Results 1–20 of 1100 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Chaytor

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for their contributions to this debate. When I spoke about the all-party consensus on the need for more decentralisation and localism, and more transparency and accountability, I could not have imagined that that would be so perfectly reflected in the various contributions that have been made. Things have moved on significantly in recent years, in terms...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: The hon. Gentleman makes his point extremely well. I am sure that the Minister will have listened carefully to it. The hon. Member for Putney made a number of detailed points. She called for further clarification and raised questions about definition, all of which were important and many of which can be discussed further in Committee. My right hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich and...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. My Bill will strengthen the scrutiny powers already available to local authorities, and extend the range of public service providers that can be subject to the scrutiny process. It is designed to improve accountability in order to improve outcomes and thereby drive up the standards of local public services. I express my thanks to all...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: My hon. Friend raises a very important point. In the Bill there is no such way, but through the ballot box there is. Another answer to his question is that increasing emphasis is being given to the power of the public to influence and pressurise local authorities, through the community call for action, the councils' call for action, and the new emphasis on petitions. All those were introduced...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: My hon. Friend raises a really important point. From my point of view, the groups that he mentions will not be subject to the regulations that will be published. It is a matter for the Government which organisations and individuals they include, but in all the discussions about the Bill to which I have been party, there was no suggestion that Parliament should be designated in the regulations.

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: That is an important point, and that concern has been raised by a number of organisations. However, given that the measure is a radical step forward in giving local authorities powers to scrutinise a wide range of organisations, there probably does need to be more time to build up consensus about the range of organisations included. The hon. Gentleman will recall that the Local Government and...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: Again, my hon. Friend makes an important point. As he knows, that would be the subject of future regulations, but railway contractors as well as the train operating companies, other public transport services and other public transport maintenance companies that are wholly or partly financed by public funds could potentially be listed in the regulations. My hon. Friend's intervention...

Prayers (5 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: I beg to move, That the House sit in private. Question put forthwith (Standing Order. No. 163). Question negatived.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (3 Feb 2010)

David Chaytor: In view of the hon. Lady's comments about transparency and accountability, can she give an absolute assurance that this Friday Opposition Front Benchers will support my private Member's Bill, the Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Last week, Woodhey high school in my constituency was named as one of the country's top performing schools for sustained improvement in GCSE results. That follows £8 million of investment in new facilities. The other schools in Bury, North are awaiting their capital investment. What would be the effect on school standards if the Government's only policy were to cut the deficit further and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Integrated Qualifications (25 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: What steps he plans to take to integrate academic and vocational qualifications.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Integrated Qualifications (25 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: I welcome the Government's effort to create a more integrated curriculum between the ages of 14 and 19. Does the Minister not agree that the shelf-life of the terms "vocational" and "academic" is coming to an end? The rigid segregation between what people perceive as vocational and academic is not helping to create parity. Do we need a new form of language to describe the curriculum?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Today's employment figures are good news for my constituents, and there are now almost 7,000 fewer people unemployed in Bury than during the last Tory recession. Would that have happened if the Government had simply let the recession take its course, and what more can the Government do to help my constituents get back into work?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (19 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: What steps the Government are taking to seek to resolve the conflict in Yemen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (19 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Does my hon. Friend see the problems in Yemen as exactly analogous to those in Afghanistan? If he does, what kind of intervention by the international community is needed?

Business, Innovation and Skills: Student Maintenance Support (14 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Forty-three per cent. of students in higher education are part-time students, and future growth will largely come from part-time and mature students. Is there not a powerful argument for raising the cap on full-time undergraduate fees in order to develop a unified system, giving part-time students the same access to financial support that full-time students enjoy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Children, Schools and Families Bill (11 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Children, Schools and Families Bill (11 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: I am very grateful to the shadow Secretary of State for giving way. If he believes in professional autonomy, why does it remain his policy to tell teachers exactly which method they should use to teach children to read?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Children, Schools and Families Bill (11 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Is not the point that we have had a voluntary scheme for years and years? Anyone has been able to register and make themselves known to their local authority if they want to, but the majority have not. For those who argue for the importance of voluntary scheme, we have had one, but it has not worked. That is why we are in such a mess now: we have no idea about the quality of education of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Children, Schools and Families Bill (11 Jan 2010)

David Chaytor: Before the Secretary of State leaves parental satisfaction surveys, I must note that the Bill describes how their results will have to demonstrate "material parental dissatisfaction". Will he give us an example of that? What threshold will have to be passed before a local authority is required to produce a survey response plan ?


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