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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (1 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: A constituent of mine, an older, experienced woman, recently told me that when she was made redundant she got barely any help from our local jobcentre. It was therefore no surprise to me to see recent figures showing that the Work programme is getting a job for only one in eight workers over 50. Who is going to fix that—those who are running the Work programme or Ministers?

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship, Mr Sanders. I congratulate the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) on securing this important debate, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting time for us to discuss the vital issue of refugees and the conditions in the camps where so many have no choice but to reside. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for...

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Political Party Policy Costings (Office for Budget Responsibility) (16 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011 to allow the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinise and certificate the policy costings of political parties represented in the House of Commons. This Bill would allow the Office for Budget Responsibility independently to audit tax and spending measures in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Primary Care (Older People) (15 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State mentioned integration. Good care and support for older people in their own homes are vital, yet a constituent visited me recently to say that she simply could not find a decent trustworthy care company to look after her relative. Will the Secretary of State join me in calling for all local authorities to sign up to the ethical care charter?

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes his Department has agreed to enable housing associations to be informed when tenants migrate to universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Household Disposable Incomes (9 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: If he will estimate the average change in disposable income for families in Wales since May 2010.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Household Disposable Incomes (9 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: I am not sure that the Minister shared many detailed statistics with the House in that answer. Perhaps he will say a little more. The economies of Merseyside and north Wales are inextricably linked, so what is bad for north Wales is bad for Merseyside. That is why I would like to know just how much damage the Government have done to the incomes of people in north Wales.

Business of the House (3 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: Each and every time a Government Minister is asked about zero-hours contracts, they reference their hope to ban exclusivity clauses, but there are far more problems associated with zero-hours contracts than that, and many other ways in which people are exploited. May we therefore have a debate on zero-hours contracts in Government time?

Written Answers — Home Department: Passports (3 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Immigration and Passport Service on (a) the service's ability to meet the three-week timescale for processing an application for a child passport and (b) possible extension of that timescale.

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: On that previous intervention, does my hon. Friend share my sense of deep frustration that even after the 1980s the Conservatives have failed to learn that the important thing is not a falling claimant count, but the unemployment rate? Although that is thankfully lower, there are loads of other reasons to think that we still have problems in our economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: European Council (30 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: Never mind the party political bellowing from the Conservative Benches—business leaders in my constituency and the rest of the north-west want Britain to be at the forefront of Europe, not in isolation. The Prime Minister concluded his response to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr Field) by saying that there was much else besides that he would renegotiate. Will he fill...

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: On that point, would the Minister be so good as to respond to my question about deadweight loss and what research DFID is undertaking to ensure that none of those new jobs represents such loss?

Job Creation: Developing Countries — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (24 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: Mr Hollobone, I think I express the views of everybody in this debate in offering my thanks to you for stepping into the breach and chairing so ably. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy) on securing the debate and on his contribution. It was my pleasure to serve with him for a time on the Select Committee on International Development; his contributions then were...

Energy and Climate Change: Solar PV (19 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: What recent representations he has received on the proposed changes to financial support for solar PV.

Energy and Climate Change: Solar PV (19 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: May I push the Minister a little further on what he has just said? There seems to be genuine worry that the consultation represents disinvestment in solar photovoltaics. Will he say how that is not the case and confirm that to do so would be counter-productive?

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Passport Applications (18 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: On the subject of what the Government could and should do, I asked the Home Secretary last week about the wording on the Government’s website on the three-week time. We have already heard the estimates my hon. Friends have made of the cases they have seen. The wording gives every indication that it should take three weeks—no more, no less. Is it not that that is causing the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria (17 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: As other hon. Members have said, this is an important subject. May I press the Minister on regional co-ordination? Is he planning to speak further to other countries in the region? How can the UK make sure that all the partners are focused on the very significant challenges?

Bill Presented — Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: The Economy and Living Standards (12 June 2014)

Alison McGovern: I think the Chancellor gave himself away at the beginning of his speech when he described “long-term economic plan” as just a catchphrase. He said he would close the budget deficit and he has not. If his policies are such a success, why not?

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