Monday, 17 March 2008
The Secretary of State was asked—
What recent assessment he has made of standards of attainment in mathematics and English in schools.
If he will visit the Alderman Blaxill school in Colchester to discuss its future with the head teacher, staff, governors, pupils, parents and representatives of the local community.
How much his Department plans to spend on IT projects in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the proportion of (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled children living in poverty.
If he will make a statement on the teachers' pay settlement.
What steps his Department is taking to encourage male and female school pupils to consider a wider and less stereotyped range of employment choices; and if he will make a statement.
If he will bring forward proposals allowing schools to request an Ofsted inspection.
What assessment he has made of the effects of the changes in the secondary schools admissions process in 2007.
What recent representations he has received from child care providers on the Government's child care policy.
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
With permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a statement about the European Council held in Brussels, which I attended with the Foreign Secretary on 13 and 14 March. I begin with the most...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the licensing of nail bars and premises where tattooing, cosmetic piercing and other prescribed treatments are carried...
Dr. Phyllis Starkey accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the licensing of nail bars and premises where tattooing, cosmetic piercing and other prescribed treatments are carried out;...
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [ 12 March.]
Motion made and Questions proposed, (1) That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance....
I welcome the opportunity afforded by the Budget debate to discuss the challenge that we face as a country and as a world to move from our historical reliance on a carbon-intensive way of living...
Ordered, That Rosie Cooper be discharged from the Justice Committee and Mrs Linda Riordan be added. ——[Tony Cunningham, on behalf of the Committee of Selection . ]
I present to the House a petition on post office closures in Cumbria. The petitioners declare: The Petition of those concerned about Post Office closures in Cumbria, Declares that they give their...
I present this petition on behalf of 1,541 signatories, who are seriously concerned about dermatology care provision in Wirral, South with regard to it being delivered by GPs rather than a...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. —[Mr. David.]
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