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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (23 January 2015)

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

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G20 (17 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: Immediate action on the Ebola crisis is important. I know that the Prime Minister will join me in thanking the British people for their characteristic generosity, but may I press him on the medium and long-term response to the crisis? People need health services, so will he campaign globally for an international goal of universal health coverage?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cycling (6 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of passenger journeys in the UK were made by bicycle in each of the last five years; and what share of his Department's spending related to cycling in that time period.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Housing (6 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (5 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: The first problem with DFID’s inaction on corruption highlighted by last week’s report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact is that the watchdog tells us that DFID’s objectives are “not focused on the poor”. The commission’s recommendations demand that DFID establish a new unit specifically to drive out this curse. Will the Secretary of State do...

Internet Abuse of Members of Parliament (4 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: My hon. Friend is making a point about simplicity. That is vital, as it will help all of us who want to stand with the victims of abuse to report it quickly, easily and simply to keep others safe.

Public Bill Committee: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Clause 2 - Duty to lay statement before Parliament if 0.7% target not met (4 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: I will speak briefly to clause 2. We support the proposals for the reporting mechanism as set out in the clause. It is right that any failure to meet the 0.7% target should trigger a detailed statement from the Secretary of State, rather than simply noting such a failure in an annual report. The report must include details of remedial steps that will be taken the following year to meet the...

Public Bill Committee: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to meet United Nations 0.7% target from 2015 (4 November 2014)

Alison McGovern: I am terribly sorry for having raised that point. If I had known that it was such a bugger, I would have not wanted to have intruded on what has clearly been the Minister’s private grief. I rise briefly to commit that, if the Opposition can be of any assistance in undoing the entanglement to ensure that we are clear in our commitment both in actual terms and in accounting terms, we will...

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