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DDCMS Topical Question; Lonliness

DDCMS Topical Question; Lonliness
media date: 
Thursday, 4 July 2019

Mike Wood: Does the Minister agree that one of the crucial aspects of tackling loneliness is raising awareness of the services, support and activities that are available in local communities, and what are the Government doing to achieve this?

 

Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

I apologise to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), for not being able to be present at the start of her speech. I was able to catch up with her remarks, and I think that she spoke on behalf of all of us in the House.

Mike Wood: A lot of sporting testimonials at all levels are used to raise money for charities and good causes, with either all or some of the proceeds going to local or national charities. How do you expect these measures to impact on charitable giving through sporting testimonials?

 

Mike Wood: On the example that I think the hon. Lady was starting to give, until fairly recently Reading football club had a tradition that anybody who had played for the club for 10 years received a testimonial. It was not a contractual term, but it is difficult to see how that is anything other than expected earnings as part of employment. Is it not right that it should be taxed accordingly?

 

Kirsty Blackman Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Economy), SNP Deputy Leader

Mike Wood: West Bromwich Albion pioneered the fight against racism in football in the 1970s with club legends such as Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham. Will the Minister support police in the West Midlands and across the country in bringing charges against those who subject players, fans and officials to racist abuse from the stands?

 

Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: I beg to move,

That this House 
has considered beer taxation and pubs.

I am delighted to have secured this important debate, alongside Ruth Smeeth and my hon. Friend Mr Evans, and I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating us this time.

Mike Wood: The UK has been one of the biggest donors to the Education Cannot Wait fund since it was set up in 2016. What plans does the Minister have to replenish the ECW, and to maintain UK leadership for children in crises?

 

Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

I join other hon. Members in paying tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) for the work that she has done to bring the Bill to this stage. I know that for many years, she has cared deeply about and has worked actively on this issue. Nobody who has listened to the testimony of holocaust survivors can fail to be moved by their message and by the tragedy of the impact and the barbarism of this most evil of period in European history.

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to help tackle the persecution of Christians overseas.

 

Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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