Sir Mike Penning speaks in a debate on Northern Ireland’s budget and calls on the Secretary of State to set a date for the reintroduction of direct rule to put pressure on Sinn Fein who are effectively holding the Northern Ireland Assembly ransom. He also calls for a provision to protect army veterans who served in Northern Ireland from being dragged through the courts on matters that have already been dealt with.
Sir Mike Penning backs legislation to increase the value of lump sum awards payable under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 and the diffuse mesothelioma scheme and asks why these increases are not automatic but need legislation in the House of Commons.
Sir Mike Penning calls for MPs who are convicted of a crime and imprisoned to lose their position as a Member of Parliament citing that if it was a police officer who was convicted they would lose their pensions and everything.
Speaking in a debate on diabetes, Sir Mike Penning highlights the importance of early diagnosis and the need for better support for parents when a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.