Gareth Thomas MP

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In yesterday's debate (04.12.2012) entitled "Gangs and Youth Violence (2011 Riots)", local MP Gareth Thomas highlighted Harrow's growing gang problem.

 Mr Thomas said:

I thank my hon. Friend for giving way, and I apologise for missing some of her opening remarks. Does she accept that whereas gang crime in London was perhaps once seen as an inner-city issue, it now very much affects a number of London's suburbs, including my borough? Notwithstanding the need to maintain funding levels for the existing series of gang projects in the main London boroughs..."


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Gareth Thomas MP highlights Harrow's growing gang problem

In yesterday's debate (04.12.2012) entitled "Gangs and Youth Violence (2011 Riots)", local MP Gareth Thomas highlighted Harrow's growing gang problem.  Mr Thomas said: I thank my hon. Friend for giving...

Local MP Gareth Thomas spoke out about long waiting times in A&E units in today's (31.10.2012) Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op):  “The number of people waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency units has more than doubled in the past two years, and the Prime Minister will not intervene to stop the closures of A and E units at Central Middlesex hospital and Ealing hospital; and we now know about Lewisham—and I suspect that, despite his weasel words, Kettering hospital too. What confidence can my constituents have that if they end up in casualty they will not have to wait longer for A and E services too?”

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Local MP Gareth Thomas asks Cameron about lengthy A&E waiting times

Local MP Gareth Thomas spoke out about long waiting times in A&E units in today's (31.10.2012) Prime Minister's Questions. Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op):  “The number of people waiting...

Gareth Thomas MP has backed Harrow's police and asked the Prime Minister, David Cameron, why there are fewer police on our streets in yesterday's (24/10/2012) Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op): "Last year the Prime Minister told the House that there was no reason why front-line police officer numbers needed to fall, but my constituents in Harrow tell me that they are seeing fewer police on our streets. Is not the real truth that there are 6,800 fewer police officers since he came to power?"

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Further to this, Gareth asked two questions during the debate on the Police yesterday (24/10/2012):

Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op): Is not what has happened in London particularly instructive in terms of the context for this debate? Mayor Boris Johnson has presided over almost 1,500 police officers being cut and almost 2,000 police community support officers being lost. Is that not part of the Conservative record and to be regretted?

 Mr Thomas: The right hon. Gentleman referred to reports by HMIC, so he will presumably be familiar with the concerns that it made clear earlier this year about the future performance of the Metropolitan police, given the cuts that the Mayor of London is likely to push through. Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that there is even more concern, particularly in the suburbs of London, about rumours of significant closures of police stations and custody suites and mergers of borough commands?

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Gareth Thomas MP speaks out about police cuts in Harrow

Gareth Thomas MP has backed Harrow's police and asked the Prime Minister, David Cameron, why there are fewer police on our streets in yesterday's (24/10/2012) Prime Minister's Questions. Mr Gareth...

Sri Lanka Questions 2011

 

Sri Lanka
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions the British ambassador to Sri Lanka or his senior staff have met hon. Members in Sri Lanka in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by: Burt, Alistair | Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 Hon. Members visit our global network of posts frequently and we do not hold a central record of meetings. Our high commission in Sri Lanka confirms the following meetings: October 2010"A delegation from the UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association that included the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant); the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond); the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr Amess); the right hon. Member for Torfaen (Paul Murphy); and the hon. Member for East Lothian (Fiona O'Donnell)."February 2011"The hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mark Field);""The hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell);""The hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann)."July 2011"The right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox)."October 2011"The hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard)."I also visited Sri Lanka on an official visit in February 2011.
 
08 Nov 2011 | Written questions | Answered | House of Commons | 78211 | 535 c163W
 

Asylum 
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)
 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Tamil asylum seekers have been returned to Sri Lanka in each month since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by: Green, Damian | Department: Home Office
 
The UK Border Agency does not record specific data regarding an individual's ethnicity.The information can be provided only at disproportionate cost as it would require a manual search of individual case files.The UK Border Agency can identify that between 1 May 2010 and 30 September 2011, 573 failed asylum seekers have been returned to Sri Lanka.

02 Nov 2011 | Written questions | Answered | House of Commons | 77341 | 534 c638W

 
Asylum
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency (UKBA) flights to Sri Lanka there have been in each month since May 2010; how many failed Tamil asylum seekers were on each flight; how many are still in contact with UKBA or other Government representatives; and if she will make a statement.
 
Answered by: Green, Damian | Department: Home Office

Where a person is found not to be in need of international protection and they have no other lawful basis to remain in the UK, we expect them to leave the country. We would prefer such people leave voluntarily and we provide a number of comprehensive schemes to assist them with doing so, but if they fail to leave, we will enforce their departure.Most people whose removal is being enforced leave on scheduled flights, but in the case of Sri Lanka, the UK Border Agency has also chartered two flights, one in June 2011 returning 26 people and a second in September 2011 returning 50. These were Sri Lankan nationals; the UK Border Agency only keeps records of nationality rather than ethnicity.We monitor the conditions in countries across the world closely and only seek to return people where it is safe to do so and it would not put the UK in breach of its international obligations. The UK Border Agency does not routinely monitor the treatment of individual subjects once they are removed from the UK given they have been found not to be in need of international protection. However, in the case of Sri Lanka, we currently provide those being returned with the contact details of the high commission in Colombo.

 01 Nov 2011 | Written questions | Answered | House of Commons | 77340 | 534 c492W

 
Sri Lanka: Human Rights
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)
 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of human rights abuses committed against those of Tamil origin in Sri Lanka since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Burt, Alistair | Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We continue to have concerns about human rights in Sri Lanka. These are detailed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights and Democracy Report 2010 where Sri Lanka is listed as a country of concern. Our high commission in Colombo continues to monitor the situation.We consistently raise our concerns with the Sri Lankan Government, most recently when I spoke to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on 20 October. We also regularly urge the Sri Lankan Government to improve the human rights situation for vulnerable groups, to investigate incidents and to prosecute those responsible.

 
Sri Lanka: Prisoners
Asked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)
 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of reports of deaths among Tamil prisoners detained in Anuradhapura prison, Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
 
Answered by: Burt, Alistair | Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We were concerned to hear about the recent prison riots, which led to the death of one Sinhalese prisoner and the injury of other prisoners. There is no suggestion that the riots were ethnically driven. We understand that the Sri Lankan authorities are looking into the causes of the riots. Our high commission has discussed the need to expedite the hearing of cases and overcrowded prison conditions with the Sri Lankan Government.

Sri Lanka Questions 2011

Sri Lanka Questions 2011   Sri LankaAsked by: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West)To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions the British ambassador to Sri...

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