - Parliament Live - Hansard

I am very happy to meet the hon. Lady. I was with the CPS in Canterbury last week, discussing some of the crimes in the Kent area. I am very happy to discuss this very important matter with her.

Royal Assent

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Jul 2019, 10:42 a.m.

I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that Her Majesty has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts and Measure:

Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Act 2019

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Act 2019

Church Representation and Ministers Measure 2019.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 12th March 2019

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Lucy Frazer) - Hansard
12 Mar 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Last night, the House unanimously passed legislation to further protect women and girls from the horrific crime of FGM, and I am pleased that my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Faversham and Kent served on the Bill Committee that was part of the passage of that legislation through the House. My hon. Friend asked particularly about improving prosecution rates, and I am pleased to tell her that each CPS area now has a lead FGM prosecutor. Those prosecutors will be working with their local police forces on arrangements for the investigation and prosecution of FGM offences.

Mr Speaker Hansard
12 Mar 2019, 11:50 a.m.

The voice of Faversham and Mid Kent, rather than of Mid Faversham and Kent; I call Helen Whately.

Legislation against Female Genital Mutilation

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Monday 11th February 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

What we do know is that there are victims of female genital mutilation in the UK, where FGM is being carried out. In November 2018, the Department for International Development announced £50 million to target and prevent female genital mutilation in African countries, and that is part of a wider investment by DFID. So far, through its support, DFID has protected 3 million girls worldwide from FGM.

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Feb 2019, 5:22 p.m.

That is a difficult choice. I believe the hon. Member for Hendon is a doctor. Let us hear from the fella.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 5th February 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

This is a really important point because it is important that justice is done, and not only done but done speedily. I should emphasise that listing is a judicial function, but it is important that Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service works closely with the judiciary on it. For that reason, I held a roundtable only a few weeks ago—with the judiciary, listing officers, the Bar Council, the Criminal Bar Association and the Law Society—to solve this issue.

Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Feb 2019, 12:33 p.m.

I call David Hanson—in a sentence.

Courts IT System

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Wednesday 23rd January 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard
23 Jan 2019, 12:53 p.m.

I am disappointed that my hon. Friend’s husband, whom I should declare I know, is affected, and I send my apologies to him. Indeed, more seriously, I send my apologies to all court staff, judges and professionals who have been affected. This has obviously been a disruption to their business and I am truly sorry for that. As my hon. Friend mentioned, we are working hard to ensure that these issues are resolved, and in fact 90% of staff have working computer systems today. We expect our court sites to be fully operational by the time they open tomorrow morning.

Mr Speaker Hansard
23 Jan 2019, 12:53 p.m.

It looks as though an end to domestic lobbying is in sight. I am sure the hon. Member for Banbury (Victoria Prentis) is extremely appreciative of that important fact.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

I am honoured that we have so many well-connected Members of Parliament present in the House to share with us their personal knowledge of the justice system. I thank the hon. Gentleman’s wife for all the work she does. I do indeed recognise the significant contribution that the magistracy makes. I was pleased to go to the Magistrates Association annual conference late last year. Magistrates do indeed make a significant contribution to our criminal justice system.

Mr Speaker Hansard
23 Jan 2019, 12:58 p.m.

I very much hope that the hon. Gentleman will present a copy of the Official Report, when it appears tomorrow, to Mrs Pound, or Maggie, as I think she is known.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 18th December 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

As the hon. Gentleman will know, we are in the process of an extensive legal aid review, which will look at many aspects and report early in the new year. [Interruption.]

Mr Speaker Hansard
18 Dec 2018, 11:52 a.m.

I hear the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) burbling from a sedentary position about the spirit of Christmas. I call Mr Barry Sheerman.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
18 Dec 2018, 11:53 a.m.

In my experience the hon. Gentleman is interested in every area of every policy in our public life.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

I have now heard that phrase three times in debates I have taken part in. The reason various cuts were made in 2010 was because of the perilous financial situation that our Parliament found itself in. We in the Department are looking extremely carefully at how we deliver justice for people. We are investing £1 billion in our core reform programme, while ensuring we use taxpayers’ money efficiently and well.

Mr Speaker Hansard

Plenty of time left. I call Christian Matheson.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Dec 2018, 12:10 p.m.

As I have recognised, there are areas of the country that suffer. The Legal Aid Agency looks at those areas, and re-procurement tender exercises are going out in seven of them.

Mr Speaker Hansard
18 Dec 2018, 12:12 p.m.

Order. I am not sure whether the hon. Member for Hendon (Dr Offord) is seeking to take part in Question 12 or anticipating Question 13.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 13th November 2018

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

My hon. Friend is right. As a responsible Government, we are ensuring that we have our preparations in place. We have published two technical notices, one on civil judicial co-operation and one on legal services. We are putting together our statutory instruments to pass to ensure that our legal system continues to work, and we have £17.3 million from the Treasury for no deal preparations.

Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 11:56 a.m.

I can hardly overstate the importance of persistence in bobbing. I say to the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) that to bob once is inadequate. If the hon. Gentleman wishes to participate, he should now bob again.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:05 p.m.

The Lord Chancellor and I take very seriously the importance of having a system of advocates that represents people, and we value the independent Bar as well as the employed Bar. I met the leaders of the Bar Council last week, as well as the leaders—the chair and the vice-chair—of the Criminal Bar Association to hear their concerns, and we are listening very closely to what they have to say.

Mr Speaker Hansard

I call Chris Evans, for Question 9—not here. Where is the feller? I hope he is not indisposed.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:08 p.m.

Very well done, indeed. The question was nothing if not roguish.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:08 p.m.

That was a very intriguing question on one about bailiffs. This matter is reflected in our female offenders strategy, and I am sure that the Minister responsible, the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Charnwood (Edward Argar), will be very happy to discuss it further with my hon. Friend.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Lucy Frazer) - Hansard

Whenever we close courts, there is of course always a public consultation, and we always carefully consider the consequences of any closure. However, in circumstances where, in 2016-17, 41% of our courts and tribunals used less than half of their available hearing capacity; where any money from the proceeds of sale is reinvested back into the Courts Service; and where we are reforming our courts with technology and bringing them up to date, we have to ask ourselves whether spending money on physical buildings is always the best use of money in our legal justice system.

Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:20 p.m.

We are all now better informed.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:21 p.m.

I am very interested in considering whether it is appropriate to do that in relation to a particular court. In general terms, it is interesting that although we have closed courts since 2012, the magistracy has diversified slightly, so we still have more women and more black and minority ethnic magistrates than we did in 2012. In relation to the wider justice system and other agencies, I am pleased to have visited recently a police station in Lewisham and a prison in Durham to see how our agencies can work better together, using technology as we progress into the next stage of justice.

Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:20 p.m.

We are running very late but I want to hear the voice of Cleethorpes. I call Martin Vickers.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Lucy Frazer) - Parliament Live - Hansard

The MOJ is investing a significant amount in our justice system—£1 billion on reform. The hon. Gentleman makes a number statements. We are currently reviewing legal aid. As I mentioned earlier, we invested £9 million in criminal advocates’ fees in April, and we are in the middle of a consultation and have proposed a further investment of £15 million. We take our responsibility in relation to justice very seriously and are working hard to ensure that we deliver justice in this country.

Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Nov 2018, 12:33 p.m.

I will call a colleague who promises to ask a short, one-sentence question. If it is a long question, do not bother. Kemi Badenoch.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 10th July 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

The hon. Lady makes an important point, and she will be aware that we are looking at the question of the small number of bailiffs who are not acting appropriately. I would be very happy to meet her and the family.

Mr Speaker Hansard
10 Jul 2018, 12:39 p.m.

Finally—in a sentence, I am sure— Mr Barry Sheerman.

Upskirting

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Monday 18th June 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Hansard
18 Jun 2018, 4:46 p.m.

As I have mentioned—

Mr Speaker Hansard
18 Jun 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Order. I would just say very gently to the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) that I understand the anger in the House about this matter, but I must ask him whether he gave the hon. Member for Christchurch notice of what was a personal attack. Did he do so?

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 5th June 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard

That is a very important issue and I am very happy to discuss it with my right hon. Friend.

Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 12:21 p.m.

I did not hear that. It would be most helpful if the Minister would look at the House as she answers, because I was looking forward to savouring the reply but unfortunately did not hear it. [Interruption.] You are going to have a chat with the fella about it. That is very useful to know. We are deeply grateful.

I just say to disappointed colleagues who did not get in on substantive questions that they might with advantage stay for topicals. I know they are very busy with many commitments and very full diaries, but if they feel able to hang around, they might find it to their advantage.

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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 12:31 p.m.

It is obviously very difficult to comment on a particular rate in a particular case for a particular individual, but I am very happy to talk to the hon. Gentleman about it. It is very important that criminal legal aid barristers and solicitors are paid appropriately for the amazing work that they do every day, up and down this country, in protecting the most vulnerable.

Mr Speaker Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 12:31 p.m.

If the Chair of the Select Committee can match his legendary distinction with brevity, he will be an even greater man. I call Bob Neill.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 24th April 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Hansard
24 Apr 2018, 11:55 a.m.

I am grateful for a third opportunity to address this issue and to speak again—this is the third time that I have heard my right hon. and learned Friend express his support for the Bill in the Chamber. As I have said, the Government are looking at this issue, and the matter is primarily for DEFRA.

Mr Speaker Hansard
24 Apr 2018, 11:58 a.m.

In so far as the right hon. and learned Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) seeks my advice, and he might not do so, my advice to him, to put it bluntly, is to follow Churchill’s adage: KBO—keep buggering on at all times. Just keep going, man!

Environmental Audit Committee

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Thursday 8th February 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Lucy Frazer Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Lucy Frazer) - Hansard

I thank the hon. Lady for her very detailed and considered report. She has made some valuable points, and the Ministry of Justice will respond in due course in the usual way.

Mr Speaker Hansard
8 Feb 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Except for that gracious tribute from the Minister, such has been the force, incisiveness and comprehensive scope of the statement by the hon. Member for Wakefield (Mary Creagh) that she has left the House speechless. I trust that the appropriate extract from the Official Report will be put up on the wall of one of the rooms in her home.

Social Mobility Commission

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Monday 4th December 2017

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Education
Mr Speaker Hansard
4 Dec 2017, 3:59 p.m.

I was gently teasing the hon. Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) but, needless to say, all Members are honest—that goes without saying.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Dec 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Reports produced by the Social Mobility Foundation show that in the past year, east Cambridgeshire has gone up 70 places. While there is still more work to do, does the Minister think that the commission should be proud of this progress?

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Monday 4th December 2017

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

rose—

Mr Speaker Hansard
4 Dec 2017, 3:06 p.m.

The hon. and learned Lady is an illustrious QC, so I am sure that she is capable of asking an extremely pithy question.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer - Hansard
4 Dec 2017, 3:06 p.m.

I will try, Mr Speaker.

East Cambridgeshire has established five community land trusts. Does the Minister agree that such trusts are a valuable way of ensuring that local people can have affordable homes locally?

Mr Speaker Hansard
4 Dec 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Splendid. Circulate the text book.

Universal Credit Roll-out

Debate between Lucy Frazer and John Bercow
Tuesday 24th October 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Work and Pensions
Mr Speaker Hansard

I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I call Lucy Frazer.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
24 Oct 2017, 3:55 p.m.

The issue of how we encourage more people into work and ensure that those who are not in work have a decent standard of living is an important one and is worthy of debate. It is valuable to debate not only the principle behind universal credit and the Government’s formulation of the policy, but, given that a further roll-out is due shortly, whether there should be a further pause to resolve and discuss issues such as the timing of payments before the roll-out is extended.

Both of those are legitimate concerns, but the difficulty with the motion and the debate last week was that those two issues were conflated. On the face of it, the motion before the House purported to raise the second issue—namely, whether there should be a pause, and a pause alone. A pause is a temporary or brief interruption, after which service will resume. However, the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams), in speaking in support of the motion, went far beyond arguing for a pause and instead identified fundamental weaknesses, as she saw it, in universal credit. She identified no fewer than 11 individual amendments she wanted to see. She quoted the charity Gingerbread as saying that the errors in the administration and structure of the system itself needed addressing. She concluded by saying:

“We cannot allow the devastating impacts of universal credit roll-out to happen.”—[Official Report, 18 October 2017; Vol. 629, c. 865.]

Those points are important, because when the Opposition bring an Opposition day motion before the House on an important point that affects the lives of our constituents, it is important that we as MPs know what we are voting on. When the Labour party put that motion before the House, did it intend to request a short and temporary pause to universal credit, or was it asking significant questions about the operation of universal credit? My concern is that, in that motion, the Opposition were playing politics and would have sought to use how we voted on it. If the Government had voted in favour of the motion, it would be open to the Opposition to say the Government agreed with the wider issues in universal credit outlined by the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth. If the Government had voted against the motion, the Opposition would say the Government were not even willing to agree to a short-term, temporary measure to fix administrative issues with universal credit.