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Results 1–20 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Maria Eagle

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Maria Eagle: The Prime Minister rightly said a moment ago that those who are poorest are the hardest hit by crime. Can he therefore explain why, having lost 1,120 police officers, the Merseyside force has been told by the Home Office that it is allowed to recruit only 200 more?

Prorogation (Disclosure of Communications) (9 Sep 2019)

Maria Eagle: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman recall any instance, when he was Attorney General, of being unable to find public officials willing to swear affidavits about the Government’s case?

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Maria Eagle: The Prime Minister said that he wants to govern for the whole country, but in a previous role he accused my constituents of wallowing in their “victim status”, repeated offensive and proven untruths about the cause of the Hillsborough disaster, and called Liverpool “self-pity city”. Will he apologise from the Dispatch Box to the people of Liverpool for the offence he has caused?

20 Years of Devolution: Leasehold Reform (11 Jul 2019)

Maria Eagle: rose—

20 Years of Devolution: Leasehold Reform (11 Jul 2019)

Maria Eagle: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) and his Committee on the excellent work that they have done on this issue. Homeowners who have bought newly built houses in my constituency—and there are many hundreds of them—thought that they were buying their own homes. Technically and legally, they were buying a lease, a type of tenancy, often a long one of...

Public Advocate (10 Jul 2019)

Maria Eagle: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a public advocate to provide advice to, and act as data controller for, representatives of the deceased after major incidents. The Bill is about changing how we handle the aftermath of public disasters so that we can better enable families of the deceased and injured survivors to get what they need from the events that...

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Maria Eagle: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way, even if I am a bit flummoxed as to quite whether she was giving way to me. I agree with what she has said about the BBC, so does she think it is right that 20% and rising of the BBC’s resource should in effect go towards fulfilling a Government policy on social security? It is just going to impair the BBC’s ability to make classic programmes.

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Maria Eagle: Almost 7,000 people in my area would lose the concession, were it to go. Does my hon. Friend agree that the over £1 million of costs to pensioners would take money out of already poor pockets? It is thus a double-whammy if the Government do not stick to their manifesto commitment.

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: I am grateful to the Minister for his constructive approach to the points that have been raised, and I am glad that he and the Department seek to improve the administration of the benefit. From our experience on Merseyside, there is still some way to go. Some simple things can be done, such as getting the assessments right and doing more to ensure that those who conduct them are properly...

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: I thank the Minister for giving way—it is a bit hard with twins. He said he was disappointed to hear the examples that my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) and I gave of that going wrong, but can he explain what he is going to do to stop it happening? It is a fundamental problem with administration.

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: I thank the Minister for giving way when he has only a little bit of time left. The delay to tribunal hearings is a severe problem. Can he address that before he concludes his remarks?

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: The case that I mentioned, which has now been fixed, involved a woman who should really just have had another appointment at home. That was not picked up on a mandatory reconsideration. There is surely a point at which some common sense should be injected.

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: I beg to move, That this House has considered the administration of personal independence payments on Merseyside. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I welcome the Minister, who has been, though is not at present, the Minister for Disabled People. As a former Minister for Disabled People myself—I served for an entire Parliament, in fact—I am grateful for this...

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: I agree with both those points. A lack of understanding and basic common decency sometimes seems to creep into these assessments. I also have vulnerable constituents who are being prevented from getting help in explaining their situation to assessors. For example, I have a constituent who has a brain stem tumour, among other physical conditions. Perhaps not surprisingly, her mother was with...

Personal Independence Payments: Merseyside — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (26 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: The hon. Gentleman is correct. One would have thought that the reconsideration would introduce an element of plain good sense, but it does not seem to be working in that way at present. There is a general issue with how the debility caused by mental ill health is not well recognised or sympathetically dealt with in the system. People who are debilitated with mental ill health often find it...

Business of the House (13 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: Will the Leader of the House undertake this evening to use her best endeavours to ensure that, at the end of this process, the Government facilitate and enact the will of the House by bringing forward and making time for statutory changes, instead of simply offering more motions that do not have the operative Executive impact for which this House has voted?

Business of the House (12 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: The Leader of the House said in answer to an earlier question that she always seeks to assist the House. It is difficult with all the drama going on in the Government at present, but I wonder if she recalls that she is the champion of the Back Benchers in this place within Government. Will she use her best endeavours to ensure that, no matter what chaos is going on within the Government at...

School Funding — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (4 Mar 2019)

Maria Eagle: One of my primary school headteachers, who has been a teacher for 30 years and a headteacher for 15 years, tells me: “I’ve never experienced a time when the range of needs has been so complex and the financial support so thin.” She is the head of a school in one of the most deprived parts of my constituency and faces an overall deficit of £70,000 this year. Does my hon. Friend agree...

Department for Work and Pensions (26 Feb 2019)

Maria Eagle: I know this is a small point in the overall scheme of universal credit, but I mentioned my constituent Antony Hamilton and the issue he has in doing his A-levels while being a bit older because of his special educational needs. I would be grateful if the Minister could confirm whether anything could be done to help Antony.

Department for Work and Pensions (26 Feb 2019)

Maria Eagle: I would like to begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on the way in which she opened the debate. The context set out for us by the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field), of the cuts since 2010 should be borne in mind during the debate. The House of Commons Library estimates cuts of £37...


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