Supported by Black Mental Health UK, Charles Walker leads an adjournment debate on the disproportionate number of deaths of black people whilst in custody. He raises his concerns about a growing sense of grievance in the black community and calls on the “establishment” to understand the sense of hurt and face-up to the issue. He also calls for an independent investigation into any death in a mental health setting, as opposed to a police custody environment.
Charles Walker, in his role as Chairman of the Procedure Committee, leads a debate on the way the House of Commons operates in particular giving Parliament more power to manage its time in its own way rather than at the behest of the Government.
Speaking in a debate on second reading of the Water Bill, Charles Walker repeats his call to construct more reservoirs in the east and south-east of England to preserve our rivers which are under great stress from over abstraction and raises his concerns about unrestricted trading in abstraction licences.
In his role of Chairman of the Procedure Committee, Charles Walker moves a motion to permit explanatory statements to amendments to Bills, as a short explanation will enable better informed debate.
Speaking during a Committee Stage debate on the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, Charles Walker highlights the need for charities and other organisations to engage with the main political parties in the run up to the election. He expresses his concerns that this valuable level of political engagement could be suppressed by this Bill.
Charles Walker presents the findings of the Procedure Committee report on Private Members' Bills. The Committee proposes the introduction of timetabling for Bills introduced by back bench MPs to prevent the tactic of filibustering - where an MP can prevent the passage of a Bill by speaking at length so that it runs out of time.
Mr Walker said the reforms are not intended to make it easier for a Private Member's Bill to become law, but to ensure that "serious legislation propositions are treated seriously".