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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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Exports (15 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: I warn the Secretary of State not to be too gleeful about the long-term economic plan—

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Business: Lending Trends (15 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: What assessment he has made of trends in the level of lending to small businesses by (a) banks and (b) alternative finance institutions in the last five years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Business: Lending Trends (15 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. Given the Secretary of State’s proximity to the Chancellor, perhaps he does not need a warning. Perhaps he has already given a warning about the Budget, as he probably knows that in the north-west we have seen just half the business investment in SMEs that is being seen in London. Clearly, something has gone wrong with the long-term economic plan if we are not...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Poverty (14 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent changes to benefits on levels of child poverty.

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: New Clause 21 - Passenger services: public sector operation (8 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: I do not mean to detain the Committee for any longer than necessary. I was not going to speak a word on this subject—I could speak on trains for about three long hours—but, given that we are talking about the past and the right hon. Gentleman alluded to his seniority in this place—

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: New Clause 21 - Passenger services: public sector operation (8 Mar 2016)

Alison McGovern: You say potato. I trust he will confirm that during the long years of the 1980s and 1990s when our rail system was starved of investment, he lobbied the then Conservative Government at every opportunity to invest in it .


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