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Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Thank you for that splendid news, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I can only carry on as I normally do. I want to talk about the actual Queen’s Speech, which is a one nation Queen’s Speech because it mentions opportunity for everybody and productivity for our economy. Behind those 21 Bills lies the demand for and interest in having more, fairer opportunities and a better economy that...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I completely agree, and my hon. Friend was a member of the Education Committee when we did that early work. The whole point is to ensure that those children do not fall over that cliff edge. Children who are looked after by the state are particularly vulnerable to that, and we must do all we can to stop it happening. The Committee also covered regulation in its early inquiries. I will not...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The Education Committee was quite forceful on this matter in the previous Parliament and I expect it will comment on it again. I am personally in favour of multi-academy trusts being inspected. The Committee will look into it when it conducts an inquiry and comment on it in due course. I will not pre-judge what that inquiry will say. It is important to recognise that in some areas—for...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I therefore suggest it is really important that we remain in the European Union, so that we can deliver our ambitions. I have just realised that somebody must be trying to intervene, as an hon. Friend has helpfully informed everybody that I am completely deaf in my left ear. I can find that quite useful, certainly in family situations and often in politics, but not when my hon. Friend wants...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention.

“Educational Excellence Everywhere”: Academies (9 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The chief inspector of schools has already been cited this afternoon. I draw the attention of the House to his report of 2013 in which he referred to the “long tail of underachievement”. He cited the big problem of having too many primary schools coasting and not delivering adequate teaching in maths and English and in other subjects, and many of those schools are in local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Standards (25 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Does the Secretary of State agree that we really need to focus on science, technology, engineering and maths as a top priority? We will then be able to deliver a more effective and competitive workforce. The way to do that is by having strong leadership in our schools, academies and, indeed, multi-academy trusts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Local Authority Plans for Culture (21 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: What steps he is taking through the culture White Paper, published in March 2016, to ensure that culture forms a core part of local authorities’ plans and priorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Local Authority Plans for Culture (21 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I join the Minister in wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy birthday. Does the Minister agree that devolution combined with the possibility of an elected mayor, as we hope to have in Gloucestershire, would be a really good thing, providing more scope, more leadership and more resources for culture, media, music and everything else that a good community needs to have?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (19 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Does the Chief Secretary to the Treasury agree that, by being a member of the European Union, this country benefits hugely from a cross-fertilisation of good ideas across the European Union, the supply chain, and foreign direct investment at 50%? Our trade, too, also benefits from our being in the single market—[Interruption.]

Schools White Paper (13 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: This debate is actually about children and the interests of children; it is about making sure that they have opportunities to fulfil their lives. We would not be having a debate like this if local education authorities in the past had delivered opportunities to all children in a proper way—that is an absolute fact. The Labour Government under Tony Blair would have agreed with me,...

Schools White Paper (13 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Lord Blunkett was correct when he was expressing concern about schools in Yorkshire and wondering why there was not a commission on schools there to deal with the problems that he has identified—that came up in the all-party group on Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire—so I think the hon. Gentleman makes a good point well. We need to think about the current position in our...

Schools White Paper (13 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Because we want all schools to be able to be autonomous, to work with other schools and to form relationships which are right for their pupils. We always talk about the worst schools or the best schools, but we should focus on those in the middle. They are the ones that provide most of the education and tend to coast if that is allowed to occur. Too many local authorities have not intervened...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Again on Europe, does the Prime Minister agree that the European Union is not just the world’s biggest single market but an ample source of foreign direct investment, providing 50% of the investment that we receive; and an excellent platform for supply chains to thrive and prosper, which gives them the ability to get the skills and the innovation that they need? That, for my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Referendum (12 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The key point here is of course that we have a free trade agreement with the European Union, as we have with other nation states. There is a question that has to be answered: why are so many of the states that have said we should stay in the EU the ones that the other side seem to think we can have some sort of agreement with?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (12 Apr 2016)

Neil Carmichael: What more can be done to prevent vulnerable people from being indoctrinated to become suicide bombers

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I just wondered whether the hon. Gentleman was aware that 80% of businesses in Northern Ireland want to stay in the European Union.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 2016)

Neil Carmichael: It is a great pleasure to speak in this important debate, not least because it covers two important subjects that I find of great interest—Europe and education. I intend to address them both. First, let us canter through some of the statistics in the context of the changes that the Chancellor announced. The global economy is going through a very problematic period of adjustment. That...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I could not agree more with my fellow Select Committee Chair. That is obviously a priority, but that does not mean that it is not also important to have good schools that are led well by headteachers who are focused on the right culture, standards and quality staff. We should have more academies and make sure that they operate in a well-structured multi-academy trust.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I think I have set the cat among the pigeons. Go for it.


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