Steve Double – speeches and questions

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  • Speaker’s Statement: Hong Kong National Security Legislation: UK Response (2 Jun 2020)
    Steve Double: I thank my right hon. Friend and also the Home Secretary for the steps they are taking to support the BNO passport holders. China has an appalling track record when it comes to the rights of Christians and other faith groups, and there is growing concern among Church leaders in Hong Kong in light of recent developments, so what assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the particular...
  • Future Relationship with the EU: Negotiations (19 May 2020)
    Steve Double: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement and warmly welcome the stance that the Government are taking in these negotiations, but can he confirm that, whatever the outcome of these negotiations, we will have control of our own waters? It will be we who decides who has access to them, which will mean that fishermen of places such as Mevagissey and Newquay can look forward to a much fairer...
  • Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (18 May 2020)
    Steve Double: I welcome this Bill, and I am pleased to be able to speak in support of it. The Bill delivers on the commitment we made to the British people when they voted to leave the EU that we would end free movement of people and take back control of our borders. This is something that people voted for: we said we would do it and we are now delivering. The Government are committed to delivering a new...
  • Census (6 May 2020)
    Steve Double: The Minister will not be surprised to hear that I wish to discuss the matter of a tick box for Cornish national identity. There is no doubt about the historic identity of the Cornish. We have been around for more than 12,000 years and, along with our Welsh cousins, we are the most ancient people on this island. We have our own language, which is about 5,000 years old but is enjoying a...
  • Education: T-levels (5 May 2020)
    Steve Double: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of T-levels on the (a) quality and (b) recognition of technical education.
  • Education: T-levels (5 May 2020)
    Steve Double: I thank the Minister for that answer. It is clear that T-levels will have a valuable part to play in ensuring that we have the workforce of the future across the economy, but the sector of the economy that is being most adversely affected by the current crisis is hospitality, and it is vital that that sector is able to access the workforce that it will need to recover, particularly in a...
  • Public Services (28 Apr 2020)
    Steve Double: Will the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster join me in thanking the Devon and Cornwall police for their proactive approach in preventing people travelling to Cornwall for non-essential purposes, including to visit their second homes and for a holiday? One of the biggest concerns for people in Cornwall is that, as we start to ease the lockdown, we will see an influx of people coming to...
  • The Economy (27 Apr 2020)
    Steve Double: As has already been highlighted, the tourism and hospitality sector will be hardest hit through this lockdown. As we are unlikely to come out of lockdown soon, the sector will need further support. Will the Chancellor reassure the sector that he will consider further support for tourism and hospitality? Will he reflect in particular on the seasonal nature of the sector? If we cannot reopen...
  • Self-employed Persons: Financial Support (24 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: While many of our supermarket shelves are empty at times, a food source currently going to waste is fish. Most of our fishermen are self-employed, but they have seen their markets collapse, because pubs and restaurants are closed and overseas markets are closed to them. Will we look for a bespoke package to support our fishermen through this time and, in particular, to find ways to get their...
  • Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: One of the things that the current crisis is teaching us is that many people who we considered to be low-skilled are actually pretty crucial to the smooth running of our country—and are, in fact, recognised as key workers. Once we are through this situation, will my right hon. Friend consider reviewing our points-based immigration system to reflect the things that we have learnt during this...
  • Church Commissioners: Church Closure and Use (19 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: In the light of my hon. Friend’s response to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), does he agree that, although churches are not gathering for worship, they still have a vital role to play in meeting the spiritual, emotional and, indeed, practical needs of our communities at this very difficult time? Although they may not be gathering for services and other meetings, churches are...
  • Economic Update (17 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: I warmly welcome the bold and decisive steps that the Chancellor has taken today, which will be welcomed by many businesses in mid-Cornwall, particularly those in the hospitality sector. I want to raise something that many Members have already raised—the self-employed and small businesses that do not own premises and therefore will not benefit from the measures on business rates and grants....
  • Defence: Armed Forces Capability (16 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that the capabilities of the armed forces are adequate to address future threats.
  • Defence: Armed Forces Capability (16 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: There is no doubt that space will play an increasingly important role in defence. In Cornwall, we are excited about that opportunity, because we will soon be launching satellites from Spaceport Cornwall. Will my hon. Friend confirm that the space domain will fully be a part of the integrated review?
  • Written Answers — Home Office: British National (Overseas): Hong Kong (11 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British National Overseas passport holders there were in Hong Kong in each year since the introduction of that category of passport; whether she plans to review the rights afforded to those passport holders; and if she will make a statement.
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Litter: Tobacco (9 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to include an extended producer responsibility scheme for tobacco litter such as filters in his Department's Waste and Resource Strategy; and if he will hold a public consultation on such a scheme.
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Litter: Tobacco (9 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of litter-related activities by major tobacco companies to tackle tobacco litter.
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Management (6 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of which waste streams should be included in the proposed extended producer responsibility scheme in the Waste and Resource Strategy.
  • Flybe (5 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: Today should be a day of celebration in Cornwall, as it is St Piran’s Day, but it will be tinged with sadness because of the devastating impact this will have on the Cornish economy, particularly so close to the Easter holidays, which mark the start of the tourism season. The Government already recognise the crucial importance of the Newquay to London link, because it is supported by a...
  • International Trade: Topical Questions (5 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.