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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (8 Jun 2016)

Women and the vote – Alison McGovern. Adjournment debate

Counter-Daesh Quarterly Update (24 May 2016)

Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State said: “It is outrageous that aid itself has become a weapon of war.” Those outrages have grievous consequences for civilians and children. What preparations are the UK Government making to make sure that such crimes are investigated and that someone is held accountable for them at some point in the future?

Yemen: Cluster Munitions (24 May 2016)

Alison McGovern: Britain was right to join other countries in banning cluster bombs. It is clear that, in this matter, Saudi Arabia has questions to answer, and the Minister has mentioned several times the representations the Government have made to the Saudi Arabians. Will he help me by explaining what work he is doing alongside other countries in multilateral institutions to bring the Saudi Arabians into...

Key Stage 2 Tests (10 May 2016)

Alison McGovern: The Government made a big song and dance about testing, which they cannot now deliver. This weekend I was in the Wirral talking to school governors about how to cope with forced academisation, but the Government had already U-turned. The next time the Minister comes to the Dispatch Box with a grand plan to improve education, why should teachers, parents and pupils in the Wirral believe what...

Child Refugee Resettlement (10 May 2016)

Alison McGovern: The Minister says that we cannot get 300 children here in time for the start of the school term because he needs to consult local authorities, but that is why, a calendar month ago in the House, following my conversations with leaders on Merseyside, I asked him whether he had spoken to local authority leaders about educational needs for children coming here. He said then that he had, so will...

Aleppo (3 May 2016)

Alison McGovern: I think I heard the Minister say in his reply that 49 children had been killed in recent hostilities. If I am correct, will he repeat those facts to the House, so that everybody is clear about what is happening? Will he say what the Government are doing to make sure there is medical care for children in Aleppo?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Business Start-ups (3 May 2016)

Alison McGovern: Small businesses might like to start up in the town centre of New Ferry in my constituency, except that footfall has gone through the floor and the Co-op and Lloyds bank are now closing. Who should my constituents blame for the dereliction? Is it the Tory Ministers who withdrew from regeneration, or is it the absentee landlords who bought up property and are now nowhere to be seen?

Hillsborough (27 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: May I put on the record my thanks to you, Mr Speaker? You have been incredibly supportive. May I, especially as chair of the all-party group on the Hillsborough disaster, thank the Home Secretary and her staff, and all those—officials, and the staff of Members of Parliament as well—who have worked to help our group function over the past four years? Finally to know the true...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: The speech that I follow was a fine one. There have been many fine speeches on both sides of the House. This is a cross-party campaign on a cross-party amendment with cross-party support from all parts of this Parliament. I want to say a few words about something the Minister said earlier. He said that this problem arose because of a situation “in which families see an advantage”....

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that the story he has recounted gives the lie to or shows the inappropriateness of the Government’s position in that we cannot possibly expect children to be treated the same as adults?

Junior Doctors Contracts (25 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State said in his statement: “Taking strike action is a choice”. However, when someone’s back is against the wall, and the person in charge will not listen, it never feels like a choice. A month ago, the Secretary of State could not answer my question about how big the NHS provider deficit would be in the last financial year—it was about 3...

Shipbuilding on the Clyde (25 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: Shipbuilders on the Clyde are very skilled, as are those on Merseyside, and they share having experienced the threat of redundancy over many years. Will the Minister confirm that the Government’s now-delayed shipbuilding strategy, once we have it, will cover the supply chain in all parts of this country, wherever marine engineering skills reside?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: First-time Homebuyers (19 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: But there is a problem, because the Office for Budget Responsibility says that lifetime ISAs will increase house prices, as they will increase demand and there is relatively restricted supply. Is the Chancellor confident that his measures to increase the supply of housing will mean that the OBR is able to revise that analysis—yes or no?

Schools White Paper (13 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: My hon. Friend is talking about coasting schools. In the NHS, which had a huge reorganisation that nobody voted for, performance absolutely went down while people had to deal with that big reorganisation. Is she worried, as I am, that this is heading in the same direction? If there is a big reorganisation that nobody has voted for, performance in our schools and the achievement of our...

Panama Papers (11 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: No one in this House should have to feel that family members are being attacked unfairly, and, in that, the Prime Minister is absolutely correct. May I tell him, though, that it is not clear to me what he believes about holding shares in offshore trusts in tax havens? Does he think that that is perfectly okay, in which case, why would his holding them have been a conflict of interest, or does...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asylum (Unaccompanied Children) (11 Apr 2016)

Alison McGovern: I think the Minister would agree that we can perform our duty as a country only if all areas take up their responsibility, so it is good to hear his answer. May I ask him about education support? Vulnerable children should not lose their chance of a future, so how will local authorities with experience of helping asylum-seeker children support those with less experience of educating those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: The financial year ends next week. What does the Secretary of State expect the NHS provider budget deficit to be by then?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Finance (17 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of local authorities that will exercise their right to levy the two per cent social care tax precept; and what assessment he has made of whether the revenue so raised will be sufficient to cover the funding gap for adult social care.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: A “Just say no” speech then from the hon. Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg)! I want to begin my comments not from where the hon. Gentleman finished his speech, but from where he began when he read out the figures that will get us to the promised surplus, which, according to the Chancellor ages ago, we should have reached. He said that we will get to the “sunlit...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. I have asked the Chancellor in this House on a number of occasions whether he believes that he will ever see a surplus, not a deficit, before he leaves the Treasury for the last time. I have never had an answer. On debt, in the last Parliament we were told that it would be falling by the end of the Parliament and, technically, it was. That was the...


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