Results 161–180 of 8331 for speaker:Angela Eagle

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

Angela Eagle: We must look at the policy on schools against what the Institute for Fiscal Studies has called a real-terms cut of 8% in budgets over this Parliament. We have to judge it with that as a background.

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

Angela Eagle: I certainly agree that quantity is not all. I will come on to some of the detail of those Bills as I make progress with my speech. Michael Portillo went on to say: “The Government is in total paralysis, because the only thing that matters to the Government now is the saving of the Prime Minister’s career”— by— “winning the referendum.” In what will...

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

Angela Eagle: No. The Government have already caved in by agreeing to an amendment to the motion which will exempt the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. We on the Labour Benches have long called for the Government to exempt the NHS from trade deals, and we are glad that they have now agreed with us. It is interesting to see what this divided shower of a Government are now able...

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

Angela Eagle: I will get on to those points, but this is a debate on the entirety of the Queen’s Speech, and I am entitled to say what I like about any little bit of it. The hon. and learned Lady can make her own speech if she catches the Speaker’s eye, and I will thank her if she lets me make mine. I am here to make the point that I want to make, and I intend to do so. The emptiness of the...

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

Angela Eagle: The hon. Gentleman should invite me to come and visit the university. We can go together so that I can see what is going on in Herefordshire. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has calculated that there is likely to be an 8% fall in funding per pupil between now and 2020 in the schools sector, after a modest 0.6% rise in funding per pupil in the previous Parliament. It cannot be said that I do...

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

Angela Eagle: The first thing to say is that some of the threats are from the so-called new providers, which are untried and untested. We will have to look closely at the detail of the Bill when it is debated, and I am sure we will talk about that aspect. By the way, I would like to acknowledge the fact that the Minister for Universities and Science has taken the place of the Secretary of State for...

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

Angela Eagle: I am glad to see that despite being a Eurosceptic martyr, the hon. Gentleman is still alive and kicking and doing his thing on the Tory Back Benches. It was the Labour Government who started university technical colleges, and I am glad that he will have one in his own area. He is being rather churlish in talking about our record, when we created the university technical college concept. The...

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

Angela Eagle: I could not agree more. I am an admirer of my hon. Friend, especially as I have seen the recent pictures of him abseiling down a very tall building, so my admiration has grown even more. His Bill was an extremely good one. It is important that the Government think much more carefully than they have done to date about how they can tie in the money that they spend on public procurement with...

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

Angela Eagle: I am afraid I do share that worry about the very large quantitative target that the Government have set and, by all accounts, want to pass. When I talk to business, which I do regularly up and down the country, that obsession with quantity rather than quality causes some real worries. I hope the Minister will be able to tell us today that he has ways of dealing with that. I have come across...

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

Angela Eagle: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman’s comments. It is right that social clauses in procurement contracts have an important role to play. I make one observation, which I have made over my time in Parliament: those involved in public procurement can be very risk-averse. All too often they do not think about the extra things that they can get out of the money that the Government...

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

Angela Eagle: There is, if I may call it this, a “brand issue” with particular suggestions in the White Paper and the Bill. Again, the Opposition will want to study in great detail, and ask a lot of serious questions about, the potential consequences of what the Minister has suggested in the White Paper and the Bill. There is absolutely no evidence that such competition will lead to higher...

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

Angela Eagle: I have talked to Universities UK, and it has grave concerns and reservations about the route the Government are taking—for some of the reasons I am outlining now. Of course Universities UK will work with the Government—it has a White Paper in front of it, and there will be a Bill on the Table of the House, which it will want to make the best it can be—but I would not take...

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

Angela Eagle: Again, the hon. Gentleman makes an extremely good point, and I look forward to hearing what the Minister has to say about it when he replies to the debate.

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

Angela Eagle: I will give way to the hon. and learned Lady for the last time, because I want to get on and finish.

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

Angela Eagle: Yes, but I am talking about how we measure excellence and what it means. If the hon. Lady were so concerned about the excellence of teaching, she would be looking at Sure Start and what is happening with early teaching. She would also be looking at the problems we have with teacher recruitment and at a range of other things. Nobody in the House disagrees with the concept of teaching...

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

Angela Eagle: I do. The Select Committee report outlines the sector’s worry that the reforms are being rushed in keeping with a timetable that does not actually reflect best practice. A lot of vice-chancellors and others in the sector are extremely worried about the implications of that.

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

Angela Eagle: I am saying not that it cannot be included, but that the proxies the Government have chosen have given cause for concern, and I have tried to explain why. We have to think about how this works through, and I will be interested in what the Minister has to say about that.

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

Angela Eagle: Well, let me finish this point first. If the Minister is not careful, he could end up with a range of results he does not want. There could be paradoxical disincentives for excellence. People who always find it difficult subsequently to get a job in the labour market may become less attractive as students to certain institutions because of the way these measurements are used. That would be a...

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

Angela Eagle: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman and then to the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Nicola Blackwood), if she will be a bit patient.

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

Angela Eagle: As I understand the White Paper, this also about competition between universities, and there are some paradoxical results there that I would be worried about if I were interested in widening, not narrowing, opportunities. I think the hon. Gentleman ought to accept that.


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