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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st November 2016.

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The Secretary of State was asked—

  • Older Workers (16 speeches)

    What steps the Government are taking to give older workers the support they need to find or stay in work.

  • Self-employment (10 speeches)

    What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of self-employment.

  • Disabled People: Recruitment and Retention (20 speeches)

    What steps the Government are taking to ensure that employers are supported in recruiting and retaining disabled people.

  • Women’s State Pension Age (20 speeches, 2 annotations)

    Whether his Department plans to take steps to introduce new transitional protection for women adversely affected by the acceleration of increases in the state pension age.

  • Autumn Statement (18 speeches)

    What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effect of the autumn statement on his Department.

  • Universal Credit (11 speeches)

    What progress his Department is making on the roll-out of universal credit.

  • Frozen Benefits (4 speeches)

    What steps the Government are taking to mitigate the effect of projected levels of inflation on the spending power of frozen benefits.

  • Jobcentre Plus and Food Banks (4 speeches)

    What assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of improving co-operation between Jobcentre Plus and food banks.

  • Personal Independence Payments (8 speeches)

    What steps his Department is taking to ensure that personal independence payment assessments are undertaken fairly and appropriately.

  • Supported Housing Sector (4 speeches)

    What plans his Department has to help ensure long-term, sustainable and predictable funding for the supported housing sector.

  • Workplace Pension (4 speeches)

    What steps the Government are taking to ensure that people have the opportunity to save into a reliable workplace pension.

  • Topical Questions (44 speeches, 1 annotation)

    If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (47 speeches)

    (Urgent Question): To ask the Home Secretary to make a statement on the leadership, staffing, budget and structure of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

  • Higher Education and Research Bill (1 speech)

    Consideration of Bill, as amended in the Public Bill Committee

  • Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (79 speeches)

    “(1) The OfS must monitor the financial sustainability of the following registered higher education providers— (a) those who are funded wholly or partly by a grant, loan or other...

  • Student support: restricted modification of repayment terms (32 speeches)

    “(1) Section 22 of the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 (power to give financial support to students) is amended in accordance with subsections (2) to (4). (2) In subsection (2)(g) at...

  • Revocation of the Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

    “The Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (Statutory Instrument No. 1951/ 2015) are revoked.”—(Gordon Marsden.) This new clause would revoke the Education...

  • UKRI report: international specialist employees (26 speeches)

    “(1) Within six months of section 84 of this Act coming into force, and every year thereafter, UKRI shall report to the Secretary of State on— (a) EU (excluding from the UK), and (b)...

  • General duties

    Amendment made: 1, page 2, line 28, at end insert— “( ) Guidance framed by reference to a particular course of study must not guide the OfS to perform a function...

  • Mandatory transparency condition for certain providers

    Amendments made: 2, page 6, leave out lines 10 to 13. This amendment is consequential on amendment 3. Amendment 3, page 6, line 18, at the end insert— “(...

  • Other initial and ongoing registration conditions

    Amendment made: 4, page 8, line 17, after “plan”, insert “and to publish it”.—(Joseph Johnson.) This amendment makes clear that the OfS may...

  • Rating the quality of, and the standards applied to, higher education

    Amendment proposed: 47, page 16, line 23, at end insert— “(7) No arrangements for a scheme shall be made under subsection (1) unless a draft of the scheme has been...

  • Power of designated body to charge fees

    Amendments made: 5, page 17, line 7, at end insert— “(za) charge an institution a fee for any activity undertaken, or service provided, by the body in the...

  • Authorisation to grant degrees etc

    Amendment proposed: 40, page 23, line 22, at end insert— “(c) the OfS is assured that the provider is able to maintain the required standards of a UK degree for...

  • Grants from the Secretary of State

    Amendment made: 12, page 41, line 41, at end insert— “( ) Terms and conditions under subsection (1) framed by reference to a particular course of study must not...

  • Secretary of State’s power to give directions

    Amendment made: 13, page 44, line 8, at end insert— “( ) Directions under subsection (1) framed by reference to a particular course of study must not direct the...

  • Power to make alternative payments

    Amendments made: 14, page 50, line 23, leave out “Secretary of State’s opinion” and insert “opinion of the person making the regulations...

  • UK research and innovation functions

    Amendment made: 17, page 55, line 3, at end insert— “( ) The functions conferred by subsection (1)(a) to (e) include, in particular, power to encourage and support...

  • Secretary of State’s power to give directions to UKRI

    Amendment proposed: 56, page 59, line 45, at end insert— “(6) In giving direction to UKRI, the Secretary of State must act in the best interests of all constituent...

  • Regulations

    Amendments made: 18, page 66, line 23, leave out “or repeals” and insert “, repeals or revokes”. This is a minor and technical amendment which ensures...

  • Extent

    Amendment made: 20, page 67, line 26, at end insert— “( ) Section 79(9)— (a) so far as it relates to section 22(4B)(e) of the Teaching and Higher Education...

  • The Office for Students

    Amendments made: 21, page 69, line 37, at end insert— “( ) But at least one of the ordinary members must have experience of representing or promoting the interests...

  • Assessing higher education: designated body

    Amendments made: 26, page 79, line 6, leave out paragraph 1. See explanatory statement for amendment 28. Amendment 27, page 79, line 13, leave out from...

  • English higher education information: designated body

    Amendments made: 30, page 88, line 22, leave out paragraph 1. See the explanatory statement for amendment 32. Amendment 31, page 88, line 27, leave out...

  • United Kingdom Research and Innovation (9 speeches)

    Amendment made: 35, page 98, line 39, at end insert— “( ) The Secretary of State must, in appointing the members of UKRI, have regard to the desirability of the...