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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (6 March 2015)

Political Party Policy Costings (Office for Budget Responsibility) Bill - Second reading – Alison McGovern. Legislation

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: Will the Chancellor confirm that he has ruled out a further VAT increase in the next Parliament?

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stevenage (Stephen McPartland). I listened carefully to his speech. He has very good taste in one respect—the football team that he supports. Although he praised the NHS staff—of course, the NHS staff I represent and speak to work incredibly hard; I pay tribute to them—in almost everything else he said, he could not recognise...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, but I want to outline some of the specifics that might be entailed by that position. I want to talk about three elements of changing the NHS that I take to be very important. One of them is pretty parochial, but the other two are terribly important for our whole country. The first concerns a walk-in centre in my constituency. Not everybody in the House...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: I have many conversations with my right hon. and hon. Friends on the Front Bench, but they do not always ask me for a full briefing before they draft their motions, as I am sure the hon. Lady appreciates. I conclude by saying that with the appropriate use of walk-in centres, a radical approach to social care and real consideration of the interconnections between physical and mental health,...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: May I return my right hon. Friend to something very important that he said? He pointed to the distress of our constituents who are being told to go to A and E rather than having reassurance from a nurse on the end of the phone. This is the experience of all our constituents right now, and I would far rather all my constituents had access to a qualified nurse than were just told to go to A and E.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Nursery Care (19 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: It pleases me greatly that the Minister is happy to repeat our very popular pledge of a bank levy to fund child care. Further to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Houghton and Sunderland South (Bridget Phillipson), we saw another survey last week which found that 300,000 parents want to go back to work but just cannot do so because of soaring child care costs—since...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 January 2015)

Alison McGovern: On Monday I listened to residents of Mendell Court, an extra care facility in Bromborough in my constituency, as they told me of their serious worries about social care. For the good of all who need care and all NHS patients, will the Prime Minister go further to integrate health and social care?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Nursery Classes (1 December 2014)

Alison McGovern: There will continue to be a shortage of nursery class places until we address the issue of pay for nursery school staff. Top bankers’ pay went up by 7% last year, and that of those working in nursery schools by barely more than 1%. What will the Minister do about that?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cycling (28 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2014 to Question 213147, if he will take steps to reflect the percentage journey share for cycling in the proportion of his Department's spending that is made on cycling.

Women and Equalities: East Coast Main Line (27 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: Virgin fares on the west coast main line are excruciating. Will the Secretary of State tell us what he can do to protect passengers on the east coast line?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport Direct (21 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many individual visits there were to the Transport Direct website in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (21 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) median and (b) mean wage was for childcare workers in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (21 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the proportion of workers in the childcare sector who are employed on zero-hour contracts.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: West Africa: Ebola (21 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce a medal for service personnel and medical staff deployed to West Africa as part of the fight against Ebola.

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 2 — Review of impact on childcare costs (17 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: The Minister mentions universal credit and making work pay—for too many families I only wish it did. Will she comment on the role of universal credit in discouraging dual earners? In the context of this child care debate, does she think the Government should look again at its operation?

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 2 — Review of impact on childcare costs (17 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: It is important for all of us to recognise the extra pressures on families in rural areas. People’s circumstances are different. We want to increase employment in rural areas as well as in suburban and urban areas. The hon. Gentleman makes an important point.

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 2 — Review of impact on childcare costs (17 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: Again, I support the views of my hon. Friend. Too often, parents of children with disabilities are forgotten in our debates. They have the most important responsibility. Children with disabilities deserve all our care and attention. I hope that, by raising this matter, we can remind ourselves that their parents might not have the time to make these points, so it is important that we all...

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 2 — Review of impact on childcare costs (17 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 2 — Review of impact on childcare costs (17 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: It is a pleasure to speak in support of new clause 2, which stands in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell). Before I continue, may I pause briefly to pay tribute to the outstanding work that my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) did as my predecessor in this shadow position, and in particular to her...

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